Show Yourself Some Self-Love with These Sustainable Self-Care Brands

Show Yourself Some Self-Love with These Sustainable Self-Care Brands

By: Mikka Wee

After the recent Amazon Rainforest wildfires, it has just become more and more alarming that the Earth needs our help. It’s impossible to ignore the destructive side effects of all the careless waste we humans have been disposing over the last decade, but it’s never too late to turn it around. All it takes is an extra step of mindfulness when it comes to the products we consume on a daily basis.

For my day job, I am the marketing manager of two dessert brands in Singapore, and we have recently taken small steps to reduce our carbon footprint such as swop out plastic straws for paper ones, plastic spoons for wooden ones, and regular plastic bags to biodegradable ones. Though the cost may be slightly higher, we constantly think about the long-term effects of our actions from a food and beverage standpoint and view these little investments as our little way of helping the Earth heal.

The same goes when choosing products for personal consumption. I mean, there’s nothing like kicking off your heels after a long day at work, and when the weekend comes, I like to indulge myself in a bit of self-care. Apart from my favourite Dr. Bronner’s Soap, here are five other products and brands that are not only good for the soul, but are also good for Mother Earth.

1. Lush Magic Crystals Shower Scrub

This is one of my two favourite products from Lush, the other being the Dirty gorilla perfume. Trust me when I say the Magic Crystals Shower Scrub is such a bewitching treat. I normally use this every start of the month as a “new beginning” ritual that I like to do. But of course, there are days when my body also needs some extra T.L.C., and this product seems to always do a good job of uplifting my mood.

The Magic Crystals Shower Scrub is a grainy, minty, bathing slush that you can use all over your body. Expect a cool, tingly sensation (perfect for Singapore’s warm weather), followed by woody aromas thanks to the sage and rosemary. It also contains a combination of Epsom and sea salts to exfoliate the body and slough away dead skin cells, leaving you energised and rejuvenated. It truly is a magical product that’s a staple in my shower area.

Lush is committed to being cruelty-free. They are also known for their in-store recycling efforts (for every 5 empty black jars you return, you get a free mask), and their products have been consistently amazing on the body.

Source: https://wanderlustdaydreaming.co.uk/2018/08/13/lush-magic-crystals-shower-scrub/

2. Brooklyn Candle in Sunday Morning

There’s nothing like the feeling of waking up to clean, freshly-laundered sheets on a lazy Sunday morning, and I’m glad Brooklyn Candle has captured this feeling in a pot of wax so that I don’t need to wait for Sunday to revel in it.

I light this candle when I want to set the ambiance and add a bit of cosiness to my environment. With top notes of pear and bergamot hovering above a heart of jasmine and gardenia, this candle is grounded with a heady base of amber woods, giving you that lovely weekend morning feeling as you flutter your eyes open and stretch on the comfiest bed.

Brooklyn Candle prides itself in using 100% sustainable soy wax, ensuring each burn is eco-friendly and clean. Apart from being petroleum free, vegan, phthalate-free (phthalate is a chemical used to soften PVC plastics), and cruelty-free, they also use lead-free cotton wicks.

Source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/286346817/sunday-morning-minimalist-soy-candle

3. Aesop’s Istros Aromatique Room Spray

Among all my senses, those of scent and taste are the strongest, which leads me to my next two picks, starting with this one.

A spritz of Aesop’s Istros Aromatique Room Spray can instantly alter the mood and transport you into a dimly-lit bar…or maybe that magic carpet scene from Aladdin. I find the smell of Tobacco really sexy, and the pink pepper and lavender notes that accompany it heighten up the smokiness and sensuality of the scent and taper down into a floral and vibrant calm. I really, really love spraying this in my bedroom especially after a nice, hot bath.

Aesop is an Australian brand that has found itself in many cities all over the world. Its apothecary-like approach has made it stand out among other brands, as well as its commitment to product formulations that are without silicones and parabens. They are against animal testing and only work with suppliers who are cruelty-free.

Source: https://beauty-gazette.com/2017/06/05/aesop-istros-aromatique-room-spray/

4. Alter Eco’s Salt & Malt Chocolate

Of course, what is self-care without a bit of chocolate!

You can think of Alter Eco’s Salt & Malt Chocolate Bar as a healthier, more complex, and more grown-up version of Maltesers. Now, think of those sweet, airy, malt balls coated with deep Ecuadorian chocolate, and then nuanced with a sprinkle of salt—fleur de sel de Guérande, to be exact. It’s magic, I tell you. They also have a Dark Salted Brown Butter Organic Chocolate Bar that’s a close runner-up in my list.

Alter Eco is an organic chocolate brand that is transparent with their mission to focus on full-circle sustainability by choosing clean ingredients, investing in farming, regenerating the earth, and eliminating waste in the process. Check out their website to read more about their product and their ethos.

5. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Prepare for Bed Night Time Set

Last on the list is Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Night Time Set. I’ve been obsessed with this brand since I stepped inside their Tokyo store, and I couldn’t help but grab the Prepare for Bed Night Time set because their lavender scents are really out of this world. It’s actually marketed as a “gift set”, and I thought it would make a most lovely present…for myself.

I am a huge fan of lavender, and each set comes with a bottle of Remedies to Roll Relaxation and a Goodnight Pillow Mist—both are highly potent in their lavender content, which means they are highly relaxing and calming. I reach out to the roll-on when I need a moment of peace (especially when at the office), and usually, when I get antsy and couldn’t sleep at night, a spritz of the Goodnight Pillow Mist does just the thing to calm my nerves and prepare me for a peaceful sleep.

One thing you need to know about Neal’s Yard is that while it is SOIL Association-certified, they are transparent to claim that even though most of their products contain a high amount of organic ingredients, their aim is still to create remedies that are pleasant to use and are effective. Because of this, they won’t adjust a formulation to achieve an organic certification if it means compromising on beneficial effects. However, they do claim that they do not use any genetically-modified ingredients, and that their products are honest and environmentally friendly.

Source: https://www.johnlewis.com/neal’s-yard-remedies-prepare-for-bed-bodycare-gift-set/p3801810

It really does pay to take an extra mindful step to think about whether the products you use could harm the environment. Earth is our only home; let’s take care of it more. Let me know in the comments section if you have any sustainable self-care products to recommend as well!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mikka Wee made a commitment this year to focus on her health after years of playing it (too) chill. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Pepper.ph, an online food publication in Manila, before she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016, where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry.

She is currently the Marketing Manager of two popular Singaporean dessert brands, while making it a point to hit the gym and eat better. Mikka has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @mikkawee and her food finds at @weegourmand.

 

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