10 Zero Waste Makeup Brands

I've been doing a lot of research on zero waste makeup brands. If you've been a frequent reader, you know I love to DIY! 

I have an entire tab dedicated to the zero waste, eco-friendly DIY beauty products. As the blog has grown, I've gotten a lot busier, and my time to DIY has decreased. 

Even though my DIY time has waned, I don't want to sacrifice quality ingredients. I also don't want to have to resort to trashy packaging. I know many of y’all are in the same boat. And you might be left wondering... does makeup like this exist? 

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Of course it does! But, it’s going to cost more than the drug store counterparts. You have to remember you're paying for higher-quality ingredients and quality packaging. 

I have found, that I tend to buy less makeup. I've cut out impulse purchases, and I make my selections VERY carefully. I use that product entirely before moving onto another one. 

When I was buying drug store makeup that was relatively inexpensive, I tended to buy more than I needed to "experiment" with colors. Of course, "experimenting" meant I used it twice and left it untouched in the drawer for the next several years. 

By, being really selective and purposeful with my zero waste makeup purchases, I'm only spending a little more than I used to. I'm also wasting WAY less. 

I have tried some of these brands, but I haven't tried all of them. When I typically buy makeup, I buy it in store at Credo Beauty. I've never had it shipped to me. 

I can't account for how you will receive the items if you have them shipped to your house. 

From, my research, these seem like some really great zero waste options. If you know of more makeup brands conscious of their packaging, please help others out in the comment section below!

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1. axiology:

I have not personally tried Axiology, but I think their colors are stunning. Plus, they have some really fun selections! 

I find that a lot of clean beauty brands, tend to stick to more sophisticated palates. If you're into bold, fun color - this is definitely the brand for you. 

Their lipstick tubes are made from recycled aluminum. They can be recycled at the end of their life. The lipstick tube comes in a paper box created by a woman-owned recycled paper boutique in Bali. The box can be recycled or composted. 

The company is vegan and cruelty free. According to their website the also donate a percentage of their annual profits to partners like Orangutan Foundation International, PeTA, and other humane societies.

2. antonym cosmetics:

Antonym is a certified organic brand which is vegan and cruelty free. Their compact eye shadows, blushes, and brushes are packaged in bamboo.

The outer packaging is made from FSC certified paper for the outer packaging. 

I haven't tried Antonym, but their packaging always catches my eyes when I go into Credo. 

I really like the bamboo pallets. They have a liquid foundation I thought was packaged in glass, but after more research it's packaged in plastic. What a bummer! 

3. elate cosmetics

Elate cosmetics is a really popular brand for zero wasters. I hear others raving about them. I personally haven't tried Elate yet, but it is on my list. 

Elate is packaged similarly to Antonym. They use bamboo and are also vegan and cruelty free. The main difference is that Elate offers refills. 

Refillable makeup is becoming really popular. You purchase a really nice compact that has a small magnet in the back which holds onto the stainless tin. The small stainless tins have pressed eye shadow, blush, or foundation. Once you run out of your product, you can recycle the tin. 

Then you can order a new pressed tin to put it's place. It's a genius concept that really helps to save a lot of packaging! 

Elate seems to be very conscious of packaging waste too. On their FAQ, they say to let them know if you live a plastic-free life, and they will do their best to accommodate. 

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4. kjaer weis:

Kjaer Weis is one of my favorites! All of their products are organic, and they're not tested on animals.

I have three of their eyeshadows and their refillable mascara. I get a lot of instagram DMs from people asking me about my eye makeup. It is ALL Kjaer Weis.

Kjaer Weis offers refills. Their compacts are made out of stainless steel instead of bamboo. Stainless steel has a 100% recycle rate. 

If your bathroom is humid, like mine, I recommend the stainless compacts over the bamboo ones. Don't get me wrong, I love bamboo! But, when I store bamboo under my sink, it can start to mold. 

Their refills are packaged in compostable paper.  Whenever I finish my mascara, I make sure to send my wand to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

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5 RMS:

I believe RMS was one of the first companies who was really conscious about their packaging. Their tins have a stainless steel top with a glass bottom. Both stainless and glass have a 100% recycle rate. 

I was really disappointed when they released their eyeshadow pallets in plastic packaging last year, but they have a lot of products packaged very sustainably. I have tried their concealer and their lip to cheek

I am a really big fan of both! I do really like their products and would like to try their unpowder.

RMS is organic and they don't test on animals. 

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6. tata harper:

I LOVE Tata Harper. Tata Harper is mostly a skin care brand, but they do have a couple of beauty products. 

I use the Tata Harper skin care line day to day, but I love their Lip to Cheek. It’s what I wore on my wedding day. Check out the pictures from my Zero Waste Wedding.

I wish that the tint didn't wear off so quickly, but I love the color. I have the color Very Naughty

The bottom is green glass, and the top is plastic. But, it's just so beautiful. They are cruelty free and handmade in Vermont. 

