March 02, 2020 6 min read

We know that sounds like a pretty big statement, but it really is….  It’s not your fault though, we all just got used to the “pretty packaging” and never stopped to consider the cost to the planet.  Skin care products have always come in pretty packaging, and if we are honest that’s half of the appeal when something gets delivered…  The other half of course is how it makes your skin feel.  Here at i.anka-eo we are obsessed with not looking like we’ve aged, so we know what it’s like when you buy a product and you achieve…. Amazing skin, no breakouts, rosy cheeks… the results we all look for in our skincare routine. So, here’s the dreaded list… 

#1 Makeup Wipes

I am sure we all know someone who says “it’s just easier to use a wipe…. Plus, I’m conserving water”…  Okay so no…. not even.  As it turns out most people think it’s okay to flush these down the toilet, big problem… they are made from plastic fibers, so they don’t break down in water.  So now you’re thinking that you can just throw it out with the rubbish, and you can but it will take about 100 years to break down.  Instead, you could be using Tabitha Eve’s Make-Up Pads, why do we love this brand…  They are reusable, handmade in the UK, sustainable, organic,  and 100% plastic free… and most importantly it’s £5.50 for a pack of 5.  Another reason to switch is because your skin doesn’t actually enjoy chemicals and plastic, it could be causing some of your skin issues.

#2 Body Wash

We love body wash!  There are so many different flavours and some of them make your skin feel silky smooth after you have a shower.  First, it takes 25% more energy to make body wash as it does to make a traditional bar of soap (who would ever have thought that your body wash could have a carbon footprint!).  Since it’s a liquid we tend to use more of it, they don’t all create the same amount of lather, so you have to use more of it to get through your shower.  There’s also the giant problem of the packaging… they are usually single use plastic bottles, the latest estimate we could find said it’s about 1.4 BILLION bottles a year.  If you dig a little deeper you find out that number is based on the average person using 6 bottles a year.  (how many do you use in a year?).  On average it takes 450 YEARS for just one bottle of body wash to decompose.  The really cool thing about switching back to a regular bar of soap is that the packaging is often recyclable.  They also don’t use as many chemicals in organic soaps, I bet you’d be surprised at how much cleaner and better your skin will feel without the chemicals.  Our current favourite here at i.anka-eo is All Natural Soap Co. because like us they are organic, locally made in small batches, and they use essential oils as well. 

#3 Single Use Cloth Face Masks

We used to love nothing more than spending a cold Sunday with our favorite Korean Face Mask individually packaged and ready for whatever we felt we needed to get through the week ahead.  Our founder used to travel a lot, and she was convinced that the air on planes pulled moisture out of your skin, so she would put on a mask for every flight…  Now like the rest of us, she’s trying to live a more sustainable life, so no more single use masks.  As with most things in beauty, the packaging is a huge problem, these more often than not come in plastic.  All it does is contribute to our massive piles of plastic trash that litters our oceans and beaches.  Instead, maybe try making your own mask, you can still have #selfcaresunday without all the waste… well without all the plastic waste anyway.  Here’s a list of some simple face masks that you can do at home, they leave your skin feeling completely dreamy afterwards without giving the environment more trash.

#4 Eyeshadow

We can hear the moan as we type this, it’s what we did too!  While most of the group here at i.anka-eo doesn’t wear foundation, every single one of us wears eyeshadow.  So, it really hit us where it hurt as well.  If you’re already making sure that you buy vegan and cruelty free brands of eye shadow, you’re really halfway there already.  If not, here is a list of the ingredients you should be looking out for and why:

  • Aluminium powder - Mostly used to give makeup its colour, its sometimes mixed with thimerosal. It inhibits the body’s ability to get rid of mercury.  You may not know this but it can leach through your eyelid pores and gets sucked into your bloodstream.
  • Bismuth Oxychloride – Ever get that itchy eye feeling when you put eyeshadow on, that’s usually a sign it’s in your eyeshadow. It’s also found in bronzers and blush, it gives the makeup that silky and shimmery look.
  • Thimerosal – Actually made from mercury, it’s been banned from every other makeup except for eyeshadow. Are you sure you should still be putting it on your eyes?
  • Talc – It can be carcinogenic. It’s so been linked to ovarian cancer, currently the entire state of New Mexico is suing Johnson & Johnson for including it in baby powder.

Again, as with most things in the beauty industry, the packaging is a serious problem.  Not only that… has anyone ever bought an eyeshadow pallet and liked and USED every colour?  I don’t think so…  We are really happy to see that John Lewis is now Beautycycle-ing packaging at collection points in store.  If you’d like to level up…  We love and cannot recommend enough NicMac Beauty!  You get to mix and match the colours that you want to buy.  Their palette is £12 and each single eyeshadow is £8, but at least all the colours you buy you’ll actually use.  They are vegan, cruelty free and made right here in the UK, most importantly when you finish a colour you can pop it into the recycler!

#5 Glitter

While we are sure that we would be able to find something wrong with the packaging used to sell glitter… this is all about the glitter itself.  Did you ever see the movie “Finding Nemo”?  Well Nemo is who we think of when we talk about glitter, and we’ll tell you why.  Okay, you can do amazing things with eyeshadow and glitter (we honestly love it) but when you get home and take a shower all that wonderful glitter goes down the drain.  When it makes it to the ocean plankton, fish and birds eat it, since its shiny and a microplastic.  Animals that eat plastic die of starvation because their bodies can’t process it. We saved glitter for last because there is a full on solution to this problem, one company makes glitter that is 100% biodegradable (glitter bomb away).  We love all the gifts and most importantly the inspiration you can find on Eco Glitter Fun’s website, most importantly all the tools you need to make a sparkling entrance…. Without picturing Nemo eating plastic in a month.



We believe that it's everyone’s responsibility to live a more sustainable life. All of us should reduce the amount of chemicals in our daily lives, then not only will we feel better… we’ll look it too!  All of our products are blended by hand when you order, and we are passionate about getting water out of skincare because it isn’t necessary.  Take a look at our products but most importantly take a look at our ingredients.  If you’ve never used oils before check out our FAQ’s to see what some of our other users have asked about.


While you’re here take a look at some of our other blog posts:

What causes bad skin?

What does organic skincare mean?

Water is in everything!  Is it good for your skin?

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