Conscious Collection: July 2022

Your monthly download of all things sustainable beauty.

I almost think this sustainability column could be a novel. There is so much happening in the sustainable beauty industry at the moment that it’s hard to fit it all into my word count. While this has me jumping with glee, at the same time, it can also be confusing and overwhelming. There is so much choice it’s hard to know what the greatest, latest and “greenest” products are and also not to fall into a greenwashing boobie trap. 

First and foremost, use up what you’ve got. Even if it’s plastic wrapped and doesn’t pass your future sustainability standards, using what you’ve got at home before buying new is the best thing that you can do. Then it’s time to make a sustainable purchase, take your time and discover what’s right for you and the planet. To start with, I’d recommend choosing one or two values to focus on. Whether that’s shopping vegan or only organic or choosing items from companies who give back to the community. Run your own race and remember doing something is better than nothing at all. 

New

Aveda has just launched their first overnight serum. The bond-building Botanical Repair Strengthening Overnight Serum combines the power of natural botanicals and science to create a product that works while you’re “sleeping on it.” This light leave-in treatment with intensive three-layer hair repair technology creates an invisible veil over each strand preventing damage caused by friction while you sleep—especially for those who, like me, are tossers and turners. Using the latest plant-based tech to nourish your hair from the inside out, the serum has the addition of Nangai oil to help reduce the appearance of split ends by 84 per cent. Plus it is also vegan and cruelty-free, like all Aveda products, and is packaged in a 100 per cent post-consumer PET bottle (excluding the pump).

Conscious Code: Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Packaging (reuse)

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Noteworthy

Not just great for warding off colds, vitamin C is the perfect solution to dull winter skin. A brightener and tightener, vitamin C serums promote collagen synthesis and elastin production while helping to even out skin tones and reduce fine lines. It’s a little known fact that Australian native, Kakadu Plum, has one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C. This is why you’ll often find it high on the ingredient list of some of your favourite plumping products.

 

Dilkara Vitamin C Serum

Conscious Code: Vegan, Locally-Made

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Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum

Conscious Code: Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Locally-made

Shop now

Conscious Code: Packaging (Refills)

Each day it feels like a new brand is releasing a refillable range and I’m not mad about it. While, yes, some of these refills do some in plastic packaging, their overall impact is better than buying new. We’re seeing new brands like Zero Co enter the market with a 100 per cent refillable range but also traditional brands like Go-To and Dior include refills in their offering. 

Trend Alert: Facial Steaming

Is a steam one of your favourite parts of a facial? Why not try it at-home without the tech and the price tag. Facial steaming helps cleanse and unclog your pores, leaving your skin hydrated. It is so easy and is one of my favourite at-home self-care activities. Simply boil the kettle, pour the water into a large bowl and add a green tea bag, dried flowers or a slice of lemon and allow to steep for five minutes. Then place the bowl on a table, place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl for five to 10  minutes. Follow with your favourite products as your skin will be like a giant sponge and is ready to absorb all of the goodness. 

Sustainable Swap

This month is Plastic-Free July, an Aussie initiative which sees 100+ million people around the world pledge to ditch single-use plastic! I’ve written about my fave plastic-free beauty swaps here, but in the vein of saying no and living more, I challenge you to go without single-use makeup wipes for a month. You don’t have to commit to a lifetime of reusable wipes but pretty please just give reusable wipes a go and whatever you do, never flush your wipes down the toilet.

 

Sabbia Co Reusable Makeup Wipes

Conscious Codes: Packaging (recyclable), Vegan

Shop now.

July 18, 2022

Conscious Collection: July 2022

Your monthly download of all things sustainable beauty.

I almost think this sustainability column could be a novel. There is so much happening in the sustainable beauty industry at the moment that it’s hard to fit it all into my word count. While this has me jumping with glee, at the same time, it can also be confusing and overwhelming. There is so much choice it’s hard to know what the greatest, latest and “greenest” products are and also not to fall into a greenwashing boobie trap. 

First and foremost, use up what you’ve got. Even if it’s plastic wrapped and doesn’t pass your future sustainability standards, using what you’ve got at home before buying new is the best thing that you can do. Then it’s time to make a sustainable purchase, take your time and discover what’s right for you and the planet. To start with, I’d recommend choosing one or two values to focus on. Whether that’s shopping vegan or only organic or choosing items from companies who give back to the community. Run your own race and remember doing something is better than nothing at all. 

New

Aveda has just launched their first overnight serum. The bond-building Botanical Repair Strengthening Overnight Serum combines the power of natural botanicals and science to create a product that works while you’re “sleeping on it.” This light leave-in treatment with intensive three-layer hair repair technology creates an invisible veil over each strand preventing damage caused by friction while you sleep—especially for those who, like me, are tossers and turners. Using the latest plant-based tech to nourish your hair from the inside out, the serum has the addition of Nangai oil to help reduce the appearance of split ends by 84 per cent. Plus it is also vegan and cruelty-free, like all Aveda products, and is packaged in a 100 per cent post-consumer PET bottle (excluding the pump).

Conscious Code: Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Packaging (reuse)

Shop now

Noteworthy

Not just great for warding off colds, vitamin C is the perfect solution to dull winter skin. A brightener and tightener, vitamin C serums promote collagen synthesis and elastin production while helping to even out skin tones and reduce fine lines. It’s a little known fact that Australian native, Kakadu Plum, has one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C. This is why you’ll often find it high on the ingredient list of some of your favourite plumping products.

 

Dilkara Vitamin C Serum

Conscious Code: Vegan, Locally-Made

Shop now

 

Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum

Conscious Code: Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Locally-made

Shop now

Conscious Code: Packaging (Refills)

Each day it feels like a new brand is releasing a refillable range and I’m not mad about it. While, yes, some of these refills do some in plastic packaging, their overall impact is better than buying new. We’re seeing new brands like Zero Co enter the market with a 100 per cent refillable range but also traditional brands like Go-To and Dior include refills in their offering. 

Trend Alert: Facial Steaming

Is a steam one of your favourite parts of a facial? Why not try it at-home without the tech and the price tag. Facial steaming helps cleanse and unclog your pores, leaving your skin hydrated. It is so easy and is one of my favourite at-home self-care activities. Simply boil the kettle, pour the water into a large bowl and add a green tea bag, dried flowers or a slice of lemon and allow to steep for five minutes. Then place the bowl on a table, place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl for five to 10  minutes. Follow with your favourite products as your skin will be like a giant sponge and is ready to absorb all of the goodness. 

Sustainable Swap

This month is Plastic-Free July, an Aussie initiative which sees 100+ million people around the world pledge to ditch single-use plastic! I’ve written about my fave plastic-free beauty swaps here, but in the vein of saying no and living more, I challenge you to go without single-use makeup wipes for a month. You don’t have to commit to a lifetime of reusable wipes but pretty please just give reusable wipes a go and whatever you do, never flush your wipes down the toilet.

 

Sabbia Co Reusable Makeup Wipes

Conscious Codes: Packaging (recyclable), Vegan

Shop now.

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