Top picks for making BFCM a little greener

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By Vicki Laninga

With the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can responsibly and sustainably approach the busiest sales weekend of the year. I see the Black Friday weekend as a fantastic opportunity to make my dollar go a little further, and invest in products and companies that represent the values I do my best to live by throughout the year. When approached consciously and with tact rather than impulse, Black Friday is a chance to support the companies that are doing their part to change the landscape of what it means to be a consumer.

This year, I filled my shopping cart with products I either really needed or had been considering for some time, and felt great about supporting.

MakeUp Eraser

Don’t you love it when a zero-waste alternative works better than the traditional product? I was incredibly skeptical about the Magic Makeup Eraser before I tried it. To me, it seemed like a nice-to-have fancy face cloth, but not a replacement for makeup remover. I’m so happy to have been wrong! This is one of my favourite products that I’ve tried this year.

The Makeup Eraser is a patented polyester fibre cloth that removes your makeup using nothing but water. It can be used for up to a week before washing, and can be washed just like your average, non-magical towels. Look, I know how impossible this sounds. Take my word here: I’ve been using this for a month now and I’m floored by the results. I’ve used it to remove both daily and glamorous makeup (including some pretty ambitious eye looks), and have been so excited by how non-irritating and effective this product has been.

Original MakeUp Eraser ($23.99)

MakeUp Eraser

Don’t you love it when a zero-waste alternative works better than the traditional product? I was incredibly skeptical about the Magic Makeup Eraser before I tried it. To me, it seemed like a nice-to-have fancy face cloth, but not a replacement for makeup remover. I’m so happy to have been wrong! This is one of my favourite products that I’ve tried this year.

The Makeup Eraser is a patented polyester fibre cloth that removes your makeup using nothing but water. It can be used for up to a week before washing, and can be washed just like your average, non-magical towels. Look, I know how impossible this sounds. Take my word here: I’ve been using this for a month now and I’m floored by the results. I’ve used it to remove both daily and glamorous makeup (including some pretty ambitious eye looks), and have been so excited by how non-irritating and effective this product has been.

Original MakeUp Eraser ($23.99)

MakeUp Eraser

Don’t you love it when a zero-waste alternative works better than the traditional product? I was incredibly skeptical about the Magic Makeup Eraser before I tried it. To me, it seemed like a nice-to-have fancy face cloth, but not a replacement for makeup remover. I’m so happy to have been wrong! This is one of my favourite products that I’ve tried this year.

The Makeup Eraser is a patented polyester fibre cloth that removes your makeup using nothing but water. It can be used for up to a week before washing, and can be washed just like your average, non-magical towels. Look, I know how impossible this sounds. Take my word here: I’ve been using this for a month now and I’m floored by the results. I’ve used it to remove both daily and glamorous makeup (including some pretty ambitious eye looks), and have been so excited by how non-irritating and effective this product has been.

Original MakeUp Eraser ($23.99)

Lamazuna Shampoo Bar

I don’t know if it gets more sustainable than the Solid Shampoo Bar from Lamazma. These bad boys are (queue the deep inhale): vegan, zero waste, sold in biodegradable packaging, palm-oil free, and made using sustainably sourced ingredients.

I’ve tried a few shampoo bars, and typically encounter two snags each time: many can be very drying on my already straw-like hair, and it’s challenging to get them to lather up. This product is specifically formulated for dry hair, and I absolutely noticed a difference over other shampoo bars I’ve used. As with most shampoo bars, you’ll likely need to lather up your hands more than once to get enough product in. However, I was very impressed with the amount of suds that I could generate compared to other shampoos.

Heads up if you’re new to clean shampoos: using a sulphate-free shampoo will eventually make your hair less prone to grease and oil, but be prepared for a bit of an adjustment period as you acclimate to a routine without sulphates.

Lamazuna Shampoo Bar Vanilla Coconut ($16.99)a

Lamazuna Shampoo Bar

I don’t know if it gets more sustainable than the Solid Shampoo Bar from Lamazma. These bad boys are (queue the deep inhale): vegan, zero waste, sold in biodegradable packaging, palm-oil free, and made using sustainably sourced ingredients.

