This post was update originally written July 10th 2019 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and completeness.
Here at Dolma, we’re truly excited to present this list of plastic-free beauty products. Just like you, we value our future. We value nature and living our days in a clean, unpolluted environment. Plastic-free products will continue to grow and one day, we will look back on our plastic epidemic and wonder how we let it go so far.
Plastic Free July has passed but our passion has not. Here are some brands we found and tested and would to share.
Some products are more expensive than their plastic counter parts but one must consider the life of the product and also that these smaller independent brands are making quality products that are not just plastic free but vegan, CF and safe to use.
13 Plastic-Free Beauty Brands You Need In Your “Green” Beauty Routine
La Nature is one of those companies that holds itself accountable for its impact on the planet. When a company does great things on their own accord, it usually means they’re actively caring and are trying to do something good.
La Nature is on a mission to change the typical makeup removal routine. They want to empower women all over the world to remove their makeup more naturally while decreasing their ecological footprint at the same time.
You better believe their removal pads are better than any cotton pad around. These reusable pads are an excellent way to reduce waste as part of your beauty regime or add as a sustainability practice to your business, such as a beauty salon.
Beauty Kitchen is committed to keeping plastic out of packaging and products. Microplastics have become widely popular for use in modern cosmetics, but Beauty Kitchen is avoiding them at all costs.
All ingredients used by Beauty Kitchen are natural and clean. You won’t find any nasty fillers or chemicals here. What’s more, they run a zero-waste and full-circle policy. This means customers can return, refill, and reuse the packaging.
The packaging is also super minimal opting for rock paper labels and compostable solutions. This is a forward-thinking, innovative, and eco-friendly brand that is pushing the beauty industry forward.
Beauty Kitchen has a massive range of products including facial oils, eye serums, moisturisers, cleansers, masks, mists, lip balms and hand and body essentials. All are designed to be gentle to the skin with minimal impact on the planet.
Divine and Handmade is a beauty brand that is making a considerable effort to minimise waste.
Their products are 100% natural and handmade in small batches using traditional techniques. Every single item sold by the brand is cruelty-free, palm-oil free, and of course, vegan.
What one can appreciate about the packaging is that you can use all the jars and bottles for other things when you’re done.
Reusing glass jars and bottles in the kitchen is an excellent way to avoid plastic at home. You can use them as snack jars or store spices. And when you’re all stocked up, give them to friends and fam so they too can reduce their plastic at home!
Have you actually ever seen much about eco-dental care other than a wooden toothbrush? Let us blow your mind with some Georganics Dentalcare.
Georganics don’t just offer plastic-free toothpaste. They offer mouthwash tablets, floss and dental floss too. Pretty much everything you need to keep your pearly whites clean and fresh. And the best and most important part, it’s all zero-waste.
The company started with a simple question: “Are all these synthetic chemicals used in conventional oral care really necessary?” Turns out many of them are not and are simply used to reduce the cost of producing dental products.
Georganic products are pure, using natural ingredients that are of the highest quality. All products are made in small batches to reduce waste and ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible.
Georganics avoid the use of single-use plastic. Instead, they offer all their products in recycled glass and paper. We absolutely love Georganics!
Looking for a no-fuss way to clean your face that’s also natural and eco-friendly?
Skin Owl has your back. All their products are natural, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and gluten-free.
We especially like the beauty which comes in 2 variants. Each beauty bar is specially created for the face and is gentle, yet does the task at hand. One of the reviews suggested cutting them into cubes so they last longer and we can confirm they last for at least 3 months depending on your regime.
They’re well priced, good at what they do and last long. Hmm sounds like a no brainer to us?
Have you ever considered how many razors you go through? Whether you’re a man or woman, it’s probably quite a lot throughout each year.
The razor industry is responsible for vast amounts of waste which can so easily be avoided. Once upon a time, all razors were forged from steel and wood. They were durable and reusable. The single-use plastic market replaced this type of razor product, but now we’re going full circle.
Now, World of Bamboo introduces these high-quality bamboo razors that are durable, reusable, and have much less impact on the environment. Bamboo is a highly sustainable material that takes far fewer resources to cultivate than most hardwoods.
The razors are also aesthetically pleasing, they look naturally beautiful and very stylish! A bamboo razor from World of Bamboo is a great gift for your partner or personal investment towards a less plastic life.
Products developed out of a gap in the market are always exciting. Ben and Anna, the couple behind the brand, noticed that there were no natural, organic, aluminium-free deodorants that are also waste-free.
So, what did they do?
Created their own products, of course. We especially like the natural plastic-free deodorants. The scents are unisex, and you can buy them in singles or packs of 3 or 6. All products are of natural origin only and certified accordingly.
Due to their success with their deodorants they have expanded their range to include various day to day toiletries.
