We’re committed to living clean, which is why we recycle, shop local when we can and pack in the plant-based protein. But sometimes it’s the little things that feel the hardest to change (and that actually cause the most damage in the long run). Deodorant, plastic baggies and eco-unfriendly packaging, oh my! That’s why we found the nine best clean products to add to your daily routine, so you can upgrade your habits and the planet.
9 Clean Products We’re Excited to Add to Our Routines This Summer
1. Thrive Causemetics Instant Brow Fix Eyebrow Gel
Move over, boy brow. This Leaping Bunny-certified and cruelty-free brand makes a mean brow gel that fills, tints and defines (and can also act as a quick root touch-up for greys in a pinch). Their products are vegan, sulfate-, paraben- and phthalate-free, and there are no synthetic fragrances.
2. Malin + Goetz Botanical Deodorant
Whether you’re already a natural deodorant devotee or are finally ready to take the plunge, the newest arrival from New York-based Malin + Goetz is your best bet. Their deodorant is an all-natural blend of botanical extracts like coconut oil, witch hazel and barley powders to help neutralize odors and keep underarms fresh. Plus, it comes in 100-percent recyclable packaging, so it’s clean for your body and the planet.
3. Petaluma Dog Food
Prince Pawrles should eat clean, too. That’s why Petaluma is 100-percent plant based, using a slow-roasting method that differs from typical dog-food brands (high heat = maximum efficiency, but with way less flavor and nutrients). They also use plant-fiber packaging that cuts single-use plastic waste by 40-percent, and buy certified organic ingredients to avoid harmful pesticides and crops grown in giant industrial farms that limit crop rotation and biodiversity.
4. Dropps Dishwasher Detergent Pods
Compostable packaging, cruelty-free ingredients and carbon-neutral shipping: check, check and check. Dropps is so confident you’ll love their dishwasher pods (which require no pre-rinsing to save on water), they give you a 30-day risk-free trial and free shipping. P.S. They also make laundry detergent and even a better-for-you version of your beloved OXI-clean.
5. Handy Laundry Wool Dryer Balls
Did you know dryer sheets are, like, really bad for the environment? (Us either, ‘til now.) They’re single-use and emit harmful chemicals into the air long after they’ve been tossed. Switch to these reusable wool dryer balls to not only cut down on waste from dryer sheets and keep clothes wrinkle- and lint-free, but also reduce drying time and save on electricity.
6. Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick
Formulated in partnership with esthetician Biba de Sousa, this marriage of foundation and concealer avoids 72 potentially acne-triggering ingredients and comes in 20 buildable and blendable shades. Our own editorial director swears by the entire line, which is cruelty-free, vegan, Leaping Bunny certified and EU-compliant (meaning it’s also free from over 1400 potentially unsafe ingredients). The packaging is 43-percent recycled plastic, and it arrives at your doorstep in boxes that are either recyclable, reusable or compostable. Oh, and did we mention it’ll just look so damn chic on your vanity?
7. Duebest Reusable Silicone Stretch Lids
You switched from plastic baggies to reusable beeswax wraps and you haven’t bought a single-use plastic water bottle since 2010. Your next purchase to upgrade your kitchen cabinets: These 100-percent food-grade silicone lids from Duebest. They’re BPA- and phosphate-free and come in six different sizes (one that’s perfect for your mason jars), making meal clean-up quick and easy (no plastic wrap required).
8. Saint Olio Nº 2 Neroli Aromatic Cleaner
This home surface cleaner smells incredible (geranium, rose and neroli) and is 100-percent natural, meaning it uses essential oils for fragrance and harnesses ingredients like sweet orange for its bacteria-killing powers without leaving any potentially toxic residue behind. Plus, it comes in a concentrate, so you can easily refill the bottle up to ten times (and save on shipping, waste and recycling).
9. Fresh Sends Bouquets
This online flower delivery service cuts out the middleman to reduce waste and add happiness back into bouquet shopping (the only downside being you can’t view what the bouquet will look like beforehand...but as their site says, “Trust us on this one!”). The blooms come wrapped in a chic newsprint and come with a quirky customizable card for the fridge.