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17 Zero Waste Skin Care Brands Creating Plastic Free Products


Why are zero waste skin care products a good look?

Because conventional beauty is ugly for our planet and our skin.

Chemicals coupled with synthetics, the industry’s negative impact also pumps out more than 120 billion units of plastic packaging annually.

Simply put, plastic should be as worrisome as pimples. Which is why zero waste makeup brands are fighting bacne against these toxic industry trends.

And these low waste skincare brands are doing the same.

Andrea’s Organic Market has one of the most impressive plastic free skincare lines we’ve seen, including comprehensive plastic free skin care kits.

Common Heir won’t cost you an arm and a leg—and won’t cost our planet either thanks to their compostable skin care packaging. 

booni doon is reinventing what it means to provide the best zero waste skin care with a concentrated cleanser that comes in vegan, tapioca-derived starch capsules.

Jump to the end of the article to see how we selected brands for our minimal-waste medicine cabinets.

*This post contains affiliate links

1. ANDREA’S ORGANIC MARKET

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*Note: Most products are vegan, but some contain honey or goat’s milk.

Andrea’s Organic Market’s Plastic Free Skincare Products

Andrea’s Organic Market has perhaps the largest selection of products to match their rave reviews and cult following:

  • Facial bars, creams, masks and wash
  • Balms, salves and serums
  • Oils (including massage oil)
  • Facial astringent and facial scrubs
  • Zero waste makeup remover
  • Body scrub

All products are made with 100% non-GMO certified organic ingredients, like cold-pressed unrefined plant oils, raw butters, and herbal infusions. 

Many ingredients are Fair Trade, too. 

The only animal byproducts used are honey and goat milk (which they can substitute with coconut milk on request).

About Andrea’s Organic Market

Aside from the 50+ skincare products, Andrea’s Organic Market also crafts cold-pressed natural shampoo bars, bath salts and oil, tinctures, and culinary edibles such as loose leaf tea blends, honey, and flavor extracts.

Their whole product line is zero waste, herb-based, non-toxic, palm-oil free, and cruelty-free.

All items are packaged in glass bottles. For relevant items, you can opt for a pump on your first order and a recyclable lid for subsequent ones. 

Founder Andrea and her small team make each product in a workshop in Muldrow, Indiana.

Available: Etsy


2. ETHIQUE

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Ethique’s Zero Plastic Skincare

Ethique products are a no mess, no fuss way to clean or feed your skin at home or on the go… all with absolutely zero plastic.

They began as a bar-only brand but have now added compostable cardboard tubes to their zero waste packaging lineup making products like their face cream more versatile.

They offer some of the best zero waste skincare on the market:

Ethique’s ingredients are naturally derived and free from parabens, petroleum by-products, palm oil, synthetic fragrances, and formaldehyde.

They do use some preservatives and plant-derived chemicals.

About Ethique

Ethique originates from Christchurch, New Zealand, but its products are widely loved around the world.

In addition to skin care, they also offer zero waste shampoo, shaving soap bars, and other body products.

Through direct trade, they’re able to provide farmers with a fair price—just one of their impressive social efforts as a Certified B Corp.

Ethique is certified cruelty free, vegan, palm oil free, plastic free, and Climate Positive, offsetting 120% of their emissions. 

Putting the ‘Ethique’ in ‘Ethical’, they donate either 2% of revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity and plant a tree for every order.

Available: Amazon | Holland & Barrett (UK) | Nourished Life (AU)

Ethique has featured in an article on zero waste face wash.


3. COMMON HEIR

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*Note: Common Heir uses RSPO palm oil. We are confirming other policies directly with this brand.

Common Heir’s Plastic Free Skin Care Capsules

Common Heir is about “top shelf beauty that’s all results, zero plastic.

They keep their product range super-simple with Vitamin C Serum and Retinol Serum.

The science-backed formulations are biodegradable and filled with natural ingredients that exclude a long list of restricted ingredients.

No animal byproducts are used, but the Vitamin C Serum may contain trace amounts of gluten.

Their palm oil derivatives are RSPO certified.

Once you squeeze the compostable skincare out of its travel-friendly capsule, simply melt the tapioca starch casing in hot water and pour down the sink (or compost it).

About Common Heir

Common Heir is committed to high-impact but low waste skincare.

Their Leaping Bunny-certified and free of plastic, cruelty, and silicone.

