A range of bar soaps and their boxes stacked upon each other.
Photograph: Supplied | Good Time

Make your care routine more eco-friendly with these sustainable Aussie products

We've rounded up the best Australian personal care and beauty brands that put sustainability first

Adena Maier
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We all deserve to enjoy luxe products like lotions, perfumes, makeup and shampoos, but it truly doesn't have to come at the cost of our natural environment. There are heaps of small changes that you can make in your personal care routine that will still leave you feeling pampered while also helping you to lead a more environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle

To make committing to that switch a little bit easier, we've rounded up a bunch of Australian brands that offer high-quality and eco-friendly products. From shampoo and conditioner bars to natural deodorants and perfumes, these are some easy ways to make some eco-friendly changes in your routine. 

Looking for more ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle? Here are 40 easy things you can do in Melbourne to make a difference. Want a greener wardrobe? Shop these eco-friendly fashion brands in Melbourne.

You're probably already familiar with the good folk over at Who Gives A Crap, who have changed the game when it comes to eco-friendly toilet paper. Well, now they've got a sibling: Good Time is its newly launched sister brand, offering plastic-free, cruelty-free, vegan and carbon-neutral bars of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Each bar replaces up to three plastic bottles, and you can choose from earthy, fresh scents like tangerine, eucalyptus, sandalwood and pine needle. Pick up the range at the Good Time website

After having a conversation with her teenage daughter who had growing concerns about our planet's future, Prisca Ongonga-Daehn began exploring options for zero-waste solutions in the home. She was able to find products to meet her cleaning and household needs but struggled to do so with personal care and beauty products. She took matters into her own hands and spent the next two years developing Baresop, which currently encompasses hand and body washes in recycled bottles with refill sachets. And to further enhance the impact, a portion of proceeds from every sale goes towards a non-profit organisation that works to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Explore the range at the Baresop website.

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You may already be familiar with Zero Co for its range of eco-friendly cleaning products that come in refillable bottles, but now the zero waste start-up has expanded into body products. According to its research, Australians buy and throw away 93 million bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 29 million bottles of deodorant and 57 million bottles of skincare every year. In light of those shocking statistics, the brand has launched refillable and single-use free shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and antiperspirant deodorant, all in a liquid format. Shop the starter pack and all of the refills through the Zero Co website.

Endota is one of Australia's most popular day spa locales, with more than 100 locations spread out across the country. But did you know that the brand also has a range of organic and Australian-made products housed in 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles? The range includes hand soaps, lotions and skincare products in that use plant-based and deliciously scented ingredients like rose, Tasmanian lavender, mint, wild orange and geranium. Bonus: the skincare products now come in convenient travel-sized options to help ensure your holiday beauty routine remains sustainable and free of harsh chemicals. Shop the full range here.

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This Melbourne-based brand makes high-quality skincare, haircare and cleaning products from Australian ingredients and essential oils. Everything is free from sulphates, cruelty and palm oil and comes packaged in biodegradable and compostable packaging made from plants. How good is that? Products come in delicious scents like lemon myrtle, eucalyptus and wattle seed as well as unscented varieties for those who are sensitive to fragrance. Shop the full range here.

This Tasmanian skincare brand is the first and only brand in Australia to create a skincare line containing sheep milk, and it's incredibly rich and nourishing. The product is loaded into gorgeous and re-usable ceramic vessels, and the formula also contains a host of Tasmanian botanicals. Think kelp extract, Cape Grim water, Tasmanian pepperberry and tea tree oil. To shop the range, head to the Ewe Care website

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Every time you purchase a starter kit or new razor heads from Make My Shave, the company plants a tree through its partnership with One Tree Planted. And when it's time to replace your used razor heads, simply ship them back via a pre-paid and compostable mailer that's provided with your sixth delivery. Upon receipt, Make My Shave will send them to a recycling company that turns the plastic granules into new products. 

This female-founded fragrance house creates long-wearing perfumes that are also kind to the environment. You won't find any harmful ingredients in Roemy's bottles, and all products are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, vegan and cruelty-free. Roemy also chooses to actively avoid supporting excessive and toxic farming practices, inefficient supply chains, and unnecessary waste and transport energy. To shop the range, head to the Roemy website

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Kester Black offers a range of makeup and nail care products that are all vegan and sustainable, and it also puts its money where its mouth is by donating 2 per cent of revenue to social causes. The company and all of its products are 100 per cent carbon neutral, and it strives to use ingredients that don't require a large environmental footprint. Shop the full range of products on the Kester Black website.

