23 Low-Waste Beauty Products for a More Eco-Friendly Routine

Looking to ditch plastics? Start by switching to shampoo bars, 3-in-1 makeup crayons and refillable body wash.

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Daria Werbowy photographed by Ryan McGinley, styled by Edward Enninful, hair by Jimmy Paul, makeup by Dick Page.
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Reduce, reuse and recycle—there are plenty of ways to be a little more green this Earth Month, especially when it comes to your skincare, wellness and beauty routines. Many brands in this notoriously wasteful space are making strides towards more environmentally-conscious practices, low-impact natural ingredients, and low- or no-waste packaging. While you should always use what you have (and repurpose the container whenever possible) before investing in any additional eco-friendly options, if you’re trying to cut down on your plastic consumption, these are all great options to consider for your next medicine cabinet refresh. Here, some of our favorite effective, low-waste products you’ll want to keep in your rotation for good.

These adorable 3-in-1 crayons can be used as eyeshadow, blush or lipstick, plus they’re packed with nourishing ingredients like elderberry and plum oil. The recycled paper packaging and wrapper is fully compostable—making them a truly zero waste product.

These solid shampoo and conditioner bars leave hair fresher, bouncier and shinier than many conventional duos. And they can last for up to 60 washes—just make sure you keep the bamboo holder somewhere it can air out between showers.

Kate McLeod’s solid moisturizer “stones” are beloved for their decadent feel and minimal, plant-based ingredient list. Each one is made by hand in small batches, and you have your choice of packaging: a refillable bamboo canister, or a recyclable cardboard sleeve.

If anyone can make a two-in-one shampoo and body wash feel chic, it’s Suzanne Kaufmann. Declutter your shower and keep your waste to a minimum with this recycled, recyclable refill. (The impeccable Austrian brand also stocks refills of most of their beloved products.)

A rare example of a truly package-free body wash option, these water-soluble sachets from Plus contain aloe, eucalyptus and almond oil. With fragrance free and scented versions, reducing waste has never been easier—or more luxurious.

Each of Common Heir’s paper canisters contains 60 fully biodegradable capsules filled with a single dose of concentrated vitamin C serum—an extra smart choice, because the powerful ingredient oxidizes notoriously quickly in traditional packaging. Protecting the product from light and air means the last application will be as potent as the first.

Everist makes ultra-concentrated, waterless haircare in plastic-free packaging. We’re fans of their deep conditioner in particular—it contains 20% aloe vera for deeply hydrated, frizz-free locks.

This silky, lightweight serum bar is the perfect product to transition your skincare to summer, while cutting down on unnecessary waste. Licorice extract and German blue chamomile promise more even skin tone, and you’ll get a lush dose of moisture from jojoba and squalene.

Beauty brand Kjaer Weis sells all of their products and packaging separately, to minimize waste and encourage re-use of their metal-and-leather palettes. Not that you’ll need any extra encouragement—this cream blush and highlighter duo is guaranteed to be an everyday essential.

Every product from the “slow beauty” brand Kindred Black is packaged in glass bottles handmade in Oaxaca, all of which will look great on your vanity long after the products run out. They offer a wide variety of lotions and potions, but this subtle hinoki and yuzu hair oil is perfect for warmer weather.

This pick isn’t totally package-free, but swapping your disposable razors for a sleek safety razor is a more eco-friendly (and economical) option in the long run.

By packaging their ultra-wearable powder shadows in cardboard and eschewing any mirrors or magnets (both of which you’ll find in most conventional compacts), Athr ensures that every item they make is fully recyclable.

Re=Comb makes all of their hair tools from recycled plastic, resulting in beautiful, psychedelic designs that prevent new plastic waste from entering the environment.

Bars aren’t just for the shower—banish frizz with this hair serum bar packed with Abyssinian Oil Esters and plant-based silicone.

Reset your oral care habits with this reusable set from by Humankind. Each trio of toothpaste tablets, mouthwash tablets and biodegradable floss promises to remove 4.17oz of plastic from your routine—it’s the little things that add up in the long run.

Not quite ready to make the jump to toothpaste tablets? Before’s tubes are made entirely from recyclable, plant-based materials. Plus, the formula is clean, simple and effective.

Swapping your bottled body wash for a chic bar soap is an easy way to cut down on your plastic consumption. Look for a luxurious option, like these small batch bars from Binu Binu, to make bath time a relaxing ritual.

If you just love the sudsy feel of liquid soap, Bathing Culture offers a variety of refillable bath and body products in cheerful glass bottles, plus sustainably made bath accessories.

Ditch synthetic loofahs for the real thing, or try this terra cotta and cotton option from Dehiya. It’s won countless awards for a reason!

Made from bamboo, these plush reusable pads are perfect for cutting down waste in your everyday routine. Each pack includes seven pads and an organic, washable pouch for easy machine washing.

La Bouche Rouge’s Satin Lipstick comes in a chic, vegan leather case that is refillable for minimal environmental impact. We love the deep red, but you can swap in a new color for each season!

A natural deodorant that actually works? We’re in. In case you need more convincing: Every scent is aluminum-free, paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and comes in a refillable container that you only have to buy once.

If you’re still trying to master a winged eyeliner look and find yourself going through too many Q-tips in the process, look no further: this reusable, washable swab will have you wondering why you didn’t make the switch sooner.

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