gaia smiles bentonite tooth powder

6 sustainable & zero waste personal care brands!

The mainstream cosmetic industry can be trashy, literally. 

We catch them churning out difficult or impossible to recycle containers that hit the landfill by the millions every single day around the world. Mainstream 'beauty and personal care products’ are also brimming with harmful and not-so-good chemicals and synthetics. For the things that supposedly enhance our natural beauty, there’s ironically nothing natural about the old way of personal care.

Thankfully portia-ella is here as your alternative to the mainstream industry trends. We host the largest selection of sustainable, low, and zero waste beauty brands hitting the market paired with brand recycling programs

So in the spirit of changing the world to encompass more sustainable, low, and zero waste products, we’ve compiled a list of top-selling personal care brands.

Know of a Canadian brand that you think we should retail? Get them to sign up as a stockist!

1. pureAF Natural Deodorant & Personal Care

The no-nonsense, spunky deo brand that seriously makes the best natural deodorant around with packaging in a paper tube. Say bye-bye to those pesky plastic tubes.

Price point | $9 to $19

Best known for | Paper tube natural deodorants 
Values & Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, sustainable
Product Range | Armpits, Body Care, Hair Care 

2. Gaia Smiles Remineralizing Tooth Powder

Holistic oral care offers unique benefits to our health, and Gaia Smiles is dedicated to spreading the word! Using their nutrition and physiology knowledge, these oral care products clean and heal at the same time, using holistic and mineral-rich ingredients—all while minimizing waste!

Price point | $14

Best known for | Non-toxic oral care products made in small batches to ensure high quality
Values & Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, refill options
Product Range | Oral Care

Shop Gaia Smiles at portia-ella

3. Sweet Leilani Cosmetics

Meet Sweet LeiLani! Formulated especially for those with acne, eczema, rosacea, and other skin sensitivities, their collection provides high-performance, high-coverage makeup that also soothes and nourishes the skin. The healing nature of the collection speaks for itself!

Price point | $27 to $30

Best known for | Consciously-packaged makeup for sensitive, damaged, and rosacea-prone skin
Values & Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, sustainable
Product Range | Makeup

Shop Sweet Leilani at portia-ella


4. Bottle None Hair Care

Your zero-waste hair care dreams have come true with bottle none. They curate effective, customizable, and effortless haircare while maintaining eco-friendly values. Did you know their travel cases are 3D printed from recycled materials right in Kelowna, BC!

No matter your hair texture and type, you're covered. They have the portia-ella healthy, silky, bouncy hair approval!

Price point | $18 to $55

Best known for | Zero-waste hair care for all hair types
Values & Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, sustainable
Product Range | Hair Care

Shop Bottle None at portia-ella


5. Forest Garden Soap & Sudry 

A family-owned company, Forest Garden produces the best soaps around! Being sea salt-based, they hydrate and exfoliate the skin as you use them, and contain beautiful wildcrafted herbs and locally sourced ingredients from British Columbia.

Price point | $7

Best known for | Craft high quality, all-natural body products made from renewable, fair trade ingredients
Values & Ethics | Cruelty-free, sustainable, zero-waste, fair-trade
Product Range | Body Care

Shop Forest Garden at portia-ella


6. Elate Beauty

Elate is all about creating items that are multi-purpose, simple, low waste and high-quality. Refine your beauty rituals and keep them minimalistic while maintaining sustainable and vegan values. Elate formulations are nourishing and the packaging is innovative to minimize waste, always improving to help all of us do the best we can for our planet.

Price point | $14 to $44

Best known for | Innovative, high-performance makeup, packaged consciously
Values & Ethics | Cruelty-free, sustainable, low-waste, fair-trade
Product Range | Makeup

Shop Elate Beauty at portia-ella