17 Cruelty Free Moisturizer to Try Out

Cruelty-free moisturizer – are there any out there?

Spring is in the air, but if you live in the center United States, like me, real spring time could be months away still. This is the point in the year when your skin is really struggling along, with almost four months of wind chill and indoor heating that’s been battering at your face.

Your skin needs some intense, no holds barred, Tender Loving Care right about now. A spa day isn’t going to cut it at this point, you need something to get you through the day without another dry patch breaking out.

Am I right or am I right?

If you’re as desperate as I am at this point, you’re probably itching to just slather yourself in the next petroleum-based, mineral oil substance you can get your hands on. But let me talk you down from the ledge – there’s no need to sacrifice cruelty free ethics at the altar of good skin. Very much the opposite in fact!

Finding a new moisturizer can be daunting work however, so we took on the trial and error so you don’t have to. We’ve compiled today a comprehensive list of the absolute best cruelty free moisturizers, for any skin type or condition. We have sunscreens, light gel creams, super rich ointments, all produced by companies that value simplicity, sustainability, and treating animals with respect.

That’s right: these 17 moisturizers all range in prices, consistencies, and ingredients, but every single one is completely cruelty free – and I’m willing to bet you it’s miles better than the alternative. Say good bye to harmful addititives and animal testing and say hello to your new favorite moisturizer.

Without further ado, I present the best 17 vegan moisturizers.

The 17 Best Cruelty Free Moisturizer

1. Tatcha Water Cream

Tatcha The Water Cream (68$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Not Sure
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all plastic, glass, and paper packaging is recyclable.

If you thought this list wouldn’t have anything luxurious to offer, think again. Tatcha’s the ultimate glam skincare line, no matter your stance on its cruelty free and botanical formulations.

I first became familiar with Tatcha with their Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, that hit the beauty blogs a few years ago. Ever since I’ve kept an eye on Tatcha, with it’s deluxe ingredients and a backbone in Japanese beauty traditions – which includes Japan’s rigorous standards for the safety and purity of any cosmetic products. Japan is actually known for having the most rigorous standards for cosmetics, the world over. This also means Tatcha’s entire line is plant-based and cruelty free.  Fun fact about the background of this wonderful brand: Tatcha’s founder, Victoria Tsai sought to create a brand that paid direct homage to the Geisha’s ancient beauty regimine. That’s how you know these totally cruelty free moisturizers, serums, and essences really do work.

This.  Moisturizer. I’m getting a little emotional thinking about it.  A single application of this stuff is the gallon of water your skin is thirsting after – with the natural power of algae, rice, and green tea, and even a bit of 23-karat gold. Which is to say, this is the most lavish, beautifully fragranced, richly-textured, gallon of water you or your skin has ever drank.

Tatcha’s Water Cream is perfect for anyone who combats oiliness or acne breakouts since this formula is light, even while it’s deeply humidifying.

One of the cool things about Tatcha’s Water Cream is that it also comes with a small metal spatula for a more hygienic application; now you can really embody your fantasy of being an alluring courtesan or princess in your daily skin care routine.

2. Lano Face Base Vitamin E Day Cream

  • Cruelty Free?Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? No

Lano serves up a truly unique and very effective dry-skin saver. If you’ve tried and loved their lanolin-based wonder ointment, then you’ll love this Day Cream.

If you’re not aware of this skin care indie darling, then allow me to introduce you. Lano is indeed cruelty free, though the brand’s key ingredient, lanolin is derived from the wax residue on shorn sheeps’ wool. Because sheeps’ wool grows continuously, however, (and most importantly, Lano’s humane farming practices) you’ll find this is one of the very few examples where an animal biproduct is being used without animal cruelty. I wouldn’t throw my money at any product with lanolin, but this moisturizer is worth every penny.

Lano’s Face Base Vitamin E Day Cream will get you through the winter and beyond, especially if you deal with chronically dry skin. Lanolin, their titular ingredient, closely mirrors the molecular structure of humans’ skin oils, thus making this a natural choice for dry skin in serious need of some nourishment. You’ll also find soothing colloidal oatmeal, creamy milk, and detoxifying Vitamin E oil in this miraculous moisturizer. Anyone in these last couple months of winter weather – no need to thank me.

3. Andalou Naturals Sensitive  1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Day Cream (13.74$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all packaging is 100% recyclable and BPA free.

If you’re craving the warmth and the floral growth of spring, then this moisturizer should more than just pique your interest. It’s also more than a beautiful name on a jar alone, however.  This really does contain Alpine Rose stem cells and rosehip oil, to generate the cruelty free moisturizer your skin, soul and senses have been craving all winter. This is perfect for anyone whose face has been feeling particularly chapped and stinging with the application of your mildest moisturizers, as it was devised with sensitive skin in mind. Andalou’s Sensitive 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream will replenish the most dehydrated cheeks.

Andalou Naturals is also a completely cruelty free and sustainably-minded company, as a whole — and it’s one that gets serious results. Not only is all of their packaging recyclable, but they also have created unique formulations, without synthetic scents, texturizing agents, or any typical ingredients that should make any sustainably-minded consumer recoil. In fact, Andalou has developed a trademarked fruit stem cell extraction you can’t find in any other products.

Even with all that, Andalou Naturals is an affordable bath and beauty brand worth your attention, one you can find at Target, Whole Foods or Amazon (linked above).

4. Perricone MD Nourishing Moisturizer

Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer (32.42$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, like most of Perricone’s packaging, the jar is made from glass.

Perricone MD is the ultimate brand for anyone with one eye on luxury and the other on practicality. You can tell just from their cobalt, amber, and citrine colored glass bottles, the clean and beautiful design of their labels that their cruelty free moisturizers, face washes and serums are put together with intention . These aren’t just a gaggle of pretty jars and bottles to decorate your medicine cabinet – these products get to work. Each one of their products is backed by serious research and development, with board-certified dermatologist and best-selling author, Dr. Nicholas Perricone at the helm. The ingredients list of each product is meticulously chosen to bring out the best in your skin year round, with a bevy of botanical and organic compounds. Even better, Perricone MD has taken a firm stance as an entirely cruelty free brand.

