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Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Makeup

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Looking for zero-waste and plastic-free makeup brands? Right this way!

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 eight zero waste and plastic-free makeup brands.  I’ve concentrated primarily on what’s available in the UK because that’s where I live.  However, I have included two US options for international readers. 

Here’s what I found!

Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Makeup Brands

For this guide, I’ve focused on the plastic-free makeup brands that cater to a wide range of skin tones, from pale to dark skin.  It’s 2021, and no-one should be left out from the make-up discussion.

Please note, to support the running costs of the site, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *.

Antonym

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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.  However not all products are plastic-free, so do check before you purchase.

Antonym is difficult to find in the UK.  I’ve found a limited range on Naturisimo.  Here the foundation caters to 5 skin tones – fair, light, nude, medium-beige, and medium-dark.   

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.  In terms of inclusivity, their foundation caters to light, medium, and dark skin tones. 

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 is 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.  However, 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, sells certified organic natural makeup in beautiful refillable metal compacts.  Even the lipsticks and mascaras are refillable.  What’s more, their foundation caters to 8 different skin tones.  

Kjaer Weis is at the pricier end of the plastic-free makeup spectrum but gets rave reviews from all around the internet. And they 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!

Something to bear in mind is that Cult Beauty offers a 10% discount on your first purchase when you sign up to their mailing list, and they often have some great sales.  

Luna Beauty UK

Oxford-based Luna Beauty* sells, via Amazon, a small range of zero-waste, plastic-free, and cruelty-free vegan beauty products.  Here you’ll find blusher, bronzer, and mascara.  

Lush

Lush sells a range of plastic-free or packaging-free cosmetics.  From unpackaged lipstick to unpackaged foundation, there are a host of products to explore.  Their foundation alone comes in 40 different shades, making it the most inclusive range I’ve found.  With Lush, I personally find it easier to browse in-store than on their website, although you do run the gauntlet of their over-zealous sales staff.  Just me?

RMS

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RMS Beauty*, available in the UK via Content Beauty, sells a beautiful range of plastic-free makeup products, packaged in only metal and/or glass (with the exception of the mascara).  They get rave reviews, and they have many celebrity endorsements, including Meghan Markle.  

What’s more, RMS pride themselves on using only natural and organic ingredients, sourced from sustainable sources, that soothe and soften skin.  As much, many products are vegan friendly too.  And in terms of inclusivity, their foundation comes in 16 shades. 

Sign up to Content’s newsletter, and get 10% off your first order.  

Zao

Zao* sells a wide range of certified cruelty-free beauty products in refillable bamboo boxes, all available in the UK through Ethical Superstore.  What’s more, all products are 100% natural, vegan, and certified organic by Ecocert ZAO.  Their foundation is available in seven inclusive shades.

A couple of points to note.  Currently, Zao says all products can be refilled, with the exception of mascara and lipgloss.  Zao also states that some of the refills are housed in recyclable plastic.  As such, you may want to check this before purchasing.

Your Recommendations?

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!

And if you liked this post then I have some more that you might like. 

If you looking for a zero-waste, plastic-free makeup removal option then do try this handy reusable cotton wool pad tutorial

I also have some other useful posts, including plastic-free makeup remover tips, and a natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.

And finally, this post on the ingredients to avoid in your makeup is an eyeopener.

plastic free makeup guide

Food & Drink, Life & Style

After the best reusable coffee cup? I’ve found it!

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I have been on the hunt for the very best reusable coffee cup, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found the one.

You see, I have quite a prolific tea habit.  Coffee, less so, but tea, gosh, give me all the tea.  I never like to be too far from a hot beverage, and my bog-standard reusable coffee cup wasn’t quite cutting the mustard for me.

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My issues with the standard reusable cups were twofold.  Firstly, when I’m out and about I’m normally pushing a buggy.  This means I can’t carry a reusable coffee cup.  I have tried to balance it in the buggy basket but that only resulted in spilled tea.  And while you shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, you should definitely cry over spilled tea.

The other times I want to use my reusable coffee cup are for the bus commute to and from work.  I don’t have time for a cup of tea before I leave the house.  Therefore I like to use my commute to drink tea and read the news on my phone.  The problem is I’m normally fumbling in my purse to find change for the bus, or trying to find my ticket. Having one hand out of action whilst holding the cup wasn’t ideal either.

My Reusable Coffee Cup Criteria

What I wanted was something like a flask, that could be sealed up and chucked in my bag without fear of spillage, but was easy to drink on the bus.  Drinking tea out of a flask cup on the bus isn’t ideal and prone to spillage if the bus starts or stops suddenly.

After intense internet searching, I didn’t think such an invention existed.  Then, randomly one day, I came across the Hydro Flask – a reusable coffee cup that promised to not leak when sealed up.  After reading a little about it I bought one as a treat to myself in the hope that it would solve all of my tea based problems.

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Does the Hydro Flask Live Up to the Hype?

I have been using my Hydro Flask for a month now.  As such, I’m ready to say, hand on heart, that it is the best reusable coffee cup out there, by a mile.

I have tossed it around my bag for a month on all kinds of adventures and have had zero leaks! Bus trip to make?  I pop it in my bag and have two hands free to get on the bus with ease.  Off to the park with my little ones?  I pop it in my bag and off we go with the buggy.  Car journey to make?  I pop it in my bag and don’t have to worry about it spilling when we hit a bumpy road.

Hydro Flask Performance

My Hydro Flask keeps drinks piping hot for hours.  So hot, in fact, that I have to make my tea or coffee and leave it to cool for 5 minutes or so before decanting it into the Hydro Flask. Otherwise it’s scalding hot and undrinkable for a good couple of hours, which, yes, I did learn the hard way.

The Hydro Flask is also great at keeping cold drinks cold.  This means I don’t have to carry about a separate reusable coffee cup and water bottle.  This saves my back and freeing up precious space in my already bulging mum bag.

What I love most about the Hydro Flask is that when you screw the cap back on it doesn’t cause the liquid to displace if you’ve been a bit overzealous and happened to fill it up a bit too much.

It’s also easier to clean than a traditional flask.  There are no fiddly components.  Just a solid lid.  This means it’s not prone to fusty odours that flasks can be prone to.  As I say, best reusable coffee cup ever!

The Downsides?

My only criticism is that the body of the cup does not get hot.  Therefore so you don’t get that comforting warm feeling you get when holding a cup of hot tea.  However, if it did then it wouldn’t keep the tea or coffee warm for so long, so I guess you can’t have it all.

Do Baristas Accept Hydro Flasks?

You can buy the Hydro Flask in varying sizes – from a small 12 oz, a medium 16 oz, to the large 20 oz.  Rather handily these are equivalent to standard coffee shop sizes.  I plumped for the medium.  The large felt a little too large, even for my liking.

Even with the medium, it’s got a nice wide mouth.  And so far I’ve found that coffee shops are happy to fill it.  Therefore I’ve been making sure to get my reusable cup discount!  With my tea habit, my cup will pay for itself in no time!

If you’re also after the best reusable coffee cup too, then I’ve found the Hydro Flask online on Amazon* or Cotswold Outdoor if you’d prefer to avoid Amazon.

In case you’re curious, I paid full price for my Hydro Flask and am just sharing the love of this rather fortuitous find that has vastly improved my tea drinking on the go!