If the excess of the festive season is weighing on your conscience, turn gift giving into giving back with gestures that contribute to a greater good. Here are just a few of the more eco-friendly names in the beauty and wellbeing game that are helping to make shopping more sustainable.
A MINDFUL MISSION
Purearth’s decadent Mitti Raw Honey Face Masque is the brand’s bestseller, hand-churned in small batches and infused with essential oils like rosa damascena, frankincense, sweet orange and ylang ylang in hemp, tamanu and apricot oils. Not only does it help to brighten and nourish, but buying one also supports the brand’s own Pure Purpose Foundation, funding social impact initiatives from rainwater harvesting to reforestation. Remind your loved one to return the used jar – Purearth will collect and repurpose it, as well as plant a tree for each one received.
THE THRILLS OF REFILLS
Launched amid the chaos of 2020, the Rouge Hermès collection didn’t get nearly enough love this year, but we can’t stop singing its praises! Designed by Hermès creative director of jewellery and shoes, Pierre Hardy, the luxurious lipstick packaging features durable materials such as cool metals – and minimal plastic – plus the option to purchase refills. Hermès is just a step behind La Bouche Rouge, whose luscious leather-encased lipsticks were the world’s first refillable vegan option.
GLASS HALF FULL
Single-use plastics continue to wreak havoc on our planet, and it’s our role to encourage friends and family to pursue their own everyday sustainable solutions. This month, say it sweetly with a stunning VitaJuwel glass bottle. It delivers on hydration and healing thanks to embedded crystals that infuse water with various health benefits, as well as some purported spiritual ones!
One of the first beauty brands taking steps to actively protect nature and its inhabitants, Chantecaille releases regular collections that benefit specific causes. Proceeds from the brand’s Safari Collection Eye Trio go to Space for Giants, a Kenya-based NGO dedicated to supporting the African Elephant population. With each shadow in the palette featuring an embossed elephant design, it’s almost too pretty to swatch.