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Let’s be honest — having an extensive skin care and beauty routine can be a bit wasteful. If you often experiment with different products, you can, in the long run, inflict some serious damage on your wallet and the environment.
Thankfully, many makeup, skin and body care brands are getting the memo and are finally making products with refillable components.
Often, refillable beauty products come in packaging created with the intention of them never being thrown out. So, when the product’s contents run out, you simply re-up on the formula, eliminating the need to buy a whole new jar or tube.
It’s worth noting, though, that while refillable beauty products definitely help you live a more sustainable lifestyle and, overall, benefit the environment, they’re obviously not completely zero-waste. The packaging that contains the refill will likely be tossed in the recycling bin. Needless to say, refillable products are far less wasteful than repurchasing and discarding completely new packaging, over and over again.
From eco-friendly deodorants to moisturizer-SPF hybrids, there are so many refillable beauty and skin care options at our fingertips — something that wasn’t a reality just a few years ago. Check out seven of our favorites from brands like Fenty Skin, By Humankind and more, below.
1. Helmm Eco-Friendly Refillable Deodorant, Starting At $18
One of the most efficient ways to live a more eco-friendly life is to replace products you use daily with sustainable and refillable alternatives. Helmm does just this with its refillable eco-friendly deodorants for men and women.
Prioritizing form, function and luxury in a sleek and unique design, the brand uses its patented Permanent Vessel and Refill Pod system to improve functionality and reduce plastic waste. In fact, the vessels use 65% less plastic while not compromising style or luxury. Plus, you can choose from three award-winning formulas: “natural deodorant,” “sport deodorant” and “antiperspirant and deodorant.”
By Humankind is one of the leaders in the refillable product game. In fact, the brand’s deodorant refills packaging consists of mostly biodegradable paper, further reducing single-use plastic waste. So, when the product runs out, you can throw it away or fully compost it as the recycled paper tube contains a cellulose lining.
Also, By Humankind’s scents are pretty epic. Choose from eucalyptus, rosemary-mint, lavender-citrus or coconut.
Rihanna’s skin care line, Fenty Skin, seeks to reduce waste by creating packaging that uses recycled materials and reusable containers as much as possible. Essentially, these products — like the popular Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen — are made from recycled materials.
Fenty Skin also offers a refill program. So, when you run out of a product, simply purchase the product insert and pop it into the container that came with your initial purchase.
Shoppers love this super-fine eyebrow pencil because it fills in brows so naturally and is perfect for everyday use. So when Charlotte Tilbury decided to make the product refillable, it was pretty much a game-changer.
For $10 less than the original purchase, you get a refill in one of eight shades while holding on to the brush tip in the initial packaging.
Hand care and sanitation are definitely a part of our skin care routines — now more than ever, actually. So, finding a hand sanitizer that’s hydrating and not stripping or drying is key.
Luckily, Olika crafted the perfect non-drying formula before business took off for them like never before. The little bird-shaped bottle is perfect to put on display at all times (thanks to the included clip), and when you run out, there’s no need to buy another. The brand carries refill pouches that come in a variety of scents like cucumber basic and mint citrus.
Tata Harper has been Earth-conscious before it became trendy. And though its products are a bit pricey, the handy refills just may justify the premium price points. The brand’s popular Water-Lock Moisturizer contains hydration-retaining peptides from orange blossom and plumping hyaluronic acid and is extremely fresh and rich.
When you run out, no need to make a completely new purchase. Simply snag a refill and pop it into the gorgeous green and gold jar from your initial purchase.
Rounding out our list is the cult-favorite Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick (talk about a mouthful). From just one glance, it’s safe to say that this sleek and simple package is one of the most elegant lipstick presentations you can have on your vanity. So, luckily, you won’t have to toss it in the trash once the product’s finished!
You can replenish your favorite color or try any of the others (about 30 options) for just $22.
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