Sustainable Beauty Has Gotten A Major Makeover — These Are The Products You Need

Andrea Cheng
·5 min read

It wasn’t that long ago when any product that remotely grazed the field of sustainability was immediately dismissed as "granola" (read: ineffective, unpleasant, and the opposite of luxe). But consumer demand for toxic-free, good-for-you ingredient lists, coupled with a fiery desire to reduce waste in the name of saving the planet, resulted in the clean beauty industry having no choice but to grow at an incredibly rapid rate. (The global clean beauty market is reportedly expected to reach $11.6 billion by 2027.)

The movement has forced both established brands and new-to-market labels to rethink formulas, overhaul packaging, and address their carbon footprint in the overall goal to reduce waste without compromising efficacy or aesthetics. The result: Beauty products that are absolutely stunning, both inside and out. And with Nordstrom’s massive inventory of 900-plus products that fit the bill — sustainably sourced (ingredients or materials), responsibly manufactured, responsibly packaged, or a commitment to give back — we plucked nine of our favorites that are not only worth every cent, but also look damn good on your top shelf. And the best part about Nordstrom’s sustainability pledge is its BeautyCycle program, which allows you to bring your empties to any of its brick-and-mortar locations in the U.S. or Canada so that they can be properly recycled.

Start shopping our favorite feel-good beauty products — from an antioxidant serum to a fragrance designed to help you relax — ahead.

<strong>The Nue Co's Functional Fragrance<br></strong><br>With a woody blend of green cardamom, iris, palo santo, violet, and cedarwood, this toxic-free fragrance was conceived to help you reset during times of high stress (read: all the time). <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out:</strong> toxic-free product, vegan, cruelty-free, natural ingredients are traceable; includes upcycled ingredients; responsibly packaged; and made in a lab that uses 100% renewable energy<br><br><strong>The Nue Co.</strong> Functional Fragrance, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fthe-nue-co-functional-fragrance%2F5516234%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
The Nue Co's Functional Fragrance

With a woody blend of green cardamom, iris, palo santo, violet, and cedarwood, this toxic-free fragrance was conceived to help you reset during times of high stress (read: all the time).

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, vegan, cruelty-free, natural ingredients are traceable; includes upcycled ingredients; responsibly packaged; and made in a lab that uses 100% renewable energy

The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts<br></strong><br>The antidote to a stressful day: a soak with calming bath salts, which were extracted and solar-dried from the mineral-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean and infused with floral ylang-ylang and natural vanilla for a soothing and uplifting effect. <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out: </strong>toxic-free product, vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and easily recyclable.<br><br><strong>Herbivore Botanicals</strong> Calm Bath Salts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fherbivore-botanicals-calm-bath-salts%2F4377683%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D960" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

The antidote to a stressful day: a soak with calming bath salts, which were extracted and solar-dried from the mineral-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean and infused with floral ylang-ylang and natural vanilla for a soothing and uplifting effect.

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and easily recyclable.

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench & Glow Facial Serum</strong><br><br>A featherlight serum that delivers a hefty boost in hydration with 26 active natural ingredients, including antioxidants (vitamins C and E), ferulic acid, sea algae extracts, and botanical-derived amino acids, to up moisture, elasticity, and radiance levels. And because there aren't any essential oils, this serum is perfect for those with scent-sensitive skin. <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out</strong>: toxic-free product, vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, sourced through green biotechnology, contains upcycled ingredients, and packaging contains at least 50% recycled post-consumer or post-industrial waste.<br><br><strong>Kypris</strong> Antioxidant Dew Quench & Glow Facial Serum, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fkypris-antioxidant-dew-quench-glow-facial-serum%2F4559540%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench & Glow Facial Serum

A featherlight serum that delivers a hefty boost in hydration with 26 active natural ingredients, including antioxidants (vitamins C and E), ferulic acid, sea algae extracts, and botanical-derived amino acids, to up moisture, elasticity, and radiance levels. And because there aren't any essential oils, this serum is perfect for those with scent-sensitive skin.

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, sourced through green biotechnology, contains upcycled ingredients, and packaging contains at least 50% recycled post-consumer or post-industrial waste.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench & Glow Facial Serum, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Sienna Naturals Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner</strong><br><br>A "do-all" leave-in treatment that will condition without the weight and help revive curl patterns using nutrient-rich polar oils (baobab and coconut oils) and hydrating baobab and shea butter — making it especially ideal for damaged strands, relaxed or color-treated hair, twist-outs, and wash-and-go styles. <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out: </strong>toxic-free product, cruelty-free, made in the USA, no secondary packaging, and easily recyclable. <br><br><strong>Sienna Naturals</strong> Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fsienna-naturals-dew-magic-leave-in-conditioner%2F5875689%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Sienna Naturals Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner

A "do-all" leave-in treatment that will condition without the weight and help revive curl patterns using nutrient-rich polar oils (baobab and coconut oils) and hydrating baobab and shea butter — making it especially ideal for damaged strands, relaxed or color-treated hair, twist-outs, and wash-and-go styles.