Not Korean skin care, per se, but that is where their products are made.

The outer packaging is plastic free and recyclable, and carbon neutral shipping is used.

The woman-founded brand donates 1% of its annual sales and supports the Ocean Blue Project. For every email signup, they donate $1 to remove one pound of microplastics from the ocean.

Available: Common Heir


4. BOONI DOON

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booni doon’s Zero Waste Skincare USA

booni doon is a nickname with no real meaning, but the brand is doing plenty of meaningful things in the plastic free skincare packaging space. 

Their small yet supportive range includes cleansers (capsules + gel) and GOTS organic cotton reusable rounds.

Products are made with mostly natural, organic, and ethically grown or sourced ingredients (like upcycled California wine industry byproducts), but they do use some “safe synthetics”.

The capsules have been clinically and dermatologist tested as non-irritating. 

They come in a recyclable glass jar with a compostable bamboo lid, or an FSC-certified, dissolvable refill pouch. 

About booni doon

At the forefront of plastic free skincare, booni doon handcrafts in small batches in the USA.

The woman-owned brand is PETA Cruelty-Free, EWG Verified, vegan, plastic free, and committed to zero landfill or ocean waste. 

As a palm oil free brand, their Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides are derived from non-GMO coconuts.

Inspired by the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility, everything they do is in pursuit of a “world where consumers no longer need to bear the burden of seeking environmentally friendly products and the accountability rests with the company“.

To make things as effortless as possible for consumers, each product comes with information on how to properly dispose of it, whether that’s via reuse, dissolving, composting, or recycling. 

US orders are shipped carbon neutral.

They’re committed to the Truth in Labeling Pledge and plant over 500 trees every year through a partnership with One Tree Planted.

Available: booni doon


5. TAP TAP ORGANICS

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*Note: Their balms contain beeswax until Tap Tap Organics switches to a plant-based wax.

Tap Tap Organics’ Zero Waste Luxury Skincare

Ready to rejuvenate your skin and regenerate our planet, Tap Tap Organics offers two skincare products: Head to Toe body butter and Regenerate beauty oil.

Blending organic, tropical ingredients and always free of harsh chemicals like parabens and petrolatum, each is like DIY zero waste skincare—only you don’t have to make anything! 

The products are designed to be multi-taskers, too. 

For example, the beauty oil can be used for the face, body, or hair.

They’re all cruelty free, but beeswax is featured in the balms. Tap Tap Organics is working on switching to plant-based wax instead.

About Tap Tap Organics

Hailing from arguably the greenest place on Earth—Costa Rica—it’s no wonder that Tap Tap Organics is committed to producing zero waste luxury skin care. 

In fact, they’re the only skincare brand to use local, wild-harvested, virgin coconut oil. 

The rest of their ingredients are sustainably sourced elsewhere in Central and South America before final products are made in San Francisco. 

While everything is packaged in reusable glass jars and bottles, they also offer a take-back program. 

Outer packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable and profits help support organizations like BLM and 5 Minute Foundation.

Available: Tap Tap Organics


6. MEOW MEOW TWEET

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Meow Meow Tweet’s Cruelty-Free Low Waste Skincare

Featuring mild, natural ingredients, Meow Meow Tweet is here with cruelty free, vegan, low waste skin care products that have a gentle impact on our world—and on sensitive skin. 

They’re the cat’s meow for:

  • Cleansing and face oils
  • Exfoliant mask s
  • Serums
  • Body oils
  • Toners
  • Skin creams
  • Sunscreens
  • Natural face wash
  • Skin balms
  • Facial soap

Ingredients like organic unrefined plant oils, clays, charcoal, and cold-pressed essential oils are here to revive and rejuvenate skin of any type. 

Made without preservatives and in small batches, all products are fresh and as close to nature’s intent as possible. 

You won’t have to worry about gluten or palm oil.

About Meow Meow Tweet

Meow Meow Tweet is a New York City-based brand, and if you didn’t get their passion for animals from the name, know they’re certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

Aside from vegan low waste skincare products, MMT also makes eco friendly deodorant and soap in oh-so-many scents.

Most products come in conscious packaging like glass bottles, compostable cardboard sticks, or aluminum with recycled, recyclable, and compostable boxes.

Because some plastic is hard to avoid (spray nozzles or pumps, for instance), they have a program that takes back these plastic components to be recycled via TerraCycle. 

