We’re not exaggerating when we say that it has never been easier to shop sustainably for beauty. While there’s still a lot of work to be done as an industry, there’s a wealth of great brands with products that are responsibly packaged, are made with sustainably sourced ingredients, and/or give back to the planet through charitable efforts.
Nordstrom is one retailer that has committed to the cause. With its Beautycycle program, it aims to recycle 100 tons of beauty packaging by 2025. To help you minimize your own waste, Nordstrom offers in-store collection bins where you can drop off empties that will be recycled and repurposed into raw materials for products that range from park benches to picnic tables. You can also shop its curated collection of over 900 consciously manufactured serums, lipsticks, shampoos, and more.
We get it—900+ products is a lot to scroll through, so Cosmo’s Beauty Director Julee Wilson is here to help. She’s sharing her top sustainable picks from the assortment. From a decadent face and body butter with ethically sourced ingredients to a curl-reviving, leave-in conditioner with recyclable packaging, trust us when we say that you’re going to want to add each of them to your cart.
To learn more about the products below, and to get the scoop on even more beauty director-approved, environmentally friendly product finds, tune into a live shopping event hosted by Wilson on Earth Day—Friday, April 22nd—at 6PM EST. Stay tuned for more information and see you there!
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Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner
Your Wash Day routine is about to get an upgrade. This lightweight leave-in excels at smoothing, moisturizing, and reviving your curl pattern.
Sustainability check: The packaging is recyclable and contains no secondary materials.
The glow of your dreams is just 20 minutes away with this mask. The BHA- and enzyme-powered formula helps refine pores, smooth skin and turn dullness into radiance.
Sustainability check: It contains natural ingredients like 100% certified sustainable palm oil and is housed in a recyclable glass jar.
Egyptian Lavender + Moroccan Mint Beauty Butter
This multitasking butter is a major treat for your skin. A blend of shea butters and oils intensely hydrate and nourish, while Egyptian lavender and Moroccan mint make for a relaxing sensory experience.
Sustainability check: The ingredients are ethically sourced from cooperatives and artisans across Africa and the packaging is recyclable.
This concealer is proof that you don’t need a thick and heavy formula to effectively camouflage dark under-eye circles or angry zits. The creamy formula contains auto-adjusting minerals for a flawless finish every time.
Sustainability check: The concealer is made with food-grade and organic ingredients and housed in 100% recyclable packaging.
Chebula Active Immunity Serum
You may not be able to give your skin superpowers, but with this serum, you can come close. The formula features immunity-building antioxidants that help your skin better defend itself from environmental aggressors that can accelerate the effects of aging. It also helps target current signs of aging like fine lines and uneven tone.
Sustainability check: The glass packaging is recyclable and the formula is USDA Certified Organic and Made Safe certified, i.e. the nontoxic ingredients are not known to harm environmental ecosystems.
Step up your shower game with this luxe body wash that nourishes as it gently cleanses. It contains ingredients like marula oil to soften skin and is pH-balanced to help support barrier function.
Sustainability check: The brand is Climate Neutral certified, meaning it’s committed to reducing carbon emissions.
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