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7. keeping it natural:

I've seen several zero wasters posting about this Etsy shop on instagram. They offer cake mascara, blushes and mineral eyeshadows. 

In the description of the products, the maker bills the products as zero waste. I'm sure you could get everything shipped plastic free too. 

I haven't tried this makeup, but it looks like a good option that is a little cheaper than some of the other options mentioned. 

 
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8. ilia:

Ilia is another brand that packages in recycled aluminum. They're cruelty free and certified organic. I have not tried Ilia, but my friend Danielle has raved about them. 

9. besame:

Besame has really intrigued me since seeing a video of how their products are made on site in LA. They make products with vintage replication. This means most of their products are plastic free. 

In the video you saw them fill their lipsticks. I'm really curious if you could go back for a refill? The colors are absolutely stunning. I am also very curious about their cake mascara. 

I haven't tried Besame yet, but they're definitely on my list. Next time I'm in LA, I would love to visit their shop. I've always loved vintage style, and as a bonus there was less plastic back then too! 

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10. lush:

Lush can be fairly controversial, but I have to say I am for them. A lot of people call green washing. While I admit there are aspects where they could improve, they are pioneering the way in so many aspects. 

They're honest and transparent on their website. They're cruelty free and 35% of their products can be bought without packaging. It's definitely worth a look if you have one near by. 

My friend Holly over on Leotie Lovely wrote a great piece about Lush - It's worth the read! 

I have tried a Lush tip tint and the Lush mascara. I liked both! The bottom of the mascara jar is glass. After you're finished with it you can recycle it and send the wand to wildlife center linked above. 

Those are my top 10 zero waste makeup brands! Which ones would you add to the list? 

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My Top 5 Zero Waste Shower Essentials

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Going zero waste has definitely altered my shower routine from the products I use to how frequently I actually shower.

Americans shower WAY too much. Most Americans shower 1-2 times a day, but I know people who shower 3. It’s all just a little excessive. It wastes water but most importantly it’s flat out bad for your skin.

The body keeps itself moisturized with a layer of dead skin held together by lipids (fatty compounds). It protects the healthy layers underneath, and the more you shower the more you scrub that layer away.  

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Your body can’t keep up. In fact, it can lead to an overproduction of oil. (Further reading) It makes sense right? The more you strip your body of its natural oils, the more it will over produce to compensate.

Many commercial shampoos and soaps work similarly. They make you dependent on their products because they strip all of your natural oils away. This causes your body to overproduce, requiring you to buy more and more of their products.

I stopped using conventional shampoos when I started going zero waste two years ago. I have tried many different hair care methods. I think hair is one of the most challenging aspects of zero waste living since everyone’s body chemistry is so different.

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Hair care is one of the biggest laments I hear from readers, and it has inspired me to try and find the best zero waste hair solutions for everyone.  Plaine Products has been kind enough to send me liquid shampoo, conditioner, and body wash to review.

If you're one of the readers who have complained about not liking shampoo bars, this is the product for you. They have landed the #1 spot on my zero waste shower essential list. 

my top 5 zero waste shower essentials:

1. plaine products:

This is one of the most well thought out product designs I've ever seen. I don't know about you, but I’m nervous about keeping glass in my shower. These products are packaged in aluminum. 

Aluminum is a self-sustaining metal. It's 100% recyclable just like glass, but it has a better carbon footprint for shipping because it's lighter than glass. Plus, it won’t shatter if it's dropped whether that be in shipping or in the shower.

They offer a refill service. When you run out of your products and order a refill you just switch the pump over to the new bottle and send the old bottles back. They'll sanitize the bottles, refill them, and send the to their new home.

If you’ve lamented over the shampoo bar – you need to check out their liquid shampoo and conditioner.
Plaine products have the ease of commercial products without the guilt and yucky additives - no SLS, vegan, and biodegradable. I used to use Aussie and this competes. My hair is light, healthy, and has lots of volume. You can check out their list of ingredients here
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I honestly cannot rave about them enough. I trusted them 100% with my hair for the wedding. Probably the most photographed day I will ever experience. With all natural soaps, I find them to be a little bit thinner so I have to use a little more product than I normally would. But, I'm washing my hair way less (on average every 3-4 days), so I'm still saving SO much product in the long run.

2. scrub brush:

In my old shower, I used to have one of those plastic netted loofahs. I always thought they worked well, but they have a pretty fast expiration date.

Loofahs of any sort can trap dead skin cells which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. It's recommended to throw out your loofah every 2-3 months. I can honestly say, I never did that. In fact, I'm a little shocked that it's recommended to replace them that often. 

Once my loofah came to the end of its life, I didn't replace it. I read somewhere that between the hot water, the soap, and an agitator, like a loofah, you can over exfoliate. Back to breaking down that layer of dead skin cells too much. 

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I tried going without and using just my hands to lather, but it wasn't working out very well for me. The water here is hard and it's messed with my skin texture. I started breaking out on my back which I've never done before. 

