A Beginner's Guide To Zero Waste And Natural Skincare | Clozette

Have you heard of the family who only produces one jar of trash per year? That’s extreme love for Mother Earth right there. The Zero Waste movement strives to reduce trash that cannot be composted or recycled to as little as possible. But it wasn’t until 2011 when blogger Bea Johnson popularised this lifestyle onto mainstream media. Today, there are digital influencers and major global companies constantly promoting consumers to practice going green.

Now, the question is: how can you be part of the movement? Store these skincare recipes in either reusable bottles, glass jars, tin containers or wooden crates to avoid single-use packaging and show your skin — and the Earth — more love. 


Unpackaged soaps are now easy to find and most of the time they are vegan and cruelty-free. But if you want to try using ingredients found in your kitchen, gram flour mixed with water, milk or yoghurt will do the job.

A plate full of soap with blue twine tied around them


Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and perfect for keeping the face hydrated. Mixed with essential oils like sunflower, it is good for reducing dark spots. Paired with olive oil, it's great for treating dry skin. For oily skin, tea tree oil is good for treating acne.


Raw honey is known for its antimicrobial properties that leave the skin feeling soft after washing. But for those who may find this to be expensive, you can try oats.

Woman is submerged in a bath with slices of oranges


Vinegar is a popular choice but the smell can be too much for some, so this can be mixed with rose water. Other substitutes are cucumber slices; watermelon juice; floral, herbal or rice water; and witch hazel. They all work to hydrate and balance the skin’s pH.


Aloe vera gel with essential oils is a natural moisturiser. The higher the oil content, the more moisturising it is, so take note for your skin needs.

Bowls with seasoning ingredients like star anise and salt are laid down on a wooden table with lemons


Sugar and sea salt with some coconut oil or any vegetable oil are perfect for body scrubbing. But for delicate areas like the face, ground beans are the gentle alternative.


Patting, not rubbing, baking soda with cornstarch are the only ingredients you’ll need for a functioning deodorant. Adding coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil or beeswax moisturises to leave the skin soft.

A hand is pouring a yellow liquid from a glass bottle to a mortar filled with other ingredients and a pestle.

Lip balm

The simplest recipe is mixing melted beeswax, sunflower oil and grounded flowers for pigment. Most lip balms are made of these ingredients without the extra preservatives and chemicals. Store in a tin case, like recycling a mint box.

Next, try these skincare techniques that double as relaxation rituals.



We're off to a great start this week with the help of these feel-good pieces of news from the worlds of fashion and beauty. Here's what you need to know right now.

Anjellyca Much

Meet Anjellyca, Colourpop Cosmetics' newest product. They're eyeshadows in a jelly formula. Yes, after the craze about the jelly highlighter, we're moving on to eye products. No word yet on when the jelly pots will be released but it's definitely coming soon, according to the brand.

Charlotte at Sephora online

Charlotte Tilbury is finally available online at Sephora in the U.S. So, we're crossing our fingers that our local ones will carry the brand soon, too!

Off-White x Serena Williams

Off-White and Serena Williams are collaborating on a sneaker design. No confirmation yet from either party on what the collaboration will entail but there are rumours they will be releasing two new colourways of a new model of Nike Flare.

Converse x Hello Kitty

Cuteness and edginess marry in the collaboration between Converse and Hello Kitty. Sport two sides of your personality through cult-favourite Chucks, hoodies and backpacks.

(Cover photo from: @colourpopcosmetics)

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Flying can be tiring not just for the body but also for the skin. The cold air can dry out your skin and leave your complexion looking dull at touchdown. But that doesn’t mean you need to dread the time you’re up in the air. Instead, treat it as the perfect chance for some self-pampering me-time. Here are our tips on how to make your flight feel spa-like.


A jar of cleanser with a pink cap

USD14.30 (ourshop.com)

A good beauty routine — whether on a plane or not — always starts with thorough cleansing. Make sure your face is free from makeup and impurities with the help of a reliable cleanser that won’t leave your skin dry or taut. The cult-favourite Banila Co Clean It Zero cleansing balm is on our radar.

Indulge in masks and treatments

A sachet and box of facial treatment mask

USD119.06 (ourshop.com)

There’s just something calming about putting on a mask and leaving it on for 20 to 30 minutes while you focus on another relaxing activity, like some light reading. Take advantage of the time you’ll be spending cooped up in your seat and treat your skin to a rejuvenating mask. Packed with the wonder ingredient Pitera, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask will give your skin intense hydration and radiance.

Moisturise or mist

A facial spray filled with orange-coloured moisturiser

USD7 (mariobadescu.com)

Lock in the hydration on your skin with a moisturiser or a mist. Give yourself a face massage while slathering on your hydrator of choice. If you’re looking to mist, try the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It revitalises and boosts the skin’s radiance, making you feel — and look — refreshed.

Pamper your puckers

Yellow and pink lip balms

USD18.09 (ourshop.com)

Don’t forget to give your lips some TLC, too. The Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm is a moisture-rich product that’s packed with Jeju Canola Honey extract, canola seed oil and mango seed butter that not only keeps dryness at bay but also helps enhance lip elasticity.

Give your body’s skin a boost

A bottle filled with yellow body oil

USD44 (herbivorebotanicals.com)

Complete the experience by taking care of your body. Nourish your skin with the Herbivore Botanicals Citrine Glowing Hydration Body Oil. It has rosehip and neroli oil that are great for keeping your skin moisturised and wrinkle-free. It also has meadowfoam oil that locks moisture in. Plus, it boasts an orange blossom scent that reinvigorates.

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