We've covered lots of great zero waste beauty products that are better for you AND the environment. Now we're narrowing it down to the best of the best. Image by Fat And The Moon #zerowastebeauty #plasticfreebeauty #sustainablejungle
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We've covered lots of great zero waste beauty products that are better for you AND the environment. Now we're narrowing it down to the best of the best. Image by Dab Herb #zerowastebeauty #plasticfreebeauty #sustainablejungle
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13 Zero Waste Beauty Brands With The Best Plastic Free Credentials


Zero waste beauty lets us go green and glam while keeping the planet pretty and plastic free, all at the same time.

It’s never been easier to be a conscious cosmetics consumer.

And with many zero waste beauty brands available these days, there’s no reason to buy plastic products filled with ingredients you’d want to avoid in skincare.

trestique’s zero waste beauty packaging isn’t just sleek and portable; it’s also 100% refillable.

From cosmetics to cleansers, Dab Herb Makeup offers a huge product range with thousands of rave reviews.

Since no zero waste beauty routine is complete without proper skincare, Meow Meow Tweet’s all-vegan beauty line is designed to help your skin glow naturally.

If you’re curious about how we decided which plastic free beauty brands to include on this list, jump to the bottom of the article.

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1. DAB HERB MAKEUP

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About Dab Herb Zero’s Waste Beauty Products

As its name suggests, Dab Herb is a plastic free beauty brand specializing in skincare and makeup. 

They create a hugely successful line of zero waste mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, eyebrow grower, organic foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealer, luminizer, primer, contour powder, cheek pinch, blush and color corrector, lip colors, and zero waste beauty tools.

Most are packaged in either glass or tin containers and have refill options that come in compostable envelopes.

About Dab Herb

Dab Herb believes “beauty and self-care are inseparable from sustainability, transparency, and wellness”.

All products are vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, and mostly organic, made with food-grade ingredients sourced largely from fair trade certified farmers and suppliers.

They also support “Made in the Free World” which develops and implements solutions to human trafficking by working with global partners to provide rescue and care for victims.

Available: Etsy

2. CLEAN FACED COSMETICS

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*Note: Be sure to request no synthetic dyes (specifically Yellow No. 5 FD&C Lake and Red No. 40 FD&C Lake) when ordering a custom palette. 

About Clean-Faced Cosmetics Beauty

Clean-Faced Cosmetics is another no waste beauty brand with thousands of raving reviews.

They specialize in a variety of products like tinted lip balm, natural eyeshadow, a mascara that doubles as eyeliner, primer powders, and zero waste foundation (with custom skin-tone matching options).

Because all initial containers are reusable, they mail refills in biodegradable cello bags.

About Clean-Faced Cosmetics

Straight out of Michigan, Clean Faced Cosmetics makes some of the best zero waste beauty products in the USA that are palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty free, and as organic as possible.

Some custom skin-tone matched foundations they have use Yellow No. 5 FD&C Lake and Red No. 40. Upon request, they’ll omit these synthetic colors.

All product packaging is biodegradable or reusable (like their metal palates, bamboo applicators, and organic cotton storage bags).

That’s paired with labels printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly ink.

Available: Etsy    

3. TRESTIQUE

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*Note: Only RSPO palm oil is used. We are confirming policies directly with this brand.

About trestique’s Waste Free Beauty

What makes for the best zero waste beauty products?

Totally refillable packaging. Of course.

trestique is stepping up to the vanity and batting (their lashes) with revolutionary refillable beauty products.

Offering a range of versatile, multi-use zero waste makeup—mascara, eye/brow liner, foundation, bronzer, concealers, highlighter, blush, and lip balms/stains—they embody minimalist beauty.

Their Essential 8 starter kit includes a handy zippered tube if you’re looking for a zero waste beauty travel kit.

You’ll find mostly plant and mineral ingredients (titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica) sometimes combined with artificial colors, all aligned with US and EU safety standards.

They’re free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, gluten, synthetic fragrances, and formaldehyde.

About trestique

PETA-approved vegan, cruelty free, and fully refillable, trestique is unique among reusable beauty brands.

Certified carbon neutral and 87% recycled, their zero waste beauty packaging is also recyclable via their mail-back program if you ever find yourself no longer needing it.

They aren’t palm oil-free, but theirs is RSPO certified.

Available: trestique

4. MEOW MEOW TWEET

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About Meow Meow Tweet

With small-batch crafting, unrefined plant oils, and cold-pressed essential oils, Meow Meow Tweet provides fresh, next-to-nature products for your zero waste beauty routine.

