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Eco-friendly Beauty Buys Under R250 You Can (and Should) Shop RN

When you know better, you buy better.

You might love your extensive collection of makeup, skincare and haircare products, but chances are the environment isn’t as keen. This is because – despite the fact that the planet is in dire straights – many cosmetic brands are not coming to the party when it comes to doing their bit for Mother Earth. Many are still making products that are tested on animals, contain harsh chemicals, or are packaged in plastic that will outlive us all. Sad, but true. Fortunately more and more companies are starting to care about the impact of their products and are inventing eco-friendly beauty buys that are as good as their more-damaging counterparts.

Going Green

Making the decision to go greener isn’t going to suck as much as you might think. All it means is taking time to read labels, consider the packaging and checking that their products aren’t tested on animals. Most cruelty-free brands will clearly state this on the label, and as more and more brands start to care about our furry friends locked up in labs, they will hopefully gradually bring an end to this time-old but totally inhumane practice.

Another serious problem that the beauty industry plays a massive role in is the amount of waste produced by their packaging. Plastic tubes and containers are the most common packaging choices, and they are piling up in our landfills. There are some brands out there that are creating entire lines of packaging-free products, and we have a feeling that this novel approach is going to catch on.

Another concern when it comes to beauty products is that they often contain harsh chemicals that are damaging to the environment. This means that they probably aren’t good for you, your skin and hair either. So making the change to natural, organic products will benefit you as well as the earth. And we love benefits!

Want to stock up on eco-friendly beauty buys? Here are nine great products to get your green collection started:

1. The Body Shop Moringa EDT

This eau de toilette has a delicate floral aroma, with blended notes of sugar and moringa. Plus, this brand is cruelty-free, meaning that you can smell great and have a clear conscious

R195 The Body Shop SHOP NOW

2. Pink Cosmetics Rosebud & Poppy Soap

This is a soap and scrub in one easy-to-use bar. The poppy seeds offer gentle exfoliation while the rose scent leaves your skin smooth and smelling fab

R65 Pink Cosmetics SHOP NOW

3. Naturals Beauty Shampoo

This organic shampoo’s formula doesn’t contain harsh ingredients and includes aloe, chamomile and calendula, to cleanse the hair and balance the scalp

R135 Faithful to Nature SHOP NOW

4. Naturals Beauty Conditioner

This green formula is made with extracts of calendula and jojoba to nourish your hair. Unlike conventional conditioners it won’t weigh hair down and will give you plenty of bounce and shine

R135 Faithful to Nature SHOP NOW

5. Essence Holo Wow Prisma Jumbo Eye Pencil – 03

This cruelty-free jumbo makeup stick can be used as eyeliner or eyeshadow. It glides on easily and has next-level staying power, so that you can glisten all day and night

R55 Takealot SHOP NOW

6. Lush 7 To 3 Cleansing Wipe

This reusable, biodegradable cleanser and makeup remover feels gentle on the skin and is easy to use. Simply wet your face and one side of the pad and glide it over your skin. Voila!

R34.50 Lush SHOP NOW

7. Mirror Moon Eco Glitter – Siren

From their Goddess Blends collection, this earth-friendly, biodegradable glitter is inspired by mermaids and is a blend of blue, gold, turquoise and silver. So ethereal!

R90 Mirror Moon SHOP NOW

8. Mirror Moon Eco Glitter – Past Midnight

From their Summer Dreams collection, this blue and gold pot of biodegradable glitter is perfect for finishing off your festival look without harming the environment when you take it off

R90 Mirror Moon SHOP NOW

9. Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer – Neutral By Nature

Inspired by Africa, the latest collection from Morgan Taylor has 6 Serengeti-inspired shades that will definitely bring out your wild side

R163 Woolworths SHOP NOW

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