Bridal Beauty Products That Have Eco-Friendly Packaging—or Are Completely Packaging Free
These big-day essentials are helping the environment.
The verdict has long been in: Plastic is detrimental to the environment. It's non-biodegradable (meaning it degrades very slowly), which makes it harmful for oceans, animals, and soil—and those are just three of the many victims of plastic waste. Think your one product doesn't have that large of an impact on the eco-system? Think again. It's thought that a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose in the ocean.
Thankfully, many beauty brands understand the problems that plastic can pose and are now using materials that can easily be reused or that are biodegradable. Some brands have even found that their products require no packaging at all, and they've made the switch to offer packaging-free products. Switching to these types of products isn't just good for the environment—the conscious companies behind packaging-free beauty generally practice what they preach, which typically means they use high-quality formulas that are just as safe for our bodies as they are for the world around us.
All of this makes eco-conscious beauty brands more attractive options when looking you're looking for the products to use on your wedding day. Doing your part to help the environment while also using great, effective, and luxurious products? That's what we call a win-win. And it's also now pretty easy to find great beauty buys like these: Both natural, eco-friendly stores and conventional beauty retailers offer a plethora of trusted brands that make high-quality products that also cut down on waste. You can find everything from foundations and lip colors to highlighters and blushes in reusable packaging these days.
That's not all that's available, though. From skincare products and fragrances to makeup and hair products, we've rounded up our favorite bridal beauty products that use minimal packaging—or none at all.
Every bride needs a glow-getting highlighter, and this coconut-oil infused one will help reflect the light just so. The minimal packaging it comes in is perfect for reuse—use it to store lotion or face wash if you don't want to check a bag on a flight! (Like your honeymoon, perhaps.)
Shop Now: RMS Beauty Champagne Rosé Luminizer, $38, dermstore.com.
This beta hydroxy acid and enzyme mask gently (yet effectively) exfoliates and brightens skin to give you a glowing and soft bridal complexion. The container is so beautiful, and meant to be used again and again! (Put face creams, shampoo—whatever you see fit—inside of it.)
Shop Now: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $62, tataharperskincare.com.
This cream foundation contains coconut, jojoba, and sweet almond seed oils and can have sheer or full coverage, depending upon what you prefer. The chic silver case it comes in is a one-time purchase—after that, you can just buy a foundation refill and easily stick it into your case.
Shop Now: Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation, $6, kjaerweis.com.
Our new thing is shampoo bars. Like bar soaps, they're just solid bars that you just rub between your hands to lather. This one contains calming lavender (perfect for de-stressing during wedding prep) and juniper berry oil to balance an oily scalp.
Shop Now: Lush Lavender Shampoo Bar, $10.95, lushusa.com.
If you're a low-maintenance bride, you'll definitely want this soap in your regimen: it can be used as a face, hair, and body wash (it's non-comedogenic so it won't clog pores), and more.
Shop Now: Follain Refillable Everything Soap, $24, follain.com.
Earth Tu Face
This natural jasmine perfume balm smells amazing. It's the perfect floral wedding-day scent and comes in a case made of real shells.
Shop Now: Earth Tu Face Botanical Perfume, $78, earthtuface.com.
How's this for genius? This Japanese towel is enriched with charcoal, which helps eliminate toxins and oil from the skin, and also has natural antibacterial properties to keep it fresh and bacteria-free.
Shop Now: Binchotan Charcoal Body Scrub Towel, $18, citybirddetroit.com.
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You don't always have time to get to the spa before a bridal event, so keep this volcanic lava pumice stone on hand to gently give yourself a quick pedicure. It works like a charm—and lasts forever.
Shop Now: Package Free Shop Pumice Stone, $5.25, packagefreeshop.com.
As part of your head-to-toe wedding pampering, use this dry brush to exfoliate skin, increase lymphatic drainage, and remove toxins from the body.
Shop Now: Baudelaire Dry Brush, $9.50, follain.com.
Whether you're concerned about acne, aging, or both, this bar is perfect for reducing acne (thanks to charcoal) and adding radiance to the skin (thanks to rose oil and bergamot).
Shop Now: Leland Francis Black Rose Bar, $22, shen-beauty.com.