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Six products that will make you and the planet feel good
Each week, Marie Claire’s Beauty and Style Director, Lisa Oxenham, shares her selection of products that will enhance your beauty routine. This week, it’s about making your beauty routine more eco-responsible. From plastic-free refills to soothing skin serums, these are the new products from long-lasting beauty brands that I’m reviewing.
Organic ylang ylang bath and shower gel, Â£ 20 | Nereus
Black plastic ends up in landfills even when you throw it in your recycling bin due to color sensitive optical separation systems in most recycling factories not being able to separate and process them, I am trying so always avoid products in black containers because while they may look beautiful in my bathroom, they are wreaking havoc on the planet.
British brand Nereus London is taking action and campaigning against the use of black plastic in beauty, and the brand that makes shampoos, conditioners and body washes has gone completely plastic-free. All products are packaged in 100% recyclable, BPA-free, aluminum bottles and caps that are as easy to recycle as a can. Plus, they also collect 1kg of Ocean Bound Plastic for every bottle they sell, which means that by just switching to Nereus you’re doing your part for the marine life as well.
Superkind Bio-Barrier Serum, Â£ 113 | Aunt harper
I’m a big fan of Tata’s Softening Cleanser, so when I found out that the brand was adding a serum to the ‘Superkind’ list, meaning products that pack a punch with the active ingredients and re-integrate also the Earth’s ecosystems seamlessly, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
This serum has been a godsend when my skin is stressed and dry, and it is both silky smooth and gives my skin a glow. The reactive ingredients, which include the Volcanic Post-Biotic Complex and Plant Ceramides, provide my skin microbiome with all the goodness it needs to stay balanced and strong.
100% organic cotton swabs, Â£ 1.99 | ZERO by Skin Academy
We are all aware of the environmental impact of growing cotton, but it is sometimes easy to forget the magnitude of the problem. Inorganic cotton production uses the most pesticides and insecticides of all the world’s crops on Earth, and experts say it uses the highest water consumption of any agricultural commodity. This means that it is causing enormous damage to the world’s ecosystems, biodiversity and soils.
This is why it is important to make sure that the cotton beauty products we all buy are made from organic cotton. By growing cotton organically, farmers feed the species and protect people from droughts by watering their crops with rainwater. I use Skin Academy cotton swabs to clean makeup stains because I can be assured that they are safe for the planet. Certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, the cotton swabs also have a biodegradable and compostable bamboo stem.
Original Mineral Veil Pressed Setting Powder, Â£ 26 | Bare minerals
I go out a lot more these days and so have rekindled my love for makeup and especially for natural, simple and versatile basics. Sometimes setting powders are a product to avoid when it comes to creating fresh, everyday makeup looks, but I’ve found the perfect solution to keep my skin luminous but also to reduce any oily shine, which is found. also be planet-friendly in the form of Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil Setting Powder.
It is talc-free, is made up of 86% natural ingredients, is infused with shea and cocoa butters and vitamin E to help defend against environmental stressors, is, like all products from Bare Minerals, cruelty-free, coal tar-free and mineral oil-free, making it the perfect eco-friendly choice.
Refillable aluminum bottle | The body store
2021 has been the Year of Rechargeable Beauty, which is a big step in the right direction. Since June, I’ve been a regular at The Body Shop refillable stations which simplify refilling and reuse. The stations are always busy with brilliant staff who fill my bottle to the brim with some of the brand’s most iconic lotions, whether it’s soothing almond milk and honey shower gel or scented shampoo. ginger. If we all changed refillable cartridges today, Body Shop estimates that we could save over 25 tonnes of plastic per year. It would be worth making the switch on your own, but then add in the brilliant formulas and winning scents and, well, you can see why I’m a regular.
The Body Strategist Thermo Cream, Â£ 54 | Comfort zone
One of the beauty brands at the forefront of environmental protection is Comfort Zone. As a B-corp certified company, one of the toughest eco-awards to award, the brand is committed to ensuring that every step of its supply chain is as good for the environment as possible. From carbon neutral offices to 100% recycling, the brand not only looks great in your beauty stash, but protects the planet for future generations.
I recently tried the Body Strategist line which is made up of highly concentrated products whose active ingredients firm my body and help keep my skin softer and more toned for longer. Polyhydroxy acids and natural jojoba stimulate rapid skin renewal and caffeine and microalgae encourage your skin to reshape and firm up.