7 must-have sustainable beauty picks
Heavy-duty beauty that’s easy on the planet
The sustainable beauty movement is big news right now, and we can all do our bit. You don’t have to completely overhaul your beauty regime in order to ‘go green’ though – there are loads of best-loved sustainable beauty brands out there. Chances are, you’ve already got at least one tucked away in your bathroom cabinet.
What does sustainable mean?
If you’ve heard the word ‘sustainable’ knocking around (let’s face it, who hasn’t?) but aren’t sure exactly what it means, you’re not alone. In short, sustainability is the act of protecting our planet. We can shop sustainably by choosing brands that are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, use sustainable or renewable ingredients that are kind to the environment, and package their products in biodegradable, recycled or recyclable materials. Obviously there’s a whole lot more to it than that, but for now let’s take a look at how you can do your bit with some of our favourite sustainable beauty buys…
Face Halo Make-up Remover
Green & squeaky clean
Heading up our hit list of beauty buys with a conscience is this clever make-up remover pad, which takes all the fuss out of cleaning your face. All you need to do is add water and gently wipe away the day, meaning no product waste and no need for copious amounts of cotton pads. Even better, you can pop it in the washing machine once a week and reuse it time and time again!
BYBI Babe Balm
Your new beauty must-have
BYBI is big news on the sustainable beauty scene, and for good reason. Their mission is to create sustainable skincare products you’ll love, that don’t come with a price tag for our planet. The multipurpose Babe Balm has gained a cult following thanks to its 100 percent natural skin-loving ingredients. Plus it comes in a biodegradable tube made of sugarcane. How’s that for clever?
UpCircle Coffee Scrub
The body scrub that does a world of good
Ever wondered what happens to all the leftover coffee grounds from London coffee shops? Us neither, to be fair, but the clever folks at UpCircle have created a range of scrubs made from coffee grounds gathered from artisan coffee shops all over London. Giving leftover natural ingredients a new lease of life? We like it, a lot.
Botanics Long Handled Body Brush
Brushing up on sustainable beauty
Plant-loving brand Botanics use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood and card for their products and packaging, meaning they’re sustainably and responsibly sourced. This body brush also features natural, plant-based bristles so now you can feel even better as you brush away the stresses and strains of the day.
BECO Foaming Hand Wash Honey Blossom
Small bottle, big results
This hand wash is packed with eco-certified ingredients and each bottle has been designed to save 88 litres of water. That’s a lot of brews! Plus, it promises to last longer than your average hand soap, meaning it saves on plastic in the long run too. Oh, and it smells amazing. Sustainable hand wash with a scent to die for - what’s not to love?
Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes
Your favourite Simple wipes, now kinder to the environment
We all know the golden rule when it comes to wipes: bin, don’t flush. Ever. Simple have gone one step further with these biodegradable wipes, which are made of renewable plant fibres and sustainable wood pulp, meaning they’re kinder to the planet. In fact, Simple say these wipes take just 42 days to biodegrade.
Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Women's Razor
A blade-y good idea
Now thanks to Gillette you can recycle your old razors – simply email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and they’ll send you a freepost envelope to collect your blades in and send back to them. Your old blades will then be recycled and turned into new products such as picnic tables, park benches and alloys. Amazing!
And there you have it: seven reasons why you should join the sustainable beauty revolution right now, because your beauty routine doesn’t have to cost the earth.