The quote from the eminent Buddhist monk serves as a reminder that we need to heal ourselves first to be able to contribute to the longevity of the Earth. We are not alone in this, though, as the current consumer base is growing more environmentally and ethically conscious than ever.
More than 70% of adults collectively across the globe nowadays will prioritize reducing climate change effects, and will get involved in products, services, and activities that do so. Moreover, the same percentage of women globally will also prioritize buying eco-friendly and sustainable beauty products.
What does it mean for us at Beauty in Bali?
At In Beauty in Bali, we often encourage ourselves and our girls to start small, and to achieve that, we, of course, incorporate Bali-based, natural, and eco-friendly beauty brands into our skincare regime.
But what does it really mean for a skincare brand to be eco-friendly and sustainable? What are the constituting elements of it? According to a bio-based, sustainable skincare ingredients supplier Acme-Hardesty, the five main considerations of sustainable skincare are:
- Sustainably-sourced and used palm oil.
- Responsibly-sourced natural ingredients
- organic formulas.
- reusable and recyclable packaging.
- reduced water usage.
We researched and selected Bali-based brands that speak to and aspire to the same #EarthGoal as we do.What are they, though?
Sensatia Botanicals: The brand that ticks almost all the boxes
The first one is, of course, Sensatia Botanicals! Other than their amazing partnership team (seriously, you can see their products in almost every hotel out here in Bali), they are one of the pioneers in eco-friendly and au-naturale skincare in Bali. The brand offers a full range of body and skincare products; for instance, organic serums, face wash, moisturizer, toner, body wash, and even sunscreen.
When they started, the founders wanted Sensatia to be more than a beauty brand. Sensatia Botanicals was built upon the founder’s aspiration to create beauty brands out of natural Balinese ingredients in the small Karangasem town of Jasri in the year 2000.
Since its conception, Sensatia Botanicals has been operating on a commission basis, where they distribute 20% of the company’s revenue as bonuses to their employees who are mostly Jasri’s village locals.
The circular economy does not stop there, though. They also use reusable glass bottles, and you can gain membership points upon returning the empty ones.
Imagine jaw-dropping discounts and, potentially, free products!
Blue Stone Botanicals: Absolutely no palm oil!
Blue Stone Botanicals supports the sustainable livelihoods of Indonesian rural families as they work with expert distillers across the nation. They use only the plants cultivated and harvested by farmers in Bali and Java, which are not often used for the common food and spice trade. This means they get natural ingredients while also supporting extra income for the farmers.
Recently, the brand also added a new initiative where they contracted women from Bali’s volcanic mountain slopes to collect rainwater to sell to the factory to use for operations. The brand has also trained them to promote sustainable income for the rural communities, as well as in the maintenance of their natural environment and ingredients.
The brand also made their own rules of sustainability, as below:
- Natural ingredients.
- Plant-based and vegetarian ingredients.
- Cruelty-free, they uphold the “absolutely no animals” rule strictly.
- Strictly no palm oil.
Going coconut for Mademoiselle Kelapa
Mademoiselle Kelapa is one of the first skincare brands that makes the most of Bali’s natural fruit and promotes a sustainable, circular economy that benefits both Balinese coconut growers and producers.
The company solely employs ecologically friendly production techniques, handcrafting each item in a workshop with little use of power and equipment. The primary component is, of course, pure, organic coconut that has been produced without the use of animal products in accordance with European sanitary requirements. The packaging is also tasteful and composed of recyclable materials like PET, glass, or aluminum.
Most significantly, the company partners with Saba’s Bali Children Foundation so that every product purchase directly supports the education of underprivileged Balinese children.
So we found these two brands that almost tick all the boxes, do you have your favorite Bali-based eco-friendly beauty brands? Let us know in the comment section!