Gorgeous Without Guilt

Gorgeous Without Guilt

For those who want to adhere to the tenants of slow living without sacrificing self care, it can be hard to know where to begin

By Virginia Petrucci

Adding ritual and consciousness to your beauty routine is a wonderful first step.

Rejuvenate, Reuse, Reduce.

Refillable, eco-friendly beauty containers are all the rage with the beauty savvy and the environmentally aware. Follain, The Refill Shoppe, and Kjaer Weis all offer zero waste solutions, so you can keep re-using their containers instead of dumping them in the trash.

Brush Up Your Routine

The tools you use on your face are another important part of your beauty routine. Instead of a plastic makeup brush, use a Kabuki brush by Iris Hantverk. It is suitable for use with powder, highlighter, contour, and blush. It’s easy to clean and free from synthetic materials. For exfoliation, try our Dry Face Brush and our Wet Face Brush (for use with a scrub or cleanser).

Skin Care Brands We Love

May Lindstrom

May Lindstrom skincare is both luxurious and effective. Using ingredients like blue tansy (our founder Helen Thompson's favorite!), cacao and raw honey, the skincare range deals with a variety of skin problems from acne and dryness to rosacea and hyper-pigmentation. May Lindstrom's thoughtful packaging is mostly glass (and it's gorgeous).

Tata Harper

Tata Harper’s skincare products are free from synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, and other harmful ingredients that are all too common in traditional beauty products. We favor this all natural brand for its inclusion of globally sourced, raw ingredients that you likely won’t find in other products. Plus, all of their products are certified vegetarian, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly.


Orveda’s line of luxury skincare products includes cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and other specialty skincare goodies. Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic medicinal practices that champion the skin’s natural ability to heal itself, these skincare products boast immediate results and long-lasting efficacy. They are mindfully packaged in glass for your peace of mind.

By Sarah London

By Sarah London is a UK-based organic skincare line inspired by one sister’s wish to help another heal her skin after leukemia treatment. But this brand is inspirational in more than its conception story: it’s the only British skincare line to list all of their ingredients on the front label for absolute consumer transparency. This zero-waste skincare brand offers nourishing skin products for both women and men.


Based not only on the healing power of botanical skincare but also on aromatics, Vanderhoe is a European skincare brand whose ethos is informed by personal experience. Founder Olivia Thorpe found herself extra sensitive to scent during her pregnancy and found it hard to find an ethically reliable skincare brand that could cater to her existing skin issues as well as her newfound sensitivity. Vanderhoe’s products not only smell amazing, but they do wonders for your skin without straining the environment.

Vintner’s Daughter

Hailing from Napa, California, Vintner’s Daughter is an effective yet minimalistic skincare brand that couples the precision of an advanced chemist with the heart of an environmentalist. Currently offering two benchmark formulations, the brand’s botanical-rich serums deviate from your run of the mill, multi-step skincare routine. With ingredients such as plant stem cells and marine microalgae, these natural skin care products offer a wide variety of beauty benefits in just one bottle. Bonus: 2% of every purchase is donated to charities that help women and children around the world.

Makeup Brands We Love


Antonym’s mission is to deliver sustainable, good-for-you makeup products that don’t skimp on performance. This clean makeup brand offers highly pigmented, long-lasting makeup that is suitable for daily wear, and is certified cruelty-free, vegan, and eco-friendly.


Created by Emmy-nominated makeup artist JoAnn Fowler, Sappho’s esteemed cosmetic collection focuses on quality, not quantity. Featuring your favorite makeup basics in natural colors, this eco-friendly makeup brand is for women who know what they like in a beauty product and won’t compromise.

RMS Beauty

Created by Rose-Marie Swift, a renowned makeup artist and survivor of heavy metal poisoning, RMS Beauty seeks to offer women non-toxic makeup options in fun-loving colors. This conscious makeup brand’s cream products come in recycled glass pots, and their boxes are made out of 80% post-consumer recycled fiber.