Clean + Planet Positive Skincare at Sephora


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You go organic when it’s available, you sort your recycling, and you walk instead of driving when you can. You are doing your part to be greener for the greater good, but what about the beauty brands you buy? They tout their products as “clean”, but are they really going behind closed doors?

Wonder no more: Sephora has set a new standard for its clean beauty category called Clean + Planet Positive. Products that meet the standard will have a special seal. When you see the seal, it not only means you get the clean ingredients you love (no parabens, SLS and SLES sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, formaldehyde, etc.) but the brand makes its best to be eco-conscious. behind the scenes too.

According to data from the 2018 Zero Waste Week, more than 120 billion packaging units are produced worldwide each year by the cosmetics industry, contributing to the loss of 18 million acres of forest each year.


I know what you are thinking: Can my beauty products really make a difference when it comes to the environment? Yes! And that’s exactly why it’s so important to support brands that are taking a stand to do something. And with some amazing brands in mind (read more about my favorite product picks below), you can be a part of that positive change while being able to indulge in skincare, makeup, or any other form of beauty. .

Here’s exactly how the brands cut for Sephora’s Clean + Planet Positive Seal:

  • Clean ingredients: Cleaning at Sephora approved. Free from parabens, SLS and SLES sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, formaldehyde, etc. Check out the full list of excluded ingredients from Sephora here.
  • Climate commitment: Brands must achieve at least one of the following climate objectives: carbon neutral operations, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or head office and owned operations powered 100% by renewable energy.
  • Sustainable sourcing: Cruelty-free, using only sustainably harvested palm oil and mica, no microplastics and meeting Sephora’s CBD standards.
  • Responsible packaging: Must reduce, recycle and reinvent the way they pack. This means: no single-use items or unnecessary materials. Design with recyclability in mind. Innovate with plant-based inks, biomaterials, refillable components, post-consumer recycled materials, and more.
  • Environmental donations: Donate at least 1% of profits to a credible, long-term, multi-year, ongoing giving program, or be a certified B-corp.

Ready to shop? Here are a few favorites that hold the Clean + Planet Positive seal.

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Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

From youth to the people

$ 36.00

This cleanser is like green juice for your face with ingredients like kale, spinach, and green tea to help revive, nourish, and soothe as it cleanses.
Planet bonus:
Youth To The People uses only glass packaging and all products are recyclable. The outer packaging is also fully post-consumer and Forest Stewardship Council certified.


Green Clean Make-up Removing Balm

Sunflower and ginger root oils melt makeup instantly while papaya extract gently exfoliates for a deep clean that doesn’t scratch.
Planet bonus:
All of Farmacy’s ingredients are sustainably sourced and grown on local farms. They are also partnering with Feed America to reduce food waste in the United States.

To treat

Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum

A healthy dose of vegan lactic acid gently exfoliates skin overnight for a more glowing, fresh look in the morning.
Planet bonus:
Hydrating squalane is also a basic ingredient in the Biossance range. While this ingredient was once derived from sharks, Biossance uses squalene derived from sugar cane which saves two million sharks from being harvested each year.

To treat

Vinoperfect Anti-Dark Spot Serum

Vine sap is used in place of vitamin C for the main dark spot lightening benefits in this hydrating serum.
Planet bonus:
Caudalie has already helped plant 8 million trees around the world.


Nourishing Moisturizer


$ 17.00

Composed of 91% natural ingredients, this moisturizer quenches dry skin with natural oils such as avocado, marula and rosehip oil.
Planet bonus: It comes in a jar made from 55% sugar cane residue (AKA not plastic!), And the box comes from sustainably maintained forests and decorated with vegetable inks.


Water-Lock Moisturizer with Skin Smoothing Peptides

Not only does this moisturizer hydrate the skin, it keep hydrated skin with ingredients like orange blossom peptides and pomegranate spears that help lock in moisture.
Planet bonus:
It’s rechargeable! Once you are out, simply purchase the refill capsule and place it in your glass jar. Personal bonus: it’s also better for your wallet.

Chelsea Burns is Beauty Director for Women’s Health and has written in the beauty and wellness industry for over six years. She is an expert at product testing and is always on the lookout for the best tinted moisturizer.

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