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December 9, 2009

Plastic-Free Organic Essence Lip Balm & Body Cream


I have another treat for you that I discovered at the San Francisco Green Festival last month: Organic Essence plastic-free cream and lip balm. As far as I know, Organic Essence is the first company to develop completely home compostable containers made from cardboard for such products.

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Materials include Forest Stewardship Council (FSC #SW-COC-001530), Post Consumer Waste (PCW), 100% recycled paper and organic adhesive and glaze.

The lip balm tube is ingenious. It’s made with a squeeze bottom which pushes up the lip balm instead of a twist bottom. What’s more, the products contain USDA certified organic ingredients with no petro-chemicals, preservatives, parabens, or artificial fragrances.

I asked Organic Essence to send me some samples to review, and I can tell you that they work very well. The lip balm, surprisingly, does not get crushed in my purse. The cream is very thick and concentrated: a little goes a long way, and in very small amounts it can be used as a makeup remover. In larger amounts, it can be used as a massage oil. I got the vanilla orange flavor, which smells great and doesn’t give me a headache like synthetic fragrances do.

Nearly two years ago, I wrote about making my own hand cream in the blender using beeswax, almond oil, water, and essential oils. But honestly, OE’s cream made with organic shea butter works better than mine and is probably more eco-friendly, since I have no idea where my beeswax originated. Plus, with all that I do, I honestly don’t have time to make my own hand cream. Why do it when there are experts like Organic Essence with their commitment to sustainable packaging to do it for me?

However, Organic Essence does sell other products in plastic containers, so I asked if the company had plans to develop compostable packaging for any of its other offerings. Here is what the company president, Ellery West, told me:

As far as hinting about what is coming up, I can describe other patent pending packages that we have in the pipeline. All except the pump are fibrous based, biodegradable and home compostable. A toothpaste type tube with a special type of cap since the threads like those on plastic and metal caps won’t work reliably. A bottle that can hold liquids such as soaps and lotions, as well as water. A completely biodegradable pump made of latex rubber for soaps and lotions that has no metal parts; it will be reusable so the consumer will only have to purchase refills. Two kinds of novel closures for bottles and jars, which is important because standard type threads won’t hold up when made of paper or fibers. And a replacement for plastic produce ‘clamshell’ packaging such as the kind used for strawberries that shows the fruit on the bottom while being moisture resistant and biodegradable.

He also explained why the company does not use or promote corn-based PLA (of which I’m no big fan either.)

The problem with it, aka. ‘PLA” is that it uses a food crop, to produce which is GMO and is very ecologically damaging due to modern industrialized crop production. As increasing volumes of plastic is replaced by PLA, it will put pressure on food prices and will also cause even marginal and fragile lands that are currently protected to be put into heavy chemicalized corn production. Think about the ethanol boondoggle, but done in plastic on a huge scale.

Recycled paper is the real green. We are also working with using invasive plant species such as Kudzu found in the southeastern US and European Beach Grass on the coasts, among other invasive grasses, to make our packaging, so we can go beyond just being ecologically neutral and actually become environmentally positive. Imagine that, a product package that honestly helps the environment!

I am really looking forward to seeing these products become a reality in the future.

THE GIVE-AWAY: Organic Essence has generously agreed to supply products to 6 winners! Each winner will receive one cream and two lip balms!

12/22/09: Congratulations to the winners: The Raven, Slee, Karen Sharkey, Alyssa, Maggie, and Tanya! The contest is closed.

To enter the contest, please leave a comment below stating that you would like to enter and telling me what types of personal care products or cosmetics you use and what you would like to see in the future as far as sustainable packaging or ingredients.


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You can also get lip balms made by For Strange Women in those cardboard squeezeable tubes.  I’ve been buying them for years.

where can i get this packaging? 

What a brilliant packaging. If only i found this product in my country, Im gonna use it

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I will only use lip balms that are made out of all natural ingredients and don’t contain parabens or any petroleum products. I consider myself to be a lip balm connoisseur because I have literally tried over 30 kinds of lip balm. I prefer either minty or fruity lip balms, so when I heard that the Made from Earth Spearmint and Blueberry Balm was really minty, I had to try it! If this lip balm was so thick and waxy, it would be one of the best. I love it because it is made with natural ingredients, and because it… Read more »

I just moved to Alaska where winters can get below 40C. I use Curel and Neutrogena lip balm. I would like to try organic products like the lip balm and I like the idea of using packaging that would be environmentally friendly – like recycled paper.

I’d love to enter (if its open to Canadians). I would love to try the lipbalm as I have dry lips especially in the winter. I’m all for the plastic free packaging!

I am a construction worker and am outside year round. I have found the organic moisturizers to really hydrate my skin. Love your packaging. Biodegadeable is awesome. If they could only find more in the construction world that would be awesome. Love your site.