I’ve tried a few shampoo bars, and typically encounter two snags each time: many can be very drying on my already straw-like hair, and it’s challenging to get them to lather up. This product is specifically formulated for dry hair, and I absolutely noticed a difference over other shampoo bars I’ve used. As with most shampoo bars, you’ll likely need to lather up your hands more than once to get enough product in. However, I was very impressed with the amount of suds that I could generate compared to other shampoos.

Heads up if you’re new to clean shampoos: using a sulphate-free shampoo will eventually make your hair less prone to grease and oil, but be prepared for a bit of an adjustment period as you acclimate to a routine without sulphates.

Lamazuna Shampoo Bar Vanilla Coconut ($16.99)

Ye11ow Studio

The pottery travel mug from Ye11ow Studios in Prince Edward County was love at first sight for me. These hand-made travel mugs are all completely unique in their glazing, so no two look exactly the same. It’s been an absolute pleasure remembering to bring my empty mug to the coffee shop with me.

Ye11ow Studio Pottery Travel Mug (starting at $34.99)

Ye11ow Studio

The pottery travel mug from Ye11ow Studios in Prince Edward County was love at first sight for me. These hand-made travel mugs are all completely unique in their glazing, so no two look exactly the same. It’s been an absolute pleasure remembering to bring my empty mug to the coffee shop with me.

Ye11ow Studio Pottery Travel Mug (starting at $34.99)

Attitude Glowing Body Cream

Now is the time to stock up on those cabinet essentials that you’ll be glad you bought multiples of once they’re back to regular price. I plan on scooping up at least a couple bottles of the Attitude Glowing Body Cream, which I love this time of year as the weather gets colder (and my skin gets drier).

This time of year, I’m all about products like this one that incorporate deeply moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and grapeseed oil.

Attitude Glowing Body Cream ($16.98)

Attitude Glowing Body Cream

Now is the time to stock up on those cabinet essentials that you’ll be glad you bought multiples of once they’re back to regular price. I plan on scooping up at least a couple bottles of the Attitude Glowing Body Cream, which I love this time of year as the weather gets colder (and my skin gets drier).

This time of year, I’m all about products like this one that incorporate deeply moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and grapeseed oil.

Attitude Glowing Body Cream ($16.98)

Boo Bamboo Bubble Mask

Warning: Boo Bamboo is not joking around when they say that their Hydrating Bubble Mask will foam! I’ve had so much fun with their self-foaming masks.

Aside from the giggles you’ll get looking in the mirror as these masks turn your face into a cloud, bubble masks are said to be a great way to promote oxygen flow, leading to a deeper and more restorative result.

Boo Bamboo Hydrating Bubble Mask ($5.49)

Boo Bamboo Bubble Mask

Warning: Boo Bamboo is not joking around when they say that their Hydrating Bubble Mask will foam! I’ve had so much fun with their self-foaming masks.

Aside from the giggles you’ll get looking in the mirror as these masks turn your face into a cloud, bubble masks are said to be a great way to promote oxygen flow, leading to a deeper and more restorative result.

Boo Bamboo Hydrating Bubble Mask ($5.49)

Gabriel Lipstick

I’m all about beauty products that do a little extra for you than just add a pop of colour. The Gabriel Lipsticks were easy to apply and offer a really pretty satin finish, but I was also excited to find that they seemed to genuinely make my lips feel softer, even after the colour had worn off.

It was easy to see why after looking at the ingredients list: these bad boys are formulated using the natural moisturizing powerhouses Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera. I was also very excited to find that these are formulated using a vegan wax called Candelilla Wax, making them a great alternative for beauty buffs looking to keep it natural but avoid beeswax.

Bonus: These lipsticks also include a chemical free sunscreen for that extra little bit of protection. I picked up the shade ‘walnut’ and it’s already been a fall staple for me-- I plan on picking up a neutral shade during the Black Friday weekend.

Gabriel Lipstick ($31.99)

Gabriel Lipstick

I’m all about beauty products that do a little extra for you than just add a pop of colour. The Gabriel Lipsticks were easy to apply and offer a really pretty satin finish, but I was also excited to find that they seemed to genuinely make my lips feel softer, even after the colour had worn off.

