12 Eco-Friendly Toiletries Welcome In Any Sustainable Bathroom
Greening your skincare routine by choosing eco friendly toiletries is an easy way to tread more gently on the planet.
That is, flushing toxic ingredients and single-use plastic packaging out of our toiletries and down the toilet (just not literally, down the toilet).
Sustainable toiletries formulated with organic and natural ingredients are kinder to our skin as well as the planet, so knowing what ingredients to avoid in skincare is a good place to start.
Beyond ingredients lists, planet-friendly personal care means thoughtful (minimal) packaging, with compostable wrappers and refillable containers instead of mountains of plastic bottles and tubs.
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Sustainable Toiletry Brands & Products
But what is the most eco friendly toiletry brand?
Not to spoil the surprise, but to boil it down to just one would be nigh impossible.
We rinse off all the suds (and more) at the end of the article if you’re keen to freshen up on the best eco-friendly toiletries and their eco-credentials.
1. Eco Friendly Toiletry Bag
Before we get into our list of eco friendly toiletry products, you’re going to need something to put them in.
Their cotton canvas eco-friendly toiletries bag features a handy pocket for stashing little bits and bobs. For a vegan leather alternative, they also have bags made from washable kraft paper.
Both are lined with cotton and are ethically manufactured in India.
For eco friendly toiletries in the USA, Portland-based Carry Courage offers an eco-friendly toiletries bag made from sustainable cork fabric lined with waxed canvas.
The 3 vinyl pockets and 4 mesh pockets keep bottles upright to prevent any annoying spillage.
Amsterdam-based Certified B Corp O My Bag offers luxury leather cosmetic bags.
Like their sustainable handbags, the cosmetic bags are made from eco-tanned sustainable leather minus the synthetic finish.
They also offer a selection of quilted cotton cosmetic bags made from organic and recycled cotton with leather patches.
2. Body & Face Wash
Certified B Corp Plaine Products keeps our skin happy with their range of organic and eco-friendly toiletries that come in refillable aluminum bottles.
Their body wash comes in two different scents—Rosemary, Mint, + Vanilla and Citrus Lavender—plus an unscented version.
In addition to travel minis, they also offer a 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash ideal for minimalist packing.
UK-based Conscious Skincare uses the power of essential oils to create vegan formulations suitable for different skin types.
They also offer a complete Organic Travel Kit that includes six 50ml bottles of eco-friendly travel toiletries, a bamboo toothbrush, and an organic cotton face cloth.
Their nourishing face wash bars and body wash bars cater to all skin types. When traveling, pop them in a reusable tin and you’re good to go.
They also have a travel-friendly Mini Kit for complete skincare, including a mini version of their soap, toner, face oil, moisturizer and enzyme mask.
3. Shampoo & Conditioner
For zero waste toiletries, solid shampoo and conditioner bars are hard to beat. They save water, do away with plastic, and, because they’re concentrated, last a long time.
Plus, there’s no need to worry about TSA travel restrictions.
All of them are vegan, cruelty free, and palm oil free.
They also have sampler packs containing mini versions of their different products, perfect for trips away or as an eco friendly toiletries gift set.
For eco friendly toiletries in the UK, Friendly Soap makes some of the friendliest around—for both your skin and the planet.
They have vegan shampoo and conditioner bars as well as a selection of facial cleansing bars formulated to balance, nourish, and protect.
They also have a multi-purpose hair and body travel soap bar for those traveling light.
A public necessity: smelling fresh without stinking up the planet in the process. That’s what zero waste deodorants do, all with minimal impact.
Ethique offers unisex solid deodorant in both bar and cardboard stick tubes. There are 3 scents you can choose from which are cruelty-free, vegan, and palm oil free.
EcoRoots again aids our search for plastic free toiletries with their compostable cardboard tubes of deodorant in coconut, eucalyptus mint and lavender, or unscented varieties.
If you want specifically womens and mens sustainable toiletries in the UK, Battle Green’s handmade, baking-soda-based deodorants are free from toxic ingredients.
They come in either reusable metal tins or compostable tubes
Butter Me Up Organics’ rave reviews and cult status on Etsy is proof positive of their impact.
You only have to look at their range of organic and eco friendly toiletry moisturizing products to see for yourself.
The Clear Face formula contains aloe gel, rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, calendula, and olive oil to repair and hydrate your skin.
For sensitive, problem, and prematurely aged skin have a look at the Sea Buckthorn Facial Moisturizer. It’s packed with organic oils including avocado, sea buckthorn, coconut, and jojoba.
Conscious Skincare is the UK’s answer to low waste toiletries: think organic face and body lotion available in Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Amyris, Vetiver, or unscented.
And if you’re looking for an eco friendly toiletries gift set, they have six different options including a Spa Gift Set containing miniature versions of their body butter, body lotion, and body oil.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!
An eco friendly one that is.
Like Raw Elements, whose SPF 30 certified natural zinc sunscreen is made with 95% organic ingredients (and 100% non-GMO ingredients). It’s also Leapy Bunny certified cruelty-free but does contain beeswax.
While not a completely zero waste sunscreen brand, reusable metal tins and compostable cardboard sticks provide a plastic free way to SPF up.
But what about the kids, you say?
Their Baby and Kids hypoallergenic version contains organic calendula, chamomile, coconut, and sunflower to moisturize sensitive soft baby skin.
