Best Sustainable Beauty Brands & Eco-Beauty Buys

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We’ve given you a few ideas on where to start when it comes to shifting toward a more sustainable beauty routine, but which products and brands should you be using? The first step is cutting down on your waste, so fine-tuning your beauty regime and only buying key products that you know you love and will use until the last drop is gone is a great start. These sustainable beauty brands are doing their bit for the planet with these eco-friendly products…

Best Sustainable Beauty Brands & Eco-Beauty Products

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Oquist

Oquist Cosmetics

Beauty meets art with next-generation Scandi brand Oquist Cosmetics, which offers multifunctional, waterless skincare in terracotta sculptures. Founders, father and daughter Olga and Pavel Babneev, explored the sustainable credits of a number of different materials before settling on terracotta, which rated best on factors like CO2 emissions during transportation and recycling opportunities. The waterless quality of the formula, meanwhile, allows Oquist to create preservative-free products that don’t compromise the skin’s microbiome and can be washed away without disrupting the ecosystem. Better for you, better for the planet – what’s not to love? The brand’s hero product is a six-in-one serum, formulated with oils that work to impact radiance, reduce fine lines and create that coveted Scandinavian glow. oquistcosmetics.com

Cloud Twelve Dreamer

A tincture remedy containing herbs that have been known to relieve stress, enhance production of endorphins, and lift anxiety. The Dreamer (De-stress & Sleep) Tincture, from £20. cloudtwelve.co.uk

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An indulgent treatment mask packed with wild ingredients foraged in Wales. Rhug Wild Beauty Replenishing Mask, £75. rhugwildbeauty.com

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A soothing, creamy rice and oat milk cleanser, with ingredients sourced in the UK. L’Abu Oat Milk Cleanser, £15. labuskin.com

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With an organic, probiotic formulation designed to support a healthy skin microbiome. Esse Foundation, £57. esseskincare.co.uk

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Infused with apples from the Daylesford orchard, this serum gently resurfaces skin. Bamford Awaken Elixir, £60. bamford.com

A multi-tasking skin saviour with 99 per cent organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging. Green People One Balm, £20. greenpeople.co.uk

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Calm and treat stressed out skin, and plant one sq/m of biodiverse forest with every purchase. Oio Lab The Forest Retreat, €59,90. oiolab.co

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Nourish and brighten dry skin with this innovative moisturiser made from a by-product of the argan oil industry. UpCircle Moisturiser with Argan Powder, £18.99. upcirclebeauty.com

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A facial in a jar, from a brand that champions naturally derived ingredients from responsible and sustainable sources. Temple Spa Deep Pore Cleansing Balm, £30. templespa.com

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This lightweight oil restores and revives skin, using ethically sourced plant-based ingredients that are mainly organic. Poppy’s Natual Skincare Face Oil, £65. poppysns.co.uk

Vintner's Daughter

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, £175, cultbeauty.co.uk

Hailey Bieber and Heidi Klum are big fans of sustainable serum brand Vintner’s Daughter, which offers a single miracle product. While most skincare takes less than six hours to bottle, this pioneering slow beauty brand takes its botanicals through a 21-day process called Phyto Radiance Infusion which allows the fullest spectrum of nutrition to be gained. The brand is also carbon-neutral, and donates a portion of its revenue to charities and non-profits that benefit women and children.

Kjaer Weis Cream Brush

Kjaer Weis Cream Brush Refill, £28, net-a-porter.com

All Kjaer Weis products are made with a certified organic or certified natural formula, most being plastic-free. The award-winning Cream Blush is a constant sell out, offering a dewy touch of colour with a formula that melts into the skin – often described as sitting somewhere between skincare and make up.

Bolt Beauty

Bolt Beauty Vitamin A Game Home Jar, £42, bolt-beauty.com

Carbon-neutral brand Bolt Beauty sells skincare drops which come encased in biodegradable seaweed shell. After use, these can be composted or dissolved in boiling water. Not only this, but the refills arrive in a biodegradable bag which looks and feels like plastic, but isn’t. Try their hero product: Vitamin A game – a retinol perfect for those prone to reactions.

MONPURE London Salt Scrub

MONPURE London Clarifying Scalp Scrub, £63, monpure.com

Luxury scalp and hair health brand MONPURE London is pending B-Corp status thanks to its commitment to sustainable practices. All ingredients are sustainably sourced from around Europe, and its plastic bottles are made from 100 per cent rPET post-consumer recycled plastic that is itself recyclable. Its glass packaging is also fully recyclable and shipping boxes are made of recycled cardboard. All products in the range aim to create a healthy foundation for your hair, using ingredients like lactic acid and retinol that you’d expect to see in your skincare.

Ilody Luxmi

Luxmi Hydrating Radiance Serum 30ml, £72, libertylondon.com

Ayurvedic skincare brand ilody features ingredients that have been included in Eastern practices for centuries. Its sustainability credits can be seen predominantly in its packaging: grained boxes are made from FSC approved, virgin ecf fibre, while the logo and labelling are both foil printed, a dry solvent-free printing method. Bottles, meanwhile, are 100 per cent glass. The signature range includes two serums: seres and luxmi, seres helping to supercharge collagen and luxmi to boost hydration.

