Clean Beauty vs. Sustainable Beauty: Making Informed Choices for a Healthier You and Planet

Hey there, beauty connoisseurs! Ever heard of "clean beauty" and "sustainable beauty" but wondered what sets them apart and which path you should tread? Well, we're about to break it down in a way that's as clear as your radiant skin on a good day. Let's dive into the world of clean beauty vs. sustainable beauty and help you make informed choices that benefit both you and our beloved planet! 

But first, it’s important to note that the term ‘clean’ is not currently regulated in the US, so it’s critical to understand what to look for and avoid so that marketing buzz words don’t lead you astray. We recommend doing your own research and understanding what ingredients are to be avoided. Most commonly those would be compounds such as parabens, phthalates, BPA, PFAS and PFOA, but there are many others. To make life easy, we recommend the beauty database at Environmental Working Group (EWG) called Skin Deep. It will help you learn about your favorite products and their ingredients so you can determine what is safe for you and your family. 

Now.... onto the breakdown of ‘clean’ versus ‘sustainable’....  

Clean Beauty: Beauty without the Nasties 

Clean beauty, put simply, is all about products that are free from potentially harmful ingredients. These could be synthetic chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or artificial fragrances. Clean beauty products aim to keep things simple and gentle, ensuring that what you put on your skin won't harm your health.  

The Clean Beauty Buzzwords: 

  • Plant Based Ingredients: Clean beauty products often feature natural, plant-based ingredients that are believed to be safer and more gentle on the skin. 
  • Transparency: Brands in the clean beauty space typically prioritize transparency about their ingredients and production processes. Even when it comes to the ingredients in their fragrance. 
  • Health-Conscious: Clean beauty aligns with health-conscious consumers who want to avoid certain chemicals and allergens. 

Clean Beauty for Your Well-being: 

  • Reduced risk of skin irritation and allergies. 
  • Peace of mind knowing you're using products without harsh chemicals. 
  • Better compatibility with sensitive skin types. 

Sustainable Beauty: Caring for You and the Earth 

Now, let's talk sustainable beauty. It's not just about what's in the product; it's about the whole shebang – from ingredient sourcing to packaging to the brand's overall environmental impact. Sustainable beauty is like the green guardian of the beauty world, striving to minimize its ecological footprint. 

Sustainable Beauty's Eco-Credentials: 

  • Responsibly Sourced Ingredients: Conscious consumers understand the upstream effects of their purchases. This means looking for brands that are responsibly sourcing ingredients, opting for faire trade or ingredients that aren’t damaging the planet through their use in consumer products. Thus, reducing the environmental impact of creating a a specific product. 
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging: They opt for recyclable, biodegradable, or minimal packaging, steering clear of excess and of course, plastic. 
  • Cruelty-Free: Many sustainable beauty brands say "no" to animal testing, aligning with ethical principles. Look for the Vegan and Cruelty-Free labels on your products. 
  • Reduced Waste: Conscious consumers understand the downstream effects of their purchases. Choosing plastic packaging is a high waste purchase, whereas compostable and recyclable paper stock is going to decompose in a matter of weeks versus hundreds of years should it end up in a landfill. Sustainability means minimizing waste throughout the production and distribution process. 

Sustainable Beauty for a Greener Tomorrow: 

  • Support brands that care for the environment. 
  • Contribute to reducing plastic waste. 
  • Align your beauty routine with your values for a sustainable future. 

The Clean Beauty vs. Sustainable Beauty Face-Off 

While clean beauty and sustainable beauty share a common goal of healthier products, there are key differences: 

  1. Scope:
  • Clean Beauty: Primarily focuses on product ingredients, striving to exclude potentially harmful chemicals. 
  • Sustainable Beauty: Encompasses a broader spectrum, including ingredient sourcing, eco-friendly packaging, ethical practices, and reduced environmental impact. 
  1. Priorities:
  • Clean Beauty: Puts a premium on ingredient safety and transparency. 
  • Sustainable Beauty: Emphasizes minimizing the ecological footprint of the entire product lifecycle. 
  1. Skin Health vs. Planet Health:
  • Clean Beauty: Primarily benefits your skin's health and well-being. 
  • Sustainable Beauty: Benefits both your skin and the health of the planet. 

Making Informed Choices 

So, how can you make informed choices amidst this beauty duel? The good news is, you can have both! It all boils down to your values and what matters most to you: 

  • Choose Clean Beauty: If you're mainly concerned about product safety, skin health, and avoiding harmful ingredients, clean beauty may be your go-to. 
  • Embrace Sustainable Beauty: If you're equally passionate about ethical practices, eco-friendly packaging, and supporting brands that are committed to the environment, sustainable beauty might be your match made in heaven. 

BRIXY: Where Clean Meets Sustainable 

At BRIXY, we believe in a beauty routine that's both clean and sustainable. Our products are crafted with plant-based, hair and skin-loving ingredients, ensuring that you get the best for your personal care routine. But we don't stop there! We're also dedicated to minimizing our environmental impact through eco-friendly packaging and ethical practices. It's our way of ensuring that you can enjoy beauty products that are as kind to the Earth as they are to your body. 

So, whether you lean towards clean beauty, sustainable beauty, or both, remember that you're making choices that align with your values and contribute to a healthier, happier you and a more beautiful planet. 🌿🌍💚 

In the end, it's all about feeling confident and beautiful in your own skin while knowing that you're making choices that positively impact the world we all share.