Perricone MD’s Nourishing Moisturizer is the one to beat, out of all their beautiful formulations. When I say nourishment, this moisturizer delivers capital-N Nourishment. It’s like a cloud of fragrance-free and totally non-comedogenic, Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, and Shea butter, rolling over your totally parched, wind-burned face as the ultimate nourishment. Literally, this is like a glass of water for your pores.

Anyone looking for their moisturizer to totally rejuvenate their belief in the power of skincare: look no further.

5. Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer (11.85$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes, all formulas are 95% organic
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all packing is 100% recyclable

Anyone who has some temperamental skin will know that dry skin can create a vicious cycle when not treated correctly. First your skin is dry and flaking, so you go a little too hard with the heavy oils and creams, so next thing you know, even while dry patches persist, a volley of pimples strikes. Now you’re left trying to juggle astringent acne care against the smothering power of a uber-rich face lotion – not an ideal position to be found in. But no longer do we have to fret, my friends.

Yes To, beloved organic bath and beauty brand, has this absolutely facesaving offering.

Right about now is when we all need a little something to bring some balance to our skin, and this is just the thing for it. Light and refreshing to the touch, but still packs a punch with some sebum busting ingredients alongside nourishing antioxidants, Yes To’s Tomatoes Daily Balancing cruelty free doesn’t mess around. If you’ve just about had it with your winter-skin woes, this one’s for you.

Breathe easy knowing that when you buy this lotion, you’ll be not only purchasing a great moisturizer, but Yes To is also a company that uses totally recyclable packaging, 95% natural ingredients, and financial contributions to nonprofits to support women internationally.

6. Mad Hippie Triple C Night Cream

Triple C Night Cream (32.99$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all of Mad Hippie’s packing is completely recyclable – either via your own recycling bin, or Mad Hippie’s Terracycling program.

Some of you see the above moniker as proof alone that this night cream is thoughtfully produced, while others might give pause to the thought of a mad hippie turned scientist. Let me set the record straight for you from the outset: this Triple C Night Cream was awarded Betternutrition’s Best of Natural Beauty for 2020.

You guys, listen to me when I say this stuff is like giving your face a warm bath – except without the drying effects of hot water, and all the moisture your chapped cheeks are lacking.

The ingredients list reads like a poem to natural beauty, with cloudberry, Reishi (AKA the “mushroom of immortality” in Chinese medicine), Shea Butter and turmeric extract. Oh, yes, we stan. This is the vegan moisturizer you always hoped would come true, here to save you from dry, unbalanced and uncooperative skin.

Mad Hippie as a brand is dedicated to conservation and sustainability, with a robust Terracycling program in place for any products of theirs you might buy with plastic packaging. They also work with Save the Elephants and the Whole Planet Foundation to really put their money where their mouth is. Let your money go to this moisturizer if you’re in doubt. This brand might be the one to beat.

7. Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food Body Cream (15.87$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all of Weleda’s packing is completely recyclable – either via your own recycling bin, or Weleda’s Terracycling program.

You can’t have a list of organic, cruelty-free beauty and not mention Weleda, and it would be a worse crime to not mention Skin Food on this list in particular. I’ve used Skin Food for years to get me through the winter time, and is the moisturizer I judge all others against. In fact, I knew at the outset that this would find a place in the best 17 Cruelty Free Moisturizers, and I was right to assume as much.

This moisturizer gives a deep and long lasting moisture replenishment, and makes an excellent primer before makeup. Skin Food is a lotion that won’t evaporate after a couple hours, and leaves your skin luminous, silky and soft. I love that it can multitask as a hand cream as well, since we all know if your face is dry, so are your cuticles. Skin Food has a thick, ointment-like texture, with a surprisingly fresh, citrusy scent courtesy of its organic ingredients.

Skin Food isn’t the only vegan moisturizer in Weleda’s product line.

Weleda has been cruelty free as a whole for some time, with a history of using botanical ingredients for nearly a century. You’ll also find that Weleda has been certified by NATRUE, Europe’s certification for sustainability and staying cruelty free.

8. Raw Elements Face and Body Certified Natural Sunscreen

Face & Body Reef Safe Sunscreen (19.99$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes the packaging is completely recyclable

Anyone in the market for a plastic free moisturizer, you can stop your search now. You read that right: Raw Elements’ Face and Body Certified Natural Sunscreen comes in a nice little tin.

I had to include this one, first because even if we have plenty of overcast days to go before it’s spring, everyone still needs a good sunscreen. Even if the sun is behind cloud cover, or if you’re just not particularly susceptible to sunburns, everyone needs to protect their skin from the sun’s penetrating rays. If you’re here, I’m assuming you don’t need a refresher on the effects of global warming, but I’ll just say the sun’s effects on your skin are getting stronger.

With a deeply skin-quenching combination of sunflower oil, hemp seed oil, mango butter, and the invigorating properties of green tea, rosemary oil extract, and coffee beans, this Face and Body Sunscreen is the perfect lotion to bring you into warmer climes.

Raw Elements has earned a host of certifications, such as the Environmental Working Group, which rates the safety and performance if sunscreens, the coveted Leaping Bunny, and the Natural Products Association certification. Furthermore, Raw Elements has gone as far as establishing World Reef Day in 2019, to urge awareness for the pollution affecting the ocean’s coral reefs. That’s definitely a couple steps beyond being a cream alone. Despite all that, Raw Elements remains an affordable brand, definitely worth your investment.

9. Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer

  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, packaging is recyclable

Juice Beauty is a brand you’ll see at almost any Whole Foods, but have you given it a try? I’ve been a fan of theirs for a while now, and this one is maybe my favorite of their many beautifully and lotions. Juice Beauty’s Nutrient Moisturizer is formulated to nourish all skin types, whether it’s dryness, oiliness, or signs of age you’re looking to address. The ingredients found in this lotion are gentle and soothing, without the use of petroleum, parabens, pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Instead Juice Beauty has made a wonderful blend of primrose, linseed, borage and grape seed oils, packed with necessary vitamins and minerals.

Not only does Juice Beauty work to produce exclusively sustainably farmed, organic and vegan face washes, and toners, this excellent company also has partnered with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and the Environmental Working Group to spread a message of not only eco-consciousness, but social consciousness as well. It’s important to remember the effects the environment has on humanity, and us on an individual level.

10. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

Rich Moist Soothing Cream (22.00$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? No, though their ingredients are alcohol-free, paraben-free, and free of artificial coloring.
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? No

If you’re like me, you might be fascinated by the 10. 20, sometimes 30 step Korean beauty routine, but a little too overwhelmed to dip your toes in yourself. Lo and behold, I came across the perfect place to start for anyone, no matter your experience level: Klairs’ Rich Moist Soothing Cream is the perfect vegan moisturizer for sensitive skin – anyone who knows K-beauty knows Soko Glam, and what high praise it is to have earned a slot on 2017 Soko Glam Best of K-beauty Awards.  This goes on like butter, if butter was full of jojoba oil, ceramides, and fruit seed extracts and not animal fat and other ingredients we generally avoid. This lotion instead has everything you’ve been needing in your skin care routine. This Rich Moist Soothing Cream gently restores your moisture barrier, and leaves you with the dewy complexion you thought only the stuff of Instagram filters.

Like many products you’ll find in the K-beauty market, Klairs is a very reasonably priced company. Even still, you’ll find that this is one of the few brands that is totally cruelty free, with an inclination towards eco-consciousness. Their entire line of skincare is crafted without animal testing or byproducts, and with simple, clean ingredients plucked from nature. Klairs has rightfully earned its reputation as a Korean beauty brand for the environmentally concerned consumer.

11. Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer

Origins Ginzing Moisturizer Cream (29.80$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, packaging is recyclable

Who doesn’t need a little pick me up this time of year? Well, so does your face, and Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer is just the vegan moisturizer for the job. Origins has created a super revitalizing blend of coffee, ginseng, grapefruit, and spearmint to give you the ultimate refreshed glow we all wish we had after months of hibernation. Let me amend my earlier statement: Origins Ginzing is more than a pick me up, it’s a jolt to your senses. This lotion is perfect for anyone with more oily, acne-prone skin, and is ideal for brooking the transition from spring into summer months.

Origins is one of the staple skincare lines you can find at Sephora, and there’s a good reason it’s such a mainstay. Not only does Origins pick its ingredients with a high standard for purity and efficacy, but Origins keeps their eye on humane animal treatment (as in, no animal cruelty, or biproducts other than their cruelty free sourced beeswax and honey), as well as reforestation efforts.

If you’re looking for a moisturizer to rocket you into spring time,, this should be it.

12. Coola Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

COOLA Organi Daily Face Sunscreen (32$)
  • Cruelty Free?
  • Organic?
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, packaging is recyclable.

If you’ve been looking for an organic sunscreen then you may have come across Coola in your search – it’s named on just about every best-of sunscreen list you can find, organic or not, and for good reason. This is a more traditional version of the sunscreen-moisturizer, if Raw Elements’ tinned sun protection seems too unfamiliar to you.

Coola’s Organic Sunscreen Lotion does so much more than protect your face from getting grilled – it’s packed with luscious antioxidants in their patented Plant Protection mixture, a blend that’ll give you a real dose of hydration. This lotion will last you 80 minutes of sweaty outdoor activity, so it doesn’t skimp on the sun protection either. I recommend you go with this SPF 50 over the SPF 30, so you can get maximum amount of coverage.

Coola as a brand makes a whole line of vegan moisturizers and balms, all with wellness and an active lifestyle in mind. They use Farm to Face ingredients, so no pesticides, preservatives, or texturizers make their way into Coola’s  products — only the purest and most natural for your face and body if you look to Coola for sun protection or just an excellent day time lotion.

13. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Moisture Cream

Jasmine & Vitamin E Hawaiian Moisture Cream (13.20$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all packaging is recyclable.

Alba Botanica is one you can find just about anywhere – I’ve seen it at my grocery store, drug store, Target, Whole Foods, and Amazon (linked above). That’s because this brand makes affordable, skincare that really works. In fact, I think they do a particularly impressive job of taking high end formulas and pricing it for those of us who can’t afford the high end price tag – all without animal testing, fillers and unwanted and unnecessary chemicals. That’s right; no need to sacrifice your ethics in order to afford good skincare. 

This is a great cruelty moisturizer in particular, for pretty much any skin type, as it’s lightweight, hypoallergenic, and pH balanced, with the mellowing effects of jojoba, vitamin e, and sweet almond oil. Jasmine and papaya extracts punch this formula up, to protect your skin from free radicals. I’ve used this cream many times in the past, and it was a pleasure to revisit it for this list.

When you purchase any of Alba Botanica’s moisturizers, body lotions and hair care products, you’re supporting a company that produces biodegradable formulas, keeps their sunscreens reef friendly, and has banned microbeads from their products. Everything they make is thoughtfully produced, so you know when you buy their Hawaiian Moisture Cream, it’s beautifying  yourself and the planet.

14. Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Face Cream

Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Cream (17.82$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all of their products come in 100% recyclable, and printed with soy inks.

Mineral Fusion is a brand I’ve been aware of for some time, but until recently I didn’t realize they had their own skincare line. I’ve loved their makeup and nail polishes for years, and I honestly thought that was the extent of their product line. 

Looking back, I can’t believe what a massive oversight that was, so I’m here now to spread the good word of Mineral Fusion’s Intense Hydration Face Cream as one of the best cruelty free face moisturizers on the market. This tube of lotion seriously gave a new life to my dull and dry weather & indoor-heat worked over face. Not only does this moisturizer contain the requisite Hyaluronic Acid any good super-hydrating moisturizer needs, but it also contains antioxidant peptides to give your complexion a little more collagen and bounce. This also helps clear and calm your skin, after the harsh treatment your face has gotten, November through February.

Mineral Fusion’s brand as a whole is very no nonsense when it comes to keeping their products cruelty free, vegan, and paraben free, all backed by some serious science and research. Mineral Fusion also works closely with women’s empowerment nonprofit, Dress for Success, to help women break out of the poverty cycle at an international. This is in addition to their EWG verification, so not only do they care about the planet, but they care about the people that live on it. You won’t find that with your average mega corporation.