Davines MELU Shampoo

Davines MELU Shampoo, £18.50, cultbeauty.co.uk

Haircare brand Davines was ahead of the curve, beginning its mission to reduce its carbon footprint back in 2006. In 2018 the company became carbon neutral – but it’s not resting on its laurels. New initiative “Still are we not there yet” outlines Davines’ path to net zero emissions by 2030, as well as encouraging others to take action to restore the natural balance between humans and nature. The MELU shampoo is one of the brand’s cult products, containing active ingredients to protect the hair from stresses.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body Oil

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body Oil, £47, aromatherapyassociates.com

Aromatherapy Associates has a Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark, which is awarded to luxury brands showing a commitment to sustainability through all areas of the business and demonstrating a positive social and environmental impact. This Relax Body Oil is the perfect pre-bedtime treat.

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Lisa Franklin Serum No 4 Calm & Heal

Lisa Franklin Serum No 4 Calm & Heal, £75, lisafranklin.london

Lisa Franklin has been awarded the Positive Luxury Mark for their sustainability efforts and is committed to supporting global reforestation: “Trees clean our air and water, create habitats for biodiversity, contribute to our health and wellbeing, and create jobs for social impact”, says Lisa. The brand has a partnership with One Tree Planted: for every £1 donated on lisafranklin.london, a tree will be planted. The brand also uses Green Technology to harness Plant Cell Culture through eco- designed production methods of extracting stem cells. Not only does this brand deliver on sustainability, it does on results too. You’ll love Lisa’s serum collection, each focused on different skin concerns.

Dagger Rose Cleansing Powder by Guy Morgan

Dagger Rose Cleansing Powder by Guy Morgan, £36, guy-morgan.com

Made with sustainably sourced ingredients, this botanical blend is activated by water and leaves skin free from impurities, renewed and refreshed. It is natural, vegan and cruelty-free and features 100% plastic-free packaging.

BYBI Strawberry Booster

BYBI Strawberry Booster, £12, bybi.com

BYBI grades its ingredients on a sustainability score considering factors such as source, harvesting processes and transportation. The brand uses upcycled ingredients in over 50% of the range, including the Strawberry Booster. The supplier works with juice manufacturers to collect seeds removed from the strawberries which would usually be discarded into landfill, but when pressed they produce high quality oil for the booster.

Bleach London Rose Shampoo Bar

Bleach London Rose Shampoo Bar, £9, bleachlondon.com

Vegan brand Bleach London is dedicated to cutting down on single use plastics and in 2019 they removed the single-use plastic tools from their Bleach Kits, Toners and Dyes and launched a reusable coconut bowl as an alternative. The Rose Shampoo Bar is 100% plastic free and is the world’s first pink, colour toning shampoo bar.

Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Shampoo

Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Shampoo, £26, aveda.co.uk

Not only did Aveda go completely vegan as of 2021, 90% of its high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles use a minimum of 80% PCR, made from milk bottles, and two products are packaged in 100% PCR HDPE bottles. They’ve also raised around £50million for environmental initiatives since 1999.

Spectrum Brushes Pantherine 5 Piece Face Set

Spectrum Brushes Pantherine 5 Piece Face Set, £34.99, spectrumcollections.com

Vegan and cruelty-free, Spectrum Brushes has a commitment to consistently improving its eco-credentials, cutting down on plastic packaging (they have already cut this by 50%) and working with partner The Aspinall Foundation on fundraising and eco-initiatives.

Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Lotion

Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Lotion, £25, drhauschka.co.uk

Dr Hauschka almost exclusively obtains its plants, oils and waxes from controlled organic cultivation (biodynamic quality where possible) and under fair trade conditions. The brand also works with eco-energy systems, works on sustainable partnerships and offers transparency on its practices.

Le Labo Rose

Le Labo Rose 31, £130, lelabofragrances.com

Gorgeous clean scents are the speciality of Le Labo, who has offered refills on its fragrances since launch, for 20% less than the original. Boxes and bags are made from recycled cardboard.

STYLPRO Reusable Bamboo pads

STYLPRO Reusable Bamboo pads, 12.99, asos.com

Switch out your cotton wool pads for washable bamboo pads pronto. These sustainable pads can be thrown in with your usual laundry and used over and over.

Ethique Sweet Orange & Vanilla Butter Block

Ethique Sweet Orange & Vanilla Butter Block, £11, ethique.co.uk

Ethique was launched as the first and only zero-waste and zero-plastic company in the world, and produces shampoos, deodorants and conditioners handmade as solid beauty bars rather than liquid beauty products. This butter block is made with organic cocoa butter from a farming cooperative in the Dominican Republic, organic coconut oil from our cooperative in Samoa and essential oils.

Lush 7 to 3 Cleansing Wipe

Lush 7 to 3 Cleansing Wipe, £2, lush.com

Lush’s sustainable initiatives include going packaging-free where possible and using 90% recycled packaging where it’s not. This cleansing wipe is a reusable, biodegradable cleanser and makeup remover, made with a carrageenan and finely ground cannellini bean base plus fresh dove orchid infusion and ylang ylang. Find out more at lush.com.

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