Go Green With These Eco-friendly Skincare Options

Zero-waste facial bars and shampoos that are good for the skin—and the environment.

1. No Drama Mama’s yellow Burst of Freshness Shampoo Bar promotes zero waste, lasts for 70 washes and is made with a no-tears formula (P349 for 60g); fb.com/nodramamama7

2. Little Big Help’s Charcoal Facial Bar is infused with tea tree oil and lavender, which makes it suitable for oily skin (P249 for 70g); available at Common Room at Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, and 325 FB dela Rosa St, Katipunan.

3. Love Beauty and Planet’s Radical Refresher Shampoo, infused with tea tree oil and ethically sourced vetiver, is vegan, cruelty-free and comes in a bottle made of 100% recycled material; (P390 for 400ml); available at select drug stores, department stores and supermarkets nationwide.

4. Love Beauty and Planet’s Majestic Glow Body Wash, which carries the fragrance of Bulgarian rose, is infused with Amazonian murumuru butter to help hydrate and brighten the skin while lessening your carbon footprint (P290 for 400ml); available at select drug stores, department stores and supermarkets nationwide.

5. Messy Bessy’s low-waste Messy Man Hair, Face and Body Wash, made with all-natural ingredients, is the perfect all-in-one travel buddy (P250 for 500ml); lazada.com.ph/shop/messy-bessy-official

6 & 7. Rinse + Repeat’s chemical-free, zero-waste Shampoo Bar and Conditioner & Shaving Bar are handmade with nourishing cocoa butter, VCO and essential oils, to cleanse and condition naturally, while being kind to Mother Earth (P280 for 70g, with reusable tin); IG: @rinseandrepeat.ph

8. Project: Steady’s “Hinahon” coconut-milk-based gentle cleansing bar for hair and body is heaven-sent for those with eczema and sensitive skin (P350 for 115g); IG: @projectsteadyshop

9. No Drama Mama’s Lilac Conditioner Bar is naturally fortified with cocoa butter, virgin coconut oil (VCO), avocado oil, grapeseed oil and keratin, for guilt-free, super-soft tresses (P299 for 90g); fb.com/nodramamama7

Ask the expert: Kim Reyes-Palanca, beauty columnist

When shopping for skin- and eco-friendly beauty products, what ingredients should I avoid?

The way to create a sustainable beauty routine is to keep things simple. Check product labels for certain identifiable terms and ingredients to make the switch

  1. Sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are common detergent-like compounds found in shampoos, soaps and toothpastes that can harm the skin and the environment.
  2. Microbeads are mini plastics — often found in exfoliating products. The microbeads are mostly included as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon (PA) and have now been banned in the US and the UK.
  3. Avoid products with preservatives or parabens that fall within the ethyl, butyl, methyl, propyl and formaldehyde group of chemicals. These ingredients increase the risk of cancer. Also, avoid products with phthalates (of the dibutyl, diethyl and dimethyl type of chemicals); they may cause cancer and birth defects. Petroleum-derived chemicals like toluene (appearing as benzene, phenylmethane and more) are also harmful to pregnant women.

This article first appeared in the March 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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