Sustainable Skin Care is the Clean Beauty


 April 19, 2021

Sustainability is one of the largest trends in the personal care industry today. More and more, our team is receiving requests for skin care ingredients that have an eco-friendly story.  Whether that means that the product is ethically sourced, manufactured with a smaller carbon footprint, or packaged sustainably, consumers world-wide are looking for sustainable skin care brands to help them clean up their beauty routines.

It’s likely that you’ve noticed the demand for sustainable skin care is on the rise. Considering the global organic beauty market is forecasted to reach $22 billion by 2024, it’s no wonder. Buzzwords like, “sustainable,” “organic,” “non-toxic,” “natural,” and “eco-friendly,” are now the new normal among conscious consumers.

Manufacturing companies ready to venture into the sustainable skin care market must take note: it’s not only about the ingredients, practices matter, too. 

The Push for Sustainable Packaging 

While the concept of clean beauty continues to climb, sustainable packaging is also gaining traction. Consumers are not only reading the product ingredients, but also taking note of processes, such as whether the packaging is eco-friendly. The demands for sustainable packaging have gained even more momentum as the coronavirus pandemic shook up supply chains this past year. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each year packaging such as wrappers, tubes, and boxes makes up one quarter of all landfill waste. 


Because of this, we’ve seen a significant number of brands create dedicated lines based on upcycled ingredients and start using eco-friendly packaging made from recyclable materials such as refillable packs (ie: Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer Refillable Pod). The use of these sustainable practices fits right into the ethos of sustainable skin care brands.

Sustainable Skin Care Ingredients

It’s possible for any brand to incorporate sustainable ingredients in their skin care products. Here are just a few examples of safe and sustainable ingredients:

  • Amaze™ Nordic Barley Starch from Nouryon– This COSMOS-approved starch is sourced from Scandinavia and produced in an eco-conscious process as a side stream of the beverage industry.
  • KahlResin Araucaria Resin from KahlWax– The resin is sourced from pine stumps which are left behind by the paper, lumber, and building industries. Close partnership with land owners and managers ensures careful removal of the stumps and use of sound forestry practices and reforestation measures. After extraction, the remaining wood chips are used as primary fuel for the facility, providing its total steam demand and a major portion of its electricity.
  • KahlWax 6614 Tea Wax from KahlWax– This active innovation is a by-product of tea production.  The crude wax covers the leaves, protecting them against mold, parasites and loss of moisture.  The leaves are extracted with CO2 to reduce the caffeine content and remove the wax from the leaves. The caffeine gained through the process is resold to other processing industries.
  • Original Extracts™ from GattefosseCreated in partnership with the food industry. Preventing waste by using the water remaining from the production of concentrated fruit juices. Directly obtained from fruits or plants, they contain well-balanced amounts of trace elements, mineral salts, and essential oils. 

The Future of Sustainable Skin Care 

Manufacturers who make the shift to sustainable ingredients for skin care production have an exciting future. By formulating with raw, natural materials, your brand will be known as a sustainable choice consumers can trust. 

From raw materials to market-ready formulations, our team can help guide you through the entire product development and production process. Contact us today to learn more about or purchase sustainable cosmetic raw materials for your next project.