Hi Beth, I am interested to see this. We gave up making lip balms (despite pleading from our customers) because of the packaging issue. People did not like tins or glass jars as much as tube dispensers, and they are so “disposable/eco-unfriendly. I would love to try/see these tubes. Even so, I come back to the problem that – as a tiny family business, we probably cannot get them for our own use. I cannot wait until such packaging becomes so mainstream that it is not extremely difficult for smaller companies to easily access it. We continue making soaps. Packaging… Read more »

I pretty much eschew cosmetics- you get what you see with me. I buy hand lotion from a local herbalist. She does use plastic containers but I don’t use it that often. My one daily need is my lip balm. I use Nanak’s Lip Smoothie and just cringe every time I buy another one in a plastic tube. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the tin tubs and my fingers as applicator. So, I would be very excited to try the Organic Essence product in the “eco tube”. Thanks for the info and the give-away.

My wife is telling me to enter this contest :)

We’ve been simplifying and green-ifying our home for several months now. Each new development leads us to a new product. We’ve gone from purchasing foods and products that contain more natural ingredients, and have recently begun ridding ourselves of plastic after stumbling across this site. We had gone from Carmex to Ecolips, but were never really satisfied because of the plastic. This new lip balm with compostable materials is just outstanding! I’m so glad to see companies developing more earth-friendly products!

Can I still enter?
I am still using up cosmetic/skin items encased in plastic but I’m keeping my eyes open for items not packaged like that. I’ve started buying bulk store soaps that come with no packaging – its a start :-)

PS, I have always composted, so I am thrilled to have packaging that I can recycle into vegies!

I would love to try the cream! I bought cocoa butter, but it’s tooo hard to use in the shower, where I apply moisture to my dry legs. Right now I am using a mass market lotion in a glass container. I dropped it in the shower once and I don’t k now how it didn’t break!. A cream in a guilt free non breakable package would be great. I also would love the lip balm, I am bad about using it and my lips are always chapped. Maybe if it was more wholesome I would be better about using… Read more »

Please put my name in the entry. I love your blog and thanks for friend-ing me on FB. I try to use all natural, animal-friendly products. I have a friend who makes vegan soap and lotion and I try to get lip balms that are in tins. We limit our plastic and do even more thanks to your site. We have two little guys, ages 1 and 3 and I want them to enjoy the ocean as well as future generations. Thanks again.

I would love to be entered. Currently I use Garden of Eve face care, which is all natural, and Eve is very knowledgeable on her herbs. But I’m intrigue with the green packaging. Once upon a time, I was an engineer for consumer product, and I was always trying to convince the company to go into green packaging, but it’s too expensive to get the material compare to virgin material. I am no longer working there, but still am very interested to see green packaging.

Hi, I’d love to enter this giveaway because the product packaging is such a wonderful idea! We use natural products and already abandon any products with petro checmicals. In our harsh Alaskan climate we use Jojoba oil for practically everything skin, hair & even lips but that does come in plastic bottles. I also have about 5 tubes of Burts Bee’s lip balm and I love the mint and pomegranate. I never really thought about the plastic tubes they come in so I am happy that there is this company developing biodegradable packaging. We sell PVC Lead & plastic free… Read more »

I would like to be entered to win this. i have given up nearly all cosmetics with the exception of perhaps twice a year for performances, due to he questionable chemicals and intrinsic waste involved in them.
It’s to the point that I’m washing my hair with baking soda and lemon juice.
I’d love to see all natural ingredients in something baby friendly for washing my infant, with a container that isnt bpa laden plastic.

mother earth aka karen hanrahan

the product I use now is emollient, plant based and paraban free etc, it’s very emolliant however sometimes you get one that crumbles, you never can get to the bottom of the product which means you are wasting some and lastly it comes in plastic. I am very curious to see this packaging. please enter me

I’d like to enter, please, if Canadians may.

I use mostly homemade personal care products, so I can package them in whatever I like. The issue for me is mostly how the ingredients are packaged. I’d love to find some coconut oil in glass jars in a local store. I also use some products (deodorant and toothpaste) made by a friend of my mom’s with all-natural ingredients and glass and metal packaging, but she’s facing the same issue I am with the ingredients.

I’d also like to see plastic-free sunscreen.

I really want to try these products!  I only use Baby Bear Shop lip balm s- all organic and come in little tins – no plastic packaging. I just make sure my fingers are clean before I put it only lips – and no double-dipping!  I also use Josie Maran cosmetics.  The compact is compostable (once you remove the mirror).  I haven’t found a solution for an organic tinted moisturizer or mascara that’s non-toxic/organic and not contained in plastic.

Thank you for posting this! Hooray finally someone has made plastic free lip balm, I sadly decided just the other day to not buy more until a plastic free alternative was out there, very happy now.

