What does your skincare regimen look like? For many people, it involves commercially advertised products that are filled with chemicals harmful for not only your body, but the environment as well. Being zero waste doesn’t only have to involve metal straws and reusable grocery bags, it also means using products that are made up of completely sustainable and organic ingredients. Using zero waste skincare products is a surefire way to do that. This post is dedicated to the top 11 zero waste skincare products and DIYs that will enhance your everyday skincare routine. Some items are pricey, while others are cheaper, but one thing I can promise you is that each and every one of these products is zero waste, natural, and none of them are packaged in plastic.
11 Zero Waste Skincare Products + DIYs
Why is it important to have a zero waste skincare routine?
A common ingredient in some conventional skincare products is formaldehyde, the same chemical used to preserve dead bodies, which can cause irritation to the skin if exposed. Sodium lauryl sulphate is another common ingredient in some products. The purpose of this chemical is to make bubbles. It can also be found in floor cleaners, engine greasers, and car wash detergents. Yeah, no thanks.
What are the best zero waste skincare products and DIYs?
The best zero waste skincare products are the ones with all-natural ingredients and sustainable packaging. The ones where you know exactly what’s being rubbed into your face and how it’s going to benefit your skin. So there’s no need to worry about skin irritation from chemicals, toxic smells from artificial fragrances or potentially polluting ingredients.
These zero waste skincare products and DIYs I’ve rounded up are all 100% natural, eco-friendly, and packaged sustainably. Plus there are several vegan options mentioned as well.
1. Yay for Earth- Sensitive Skin Face Lotion
I have been using Stevie’s Yay for Earth sensitive skin face lotion for several months now, and I think it’s safe to say it’s a holy grail of mine.
Packaging: The larger sizes come in a glass jar while the mini version (1 oz.) is in a tin case. Also, your lotion will be delivered in a cardboard box sealed with compostable paper tape and filled with completely dissolvable package peanuts made from cornstarch. How cool is that?! All ingredients are sustainably sourced and natural.
2. Fat and the Moon- Masa + Olive Exfoliating Face Paste
A hydrating and sustainably made face paste is exactly what your skin needs during these nasty heat waves. This exfoliating face paste uses corn flour to polish and stimulate your skin, and olive oil to moisturize.
Packaging: It’s packaged in a recyclable glass jar with a metal lid and you’re given 2 oz. of useable product.
3. Bestowed Essentials- Natural Sensitive Skin Face Mask
Have you ever tried a powdered face mask? It’s a great way to exfoliate your skin while knowing exactly what you’re going to be putting on your face.
Packaging: This affordable, handmade product is packaged in a 30% recycled glass with a metal lid. Just like the rest of the products so far and the ones after this, you’re highly encouraged to reuse or recycle the packaging once it’s finished.
Vegan friendly?: Yes
Ingredients: Kaolin clay, ground oats, ground dried lavender buds, ground dried chamomile flowers, Brazilian purple clay.
4. Kindred Black- Ocotillo Eye Balm
Need a zero waste, all natural eye balm to help with those puffy under eyes?
Ocotillo balm helps as an anti-inflammatory undereye treatment, but it can also be applied to hemorrhoids, spider veins, and broken capillaries.
Packaging: This luxury brand item comes packaged in a beautiful blue glass bottle with a large cork sealing it shut. Every single part of their packaging is plastic free and sustainable! They use recycled boxes, recycled tissue paper, recycled shipping paper, water activated tape, and their signature floral paper is printed with vegetable and soy inks. They even replaced bubble wrap with Green Wrap, an alternative to plastic that’s compostable, biodegradable, SFI-certified and fully recyclable. Even the bottles are handmade by a glass artisan. It doesn’t get more handmade and sustainable than that!
Vegan friendly?: No
Ingredients: Organic Sonoran jojoba oil, organic beeswax, wildcrafted whole ocotillo bark.
5. Bell Mountain Naturals- Vegan Soap
Looking for a vegan soap with natural, locally sourced ingredients? Soap is probably one of the most common skincare items we use, yet most of us are clueless when it comes to what types of chemicals we’re rubbing into our skin.