Instead of cosmetics, they focus on the basis of beauty: skin.

Their natural face wash, exfoliants, zero waste face masks, repair balms, make-up remover, zero waste lip balms, are designed to heal and clarify the skin, creating a palette for cosmetic creations.

They come packaged in glass jars or cardboard tubes.

About Meow Meow Tweet

Meow Meow Tweet wants to make it easy for people to choose plastic free beauty accessories and products—so more people do it.

They’re a New York City-based vegan skincare company certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny.

They also donate on a regular basis to a diverse list of charities.

Available: EarthHero

5. AXIOLOGY

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About Axiology’s No Waste Beauty Products

Axiology’s selection of zero waste beauty products may be small but you know what they say about small packages…

Dynamite.

In fact, it includes just one stick of (not dynamite but): vegan, cruelty free, palm oil-free, and organic lipstick.

Their lipsticks used to take the form of traditional (albeit recycled metal) tubes, but they’ve gone ultra sustainable still by switching to paper-wrapped crayons.

With three uses (lips, eyes, and cheeks) in one little stick, these “Balmies” simplify your makeup routine with equally simple, ~70% organic ingredients.

About Axiology

For zero plastic beauty that’s also zero anything nasty, this PETA-approved ethical brand is a top pick. 

Axiology never tests on animals and some of their common ingredients are sourced fair trade.

They’re also palm oil-free and donate to Orangutan Foundation International, which helps these animals who are now endangered due to deforestation from industries like palm oil.

All inner and outer packaging is compostable.

Available: Axiology  | The V Spot (Aus)

6. ECOROOTS

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*Note: Most products offered by EcoRoots are palm oil free.

About EcoRoots Plastic Free Beauty Store USA

EcoRoots curate a range of waste free beauty and skin care products, from face masks and toners to facial oils and moisturizers

Additionally, you’ll find zero waste beauty accessories such as loofah alternatives and zero waste beauty pads made of organic cotton for putting on or taking off makeup. 

All products are vegan, cruelty free, non-toxic, SLS-free, mostly palm oil-free, largely organic, and of course, come in zero waste packaging.

This means either glass jars with aluminum lids or cardboard-wrapped bars.

About EcoRoots

EcoRoots hails from Colorado and like the lovely mountains of the beautiful state, they are purveyors of all things green.

In addition to selling beauty, dental, and hair products, this zero waste online store is a one-stop-shop for plastic free kitchen and bathroom essentials.

Plastic free through and through, shipping materials mean recycled cardboard boxes and compostable cornstarch packing peanuts.

As a member of 1% for the Ocean, 1% of profits go to the Ocean Conservancy to aid ocean plastic removal and restoration.

Available: EcoRoots

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


7. ETHIQUE

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About Ethique’s Plastic Free Beauty

Long ago, we started wondering, “Which beauty brands are zero waste?” and Ethique was one of the first to pop up on our radar.

 While their zero waste shampoo and conditioners first caught our attention, the rest of their products are equally as noteworthy.

Making some of the best organic face moisturizers, scrubs, and deodorants, all Ethique products are cleanly made and sustainably packaged.

In addition to their classic naked bars, they recently added compostable cardboard tubes to their zero waste beauty packaging lineup.

About Ethique

Ethique is a 100% plastic free beauty brand from New Zealand daring consumers to #giveupthebottle.

Across the whole natural product line, they’re palm oil-free, vegan, natural, cruelty free, and nasties (i.e. SLS, phthalates, parabens, etc) free.

The company as a whole is certified climate-neutral and a B-Corp, and donates either 2% of yearly revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity. 

Available: Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Nourished Life

8. RAINWATER BOTANICALS

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About Rainwater Botanicals’ Zero Waste Beauty Store

Rainwater Botanicals makes “responsibly sourced, natural-derived skincare, ethically created, never tested on animals (and also amazing for you)”.

A certified member of the Safe Cosmetic Business Network, you won’t find harsh chemicals or toxic synthetics in their range of facial serums, cleansers, moisturizers, concealers, eye shadows, color correctors, foundation, blush, and more.

As for packaging, products come in compostable cardboard tubes, bar form, or glass with either aluminum or plastic dropper lids (intended to be reused).

About Rainwater Botanicals

This zero waste beauty brand started with just one product: a simple, natural multi-purpose healing salve.