They also partner with rePurpose Global to reduce, reuse, and offset their plastic use, making them plastic negative as well as Climate Neutral Certified.

Did we mention they regularly donate to lots of charities?

Available: Meow Meow Tweet | EarthHero


7. NATURAL WISDOM SPA

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*Note: We are confirming policies directly with this brand.

Natural Wisdom Spa’s Plastic Free Skincare in the UK

Using raw, undiluted organic seed oils, Natural Wisdom Spa sets the waste free skin care bar high with their mostly organic, food grade products:

  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliator
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Face oil
  • Body butter

CO2 extracted herbal extracts are used instead of hydro-alcoholic herbal extracts. 

This produces plant extracts without solvent residues, meaning more bio-active properties (antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty oils, minerals, and essential) are retained. 

The formulations are free of parabens, gluten, alcohol, silicones, and animal byproducts. 

Their waste free skincare packaging consists of Miron™ violet glass bottles with fully recyclable metal lids or recycled glass jars with cork stops and a wooden spoon. 

Plastic PP pumps are available upon request.

About Natural Wisdom Spa

Maeve is the founder, curator, and formulator of this plastic free zero waste skin care brand.

Natural Wisdom Spa’s products are all biodegradable, vegan, organic, wild-harvested, food-grade, and nourishing and nurturing. 

Everything is cold blended (to retain more of the nourishing, repairing, and protecting properties) and made to order in tiny, fresh batches. 

Outer packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable/biodegradable.

Available: Etsy


8. FAT AND THE MOON

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*Note: Face-based skin care products are vegan but body skin care products typically contain ethically sourced beeswax.

Fat and the Moon’s Herbalist Formulated Zero Waste Skincare Products

Some of the best zero waste skin care products are those made by Fat and the Moon—especially if you’re looking for zero waste skin care for sensitive skin

We’re over the moon for the brand’s:

  • Healing salve
  • Bath soak
  • Face mist
  • Face and body lotion and oil
  • Body powder
  • Face cleanser
  • Zero waste shaving cream
  • Exfoliating face paste
  • Face mask
  • Pregnancy and postpartum skincare products

Everything is all-natural, mostly organic, cruelty-free, palm-oil free, and includes a hilarious product description for a flare of personality.

All face products are also vegan, though most body and crossover skin products contain ethically sourced beeswax.

Ingredients like organic plant seed oils, hyaluronic acid, clays, botanical roots and seeds, and essential oils support sensitive skin while drawing out impurities and restoring moisture. 

Products are sans parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or other toxins. 

Since “body products, like food, are not meant to last forever”, your products are fresh and handmade to order.

About Fat and the Moon

No waste skincare aside, Fat and the Moon offers a huge spread of zero waste deodorant, hair care, and zero waste makeup packaged in reusable tins or recyclable glass bottles.

Everything is handmade and herbalist formulated, using ingredients that are thoughtfully sourced and organically cultivated.

Totally woman-owned and operated, Fat and the Moon creates all “potions” under the guidance of traditional healer philosophies. Everything is gentle, non-toxic, and designed to truly heal.

Everything ships in recycled and recyclable packaging.

Fat and the Moon supports social justice organizations like BlackTransWomen.org, Nap Ministry, and The Okra Project.

Available: EarthHero


9. RAINWATER BOTANICALS

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Rainwater Botanicals’ Zero Waste Skincare

Rainwater Botanical offers an affordable low waste skincare lineup that’s another potential one-stop shop due to their wide range of:

  • Facial cleansers
  • Toners
  • Masks
  • Facial serums
  • Facial creams
  • Eye treatments
  • Skin balms
  • Soaps
  • Creams
  • Butters
  • Lotions
  • Skin remedies and salves

Comfrey was the brand’s first ingredient, and it’s still one of the most important. Revered for its healing properties, it joins other ingredients like organic aloe, plant oils, clay, plant extracts, botanicals, and essential oils in supporting healthy skin from the inside out. 

Everything is palm oil and sulfate-free.   

Most come in packaged reusable jars and bottles, and a few in compostable cardboard.

About Rainwater Botanicals

A certified Safe Cosmetic Business Network member, Rainwater Botanicals has been hand-crafting natural, cruelty-free and waste free skincare and beauty products since 1999.