UK readers can delight in vitamin D thanks to Suntribe’s reef-safe sunscreen made with non-nano zinc oxide.
Available in a reusable tin or a non-plastic tube, this Swedish brand designs its sunscreen in collaboration with surfers to be extra water and sweat-resistant.
7. Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Looking for eco friendly toiletries in the USA?
Brush With Bamboo stocks US-made bamboo toothbrushes for both adults and kids and for our UK readers too.
etee creates an in-house range of sustainable toiletries including dental care products and kits.
Their FSC-certified bamboo toothbrushes and bamboo electric toothbrushes alike have replaceable heads and 100% plant-based bristles made from castor oil.
Pair one of these with some of their Minty Vanilla Chew Paste and you’ll be the pearly white winner of sustainable dental care.
If paste isn’t your taste, chew on Battle Green’s bamboo toothbrushes and mineral-rich Natural Tooth Powder packaged in glass jars.
Hands up, who remembered to floss? Anyone?
If you’re dedicated to flossing out plaque and plastic from your zero waste toiletries, pop some plastic free floss in your eco friendly toiletries bag.
Georganics also offers a vegan compostable floss made of corn-based PLA, vegetable waxes, and essential oils.
9. Hand Sanitizer
Now that hand sanitizers are ubiquitous, it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t carry them.
Unfortunately, while we reduce the spread of whatever the next variant might be, it has meant a proliferation of plastic bottles to deal with…unless you opt for a zero waste hand sanitizer.
Like by Humankind’s moisturizing hand sanitizer that comes in pocket-size aluminum bottles (or larger 8 oz bottles) with reusable pump caps.
Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, or Unscented – choose your flavor!
Similarly Plaine Products has a refillable peppermint hand sanitizer made without harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
10. Makeup Kits
If you’re in need of a restock and not sure where to get started, know there are plenty of zero waste make up brands to pucker up for—especially considering they sell convenient kits!
Certified B Corp Elate Cosmetics offers lip and eye makeup kits made of certified organic ingredients.
Each kit contains an eyeliner pencil, a lip pencil, and a black mascara, which comes in a compostable bamboo outer with a recyclable plastic inner tube.
Zao Organic Makeup offers beauty products for the face, lips, and eyes made from all-natural and Ecocert-certified organic ingredients.
11. Shaving Kits
A safety or zero waste razor is worth all the real estate it takes up in any women’s and men’s eco friendly toiletries bag.
Which is why we’d happily add EcoRoots’ shiny safety razor made from zinc alloy and stainless steel to our eco arsenal.
It’s available in rose gold or black, and each razor comes with five double-edged stainless steel replacement blades.
If you want a starter set though, EcoRoot’s shaving kit contains one safety razor, shaving soap, and 15 stainless steel replacement blades.
For on the move convenience, consider Jungle Culture’s more lightweight bamboo safety razors to complete your zero waste traveling toiletries.
It comes in a durable jute travel bag for packing safely in your luggage too.
And you can pair it with one of their handmade vegan shaving bars, containing organic coconut oil and essential oils, in charcoal and black pepper or aloe vera and mint.
To extend its life and ensure tip-top condition for many close-shaves to come, ensure you know how to clean a safety razor properly.
12. Menstrual Cup
For sustainable period preparation, a menstrual cup is a zero waste bathroom essential.
They’re also perfect for traveling as one cup will last you dozens of conscious cycles.
Saalt’s menstrual cups are made in the USA from medical-grade silicon.
This Certified B Corp donates 2% of its profits to providing period care and menstrual health education to communities in need.
Another Certified B Corp, HEVEA makes biodegradable natural rubber menstrual cups with a helpful loop-style stem that makes them easy to use.
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How We Chose The Most Sustainable Toiletries
What are eco-friendly bathroom products and toiletries?
In a (sustainably-harvested) nutshell, they’re toiletries that are better for people and the planet.
We used our sustainable beauty and skincare criteria to scrub off the dirt, leaving us with a list of affordable and luxury sustainable toiletries that shine.
- Cruelty free: No testing on animals, ever.
- Vegan: Some non vegan eco friendly toiletries—including organic face moisturizers and zero waste lotions—do contain beeswax (which should be ethically sourced) but it’s becoming easier to find vegan alternatives.
- Non-toxic: Organic and natural ingredients are better for our skin and (because skincare ingredients can get into our waterways) better for the environment too.
- Palm oil free: We’re pleased to be able to find a growing number of plastic free and zero waste toiletries that are palm oil free or contain sustainably sourced palm oil.
- Ethical ingredient sourcing: The best ethical brands not only provide full ingredient lists but also tell us where those ingredients have come from. Transparency is key and third-party certifications help us avoid greenwashing claims.
- Thoughtful packaging: This means low or zero plastic toiletries. Solid bars and compostable cardboard tubes are best for waste free toiletries, but otherwise we opt for reusable metal and glass containers.
Final Thoughts On The Best Eco-Friendly Toiletries
Bathrooms are notorious for accumulating all manner of plastic products: bottles of shampoo and body wash, tubes of toothpaste, single-use razors, synthetic floss, just to scrape the surface.
Which is why plastic free toiletries are critical to curbing plastic waste and transitioning to a (more) zero waste lifestyle.
Beyond zero waste, the best sustainable toiletries are those that are formulated with natural ingredients that don’t pollute the waterways they end up in.
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Help them freshen up in a way that’s friendly for all by sharing these brands creating responsible bathroom basics.