I decided to get a bamboo scrub brush* to see if the extra exfoliation would do the trick and it has! 

I honestly cannot imagine my shower without a good scrub brush. 

RELATED: Benefits of Aromatic Showers with Eucalyptus

3. safety razor: 

Safety razors* might seem like one of the scariest zero waste swaps. It can be intimidating holding something that could easily slice your skin. I don't consider myself to be overly clumsy, but I have never cut myself while shaving. 

Full disclosure, I have dropped the razor and taken some skin off. But, I have never cut myself shaving! It really is almost the exact same as using a disposable razor. 

I have a full post on how to use a safety razor here. What that post doesn't cover is how to recycle the blades. 

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You CANNOT put razor blades in the regular recycling bin. You have to take the blades to a special recycling facility where a machine sorts metal and it's not done by human hands. 

If you're in Northern California, I got to the Concord Recycling Center. You'll want to get a steel can that has broth only. Cut a slot in the top of the can and pour the soup out. Rinse with water and tap dry. 

Obviously, there's no way of completely guaranteeing it to be dry, but that's alright. Drop you used blades into the slot. Once it's full put a piece of tape over the slot and take it to your nearest metal recycling facility. 

4. water pik:

I just wrote a whole post about my oral hygiene routine here. I love this water pik* because I can use it in the shower! This is so convenient. I don't have to worry about getting water everywhere, which I most definitely do when I'm using it by the sink. 

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I am lazy - a lazy, lazy woman. Water piking in the shower is probably the only way I would do it. 

5. a bucket: 

This is a great way to catch excess water in your shower! You can use it to water your plants or flush your toilet.

Another great thing about the rockin' ingredient list on Plaine Products is that it's biodegradable.
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It's completely safe to use the gray water to water your plants and take it outside. Filling up a bucket is also a good visual tool. 

If you're someone who tends to spend too long in the shower, gauging the fullness of the bucket is a wonderful indicator that the clock is ticking. Just be careful not to trip on the bucket if it's under your feet. I wouldn't know anything about that... 


I truly couldn't imagine a shower with these five items. Everything is streamlined, simple, and effective. 

If baths are more your thing make sure to check out my recipe for bath salts. What are some of the items you couldn't imagine showering without? 

Zero Waste Flossing

Let's talk about flossing. Flossing is important. Gum health is important. Taking care of your teeth and your health is super important! 

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Regular floss is typically plastic. Beyond just being plastic, it's toxic. It's coated with PFC's which is a chemical that's found in teflon.

The PFC's are added to make the floss glide better.  PFC has been linked to thyroid disease, dementia, cancer, fertility issues, and birth defects. You can read more about the study here and here

When you floss, your gums might bleed. As you can imagine, the PFC's have pretty much immediate access to your blood stream. So, let's look at some better options. 

First of all, a slew of studies have come out that flossing isn't really necessary. You can read more about that here and here. I think flossing is important, but I don't think it's the MOST important. 

I think it's most important to have a consistent routine down. Here's a glance into my oral care routine. Healthy teeth are a vital part of well-being. 

tooth powder: 

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I personally, brush twice a day with this toothpowder. I worked on that recipe with a dentist to make sure that I wasn't going to harm my teeth. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want is to ruin my enamel. 

water pik: 

Then I water pik every other day. I LOVE my water pik. I have a cordless one which makes it a breeze to use in the shower. My dentist personally recommends water piking over flossing.

A water pik is an electronic water flosser. It uses a powerful jet stream, much like you receive at the dentist. The one I have, has a setting that alternates between air and water. It's considered 3 times as effective as standard dental floss.

As a bonus, if you have any dental hardware, water piking is amazing! I have a bar on my bottom teeth from when I had my braces removed, and haven't been able to successfully clean it until the water pik came along. 

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floss:

Once or twice a week I use dental floss; because, I personally, don't think you can be too careful. Thankfully there are a lot of options for plastic and PFC free floss. 

Eco dent makes a vegan brand, but the floss does come in a small plastic pack which is a bummer. Radius offers a silk version, but it has the same plastic pack. 

I've heard some people use strings from an old piece of silk to floss. That sounds like a great plastic-free method, but it seems like a little too much work for me. Flossing is already a chore... (another reason why I like water piking... it's almost, dare I say it, kind of fun!) 

But, this completely plastic-free floss takes the cake. The refills come in cellulose which is compostable. No more plastic packaging. Just the way I like it! Plus the floss container is actually pretty. 

mouthwash:

Last but not least, I use this mouthwash regularly. In fact, this study found that mouthwash delivers better results than conventional flossing. Albeit, I'm still a firm believer in using a little bit of everything for the most sucessful results. 

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This mouthwash is super soothing and is amazing at freshening your breath. You should just read the study about how AMAZING aloe vera is for your gums. 

I think aloe vera can cure pretty much anything. It's definitely one of natures miracles. 


What does your zero waste/plastic free oral care routine look like? 

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