What started with a single healing balm, expanded to the many vegan zero waste skincare products, cosmetics (like natural foundation), hair care, and non toxic perfume.

Many products come in compostable or reusable packaging, but as a whole, Rainwater Botanicals is not 100% zero waste.

Be on the lookout for plastic lids (one of the many types of plastic which often go unnoticed) on their squirt bottles and be sure to reuse them if you order these products.

Available: Etsy


10. FACETHEORY

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*Note: Facetheory uses RSPO palm oil. We are confirming other policies directly with this brand.

Facetheory’s Zero Waste Skincare UK

Results-driven and easy to recycle, Facetheory has the plenty of products for any plastic free skincare routine:

  • Cleansers
  • Scrubs
  • Masks
  • Eye Care
  • Body treatments (scar oil, soap, bath oil, hand masks, etc.)
  • Serums 
  • Organic face oils
  • Toners

Nature meets science in its range of products, which is why botanical extracts are combined with high-performing (and sometimes synthetic) actives.

Everything is free of harsh chemicals like parabens, PEGs, silicones, SLS, SLES, formaldehyde, petroleum, and mineral oils. 

Many are suitable for all skin types, and some are designed to address specific concerns.

About Facetheory

Facetheory aims to create affordable plastic free skincare with an impressive 365-day money-back guarantee. 

They’re proudly vegan and cruelty free, certified by Leaping Bunny. 

All ingredients are carefully sourced and the products are made in the UK. 

Almost everything comes in amber glass jars with aluminum caps, or recyclable aluminum tubes, paired with biodegradable shipping materials. 

Available: Facetheory


11. DIRTY HIPPIE COSMETICS

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*Note: One of Dirty Hippie’s suppliers no longer guarantees certain ingredients to be palm oil free. While they search for a new supplier, some of their products contain palm oil.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics’ No Waste Skincare

Dirty Hippie repeatedly makes it onto our best zero waste beauty brand lists.

And considering their eco-credentials and expansive range, you can see why:

Rich plant and essential oils are used to provide nourishment, hydration, and other healing properties for all types of skin—including sensitive skin. 

Products are organic, cruelty-free, vegan, toxin-free and packaged in cardboard or reusable glass and tin pots.

About Dirty Hippie Cosmetics

Dirty Hippie comes to us from a solar powered HQ in a zero waste community in Australia. 

There, they can best utilize natural resources (like harvested rainwater), grow and locally source organic ingredients, and operate at a growing carbon offset (currently 50%).

Ingredients not sourced locally are acquired through Fair Trade streams. 

They are also in the process of moving toward being palm oil free since their Olive and Coconut oil supplier no longer guarantees them to be palm oil free, which affects their raspberry face oil and a handful of cosmetics.

Dirty Hippie donates to many rotating charities such as animal rescues, suicide prevention organizations, and currently, The Stroke Foundation Australia.

Available: Etsy


12. EMPIRESQUID ORGANICS

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*Note: Not all ES products are vegan, though they can make vegan substitutes at no charge upon request.

Empiresquid Organics’ Zero Waste Skin Care

EmpireSquid has a massive range of handcrafted and cruelty-free zero waste skin care products:

  • Facial oils
  • Facial and body butters
  • Soap
  • Cleansers
  • Toners
  • Masks
  • Sets
  • Skincare for mama and baby
  • Sun care
  • Powders
  • Massage oils

Like “health food for your skin,” everything is palm oil free, organic, and sans unnecessary toxic junk or artificial anything. 

Instead you’ll find natural clays, fruit and flower powders, essential oils, and organic plant oils.

Organic beeswax is found in some products, but they’re able to use vegan candelilla wax instead (upon request). 

They also list what skin type is most suitable for each product, and suggest reaching out if you have any questions/concerns.

About Empiresquid Organics

This LA-based family-run brand specializes in “amazingly wholesome” and affordable zero waste skin care products that are highly reviewed and minimally processed.

All are made-to-order from naturally sourced, mostly organic ingredients.

Glass bottles and jars and aluminum tins are used (complete with adorable sketched animal labels), and the masks come in compostable brown bags. 

Everything ships in recyclable packaging.

Available: Etsy


13. ACTIVIST SKINCARE

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*Note: We are confirming policies directly with this brand.