Fast forward two decades and a lot of product demand later, Rainwater Botanicals offers a huge (but still handmade) selection, including zero waste deodorant and cruelty free perfume.

They test on themselves only and consider cruelty-free to be one of their three core philosophies.

Available: Etsy

9. FLAVEDO & ALBEDO

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*Note: All products except one eyeshadow color are vegan.

About Flavedo & Albedo’s Zero Waste Beauty Store Australia

Of all the eco friendly makeup brands, Australia’s Flavedo & Albedo may be the most vivacious—owing to fun cosmetics and brand imaging alike.

Shop a colorful and paraben-free array of highlighter, eyeshadow, highlighter, lip/cheek tint, eyeshadow, and eyeliner pencils (made of sustainable timber).

For a basic zero waste beauty kit, check out their Duos.

Pencils aside, products come in aluminium tins or cute glass pots and cork-lined aluminium lids.

With the exception of the Sky-colored eyeshadow, all products are vegan.

About Flavedo & Albedo

This Australian zero waste beauty brand is making waves in all the best ways.

By keeping their selection simple, they’re encouraging minimalist shopping choices without skimping on the necessities.

They’re 100% cruelty free, leaving no room for error by opting not to rely on third-party testing.

Orders are fulfilled from home and outer packaging consists of recycled boxes, soy inks, and FSC-certified tissue paper.

Available: Flavedo & Albedo

10. DIRTY HIPPIE COSMETICS

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*Note: Dirty Hippie has announced that one of their suppliers no longer guarantees certain ingredients to be palm oil-free.  While they search for a new supplier, see below for some of the products to avoid.

About Dirty Hippie Cosmetics

One of the best zero waste beauty brands, Dirty Hippie consistently creates stellar products across a huge range, from makeup and skincare to zero waste sunscreen and haircare.

Everything they handmake is cruelty free, vegan, organic, and fully plant or mineral-based.

Unfortunately, their supplier of Olive and Coconut oils (cetearyl and sorbitan olivates) no longer guarantees they are palm oil-free.

While Dirty Hippie is in the process of moving to an alternative supplier, it currently affects their mascara, eyeliner, Hydrating Hempseed and Red Raspberry Facial Primer, facial moisturizing creams, and mineral cream vegan concealer.

Everything is packaged in compostable recycled cardboard tubes or reusable tin and glass (with safely biodegrading vegetable ink labels).

About Dirty Hippie Cosmetics

Not only does Dirty Hippie create waste free beauty products, but the company is based in Bywong, Australia, a zero waste community

This allows them to make the most of nature’s resources, like collected rainwater and a totally solar-powered HQ.

Operating at a 50% (and growing) carbon offset, they grow and source many ingredients locally, and those sourced externally are done through Fair Trade channels.

They’re also involved with a range of charities, donating to causes such as animal rescues and suicide prevention.

Available: Etsy

11. FAT & THE MOON

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*Note that not all products are vegan but there are many vegan options

About Fat & the Moon‘s Plastic Free Beauty Products

Fat & the Moon offers an assortment of “adornment” cosmetics (think: organic eyeshadow and lip stains), as well as deodorant creams, soothing balms, dry shampoo, anti-fungal creams, non toxic perfume, and more.  

Each one is free of palm oil, synthetic colors and fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and the like.

All plastic free beauty products come packaged in reusable tins and are shipped as minimally and non-superfluously as possible.

About Fat & the Moon

Fat and the Moon strives for the quality and care once achieved by naturalist healers. They stay grounded in those inspired roots by calling many of their recipes “potions”.

Handmade to order (because “body products, like food, are not meant to last forever!”) using ethically harvested and largely organic ingredients

All products are palm oil-free and cruelty free, but not quite everything is vegan—speaking to their lip stains and eye coals that contain ethically sourced beeswax.

Fat and the Moon is a women-owned and run business that supports various charities and causes in their community.

Available: Fat and the Moon

12. EMPIRESQUID ORGANICS

In the spirit of laying down the skinny on sustainable skincare, we’ve compiled a list of the best zero waste skin care brands we could find. Image by Empire Squid #zerowasteskincare #sustainablejungle
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*Note: Not all products are vegan but there are many vegan options

About EmpireSquid Organics’ Waste Free Beauty Products

EmpireSquid is another zero waste beauty company with a funky name and a double-take product lineup.

They specialize in zero waste skin care, including sunscreen, toners, anti-aging serums, and natural acne treatments.

Each product is made of “amazingly wholesome” and nourishing all-natural ingredients that don’t include palm oil.