You won’t go wrong with this product, should you choose it.

15. Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

Natural Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme (48$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all of their products come in 100% recyclable packaging.

One of the first cruelty free moisturizer I knew I wanted to get my hands on when I set out to make the ultimate list, was Herbivore’s standout Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme. I mean, if I’m a sucker for anything, it’s for packaging, and I fell head over heels for this little ultra-minimalist jar of light pink, whipped lotion. Just looking at the jar sitting next to me makes me feel like I’ve been steamed and oiled up in the finest, rose-scented  spa of my dreams. The best part is that the packaging and presentation is the least of what makes this cream a fantasy turned real.

Herbivore has invented a combination of completely natural ingredients, without anything remotely synthetic.

Seriously, not even 1% Herbivore’s Pink Cloud moisture creme contains synthetic additives. Herbivore intentionally sought to create a lotion that contained only ingredients found in nature, and what they came up with is absolutely dreamy.  Its unique solution of White Tea Extract, Kukui Oil, and Rose Water makes for a light lotion that leaves your skin glowing and soft, but never oily.

Herbivore is the brand to know if you’re looking for a brand that’s both ethically-minded and concerned about keeping your beauty routine aesthetics on lock.

16. DERMA E Advanced Peptides and Collagen Moisturizer

Advanced Peptide & Collagen Moisturizer (21$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? Yes, all products come in 100% recyclable packaging.

Derma E is a cornerstone of clean skincare and sustainable manufacturing and it would be insane to leave them off a list like this one. Derma E’s Advanced peptides and Collagen Moisturizer is especially close to my heart, with a roster of rarefied elements, like Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE, and C-Ester to boost your collagen. This formula is perfect for anyone looking to firm up your face and neck line, which also happens to have some great benefits for acne-prone skin. It accomplishes all this while maintaining its cruelty free, soy free, vegan, and GMO free status. Even better, this vegan moisturizer comes with Wind Energy certification, so you can feel better about your carbon footprint while serving your need for good skin care.

Derma E is very serious about clean beauty, with a rigorous standard for the safety and potency of their ingredients. So rigorous, in fact, that Derma E has created a Refuse to Use list of over 2,700 ingredients used frequently in skin and health care that are not only toxic to humans, but also to our environment. Derma E’s Refuse to Use list has been in effect since 1984, so it’s basically built into their company DNA to stick with clean and sustainable beauty.

This incredible little lotion would be a great place for anyone to start with sustainable beauty products. 

17. Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentrè

Lait-Crème Concentré Face & Body Moisturizer (28$)
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the Packaging Recyclable? No

I wasn’t expecting to find this French drug-store favorite when I sought out cruelty free moisturizers, so imagine my surprise when I did nonetheless. French skincare is revered for good reason after all.

Emryolisse’s Lait-Creme Concentrate is a great example of what it’s all about, with simple, plant-derived ingredients, that does all the leg-work for your skin, so you can wear less makeup and age gracefully but not perfectly. Using Lait-Créme Concentrè won’t only make you chic, it will really give you a deep down, much needed, flush of hydration. This is the product to get you through the last of the winter season, so your skin is ready to glow when spring has sprung.

This is one of the many examples on this list that shows quality skin care shouldn’t come with animal testing. Embryolisse isn’t like many of the other companies on this list since they are not a strictly natural beauty company, but they prove that even then you can find an incredibly powerful moisturizer without animal testing.

Ooh la la!  Let that be your incentive for trying out this cruelty free cult favorite.

Conclusion: These cruelty free moisturizers are life changing.

These 17 brands have shown me a few important things about sustainability and its place in the beauty industry.

First, it’s evident to me that taking a strong ethical stance as a consumer reaps you higher quality products. No more am I, or should anyone else, be a slave to mineral oil or petroleum, or multinational conglomerates that make their money on the backs of poorly paid labor.

Have I mentioned animal testing? You see a beauty product without a cruelty free certification these days, and you should know it’s far from your only option. 

Move over L’Oreal and Unilever, we’re caring about the environment and keeping our skincare, moisturizers and all, cruelty free in 2020 and beyond. If you’ve hesitated in setting aside your Vaseline or Ponds, or some other holdover from a time past, these 17 cruelty free moisturizers are a signal it’s time to move on!

Seriously, there is a completely cruelty free moisturizer for any concern, any time of year, and any occasion. You can lavish yourself with Tatcha’s Water Cream, and adorn yourself with lotion like a princess, or slather your nose and brow in Coola’s surf-ready sunscreen. In the brutal winter you can moisturize in style with Embryolisse’s Lait-Creme Concentre, or get serious with Weleda’s totally essential Skin Food ointment. I had imagined when I set out to find cruelty free moisturizers the selection might be more limited, but it’s far from it.

No matter your place in the realm of sustainability, whether you’re just starting to dip your toes in, or you’re a seasoned, zero-waste super star, everyone can agree that finding new skincare products can be a thorny mess to untangle. With that in mind, we leave you with these 17 moisturizers, so you can kick back, relax, and moisturize.

Give up your old moisturizer that maybe you picked out at random, overwhelmed with choices, at your local drug store – or maybe it was recommended to you even, but without consideration to animal testing or the environment. Use it up (because we don’t believe in waste around here, of course), and then pick something that works for your skin and the planet. One of these 17 moisturizers is the one that deserves your money, so which will you choose?

Tell me which cruelty free moisturizer is your favorite?

11 Zero Waste Mascara That You Should Consider

Zero Waste Mascara – check out these 10 brands that I reviewed + 1 easy DIY if you are looking to reduce your waste.

What’s the most difficult part about makeup shopping? Is it finding the right shade of blush to complement your skin tone? Testing the right eye shadow texture to prevent acne breakout? Whatever it is, I’m sure you’ll agree that finding the perfect mascara is also at the top of the list.

It’s rare to find one that ticks all the boxes.

  • Does not smudge.
  • Resists water and sweat.
  • Prevents clumping.
  • Does not dry out in the container.

When you add on zero waste, organic, and sustainable criteria, it seems even more impossible to find the right one.