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, cruelty-free, made in the USA, no secondary packaging, and easily recyclable.

Sienna Naturals Dew Magic Leave-In Conditioner, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil</strong><br><br>A facial oil that can help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with its hydrating blend of chia seed and kiwi extracts — two key Omega-3 oils that boast the ability to retain moisture and provide a buffer against free radicals — and passionfruit and papaya seed oils to dissolve excess oil and impurities. <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out: </strong>cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA, USDA-certified organic, MADE SAFE®-certified with nontoxic ingredients not known to harm human health or environmental ecosystems, and responsibly packaged.<br><br><strong>True Botanicals</strong> Renew Pure Radiance Oil, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Ftrue-botanicals-renew-pure-radiance-oil%2F5850679%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil

A facial oil that can help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with its hydrating blend of chia seed and kiwi extracts — two key Omega-3 oils that boast the ability to retain moisture and provide a buffer against free radicals — and passionfruit and papaya seed oils to dissolve excess oil and impurities.

Sustainability shout-out: cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA, USDA-certified organic, MADE SAFE®-certified with nontoxic ingredients not known to harm human health or environmental ecosystems, and responsibly packaged.

True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer</strong><br><br>A lightweight silicone-free and refillable(!) moisturizer-primer hybrid that uses water-locking technology to inject hydration (macro hyalruonic acid and pomegranate) and to strengthen the skin barrier (orange peptides). <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out:</strong> toxic-free product, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and refillable <br><br><strong>Tata Harper</strong> Water-Lock Moisturizer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Ftata-harper-water-lock-moisturizer%2F5707494%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer

A lightweight silicone-free and refillable(!) moisturizer-primer hybrid that uses water-locking technology to inject hydration (macro hyalruonic acid and pomegranate) and to strengthen the skin barrier (orange peptides).

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and refillable

Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum<br></strong><br>A cult-favorite, universally beloved product, this luxurious serum has been lauded for its transformative formula that's packed with 22 nourishing botanicals and 66 restorative nutrients, including fatty acids (Omegas- 3, 6, 7, and 9), alfalfa, calendula, grapeseed, dandelion, and lavender that does it all: fight free radicals, soothe stressed-out skin, calm irritation, brighten, and even out skin tone.<br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out: </strong>toxic-free product, 100% natural ingredients, cruelty-free, responsibly packaged, and easily recyclable<br><br><br><strong>Vintner's Daughter</strong> Active Botanical Serum, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fvintners-daughter-active-botanical-serum%2F4657198%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

A cult-favorite, universally beloved product, this luxurious serum has been lauded for its transformative formula that's packed with 22 nourishing botanicals and 66 restorative nutrients, including fatty acids (Omegas- 3, 6, 7, and 9), alfalfa, calendula, grapeseed, dandelion, and lavender that does it all: fight free radicals, soothe stressed-out skin, calm irritation, brighten, and even out skin tone.

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, 100% natural ingredients, cruelty-free, responsibly packaged, and easily recyclable


Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil</strong><br><br>Organic undaria algae is soaked in a potent and pure vitamin-rich blend of açai, babassu, and passionfruit oils to create a lightweight, skin-smoothing body oil that promotes hydration, firms, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out:</strong> toxic-free product and USDA-certified organic ingredients.<br><br><strong>OSEA</strong> Undaria Algae Body Oil, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fosea-undaria-algae-body-oil%2F5812429%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil

Organic undaria algae is soaked in a potent and pure vitamin-rich blend of açai, babassu, and passionfruit oils to create a lightweight, skin-smoothing body oil that promotes hydration, firms, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product and USDA-certified organic ingredients.

OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil, $, available at Nordstrom
<strong>Coola Suncare Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30</strong><br><br>How pretty is this sunscreen? This fast-absorbing plant-derived broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 sun drops not only protects against harmful rays along with modern-day aggressors (blue light, infrared light), but also promotes radiance with plant stem cells, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid. <br><br><strong>Sustainability shout-out: </strong>toxic-free product, reef-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA, 70% USDA-certified organic, responsibly packaged, and easily recyclable.<br><br><br><strong>Coola</strong> Suncare Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fcoola-suncare-full-spectrum-360-sun-silk-drops-spf-30%2F5244194%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3D000" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
Coola Suncare Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30

How pretty is this sunscreen? This fast-absorbing plant-derived broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 sun drops not only protects against harmful rays along with modern-day aggressors (blue light, infrared light), but also promotes radiance with plant stem cells, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.

Sustainability shout-out: toxic-free product, reef-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA, 70% USDA-certified organic, responsibly packaged, and easily recyclable.


Coola Suncare Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30, $, available at Nordstrom

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