5 Beauty Products That Are as Good for the Environment as They Are for You
These planet-loving products will have you looking pretty in no time.
It's no secret that the beauty industry hasn't been as quick to join the sustainability party as some other business sectors. Think: superfluous packaging and containers that are eye-catching, but not recyclable. But some companies are now making a real effort to stem that waste and reduce their carbon footprint. Here are a few of our favorite picks.
Aether Beauty Crystal Gemstone Palette
These 12 universally flattering eyeshadows, in various nudes and browns, are made with organic coconut oil and shea butter that give them a lush consistency. And the whole thing is zero-waste—meaning the packaging, palette and shadow pans are not only made from recycled materials, but can also go back into the recycling can. ($58; Sephora)
Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser
Prickly pear extract and other botanical ingredients gently exfoliate oil-prone skin, leaving it soft and blemish-free. Like many Tata Harper products, it comes in a recyclable glass bottle. And other components that would usually be made of plastic—like the pump dispenser—are made from sugarcane, a renewable resource. ($72; Sephora)
Kevin Murphy Angel Wash Shampoo
Extracts of green tea, tangerine and lavender make for delicate suds that pamper and preserve color-treated or dry and damaged hair, even when used daily. Better still: The bottles are made from reclaimed ocean plastic, can be recycled, and the square shape allows more to be packed in a box, so less fuel is used in shipping. Clever! ($32 for shampoo on Amazon; $64 for set of shampoo and conditioner on Amazon)
One Ocean Beauty Eye Revival Marine Cream
This eye cream gets raves for its ability to reduce undereye puffiness, hydrate and minimize fine lines. The potent formula contains extracts from algae produced through a sustainable biotech process—rather than being ocean harvested, which can harm marine life. -Bonus: All the packaging is 100% recyclable. ($74; Neiman Marcus)
Kahina Argan Oil
There's a reason argan oil has a cult following: it's not too heavy or too light and is packed with vitamin E, polyphenols and essential fatty acids that soften dry skin. This one is certified organic and fair-trade, harvested by villagers in rural Morocco. The outer packaging is made with recyclable paper; the bottle can go in your blue bin too. ($36, Amazon)
This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine April 2020.