In the meantime, we can look for products with minimal or no plastic packaging. We’ve found 22 zero waste and plastic free beauty products to help you get started.
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Shampoo bars – Lush Cosmetics $14.95
These long lasting, handmade and cruelty free bars are the best. I just took mine travelling for a few weeks and it was perfect on the go. My favourite is ‘Jason and the argan oil’.
Life Basics – Vegan Bamboo Hair Brush $14.95
Most mainstream hairbrushes are made from plastic. This brush is made from bamboo, which is 100% biodegradable and lightweight.
The ANSC Solid Shampoo Original $9.95
Natural shampoo soap bar made from plant oils. This product can be used for both the body and hair. It also recommends that this bar can be used as both shampoo and conditioner!
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No pong deodorant $5.95
Natural Australian deodorant that comes in a tin, made with aluminium salts that actually stop body odour seeping through.
Herbivore Blue Clay Cleansing Bar $12.00
Natural bars made from high quality ingredients that are plant-based, organic and food-grade. All oils are cold-pressed or steam distilled, made in small batches in the USA.
Lush Shimmy Shimmy bar $10.95
To highlight your skin and make it glow, use this bar! It’s made using Fair Trade shea and cocoa butters, leaving skin feeling soft and healthy. I love to use this one my legs on a night out or mixed in with foundation on my cheeks to look dewy.
Biome Coconut Oil $6.95
Coconut oil has a multitude of uses from hair conditioner (for thick hair) to makeup remover. I use coconut oil as a body moisturiser, especially on my feet with socks. This one is certified organic, comes in a glass jar and is reasonably priced.
Sun & Earth sunscreen $20.00
Handcrafted sunscreen in a tin made in Byron Bay, from natural ingredients. As it’s made from natural zinc, it’s thick so ideal for swimming or surfing. (main picture)
Herbs & Heart Face Mud $38.99
Herbs & Heart is a premium natural beauty brand, made with glass bottles and cruelty free. I use mine about 1-2 times a week and so far it’s lasted months without making a dent. They were also recently featured in Vogue Australia! The lid is made from plastic but can be reused.
Life Basics Organic Muslin Facial Cloths (3 Pack) $14.95
I’ve never turned back from using facial cloths; they last forever and remove makeup so easily. These quick-drying cloths are soft, breathable, unbleached organic cotton and can be machine-washed. I’d recommend washing every 1-2 weeks.
Biome Rosehip Oil $27.95
Rosehip oil is wonder oil, which can be used as a face serum to hydrate and nourish the skin and hair. I use a tiny bit of rosehip oil mixed in with my moisturiser at night. It can also be used on scars, stretch marks and inflamed skin conditions.
Eve of St.Agnes Hydrating Facial Silk $21.50 approx
Award-winning face moisturiser, made from organic and natural ingredients in an aluminium jar. The cruelty-free blend is made from blood orange, champaca flower oils and frangipani.
Eco-minerals Mineral Foundation (refills) $36.00
Eco minerals foundation is longwearing, natural and protects the skin with SPF 25. The initial foundation container is made of plastic but it can then be re-used forever with eco refills (costing $31 with free delivery).
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Eco-minerals Mineral Bronzer (refills) $36.00
Once again, this bronzer is also available with plastic-free refills. The bronzer comes in three colours, contains natural SPF and is 100% natural.
Antonym Organic Baked Blush Peach $36.00
Apparently, this product is a celebrity favourite. The colour is amazing, the price is decent and the product is certified organic. Winner.
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation $68.00
Ok so this foundation is slightly expensive, but it has rave reviews from almost every fashion magazine. The foundation comes in a wide variety of shades and is certified organic and natural.
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