What a fun giveaway! I would like to enter.

My wife already uses the shea butter and I would love the lip balm sans plastic. I look forward to the toothpaste tube and a pump without metal parts. Those things kill me.

I would love to enter!  I have never worn much makeup except for eyeliner.  I’ve recently been thinking that it would be wonderful to find eyeliner in a metal tube – not plastic.  I’ve switched over to regular bar soaps for hands, face, and hair, pretty much plastic-free.  I tend to avoid most other body care products, but I would definitely love to try the lip balms.  My lips get so chapped in the winter and I usually use the tub of vaseline I’ve had for ages for them – would love to have an alternative!

This company is amazing. Thanks for making me aware of them.

What a fun/awesome giveaway! I would like to enter (and thanks for the chance…) My personal care-products are pretty minimal…but I do use them. I use Burts Bees shampoo bar and a Burts Bees conditioner (sadly, I have yet to find a plastic free conditioner option), Burts Bees Tomato bar soap, the Naked Bee facial moisturizer/sunscreen (not plastic free…is it possible to get plastic free sunscreen?!?) a local beeswax lip balm (in a metal tin) and lotion. I rarely use the same brand of lotion, but focus on getting products that are locally made from sustainable/healthy ingredients and/or those that… Read more »
I’d love to be entered. I don’t use a whole lot of cosmetics, thankfully, but I do have a small stash of lipstick and eyeshadow for performances, and we’re hitting winter now, when I rely on having some sort of lip/skin balm around to keep my lips and cuticles from cracking. My boyfriend also gets into the seasonal use of skin creams, as some of his scar and graft tissues can be very prone to drying out, which could lead to flaking and cracking if we’re not careful. I’m so glad to hear about this company. Non-plastic packaging for healthy… Read more »
I would like to enter the contest!!! I use mineral make up which is unfortunately packaged in plastic but it lasts a lot longer and has superior ingredients compared to what I used to wear. I would like to find a place where you can refill your containers when you run out. In the meantime I am researching cosmetics with more sustainable packaging. I was amazed by the packaging offered by this company! I only wish that there was not beeswax in the products. I am not completely vegan but I try to be as much as I can. Thanks!

I would like to enter! I currently use body butter from the Body Shop, which is great stuff, but does come in a plastic tub. So I would love to have an alternative that doesn’t include yet another plastic container!

I just found this website, and I love it, by the way! I’ll be taking the Show Us Your Plastic Challenge next week. :)

I would love to be entered in the giveaway! I really just use whatever personal care products come my way… I very rarely purchase them. I’m lucky that as a henna artist, I provide a service that many people who make and sell natural personal care products want, and I get a decent amount through barter :) As for the comments about henna above… if you want henna, the absolute best way to get it is to buy fresh body art quality henna…which I happen to sell at my online henna supply store. I’ve tried the henna bars from Lush… Read more »
Hi Beth, I’d love to enter this contest! This year, I have made a couple big switches in my personal care products, with the main being Tom’s of Maine toothpaste (recyclable tube), a Lush bar of shampoo (no packaging!), and coconut oil as a body lotion substitute (I can’t do away with moisturizers altogether– winter’s in WI are just too harsh on my skin). My ideal personal care products would only contain ingredients that I can easily pronounce, and would utilize the “refill” idea, rather than new packaging. Imagine “bulk” stations where you can bring your own glass jar/container for… Read more »
I would like to enter this contest. I have been looking for new lip balm. I’ve been using Burts Bees in the metal tins, but I’m not happy in the change in ownership and want to change. Also, the super dry air we have been having in the Pacific Northwest has dried out my hands to the point where it stings to put lotion on. I’m using Nature’s Gate right now, but as soon as that’s gone I’m going to change. I would like to see more packaging that could be composted at home or that could be thrown in… Read more »
wow! great giveaway!!! my daughter and I use skin free lotion, and another more .. it seem not help our skin get better from bad dry. I love shea butter. long time ago I made shea butter recipe for foot lotion and I gave to my sister and she said that she love it . it help her foot less dry. I m still looking for less soap for hair, body, and hand. I still look for recipe to find best for me and my family. thanks for the chance!
Katy from Non-Toxic Kids

This would be great!  We go through a lot of lip balm here, and I don’t like to see that plastic go to waste at all. What a great idea.  

I also would love to see more organic cosmetic companies using creative, environmentally responsibile packaging.  I use some Kiss My Face lotions, soap, and other organic cosmetics for work.

Thanks for the giveaway!

I too am trying to minimize the number of products I use, mainly because of the packaging. I’ve been successful with some recipes for products, and not successful with others.

All of the ideas your company is working on are very need in this industry. Why so much waste for these?!