It’s an amazing feeling to know you can purchase a soap bar that’s plastic-free, palm-oil free, vegan, and 100% compostable. It comes in four soothing scents and each bar is 4oz. in size.
Ingredients (Metairie Soap): Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea (Love) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, Ocimum Basillicum (Basil) Oil, bergamot oil, Cupressus sempervirens (cypress) oil, Rubia Tinctorum (Madder root).
6. LOLI- Polishing Face Scrub
Have you ever tried a grain-based, food-safe polishing scrub? Well look no further- LOLI provides a high-antioxidant face polishing scrub that helps all skin types just as much as the conventional face scrub would, sans the planet-polluting micro beads.
The pure ingredients used will help rejuvenate and detoxify your skin. The grains are ground from kernels of Peruvian purple corn, a vibrant grain that boasts more antioxidants than blueberries. Kaolin, a sebum reducer, deep cleans the skin.
Vegan friendly?: Yes
Ingredients: Purple corn, pomegranate, almond flour, kaolin, orange peel, hibiscus, yucca root powder, rice starch.
7. KYPRIS- Antioxidant Dew
This versatile antioxidant elixir lavishes your skin with preserved essential oils and plant extracts.
Some notable ingredients include:
Sea Algae, which has been studied for its ability to hydrate; Waltheria Indica, a botanical gem from the Mallow family known to soothe your skin’s appearance; and DPHP (dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline), an amino acid that smoothes your skin’s appearance to enhance luminosity.
Packaging: This antioxidant face dew is packaged in glass, made with plant-based ingredients and absolutely never tested on animals. It is rather costly considering it’s a high-end brand, but once you try it you’ll learn that it was worth every penny.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Anhydroxylitol, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Dextrin, Ferulic Acid, Lecithin, Mannitol, Phospholipids, Prunus Cerasus (Sour Cherry) Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose De Mai) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Levulinate, Xanthan Gum, Xylitol, Sodium Anisate.
8. Marley’s Monsters- Organic Cotton Facial Rounds
Don’t feel like using your fingers to apply products or clean your face? These 100% organic cotton facial rounds are the perfect tool for the job.
Packaging: For a very fair price, you’ll received a pack of 20 pads that are packaged in a recyclable paper sleeve. These cotton pads are the perfect replacement for disposable facial rounds and cotton balls.
Vegan friendly?: Yes
Materials: 100% organic cotton.
9. Meow Meow Tweet- Organic Face Toner
I think we all want a natural face toner that will make our skin absolutely radiant, instead of those overly artificial ones with who-knows-what in them. This organic and plant-based toner is perfect as a makeup setter, scalp spray, aftershave spray or just some simple face cleansing.
The natural ingredients are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that will leave your face fresh and toned. You’ll receive all the benefits of a high-end toner without ruining the environment or your wallet.
Ingredients: Witch hazel, water, rose hydrosol, vegetable glycerin, apple cider vinegar, radish root gement filtrate, lavender oil, geranium oil, palmarosa oil, immortelle oil.
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10. DIY Shaving Cream
Shaving can be a very tedious task filled with cuts, slippery fingers, and missing that one patch of hair that you could have sworn you shaved off.
To make this DIY shaving cream, you’ll only need shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, and essential oils (optional). You just heat up the ingredients, mix them until combined, cool the mixture until solidified and then mix it up again to get that whipped shaving cream texture! Once it’s made, you can store it in a glass jar- preferably a sealed mason jar- to keep it as fresh as possible.
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11. DIY Sugar Scrub
If you want smooth skin- exfoliation is key. Not doing so is the leading cause of clogged pores and very comedogenic. Sometimes it can be hard to trust other brands to use the ingredients you prefer, so why not take the initiative and make your own sugar scrub?
To make this scrub, you’ll need sugar, raw honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, and oil. Each ingredient plays an important role and provides a different benefit for your skin. The sugar is the exfoliate, raw honey is an anti-bacterial and moisturizer, lemon juice brightens/tightens the skin, and lemon zest just makes the scrub smell yummy!
What are your favorite zero waste skincare products and DIYs?
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