In this article, I share my favorite Swiss zero-waste beauty brands. Some of the products I tried, some I keep using, and others are made by brands that my friends recommended.
Some of the products are totally packaged free, some are packaged in paper and others in reusable glass jars that you can refill or reuse.
There is a huge difference between the brands that you can find on the market. Some companies offer fresh, self-preserving products that contain ingredients that may contain irritants (for example essential oils) or synthetic ingredients. It really depends on you, as a consumer, to study ingredients in each product to make informed decisions.
It is important to keep in mind that you are privileged if you can decide to go zero-waste. Us, who live in rich, developed countries tend to preach on how developing countries are not doing much. But if you compare regular shower gel packaged in plastic with a solid one, you will notice that the latter is several times more expensive.
Solid hair conditioner
- perfect when you are traveling since it is solid, small, and light.
So even though it is healthier for the body and more sustainable for the planet to go zero-waste, the price of zero-waste products can be prohibitive. If you struggle financially and your basic needs are not met (access to clean water, enough food, health insurance, safe housing, education, etc.), sustainability will not be your priority.
I personally do my best and get as many beauty products as I can either zero-waste or in glass jars. But since I suffer from acne, I also use two products packaged in a plastic container. But when it comes to shower gels, soaps, face toners, makeup removers, face masks, serums, face creams, body creams, I use zero-waste products or products packaged in a glass jar.
LIST OF SWISS ZERO-WASTE BEAUTY BRANDS THAT I LIKE:
- This list contains products that I tried and liked and brands that I discovered in a bulk store and plan to try in the future.
- If you know a Swiss brand that makes ethical, non-toxic, natural, and zero-waste beauty products, let me know.
- For list of zero-waste stores in Switzerland, click HERE.
- I am absolutely loving their konjac sponges (such as this one on the photo infused with green clay) – a gentle way of cleansing your complexion.
- and tried their solid toothpaste, but didn’t like the taste (I prefer the one from Negozio Leggero)
- they offer solid face cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, body butter, etc.
- I buy this brand in Le Bocal Local or Il Bio Locale.
- I LOVE their face cream “Aro Face Catsline” packaged in a reusable glass jar. It is a very nourishing cream and smells divine.
- They have a wide variety of natural soaps.
- I buy it in Il Bio Locale, in Rolle.
- I understand that not everyone likes Lush because it is an international brand and many of their products are packaged in plastic. But if you bring the packaging back, they will send it for recycling.
- That being said, they have several stores in Switzerland and offer a wide selection of solid or packaging-free beauty products.
- I use several of their solid products such as bath bombs, soaps, solid shower gels, solid shampoos, face masks, face and body scrubs, makeup removers, eye makeup removers and conditioners (they are great but not as nourishing as those from Un petit Tour et Puis Savon).
- Their rechargeable face wash is made of rapeseed oil. It is gentle to the skin and doesn’t dry it out.
- I buy it in Le Bocal Local.
- I like their solid deodorant & toothpaste in powder form,
- They also offer a rechargeable tooth floss.
- I buy it in Le Bocal Local.
- I used their liniment for Chloe-Sofia to clean her butt when she was small, it is very gentle to the skin. You can refill it in Le Bocal Local, for example.
- I have terry cotton makeup remover pads that are washable from this brand.
- You can refill it in Le Bocal Local, for example.
- Solid soaps
- I tried and loved their Relax bath salts. You can buy them in bulk in Le Bocal Local.
- Solid shampoos as of September 2020.
- Tried and liked their Lavender hydrolat,
- and used their body balm as a lip balm because it is SO nourishing.
- you can refill all their products in bulk stores such as Le Bocal Local in Geneva.
SWISS ZERO-WASTE BRANDS THAT I HAVE DISCOVERED BUT HAVE NOT TRIED YET
– biocosmetics, some products packaged in glass jars or recyclable packaging. Face cleaners in a form of soap, solid shaving creams, lip balms packaged in reusable pots, nourishing hand creams packaged in reusable pots, solid shampoos, body scrubs in reusable pots, massage gloves made of vegetal fibers.
- 100% bio, solid soaps &shampoos
- face tonics, face creams, and elixirs in glass jars with wooden tops.
- solid soaps, shampoos, deodorants & creams
- natural skincare cosmetics
- I found it in Le Tournesol in Rolle.