Eco-Friendly Beauty: 8 Refillable Makeup & Skincare Products To Try
When it comes to single-use plastic, we may have tackled the likes of drinking straws and plastic carrier bags, but now our cosmetics also need some attention. You may carry your keep cup and tote bag with you, but according to Plastic Oceans, we are still producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year – 50% of which is for single-use purposes – with more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. What’s more, packaging accounts for just over 40% of the total plastic usage worldwide.
Living a completely zero-waste life may not be totally realistic, but there are small ways in which we can all make a difference, starting with our make-up. With more and more brands jumping on the green bandwagon – with many taking steps to be both vegan and cruelty-free – we’re letting you know which are now producing refillable products. From perfume refills to lipstick, eyeshadow and compact replacements, these are the sleek and eco-friendly options to invest in now.
Hourglass Cosmetics are a favourite for many reasons: the brand is devoted to its stance against animal testing, the products are high-quality and the packaging is sleek and luxurious – with the added bonus of the Confession™ Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick being refillable.
The long-wearing lipstick promises a creamy satin finish and is available in multiple shades. When you’ve finished the product, be sure to hold onto the gold slim-line packaging and choose a new shade to refill it with.
2/8 Charlotte Tilbury
Another lipstick collection that is earning green credentials is Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips 2. Available in 11 shades, from bold reds to soft nudes, the lipsticks come in five collectible, refillable cases.
Sticking to the brand’s message of female empowerment, the refillable cases feature striking designs and a palette of red, gold and black.
Offering more than just lipsticks, MAC’s line of refillable products includes everything from eye shadows and powder blushes, to its popular Studio Finish compact.
The refillable palette's allow you to mix and match the colours to suit you, with both the palette and compact refills available in multiple shades.
4/8 Kjaer Weis
With sustainability at the forefront of Kjaer Weis's philosophy, since the brand's inception refillable packaging has been available for a wide range of products.
The brand offers refills for compacts, mascaras, lipsticks and more, believing that "the packaging of its products should be just as good for the world as the makeup inside is for your skin, without having to compromise luxury." From its creamy blushes to the radiance glow compact, you'll want to refill your products again and again.
5/8 Le Labo
Not only does boutique brand Le Labo create personalised and beautiful scents, it also allows you to refill both its 50ml and 100ml perfume bottles.
With each bottle hand-labelled and personalised, and the perfume inside specially-blended to order, you can guarantee the freshest and highest quality scents and luxe designs – all while saving on unnecessary extra packaging.
6/8 Rituals Cosmetics
Rituals Cosmetics may have only landed in Hong Kong in 2019, but the brand has already proven to be hugely popular. Its range of luxurious home and body products make the perfect gift for yourself or for a loved one – with many of the products available in refills.
Everything from its popular body cream, to reed diffusers, hand wash and anti-ageing cream can all be purchased in eco-friendly refillable containers.
Surrat's luxe and customisable approach to make-up helps with its green credentials. The brand allows beauty junkies to create their own refillable and reusable custom palettes, with a choice multiple Artistique Blush and Artistique Eyeshadow shades available. Once you have finished your chosen products, the palettes can be easily refilled.
The brand also offers refills for its eyeliner, brow pencil and loose powder.
Helping showering to be that bit more eco, L'OCCITANE now offers a selection of refillable products. Both the popular almond shower oil and verbena shower gel are available in 500ml refillable pouches, along with a range of other body washes and home fragrances.
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