Refills used to be for diner coffee and soda fountains, but they’ve also been making their way into the beauty world since many products are yet another part of the plastics problem. That problem only got worse during the pandemic when the demand for single-use items suddenly increased. So, instead of using and tossing, consider these refillable options available in Canada.
Several items from this Canadian brand are refillable, including loose powder, bronzer, eyeshadow and eye makeup remover balm. Even better, the company uses mostly bamboo for their packaging, which is fully compostable. Additionally, the brands site lists all the components, and how to dispose of them.
Tata Harper Water Lock Moisturizer
The Vermont-based founder’s newest moisturizer/primer hybrid (which features orange peptides, pomegranate and hyaluronic acid) has refill pods available for when you’re ready for a top-up.
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Kiehl’s Pouch Refillables
Offered in a selection of the brand’s favourite hair and body products such as Creme de Corps, Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner and Grapefruit Body Cleanser, these pouches can be returned to the store once emptied. The company will then recycle them for you. You can also purchase an aluminum, waterproof bottle at the same time to fill with your item of choice.
Detox Mode Impossible Soap
The Detox Market’s own brand of hand/body wash is available in refill packaging. It is a lovely-smelling blend of sweet almond, bergamot and cedarwood that cleanses but never dries the skin and there are two sizes of refills to choose from: 32 and 128 ounces.
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Hermès’ Rouge Satin Lipstick
True luxury is holding onto your lipstick case and Hermès delivers. The lacquered, polished and brushed metal tube is yours forever; just pop any lipstick bullet refill and you’re good to go.
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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
The brand’s best selling rice-based powder exfoliator activates with water to reveal brighter skin and now comes in a refillable container and can be topped up with 75 gram refills.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
The French brand offers plenty of refill options, but among them our favourite is this gorgeous body wash, which subtly foams and leaves the skin super soft and lightly-scented.
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Beautycounter The Clean Deo
Made without aluminum, this coconut, sandalwood and vanilla-scented deodorant neutralizes odour without white streaks and the refill means water, fossil fuel use and green gas emissions are reduced by an estimated 47 per cent.
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Kjaer Weis Cosmetics
An outright pioneer in refillable beauty since launching in 2010, makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis created a line that houses everything in weighty metal compacts and tubes. The red textured boxes they come in are also compostable.
Well Kept Safety Razor
Upgrade your disposable razor to a brass safety alternative that comes with refillable blades from this Canadian company. A box of 20 is only $15.
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