The 11 Best Sustainable Beauty Products, According to Byrdie Editors

Updated 04/23/19
The Best Sustainable Beauty Products

Happy Earth Day! While we like to think we celebrate the lovely planet we get to call home every day of the year, we also welcome the reminder to reassert our commitment to the environment and check in with our existing habits. And naturally, that includes our beauty routines.

We beauty editors are incredibly lucky in that we get to play with some of the coolest sustainable beauty products right when they hit the market, which means it's only right to pay it forward by sharing the ones that we really stand behind. We're counting down the sustainable beauty products we swear by the most below.

Rahua Shampoo $34

"I had heard wonderful things about this shampoo from practically every editor at Byrdie HQ—but I hadn't tried it until this week when I stayed at the lovely home of wellness editor Victoria in L.A. First of all, pro tip: If you have to shower at a house that's not your own, make it a beauty editor's. I squeezed a quarter-size dollop of Rahua's Classic Shampoo into my palm and started massaging it into my hair. Immediately, the room was filled with a faint but enveloping scent of palo santo. I slowly, but surely, began falling in love with the product—but wondered how my hair would dry.

Sure enough, an hour and a few head-flips later, my curls were moisturized, bouncy, and still subtly scented with palo santo. I'm officially a convert."

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer $38

"This highlighter is 20 steps above any other for its natural, perfect glisten. It's made from a coconut oil base—so it's actually good for your skin—and looks like an angel flew down and touched both your cheekbones. I use it practically everywhere—on my cheekbones, my Cupid's bow, my brow bone, my eyelids, and even the inner corners of my eyes."

Resurfacing Mask 1 oz/ 30 mL
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask $62

"Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask was another product I kept in my medicine cabinet but never tried (I'll blame my undying love for Renée Rouleau's Triple Smoothing Berry Peel, $87). Once I did get into it, however, I realized the two formulas serve different purposes. The mask has a really cool texture, kind of like Jell-O, and is made to be used more often than the other. It's super gentle, never causes redness or irritation, and works perfectly to smooth and retexturize before a night out. In fact, and I don't really understand why, but it (temporarily) fills and flattens my forehead wrinkles to the point where it looks as if they never existed to begin with."

Hydra-repair Cream-masque: Olive-polyphenol & Babassu
Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Cream-M $69

"It's an occupational hazard that I'm constantly asked for skincare advice, but whenever anyone mentions they have issues with dryness, I immediately direct them toward this wonderful mask. I actually just use it as a heavy moisturizer every night, slathering a thick layer on top of any other treatments I'm using. My skin drinks this stuff up, and every morning, I wake up to a dewy (but not at all greasy) complexion. The carefully sourced botanical ingredients and sustainable, chic packaging make it a win-win-win."

Noto Deep Serum—Best Sustainable Beauty Products
Noto Deep Serum $50

"If you thought I had exhausted all there is to say about this unicorn of a product, think again. I can't-stop, won't stop with this delightful serum because it truly gives my skin that lit-from-within, golden-hour glow—even if it's 7:30 a.m. and I just woke from a fitful five-hour night. Plus, I love what brand founder Gloria Noto stands for: She's committed to creating products that are sustainably minded, inclusive to all, and beautiful to look at."

Rituel de Fille Eye Soot $38

"In all honesty, I think the unicorn trend needs to die a fiery death, but I can definitely get down with some subtle holographics. My beauty M.O. for the spring and summer is to keep it minimal save for some unexpected details like cobalt graphic liner and luminescent shimmer. I adore Rituel de Fille's Eye Soot because it features high-quality pigments, but you can also customize the saturation. I have a feeling I'm going to be experimenting a lot with this particular shade in the coming months."

Circumference In-Depth Hydration Mask $65

"Circumference is a new skincare brand from an alum of Girlfriend Collective that's all about sustainability in a way that still feels elevated and luxurious. The husband-and-wife duo wanted to create an elevated skincare line that was ethical, nontoxic, and effective while prioritizing sustainability in terms of ingredients. Because of the high demand for natural ingredients, there have been shortages in a ton of critical crops. Circumference will take that into account when formulating—for example, because there is a shortage of rosehip, the brand will avoid using rosehip oil in its products and opt for an ingredient that has a similar skincare benefit instead.

The Hydration Mask ($65) left my tired, hungover skin looking plump and moisturized, thanks to the moringa oil and cactus flower extract."

Peet Rivko Body Oil $80

"My dry skin and I have come a long, long way. I grew up with severe eczema and have been battling sensitive skin ever since. I rely on oils (more so than lotion) to cure everything. My pores drink this luxurious oil right up like a daily dose of hydration. It's blended with jojoba, sunflower seed, avocado, and baobab, so it's gentle but seriously smells heavenly. When I'm feeling fancy, I layer it with my go-to lotion of the moment, and I can't get over how pillow-soft it makes my skin. A little piece of my heart breaks off every time I finish a bottle because no other oil measures up to this MVP.


Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo $32

"I use dry shampoo so often that it's like an extension of my body at this point. The trouble with most traditional aerosol formulas, though, is that it pains me to know I'm widening the hole in the ozone layer in the name of sopping up an oily scalp. Enter Rahua. It was the first dry shampoo powder I'd used (save for the baby variety), and admittedly, I was sure it couldn't perform like my trusty cans. But much to my surprise, it's better. Within seconds of sprinkling it onto my scalp and giving my strands a fluff, I have mega volume and zero traces of grease.

I've actually been asked if I just got a blowout after using it, even when my hair hasn't seen a water source in days. Plus, the fact that it's 100% natural means my hair is free of the nasties you'll find in synthetic formulas."

EO Soothing Shower Gel $13

"I'm a big fan of EO Products' lavender bodywash, which smells incredible and makes me feel really clean but is also one of the most ethically made products I own. I visited the EO factory and headquarters last year and saw with my own two eyes that its products are not only totally natural and free of synthetically fragrances, dyes, and preservatives, but the company itself is also zero waste, extremely kind to its employees, donates a ton of product to nonprofits, and is overall just one of the most trustworthy and transparent beauty brands out there.

Oh yeah, and it's super affordable and available on Amazon."

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask $62

"If someone made me choose my favorite cleanser of all time, this one would be it. It's practically perfect in every way. From the gorgeous glass packaging to the transformative formula (I swear that it makes my complexion look infinitely brighter whenever I use it), my heart starts to palpitate whenever I start to get low. I'm a sucker for anything that kills two birds with one stone, and this cleanser is known for its four-in-one multitasking prowess. Essentially it cleanses, clarifies, exfoliates, and refines.

So basically, feel free to dump out your entire skincare regimen. (Just kidding. Don't.)

"And despite its excellent exfoliating abilities, my skin never feels dry or tight post-cleanse, and when followed up with Tata's Resurfacing Mask ($62)—it's pretty much 24K gold. Plus, 100% of the ingredients are natural in origin and 82% are organic."

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