I would buy a product or not, based on it’s packaging.

As for products, I’m down to shampoo, oil for lotion and bar soap for washing. Sometimes lip balm.

Thanks for the contest. I d love to be entered.

Portland OR

These really sound great and I would like to win them! I’m very sensitive to most beauty products and my husband hates it when I wear lipstick so I basically wear to lip gloss with a little bit of color in it and dab liptick on when I get to work (but never really re-apply it). Seriously, in the winter I worry that putting on something as simple as eye shadow will cause an outbreak of psoriasis on my eyelid (a reason to wear no eye make up is actually kind of nice ’cause I’m lazy too). Since I use… Read more »
I’m really impressed with this packaging — in fact, I was babbling to the carpool last night about it and now everyone wants to see the products, so I hope I win :-) I’ve been trying to go Kaizen with plastic reduction and try to make small, continuous changes in my product choices over time. During my plastic tracking week, I found that personal care packaging made up a large chunk of my plastic waste, so as I’m using up my existing stash of plastic-encased products I try to make better choices for my new purchases. Switched from stick deodorant… Read more »

I’d love to enter!
I usually make my own balm, but I have typically put it in plastic or glass containers as that is all I could find to use.
I have also made my own cream in the past but haven’t taken the time recently.

Very cool Beth! Compostable containers? I’m impressed!! I’ve been making my own products too but never have time to make enough. I’m a firm believer that a person can never have too many lip balms!

Kelli aka KirkBerserk
Help! My lips chap terribly and the only thing I’ve found that works is Carmex. While they make a metal container, I admit to using the plastic tube more often, just because it means I can apply it right away without having to worry how germy my fingers might be, like I do when I apply out of the metal container. Beth you blow my mind with your plastic awareness. I’ve cut back on a lot of makeup but my acne products and mascara all have plastic something-or-other. Even my Tom’s toothpaste in it’s metally squeeze tube still has a… Read more »

Ok, I am intrigued! I fight battles every winter with dry skin and struggle to find anything that works! (And the vanilla orange sounds heavenly!) I’m very impressed with the fact there’s not a packaging issue with these products.

I have never heard of lip balm that was not in glass or plastic, what a cool idea. I would love to have a chance to win this if people in canada can be included:) I currently use ecolips vegan lip balm. I have very dry and very sensitive skin and am allergic to tree oil and to alo vera too. I use aveeno, and a canadian hand cream that is supposed to be eco friendly and while in plastic at least the bottle is recyclable. I also use straight calendula oil that I got from a local guy at… Read more »

Very cool.  I like the lip balm!

I’m so excited about the sustainable packaging! So excited that I went to Whole Foods on the way home last night and picked up some of their shea cream as a gift (which doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to win some, too). I use an embarrassing number of care products, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cosmetics, sun screen. Okay, I don’t find the sunscreen embarrassing, it’s just smart, and I did manage to find one that comes in a metal tube rather than plastic. My ‘excuse’ for this plastic packaged horror in my house is that (in addition to being a pale… Read more »
Sure, enter me in the drawing! Just fyi, re henna, I’ve had more than one pro hair person tell me not to use it, because it’s terrible for hair — it dries it out like nobody’s business. I’m in transition on personal-care products as I try to cut plastic from my life. I have a bunch of Dr. Bronner’s lip balm (in plastic tubes) that I got for free and am using up and giving away. For lotion, I’ve been using California Baby, because it gets a good rating on EWG and it’s one of few lotions that doesn’t give… Read more »

I’d love products that were in reusable containers. I have several Burt’s Bees samples and will reuse the containers as I empty them. I doubt I’d ever make my own lip balm, though, so those tube-containers are wasted once I’m done. Plus, some of their creams/lotions come in plastic squeeze containers that aren’t reusable, so products in paper-based squeezies would be great. I pretty much use hand and body lotions/oils/whatever, since my legs are always dry and I’m starting to get middle-aged-woman hands.

Apologies if this becomes a double post; my computer seems to have eaten the first one. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks! I use Burt’s Bees lipbalm and cuticle cream, Trader Joe’s lotion and shampoo, (I tried two shampoo bars but they don’t work for my oily hair), Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, and an Eco-dent toothbrush where you replace the bristles and keep using the same handle. Your blog and Life Life Plastic have inspired me to use baking soda and cornstarch for deodorant and to switch to bar soap as soon as a I use up my Method… Read more »

SO GLAD to see a company finally figured out how to package things right! Hooray!

As far as lotions and things go, I use Alaffia Handcrafted Shea Butter–it comes in a small glass jar (but the metal lid has a styrafoam “seal” on the underside).

I also use Desert Essence JoJoba Oil, which comes in a plastic bottle.