What’s more, the products are 100% vegan and micro-plastic free. Microplastics are those tiny beads you find in modern face scrubs and even some plastic-free toothpastes. They’re detrimental to our environment and marine life.
All packaging for Ben and Anna products are carefully chosen to have the lowest impact on the environment possible.
This family-run business has a beautiful collection of all sorts of excellent body products. Their plastic-free shampoo bars and conditioning bars come highly rated and include no chemical preservatives.
The brand also sells a wide range of beauty products for your face, feet, shower, bath, body, feminine hygiene, and even candles. Bain and Savon sell all their products out with minimal packaging that avoids plastic and relies on recycled cardboard and paper.
Bain and Savon also offer a small plastic-free makeup line that includes a plastic-free mascara.
If we’re talking about zero waste beauty, then Kind Beeuty has to be on the list. Why? Because their primary focus is to be a zero-waste company.
They offer skin care, hair care and body care. What’s really amazing about Kind Beeuty is that once you have used your shampoo bottles, you can send it back to them and they will sterilise and reuse them. This is their return, refill, reuse, and repeat philosophy.
All their products use natural ingredients and are never tested on animals. They also operate a small batch production system to minimise waste even further.
That’s the kind of company we like to support. They also offer zero waste beauty boxes! A great gift idea.
Dirty Hippie is created by a girl in Australia, and her selection is fantastic. She is committed to waste-free and uses what she can find for shipping and uses as little packaging as possible.
Dirty Hippie is not only waste-free but vegan, chemical-free and natural, toxin-free, organic and best of all, made with love.
They offer mineral foundations, BB creams, lip tints and waste-free mascara, face wash bars and vegan moisturisers. Go check out Dirty Hippie cosmetics now.
Nuddy is another great vegan-friendly beauty brand offering a wide range of soap bars. The rise in popularity of soap bars is simply due to their environmental credentials. They use far fewer resources and require minimal packaging.
Nuddy offers their soap bars in five fragranced versions including lime & lemon, coconut, peppermint, pink grapefruit, and mango.
The soaps are formulated using a rich raw African shea butter that cleanses and deeply nourishes your skin. All products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and tested on humans.
Nuddy is an all female-led team on a mission to make people fall back in love with good old fashioned soap which is environmentally friendly.
KANKAN has a unique mission to create incredible beauty products and make the most of recycled aluminium cans. The UK recycles over 72% of all cans disposed of, and you can save 95% less energy using recycled cans over traditional packaging materials like plastic.
Cans are also the ultimate circular material. They can be infinitely recycled, refilled, and reused beyond plastic, paper, or cardboard. So, expect to receive your beauty product in a can, just don’t drink it!
KANKAN sells several starter packs with a refillable dispenser or the as they call it, a “forever bottle”.
The process is simple. First, you get the dispenser and can of soap or body wash. Second, fill your dispenser with the product from the can. Finally, make sure you throw your can in the appropriate recycle bin. Easy!
And all products are free from nasty ingredients such as silicone, sulphates, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances.
We love the concept behind UpCircle. They take leftover organic materials such as coffee grounds and brewed chai tea spices. Then, they transform these ingredients into beautiful skincare essentials that you can buy in super eco-friendly packaging.
The products are entirely vegan and cruelty-free. Reusing and repurposing organic ingredients makes them ultra “green” with minimal impact on the planet.
UpCircle has a plastic-free range that includes a wide range of products such as cleansing balms, face masks, soap bars, hand wash, face scrubs, body scrubs, moisturisers, razors and even cotton buds.
The packaging for UpCircle products is 99% plastic-free, and they also offer a refill service for some products. Even their marketing materials are made from paper salvaged from recycled coffee cups. Even the tape is made from recycled material!
Time to Go Plastic-Free
Each year, more brands emerge, offering zero waste beauty and plastic-free options for everything you need in life. This is a clear reflection in consumers’ change of attitude towards consumerism.
It’s never been easier to avoid plastic when buying cosmetics. The prices are a little higher for eco-friendly brands, but we’ve found that over time they’re much cheaper than your regular brands. These products listed last longer than their cheaper alternatives, meaning you buy fewer beauty products.
As always, do what you can, where you can. That is the most important thing. You don’t have to go out and buy everything right now (unless you can afford to in which case… excellent!). Each month, or as you can, try transition to plastic-free options where possible.
Purchasing the plastic-free shampoo bars may be a bit more expensive than your bottle now, but bars typically last the same as three regular shampoo bottles. And the razor will last you for years to come. Investing in reusable face pads will also save you money and waste in the long run.
What Dolma Is Doing
Dolma is 100% vegan and cruelty-free and is also eco-conscious. While we’re still transitioning to being 100% plastic-free ourselves currently redeveloping our discovery box sets to plastic-free packaging.
All of our leaflets are printed on recycled paper using soy ink. We too are on our journey, continuously trying to improve our product. Thank you for all the years of support.