Meet the best eco-friendly beauty brands to help you to live greener

The beauty industry is packed full of eco-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan brands that will take your daily routine to the next level. These are a few of our top picks.

With World Environment Day fast approaching this Friday, June 5, now is as good a time as ever to reconsider what’s in your bathroom cabinet or makeup bag.

The beauty industry has come a long way in recent years, especially in regards to the ethics of its offering. Vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly beauty ranges are all the rage, and there are plenty of high-quality skincare, makeup, and personal hygiene products that fit the brief of being kind to you as well as the planet.

With that in mind, I’ve rounded up the best beauty products from across the Internet – including a few of my own personal faves – so you can restock your supplies with greener alternatives.

Skincare

There are multiple ways to make your AM and PM skincare routine a little more ethical, starting with reusable makeup removers. I got a Makeup Eraser for Christmas, and it has honestly been life-changing – not only does it save me spending on micellar water and wipes, it also means I’m producing a lot less waste. Aside from choosing reusable products, look out for “naked”, plastic-free skincare or cruelty-free vegan options. These brands are highly rated, as well as more eco-friendly than many of their competitors:

Makeup Eraser, available at Catch and Sephora.

Face Halo reusable makeup removers, available at Adore Beauty, Beauty Bay, Myer.

Weleda, available at Adore Beauty, Nourished Life and RY.

Mukti Organics, at Adore Beauty.

Edible Beauty, at Adore Beauty, Sephora, and Nourished Life.

Makeup

RAWW Cosmetics, available at Flora and Fauna, Nourished Life, and Activeskin.

Karen Murrell Lipsticks, at Chemist Direct and Pharmacy Online.

INIKA Organic, at Adore Beauty, Flora and Fauna, Nourished Life, Activeskin and Myer.

Personal hygiene

When it comes to personal hygiene, there’s a lot you can do to reduce waste. Consider the products you use frequently – shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes, disposable razors – and switch to plastic-free or vegan alternatives. I’ve been using shampoo and conditioner bars for about a year now, and I love them – my current top picks are Ethique’s St Clements shampoo and Wonderbar conditioner, which make my hair smell and feel like a dream.

ecostore Natural Soap, at Flora and Fauna.

Ethique haircare, body wash and natural deodorant, available at Nourished Life and Flora and Fauna.

Grant’s of Australia oral care, at Hello Charlie.

The Body Shop vegan body care and vegan haircare at their website.

Parker Safety Razor, at Flora and Fauna or BioMe.

On average, people with periods use around 12,000 pads and tampons in their lifetime – which equates to about 120kg of landfill. Two years ago, I swapped out pads for period undies and tampons for a menstrual cup, and I haven’t looked back. Not only are they better for the environment, but they’re better for your body, and I find them way more comfortable than disposable period products. Personally, my faves are the Thinx Hi-Waist undies and the Diva Cup.

Thinx period underwear, available at Thinx or Nourished Life.

Bonds Bloody Comfy underwear, available at Bonds.

Intimina menstrual cups, available at Intimina and Adore Beauty.

DivaCup, available at Pharmacy Online and Chemist Warehouse.