The eco-conscious beauty brands to know about in 2023
In honour of World Environment Day
By Ruby Cotton
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / June 05 2023
If you hadn't heard, the 5th of June marks World Environment Day. As one of the more important days in our calendar (no disrespect to National Lipstick Day), we are turning our focus toward the beauty brands that genuinely embody the principles of sustainability and prioritise the protection of our planet.
So without further ado, it's time to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the brands that are walking the walk when it comes to making a positive environmental impact — with no sacrifice to the quality of the product, of course.
The lowdown: What better brand to kick off World Environment Day than the results-backed, seaweed-enriched and sustainability-driven VOYA? Born out of the desire to improve an existing system, this luxury skin care brand has utilised the skin-rejuvenating benefits of wild, organic seaweed as it simultaneously champions environmental conservation, ethical sourcing of ingredients and sustainable practices at every step within the supply chain from harvesting to packaging.
January 2023 marked an exciting time for VOYA as they announced their partnership with the social enterprise, Plastic Bank. Over the next two years, VOYA has made a pledge to stop the equivalent of over two million single-use plastic bottles from entering the ocean.
How exactly? For every VOYA product sold, the brand will help to prevent three plastic bottles from entering the ocean.
Try: VOYA Angelicus Serratus Nourishing Body Oil. Designed to deliver intense hydration, rosehip oil and evening primrose work alongside the hand-harvested wild seaweed to help combat fine lines, boost firmness and leave the skin feeling velvety-soft.
$80, currently $65 at VOYA Beauty
The lowdown: Not only are we obsessed with what this family-owned brand is doing for our hair, but we're also loving how they're doing it. Based out of Parma, Italy, every product has been created with 100 per cent clean energy, deriving its energy from renewable sources such as photovoltaic panels and solar power since 2006.
Try: Davines Oi Liquid Luster. One of the brand's newer launches, this illuminating hair treatment has been developed to keep our hair bright, soft and sparkly.
$75.95 at Oz Hair And Beauty
The lowdown: Tata Harper is one of the most buzzworthy brands in the beauty industry, and it's easy to see why. Associated with a slew of certifications such as PETA Beauty Without Bunnies (so there's no animal testing involved) and Ecocert (the brand falls under the organic beauty umbrella), Tata Harper features products that are cruelty-free and made via environmentally-friendly processes. Tata Harper also encourages the "more is more" skin care philosophy, which involves layering products (with natural ingredients, of course) to encourage optimal skin health.
Try: The Nourishing Oil Cleanser. Featuring a botanical blend of calendula, elderberry and camellia oil, this makeup-melting cleanser works to deeply clean and purify without stripping skin of moisture.
$134 at Sephora
The lowdown: Emma Lewisham's purple is fast becoming as iconic as Tiffany blue. And while we're already chuffed with the good this non-toxic range can do for our faces, it's a real deal-sweetener that it's also working hard to improve the planet at the same time.
Try: Emma Lewisham Supernatural Face Crème Riche. For a face that requires deep moisture, clarity, glow and a little lift, it's time to include this 72-hour hydrator into your routine.
$150 at MECCA
The lowdown: When it comes to environmental sustainability, Aveda were one of the first and remain one of the strongest. Each product within its range has been meticulously crafted using rigorous eco-conscious practices, including the utilisation of renewable energy, water conservation efforts, and a steadfast commitment to the complete elimination of animal testing.
Try: Aveda's Volumizing Tonic. Forget flat and limp hair forever (or at least until your bottle runs out). Formulated with organic aloe vera and wheat amino acids, this BEAUTYcrew favourite is guaranteed to deliver both body and shine.
$42 at Adore Beauty
The lowdown: RMS Beauty follow a strict 'less is more' philosophy. The sustainable, clean, skin-replenishing makeup brand (which champions a minimalistic routine) has created a range of multi-purpose products in an attempt to discourage mass consumption.
Try: Living Luminizer. Ever wondered why some people just have a natural pearly sheen to their skin? Truth be told, they're probably wearing this. This hydrating highlighter was the first to leave out the once popular 'strobe' effect and instead, replace it with a dewy, barely-there radiance.
$64 at MECCA
The lowdown: When it comes to being eco-conscious, ILIA Beauty tick every box. Each product has been formulated using natural and organic ingredients, free from parabens and synthetic fragrances, and sits housed in recyclable or refillable packaged.
Try: ILIA's Multistick. If you love an on-the-go touch-up or you're an efficient queen, try ILIA's creamy lip tint, blush and eyeshadow stick.
$60 at MECCA
Ruby is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor. She is the CEO of nine global corporations. Just kidding. She does however, report on the latest beauty trends, celeb skin care lines (the wonderful, the so-so and the downright unnecessary). If you're ever at a lull in conversation with her, be sure to mention anything hormonal acne or Real Housewives and you'll be set for hours.