I bet you’ve come across different DIY recipes for zero waste mascara. And maybe you’ve even tried some out and loved the results. But if you don’t have much time or don’t have all the ingredients you need to make the perfect organic, sustainable & zero waste mascara, I’ve got good news. We conducted some good old research and combined it with trustworthy reviews from our zero waste warriors to help you find the zero waste mascara that works for you. We’ve investigated the best ones that tackle all common mascara problems.

I know it’s a tall order, but there are amazing brands that somehow meet all of the basic criteria I listed above. Moreover, I dug a little deeper and evaluated these brands on other standards.

Here’s the deal.

When I was researching all the highly praised alternatives to drugstore mascaras, I looked at three crucial factors. These are the three basic things you should look for when shopping for any cosmetic product.

One, is it cruelty free? A cruelty free certification or claim on a product means the company does not test its products or ingredients on animals. This is different from vegan products where no ingredients are sourced from animals. What this means is a product may not be fully vegan, but it can still be cruelty free. For example, a lipstick that has lanolin (a natural wax from sheep wool) is not completely vegan, but it may be cruelty-free if the lipstick was not tested on animals.

Companies that are Leaping Bunny certified will use a logo of a bunny mid-jump flanked by stars. This logo means the company met high standards set by the Leaping Bunny Program. A company agrees for specialists to assess their supply chain to ensure that the company is cruelty-free. And this certification is on-going, meaning the company is always making sure that their production, distribution, and disposal processes never harm any animals.

The bottom line is this. It’s never a good sign if a company tests on animals. Personally, this not only makes me question the organization’s moral code, but the safety of their ingredients. Which brings me to the next criteria.

Two, are the ingredients organic? While not all makeup ingredients can be food-grade, they should be organic (where possible) and safe. Anything we put on our skin is readily absorbed into our bodies, so we should be cautious about what we use everyday. This is especially true for mascara.

Think about it. Odds are, a little bit of product will get into your actual eyes every time you use mascara. To make matters worse, the area around our eyes is one of the most sensitive spots on our bodies–so we should treat it with extra care. Granted, there are a lot of related subcategories we can file under this second criteria. One example is whether or not a mascara is made with palm oil. Another is if the ingredients are 100% vegan. But for this article, I’ve included specific details under each specific product review below where appropriate.

It’s also helpful to remember  that what counts as “organic” or “natural” may differ from one country (or even state) or another. For instance, a product may only be 80% organic in one country but is still considered organic under certain specifications in another country. This doesn’t automatically mean that the other 20% are made of harsh chemicals; it could be the case that the other 20% is made of byproducts that simply can’t come from organic sources.

At the end of the day, the choice is ultimately up to you and what you’re most comfortable with. Always conduct further research if you’re hesitant to try a product just based off of the website reviews.

Aside from ingredients and testing procedures, I ask, is the packaging recyclable? At the very least, is it reusable or refillable? It’s difficult for companies to get this part 100% right because of the mascara wand. Sadly, it’s usually made of different types of non-recyclable plastics. What’s more, most people simply throw away mascara containers because many recycling facilities do not accept them or the containers themselves are not properly labeled. So what can we do?

Luckily, many companies now offer refillable containers in recyclable packaging. In fact, we can start by cutting out plastic right from the start so we don’t have to worry about recycling or repurposing once the product runs out. What I mean is, we can actively choose products that don’t use non-recyclable or non-reusable plastics at all. There are plenty of eco-friendly packaged cosmetics, so why not take advantage of your options?

The less waste we purchase from the get-go, the better in the long run. Many companies take it even a step further and source their outer packaging from recycled or upcycled materials.

Fortunately, most of the top picks we reviewed do have recyclable packaging, so you can add zero waste mascara to your sustainability bucket list.

Now, let’s check out our best bets. Stay with me because this might be a lot of information, but trust me–you’ll be glad you did your research for the perfect eco-friendly zero waste mascara. Here we go.

Zero Waste Mascara Alternatives

1. Tarte – Best overall

Tarte Essential Mascara (25.50$)
  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? No
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

Tarte is helping to revolutionize the way we approach our daily cosmetics ritual. Tarte`s end goal is to be the first zero waste cosmetics producer through sustainable practices, inclusive policies, transparency, and transformation.

For starters, all of their refillable products like their blush and eyeshadow compacts are housed in sustainable and reusable bamboo. As for outer packaging, their refills don’t use additional wasteful materials. Instead, their refills are sent in paper envelopes filled with wildflower seeds you can grow in your own backyard.

Tarte’s mascara is packaged in a compostable bamboo case with a recyclable plastic tube. The company is 75% waste-free, but the fact that their mascara tubes are recyclable and compostable is already a big deal! We hope that other companies follow suit.

With that said, their products are completely vegan, but only about 75% organic. Don’t worry–they’re working hard to make it 100%. In the meantime, the amazing organic mascara ingredients lineup includes carnauba palm wax instead of traditional palm oil, bayberry fruit wax, camellia leaf extract, and jojoba seed oil.

Their lengthening and volumizing mascara is ideal for anyone who tends to be extra active throughout the day. Even sweat or rain won’t give you the dreaded raccoon eye look. So if you’re prone to forgetting you’re wearing mascara and accidentally rub your eyes often, this is the mascara for you. You shouldn’t have to worry about accidentally smudging your makeup all day, and Tarte has you covered.

This mascara weighs 0.24 ounces or 10 grams.

2. Ilia – The natural lash mascara

Natural Lash Mascara (28$)

  • Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?

You may have heard of ILIA–they’re popular in the zero waste community. And for good reason! This means handmade, organic, and ethically sourced products. What’s more, their packaging is either recyclable or refillable. (They even have a recycling program where you can return containers).

Buildable and flake-free, this 99% naturally derived mascara lifts, curls, lengthens, and adds just the right amount of volume.

ILIA’s lightweight and nourishing mascara is made with a blend of organic Bee and Carnauba Waxes to weightlessly condition each lash, while still keeping them lifted throughout the day.

Gentle enough for sensitive eyes, the 99% naturally derived formula also contains organic Shea Butter and fortifying Arginine (keratin) to help boost and enhance your lashes.

After testing over 100 mascara wands, we landed on our patented dual-sided brush for a perfectly natural application. Use the shorter side to curl and create volume, then the longer bristles to lift, lengthen and separate.

