Your Essential Guide to Plastic-Free Beauty

1 mins
12 May 2022

These conscious brands are paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

words Team Woo

You don’t need us to tell you about the ways in which the planet is suffering at the mercy of our seemingly-endless consumption; that’s what depressing stories and doom-laden statistics are for. But, great transformation comes in times of trauma, and in recent years individuals and brands alike are taking more and more responsibility for their own emissions.

When it comes to the beauty industry, discarded packaging often outlives us for generations to come, which isn’t helped by the fact that many modern skincare routines often advocate for a silly amount of products. The good news is that it is possible to reduce and better your

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consumption, starting with recycled and recyclable products. Here’s our tried and tested edit of the best in plastic-free, sustainable beauty.

Faceittea - Skin Reset, Organic Lavender Cleansing Pads

Faceittea - Skin Reset, Organic Lavender Cleansing Pads

£ 13.99

With calming and anti-fungal properties thought to help reduce redness and irritation, this is as much skincare as it is a make-up remover. Made from Konjac, a satisfyingly spongy vegetable fibre, it can be disposed of with food waste, and naturally decomposes within 6-8 weeks.

Evolve - Radiant Glow 2-In-1 Face Mask

Evolve - Radiant Glow 2-In-1 Face Mask

£ 25.00

With raw cacao powder and clay, this revitalises and purifies skin, while buffing it until it’s strokably soft and smooth.

Faceittea - Skin Reset Mask

Faceittea - Skin Reset Mask

£ 24.99

Mix this grammable purple powder with water to make a mask that will brighten, exfoliate and soothe. Great for reducing inflammation and breakouts, tightening pores and brightening skin tone, it’s also organic, vegan and cruelty-free.

Haeckels - Eco Marine Cream

Haeckels - Eco Marine Cream

£ 48.00

This seaweed infused, antioxidant rich moisturiser is good for all skin types. It sinks quickly, smells fresh and delicious and comes in a glass jar with an aluminium lid.

Olixa - Kakadu Plum Gummy Facial Cleanser

Olixa - Kakadu Plum Gummy Facial Cleanser

£ 24.00

You might prefer it as a morning cleanse before your serums and SPF, as opposed to relying on it to remove make-up, but this is an amazing skin-booster, with a hefty dose of Vitamin C. Housed in aluminium which is infinitely more recyclable, the single stress point is the plastic cap.

Sol De Ibiza - Face & Body Plastic Free Tin SPF30

Sol De Ibiza - Face & Body Plastic Free Tin SPF30

£ 22.00

SPF in a tin. Yes, really. This broad-spectrum mineral formula protects your skin and the planet. Should you be headed anywhere tropical you’re also safe in the knowledge that it’s reef safe too.

Neighbourhood Botanicals - Dear Diary Lip Balm

Neighbourhood Botanicals - Dear Diary Lip Balm

£ 15.00

A transparent, strawberry bubblegum scented lip balm, which in a heart shaped tin, will take you right back to school. All from a brand with a seriously commendable commitment to lessening its impact on the environment.

Face Theory - Vitamin C Cream Cleanser C1

Face Theory - Vitamin C Cream Cleanser C1

£ 11.99

Theory’s brilliant products make up the building blocks of good routines, and this, a glass jar with an aluminium lid, is largely guilt free. A Vitamin C cleanser that removes make-up and leaves skin hydrated and fresh, not tight dry.

Sbtrct - Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Sbtrct - Gentle Foaming Cleanser

£ 22.00

A solid bar cleanser from innovative, waterless and plastic-free brand SBTRCT, this removes make-up and refreshes skin, and smells heavenly thanks to geranium, rose and tonka essential oils. There’s also the option to purchase with a plastic free holder.

Mooncup - Size A

Mooncup - Size A

£ 20.95

The average woman will dispose of 11,000 sanitary items in her lifetime. Significantly reduce the amount you use with this washable, reusable cup that’s also free from toxins.

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