Activist Skincare’s Refillable Zero Waste Skin Care

Using pure, plant-based ingredients and planet-friendly refillable containers, Activist Skincare crafts skin toners, serums, and cleansers.

All formulations are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and ethically sourced. 

Instead of synthetic colors and fragrances and toxins like formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, the brand uses botanical extracts and active ingredients including vitamin C, niacinamide and peptides.

All their products are available in glass containers and refill pouches. They also offer travel/trial sizes of every product via the Refillable Kit.

About Activist Skincare

Activist Skincare only uses ingredients that are deemed safe by the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

They’re often certified organic and always non-GMO. 

All formulas come in reusable/recyclable glass bottles with minimal plastic waste (i.e. droppers).

Their packaging is paper-based, and refills ship in minimalist flat envelopes to reduce weight and emissions.

Activist Skincare is a small woman-owned business and member of 1% For the Planet. They support environmental organizations like the Environmental Defense Fund, Earthjustice, and Rainforest Trust.

Available: EarthHero


14. BEE YOU ORGANICS

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*Note: Many of the brand’s products are not suitable for vegans, but there are vegan options available.

Bee You Organics’

BeeYou Organics’ makes a range of zero plastic skincare that specializes in sensitive, acne-prone, and troubled skin. These include:

  • Body Lotion and butter
  • Beard oil and balm
  • Sugar scrub
  • Creams
  • Sunscreen
  • Soap
  • Unchafable stick
  • Serums
  • Face moisturizer
  • Toner
  • Salve
  • Face masks
  • Skincare products for mom and baby (nursing balm, diaper rash balm, stretch mark cream)

All are free from toxins and irritants, like preservatives, water, and alcohol.

Instead, owner Larissa uses ingredients that are food-grade, certified organic, non-GMO, sustainable, and Fair Trade (when an option). 

They’re cruelty-free, alcohol-free, palm oil-free (including derivatives), and emulsifier-free.

About Bee You Organics

In the lush natural forests of the US’s Pacific Northwest, Bee You crafts soothing skincare and affordable organic makeup (like zero waste mascara).

While some products use non-vegan emu oil and organic beeswax for moisturizing power, they offer plenty of vegan options that rely on organic shea butter.

They help balance their beeswax use by donating to support ethical beekeeping through WSU bee research projects.

Bee You Organics supports small businesses and various local charities, and is beginning to employ economically disadvantaged women as they grow and need more hands on deck.

Available: Etsy


15. ESSENTIAL BOUTIQUE

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*Note: Many palm oil derivatives are used and some products contain beeswax.

Essential Boutique’s

Zero waste skin care exfoliator to sulfur cream for acne, Essential Boutique has an impressive product range that’s sure to scratch your skincare needs:

  • Body butter
  • Face cream
  • Face masks
  • Cleanser
  • Serum
  • Scrub
  • Face polish
  • Toner
  • Aftershave balm
  • Hydrosol
  • Sunscreen

Everything is cruelty free, made to order, and free of preservatives, artificial colors, and fragrances. 

Many products are vegan but some contain beeswax.

While many products come in compostable tubes or glass bottles or pots with droppers or aluminum lids, plastic packaging is used for some (like the body butter, lotion, and toner).

They’re in the process of making the switch to exclusively no plastic skincare packaging and they have a special section dedicated to just that.

About Essential Boutique

Essential Boutique started out by providing skincare products to their friends and family, and is now a popular source for customers around the world! 

The Scottish brand makes everything by hand, in small batches, using ye-old recipes. 

No animal testing is allowed. In some cases, organic and fair trade ingredients are used, like their African Shea butter.

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16. SAVON DILIGENCES SOAP

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*Note: Beeswax is used in most products.

Savon Diligences Soap: Plastic Free Skin Care Canada

Using pure ingredients that include love, Savon Diligences Soapswaste free skincare products are here to heal. They include:

  • Body butter
  • Salve
  • Ointment
  • Face soap
  • Face serum
  • Facial moisturizer

Natural plant oils are combined with essential oils, fair trade Shea butter, and local beeswax—though some of the liquids (like serums) are beeswax free and vegan. 

The products are designed to support everyone’s skin, even those with rosacea or dry, sensitive skin. 

They’re also designed for zero waste acne skin care, owing to purifying and astringent properties.

Artificial fragrances or preservatives are never used.