About EmpireSquid Organics

As a family-run brand, EmpireSquid provides affordable and responsible skin care for men, women, and children through quality, handmade-to-order items.

Their Fair Trade-sourced ingredients are currently sitting at ~70% organic, though it is continually growing.

A handful of products (such as their sunscreen) are not vegan by default but send them a simple request and they’ll make any non-vegan product with a vegan recipe.

Available: Etsy

13. TRAIL BOTANICA

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About Trail Botanica’s Zero Plastic Beauty Products

Trail Botanica (formerly Apothecary Muse) is an “Adventure Skin Care” company that makes eco friendly deodorants, vegan sunscreens, vegan muscle salves, soaps, and more.

Their no waste beauty products are entirely vegan and cruelty-free, as well as palm oil-free.

Products come in either reusable stainless steel tins or compostable cardboard push sticks.

The soaps are wrapped in plantable paper embedded with North American wildflower seeds so you can simultaneously pretty up yourself and the planet.

About Trail Botanica

Founder Eryn Hughes started Trail Botanica to provide quality skincare specially designed for outdoor athletes that tend to be a little harder on their skin.

Built “for nature from nature“, many of the ingredients are either wild harvested or grown by Eryn. For things she can’t grow or find, she sources from local, organic companies.

Any labeling is done on biodegradable, environmentally safe adhesive labels printed with a wax-based ink, before being shipped with reused and recyclable filler in Forestry Initiative packaging.

Eryn even delivers local orders herself by bicycle—talk about a business that pedals the extra mile!

Available: Etsy

THE CHALLENGE OF ZERO WASTE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Finding true alternatives for your zero waste kitchen, zero waste bathroom, or just general zero waste cleaning needs is a tough ask.

The same issue arises for beauty care products.

Regular plastic containers are manufactured with a bunch of composite plastics, which makes it difficult to recycle as the various parts (e.g. of a squirt bottle) would need to first be separated to avoid contamination of a recycling batch. 

So not only is it likely that the product at the end of its single-use life will not be recycled but because it’s also made of plastic, it ain’t going nowhere for a very very long time. 

That’s why we’ve searched for the best zero waste beauty brands offering products in reusable or compostable containers.

Remember, zero waste (in a consumer nut shell) focuses on using only that which can be reused or composted, instead of trashed or burned.


FINDING THE BEST PLASTIC FREE BEAUTY BRANDS

To curate this list, we started by asking: which beauty brands are plastic free?

Beyond that, however, we used our approach to sustainable beauty to look for brands and products that are:

  • Vegan: We’ll sometimes make exceptions for beeswax, but otherwise, we prefer not to put animals on our faces.
  • Cruelty-free: Animal testing is an obvious (and non-negotiable) no-no for us.
  • Non-toxic
  • Palm oil free: Or at least RSPO sustainably sourced palm oil.
  • Ethical ingredient sourcing policies
  • Thoughtful, (ideally) zero-waste packaging: Since the zero waste ethos aims to throw nothing away, this means the packaging is either reusable (like tin pots) or compostable. The goal is no plastic at all).

We know it’s tall order and believe us, it takes a fair bit of time to find the best plastic free beauty brands to meet all or most criteria.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON PLASTIC FREE BEAUTY BRANDS

Seeing how many zero waste beauty brands there are is pretty darn inspiring (pun intended).

It’s even more inspiring when you consider that these brands exist thanks to planet-minded people like you. So let’s keep supporting plastic free beauty brands until they’re the only things at the cosmetics counter.

Start by giving this list a share with your glamorous girlfriends and encourage them to stop and think next time they find their favorite foundation empty.

When it comes to zero waste and low waste living, small changes made collectively lead to big cosmetic (and foundational) changes.


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7 thoughts on “13 Zero Waste Beauty Brands With The Best Plastic Free Credentials”

  1. Do you factor in shipping/transportation impacts in your evaluations of products? I love Ethique’s products, but wonder about the shipping impact by air or ocean versus trying to buy closer to home.

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    • Hi SR, absolutely, you need to factor in shipping and transportation into your evaluation based on where you live. Not sure where you are based but if it helps, I believe the Ethique products are made in New Zealand and they do now have a warehouse in the USA (so ship in bulk to USA to reduce emissions for US customers). I found this info on the Ethique site here. And if you visit the UK site, there is a pop up that says the products ship from their warehouse in Liverpool so they have a local warehouse there too. Hope that helps!

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