Opting for plastic-free skincare is one of the easiest ways we can phase plastic out of our lives. There are so many amazing clean beauty brands that are keeping toxins out of their products and plastic out of their packaging! Going zero waste, low waste, or plastic-free doesn't have to mean giving up luxurious and effective skincare products, and here are some brands that are proving it!
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Home base: Seattle, WA
Come for the packaging: Most products come in glass packaging with beautiful minimalist labels. The exception is bar soaps, which come packaged in cardboard.
Wear it with pride: Formulations are focused on organic, food-grade, and U.S. sourced materials and are free from fillers and synthetic ingredients. Products are vegan, PETA and Leaping Bunny certified.
Home base: Grass Valley, CA
Come for the packaging: "Our priority is to use reusable, recyclable containers, and to minimize superfluous packaging." Products are packaged in aluminum, glass, and cardboard. And even though they're recyclable, you may not want to let go of them anytime soon. Many of them are perfect for re-purposing for your own DIY formulations, or as a travel-size cosmetics container.
Wear it with pride: Handmade by legit herbalists, these witchy potions and brews are made with "plants that are abundant, ethically harvested and organically cultivated. "
Home base: Portland, OR
Come for the packaging: "We package our products in glass, which minimizes waste by allowing you to recycle or reuse your empties. It also keeps harmful chemicals from leaching into our non-toxic products." You won't find any plastic in their shipping materials either!
Wear it with pride: Products are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon and never tested on animals.
Home base: Venice, CA
Come for the packaging: "Our integrity extends to our packaging - most of our products are packaged in glass bottles and we are committed to never using soft plastics."
Stay for the clean skincare: Everything we've tried is amazing, but the Ocean Lotion is an absolute favorite!
Wear it with pride: Products are vegan and free of synthetic chemicals. AND "OSEA was the first company to sign Compact for Safe Cosmetics, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.”
Home base: Terrace Park, OH
Come for the packaging: Plaine Products is spearheading a pretty innovative approach to reducing personal care packaging waste -- the packaging is refillable! When you're done with a product, order a refill in the mail and send your empty back to be reused.
Stay for the clean skincare: Although most famous for their refillable shampoos and conditioners, Plaine Products recently launched body and face products as well! One of the products we carry is their Facial Moisturizer, which is a great lighter moisturizing option.
Wear it with pride: Vegan, cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified, 1% for the Planet, and Certified B Corp!
Home base: Gardiner, NY
Come for the packaging: "Meow Meow Tweet is committed to using the least amount of plastic packaging. All goods are either hand wrapped in PCW paper or housed in glass containers."
Wear it with pride: Vegan, Organic, Leaping Bunny Certified.
Home base: Monterey Park, CA
Come for the packaging: All products are packaged in glass, and most with metal lids!
Stay for the clean skincare: We love their Rescue Me Too Blemish Control serum!
Wear it with pride: Products are natural, organic, and vegan, and were made as a solution for those with allergies to chemicals traditionally found in skin care.
Home base: La Canada, CA
Come for the packaging: All products are packaged in glass.
Stay for the clean skincare: We hear amazing things about their Alert eye cream and can't wait to try!
Wear it with pride: Ingredients are sourced from USDA certified organic farms, and products are cruelty-free.
Home base: Whiting, VT
Come for the packaging: Beautiful, extra classy frosted glass packaging.
Wear it with pride: PETA, Leaping Bunny, ECOCERT, and AVA (100% Vegetarian) certified.
Home base: Portland, OR
Come for the packaging: All products are packaged in glass and are 100% recyclable, although we love their branding and labeling and wouldn't mind reusing these jars either!
Wear it with pride: Handmade and small-batch, ingredients are organic, wildcrafted, and sourced in the U.S.
Home base: Brooklyn, NY
Come for the packaging: Packaging is 100% recyclable and 98% compostable!
Stay for the clean skincare: We love that all of their products are super simple, like the Elixir bar soaps that can be used for both face and body as well as their face masks made of just a couple very intentionally-sourced ingredients.
Wear it with pride: Products are vegan, cruelty-free, and don't contain artificial colorants or fragrances. AND 12% of profits go to orphaned elephants!
Home base: San Diego, CA
Come for the packaging: Packaging is mostly plastic-free and includes glass, metal, and even wood!
Stay for the clean skincare: We love the Breathe Cream for congestion relief.
Wear it with pride: Plant-based, hand-crafted, and cruelty-free. Part of profits are donated to organizations that support education, the environment, and animal welfare.
Know of any amazing plastic-free skincare brands that aren't on the list? Let us know! Reach out to us on Instagram or comment below.