I want to enter the drawing. I have been clearing out the products that contains chemicals in my bathroom. I look for organic products. I am really curious and interested about the products in safe, biodegradable containers. Do the container begin to break down while the products are still in them though? If it works I think its a Great Idea. I haven’t found an effective natural product for dry skin I experience in winter. I use Badger Balm products and Hydramae lotion. It would be wonderful to get completely away from plastic as containers for products.

I’d love to enter! I’m so thrilled to know about this company. I will keep them in mind for when my Burt’s Bees lip balm (a staple of winter) runs out.

I’d like to enter the contest. I currently use many items from LUSH, however, they are expensive…and wonderful! All come in compostable packaging. Otherwise, I use coconut oil or sesame oil.

Please enter me into the draw. Crossing fingers!

I’ve been thinking a lot about toothpaste and shampoo, I haven’t found something I feel great about in terms of packaging. I find baking soda drying so still using things I am not happy with. And the shampoo bar just dries out my hair. I would love to make my own products, but with two kids under 4, a full time job and already getting little sleep, there is just not enough time.

I would love to enter!

I turn into a lizard in the winter (I have no body heat or skin moisture) and I was considering making my own chapstick to cut down on plastic. There really aren’t any plastic free alternatives where I live at all. I have trouble finding plastic free lotion too. I really don’t live in a plastic-free friendly place….

I would like to enter, please! I currently use handmade lip balms, which I feel are better than most mass-produced ones, but they’re still encased in plastic. I’m also in the process of using up the conventional lotions I have, and I do ocassionally use lotion bars, but I haven’t found the magic one yet.

My beauty regimen consists of Dr. Bronner’s lip balm and flax seed oil. Of course I use Dr. Bronner’s because of the quality of the products/ ingredients and the philosophy behind their company (and their soaps have been a staple in my house for over 30 years) and I would like to see more companies falling in line. Unfortunately, I don’t think the plastic tube is recyclable…let me check…nope. I also see that an ingredient is Tocopherol and I hope that the product they use is derived from non-GMO corn.

Hmmm I’d like to enter because I too use lip balm frequently and so far the only non-plastic alternatives I’ve seen are the little metal tins.

A product I’ve have problems with is conditioner. I have long hair and as a result, I can’t skip it easily and I’ve tried doing things like using coconut oil and it makes my hair into a greasy mess and I’ve not had luck with vinegar, so I’m still using plastic bottled stuff  : /

I’d love to enter!

I use mainly Burt’s Bees chapstick and love it but I hate not being able to recycle the tube once it’s finished (recycling options where I live are limited).

I would love to enter. I have struggled with dry skin all of my life and have yet to find a natural product that works well. The best thing I have found for my skin is actually a home made recipe that works the best so far, but I still have dry skin, it just makes my skin less dry.

Organic Essence product wrappers and containers look great. I am excited to see what they come out with next.

Paper packaging… finally!…. awesome!!!!!!!!!! :) I would love to see how the paper lip balm containers work. Products I currently use: ~ a few hand creams and lip balms from etsy. they come in metal containers but they are not made of ingredients that sit well with me: caster oil? “fragrance”? hmmm. ~ Tom’s toothpaste. I just recently switched to Ecodent tooth powder, which is sadly packaged in plastic. ~ straight baking soda deodorant. it’s working great so far. ~ Liggets bar soap for hair. ~ Kiss My Face bar soap for face and body. ~ Burt’s Bees lip balms… Read more »
I really dig the idea of their products coming in paper packaging, as well as stuff that can be refilled using their packages. I pretty much use exclusively natural products for my toiletries (makeup, toothpaste, soap, lotions, cleansers, etc). I think what I would like to see more of is a ‘clean’ make up product that actually works. I find a lot of natural make up lines that I’ve tried which contain good clean ingredients, just simply don’t work too well. They don’t stay on the skin, the colours are too bland, or they only sell colours suitable for Caucasian… Read more »

Excited to enter. I use various products, some green, some not. I like to use green for my kids and have 2 with very dry skin. i will have to look into the shea butter. i buy some organic cream and hair oil products at the farmers market but they all come in plastic. love the alternative containers.

