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9 Waterless Beauty Products That Are Better for the Planet

These waterless beauty products are a great way to elevate your routine while reducing your water footprint.

Written by
Calin Van Paris

Let's talk about waterless beauty products. To begin, go ahead and take a peek into your beauty cabinet: How many of the products featured in your #shelfies count water as a main ingredient? The correct answer: Likely all of them. From facial cleansers to shampoos, moisturizers to body wash, most formulas contain 60 to 80% water, resulting in general waste, bigger bottles, and less concentrated (and thus less effective) make-ups.

If you're looking to reduce the size of your water footprint, investing in waterless beauty products is the perfect place to start—and the space is growing every day. Waterless beauty sales are expected to increase at a rate of more than 13% between 2021 and 2031. And considering the thoughtful and efficacious new offerings that are already hitting the market, making the switch today is an effortless affair.

Here, nine products to help soak up some of the excess of your self-care routine.

9 Waterless Beauty Products to Try

This innovative solid body moisturizer melts on contact to intensely nourish the skin. Each Starter Kit is wrapped in recyclable paper packaging and includes a reusable bamboo canister that can be refilled over time. When you buy through Brightly, you get a mini moisturizer for free.

This serum bar has a place in our shop and our hearts. Brightening additives combat dullness while leaving skin soft and refreshed. The omega-rich formula lasts for 120 applications.

Most body washes are more than 70% water, but not this option from Everist. Its clean formula is so concentrated that an entire bottle of body wash fits into a 100ml travel-friendly aluminum tube. Buy it from Brightly, and you'll receive a free konjac sponge with your order.

Need hair products, too? Try Everist's Waterless Shampoo and Conditioner Concentrates, which are formulated with a blend of five essential oils that leave hair feeling light and clean.

Creamed coconut butter, vegetable glycerine, and clay in a convenient cleansing bar! This gentle solid cleanser works on all skin types—plus, Ethique plants a tree for every order.

Powdered Japanese rice bran and Japanese indigo morph into a creamy exfoliant foam with added H2O. The polishing effect is nonabrasive and calming, leaving you with a soft and supple complexion.

The Bawdy Wash features a nutrient-rich formula that cleanses and hydrates, with toning seaweed and nourishing kaolin keeping skin looking and feeling smooth. Plus, the powder-to-foam wash smells like a field of summertime blooms.

We love an all-in-one, and this option from Alleyoop is a true multi-hyphenate. The stick removes makeup, and cleanses and moisturizes skin with the help of powerful extracts (green tea leaf, spinach leaf, and parsley).

This powder-to-lather shampoo works its way up to a silky lather—just add water! Amino acids and aloe vera ensure that hair stays soft post-wash.

Drybar's 2-in-1 Hair Wash is packed with natural ingredients like coconut oil, aloe leaf juice, and strawberry seed oil. A bit of water transforms this powder into a foamy wash that cleanses and conditions.