Economic Beauty Products

As we become more conscious of the environmental impact of our bathroom cabinet, we seek out the brands and products to shop now…


SUST only stocks brands that can sign a document confirming all ingredients are sustainably and responsibly sourced and non-toxic to people and the environment. Any plastic bottles must be recyclable. Products are shipped sustainably or the carbon is offset. We love Neighbourhood Botanicals The Body Body Oil, £31.


If you already shop on Net-A-Porter, pop to the Net Sustain section on the site. It filters products based on brand attributes, such as those diligent about reducing waste, caring about animal welfare or using sustainable ingredients. Net Sustain holds each brand to very high standards, so you can shop with confidence. Try Cosmydor with its no-plastic policy – the vegan C/3 Nourishing Mask Shea Butter & Orange Floral Water, £59, is great for dry or dehydrated skin.


To date, UpCircle has saved 100,000 tonnes of waste from landfill for its skincare products, by harnessing ingredients such as coffee grounds from London cafés and argan shells left over from the argan oil industry. The Fennel and Cardamom Chai Soap Bar, £6.99, designed to tackle breakouts, uses chai spices repurposed from a syrup company. The brand’s packaging is predominately glass, aluminum, and cardboard – the serums and scrubs do come with plastic caps but you can buy refills
to minimize waste.


Codex incorporates organically grown and foraged ingredients into its skincare and has a goal to be carbon neutral by the end of 2021. The brand uses green polyethylene tubes that are made from sugarcane and fully recyclable. Try the Bia Exfoliating Wash, £43, which is gentle enough to use every day and is 30% wild-harvested thanks to the elderflower, which grows naturally in Ireland.


Seed offers just one product on subscription. Daily Synbiotic, £40, is a combined prebiotic and probiotic supplement to support gut, skin and heart health. The welcome kit contains a 30-day supply of capsules with a glass jar and vial for travel that are both reusable. The outer packaging is either recyclable, compostable or dissolvable in water. You can enroll in Seed’s Sustainable Transport Program and get refills every three months.


(M)anasi 7 is a streamlined brand, offering multi-functional All Over Colours that can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks, which means you only need one product instead of three. Made in small batches, the beautifully creamy formulas contain ethically and sustainably sourced, skin-friendly ingredients, such as apricot kernel oil and shea butter. The jars can be reused for travel, while the paper boxes are sustainably made and recyclable. Try the All Over Colour Creamy Finish, £39.


When paraffin candles burn they release particles that contribute to indoor air pollution. Look to natural alternatives like Essence + Alchemy, which uses rapeseed wax, pure essential oils and wood-wick that is FSC certified (meaning it was ethically and sustainably sourced). The candles, £48, can be refilled as a one-off or why not treat yourself to a three or six-month subscription? Packaging is recyclable, biodegradable and plastic-free. Dusk, £48, is deeply relaxing. essenceand


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