I love what this company does with their packaging and I would love to see more companies make better choices about their plastic bottles. It is disappointing to see an organic, good for you beauty product and then see its packaging isn’t good for mother earth. I am still in the process of transitioning to better choices for my family and the environment. I was oblivious until the past year of just what was going on. I was a typical consumer with little awareness. Currently I’ve switched to tom’s toothpaste but I’m going to be changing brands for something without… Read more »
Hi beth! I don’t want to enter, I want to win! :). Personal care is my one trouble area as I tend to be quite vain! ;). Currently I use Pangea organics. They were handing out free samples at whole foods and I was a total skeptic. I told the lady I didn’t want any samples in plastic packaging. The lady told me the samples were made out of recylced newspaper and the I was intriged. I did some research and I liked the company. All their products are made with natural organic ingredients. They pay their employees a living… Read more »
Tanya, you crack me up. I had no idea you were vain. I don’t think you’ve told us enough times. :-) Nice to know those facts about Pangea. I do wish they would get all of their products out of plastic. Maybe they’ll be able to follow the lead of Organic Essence. Elizabeth R., not that I’m promoting Tom’s, but they do make a couple of SLS-free toothepastes, and the aluminum tubes can be sent back to the company for recycling after the plastic cap and threads are removed (which are really easy to yank off with a pair of… Read more »

Wow! I will definitely be checking out this company’s products because of their commitment to the environment. Currently I use burt’s bees, lush, and some Trader Joe’s products, but I would love some entirely plastic free options.

ooh, sign me up! my plastic burt’s bees lip balm is almost up, and I’ve been dreeaaading the internal debate about buying another plastic container vs. the metal ones that require you to use your fingers (ew). as far as personal care products, I’ve taken a page out of your book and use baking soda for shampoo and deodorant. and holy crap, b.s. actually works wonders as deodorant, even here in Florida! (and by the way, I run around on campus all day, so I definitely need something that works.) I used vinegar for 3 months as a hair rinse,… Read more »

Enter me, please!

I don’t use many personal care products, relatively speaking. Usually just soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and deodorant. I would really like it if I could find the shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste in more earth-friendly packaging, for sure. At this time of year, though, lip balm and hand cream do come in handy.

Please enter me in the contest. I’m so happy to see that a company is not just touting that they are “green” but actually doing something about it! I do have some skincare products that are packaged in glass, but there invariably is still some component of plastic in it. I’ve also had a glass bottle that was mailed to me break in the box. So not only was there waste, but they had to ship another bottle to me.

I personally don’t use hand creams or lip balms very often. Since changing the way I eat a few years ago I find that I rarely need to use anything anymore. My daughters, however are another story. They go through lip balm and hand cream galore and it recently occured to me how much plastic waste this is creating. The hand cream we were buying was made by a fellow who hand-crafted all of his herbs but he has recently stopped production so we are not sure what to do when this supply runs out, so I am glad to… Read more »

This sounds great! I purchase soap and shampoo bars from DressGreen on ( I requested no plastic packaging, and my bars came wrapped in tissue paper. I have been using Burt’s Bees for lip balm, but I would love a plastic free alternative.

The only “cosmetics” I use are mascara and lip balm.  I was just thinking the other day as I pulled out my Burt’s Bees,  “I wonder what  Beth Terry would use?”  

I would love to try these products, but according to their Website, they aren’t selling them anywhere in my state (Missouri).  Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to win some.

I’d like to enter!
Currently, I use Dr. B and apple cider vinegar on my hair, and I’m trying to get away from complicated products and plastic elsewhere, but the hard part is that my skin is so sensitive and dry. I have to use thick shea butter cream meant for hands and elbows on my face just so it doesn’t peel. Luckily, the last time I ran out, I found some I could afford that was paraben (and other icky stuff) free, but it was still packaged in plastic… so that’s the area I’m working on right now.

Please enter me!

I don’t wear makeup, but I use lip balm, lotion/cream, shaving cream, and shampoo/conditioner. Would love to see plastic-free versions of any of them.

These products sound incredible! I really appreciate this company’s pro-active efforts at sustainable packaging!

After reading Big Green Purse, I eliminated almost all of my cosmetic products. I still use lip balm, some blush and mascara, but that is about it. Unfortunately, even those come in plastic tubes! I would love to try these products. Thanks!

Thanks for entering me into the contest! It’s very generous of you!

Right now, I’m pretty much only using lip balm and make-up every once in awhile. I don’t even use shampoo (I’m on the baking soda regiment) and I love that.

I hate plastic and have on more than one occasion chosen a glass or paper product over a plastic one. I’d really love to see some more alternatives for less packaging in general…

I would love to be entered for this giveaway! During “No Impact Week” last month, I purchased bar soap, shave (bar) soap, and a shampoo bar from Etsy vendors, and requested they be shipped to me “naked” (no packaging). I really like all three products, and appreciate that the vendors include the description of what’s included in each. As for lotion, I am still using Aveeno and Oil of Olay. We live in a very dry climate + have hard water to boot, so I pretty much lotion head to toe daily. In the past, I’ve tried all sorts of… Read more »

I am very impressed with their ideas on environmentally positive products, let alone neutral. I would love to try them. Lip balm, lotion and soap are my main personal care products, though I do occasionally wear cosmetics. As he points out, many “eco-friendly” cosmetics lines are using corn-derived PLA. I’d love to see some alternatives with mascara, pressed powder, etc.

