It kicks off around the beginning of November: the not-so-subtle holiday gift inquiries. The incoming texts from family members, asking which perfume you wore that one time — and oh, do you happen to own it? The Instagram posts, forwarded via DM by significant others, gauging your interest in whichever products are lining the picture's virtual shelf. This timing can be tricky for anyone interested in unwrapping eco-friendly beauty gifts once the holidays arrive; scouting out products that center style and sustainability is more time consuming than simply clicking over to a beauty retailer's top-sellers page.
And in case you are already receiving demands to email over a wishlist, keep on reading. Ahead are 10 fan-favorite, eco-friendly beauty products that you'll definitely want to add to your list — ranging from under-$20 stocking stuffers to a $145 body and massage oil that's almost too pretty to use. Each one approaches being environmentally friendly in a unique way, as well, allowing you to opt for the technique that resonates with you; like Lush's recycling program, PYT Beauty's microplastic-free glitter, or Aether Beauty's almost completely recyclable eyeshadow palette — which is made primarily from paper.
So, the next time someone in your family asks which perfumes you like — no reason, just asking! — you'll be prepared. Below, 10 beauty products that are as environmentally friendly as they are chic.
These sparkly shadows get their sheen from responsibly sourced mica — *not* glittery microplastics.
Delivered in plastic-free, handmade glass bottles (with minimalist packaging), this luxurious massage oil doubles as a piece of art.
A fan favorite — for good reason — this minty clay mask gently cleanses skin (and makes for excellent selfies).
Once your giftee uses up this smoldering palette, they simply need to remove the pans and elastic band, and voilà — it's completely recyclable.
Packaged sans single-use plastic, this stylish soap cube is available in four fragrance options: Tea Tree, Grapefruit, Lavender, and unscented.
Equal parts effective and luxe, HAOMA plants a tree for every product sold *and* offers a recycling program through a partnership with Terracycle.
Need a gift for the person who already has everything? This cheery hand-loomed towel from ethical personal care brand Bathing Culture will add a pop of color to any bathroom.
Kjaer Weis created a truly unique and eco-friendly packaging system — each makeup compact can be reused after just by inserting a new refill, minimizing the overall waste.
These reusable cotton rounds make taking off your makeup at the end of the day easy — and much less wasteful.