We all love to make ourselves presentable, and so we’re mostly dependent on cosmetics or beauty products. As eco-conscious people, however, we’re careful about the products because we don’t want to harm Earth any further.
And usually, the sustainable, green products are produced by high end cosmetics company, which can be quite a splurge. So we turn to the high street ones instead. The good news is, there are eco-friendly cosmetics that you can buy in the drugstore! Here are 10 of them.
1. Avalon Organics’ cleansing gel
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Follow this simple three-step skin care routine to help protect your skin from environmental aggressors. 🔅 Lift away impurities morning and evening with a refreshing lather of Intense Defense Cleansing Gel. 🔅During the daytime, hydrate skin while keeping it safe from sun’s harmful rays with Intense Defense Sheer Moisture SPF 10. 🔅In the evening, hydrate skin with Intense Defense Renewal Cream. Its antioxidant-rich formula helps to strengthen skin’s structure, leaving it soft yet resilient.
According to the Avalon Organics, the brand wants to minimize their products’ carbon footprint on the planet. They make sure it happens by ensuring that the packaging is made from “high post-consumer material content and sustainably sourced paperboard”, which is recyclable after use. Also, the formulas of the products are “tested to evaluate the organic carbon to CO2 conversion rate necessary for biodegradable certification.”
As for this cleansing gel itself, it’s biodegradable, organic, cruelty-free, and vegan. And if you’re having problems with dull complexion, you’re gonna love this cleanser. This product is rife with antioxidant-rich ingredients like white tea, lemon, and orange. Your skin will be bright in an instant!
2. Yes to Superblueberries’ Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotic DIY Moisturizing Parfait Moisturizer + Booster
I don’t know about you, but this brand’s name sounds cute to me, albeit mouthful. But name aside, the brand has a eco-friendly mission to always contain at least 95% natural ingredients. They want their products to be free of parabens and other nasty chemicals. The brand also makes it with recyclable materials to ensure ultimate sustainability.
Moving on to the moisturizer, it has a game-changing, multitasking abilities. It will help recharge, hydrate, and treat your dry, exhausted complexion. The DIY name comes from the dual chamber system of the container. This allows you to personalize your product because you can dispense everything according to your liking.
3. Burt’s Bees Matte Lip Crayon and Tinted Lip Balm
The ingredients for the lip balm are plant oils. The colors come from mineral-based pigments, apart from red. Some of the reds have carmine in them, which means that the red dye comes from crushed beetles.
This might sound harsh, but carmine is widely used in natural and mainstream products. This doesn’t harm your skin, and it’s still natural after all. But if you’ve got moral problem with it, then you should avoid all red shades.
So the carmine might be the downside of this product, but other ingredients are great. The plant oils will make your skin absorb this product smoothly and easily. And it’s also very nourishing so that you don’t even have to worry about dryness. If you’ve tried Clinique’s Almost Lipstick, you’ll find that this lip balm is pretty much similar, with a lot less money of course.
If you like to have more colors but with the same lip balm power, then you might want to buy their matte crayon lipstick. It’s more pigmented, surely, it has the same level of color payoff as other matte lipsticks, but with the most moisturizing formula on your lips.
4. Weleda Age Defying Serum
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Need a Wednesday pick-me-up? Try our NEW Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Concentrate – an intensive skin firming treatment that reactivates cell renewal. Luxurious evening primrose oil, intensively moisturizing aloe vera and structuring centella asiatica extract give skin the pampering care it deserves. Layer under your day and night cream for best results. #WELEDA #inharmonywithnature #naturalbeauty #skincare #organic #natural #nonasties #eveningprimrose
Who whould’ve thought that drugstore serum can be great and green? The Switzerland-born skin care implements biodynamic agriculture, uses raw materials, and they try to be as eco-friendly as possible so that they can reduce energy consumption in each company.
This serum is a tad pricey, but you’ll find other brands which have a lot more pricier items than Weleda’s. And the result will make the little splurge worth it. Review scores are mostly 4 to 5 stars, so you know that your skin will be in good hands.
5. Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara
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I've worn the Aquarian Glaze Water Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara by Pacifica for the past few days now and here are my thoughts about it: It's a very dry formula so it's less messy to work with, the brush is great and separates my lashes beautifully and I noticed that it doesn't transfer or flake off my lashes throughout the day. It was also a lot easier to remove at the end of the day than I expected. Overall I really like this mascara! It is infused with coconut, kelp and vitamin b so that's a bonus! #Vegan #crueltyfree #veganmakeup #crueltyfreemakeup #vegancosmetics #crueltyfreecosmetics #veganbeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #pacifica #aquariangaze #aquariangazemascara #pacificabeauty #pacificacosmetics #pacificamascara #pacificaaquariangaze #mascara #makeup #cosmetics
Are you one of the people who can’t live without mascara? Well hear this. Paifica Aquarian once partnered with Preserve (a company that sells stylish, 100% recycled household products) and create a user-friendly recycling program. You can easily ship your clean, empty products to the company. Don’t worry about the cost, because there’s a pre-paid shipping label!
As for the mascara, you’ll find the word aqua in the name, so you’ve probably guessed that this mascara is water-resistant. And it’s impressively long-lasting. What’s not to love about it?
Read also: Ways to green up your beauty routine
6. Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion
Probably you’ve already guessed that this brand is green, and you’re not wrong. Alba Botanica has a sustainable ethos. They’re 100% vegetarian and they always use biodegradable formulas as well as recyclable materials.
The lotion smells otherworldly, and the ingredients are very nourishing to your skin. It has cocoa butter (duh), shea butter, vitamin E, macadamia, flax, and sunflower. Notice that they don’t have any artificial or chemical additives?
7. Lavera Faces Summer Glow Sunless Tan for the Face
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Der Sommerurlaub ist noch in weiter Ferne? Dann hilft die Selbstbräunungscreme über die Sonnen-Durststrecke hinweg. Still a long time to go until the summer holidays? Our self-tanning cream will help you survive the sun-dry spell. #lavera #beauty #naturkosmetik #natürlich #nature #bronzer #sun #suncare #tanning #naturalcosmetics
Some people go sunbathing to get that healthy-looking complexion, but that can be problematic to your skin as you grow older. So the healthier option is self-tanners, right? Now, do you notice that self-tanners are usually brown or orange in color? That’s because they’re not natural and made of dye. And the fragrances are synthetic too, so you know that most contain chemicals.
Well, Lavera helps you achieve that glowy, healthy tan and you can stay green. This tanner doesn’t contain any chemicals and synthetic fragrances. The fragrance comes from essential oils and it’s got aloe vera and jojoba oil which will soothe and moisturize your skin. With this, you’re gonna get glowing tan after three days of use.
8. Burt’s Bees Foundation
You can find great drugstore foundation everywhere, especially since beauty bloggers (and vloggers) vouch for them. But you won’t find the one which is great and sustainable. One of Burt’s Bees actions is having a policy of sending zero waste to landfills.
You’ll be amazed by the power of this foundation. It’s full-coverage and has a meadowfoam-infused formula. Looking for eco-friendly, high-performing, and totally affordable foundation? You know where to look at your favorite drugstore now.
9. Piggy Paint Nail Polish
Cute name, right? Now, nail polishes are barely natural, safe, and eco-friendly. But this brand manages to defy all that with their green beauty ethos. How so? The nail polishes are non-toxic, water-based, odorless (unlike the pungent odor from the mainstream ones), and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. Other than that, the color range is great and it’s the most affordable, non-toxic nail polishes in the drugstore!
10. Bare Republic sunscreen
Sunscreen is vital for your skin to keep it from aging and sun damage. And there are lots of great sunscreen out there, no doubt about that. Finding an effective, green, yet affordable one, however, is not easy.
But it won’t be as hard when you got Bare Republic. The brand offers eco-friendly skincare. The formula is biodegradable, non-abrasive, and water resistant for up to 80 minute (wow). It smells like coconut vanilla, which is yummy, and the texture is lightweight. So when you’re going to sunny places and you want to find great sunscreen, you should definitely consider this one.
Recognize any of these brands around your favorite drugstore? Have you tried the products mentioned above? Maybe you know other eco-friendly drugstore brands? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below! Check this article to find out about green perfumes that don’t disappoint!