Cover Photo: Herbivore Botanicals and RMS Beauty

From ingredients to avoid to our favourite brands, this is our guide to beauty products that are kind to Earth

What is sustainable beauty?

Very simply, clean or sustainable beauty means that the products are safe for people and the planet, using only non-toxic ingredients for active results. If want to do your part for the environment and support sustainable enterprises, here are some things to look out for when making your next beauty purchase.

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Vegan-approved beauty products doesn’t contain any animal by-products or ingredients sourced from animals. Common non-vegan ingredients found in beauty products include beeswax, glycerin (some are derived from animals), honey, lanolin, and tallow.


Beauty products that have not been tested on animals, and no animal-derived ingredients are extracted. Some brands have a "Leaping Bunny Certified" badge to prove their commitment in protecting the welfare of animals. Do note that a beauty product can be cruelty-free but not vegan, and vice versa.

Eco-friendly packaging

High performance packaging that's not harmful to the Earth avoids using plastic materials that could end up in landfills. Examples of eco-friendly packaging includes glass, paper and anything that's biodegradable and recyclable.

Non-toxic ingredients

These refer to a host of synthetic ingredients such as paraben, artificial fragrances, silica and mineral oils. What's good are plant-based ingredients, as these are natural.

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The following are some of our favourite sustainable beauty brands:

Tata Harper

Tata Harper advocates 100 percent, non-toxic skincare products made on its farm in Vermont. Free from GMO, fillers, artificial colours, artificial fragrances and other harmful chemicals, the organic brand has also opted for glass packaging. 

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Summer Fridays

Following the mantra of de-stressing your skin like it's Friday in summer, the brand is loved for its face masks. Adorned in pastel-coloured, sleek and eco-friendly metal tubes, Summer Fridays' vegan jet-lag mask is paraben-free and is made without animal testing.

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Herbivore Botanicals

From a rose quartz facial roller to the jasmine green tea face mists, Herbivore Botanicals is a vegan-based beauty brand, using only natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils and GMO-free soy wax in its formulas that come packaged in recyclable materials.

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RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty transforms make-up with the use of raw, food-grade ingredients. Ranging from lipsticks to face powders and eye shadows, you'll still be able to recreate any look.  

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REN Skincare

The REN Philosophy is ‘Clean to Skin. Clean to Planet’; true enough, the brand avoids synthetic ingredients and uses solely non-toxic ingredients to create their products. Partnering with organisations such as Surfrider, REN is also combatting waste by pioneering local clean ups and has  pledged to become a zero waste company by 2021.

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MILK Makeup

The New York-based make-up brand is 100% vegan, cruelty free and paraben-free with the highlight being the hugely popular vegan milk moisturiser.

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Bite Beauty

Favoured by celebs like Felicity Jones and Kendall Jenner, the Canadian-based lipstick brand is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan. They are also infused with nutrient-packed superfoods to make your lips kissable every time.

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Grown Alchemist

The Australian-based beauty label is renowned for using organic and plant-based ingredients packed with antioxidants, a big reason why Gwyneth Paltrow is such a huge fan.

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