About Savon Diligences Soap

Maker of zero waste hand soap, natural deodorant for men, and more, French Canadian brand Savon Diligences Soap (Savonnerie des Diligences) was founded by a mom looking to support her child with eczema. 

That’s why only natural and mostly organic ingredients are used in these handmade products. 

Everything is sourced ethically, and even their Shea butter is sourced from a women-led and fairtrade business in Mali. 

Recyclable and compostable packaging is used.

Available: Etsy | Savonnerie Diligences


17. DEW MIGHTY

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*Note: Most are palm oil free but in the few instances when necessary, they use only RSPO-certified palm.

Dew Mighty’s Package Free Skincare

Unbottled and undiluted, Dew Mighty is one of the plastic free skin care brands with a product line that is small but… well, mighty.

Face serum and cleanser, that’s it.

Common ingredients include vitamins and minerals, mineral-rich clays, and flower and seed oils.

Everything is PETA and Leaping Bunny certified to be cruelty-free and vegan, as well as clinically proven to be high-performing and effective even in harsh outdoor conditions.

No matter your skin type, these products are formulated with pure, concentrated ingredients that have anti-redness, soothing, and calming properties.

Dew Mighty strives to be palm oil free but when they must rely on palm oil to replace petroleum products (since they’re also petroleum free!), they source only from RSPO-certified suppliers.

Taking a slow beauty approach, they’re free of fillers and trashy packaging. 

The initial purchase comes in a refillable metal container and refills are available in jelly bar or powder forms.

About Dew Mighty

Dew Mighty’s ingredients are wild-harvested, certified organic, fair trade, and/or tested pesticide-free, coming together into final products in California.

Because reusable is better than recyclable, everything comes with food-safe metal containers designed to be refilled.

Refills are sent in barely-there packaging like compostable veggie coated FSC paper.

The AAPI woman-founded brand and member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition uses hydroelectric project offsets for their minimal footprint, making them carbon neutral.

They also donate to food and water access and plastic reduction organizations like Charity Water, Surfrider, and Midnight Mission.

Available: Dew Mighty


DEVELOP A MINIMALIST ZERO WASTE SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Our zero waste skincare routine involves a minimalist mindset which applies to all our personal care practices.

We’re made to believe our skin needs all this STUFF: cold cream, day cream, night cream, anti-aging cream, and that’s just the creams. Let’s not get started on multi-step clarifying treatments, serums, toners, face masks, etc.

More stuff means more money spent on more chemical-laden, plastic-housed products. 

We believe that when it comes to the skin (and most other things) less is best!

While your skin will have different needs from someone else’s, a minimalist zero waste skin care routine can solve even the most problematic skin by preserving its own natural oils. 

Nature does indeed know best.

As a pro for the planet, you’ll buy fewer products, which equals less shipping, less ingredient sourcing impact, and less packaging—not to mention less money!

As you’re reading this list filled with the best plastic free skin care, remember you don’t need them all.

In fact, if you use just water on your face, you’re less likely to strip it of its natural oils, thus reducing the risk of damage to the skin barrier. 

Support your skin; save the planet. 


HOW WE FOUND THESE ZERO WASTE SKINCARE BRANDS

In order to find these zero waste skin care brands, we referenced our ethical beauty criteria to find those that could contribute to a better-for-people-and-planet plastic free skin care routine. 

  • Vegan: Products without animal byproducts are best. However, there were some exceptions made for beeswax and honey. 
  • Cruelty free: Animal testing is a big “no-no.”
  • Non-toxic: There are a lot of ingredients to avoid in skin care—which makes sense as the skin is the body’s largest organ. That’s why we looked for safe, organic, natural, and food-grade ingredients instead.
  • Palm oil free: Occasionally we make exceptions for brands using organic or RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Thoughtful packaging: Reusable, refillable, or compostable product packaging puts the “zero waste” in zero waste skin care routine. 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON ZERO WASTE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

Beauty may be skin deep, but sustainability isn’t. 

Supporting an epic epidermis layer can come with minimal cost to the planet.

We hope this list of the best zero waste skincare brands helps you develop a skin care regime that’ll leave your pores and the planet positively glowing. 

But are you harboring groundbreaking skin secrets? If so, this list of brands shouldn’t be one of them. Pimples are one thing, but the planet is another.

Spread the word (AKA this article) about how we can do good for our skin and the world by choosing brands with low waste skincare packaging.


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