5 Plastic-Free Products You'll Find In Our Beauty Bags
Author: RIISE Team
DOCUMENTED BY: RIISE
In 2018, the US alone produced almost 7.9 billion units of rigid plastic just for beauty and personal care products.
It’s the kind of statistic that keeps us up at night. While we recognise that it's hard to keep plastic out of our lives altogether, the start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate our daily routines and see where we could drastically reduce our consumption – and we’re starting with our bathrooms and beauty bags.If you're keen to do the same, here are five plastic-free products we recommend.
Bare-faced or full glam, the perfect lipstick always provides the finishing touches before you step out of the house. Right now, Axiology’s Nude Plum Balmie, which can be used for the lips, cheeks and eyes, is my favourite. Not only does it get a huge tick for being zero waste, but it’s the perfect colour; not too berry or too brown. It’s formulated with a skin-loving blend of elderberry, hemp and plum oil which is great for my sensitive, combination skin which is particularly angsty at the moment with the cold snap in Sydney.
Insider tip: while it has a really lovely matte finish, I personally like popping lip balm underneath to give it some shine for everyday wear. It’s the perfect beauty bag addition.
Why did we ever stop using a solid bar of soap? It’s probably the most practical item I’ve added back into my everyday routine. Of course, some people have shunned soap for legitimate reasons like dry or sensitive skin, or because their Grandma’s rose-scented variety has left them scarred. But New Zealand beauty brand Sphaera’s Kukui and White Kaolin Clay Soap bar is divine. It has a rich, creamy texture that feels luxurious and high quality and is not drying at all. It’s created specifically for sensitive skin and is suitable for your face, hands and body (making it great for travel).
Insider tip: it’s a nice big cube which feels great in your hand for washing, but my little hack is to slice it into two pieces - one for the shower and one for your travel kit.
We all want glowy, dewy skin. Highlighters are meant to mimic the way natural light catches and reflects off the high points of your face – in other words, it makes you look fresh and alive. My go-to is Flavedo & Albedo’s High Glow (in Champagne) which I wear during the day on my cheeks on bare skin for a natural, undone look and at night over makeup on my eyelids and inner corner of my eyes. The texture is nice and creamy and it’s formulated with vitamin rich moisturisers so it feels like it melts into my skin. It’s perfect to keep in my handbag or travel kit for a pick-me-up if I’m feeling a little dull throughout the day.
Insider tip: it’s super pigmented and a little bit goes a long way. You only need a small amount to make yourself glow – so the pot will last a lot longer than you think!
There’s not a moment that goes by without a lip balm attached to my hip. I’m that girl whose friends come running to on a night out if they’ve left theirs at home. While almost all my previous lip products have been housed in plastic tubes, LESSE’s Soothing Lip Balm is wrapped in a 100 per cent recyclable paper tube. It’s deeply moisturising and nourishing and contains vitamins and powerful antioxidants like shea butter jojoba oils to nourish dry skin. Plus, don’t just use it on your lips: you can use it on any dry areas of the body including your dry cuticles.
You know when you try to use a new shampoo and you wake up the next day and your hair just doesn’t sit or feel right? That hasn’t been my experience with Sphaera. I have oily and flat hair and this bar has been great for volume. It also contains ingredients that are good for deep cleansing and microexfoliation, like activated charcoal and peppermint oil. Plus, it’s a great travel companion as it’s small and compact.
Insider tip: thoroughly wet your hair first. Then run the bar from your hairline down to the nape of your neck a few times. Once you’ve sort of coated your hair with the bar, lather it with your fingers. (It’s simpler than it sounds!)