If you're not already using refillable beauty products, here's 15 that will help save you money

Oh, and they're way better for the planet

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Truth be told, we all know we should be doing more for the planet when it comes to our beauty routines—but that doesn't mean we're willing to change our ways for it. I could fill this story with stats and insights into all of the negative things the beauty industry does to the planet—but I'm not sure it would do anything to spur a course of action into living more sustainably

Because yes, it is thought that around 120 billion units of packaging are created every year by the cosmetics industry (although, this stat has been used in every sustainable beauty story I've come across online and even I've become a bit numb to it). And sure, studies have been done to help prove that using refillable cosmetics products can help reduce carbon emissions, but we're still left asking—what is actually being done to help?

Not only are most of the global cosmetics players constantly looking at new ways in which they can reduce their carbon emissions and gaining B Corp status, they're also attempting to make the products themselves less wasteful. While there's no such thing as truly zero-waste beauty brands, we're seeing more and more reusable and refillable options on the market.

Nowadays, some of the best and most iconic beauty brands and products out there come in refillable options—and buying the refill can save you a bunch of money. From shampoos and conditioners to bath soaks and cleansers, buying a refillable option can save you money on your go-to products.

And before I get into the refillable beauty products I really recommend (I've tested them all), I want to highlight something important—something I'm asked about all the time as a beauty editor. Just because a refill isn't easily recyclable doesn't make it a bad purchase. Sure, it's a huge perk if the refill packets can be popped in your at-home recycling bin, but if they can't, it's worth remembering that emissions are saved in countless other ways—from shipping to manufacturing. So if your refill isn't quite there with recycling yet, that's not to say it's not worth your time either. 

Now, without further ado, keeping scroll for my rundown of truly great refillable beauty products.

Skincare

1. Skingredients Preprobiotic Cleanse Hydrating Cleanser

2. Susanne Kaufmann Purifying Cleansing Gel

3. Lancôme Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream

4. Stella by Stella McCartney Restore Cream

Body

5. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

6. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

7. Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Body Wash

8. Bramley Hand Wash

9. Isle of Paradise Glow Clear Self-Tanning Mousse

Make-up

10. Dior Addict Hydrating Shine Lipstick

11. Rose Inc Cream Blush

Hair

12. Ouai Medium Hair Shampoo

13. L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Shampoo

Fragrance

14. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Forte Rosa Rossa Eau de Parfum

15. Giorgio Armani My Way Parfum

Shannon Lawlor
Executive Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is the Executive Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. With nearly a decade of experience working for some of the beauty industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear, Glamour UK, Stylist and Refinery29, Shannon’s aim is to make the conversation around beauty as open, relatable and honest as possible. As a self-confessed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for hard-working perfumes, fool-proof make-up products and does-it-all skincare.

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