This company is amazing. Thanks for making me aware of them. I’d love to enter your drawing. I use hand salve I bought at the farmer’s market for my chapped skin or lips. On hair and teeth I use baking soda.

I would like to enter! I use a lot of lip balm (I suspect I’m addicted to the stuff), especially in winter with the dry air. Even the nice stuff made with beeswax comes in a plastic container, so it would be fantastic to use some that comes in a compostable container! I love Chagrin Valley soap and shampoo bars. Actually, I have a solid lotion from them too, and it comes in a lovely little metal tin! The bars come wrapped in paper. They’re great for my hair and don’t contain any harmful ingredients (potential allergens notwithstanding… and I… Read more »

Please don’t enter me. The packaging is wonderful, and I hope I get to try it out someday. Here’s my note to the company:

I was so excited to read about your products on Fake Plastic Fish (, as I’ve been hoping to find plastic-free lip balm and lotion but have had limited success. I love your packaging. Unfortunately, it seems your products contain beeswax. I hope you will consider making some vegan products. I would buy them and be absolutely delighted to send the containers to my backyard compost bin when empty.

I love lipbalm and would love to try out these new ones! Right now, I alternate between Burt’s Bees and an organic brand that I can’t recall the name of. I’ve been trying to move towards more natural beauty products, but I didn’t think it was possible to get plastic-free beauty products too.

I would love to enter!! :)

I use Green Beaver and for face stuff Eminence. Sadly both have plastic containers (I am not a fan of Lush’s sketchy ingredients, or strong scents). I would love it if more companies used glass or cardboard that was home compostable. this whole bioplastic is not sustainable or feasible for most communities.

Yay on Organic Essence for coming up with this fantastic alternative!

I’m so happy to hear about this company. I’ve been looking in my bathroom and cringing lately. I use lip balm, lotion, toner, face cleanser, face lotion, powder… this stuff would be a great start!

Wow, what a great idea using cardboard. I’ve been meaning to switch to eco-friendly personal care items. Right now I’m slowly phasing out my chemical free, but plastic container stuff. The biggest change I made was switching from synthetic feminine hygiene pads to Lunapads, which I love. I don’t use makeup, but lotion and lip balm are a must when the humidity is like 30% in the winter.

I would LOVE to win any of those fab products! I totally love the LaNatura brand. I am especially fond of their Vanilla Shea Butter Lip Balm (Item 503). It’s all natural and organic (they even flavor it with vanilla extract). I just wish they would stop selling it in plastic tubes :( I would kill for a glass or metal tin from them.

I am simply BLOWN AWAY by their commitment! I use henna and lipstain as far as my beauty regiment goes. The henna isn’t as much of an issue since I can get it in bars from Lush, but I end up mixing the lipstain myself on a per-need basis. I’d love if they could come up with a small sturdy container like the tiny round carmex tins!

Ooh, LunaGhost, tell me more about the henna bars. What colors do they have? And what’s in them? (Of course I could look it up on their web site.) How long does the color last? And will it cover gray? I am about to write a post about how my idea of physical appearance has had to be altered due to giving up plastic. I would consider henna if it doesn’t have to be redone too too often. All I really want to do is cover my gray. Don’t know if henna will do that.
I’d love to enter this! My hair, skin and lips are soooo dry and lips are cracked from spending thanksgiving vacation in the desert with friends. Warm days, plus cold nights have wreaked havoc on my skin and lips :( My hair is so freakin dry I actually wondered if it wasn’t worth cutting it off! I use Desert Essence products a lot for facial wash and moisturizer. They are packed in plastic but the face wash is a HUGE bulk bottle and I simply refill the smaller one I have. Make up I tend to go for clinique or… Read more »
I love natural lip balm, but I have an ungodly number of little plastic tubes in my house. My favorites are My Lip Stuff, Cocoa Butter Badger, Crazy Rumors, and Indigo Wild’s Zum Kiss. Unfortunately, nearly all of these come in plastic containers. I’d love a plastic-free package I don’t have to dunk my finger in to use! It’s lucky that my cats love chasing the empty tubes all over our wood floors, because a lot of them are #7 plastic or unmarked. I plan to experiment with making my own lotions in the near future, but right now I… Read more »

I would love to enter. I’ve been wondering about this kind of thing as I’m getting to the bottom of my tub of lotion. Chapstick and lotion are going to get me through the dry Hudson Valley winter. And sunscreen sustains me throughout the summer (my fair skin would crackle otherwise).

I’d like to enter. :)

I love organic products as I have a citrus allergy. Anything citrusy (in any care product) will irritate my skin very much. There is a ton of products out there with citrus in it.

