HOW TO: Shop Sustainably (Beauty Edition)

By Vicky Lin

When we talk about leading a sustainable lifestyle, our minds automatically jump to glass straws, reusable cups, and composting food. However, we often forget to consider the one major consumption we all make — personal and beauty products.

Take a look at your vanity and the products in your bathroom. How many of them come from sustainable brands? Do you know if the packaging is produced by someone who gets paid a fair-wage and working in a well-conditioned environment?

It's interesting, isn't it?

The beauty industry has begun placing heavier emphasis on ecological, social and financial benefits for the betterment of our planet. More companies are adopting stricter health and safety regulation in the production process or product use, and increasing worker protection and well-being. These brands are cooperative, credible, and consistent.

So as the beauty industry evolves, it's time for us to evolve with it. Read on to see which sustainable brands could be your next personal favorite!

Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees is one of the leaders in the beauty industry that is building a sustainable future. They have consistently maintained at least 99% natural formulation across their products, assisted 10,000 honeybee forage sites, and achieved carbon neutrality.

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Shop their classic Beeswax Lip Balm here. And after you're done, you can recycle it by mailing it back through Burt's Bees' TerraCycle program!


Whether you know Lush through the mesmerizing photos of their bath bombs or the aromatic smell from shopping malls, this company puts sustainability at the heart of everything they do. They are cruelty-free, use 100% recyclable and biodegradable materials, and save 450,000 liters of water each year compared to their competitors.

Shop their cult classic Mask of Magnaminty here.

Tata Harper

At Tata Harper, everything is green — green packaging and green footprints. They are cruelty-free, formulas are 100% natural, and packages are biodegradable and sourced fair-traded. All this can happen because they make everything themselves, start to finish, on a farm in Vermont.

Shop their customer-favorite Water-Lock Moisturizer here. And when you're done, you can refill your bottle with a new pod!


Herbivore is a Credo Beauty fan favorite, focusing on developing sustainable products with "active" ingredients. They have highly concentrated products that are cruelty-free, food-grade, and 100% natural.


Shop their best seller Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist here.


We develop all of our products in California using 100% pure, all-natural, and cruelty-free ingredients. At KHOHA, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and are constantly learning how we can operate more sustainably.

Shop our REJUVENATE Hydrating Serum here and read more about it here!

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