Natural deodorants have been having a moment lately. If you've been looking to make the switch, support this Australian brand that uses only natural and organic ingredients, packs its formulas in recyclable packaging and mails them to customers in recyclable boxes. You can choose from scents like rose and geranium, lavender and bergamot, coconut and vanilla, and more. Shop the full range at the Kind-ly website.

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If part of your decision-making process when buying beauty products for your home is how they'll look, then you should shop some of the soaps, balms, creams and candles by Wørks. This Melbourne-based brand puts all of its formulas in beautiful glass bottles that can easily be repurposed once empty, or you have the option of purchasing refills that come in glass bottles rather than counter-productive plastic pouches. On top of using sustainable vessels, Wørks is also plastic-free, committed to being carbon neutral, uses only organic and sustainably grown and harvested materials and ships in recyclable containers. Shop the full range of products through the Wørks website.

It may seem a bit alien to use a solid block of shampoo or conditioner, but there are heaps of reasons why you should consider making the switch. The liquid formulas you're probably used to dilute the formula with water and are housed in plastic containers, so a solid bar helps cut down on water and plastic usage. Bars are also more travel-friendly, save shower space and are cost-effective, as one solid bar is around the equivalent of three bottles of product. Seed & Sprout, which was founded in Byron Bay, carries shampoo and conditioner bars in a variety of scents including rose geranium, pink grapefruit and citrus. Shop the full range of products through the Seed & Sprout website.

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Handwashing has been more important than ever lately, and for something you do countless times each day, you deserve to have luxe soaps that make that task more enjoyable. Grown Alchemist bottles its 100 per cent natural, vegan, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly formulas into glass containers that look sleek on your bathroom shelf. If your skin is sensitive, try the Tasmanian pepper, tangerine and chamomile soap that is formulated to soothe your skin. If you struggle with dry skin, try the cedarwood atlas, ylang ylang and tangerine soap that is designed to revitalise and nourish your hands, leaving them soft and smooth. You can browse the full range of products on the Grown Alchemist website.

Not only are bees one of the most crucial components of our ecosystem, but many bee by-products like propolis, royal jelly, Manuka honey and beeswax also work wonders for the skin. This Sydney-based company offers cleansers, face masks, lip balms and hand creams that harness the power of bees to rejuvenate your skin. The brand partners directly with local beekeepers that are committed to sustainable practices and love bees, as well as with Indigenous growers who practice sustainable farming and supply native plant extracts for the products. Shop the full range of skincare products through the Wild Bee Skincare website.

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This Adelaide brand has been designing and making natural and cruelty-free perfumes since 2009. Its ethos is that our natural world has given us all the botanicals we need to make complex and lovely fragrances without the need to rely on any nasty chemicals. The website has a handy scent quiz to help you figure out what scent is best for you. The range includes woody, floral and fresh scents, and each perfume also lists a similar mainstream perfume that it's similar to, like scents from Tom Ford or Valentina. Browse the full range of perfumes on the One Seed website.

Mukti has taken several steps to prove its commitment to sustainable practices, including forming a partnership with Save the Bees for a recycling initiative. This allowed customers to request pre-paid shipping labels to return their used bottles and jars to the company to be reused. Mukti is also one of the very few brands globally that gives customers the option at checkout to have their products shipped 'naked', or without the outer carton that the product usually comes in. While perhaps best known for its range of skincare products, Mukti also offers hair and body products, perfumes, and individual virtual consults to help you address your personal skin care concerns. Shop the full range of products on the Mukti Organics website.

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These days, the skincare market is flooded with one-off products for every problem imaginable. That's why the Great State has crafted a multi-tasking balm that is made with completely natural and locally sourced ingredients. The balm, which is packaged in a reusable metal canister, is perfect for skin issues including soothing sunburns and eczema, moisturising dry skin, and making makeup products appear more pigmented. If you have sensitive skin or dislike fragrance, the product contains no synthetic scents and has a light aroma of coconut and honey. Shop the balm on the Great State's website.

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