Re: Organic Essence lip balm and cream contest I am ecstatic to hear about Organic Essences plastic-free packaging! I have been using body products that contain organic ingredients, and that are paraben-free, synthetic fragrance-free, and phthalate-free. I use products by Druide, Burt’s Bees, and Nature Clean, among others– but they are all using plastic packaging. I hope to see other companies move away from plastics as Organic Essence is. There could also be more use of refillable containers. Glass could be used for some things– really thick glass like they make baby bottles out of. Thanks so much for tweeting… Read more »
Ooh! I’d like to enter. I am very intrigued by the lip balm. I currently use Burt’s Bees lip balm because it comes in tins but with this cold dry weather, I need to reapply the balm more often but don’t always want to take my gloves off! Plus when I’m out and about (ie riding the subway) , I don’t always want to stick put my not-quite-clean fingers into my lip balm. I love the idea of a compostable package that allows me to apply without using my fingers. I’m also glad to see them working on a biodegradable… Read more »
I would love to enter this contest – the products sound great and lotion and lip balm are two things I use daily. Right now I’m using Burts Bees, and Kiss My Face products. My lip balm is in a plastic tube, so I’m waiting till that’s used to buy one in a metal tin. I like the metal packaging option because it is durable, reusable, and recyclable at the end of its life. Biodegradable is an interesting option for personal care packaging that I hadn’t thought of before so I’d be really curious to get a look at the… Read more »

Oh I am a total lip balm addict and I love love love trying new ones out, but hate throwing away all those tiny tubes of plastic. Also I am so itchy this winter from a combo of dry air and being pregnant. So I am game for any kind of good thick cream that actually works to keep my skin hydrated and doesn’t need to be reapplied every 10 min!

Personal care products are one type of product I never see without plastic — so these options sound great!!

I would love to enter!
I am a chapstick addict (or lip balm or whatever) and this packaging looks fabulous and is an everyday way for me to move away from petroleum and plastic. I am definitely interested in any new packaging they come out with.

I would love to be entered in this drawing. Lip balm and lotion/oil are my only skin-care/cosmetics. Right now I’m working through an old Burt’s Bees lip balm which I found in the pocket of my winter coat last week, and I’m using straight almond oil after a shower to keep my skin from peeling. I would love to try these alternatives. They sound lovely. As far as other personal care items, I skip soap entirely due to skin reactions and still pass for clean, basically. I use a paper-packaged shampoo bar which I am happy with, although I can’t… Read more »

Wow! I love their packaging ideas. I use mostly organic personal care products without parabens, phthalates, etc but it would be nice to see more of those that don’t use plastic as their container too!

My husband skin dries out in winter and cracks. He’s tried several natural based moisturizers that don’t work well for him (but do for me so I use them) and eventually goes back to the petroleum based moisturizer he doctor recommended. He however can use the beeswax based lip balm that my friend’s mother makes. I cannot because my lips peal worse. My mom’s friend that it means I’m having a reaction to the beeswax which means I reluctantly went back to a petroleum based product. I’d love to buy ONE moisturizer and lip balm that isn’t petroleum based that… Read more »

Wow, that is all really great. My partner is a lip balm addict and I have that same cold weather /many bandaids as Kellie.
The compostable pump (patent pending) is a great idea — my partner is also a liquid hand soap addict.
Me, my big personal care products are face moisturizer and sunscreen which it be nice in a portable nonglass nondisintegrating (until it’s time) tube.
Making my own personal care products is just not on my agenda.

I am genuinely impressed with this packaging, and it sounds like their products might be just as impressive as their packaging. I use Burts Bees exclusively and I love that a lot of their packaging is glass, and that they use recycled plastic in their tubes (I use tons of lip balm). Of course, once those tubes are put in the garbage, that’s where the environmental responsibility goes down the toilet. I love the idea of compostable packaging. Organic Essence is closing the loop. Can’t wait to try them!

I totally want to enter.

This is brilliant and makes me sooooo excited!!

I read the other day on your blog about 100% Pure Cosmetics, I have yet to try them but I would imagine that their cosmetics in this type of packaging would be nirvana for hippie chicks who still like to sparkle!

I love not using corn based plastic as an alternative.

Christy, I’ll post about 100% Pure next week. You might want to wait on them. In the store, I thought the packaging was metal, but when I got it home, I saw there was plastic in it. The ingredients in the product itself are terrific. I emailed the company about the packaging and got a response right away that makes me very hopeful. So I’ll post all of that next week.

Ugh, I’m in CO where it’s not only super dry, but it’s been sub-zero for at least a week. I have 5 little band-aids on various fingers where they’ve cracked open, so I would love to try this out!

Right now  I use shea butter from Vitamin Cottage, which I feel good about rubbing onto my skin since it’s natural. The packaging, which is plastic, I don’t feel so good about.  It would be so nice to see more companies using compostable packaging like this!