LA Curates: 6 Eco-Friendly Refillable Cosmetics And Toiletries For Mother’s Day

Lifestyle Asia editor-in-chief Candy Dizon curates a list of refillable cosmetics and toiletries that are not only must-have additions to every mom’s beauty routine, but also better for Mother Earth. 

With Earth Day last April 22 and Mother’s Day just around the corner, editor-in-chief Candy Dizon has curated a list of gifts for moms that also champion sustainability. After all, Mother Earth is the world’s protector and shelter, and just like all the amazing moms out there, she deserves the best. These practical yet glamorous products boast quality formulas that come in innovative and refillable containers, making them both convenient and better for the planet: 

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Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Gold Nobile

Orchidée Impériale Gold Nobile is Guerlain’s new generation of age-defying skincare, and as the name suggests, the product of 20 years of research into orchids and skin cell aging. Of the 30,000 orchid species available, Guerlain chose to use extracts from the Gold Nobile orchid (Dendrobium nobile) for its newest line. 

Hailing from the Himalayan region, the Gold Nobile orchid has the ability to combine several photosynthesis mechanisms and turn light into vital energy, diffusing light through its petals 68 percent more than the ordinary white orchid. Research from a team of biophysicists from Palacký University reveals that skin cells emit biophotons, which are indicators of a skin’s youth. To restore this youthful state, the Orchidée Impériale Gold Nobile line—which comes in a cream and serum—works to increase these light emissions from the skin through its potent extracts. 

Boasting a lightweight formula that seamlessly fuses with skin, the cream is packed inside an elegant, gold jar made of 40% recycled glass. Meanwhile, the serum features a brushed aluminum dispenser with a recyclable drawn glass bottle. Both the cream and serum are endlessly refillable as part of the brand’s sustainability commitment, rejuvenating both the skin and the planet. 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning Airbrush Bronzer provides a look of sun-kissed perfection for that endless summer feeling. The product was the UK’s second best-selling Luxury Powder Bronzer for a reason, as it comes in a wide variety of shades for different skin tones and makes matte bronzing a breeze. Infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid for a smooth feel, and micro-fine perfecting powers and microspheres for a pore-blurring airbrush finish, the bronzer provides a soft yet precise contour that’s flawless in every way. 

The bronzer comes in an attractive gold clamshell case that exudes sophistication, but more importantly, it’s completely refillable. Simply push a small pin into the compact’s built-in hole, pop out the empty tray, and replace it with a new one when needed. 

Shiseido Elixir Bouncing Moisture Emulsion Anti-Aging Face Milk 

Moms will surely appreciate the dewy glow and elasticity that Shiseido’s Elixir Bouncing Moisture Emulsion Anti-Aging Face Milk provides to their skin. It alleviates wrinkles and dryness from sun exposure, smoothening the skin for a glassy look. 

The emulsion comes in three textures: T1 with a lighter, smooth feel; T2 with a comfortably viscous and moisturizing texture for all seasons; and T3 which has the heaviest feel for cold climate or winter seasons. The elixir is best used after a toner, applied to wider areas of the face and neck through circular motions. It comes in 130 ml bottles that are reusable with 110 ml refill packs, so one always has some on hand. 

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil 

An all-in-one oil and foam packed into a super body wash, L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is filled with the powerful hydrating properties of sweet almond. The oil transforms into a frothy foam when it makes contact with water, making for a formula that gently cleanses and hydrates the skin without stripping its natural hydrolipidic film, sealing in moisture with the refreshing scent of an almond grove on a summer day. 

Just one use is enough to leave the skin feeling nourished—something particularly important amid the country’s arid and sweltering weather. The shower oil comes in 250 ml and 500 ml bottles, as well as 500 ml eco refills that come in recycled bottles. 

Diptyque Softening And Comforting Hand Wash 

Things like laundry detergent or dishwashing soap can dry out the hands really quickly, which is why hand soaps should not only cleanse the skin, but also rejuvenate it. The best-selling Diptyque Softening and Comforting Hand Wash will keep hands soft with the relaxing scent and regenerative properties of fine lavender from Provence. 

As always, Diptyque provides complex fragrance notes to even its soaps, infusing the lavender hand wash with hints of rosemary, ylang-ylang, and amber for a deeply luxurious smell. The hand wash has 350 ml refills to keep hands feeling smooth to the touch at all times. 

Kérastase Chroma Absolu Color Bain Chroma Respect Shampoo

Lastly is Kérastase’s Chroma Absolu Color Bain Chroma Respect Shampoo, which keeps showers sulfate-free for moms with colored hair. The shampoo is made for fine to medium colored hair, and gently cleanses, hydrates, and protects color by preventing fading. 

The shampoo contains restoring acids to help increase luster. Amino acid rebuilds hair from the inside out, tartaric acid reduces oxidative stress, and lactic acid acts as a gentle exfoliator to remove impurities while sealing the hair’s surface. Meanwhile, Centella Asiatica extracts provide soothing, recovery properties to restore the natural properties of one’s hair. 

It also features a light formula that doesn’t leave hair feeling greasy or heavy, providing a high shine that those with treated hair require most. The shampoo was part of Marie Claire’s 2022 Excellence in Beauty Awards for its exceptional formula, which is a go-to for hair stylists as well. 

Like the other items in this list, the shampoo represents Kérastase’s move towards more sustainable products, with every bottle made from 95 percent recycled plastic. One can choose to upgrade their shampoo with a luxury shampoo bottle made from 100 percent recycled aluminum in a matching color. The Chroma Absolu Color Bain Chroma Respect Shampoo has 500 ml refill pouches made from 82 percent less plastic as well for a more earth-friendly top-up. 

Banner photo by Amy Shamblen via Unsplash.

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