The Glass Guide to Sustainable Beauty and Skincare


ONE thing you can do for a greener, more sustainable, life is to think about the products and tools you use in your skincare routine. Some simple tweaks and adjustments – using fewer plastic and single-use items – will reduce waste and less non-compostable matter will find its way into landfill. Here is the Glass selection of our favourites.



Face Halo – The Modern Makeup Remover

Face Halo – The Modern Makeup Remover
Shun cotton wool with these textured cleansing pads which do a fab job of removing make up – they are fully washable too, so you can use them again and again.

£7 for one

UpCircle face scrubUp Circle – Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil

Up Circle – Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil
This award-winning sustainable brand repurposes leftover natural ingredients (keeping them out of landfill) like coffee grounds to make lovely skincare products such as exfoliants, serums and this face oil.

£15 (30ml)

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Chanel Chanel – Sublimage Le Savon De Soin

Chanel – Sublimage Le Savon De Soin
Eco-conscious beauty doesn’t have to be dreary. For a luxurious facial cleanse with some added Parisian glamour, use this rich cleansing bar from Chanel.

£80 (115 g)  per bar

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Erase Your Face – Reusable Makeup Removal Cloth
These brilliant washable cloths can be reused up to 500 times. Wet them with water, wring them out and then remove your make up for a nice thorough cleanse. Never use a wet-wipe again (you really shouldn’t anyway).

£9.99 for pack of four

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Bakuchiol oil in 99% Squalane oil boosterBYBI Bakuchiol oil in 99% Squalane oil booster

BYBI Bakuchiol oil in 99% Squalane oil booster
Committed to the circular economy, sustainable beauty company Bybi houses 70 per cent products in glass bottles and every UK order placed arrives with a free Royal Mail returns label (made from 100% recycled paper) for you to send the bottle back to Bybi once you have finished the product, for them to sterilise and reuse, keeping it out of landfill. We like the Bakuchiol (a milder alternative to retinol) Booster.

£12 (15ml)

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La Bouche RougeLa Bouche Rouge – Matte Lipstick

La Bouche Rouge – Matte Lipstick
Recognising that 83 per cent of the world’s water is polluted by plastic and with the beauty business being one of the biggest contributors, the founder of La Bouche Rouge created an elegant solution – a fine high quality and customisable leather case with a refillable beeswax-free formula vegan lipstick.


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GallineeGallinée – Prebiotic Cleansing Bar

Gallinée – Prebiotic Cleansing Bar
One of my favourite new skincare brands, the French company Gallinée’s soap-free cleansing bar with prebiotics and lactic acid is a great waste-defying way to cleanse your face plastic bottle to chuck out) and the rest of your body while protecting your microbiome.

£10 (100g)

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Stone Silk up pillow case

SILKUP – Silk Pillowcase

SILKUP – Silk Pillowcase
Sleeping on a silk pillow is a great way to protect your hair and skin while you sleep and this luxurious pillowcase made of 100 per cent mulberry silk does just the trick, keeping it soft and tangle free. The eco angle? Well, you will need to use fewer products on your hair and skin to get the same effect.

£58 for one pillowcase

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Skandinavisk_SKOG_75ml_HandCream_Tube_20503_whiteSkandinavisk SKOG Hand Cream

Skandinavisk SKOG Hand Cream 

SKOG, Norwegian and Swedish for forest is a richly moisturising and lightly scented hand cream. Sustainable Swedish company Skandinavisk’s SKOG Hand Cream contains aloe vera, shea butter, almond, apricot and beeswax, with extract of birch bark, designed to nourish and protect exposed skin. The moisturiser is made of 96 per cent ingredients of natural origin, with absolutely no parabens or artificial colours.

£20 for 75ml

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by Caroline Simpson