This article was written by LastObject, a content contributor partner who specializes in eco-friendly beauty products.
We all know beauty products are one of the biggest waste contributors. And when it comes to makeup, there’s not much around that is completely zero-waste. We hear you and we got you! We’ve compiled a list of five eco-beauty makeup products that will be a great fit for your zero-waste lifestyle.
1. Sun Stick Full Face (Unscented) by Apothecary Muse
The sun is not always our friend. Too much exposure can increase the risk of early skin aging and skin cancer. Always add a layer of protection before you apply makeup. This sun stick from Apothecary Muse does not have any scent or aroma added.
It’s perfect for sensitive skin. They also use organic ingredients and earth-friendly packaging. Since this is a solid stick, it is easy to carry around especially if you’re always on the go.
They recommend the minimal application of the product. Wait until it becomes transparent before exposure. For longer sun exposure, it is best to re-apply every two hours.
2. Perfectly Imperfect Bamboo Capsule Palette by Elate
To help reduce the environmental impact Elate offers makeup accessories that are “perfectly imperfect”. If you don’t mind the minor flaws, then you can enjoy the savings as the prices for these products are 20 to 25% reduced. The products are still functional.
Because this palette is customizable, you can pare down your beauty needs and buy only what you need. It is made of water-treated bamboo and has a magnetic backing so you can design the powder layout as you wish. You may fill this palette with a refill of pressed eye color, foundation, powder blush, or bronzer. The packaging of the refills comes in wildflower seed paper envelopes. This means it can be planted after use.
3. Mulberry Lip Stain by River Organics
Keeping it minimal is still the best way forward but a touch of color won’t hurt. Mulberry Lip Stain is a 100% Vegan Lip Balm and has a beautiful deep burgundy color. The main ingredients are cacao, mango, and shea butter. This makes the color last longer while keeping your lips soft and smooth.
It is also packed in an eco-friendly paper tube. To use, dispense the product by pushing it up from the bottom, apply directly on your lips, or dip in your finger and brush in.
River Organics is another company that also promotes sustainability by embracing imperfection. You can get this product for less if you opt to get the imperfect ones. They come in full size but with forgivable defects. We all make mistakes, let’s give them some love.
4. Love Your Face Cleansing Oil by Lua Skincare
The only thing you shouldn’t be cutting corners on is a clean face. Always make it a habit to use a natural makeup remover because we all know, soap is just not enough!
This cleansing oil from Lua Skincare can remove dirt, oil, and makeup but stays gentle on your face. It will even leave your skin glowing after use. To use this, massage the oil onto your skin then wipe away with a warm and wet washcloth. You may also use a reusable cotton pad. It comes in 2 oz. glass bottle recommended for reuse and recycling.
Lua Skincare products are all 100% Vegan, cruelty-free, and made with plant-based oils. The ingredients are ethically sourced from eco-conscious companies that guarantee the highest quality products. The best thing about the brand is that they will donate 2% of every sale to a non-profit organization of your choice.
5. LastRound by LastObject
When applying and removing makeup, cotton pads are the best skincare accessory. Use it to evenly apply a liquid makeup product or with your toner after cleansing. This is often sold as a disposable but the great news is that we have reusable and compostable options now.
You will love these zero-waste facial cotton rounds for their quality and best of all, they are very easy to clean! LastRound is made of shape-shifting fabric, guaranteed to be gentle on the face, and washable. If you will use this with liquid or oil-based makeup, you can remove the stains by using dish soap or anything that has a grease-fighting ingredient.
Don’t forget to use a mesh laundry bag before you throw this in the machine. You can wash this with up to 60C/140F machine setting.
Every round can be used over 1,750 times and it is 100% compostable. Each pack has seven rounds housed in an ocean-bound plastic case. Refill rounds are not yet available but they promised to have this available soon.
We can all agree, beauty products are essential! But when it comes to zero-waste living, less is more. That’s why using up what you already have is still the most sustainable option. You can still be a responsible consumer by buying only what you need. Always choose products that are multi-use, refillable, reusable, and compostable.