ILIA’s Limitless Lash Mascara can be effortlessly removed with water at the end of the day – no scrubbing or tugging required.

This zero waste mascara is available in black. 

The product weighs 0.3 ounces or  8.5 grams.

3. Kjaer Weis – Refillable luxury mascara

Lush Up Mascara (40$)
  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?  Yes

Who better to give makeup advice than a makeup artist?

Kjaer Weis is a sustainable luxury cosmetics brand founded by Danish makeup wizard Kirsten Kjaer Weis.  She was inspired by Scandinavia’s minimalism and New Yorks’ electric, bold energy. Yes, she fused these contradictory themes together along with an eco-friendly business plan. And voila, Kjaer Weis was born in 2010. What’s unique about this company is that it offers a refill system where you can infinitely refill and reuse each compact, mascara, or lipstick case. Kjaer Weis partnered with a prestigious designer to craft timeless, refillable, metal compacts that were sustainable and fashionable.

This is great news! Beyond the compact items, this also means the Kjaer Weis mascara wand and “inner case” are recyclable–two of the most commonly discarded makeup items. Once you get your new refill in the mail or from a partner store, it’s easy to install. Check their website to see if there is a partner store near you so you don’t have to order from online.

I know luxury cosmetics may seem off-putting when it comes to upfront cost, but Kjaer Weis’ high-quality ingredients are totally worth it. Think of the quality of production and what you’re supporting with your choice. Their products are certified organic by the CCPB, which stands for Consorzio Per Il Controllo Prodotti Biologici or in English, the Consortium for Biological Control Products.

Listen to this. This Italy-based organization has one of the most rigorous criteria for companies, and Kjaer Weis meets them all. 

For the zero waste mascara, you can choose between volume or length (or treat yourself and get both!), but either way you’re choosing between all-natural ingredients. So it’s a win-win. And get this: rosehip seed oil, lavander, castor seed oil, rosemary extract, and chestnut extract are just some of the top-shelf items on their list. All in all, Kjaer Weis’ mascara achieves a natural look, but it’s easy to build up and apply several coats for a more dramatic eye. She is a makeup artist after all, so she recognizes various needs across the board, whether it be for the client rushing to work or prepping for a wedding dinner rehearsal.

So glam up your look with an elegant mascara in a refillable container.  If you want a luxurious go-to mascara, Kjaer Weis’ high-quality lengthening or volumizing mascara is your best choice.

One refill weighs 0.19 ounces or 5.4 grams.

4. Zao Organic Makeup – Refillable bamboo case

ZAO Volume Mascara (33$)
  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

Zao Organic Makeup is a classy makeup brand with products made in Italy and France. Zao, a combination of Zen and Tao practices, is built on respect for the planet. David Reccole wanted to highlight the power of sustainable, organic ingredients.

Consequently, all Zao makeup products have a low to zero carbon footprint and an all-natural composition. Zao Organic Makeup’s professional credentials are long, but one of their most noteworthy contributions is setting the bar high for organic certifications. They even have a specialized lab in Milan where many other makeup products from different companies are crafted.

Now, about their zero waste mascara. You can purchase the mascara with or without a refillable bamboo case and cotton bag. Think: you don’t have to dig through your bag  every time you want to reapply mascara anymore. It saves you time and is much more hygienic.  And you don’t have to keep using and throwing away plastic or metal containers either. Since bamboo is such a sustainable resource, Zao Organic Makeup is using it as a refillable case for most of their products–clean, chic, and eco-friendly.

While Zao Organic Makeup meets organic standards in most countries and states, this mascara contains 100% natural ingredients but only 40% organic ingredients. Unfortunately, this doesn’t meet organic certification in California, but in many other states and countries, they pass with flying colors.

Their ingredients are either derived from organic farming or processed from organic ingredients. For instance, their organic bamboo leaf hydrosol is a moisturizing substance that helps keep lashes healthy. But make no mistake–this mascara packs a punch. It’s meant to create an intense eye by providing volume and thickness.

If you want an easily buildable zero waste mascara for more formal occasions, Zao Organic Makeup is an ideal choice.

It weighs 0.30 ounces or 8.6 grams.

5. RMS beauty  – Best food-grade mascara

RMS Mascara (28$)
  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

RMS Beauty products are made of food grade ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa butter, and tamanu oil. One of their key priorities? Delivering items that have gone through the least amount of processing as possible to seal in natural nutrients and nourish skin. All of their ingredients are high-quality, organic ingredients that are officially certified.

Let’s look at one example: tamanu oil. This extract comes from the tamanu tree nut, which is native to Asian and Pacific countries. It’s known to help combat dry skin, wrinkles, and scars. In RMS Beauty Products, tamanu oil is used as a natural preservative and prevents formation of free radicals.

Founder Rose-Marie realizes the importance of synthetic additives, chemicals, and GMOs. I don’t know about you, but I feel comfortable when a company’s philosophy is based on the idea that each and every ingredient should be safe, beneficial, and sustainable. In their holistic production process, RMS Beauty ensures that each ingredient is never bleached or stripped of its natural properties. On one hand, this preserves beneficial properties and on the other, avoids use of chemicals to treat the ingredients.

This is just one of the reasons why their mascara is very promising.

When it comes to their mascara, you have two options. One formula focuses on volume and the other on definition. The volumizing mascara is crafted with plant-based waxes and naturally-occuring minerals to give your lashes a noticeable lift. (Note that this product contains gluten). RMS Beauty uses the keyword “emollient” for their volumizing mascara because it moisturizes both hair and skin, ensuring safety for very sensitive skin.

By contrast, the defining formula is thick and luxurious to accentuate each lash and bring out your eyes without being uncomfortably cakey. Both mascaras are made of non-GMO and non-nano ingredients. Both also come in a traditional mascara tube with a built-in wand.

Try RMS Beauty Product’s defining mascara for a bold look without the hassle of fake lashes. If you want a more natural makeup remover, this mascara is best paired with RMS Beauty’s raw coconut cream.

One container weighs 0.23 ounces or 6.5 grams.

