The best refillable beauty products for a more sustainable bathroom cabinet

Ellie Goodman

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7 February 2022

Take a step towards a greener beauty regime and reduce your waste with these refillable products

7 February 2022 | Ellie Goodman | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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raditionally, the beauty industry hasn’t been Mother Earth’s best friend. Complex single-use packaging, which looks great on our shelves but not so good in landfills, has been the norm for decades, and with few options for earth-conscious products out there, being kinder to the environment has often meant sacrificing on luxury. Fortunately, things are beginning to change - we are entering a refillable makeup revolution.

Go-to brands like Aesop and Neal’s Yard have been leading the charge for years with environmentally-conscious packaging and refill stations, and now even more luxury brands are following suit with their own take on sustainable beauty. From fragrance favourites Diptyque, Le Labo and Jo Malone, to makeup megastars Chanel, Dior, Tom Ford and Armani, a whole host of brands have joined the throng, so you can be good to the environment without compromising on looking great. Read on for our guide to the best refillable beauty products.

Charlotte Tilbury

Expert makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury launched her eponymous cosmetics and skincare line in 2013, it wasn’t long before beauty fanatics were raving about its iconic Magic Cream and Pillow Talk lipstick. Now, with an extensive range of refillables available across brows, lips, bronzers and skincare, the magic is set to last even longer. The brand’s glamorous, gilded packaging remains the same, simply replace your products with the recyclable refill cartridges and they’ll be good as new.

Available at Space NK

Fenty Skin

Rihanna’s Fenty Skin is working to help cut waste by embracing the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) when it comes to its packaging. Eliminating excess wherever possible, using recyclable and post-consumer recycled materials and implementing refill systems, the brand’s earth-conscious ethos has created a range of beautifully packaged, luxury products designed to stand the test of time. This eco approach extends to Fenty beauty now too, which offers the new Fenty Icon semi-matte refillable lipstick.

Available at Harvey Nichols

Fiils

Bathroom products are usually those used most frequently, and therefore those replaced and thrown out the most. Offering 99 per cent organic and natural shampoo, conditioner, body and hand wash, Fiils is making refillables luxe and cutting down on bathroom waste. With subscriptions available so you never get caught short in the shower, just choose your fragrance, decant the pouch into your aluminium bottle and return the empty packet to Fiils to be recycled.

Visit fiils.co

Goodmist

An essential these days, hand sanitiser has a place in everybody’s bag. Discarding small, single-use plastic bottles in favour of refillable glass and bamboo atomisers, Goodmist is the sanitiser that smells good, feels good and does good. With four different scents to choose from, infused with essential oils, the eco-friendly, easy to fill bottles offer a welcome departure from strong-smelling, sticky gels while leaving your hands cleaner and softer.

Visit goodmist.co 

Hourglass

Cosmetics favourite Hourglass has garnered praise for its full coverage foundation sticks and luminous highlighters since launching in 2004, and now the brand is entering the conscious beauty space with its Curator Eyeshadow Palette. Offering over 40 shades of 100 per cent vegan eyeshadow, each hue can simply be swapped in and out of a sleek, gold metal case allowing for endless customisable combinations.

Available at Harvey Nichols

Kilian

Ultra-luxe parfumerie Kilian believes true luxury should last a lifetime and, as such, its ornate bottles are intended to be refilled and reused for years to come. Each scent is available as a handy refill, designed for ease of use to eliminate any spillage so you can top up your bottle without wasting a single drop.

Available at Harvey Nichols

Ouai

The cult haircare collection by stylist to the stars Jen Atkin gained its glowing reputation as a banisher of bad hair days with a range of supplements, treatments and styling products formulated to nourish hair 24/7. Now the brand is going green, offering refills of their wildly popular, heavenly scented shampoos, conditioners and body washes. Each refill pouch can fill Ouai’s shampoos or conditioners three times and uses 60 per cent less plastic than regular bottles, allowing the brand to cut emissions by a third.

Available at Harvey Nichols

Pott

Handmade, sustainable and natural, Pott is a fantastic eco alternative for candle lovers. Gone are the days of throwing out ornately decorated jars – or if you’re anything like us, stashing them in the back of a cupboard until you think of a new use for them – each Pott candle comes with a unique ceramic pot, thrown in the UK by artisan potters, that can be easily re-upped with custom hand-poured refills, crafted with sustainable rapeseed and coconut wax, and 100 per cent natural essential oils.

Visit pottcandles.com 

Sisley Paris

With natural jojoba and moringa oils, hyaluronic acid, and the brand’s cult Hydrobooster complex, Phyto-Rouge Shine by Sisley Paris leaves lips plumped, nourished and softened while delivering intense colour and shine. The bullet clicks in and out of the refillable tube smoothly, giving you the option to switch out any of the 12 vibrant shades as you please.

Visit sisley-paris.co.uk

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