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The 10 Sustainable Beauty Brands You Need Right Now

More brands are getting on board with sustainability, from packaging to ingredients.



With everyone focusing on sustainability and eco-friendliness, isn’t it time you give your beauty cupboard a clean sweep? Many brands are on board with a sustainable ethos, from using recycled and recyclable packaging, to only including environmentally sound ingredients. If you want to do good for the planet and your skin, start with your beauty routine – and our 10 favourite sustainable brands.

1. DR. HAUSCHKA

This cruelty free cult favourite uses green electricity where possible, as well as growing its ingredients using biodynamic farming. Most of its products are packaged in glass or aluminium, with Dr Hauschka slowly phasing out plastic for more recyclable options.

Celeb fan: Julia Roberts

Our pick: Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil

Rose Nurturing Body Oil 2.5 ounce

aed 168.90 Dr. Hauschka

2. WELEDA

Weleda has been pioneering natural ingredients since launching in 1926. None of its products contains any plastic, and the cruelty free brand has been recognized by the Union of Ethical BioTrade because it sources its ingredients in a biodiverse and ethical manner.

Celeb fan: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Our pick: Weleda Skin Food moisturiser

Ultimate Skin Food moisturizer 30 ml

aed 48 Weleda

3. NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES

Another plastic-free, vegetarian brand, with no plastic in any of its products. The brand also encourages users to bring in their empties from any brand for reclycling and most of its packaging is made from glass.

Celeb fan: Thandie Newton

Our pick: Neal’s Yard Orange Flower Facial Wash

Nourishing Orange Flower Facial Wash 100ml

aed 136 Neal’s Yard Remedies

4. LUSH

About 90% of Lush packaging is made from recycled plastic and you can also buy products without any plastic packaging. The brand is also 100% vegetarian, against animal testing and uses the freshest ingredients possible.

Celeb fan: Kylie Jenner

Our pick: Lush Trichomania solid shampoo bar

Trichomania Solid Shampoo

aed 68 Lush

5. REN

“Ren” means “clean” in Swedish, so it’s no surprise the brand espouses a sustainable, eco-responsible ethos. The products are all cruelty free and Ren has made a commitment to zero waste by 2012 by using recycled ocean plastic in its packaging, among other initiatives, such as running beach cleanups.

Celeb fan: Margot Robbie

Our pick: REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

aed 119.50 Ren Clean Skincare

6. L’OCCITANE

The much-loved French brand has been using responsibly sourced ingredients and recycling since the 90s and has used innovative solutions, like reducing the thickness of its packaging, to use less plastic. L’Occitane aims to produce all its packaging from recycled plastic by 2025.

Celeb fan: Anne Hathaway

Our pick: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Shea Butter Hand Cream

aed 139 L’occitane

7. GOSH

Another cruelty free brand, Gosh uses only natural, vegan-friendly ingredients in its makeup products. The Danish brand also uses recycled ocean products in some of its packaging.

Celeb fan: Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge

Our pick: Gosh Boombastic Crazy Volume Mascara

Boombastic Crazy Volume Mascara

aed 80 Gosh

8. THE BODY SHOP

An old favourite for a reason – The Body Shop was one of the first brands to get on board with sustainability and ethical production. Back in 1987 it launched Community Trade, its commitment to using local suppliers. You can also return your empty containers to its stores for recycling.

Celeb fan: Victoria Beckham

Our pick: The Body Shop Strawberry Body Yogurt

Strawberry Body Yogurt

aed 60.99 The Body Shop

9. BIOLAGE

The hair brand is constantly working to reduce its waste and water consumption, while also minimizing plastic packaging and using renewable energy in some of its factories. The products themselves feature natural ingredients like honey, coconut oil and shea butter.

Celeb fan: Model Ireland Baldwin

Our pick: Biolage Re-hab Clay Mask

Rehab Mask

aed 257 Biolage Raw

10. AVEDA

Most of its packaging is made from recycled plastic and from 2021, all products will be vegan, with new launches also being silicone-free. The cruelty free brand and sources its naturally derived ingredients ethically.

Celeb fan: Taraji P Henson

Our pick: Aveda Cherry Almond Body Lotion

Cherry Almond Body Lotion, 200ml

aed 147 Aveda

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