6. 100percent pure – Most color options from fruit pigments

Ultra Lengthening Mascara (26$)
  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

Check this out: fruit pigmented mascara. Yes, you heard that right. If you’ve ever wanted to try a blueberry or a dark chocolate tinted mascara, here is your chance. And that’s not all there is to it with 100% PURE. The three founders Susie Wang, James Wang, and Ric Kostick all believe in positive change through healthy, high-quality products. Among many organic products and social programs, 100% PURE is committed to helping all beings on Earth live a healthy life.

At 100% PURE, they don’t just create safe and nourishing cosmetics. They also donate healthy food to dog shelters and donate to tree planting organizations. With each order, they donate either one bowl of vegan dog food to a partner shelter or pay the cost of one tree to be planted by a partner organization. You can choose which donation they make. Amazing, right? They’re clearly committed to making life easier for humans and animals, but how does their mascara hold up?

Let’s check it out. I know you can relate when I say mascaras are rarely available in colors other than black or brown. This isn’t that big a deal when you have dark hair, but for lighter hair or for those days when you want to switch it up, it does make a difference.

You’ll be glad to hear that 100% PURE’s fruit pigmented mascara is available in four tantalizing hues–blueberry, black tea, blackberry or dark chocolate. This mascara is suitable for people with sensitive skin seeking a lengthening mascara. The natural conditioners and pigments in the mascara help nurture hair and skin while keeping clumps at bay.

I know it may feel counterproductive to use food-based cosmetics but think about it. Makeup used to be made of naturally-occuring minerals and plant pigments. It was only when we started making cosmetics in labs and factories that we steered away from makeup’s natural roots. Something that lasts for an unbelievable amount of time (drugstore makeup) is made that way with preservatives and additives. By contrast, 100% PURE’s cosmetics are free of synthetic dyes and harsh ingredients.

You wouldn’t expect organic food to last as long as genetically modified produce, so let’s start setting the same standards for organic makeup. Nowadays, organic products are superior to synthetic products in so many ways. And it’s time we realize the potential of food-based cosmetics. It’s time to show that natural cosmetics are just as good, if not better than synthetic products.

Try 100% PURE’s mascara and you’ll see that it resists water just as well as your old mascara. To top it off, the packaging is recyclable and it is never tested on animals.

It weighs 0.35 ounces of 10 grams.

7. Bésame Cosmetics – Vintage-inspired

  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? No
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

Bésame Cosmetics is inspired by vintage makeup of the 1920s and 1940s. Think bold red lip, strong, pronounced eyes and lashes. It’s definitely a vibe, and if you’re a fan of minimalism and high impact cosmetics, this cake mascara is the top choice. Makeup in the early to mid 1900s  was less about carefully blended eyeshadows and just the right shade of contour cream. Instead, manufacturers focused more on  the most effective solution with minimal product. These products emulated on-screen makeup and admirable movie stars. One such product is cake mascara.

As the name implies, Bésame’s cake mascara is available in a semi-solid form packed into a square tin container. The tin is collectible–it’s a deep red borered by a golden ornate design. It’s painfully Since vintage products are minimal by design, they are also multipurpose. Customers then didn’t have the convenience of thousands of products in one single store aisle. Keeping with the high-impact minimalism ideology, Bésame crafted this product to be used in various ways. You can use this cake mascara as an eyeliner or eyebrow filler. Just make sure you have the right type of brush for the desired effect. A flat or sharp brush is best for applying eyeliner and a brush or spoolie is best for eyebrows.

Alternatively, you can use a fine-tipped brush to fill in sparse areas in your brows–but use a very light hand! Cake mascaras can build up quickly and you don’t want solid blocks as eyebrows. To use as a mascara, first make sure the brush is damp. Then, take a drop of water and mix it into the cake using the provided brush. Let your lashes dry between coats to avoid clumping. To remove, use a gentle skin cleanser and warm water. 

This mascara is ideal for someone looking for something versatile–finish your brows, eyes, and lashes with just one product. I don’t know about you, but taking just one eye product on-the-go is so much less stressful than lugging around three different containers.

The Bésame mascara cake weighs 0.39 ounces or 11 grams.

Note: while the tin and paper packaging are recyclable, the brush comes in a plastic bag.

8. Antonym

Antonym Mascara (26$)

  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable? No

Antonym prides itself in using primarily vegan and organic ingredients. Founder and makeup director Valerie Giraud wanted to bridge the gap between quality and organic certification. She noticed that natural makeup products tended to be less pigmented and offered a softer look, but she wanted to fill this hole in the market. So she founded Antonym in 2013 as a way to make high end, cruelty-free makeup products available to everyone.

Granted,the container and wand for this mascara isn’t recyclable, but Antonym uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper to make recyclable outer packaging. Remember that the FSC is a nonprofit that promotes sustainable forestry. Why is this important? This means Antonym uses packaging that’s sourced from environmentally-friendly forests and suppliers.

Furthermore, their brushes are not made with animal products. Unfortunately, a lot of companies use hair from animals like mink, sable, and even squirrel for makeup brushes. Some companies advertise these animal brushes as luxurious and cruelty-free. Sadly, more often than not, these animals were trapped and used for their hair. However, Antonym brushes are certified vegan by The Vegan Awareness Foundation.

The only non-vegan ingredient they use is organic beeswax in products like lipstick and their organic Lola Lash Too mascara. Note that 98.8% of this mascara is made from natural materials  and 17.7% are made of organically-farmed ingredients. This might seem like a low number, but they are officially certified by Ecocert standards. Follow this link if you want to find out more about the certification process. I love their organic baked blush too.

But about their organic ingredients. Beeswax and carnauba wax gives lashes a plumped look for a fake-lash look with all-natural ingredients. Furthermore, beeswax also ties the ingredients together so it’s not just powder or liquid, but a pleasant mix between the two. Essentially, it’s what gives the mascara “body,” so to speak.

The rest of the mascara is made of rich ingredients like shea butter and sweet almond oil. In case you were wondering, sweet almond oil helps hair grow but keeps lashes apart to avoid unsightly clumps. If you’ve had enough of irritated skin and eyes from unnatural mascaras, give this one a try. You don’t need harsh makeup removers to take it off–simply use water and a reusable cotton pad or cloth.

