7 Of The Most Earth-Friendly Changes You Can Make To Your Beauty Routine
Want to ensure your beauty regime isn’t damaging the planet? These simple tricks will make a world of difference
At Love Beauty and Planet, we think your beauty and the planet can work in harmony: one doesn’t have to be sacrificed to benefit the other, AKA you can pamper and look after your skin and hair while also being kind to the environment.
But with so many terms like ‘vegan’, ‘sulfate-free’, paraben-free’, and aspects of Earth-friendly living like recycling and water usage to consider, we know it can feel a little overwhelming to ensure you’re being kind to the planet. We’ve pulled together some meaningful and super-easy ways to make a real impact, while getting just as much pleasure and benefit from the products you use.
Be a thoughtful shopper
Purchasing products from a brand that is actively engaged in becoming more sustainable and eco-friendly is an easy win Here’s how we make supporting the planet alongside your beauty a priority: we use 100% recycled plastic to make our in-shower bottles; our sourcing partners help promote fair wages and ethical sourcing; we are independently certified as cruelty-free and vegan, we have prevented 8 million plastic bottles from ending up in our oceans, and we’ve donated $750k to partners that support a cleaner, greener planet. We’ve also donated $250,000 to The Surfrider Foundation, which works towards cleaning up our beautiful beaches. Buying Love Beauty and Planet products means you feed into our core values of being kind to the planet every time you wash your hair or moisturize your skin. Win-win.
Pick helpful packaging
The world produces billions of tons of garbage every year, and only a small portion of it gets recycled. At Love Beauty and Planet, all our bottles are made from recycled materials and the caps will be soon, too!
For the sake of marine life and the planet, you might want to reduce your use of petroleum derivatives when you can, so anything with paraffin oil, propylene glycol and ethylene. Cocoa butter is far better – plus it smells delicious. Also opt for coconut oil: you’ll get hair-smoothing benefits that transform dull hair to a gloriously nourished and smooth mane. Try it in Love Beauty and Planet’s Sulfate-Free Indian Lilac & Clove Leaf Shampoo and Conditioner. It revives dull tresses to leave hair gorgeously shiny and conditioned with a warm, herbal and inviting fragrance, thanks to ethically sourced clove leaf.
Be conscious with application
While we’re all focused on what’s in our bottles, pots, tubs and containers – it’s also helpful to consider how you’re applying your beauty products. Try swapping single-use beauty items like make-up wipes and cotton pads for reusable options. You can even make your own by cutting up a cotton towel into several squares, which you can use to apply products, then pop in the wash (and if you can use an eco setting on the washing machine, even better!).
Use multi-tasking products
Love Beauty and Planet’s shampoo bars are fantastic multi-taskers that can clean your body and your hair. Try Love Beauty and Planet’s 2 in 1 Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo & Conditioner Bar to cleanse, moisturize and volumize hair and step out of the shower energized, thanks to a fragrance that blends lasting green floral notes with distinct undertones of powdery honey… all finished off with a fruity raspberry cassis. On top of all that, it comes wrapped up in a 100% recyclable carton.
Use every drop
For liquid products, add some water to the bottle to loosen up what’s stuck at the bottom, give it a shake and squeeze out one extra application. Similarly, while we all occasionally try products only to find they aren’t quite right for our unique hair or skin, rather than tossing them out or letting them gather dust, give that cream, conditioner or body butter to someone else. Re-gifting that helps the planet.
Be water conscious
Opt for showers over baths; a ten-minute shower uses 25 gallons of water, whereas a full bath can use double that. Showers can be just as indulgent, too, if you use pampering products like Love Beauty and Planet’s Rose Water and Niacinamide Body Wash, which hydrates skin, leaving it nourished, visibly illuminated and smelling like a dream. Shorten your shower time where you can; if everyone in the US cut their shower by three minutes we could save 2,737 gallons of water per person per year!