Celebrate Earth Day With These Planet Friendly Beauty Buys!

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April 22, 2022 marks Earth Day, the movement that addresses the climate crisis and how we can better look after the environment.

Whether it’s a commitment to reducing plastics, ditching animal-derived ingredients or giving back to the planet, there are many ways in which the beauty industry can clean up its carbon footprint.

Some beauty brands are already making a difference. Why not switch up your beauty and wellbeing regime with these planet-friendly beauty buys?

Miller Harris – scented candles

In a huge leap towards transparency and sustainable practices, the newly revamped candle collection from Miller Harris features six beautiful and eco-friendly scents along with more sustainable packaging and ingredients.

  • TEA, Notes: Bergamot – Birch tar – Green tea. 
  • ROSE, Notes: Turkish rose absolute – Blackcurrant – Cashmere musk. 
  • TABAC, Notes: Tobacco leaf – Patchouli – Cascarilla oil. 
  • SANTAL, Notes: Sandalwood – Pink Pepper – Olibanum. 
  • MANDARIN, Notes: Mandarin – Geranium – Herby marjoram. 
  • FIGUE, Notes: Fig – Galbanum – Cedarwood.

All candles are £50 each, available from www.millerharris.com

Faith In Nature – shampoo and conditioner bars

Ahead of the sustainability curve since the beginning, Faith In Nature has been a pioneer in clean, green beauty for 47 years. Its 99% natural range harnesses the power of nature without harming it. Why not swap bottle for bar for a zero-plastic hair regime?

The average adult washes their hair 3 times per week, meaning a regular 400ml bottle of shampoo will last a family of 4 around 4 weeks. By swapping to a zero-plastic bar, giving the same number of washes, you are significantly reducing your plastic consumption. To top it off use a Faith in Nature Conditioner Bar for a completely plastic-free haircare routine.

Try Shea & Argan Shampoo Bar (£5.79) and Shea & Argan Conditioner Bar (£6.99) to be kind to the planet and your hair.

Available from www.faithinnature.co.uk

Faace – vegan face masks

FAACE provides effective solutions to the most common skin problems, from hormonal spots to dehydrated complexions, with face masks that are completely vegan and packaged in recyclable materials. The brand uses bottles made from 60% post-consumer recycled plastic. Newest launches include Faace mini heroes – £10 each (30ml)

The three cult favourite masks from Faace – Period, Tired and Sweaty – are presented in a 30ml size. Perfect for trialling, travel and popping in your gym bag – also who doesn’t love a mini? Like a sheet mask without the sheet, for anything life throws at you.

Available from wearefaace.com

Tisserand Aromatherapy – Nature’s Spa hand creams

Tisserand Aromatherapy have dedicated years of work to perfecting the art of wellness. The company always use PCR (post-consumer recycled plastic), to ensure they are using up some of the plastic that exists on the planet already.

Newest launches include four new Hand Creams in the Nature’s Spa collection with moisturising Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E-rich Sunflower Seed Oil to help condition the skin and nails, leaving hands feeling refreshed and smooth.

Nature’s Spa Hand Cream – £12 (75ml) available from tisserand.com

Wild Science Lab – Root + Fruit skincare

Wild Science Lab create 100% vegan hair and skin care products that really work, from scalp soothing shampoos to vitamin C-enriched brightening serum. All packaging is responsibly sourced, renewable and recyclable to ensure a sustainable natural footprint retaining functionality, elegance and conscience.

Discover the newest additions to their Root + Fruit skincare collection, all designed to harness the potency of natural ingredients alongside delivering visible results. Each product is created to work on its own or together as part of an intensive brightening, boosting daily skincare routine.

Prices from £30 / Available from www.wildsciencelab.com

Peep Club – Hydrating Portable Humidifier

Making transparent and sustainable choices is at the heart of Peep Club. 100% of packaging is reusable and/or recyclable and products use only PET plastic or aluminium (which is infinitely recyclable – in fact, 75% of aluminium ever made is still in use today, due to its recyclability).

The Peep Club Eye Wand doesn’t use batteries specifically because they’re tough to recycle and the brand uses minimal external paper packaging. Their NEW Peep Club Hydrating Portable Humidifier – £55 – is the perfect addition to your bedside table, home office or back-to-work desk. The bottle-shaped humidifier is designed to help keep your eyes hydrated whether they’re open or closed.

Available from www.peepclub.co.uk

Manifesto – Beauty Supplement Gummies

New to the health and wellness arena, Manifesto promise to provide powerful sources of nutrition in a sustainable manner. They support weakened hair, skin and nails, improve skin elasticity and texture, promote collagen formation, and provide cell protection from pollution – all while putting the planet first.

The cherry flavoured gummies are presented in 100% compostable, plastic-free sachets made from sustainably grown eucalyptus. Plus, these sustainable sachets are housed inside zero waste tins made from aluminium that are 100% reusable and recyclable. As well as an eco-friendly exterior, the supplements contain carefully considered ingredients that are sustainably sourced.

Available from www.manifesto-nutrition.com

fiils – Bathroom Essentials

On a quest to redefine beauty and make sustainability stylish, easy and affordable, fiils offers a range of bathroom essentials which are 100% cruelty-free, with no added parabens, sulphate, or fragrance – just natural goodness, without compromising on quality. Harnessing the power of nature, Fiils only uses ingredients known for their effectiveness to transform hair and skin. The potent essential oils used in Fiils formulas are sustainably sourced and expertly hand blended to give you the best hair and skin yet, whilst helping you to do your bit for the planet.

With Fiils you can stock up on a range of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand wash that all come in a convenient, low-waste and no mess pouch, and can be easily decanted into the brand’s signature aluminium refillable bottles. The bonus? Fiils will recycle your empties for free! Newest additions include Lemongrass Conditioner, Coconut Shampoo and Coconut Hand Wash.

The fiils range starts from £6 and is available from fiils.co

Green People – One Balm and Sunscreen

Founded in 1997 and known as the ‘sensitive skin experts’, Green People are pioneers in organic beauty and skincare with up to 99% naturally nourishing organic ingredients, keeping environmental impact to a minimum. Through organic certification, the soil is protected and ingredients are responsibly sourced through honest and ethical farmers.

Try One Balm – £21.00 (30ml), the ultimate multi-tasker. Presented in a compact wood dust pot that degrades in soil after use. This organic multi-purpose balm cocoons skin in a protective layer of nourishing plant actives that calm the skin – ideal for everything from shaving and double-cleansing to soothing dry patches.

Offering broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, Green People’s organic sun care range avoids the use of harmful chemicals and is designed to protect even the most sensitive skin, as they are free from parabens, silicones and synthetic fragrance. One of few sun lotions worldwide that is reef safe and non-toxic to marine life, Green People’s award-winning products offer a natural and organic, easy wear formula which is kind to your skin and the planet. Available in both SPF 15 and 30, Green People’s award-winning range includes Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30, Organic Children’s Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30 and Sun Lotion SPF 15 with Tan Accelerator.

30p from every Green People SPF30 Scent Free Sun Lotion and Organic Children SPF30 Sun Lotion sold is donated directly to The Marine Conservation Society.

Green People are one of the first global beauty brands to offer plant-based packaging made from sugar cane.  www.greenpeople.co.uk

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