The Refillable Beauty Guide
New initiatives and brand innovations are ushering in the age of the refill, and not a moment too soon. We all know that plastic is problematic: sadly, 8 million tonnes of it are dumped in our oceans every year and it will come an as little surprise to most that the beauty industry is a contributor.
Unfortunately, recycling isn't always as straightforward as we think: dropping an empty bottle in the recycling bin might feel like a simple solution, but it isn't actually as easy as that. In fact, only 7% of plastic waste currently makes it all the way through to become repurposed and the reality is that recycling is fraught with roadblocks.
What if we could prevent our empty essentials from being thrown out? It might not be the ultimate solution, but switching to refillable beauty products is certainly a stepping stone towards better sustainability.
The Fragrance Revolution
The fragrance is another area where refills can shine: fancy glass and keepsake bottles are made to be kept forever.
Hermes, Givenchy, and Giorgio Armani all already produce refills that decrease the waste involved, while Mugler is appealing to the eco-conscious Gen Z with supersized top-ups of its best selling scent, which can be decanted into your original bottle at home.
Hermes Terre D'Hermes Pure Parfum Refill
Giorgio Armani My Way Intense Eau De Parfum Refill
Thierry Mugler (Mugler) Alien Goddess Eau De Parfum Refill Bottle
Thierry Mugler (Mugler) Angel Eau De Parfum Refill Bottle
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Eau De Parfum Refill
In the make-up realm, there's real opportunity to create sublime statement objects, that are absolute keepers (think Hermes and Givenchy lipsticks).
Hermes Rouge Hermes Satin Lipstick
The refillable Pierre Hardy-designed tube is reason enough to treat yourself to Hermès' tinted lip balms. Sesame seed and raspberry seed oils nourish lips while the soft rosy tan pigment adds a wash of soft, sheer colour.
Givenchy Le Rouge Sheer Velvet Matte Refillable Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer (Refillable)
La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20 (With Extra Refill)
So far, so easy - but skincare is trickier.
Christian Dior Capture Totale Dreamskincare & Perfect Global Age-Defying Skincare Perfect Skin Creator - Refill
Kora Organics Turmeric Glow Moisturizer - Refill
Kora Organics Berry Bright Vitamin C Eye Cream - Refill
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna FENTY SKIN Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream Refill
Shiseido Essential Energy Hydrating Cream Refill