These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a skin care brand that doesn’t market itself as sustainable. Yet while many brands design more environmentally friendly product formulations and packaging, there remains the oft-overlooked issue of unnecessary production and delivery practices.
And while subscription services don’t entirely solve the problem, the best of them are working to reduce environmental waste from transportation – with bulk deliveries and top-ups, for example. It also means you never have to think about buying skincare ever again, which isn’t a bad deal either.
Ffern is a forward-thinking fragrance brand that uses a subscription model to ensure its production practices are as sustainable as possible.
The brand releases four seasonal fragrances a year, handcrafted from organic ingredients by 5th generation perfumer François Robert and his protégé Elodie Durande. All fragrances are gender neutral and are never recreated after their designated season, so once their creation period is over, they will never be created again.
All members of the brand’s exclusive “ledger” can receive a bottle of Ffern. To ensure the product is never wasted, the brand only makes one bottle of perfume for each name on our registry, no more. The waiting list is currently open and it is certainly worth the wait. §
KanKan shower gel
KanKan’s mission is to make top-ups more common. “We hope that making refills more convenient will help broaden the appeal and reduce our consumption of single-use plastic in the home,” said brand founders Eliza Flanagan and Mary McLeod.
The brand’s refill system is as charming as it is practical, with each refill delivered in a recyclable aluminum can. Unlike most brands, KanKan decided to ship their refills in aluminum cans because it takes 95% less energy to make a can from recycled materials, let alone 75% of all aluminum. produced since 1888 which is still in use today.
The soap itself is made with 100% essential oils to nourish your skin and is free from palm oil and harsh chemicals.
Tata Harper’s skin care
Tata Harper is one of those trendy skin care brands that along with Augustinus Bader, Dr Barbara Strum and La Prairie really deserve the attention it gets. Harper is pioneering farm-to-bottle skin care with a 100% organic skin care line made in small batches from her Vermont farm.
Most Harper’s products can be purchased through an “auto-replenishment” system for auto-refills. This means you’ll never have to worry about running out of skincare but, even better, you’ll end up saving a good chunk of the change with 15% off recurring orders and free shipping.
For those new to Harper’s products, we recommend trying the Silky Shine Mask or Replenishing Cleanser, both of which leave a feeling of freshness on the face after just one use.
Shower essentials by Humankind
Nominated for the Wallpaper * Design Award by Humankind is a personal care brand dedicated to reducing the prevalence of single-use plastics with its refillable and recyclable solutions. Its shower products include a solid shampoo, conditioner and shower gel designed to suit all hair and skin types. Each bar is completely plastic-free, with packaging made from recycled paper and soy-based ink that can be recycled at home.
To ensure the bars don’t fall apart in the shower, we recommend the brand’s stylish shower pan. Made of diatomaceous earth, a sedimentary rock formed from fossilized phytoplankton, the quick-drying dish allows you to get the most out of your bars. Subscriptions come in the form of recharging two packs every 12 weeks.
Haeckles has always been at the forefront of sustainable beauty with its products made from ethically sourced seaweed, custom-grown face masks and fully compostable packaging. Yet its latest launch, the 60% H2O Ocean Cleanse Concentrate + Allantoin, has proven to be the most innovative to date.
Nearly five years in development, the Ocean Cleanse is a completely waterless body wash that consists of soap producing tablets and a slate gray crushed ceramic dispenser to dissolve them – 3 tablets will make 300ml of shower gel when mixed with home water.
And while waterless beauty is nothing new, Haeckels distinguished its design by taking into account all aspects of its environmental impact – from production to delivery and use – and found a way to do so. minimize.
While not a subscription product, Haeckles does provide a full year of tablets upon purchase, which means, according to company calculations, Ocean Cleanse avoids 94% of carbon emissions. in manufacturing and 95% in shipping compared to its water-based counterparts.
Nue Co skin care supplements
For those suffering from problem skin, the promise of a simple blemish-removing pill is a tantalizing prospect. For a while, that promise was too good to be true.
Nue Co founder Jules Miller grew up watching his grandfather work in the supplement world as a pharmacist and member of the University of Cambridge team that developed B12. Still, he was averse to taking the pills himself (mostly, Miller says, because he knew exactly what was in them). Seeking to find a natural alternative, Miller has created a line of dietary supplements that combine clinically proven ingredients with Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal practices.
One of the brand’s latest launches is Skin Filter, which is designed to dispel blemishes, improve skin brightness and reduce pigmentation. A natural alternative to ingestible retinol, Skin Filter uses Ayurvedic Amla Berry, Amazonian superfood camu camu rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory zinc. Subscribe and your first order will be delivered in a refillable glass jar, with refill packets of the supplement arriving each month thereafter.
Give up hand soap
Forgo featured in the February 2020 issue of the Wallpaper * Design Awards. Photography: Adrien Dubost
Good design often stems from a problem without a satisfactory solution. For Swedish design collective Form Us With Love, that problem was the staggering waste of many beauty and care products.
“When we don’t have a partner to work with on a good idea, we just launch it ourselves,” says Allon Libermann, design director of the studio. “We didn’t know anything about the personal care industry, we just knew it was a huge waste.” So what was their solution? In collaboration with a lab in Canada, the studio designed a powder composed of just six ingredients that, when mixed with water, creates a gentle hand soap. The powder comes in paper sachets without the non-recyclable plastic coating used by many brands, and can be mixed into frosted glass bottles designed by the studio.
The best of all? Paid service, the bags will be regularly slipped into your mailbox so that you never run out of soap.
Akt was founded by two artists in London’s West End who were frustrated that no natural deodorant could combat the nauseating effects of their grueling physical performance under the scorching lights of the theater. Their solution? A deodorant balm that uses natural plants such as moisture-absorbing fossilized algae, deodorant plant powders and antimicrobial coconut oil for effective results.
The balm comes in plastic-free, 100% recyclable, toothpaste-like packaging decorated with bold typographic designs inspired by theater marquees. For an added element of personal care, we recommend choosing the brand’s gua sha-inspired applicator. Squeeze some balm on its cooling brass and massage around the armpits, chest and neck for a lymphatic massage.
For a more traditional, still sustainable, subscription-based deodorant format, look no further than Fussy. Vegan deodorant uses probiotics to effectively “eat” the bacteria that thrive in the armpits and cause bad body odor. The result? One of the few natural deodorants we know of that actually works.
The pebble shaped case is made from recycled plastic and durable enough to last indefinitely. A top-up subscription will provide refills in plastic-free containers made from sugarcane waste and, when empty, will decompose in your yard or in the garbage.