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Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Makeup

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A couple of beloved makeup items of mine have just run out.  A lovely peachy cream blush, and some black eyeshadow that I use to line my eyes.  As much as I have loved these products, they are plastic based, so rather than do the easy thing and replace like for like, I’ve been in prime research mode for the last little while.  This has seen me searching out zero-waste and plastic-free makeup options, to see what’s out there before I make any purchases.

I’ve been down all sorts of internet rabbit holes, and come up with what I believe are nine zero waste and plastic-free makeup brands.  I’ve concentrated primarily on what’s available in the UK because that’s where I live, but I have included two US options for international readers.

Here’s what I found!

Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Makeup


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image via Antonym’s Facebook page

Antonym* sells a beautiful range of cruelty-free and ECOCERT certified organic makeup.  Packaged in bamboo and paper, the range is free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, preservatives and other nasties.  All products are vegan, with the exception of their lipsticks, but not all products are plastic free, so do check before you purchase.

I have only been able to source Antonym on Amazon, but the good news is there is a wide range available on there.

Clean-Faced Cosmetics

Clean Faced Cosmetics* are a US-based zero-waste and plastic-free makeup range.  It’s all vegan, organic and cruelty-free too, and made in small batches by hand.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere and don’t mind paying the shipping, then this shop may be the one to visit.

Fat & The Moon

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image via The Future Kept

Fat & The Moon are a US brand that is sold in the UK via the lovely online store The Future Kept.  The makeup range is limited – an eye coal, a lip tint, and a cheek tint, but all are completely plastic-free and made from 100% natural ingredients.

Vegans, note that these products contain beeswax so are not vegan-friendly.

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis*, which is available in the UK via Cult Beauty, sell certified organic natural makeup in beautiful refillable metal compacts.  Even the lipsticks and mascaras are refillable.

Kjaer Weis is at the pricier end of the plastic-free makeup spectrum, but get rave reviews from all around the internet and are truly beautiful items that you will want to cherish forever.  The initial price shock is overcome when you realise that once you’ve bought a cream blush in its beautiful compact, for example, the refills are then £17 cheaper.  You can find out more about the refill system here.  I truly love this refill concept.  One day, when I’m a rich fancy lady, this is what I’m going to splurge on!

Luna Beauty UK

Oxford-based Luna Beauty sells a small range of zero-waste, plastic-free and cruelty-free vegan beauty products.  They also offer a great refill service, where you can send back your empty tins and bottles for a 15% discount on your refill order.


Lush sell a range of plastic-free or packaging free cosmetics.  From unpackaged lipstick to unpackaged eyeshadow (that apparently also makes a great highlighter) there are a host of products to explore.  With Lush I personally find it easier to browse in-store than on their website.  Just me?


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RMS Beauty*, again available in the UK via Cult Beauty, sells a beautiful range of plastic-free makeup products, packaged in only metal and/or glass (with the exception of the mascara).  What’s more, RMS pride themselves on using only natural and organic ingredients, sourced from sustainable sources, that soothe and soften skin, and have many celebrity endorsements, including Meghan Markle.

Keeping It Natural

Another US-based shop, Keeping It Natural sell a variety of zero-waste makeup options and refills.  Every item is handmade in small batches to ensure freshness, and contain only natural vegan ingredients.  Eyeshadows, foundation and lip tints are their speciality!


Zao sells a wide range of certified cruelty-free beauty products in refillable bamboo boxes.  Currently, Zao says all products can be refilled, with the exception of mascara and lipgloss.  Zao state that some of the refills are housed in recyclable plastic so you may want to check this before purchasing.  The very extensive FAQ is a good starting point!

Have you tried any of these brands?  What did you think?  Or do you have any other plastic-free or zero waste makeup recommendations?  I would love to hear!

ps: if you are looking for a zero waste, plastic-free makeup removal option then do try this handy reusable cotton wool pad tutorial!

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Ten Things

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Hello hello!

I’ve been galavanting this week – I’ve spent most of this week on the south-west coast of Scotland, visiting my family.

Whilst we were away we talked a lot about cycling, so when I got back I loaded up the car and donated my daughter’s old outgrown bike to our local bike recycling centre (find yours here).  In its place, I bought a lovely refurbished Cannondale bike in the right size for her, for not much money.  My daughter is delighted with her new bike, meanwhile, I’m pleased that another kid can get as much joy as she did out of her old bike.  Recycling for the win!

This week’s links!

1.  In very good news, scientists have reported that the number of plastic bags found on our seabeds has plummeted thanks in part to the plastic bag tax.  The bad news is that other types of plastic pollution are increasing, so we’re not out of the water just yet.

2.  Why we must fight for the right to repair our electronics.  I am on board with this – my six-year-old washing machine broke the other month – the bearings failed – and the repairman quoted me £350 to fix it.  He explained that in new machines the bearings are sealed away where they cannot be accessed easily.  Why should fixing appliances be more costly than buying a brand new appliance?

3.  Prince Charles talks sustainable fashion, and how he mends his own clothes.  Although I can’t quite imagine Charles sitting there trying to thread a needle…!

4.  A look at London’s community kitchens – what a lovely way to get to know your neighbours.  “It’s not often you find yourself overseeing the production of a banquet of vegan sushi rolls with ten complete strangers in a lime green community hall on a Friday night. But oddly, it turns out to be the best way to kick off your weekend. This is the mad and marvellous world of community cooking – doing away with the avoid-eye-contact-on-the-tube mentality and getting people who’d never usually interact sitting down together to a great big meal – for free“.

5.  In a disposable age, luxury is something old, worn and beautiful – “As humans, we tend to prize objects we see as beautiful and meaningful, and we often recognize both of those qualities in cared-for items that wear the marks of time passing. It takes time and effort to imbue the things we love with those qualities“.

6.  This retailer has created a “living wage wardrobe”, where every item costs £7.50 or less, but I would love to know if the people who make the clothes are also paid a living wage.

7.  Speaking of who made my clothes: Fashion Revolution Week is coming.  It will run from 23rd to 29th April – it might be a good time to ask Miss Pap who made their clothes?

8.  Sochi in Russia turned orange thanks to windborne dust from the Sahara, and it looks stunning.

9.  I’m not a massive listener of Radio 4, so I have only just discovered the Costing the Earth series.  First on the listening list – the microfibre detectives.

10.  I’ve got summer holidays on my mind.  This amazing place, in Aviemore, is on my list of places I want to stay!  Here’s my list of things to do in Aviemore if you’re inspired to visit.

Have a lovely weekend!


ps: I updated the is their plastic in your tea article to reflect some recent changes and developments.  A huge thanks to everyone who has tweeted/emailed/signed petitions to lobby tea companies to remove plastic from their teabags: there have been some major positive developments!  As you will see there is also still some work to do too, but we’ve come a long way since last June when I originally wrote the article!