If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already started your healthy beauty journey, and because it feels so good (and looks so good on you!), you’re looking for more ways to clean your routine. You’ve likely already discovered the skin benefits of switching to clean skincare. You’ve discovered, to your astonishment, that the color payoff of high-quality natural makeup is just as good as conventional. You’ve discovered that clean and quality can co-exist. So, what about those other products you use every day? The ones you probably don’t even think twice about, like your toothbrush or razor?
The good news is that yes, even these product categories are having their own eco-renaissance, with more healthy, sustainable options available than ever before, and at price points that are in line with their conventional counterparts. While the user experience may take some getting used to (like removing a wax cover to reveal your deodorant bar), the payoffs are priceless. We’re pretty sure the planet agrees.
So, clean converts, this is the next step in your journey: elevate your everyday essentials. We get that a full lifestyle overhaul can be overwhelming, so we suggest you take it in stages, or take a Marie Kondo approach and start with one room or one routine at a time. It doesn’t matter where you start, just that you start somewhere, and that you make it fun. We’ll even get you started with a Live Lighter Shopping List.
We’ve broken it into three sections based on ease of transition. Change can be strange, but it’s also radical to be a part of it. This is the Blue Beauty Movement, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon, so jump on, hold on and Hero on!
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These clean and conscious alternatives are so similar to their conventional counterparts that it won’t change your routine in the slightest. But they will reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill.
Upgrade your most unsexy daily routine with a touch of silk! Mable’s Silk Floss is made with ahimsa silk, a non-violet method of silk-harvesting. With a coat of candelilla wax, a hint of peppermint essential oil and a sleek refillable container, this floss is downright flossy.
If you’ve ever seen pictures of beach cleanups, you don’t need to be reminded about the enduring waste created by the plastic toothbrush. Mable provides an easy alternative with their biodegradable, sustainably harvested bamboo-based toothbrush, mad with BPA-free, antibacterial nylon bristles. Choose from natural wood or a variety of colors, all painted with vegetable-based paints. Compost after use.
Why simply bandaid over it when you can actively help heal it? Patch Bamboo Bandages are biodegradable and made from 100% organic bamboo fiber and mineral-based adhesive. The addition of activated charcoal helps draw out minor impurities in the wound. It’s cool black color turns your boo-boo a badge of honor.
Remove makeup and apply toner with the same method you’re used to, without creating the same amount of waste. These reusable, sustainably-sourced cotton pads are soft, durable and designed to last. Best of all, they are machine washable!
Flouride-free, sulfate-free and plastic-free, this earth-safe toothpaste is formulated with earth mined calcium carbonate to gently remove plaque and surface stains while hydrated silica puts the pearl in pearly whites. Peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen essential oils leaves breath fresh.
Osmia’s signature product, these bar soaps are formulated with gentle surfactants, oils and butters to clean skin without stripping. But the best part is how these package-less soaps slowly dissolve with use, leaving nothing behind but soft, smooth skin.
Āether rocked the makeup world with their fully recyclable and sustainable packaging as well as their otherworldly palettes made with organic oils, butters and crystal infused pigments. Āether proves that both the color and environmental payoffs of clean beauty can be better than conventional makeup.
Hydrate, nourish and soften the lips the old-fashioned way – with luxe butters and oils – but make it feel fresh with zero waste packaging. The cardboard component acts like a regular tube, without contributing to that pesky “landfill” problem.
These 100% compostable cotton and bamboo swabs are the perfect multipurpose hygiene hack to get every little nook and cranny 100% clean. Each pack comes with 100 swabs, or 200 swipes!
Sustainable packaging has come a long way in a short time, and these innovative products prove you don’t have to sacrifice efficacy to be environmentally friendly. You do, however, need to refill, reuse and recycle to get the most out of these products. Spend a few extra minutes to save a few extra pounds of waste.
Large enough for the whole family, intoxicating enough to keep all to yourself, Bathing Culture’s Mind & Body Wash will transport you to a Northern California seaside forest with every use. Packaged in a beautifully decorated refillable glass bottle, you won’t even want to throw it away!
Fitglow captures the essence of sustainable luxury with their full-size refillable Night Essence, a treatment tonic that restores skin overnight. The dual component packaging may look a little different, but it makes refilling so easy, you could do it in your sleep.
These planet-friendly, wear anyway crayons that deliver the pigment of a lipstick, but glide on and hydrate like a balm. Packaged without a tube or cap, these Balmies are wrapped in paper and come in a recyclable carrying case, making them 100% zero waste.
The most stylish way to suck, Beauty Heroes’ reusable glass straw is surprisingly strong, and feels so much better that plastic! Its tiny cleaning brush makes straw hygiene a cinch. Our Bamboo Utensil Kit is equally utilitarian-chic, and a great conversation starter at any dinner table.
Change can feel awkward at first. Have a spirit of adventure about these next-level swaps and use your power of persuasion to make this the new normal in your home.
It’s all the ingredients your hair loves, with the suds, sans the waste. The innovative shampoo bar is a soap for the scalp, head and hair, made with castor oil, coconut oil and unisex essential oils. Wash, rinse, repeat, but make it fun!
Cleo + Coco has innovated on the plastic tube with a waste-free, wax-covered bar. The wax mold allows you to hold the deodorant and apply it as you normally would. As the bar begins to wear down, simply peel back the wax. To ensure this waste-free alternative is also mess-free, the bar comes with a 100% organic reusable cotton bag for storage.
A true revolution in period care, Saalt Menstrual Cup provides reliable period protection without the risks and waste of tampons. These chemical-free silicone cups act as a collection receptacle and offer up to 12 hours of protection. The process of removing, rinsing and reinserting takes some adjustment, but the convenience of the cup is worth the learning curve.
Keep your friends close and your shave closer with Well Kept Safety Razor, a plastic-free, brass-handled razor with a single blade that provides a clean shave without irritation. The durable razor stands the test of time, making this a worthwhile investment in a low-waste alternative.