5 Sustainable Micellar Waters to Add to Your Skincare Arsenal
Updated: Nov 2, 2019
Sustainability is the name of the game.
In addition to being an excellent way to gently remove grime, makeup, and dirt from your face (i.e. without stripping your skin of it's natural oils), several companies have taken steps to make their natural formulas more sustainable. In general, the fashion and beauty industries are responsible for an unconscionable amount of waste and emissions, which is why those brands whose sustainability efforts are ahead of the curve are worth supporting.
First, here are five general tips for minimizing your beauty footprint:
Vegan skincare reduces water consumption, deforestation, and greenhouse gas emission (i.e. Orveda)
Zero-waste brands that use glass and minimal, recycled, and recyclable plastic (i.e. LOLI Beauty, Meow Meow Tweet, Aether Beauty)
Transparent brands that take part in environmental off-setting efforts, such as planting trees or 1% For The Planet (i.e. Bathing Culture, Joëlle Ciocco)
Opting for brands that use refillable packaging (i.e. Miro, Kjaer Weis)
Choosing companies that rely upon solar power or take part in water conservation efforts (i.e. Alpha H, Le Prunier)
Now that you have these tips to help guide your future purchases, here are five micellar waters worth trying. These are brands whose sustainability efforts are admirable and make them leaders in the beauty world. To make your eco-footprint even less, consider using a reusable cotton round made by companies like Face Halo, $22, or Wegreeco, $10, which are used by Eva Chen!
Soon, practices such as these will hopefully be the norm. Until then, shop these brands to put the power of your purchase behind conserving our planet.
I am thrilled to see that the luxury brand Omorovicza has made the effort to make their packaging more sustainable by selling product refills in the pouch above. I love these natural, luxury micellar water-infused discs, which are soft on one side, and textured on the other. They will remove everything from your foundation to your mascara — even waterproof Dior Show. Plus, they're biodegradable.
One of the coolest parts about this line is that it's made using the natural thermal waters that are rich in skin-healing minerals, found in Budapest, Hungary. Their thermal water tradition dates back to Roman times and is a cherished cultural wellness practice to this day. It's on my bucket list to head to the Four Seasons to check out the Omorovicza Spa.
Evolve Organic Beauty
I first discovered this small-batch beauty brand when I was on a trip to London. It's 99% natural and contains hyaluronic acid, which is a leading ingredient for moisturization and smoothing lines that Orveda's founder, Sue Nabi, considers the gold standard of hydration. Pomegranate is also a skin-beautifier which essentially amps up the efficacy of the other ingredients you apply, like antioxidant-packed, redness-reducing rose.
Tip: Use this with reusable cotton rounds to make your impact even greener.
LOLI is one of my all-time favorites. They use food-grade, raw, natural ingredients that have saved me from skin reactions more than a time or two. The company is Zero-Waste, sustainable, and sensitive-skin beloved. Also, the founder, Tina Hedges, is a beauty industry icon who has prescribed me a green regimen to recover from dermatological laser treatments with unbelievable success. Definitely use this green goodie with a reusable cotton round.
I'm excited to see they're now carried at Madewell, and genuinely believe that if Gwyneth Paltrow tried the brand, she'd be a convert.
Blue Aura Cleansing Water, $7-$39
Anti-inflammatory and pollution-fighting herbs, including Ayurvedic Holy Basil, Neem, Turmeric, and aloe, make this a must-try by the Los Angeles-based, Parisian line. It's made of glass which means that in addition to being 100% natural, cruelty-free, GMO-free, and vegan, the brand also does their part to eliminate waste.
I would normally recommend shopping it at The Detox Market, but they're sold out right now!
I wanted to feature Acure's micellar wipes, but I need to find out if they're biodegradable (Update: THEY ARE!!). However, the popular drugstore brand Burt's Bees uses repurposed, organic cotton to create these micellar water-infused facial towelettes, making them a viable budget alternative. Throw them in your gym bag or use them on late nights when you can't deal with your entire regimen. (Just don't make a habit of it.)
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