With more than 76 percent of consumers looking to buy only sustainable beauty products in 2022, it’s no surprise more companies than ever are slapping purposefully ambiguous labels like “clean,” “natural,” “climate-positive,” and “eco-friendly” on their products. This alone makes navigating the highly saturated natural beauty market overwhelming, to say the least. Even the most seasoned beauty experts, like Tata Harper, who founded an eponymous skincare brand, sometimes struggle with understanding the nuances of other products. “I read labels carefully and always, always research. I read every review and ingredient, ensuring the product lives up to the hype,” Harper says. “If I’m still on the fence about the cleanliness of the product, I use the CosDNA analyze cosmetics feature to learn more about the individual ingredients and any potential irritants.”
However, as Harper will tell you, natural ingredients are only half of the battle when it comes to true sustainability—the packaging, carbon footprint, and material sourcing are equally important. “This is why certifications from companies like ECOCERT are so important to us. They further educate our consumers on what exactly is in our products and packages and what makes them clean, natural, and sustainable,” Harper says.
With the guidance from skincare experts and tried-and-true reviews, we’ve rounded up some of the best natural beauty products for travelers, all of which are made from, and packaged in, recyclable or biodegradable materials. Whether you’re flying, road tripping, or taking a train, offset your carbon footprint and become a greener traveler by packing these sustainable options in your Dopp kit.