Eco-friendly, refillable beauty products to help you lead a zero-waste lifestyle: Hourglass, L’Occitane, M.A.C, and more

Eco-friendly, refillable beauty products to help you lead a zero-waste lifestyle: Hourglass, L’Occitane, M.A.C, and more

Fill ‘er up

Text: Emily Heng

In the wise words of our favourite Muppet, Kermit, it's not easy being green. Still, you've done the work. Your shopping cart is brimming with eco-conscious labels, you dumped single-use products, and you recycle right. What's next? We're glad you asked. Enter: refillable beauty products, aka the next rung of the sustainability ladder to scale. From in-store dispensing systems to custom-designed refill offerings, it seems there is a multitude of ways to cut down on packaging use.

Environmental specialists, The LCA Centre, is all for it, detailing that refillables reduce CO2 emissions by 70%, energy wastage by 65%, and water use by 45%. Yup, those are big numbers — and a momentous step towards leading a zero-waste lifestyle. This begs the question: which forward-thinking beauty brands are on board? Lucky for you, we've done the legwork and gathered them all for your perusal, below.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Its gentle, fragrant solution has amassed a cult-like following amongst the sensitive skin set and scent snobs since its inception. Even better, it comes in a refillable format that uses 78% less material than its original container, and at a much more wallet-friendly price. That's right, you can save the earth and your bank balance at the same time.


Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Makeup Compact

We wouldn't expect any less from a brand that considers sustainability to be a pillar of their philosophy. The sleek, metallic blush tin is designed for ease of refills, with instructions provided on their site. As with inserting a SIM card into your new iPhone, simply use a pin to jab at the indicated hole, and watch as a makeup cartridge slides out. Nifty.


Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick

You'll be forgiven for mistaking Hourglass's lipstick offering for a lethal weapon. As it turns out, its dagger-sharp end serves more than an aesthetical purpose. Twist it open to find a lipstick barrel that can be popped in and out in just a few deft motions. Yes, this means a single case if all you need for the rest of your days — just buy your refills in your preferred hues, and swap accordingly depending on your mood.


Le Labo Eau de Parfum

The only waste you'll incur is the petrol required to take a trip down to the Le Labo flagship outlet in Ngee Ann City. Or hey, you could walk. Get your signature scent topped off at 20% off the original price, or failing that, swap it for its solid variant which (blessedly) is available in refill versions as well.


M.A.C. Cosmetics Custom Pro Palette

Nobody does it like M.A.C. Instead of splashing out cash on a palette where you'll probably utilise the same two shades over and over again, opt for their personalised pans which you can fill up with the shades of your choice. There are eight variants total, ranging from duo palettes to 15-shadow options. Once you've used up a hue, head back to any M.A.C. outlet and buy the refills at a fraction of its original price.

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