Loving beauty and committing to cutting down on waste can be a tricky balance, as so many beauty products come in non-recyclable materials and use excessive packaging. Fortunately, the beauty industry is embracing sustainability more than ever before, with many brands providing reusable packaging and refill options that aim to cut down on waste.
Here are 5 products you can use again and again (or order refills when more product is needed) so you can embrace more sustainable beauty:
How many times have you ordered a giant eyeshadow palette only to use just 3 or 4 colors while the rest sits idly by? I know I’ve been guilty of this, which is why I love Hourglass’s new Curated Palettes. Each individual eyeshadow pan can pop in and out, allowing you to replace just the ones you need refills on and add in only the colors you know you’ll use. Order one of the brand’s pre-set color options, or create a completely customized pan.
Hand soap is essential, and I know I’m not the only one who feels like I’ve been going through so much soap as a result of the pandemic. Cleaning products use a lot of plastic, so Cleancult is looking to cut down on waste with eco-friendly packaging and refillable soap dispensers. This bundle comes with 1 of each of their 4 liquid soap fragrances along with 2 refillable dispensers and a tote bag. You can also set recurring deliveries so your cleaning products come right to you with ease.
When you find a great everyday product that you’ll use again and again, it’s even better when the brand provides refillable options to cut down on plastic waste. One of these Shiseido compacts will last you forever, and the SPF powder foundation formula is long-lasting as well as wonderfully protective against sun damage.
It’s the biggest conundrum with wearing makeup: to have good skin and avoid breakouts, you have to take off your makeup every night, but using makeup remover wipes is so bad for the environment. Luckily, brands like Take My Face Off have changed the game with reusable makeup removers. All you have to do is apply your cleanser like you normally would, rinse your Mitty, and wipe away makeup and dirt with ease. They’re washable so you can use them again and again, and even can work as an eco-friendly alternative to cotton balls for nail polish (just save that one for nail polish removal exclusively). Plus, for all you lovers of 90s nostalgia, they just launched these fun rainbow leopard print removers that remind me of Lisa Frank—how cute!
Kjaer Weis talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to prioritizing sustainability as a beauty brand, offering reusable and refillable products, recyclable packaging, and organic ingredients for top-tier makeup that looks good while being sustainable. Their cream blush is a best-seller for a reason, and there’s a shade that will flatter every skin tone.