Clean beauty brands that are good for you, your little ones and the planet!
If you’re an eco-conscious mama or struggle with sensitive skin (either your own or that of your kids), Hong Kong has plenty to offer in terms of local and eco-friendly beauty care products. Natural, sustainable, and often plastic-free, these great local businesses sell everything from soaps and creams, to deodorants and even insect repellants that are good for the whole family. You can relax knowing you’ve not only made a safer choice for your children, but that you’ve also made a better choice for the environment. Plus you’re supporting local businesses who are committed to natural and environmentally-friendly products (what’s not to love!).
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Soaper Delights has been making handmade soaps, laundry detergents, shampoos, insect repellants, select cosmetics and more in Hong Kong since 2013. It aims to provide high-quality products with a low impact on the environment, by using natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. You can order online from Soaper Delight’s website or visit one of its pop-up stores at events around Hong Kong when they’re back up and running. They also have reusable cloth face masks with a filter pocket which are ideal right now.
Coconut Matter is all about sustainability and the belief that the best ingredients come from nature. The company wants to make it easier for customers to make healthier and sustainable choices when it comes to skincare. Its oil comes from fair-trade and sustainable farms as well as having eco-certifications on its herbs, oils and minerals. Coconut Matter’s products are all plastic-free and come in compostable or recyclable containers. From lipsticks, tints and balms, to deodorants and more, you can order all of its lush products online with free standard shipping for orders of $520, or pick it from Coconut Matter’s warehouse for free. Additionally, you can find the products at a variety of retailers around Hong Kong.
Zero Yet 100 is committed to handcrafting items that use only natural ingredients it fully believes in. It specialises in natural, effective, and chemical and synthetic-free deodorants that come in various essential oil fragrances. Zero Yet 100 has recently expanded its products to include luxurious bath oils that are perfect for some mama down time, or for a gentle and natural bath for kids. You can purchase products online with free shipping for all orders over $200.
Purearth is an award-winning clean beauty brand that has stretched across Asia and beyond. It’s been featured in major magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Vice and more. It uses ingredients from the Himalayas and is committed to creating products that are handcrafted in small batches, vegan, eco-friendly and ethical. It also commits to making social change by empowering women through fair-trade, not aid. Purearth has an elaborate line of skincare products for a variety of concerns that are perfect for a hard-working mama. You can visit Purearth in Kennedy Town or order its products online with free shipping within Hong Kong with every purchase (also accepts cash on delivery).
Purearth, 6F Cheung Hing Ind Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.purearth.asia
The founders of Bathe to Basics created the company back in 2011 after becoming fed up with mainstream skincare products that irritated sensitive skin. It handcrafts its products using natural and organic ingredients, such as olive oil and essential oils, to create simple and effective skincare. Bathe to Basics has just about everything you could ever need for your skin and body, from shampoo and conditioner to face wash, face oils, body and lip balms (all made with naturally moisturising ingredients). It also has handmade speciality soaps, insect repellant, and a variety of body sprays and roll-on fragrances specially crafted with unique mixtures of essentials oils. While its products aren’t completely plastic-free, Bathe to Basics encourages customers to bring its own containers by having refill stations for many of its products at its main shop and at a few eco-friendly shops in Hong Kong. You can order from the website and get free shipping for purchases over $400.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes into your skincare and beauty products, you can now make your own at Savon Workshop. It’s a family-run business that crafts handmade skincare and beauty products like soaps, creams, lotions, fragrances, shampoos and more, all with natural ingredients that are available for purchase in-store and online. What makes Savon Workshop unique is that it offers online videos showing you how to make these products yourself, and also a variety of in-person workshops that change every month (new dates to be announced). These are great to attend with a group of girlfriends, and there are some unique items that are fun to make with the kids.
We Are NO Expert is another great grassroots Hong Kong business that got its start in 2012. Flowers2 Grass2 is its own skincare line that is handcrafted in small batches using natural ingredients that are good for your skin and the environment. From face creams, masks, washes and lotions We Are NO Expert offers kind solutions for those with sensitive skin. Purchases can be made online through We Are No Expert’s website.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and updated in April 2020.
Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Soaper Delights, image 2 courtesy of Coconut Matter via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Zero Yet 100 via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Purearth via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Bathe to Basics via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Savon Workshop via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of We Are NO Expert via Facebook.