It was easy to see why after looking at the ingredients list: these bad boys are formulated using the natural moisturizing powerhouses Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera. I was also very excited to find that these are formulated using a vegan wax called Candelilla Wax, making them a great alternative for beauty buffs looking to keep it natural but avoid beeswax.

Bonus: These lipsticks also include a chemical free sunscreen for that extra little bit of protection. I picked up the shade ‘walnut’ and it’s already been a fall staple for me-- I plan on picking up a neutral shade during the Black Friday weekend.

Gabriel Lipstick ($31.99)

Lamazuna Shampoo Bar

I don’t know if it gets more sustainable than the Solid Shampoo Bar from Lamazma. These bad boys are (queue the deep inhale): vegan, zero waste, sold in biodegradable packaging, palm-oil free, and made using sustainably sourced ingredients.

I’ve tried a few shampoo bars, and typically encounter two snags each time: many can be very drying on my already straw-like hair, and it’s challenging to get them to lather up. This product is specifically formulated for dry hair, and I absolutely noticed a difference over other shampoo bars I’ve used. As with most shampoo bars, you’ll likely need to lather up your hands more than once to get enough product in. However, I was very impressed with the amount of suds that I could generate compared to other shampoos.

Heads up if you’re new to clean shampoos: using a sulphate-free shampoo will eventually make your hair less prone to grease and oil, but be prepared for a bit of an adjustment period as you acclimate to a routine without sulphates.

Lamazuna Shampoo Bar Vanilla Coconut ($16.99)a

Ye11ow Studio

The pottery travel mug from Ye11ow Studios in Prince Edward County was love at first sight for me. These hand-made travel mugs are all completely unique in their glazing, so no two look exactly the same. It’s been an absolute pleasure remembering to bring my empty mug to the coffee shop with me.

Ye11ow Studio Pottery Travel Mug (starting at $34.99)

Attitude Glowing Body Cream

Now is the time to stock up on those cabinet essentials that you’ll be glad you bought multiples of once they’re back to regular price. I plan on scooping up at least a couple bottles of the Attitude Glowing Body Cream, which I love this time of year as the weather gets colder (and my skin gets drier).

This time of year, I’m all about products like this one that incorporate deeply moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and grapeseed oil.

Attitude Glowing Body Cream ($16.98)

Black Friday can be a great opportunity to get your hands on healthier products, without putting too much of a dent in your wallet. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for terra20's newsletter to be in the loop on the deals they'll be dropping for the BFCM weekend!

Boo Bamboo Bubble Mask

Warning: Boo Bamboo is not joking around when they say that their Hydrating Bubble Mask will foam! I’ve had so much fun with their self-foaming masks.

Aside from the giggles you’ll get looking in the mirror as these masks turn your face into a cloud, bubble masks are said to be a great way to promote oxygen flow, leading to a deeper and more restorative result.

Boo Bamboo Hydrating Bubble Mask ($5.49)

Gabriel Lipstick

I’m all about beauty products that do a little extra for you than just add a pop of colour. The Gabriel Lipsticks were easy to apply and offer a really pretty satin finish, but I was also excited to find that they seemed to genuinely make my lips feel softer, even after the colour had worn off.

It was easy to see why after looking at the ingredients list: these bad boys are formulated using the natural moisturizing powerhouses Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera. I was also very excited to find that these are formulated using a vegan wax called Candelilla Wax, making them a great alternative for beauty buffs looking to keep it natural but avoid beeswax.

Bonus: These lipsticks also include a chemical free sunscreen for that extra little bit of protection. I picked up the shade ‘walnut’ and it’s already been a fall staple for me-- I plan on picking up a neutral shade during the Black Friday weekend.

Gabriel Lipstick ($31.99)

About the Author

Vicki Laninga

Vicki is a Content Strategist, Blogger, and Communications pro based in Ottawa, Ontario. She's passionate about helping beauty fanatics find sustainable, vegan alternatives to the products they love without compromising the quality they need.

When she isn't writing (which isn't often!), Vicki loves weightlifting, running, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Monty.

Follow Vicki on Instagram: @vickilaninga

Comments

  • Posted On November 27, 2019 by Camila

    Great post! Loving these more sustainable alternatives for Black Friday and they even make for the perfect Christmas gifts.
    Thanks for sharing Vicki, great post as always!

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