This mascara weighs 1.12 ounces or 31 grams.

9. Bee You Organics – Available in travel size

  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

Bee You Organics is a trustworthy brand. It’s a family-run business which was founded by Larissa, now a mother of two, when she realized mainstream cosmetics did not cater to sensitive skin. Furthermore, she understands the importance of organic and natural ingredients, as well as fair trade and sustainable practices. As a result, Bee You Organics products are handcrafted, organic, and environmentally sustainable.

For starters, their mascara contains no alcohol, which is known to dry and irritate skin. What does help is a mixture of castor-, jojoba-, and coconut oil and carnauba wax. The Black mascara is pigmented with activated charcoal and the Brown mascara is tinted with cocoa powder.

When choosing a mascara color, black is always a safe bet. However, if you have lighter hair and want a softer look, opt for the brown mascara. To use, insert the wand into the mascara container and then slowly sweep the brush alongside the jar opening. Make sure all sides are covered evenly to avoid clumps. Slowly build up to your desired thickness. When finished, you can keep the wand in a separate clean, mascara tube or in the provided cotton bag.

This product is available in a travel size  (0.17 ounces or 4.8 grams) or full size (0.34 ounces or 9.6 grams).

If you need another reason to check out Bee You Organics, you’d be glad to learn that they partner with a wildlife organization that takes old mascara wands and cleans wild animals with them. Think cute, fuzzy squirrels getting a brush-down to remove small insects and dirt. What could be cuter? Or more socially and environmentally-friendly?

10. Clean Faced Organics – Handmade volumizing mascara or multipurpose mascara

  • Is it Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable? Yes

CleanFacedCosmetics is run by a single, dedicated employee out of an Etsy shop. This is great for multiple reasons–no harsh chemicals are used, most products are either zero waste or very close to it, and the products are handmade and of high quality. Additionally, supporting small businesses is always a bonus! In this case, you’re supporting someone who advocates zero waste habits and safe cosmetics.

Good news: there are actually two mascaras available from CleanFacedCosmetics. The first is their volumizing mascara. It comes in a glass container covered with an aluminum lid and a bamboo handle brush. But no pressure. If you don’t need a brush, just leave a note in your order. This brush is currently made of plastic spools, though the shop owner is actively searching for a plant-based alternative.

Like other products that don’t use alcohol and other synthetic ingredients, this zero waste mascara takes a few minutes to dry. However, this minor inconvenience is easily overlooked with the healthy and beneficial ingredients. Agave syrup, for one, seals in moisture and helps your lashes build volume. Castor oil helps condition your hair for healthy, long lashes.

If you’re looking for something more multifunctional, their vegan cake mascara can also be used as a liner, brow gel, and eyeshadow. Bamboo-handle brushes and applicators along with cotton bags are included if you need them. The cake mascara is crafted with castor oil, candelilla wax, activated charcoal, and kaolin. The key ingredient is castor oil which provides moisture and encourages hair growth.

To use, mix a drop of oil of your choice. Make sure it’s safe for use on skin, so consider well-researched options like olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. Mix the oil with the cake using your brush. Note that you only need to do this prior to your first use and when/if the cake becomes dry. Proceed to use as a liner using the brush, as an eyeshadow using your finger or brush, as a brow filler using the spoolie or fine-tipped brush, and as a mascara using the spoolie.

Clean brushes with mild soap and water.

There are no specific weight/volume measurements on the site, but are similarly sized to other products on our list.

If you simply love making your own products and want to master your very own mascara recipe, here is a DIY zero waste mascara to help you get started.

11. DIY zero waste mascara

What you’ll need:

  • Refillable container
  • Container for excess product
  • 3 grams activated charcoal
  • 3 grams beeswax or bentonite clay (Optional, but good for thickening the mixture)
  • 5-8 drops of skin-safe oil (coconut, olive, castor, etc.)
  • 2-5 drops of Vitamin E oil

Believe it or not, the instructions are fairly easy and take little time. Ready?

  • Heat an inch or two of water in a saucepan until bubbles form.
  • Mix ingredients in a separate glass container.
  • Place this glass container in the simmering water until the ingredients are melted.
  • Mix with a clean stirrer or utensil.

If you use beeswax or clay, the mixture will be cakey and more solid. In this case, it’s ideal to pour the mixture into a  shallow container like a reusable metal tin like an empty eye shadow metal compact. If you skipped out on the beeswax or clay, your mixture will likely be more watery, so you can use a mascara tube for easier application later on. Let the mixture cool and secure with a lid.

To use the mascara cake, dampen your brush before applying to loosen the mixture. To use the mascara tube, use like any other mascara and apply with a spoolie. Be careful not to apply too much product at once to avoid clumps.

Save the excess product in an airtight container for maximum shelf life. Use the bulk ingredients for other DIY recipes. In the meantime, enjoy your mascara for months!

So we’ve reached the end of our list.

Let’s reiterate the most important points.

Mascara is an invaluable makeup tool–one coat can elevate your look from “just woke up and rushed out of the house” to “charmingly natural, but somehow put-together.” An easy-to-use and dependable mascara is the simplest tool you can add to your daily routine.

Before grabbing the first mascara on the aisle, I hope you looked over our list of the top zero waste mascaras available. When doing your own research, remember to check if the product is cruelty-free, organic, and recyclable (both outer and inner packaging).

If a product is cruelty-free, they will have been certified by the Leaping Bunny Program. You’ll see a leaping bunny sticker somewhere in the product description or the website.

If a product is organic, you’ll find various stickers, logos, and certifications under the product. If you’re based in the U.S., you’ll see “NOP” certified or “USDA” on the label. If you’re based in Europe, you’ll encounter the white leaf made of stars on a green background.

Check the container itself or the packaging to determine whether a product is recyclable.

Beyond these three standards, the rest is up to you. As you can see, there is a wide range of zero waste cosmetics and mascaras available. There are fruit-pigmented mascaras, food-grade mascaras, multipurpose mascara cakes, and even DIY options.

As always, consider what you value most and compare that with your best options. Let us know which product you decided to try or make–we’re interested to see how natural cosmetics have changed your life for the better.