Nov 23, 2018

One of the major challenges of shifting to a more mindful, sustainable lifestyle is thinking about changing your skincare routine. After all, it takes a lot of trial and error to find the products that really work for you, so to forgo those go-to products and start finding new ones all over again… is a little disheartening, to put it lightly.

After all, zero-waste or sustainable beauty and skincare products are only still just gaining traction, and there’s still a long way to go before it becomes totally widespread.

While we wait for that day to come, are we doomed to producing waste with each skincare step? Not really. A handful of brands now are coming up with initiatives so they—and we, the consumers—can still reap the benefits of good skin, while lessening our contribution to the world’s waste.

Here are some:


Popular Korean skincare and beauty brand Innisfree just opened to the public in SM Mall of Asia today! But as excited as we are about finally getting to try the full line of their classic green tea products and the cult favorite Jeju volcanic clay masks, there’s something else to be happy about with Innisfree. Just like their stores in Korea and in other countries, Innisfree Manila will also participate in the brand’s “eco-recycling program.”

The store has a box with two slots for customers to drop their empty skincare containers. Instead of throwing it away in the trash, where we’re not even sure if our waste facilities will process them properly, you can just return it to the store where they’ll bring it back to the Innisfree facilities in Korea to be recycled or upcycled.


One of Lush’s popular initiatives is to go naked—meaning, getting their products with as minimal or even downright no packaging. Aside from being cruelty-free, handmade, and vegetarian-friendly, Lush also offers sustainable packaging options in case you want to give the products out as gifts. They have reusable boxes and tin cans available, as well as knot-wraps or furoshiki cloth that receivers can then eventually use as scarves or wraps, themselves.

Human Nature

Human Nature ensures that their products are made cruelty-free and that they use naturally derived materials and ingredients. But their dedication to nature doesn’t just stop with production. Taking into consideration what happens after consumers finish the product, Human Nature also participates in the Balik Bote, Bigay Buhay program. With this, consumers are encouraged to return their empties, and to bring along other PET bottles to any Human Nature branch. The bottles returned will be sold to fund development projects for Gawad Kalinga.

Daniela Calumba

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Detox Mask . These powdered clay masks are filled with powerful earth medicine. Herbs and minerals are hand grinded and added with small amounts of therapeutic grade essential oils to create stunning formulations that truly feed the skin. Pictured here is my Detox Mask, one of my two masks formulated depending on your skin’s specific needs. . The Detox Mask is made with local activated bamboo charcoal and bentonite clay, a healing clay for deep pore cleansing valued by cultures for centuries. These helps remove toxins, bacteria, excess sebum and dead skin cells from your skin, clear up acne, and allow skin to heal. Plus Himalayan cedarwood and lavender, loves of mine that make problematic skin rejoice and relax. Perfect for normal-oily and acne-prone skin. The gentle mixing of the Detox Mask will help make for a lovely evening filled with restoration and replenishment. . Why dry? My masks are dry so they can be raw, active, potent plant medicine. If they were a cream or wet already, the botanicals would be far less potent. . Tips: • The powders are at full strength. If your skin is sensitive or vulnerable, mix the powder with honey or yogurt to dilute the powerful plants. Don’t stress about consistency. It’s going to work wether it’s too thick or too runny; so it’s more about personal texture preference. Here’s my recipe for guidance: 2 tsps Detox Mask 1 tsp honey / purified water 1 tsp apple cider vinegar • Don’t forget your bowl and brush for easy application. Use a wooden or ceramic bowl and spoon. Metal reacts with the minerals in the clay, so always avoid it when preparing your mask. • Before application, give the mixture some ‘steeping’ time just like you would drinking herbal tea. 5 mins should be enough. • Never let the the powders fully dry on your skin. The botanicals are most active when kept wet. You should feel a bit of that tightening feeling on your face but the clay should still look wet on top. This way, the skin will absorb all of the mask’s nutrients. . Both my Detox Mask and Clay Mask now available at my shop @kahilom and for online orders. As always, plastic-free shipping nationwide. 📦🌿 . . . #clay #mask #detox #vegan #organic #skincare

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It’s so easy to resort to using sachets and other small, single-use packaged bath products especially when traveling. After all, if you’re saving space and you’re worried about the weight of your luggage, bringing along a whole bottle of shampoo or a full bar of soap doesn’t seem practical. Luckily there are more sustainable solutions. Daniela Calumba’s line of vegan personal care products are not only made with natural ingredients, they also come in reusable packaging, so you know nothing goes to waste. Plus, it’s more convenient to bring along anywhere, too.

Zero Basics

Another alternative to returning your empties is to reuse them altogether by simply getting refills. Zero Basics allows refills especially for daily use products like deodorant and tooth powder. You can buy their products at pop-ups and bazaars, and also at Humble Market.


Header image courtesy of Innisfree Philippines

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