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If you are anything like most women, your travel make-up bag likely represents only a small percentage of your make up collection at home. Packing light is a great practice, but do you also consider how eco-friendly your travel make-up really is? 

For the longest time, I didn’t. But now I have the power to do it! Thanks to the Skin Helpers for letting me know that there is a natural pill supplement like Acnetame to treat my acne.

In an attempt to eliminate harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulphates and phthalates, I have eliminated a lot of traditional make up from my kit, transitioning almost entirely to natural and chemical-free make-up and toiletries. 

But it was only recently, that I started to pay attention to the packaging that my make up came in. Many of it was plastic that I hated chucking in the bin every couple of months. 

Each year, billions of plastic cosmetic packages are produced and only about 30% of plastic packaging is recycled, leaving the rest to end up in landfills. By using zero waste makeup and eco-friendly cosmetics, it’s possible to improve this statistic!

So I set off on a new mission: to transition the contents of my make up bag to zero waste make up.

Best Zero Waste Makeup

If you’re looking to make the switch to eco-friendly, zero waste makeup but don’t know where to begin, this list features some great brands that are good for both your skin and the planet.


Axiology is a brand that specializes in one thing and one thing only – lipsticks! It’s the only 100% evil-free lipstick brand on the market and a great addition to your zero waste makeup kit.

Zero Waste make up Axiology lipstick

Axiology products come in two formats – lipsticks and lip crayons. One of the most striking things about Axiology is that their lipsticks only have 10 ingredients. They are cruelty-free, palm oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and never tested on animals.

One of my favourite things about their lipsticks is that they do not have that toxic lipstick smell. Instead their lipsticks use sweet orange essential oil for fragrance. Yum! 

Lipsticks and crayons come in a variety of colours and opacities, ranging from sheer balms to rich creamy bold tints.

Bee You Organics

The founder of Bee You Organics, Larissa, was inspired to create the range after being hit by a drunk drinker in her youth. The incident left her with permanent scars and few places to turn for makeup that aligned with her sustainable values and worked for her and women like her. So, she decided to make her own.

Bee You Organic products are zero waste and formulated to improve skin tone and texture over time so less makeup is needed in the long run. They don’t use any GMOs, alcohols, or preservatives of any kind in their products and state their ingredients plainly on their website.

Bee You Organics offer a wide range of make up through their Etsy store and website, including BB Cream, blush, lipstick, mascara, powder, sunscreen and more! However, if you are going to order their BB Creams, go one shade darker than normal due to the ocean and coral reef safe zinc in it. It has received an Etsy Bestseller Award for the last two years running.

Elate Beauty

One of the eco friendly makeup brands at the forefront of the industry is Elate Beauty. They sell extremely high-quality products in sustainable bamboo containers that contain no plastics. Their products are vegan, organic, and cruelty-free. Their best sellers include eye shadows, brow balms, lipsticks, and foundation.

Zero-waste makeup : Elate Cosmetics
Elate Cosmetics. Photo via Elate Facebook by @sprigflowerco

Elate empowers women to make beauty a conscious ritual instead of a mindless daily routine. They have a concept called “capsules,” in which they encourage consumers to buy less and instead make thoughtful, deliberate decisions about what they use for beauty products. We love that!

Dab Herb Makeup

Dab Herb Makeup is a vegan makeup brand that is organic, plant-based, and food-grade. This is another great zero waste brand that offer metal, glass, or paper packaging for all of their products. Some of their most popular products include face luminizer, eyebrow grower with tint, cheek stain and face powder. 

All the products in the DabHerbMakeup shop are handmade from scratch using only the best ingredients. They are fair-trade, cruelty-free, fully sustainable, and excellent for your skin. One of my favourite things about Dab Herb Make up is their wonderful smell – flowery and natural. 

Antonym Cosmetics

If you’re looking for a brand of high-performance makeup that is still eco-friendly, then look no further than Antonym Cosmetics. Like other certified organic makeup brands, Antonym aims to bridge the gap between weak-coloured eco-friendly makeup and cheap but bold non-sustainable brands. The high sellers include foundation and bronzer.

They boast a whole range of sustainable certifications including Ecocert, FSC, Leaping Bunny, and a vegan certification from Vegan.org. They’re a bit on the pricier side, but that is a reflection of the quality of the ingredients that they use.

RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty is an all-natural skincare company that uses strictly organic ingredients. The founder created RMS with the mission of creating clean, healthy, and eco-friendly makeup after dealting with health problems related to chemicals found in off-the-shelf beauty products. 

Of all the companies on this list RSM Beauty has the largest selection of make up products. They sell everything from powders to creams to mascara to lip balm.

Fat and the Moon

Self-described as “herbal potions,” the products from Fat and the Moon are some of the best natural zero waste makeup and skin care products for those looking for more natural, herbal option to their skin care. The company aims to reduce its waste in every way possible and uses a combination of healthy fats, oils, and herbs in their “potions.”

Fat and the Moon makes everything from shampoo bars to deodorant pastes to body creams. In addition, they sell unique and quirky makeup products such as eye coals, lip paints, and tinted balms.

The Best Zero Waste Makeup Brushes

Elate has a number of makeup brushes and beauty tools for sale on their website. Each of their brushes is made with sustainable bamboo and vegan fibres.

In addition, these makeup brushes from EcoTools are a great affordable option. They’re made from cruelty-free materials, including recycled aluminum, cotton, and bamboo.

Ecotools brush


Getting started using zero waste makeup for travel doesn’t have to be hard. By investing a little bit more money into your beauty products, you can feel secure knowing you’re using products that are safe and healthy for both yourself and the earth.

Do you use zero waste makeup? What’s your favourite brand?

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