Wouldn’t it be great if we could make the planet a more beautiful place at the same time as beautifying our bodies and our faces, too? From biodegradable ingredients and cruelty-free brands, to packaging that’s been made exclusively from recycled materials, being planet-kind has never looked so good. Keep your shower time to under ten minutes and follow these tips for the most eco-friendly shower ever.
Choose brands that use recycled materials
Plastic pollution is a major problem – each year over 100 million marine animals are killed because of plastic that has drifted into the ocean. NAOBAY is one of the new vegan and cruelty-free brands on the scene that’s changing the way we look at beauty. We love the minimalist packaging that’s made from recycled or recyclable materials – the wood is sourced from the waste of local furniture companies and is fully biodegradable, as it doesn’t contain veneer.
Scrub up with natural exfoliants
This year microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in face and body scrubs, were banned in the UK for good. Microbeads do not decompose and they are having a harmful effect on marine life. Optiat "Pick Me Up" Lemongrass Lifter Coffee Scrub and Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish are two eco-friendly scrubs that use natural exfoliants instead, like re-purposed coffee granules and ground walnut spheres, to slay away dead skin cells and leave you with super-smooth skin. Just remember to recycle your empty bottles after you’re done with them!
Treat your body to organic and vegan products
Choose organic, vegan skincare ingredients that are kind to your skin and the planet. The Organic Pharmacy use only the finest certified organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients and all their products are free from artificial colourants, fragrances, petrochemicals and preservatives. The Organic Pharmacy Detox Body Oil is perfect to use before showering with a skin brush to firm, detoxify and boost circulation. If you want to make your own vegan products, learning how to use essential oils is a good way to go about it.
Swap sulphates for saponins
Sulphates are a common ingredient that’s used in shampoos and shower gels to form a foamy lather – they’ve been linked to ecotoxicology and causing harm to the environment, so avoiding them is a no-brainer. Saponins are a vegan skincare ingredient found in a number of plants, that can be used to create a sulphate-free lather. Soapberries – the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, that grows in the Himalayas, are a source of saponins. Greenfrog Botanic make their body washes from organic soapberries, essential oils and natural extracts and all their products are free from nasties and are great for sensitive skin. All of Greenfrog Botanic’s ingredients are 100% biodegradable, which means that they can be broken down by natural processes.
Choose cruelty-free brands
Bathe your body with love by choosing vegan products and brands that don’t test on animals. Dr Botanicals is a vegan skincare brand that's against animal testing, their cult cleansing bars are loaded with nourishing, natural ingredients, including almond oil, macadamia oil and shea butter, and they can be used on both the face and body. We love Bulgarian Rose Petal for pure indulgence and Chamomile & Sandalwood to calm the senses.
Love eco beauty? From zero-waste packaging to chemical-free formulas that won’t pollute the ocean, our brand new vegan and organic category at the Pink Shop has got you covered.