Beauty and Sustainability, can they co-exists?

We keep hearing about being sustainable, think about the environment in every choice we make in our daily life. But how does being environmental affect our beauty routine? We know that this is something that has been going on for many years now, with brands fighting on who is finding the best eco-friendly package or product, or perhaps devolving their profit to charities or organisations. Personally I am obsessed with everything related to beauty and skincare, always trying new things for my skin and new hacks. Here there are some of my favorites skincare brands that are sustainable.

Q+A is a skincare brand favorite of mine. It’s a family business coming from Norfolk and their commitment to sustainability is huge. Starting from their products which are 98% natural, cruelty free, free from artificial products and mostly vegan. And their price point is very cheap and accessible for everyone. Their packaging other than being lovely it’s also 100% recyclable. They made a promise not to distribute their products in countries where animal testing is still legal. They want to keep skincare as simple as possible, and answer all your skin and beauty questions, hence the name! Recently, during this uncertain time, they decided to step up and donate to some UK charities for the COVID-19 crisis, as well as supporting all the frontline people by sending packages of goodies.

My top three products:

  • Super Food Facial Oil: all the vitamins that your skin needs in a little oil bottle. It’s like a nutrient smoothie but for your face! It contains vitamins A, C, E and F. And I generally use it at night as it’s quite hydrating
  • Activated Charcoal Face Mask: purifies and detoxifies your skin. Remove oil in excess and all the impurities that your skin absorbs every day.
  • Ginger Root Daily Moisturiser: contains aloe vera (for your redness as it’s a calming ingredient) and Ginger root. Use it daily as a primer before your make up or at night as a moisturizer.

For more products have a look at their website: Q+A

One of the most known eco-friendly brand is The Body Shop , made in the UK, cruelty-free and with a mission to save the planet. They introduced recycling bins in every shop so, once you finish your product, you can recycle it rather than throw it away. They are also using recycled plastic for their products.

Another brand that use the Refill option is Beauty Kitchen. UK based, it’s cruelty-free and vegan. They’re motto is “Effective – Natual – Sustainable” and produce a wide range of skin care and hair care. They founded the project “return – refill – repeat” to help decreasing the waste of plastic. Whenever you finish one of their products, you can send it back empty to them, they’ll wash it and reuse it! They also reduced the waste of papers in their packaging, and they always donate 2% of sales to charities. If you don’t want to buy their products online, Holland & Barrett is stocking their range (you can leave empty bottles there as well!). They also stock in Boots (in their Covent Garden store you can use the refill station to refill your bottles with product!)

Rituals is a luxurious yet affordable brand inspired by the ancient Asian’s traditions. Their products are all cruelty-free and made in Europe. They are constantly giving back to charities that supports women in need and children as well as supporting poor countries. They made refills for their products, reducing the waste of plastic, as well as committing to recycling their packaging.

(c) Rituals

Bybi‘s mission is to create an affordable and sustainable range. 97% of their packages can be recycled. 70% of their packaging is glass which can be easily recycled. They also don’t use labels but print straight to the package. For their balms, because of the consistency, they use bioplastic materials made from sugarcane. Ingredients are eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free and they’re all made in the UK.

(c) FaceTheory

How else can we support the planet while taking care of our skin? Well, I recently swapped my beloved face wipes to facial cloths. These ones are reusable, so you stop throwing things away, cheaper (you buy them once and then you wash them after you use them! Here there are some of the most known make up remover pads brands:

Glov, which you can easily also shop on LookFantastic, is a brand that produce reusable makeup pads and accessories (see also their lip scrubber). They have their make-up remover for each skin type and it’s quite cheap considering that they come in different packages (for example only £8.90 for a pack of 5 make up remover pads! A bargain). They can be used daily and up to 3 months, so there’s less waste don’t you think?

FaceTheory, a vegan brand made in the UK. Majority of their products come in jar, so less waste of plastic, or aluminium which can be recycled. They’re also cruelty-free. Their face cloths are 100% organic cotton, so they’re extremely gentle not only to your face but also to the planet.

Amazon is also a good source for these type of things if you want to have a look.

Drop a comment down here if you have more beauty sustainable tricks! Hope you enjoyed this article!

Disclaimer: all the links produced in this article are not sponsored whatsoever, but are coming from my researches and personal taste. I don’t take any commission or money by linking them.

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