Refillable beauty products are nothing new. For some time, a variety of brands have offered refillable eye shadow cases, letting you swap out your favorite palettes easily. But now, brands are furthering that reach into refillable deodorants, skin care products, lipsticks and more. L’Occitane, for example, launched refill stations in select stores in 2021, in an effort to reduce plastic waste — but has been offering product eco-refills since 2008.
As awareness for more sustainability of our products increases, many retailers and brands have been putting their proverbial best foot forward to clean up the beauty industry with less waste by offering recycled packaging, cleaner ingredients and refillable products. Refillable beauty products are meant to keep product containers out of landfills.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are our favorite top 10 products that we can’t wait to order refills for:
10 Refillable Beauty Products
1. BEAUTYCOUNTER Cheeky Clean Cream Blush
Famously using The Never List, BEAUTYCOUNTER ensures that over 1,800 ingredients aren’t included in their products. The brand has five products that can be easily refilled, including The Clean Deo ($20), Cheeky Clean Cream Blush ($42), shampoo and conditioner ($29), body wash ($28) and lotions ($28).
Price: $28 at BEAUTYCOUNTER
2. Credo Beauty Refillable Deodorant
Credo Beauty is a female-led company offering an array of cruelty-free, best-in-clean beauty brands, including BIPOC-owned (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) brands. Credo has over 100 products that are refillable, including eye shadows, mascaras, lip glosses, lip balms, deodorants and more. We like the refillable deodorant. Just buy the cute case for $38 and order refills as you need them.
3. Fenty Beauty Icon Refillable Lipstick
Besides being owned by the beautiful Rihanna, Fenty Beauty is a highly covetable brand for makeup and skin care. As a makeup brand, you can get Fenty Icon refillable lipstick cases ($12), including one that’s engravable ($22), and a variety of lipstick shades.
Fenty Skin offers skin care that’s earth-conscious with a focus on reducing, reusing and recycling. The refillable systems make it easy to ensure you never run out of your favorite products while consuming less packaging. The auto-replenish option will save you 10% on every subscription order and then 15% on your fourth order with free shipping.
Price: $20 at Fenty Beauty
4. Glossier Monochromes
With 10 different available shades, the essential eye shadow trio refill is an economical way to get your pretty eye shadows while helping out the planet. The refills are for the Monochromes shadow trio ($22). Each one has three finishes — matte, satin and metallic — that can be used alone or together for a cool monochromatic effect.
Price: $18 at Glossier
5. Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream
Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream ($39) is a clean, whipped gel cream that helps to hydrate and balance the skin — and comes in a refillable jar for visibly plump, glowing skin. The refillable pod is available for $33.
Price: $33 at Glow Recipe
6. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Body Lotion
Kiehl’s offers 10 beauty products that can be easily refilled, including body lotions, shampoo and conditioner, and hand soap. Customers who sign up for automatic refills save 10% on their orders and free shipping.
Price: $82 at Kiehl’s
7. Leif Blue Cypress Shampoo
Leif’s clean, vegan, cruelty-free products are made in Australia and feature shampoo and conditioner, hand and body products, and laundry detergent. The Blue Cypress shampoo contains essential oil, lemon-scented tea tree and eucalyptus.
Price: $63 at Leif
8. Milk Makeup Sunshine Under Eye Tint + Brighten Concealer
The refillable makeup cartridge for the Milk Makeup Sunshine Under Eye Tint + Brighten is 99% natural, vegan, clean, cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free and fragrance-free — and it comes in seven shades. The refillable option helps eliminate 60% of plastic waste. If you use the subscribe option for automatic delivery, you’ll save 10% on refills.
Price: $24 at Milk Makeup
9. Revlon Oil Absorbing Volcanic Stone Roller
The Revlon roller ($9.49) works just like blotting paper, but instead of throwing away the product, the roller is reusable as well as completely refillable. When you need to refill this product, you can opt for the roller refill and get a cooling facial roller, too.
Price: $12.99 on Amazon
10. Trestique Foundation Stick
Every Trestique clean product has options for refills and are cruelty-free and zero-waste. We picked the Foundation Stick, available in 12 shades with a Shade Finder to help you find your perfect hue. This stick offers a buildable foundation that leaves you with a smooth, cake-free finish. It’s made from 96.13% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials. You can save 35% and receive free shipping when you sign up for automatic refills.
Price: $30 at Trestique
Reusable Beauty Products + Brand Sustainability
Cadence Reusable Capsules
Cadence doesn’t sell beauty products but instead offers reusable containers to put your beauty products in. These magnetic capsules, made from a blend of ocean-bound plastics, are “designed to keep your products as safe and fresh as if they were in their original packaging.” They work together to keep your stuff more organized, too. Prices range from $14 to $179.
Palette by Pak The Original High Fiver
Like Cadence, Palette by Pak doesn’t sell beauty products but offers containers “for all your goops, glops & glam.” The woman-owned business makes traveling with your beauty products easier and mess-free using The Original High Fiver reusable containers made from recycled plastics. Prices range from $11 to $53.
Target announced its Target Zero initiative on March 9 as a response to the “growing guest interest in products that help reduce waste.” Target Zero is part of Target’s sustainability strategy, Target Forward. Products will be easily recognized with the new Target Zero logo and includes Target products and packaging that’s refillable, reusable or compostable, and made from either recycled content or materials that reduce the use of plastic.
So far, the Target Zero makeup brands include PYT Beauty and Almay and skin care brands like Versed, Neutrogena, Dove, Babo Botanicals and Simple, to name a few. Find out more about Target Zero and the brands and products helping to make a difference.
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