There are more beauty lines out there than you can shake a stick at, and the US cosmetics market is worth an estimated US$62.46 billion. But, farming behind cosmetics, animal testing, and lack of concern for consumers’ health and safety make this hard market to make smart decisions in.

Eco-friendly skincare can sometimes be diluted by ‘clean beauty’ and greenwashing campaigns that refer to the avoidance of known harmful chemicals common in some make-ups. So what do you look for when searching for a skincare routine that fits your sustainable lifestyle?

Recyclable or Refillable Packaging

The most obvious pollutant in makeup is plastic. It’s estimated that Canada generates 909 Million packages from cosmetics waste, with only 23% of it getting recycled. Look for items without packaging, or consider glass where possible.

Attitude – This company does a lot more than just sustainable skincare, focusing on all aspects of keeping your home clean. But, their skincare line has been expanding pretty rapidly in the past year, so if you’re looking for natural deodorants in recyclable packaging, this is a good place to look.

Ethically Sourced Ingredients

Radical transparency of supply chains is a growing trend in business that I hope we continue to see more of. This is the quickest way for brands to gain consumers’ trust in eco-friendly products. By showing the people behind the product, people can form more of an emotional attachment to the item and the brand story.

The Sephora Collection – Did you know that they source 90% of their ingredients from sustainably managed forests? We love to see a company thinking about their long-term future. Most of their in-house line is pretty affordable too.

Wolf & Pine – Canadian-owned, only made in small batches. The ingredients are foraged. This brand has so much personality and I adore it. If you’re looking for serums, face masks, or creams check out their all-organic offerings.

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canadian made eco-friendly skincare lines

The Milana Company – Canadian founded and owned, this company has all-natural ingredients, and everything is so natural it’s edible. Eco-friendly skincare that won’t break the bank, you can even look at some of their ingredients sourcing through their website.

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eco-friendly skincare made in canada

The Cure Skincare – No fillers, just effective plant-based ingredients including; raspberry seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and French Rose Clay. Their products are simple, strictly care no cosmetics, and made in Nova Scotia.

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Two Sisters Naturals – Founded by two young women in rural Ontario, this company has skincare, natural deodorant, bath bombs, soaks, shampoos, hair oils, clothes, essential oils, and more.

Skincare Companies that Give Back

Herbivore Botanicals- A luxury brand that focuses on reducing its carbon footprint through the whole production of its products. You’ll find mostly glass, recycled materials, and natural ingredients.

herbivore botanicals eco-friendly skincare

Youth to the People – Started by two men who were raised by two generations of ladies at the helms of skincare companies, not only are the products sustainable but they give back to people, the planet, and to women, Bipoc, and LGBTQ+ initiatives.

Their products usually come in glass jars, and as an eco-friendly skincare line, they source post-consumer materials when possible. All of their products are formulated in California, and they ensure everything is bio-degradable to avoid any harmful effects on waterways.

youth to the people eco-friendly skincare line at sephora

Caudalie – Skincare derived from grapes, created in France. They’re not only considered clean beauty, but they are part of 1% for the planet. Popular at french spas, these products are great to add to your skincare regimen if you’re looking for something a little indulgent.

The Body Shop – Canadian founded, this company is one of the large mall chains that try to do better. They offer refill programs at select stores, ethically source products through fair trade practices and work on internal diversity while fighting for systematic change. If you’re just dipping your toes into the world of sustainability, this is a great and relatively affordable place to start.

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eco-friendly skin care available in canada by the body shop

Lush – What would a clean beauty guide be without Lush? My first clean beauty love. A long-term staple in my bathroom has been their pharmacy bar. I also love their sleepy-time lotion. This eco-friendly skincare and more company also makes their packaging out of post-consumer materials and has an in-store recycling program where they give away free products.

Sales from their Charity Pot contribute 100% of proceeds back to grassroots organizations. I find it a little thick, but if you love a heavy moisturizer this is for you.

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eco-friendly skincare by lush

If that isn’t an extensive list, I don’t know what is. If you’re looking for more sustainable living, check out this tag. Are there any go-to skincare lines that you are obsessed with that also are about the planet? Let me know in the comments!

Percentage of non-traumatic death in Canadian cities that is attributable to air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels: 8%

Canadian Geographic (2006)

The 720 kilos per capita of waste produced annually by every Canadian is about twice what is produced per capita in Japan, and as much as 10 times what is produced by a half-dozen countries in Africa.

Canadian Geographic (2017)

(In Toronto) Approximately 756,749 tons of residential waste was collected in 2019, of which around 53% was diverted.

City Of Toronto Solid Waste Reports

In residential areas, waste separation and diversion from
landfill is influenced by the type of dwelling, with single family homes achieving 64% diversion, and multi-residential achieving just 28% diversion in 2019.

City Of Toronto Solid Waste Reports