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I have a large extended family. Like, I forget my cousins’ names from time to time kinda large.
Still, we like to exchange gifts for Christmas (Secret Santa style, no one wants to go broke here), and get each other presents for our birthdays. Just to keep the tradition alive, you know.
This made me think of all the types of people in my family – oh boy, each person is wildly different from the next in all aspects– and the different types of gifts I would like to give them.
And of course, I decided that this year, all the presents I give to my loved ones have to be eco-friendly and ethical.
What better than gifting your loved ones some zero waste goodies to kickstart their journey sustainability.
I’m SO into this idea. I have already ordered a couple of zero waste kits to give to some of my favorite people in the world.
But in this post, we’re talking about zero waste and eco-friendly beauty products for our lovely ladies (and gents) who love to look their best and do their best for our planet as well.
EcoTools – recycled brushes and sponges
This brand right here is a must.
- All their products are cruelty-free and vegan, and PETA certified
- They only work with recycled materials, mostly plastic and aluminum
- They are tree-free. This means that there’s no paper on their packaging, which is instead made of bamboo and cotton fibers! Say whaaat?!
- And they only use bamboo wood because bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants, which makes it the perfect eco-friendly alternative to wood.
My picks from EcoTools
You should totally check them out for all the self-care basics.
My number one pick is these packs of Konjac sponges. You can choose what the sponge is ‘infused’ with aloe, turmeric or bamboo charcoal – which is NOT THE SAME as regular bad-bad fossil charcoal.
Wait, what is a Konjac sponge, anyway? Glad you asked. It’s a sponge that comes from a plant called Konjac that grows in Asia. The plant is used as a food ingredient and has lots of minerals and it’s amazing for the skin. And the root is used to make these cute sponges.
When you soak them, they grow and get softer, and you can use them to exfoliate your skin.
These sponges are completely zero waste, and biodegradable – oh, and each one can last for about 2 months, so with one of these packs, you’ll have sponges for the full year
I’ve ordered one pack of the charcoal ones because bamboo charcoal does WONDERS to your skin:
- it removes pollution and dirt from your skin
- it exfoliates without drying your skin
- it helps you fight against acne thanks to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties
I think this little pack of makeup brushes can make for an awesome gift. One of my younger cousins LIVES for makeup, so this will be for her – so I’m just hoping she doesn’t read this.
And just like the rest of their products, they are made of recycled plastic and aluminum, and cotton and bamboo fibers.
Their motto is give up the bottle, so they already have aaaaaall my attention.
They are great and these are some of the reasons why:
- They are a certified climate-friendly business
- Their packaging is compostable
- All their products are cruelty-free
- And they are a Certified B Corporation – this means that they are not profit-focused, but instead give a lot of thought to ethical and environmental issues. LOVE IT.
And they make concentrated hair and skincare bars using natural products.
My picks from Ethique
I found this brand when I was looking for a plastic-free alternative to serums. And they have that and more.
I have already ordered one of their package free serums as a treat-yo-self gift for yours truly.
It’s made of cupuacu (a rainforest tree similar to cacao), shea, and rosehip and pomegranate oils.
I’m SUPER excited about the ingredient list because I love rosehip oil. I’ve used it for a very long time, mostly to get rid of my acne scars. And let me tell you, it’s an amazing thing everyone needs in their life.
They state on their website that for each bar serum, you save 3 plastic bottles and 4 liters of water. Sounds great.
Let’s talk about this zero waste and all-natural gingersnap face scrub – I have a slight obsession with face scrubs and exfoliating creams oopsie.
I’m excited because I’ve never tried the bar format, so this will be a first time for me. I’ll keep you posted.
I’m very curious about this plastic-free shampoo. I’m currently on a quest to find the perfect zero waste hair products for my curls. So let’s see how this one works.
As a gift for my gals I think I’ll invest in a few of these skin and hair samplers for hair and skin so that my lovely ladies can choose later their favorite product and buy them again. This is a nice way to introduce people to zero waste products, don’t you think so?
And they look adorable.
There’s something for your doggo too!
They also have these pet shampoos. Should I get one for my family dog? Even tho she hates baths?
If you’ve been around reading my blog for some time, you already know that we need to save the coral reefs.
Believe it or not, sunscreens are one of the things that are harming the coral reefs the most.
But then you come across lovely companies like Raw Elements that offer you eco-friendly alternatives and, well, you cannot say no to them.
Other reasons why they’re awesome:
- Natural ingredients
- No chemicals like oxybenzone, and titanium dioxide
- Reef Safe
- UVA and UVB protection
My Picks from Raw Elements
Summer is far for us northern hemisphere people, but they have REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN. Like, do you know how hard it is to find that??
Also, I’m the kind of person that uses sunscreen 24×7, rain shine (literally), no matter what. Even when I’m working at home in front of the window lol.
So even if – unfortunately – I won’t be getting in the sea any time soon, I’m definitely treating myself to one of their face creams with solar protection.
Probably this tinted facial moisturizer to give my everyday face a little more pizzazz with some 100% zero waste, toxic-free, non-GMO and cruelty-free goodness.
As for gifts, I have a very dear friend that is more than OBSESSED with lip balm. Well, guess what. Shell be getting some eco-friendly SPF lip balm this Christmas.
All their sunscreens are great: recycled packaging, non-toxic ingredients, and reef-safe. The dream.
And let’s not forget that they have children sunscreens as well!
I have an idea: why don’t you gift your partner, your best friend, or your mama a trip to the beach, and bring this cream along as an extra? Sounds like a plan to me!