Ethical Beauty and Skincare in Exeter

Is your make-up bag overflowing with products? Is your bathroom stacked high with pots and bottles destined for landfill? Are you looking to introduce more natural and waste-free products into your skin care routine? In this article we take a look at a selection of eco-friendly independent stores, and some select big chain names that are starting to incorporate sustainable beauty and skincare products into their ranges. Here is your guide to all things ethical and sustainable beauty and skincare in Exeter:


The Real Food Store


Located next door to Exeter Central Train Station, this colourful shop has a range of different products for you to incorporate into your daily routine. From bamboo toothbrushes and 100% organic cotton balls, to raw soap and natural deodorant. They also have a station for you to refill your shampoo and conditioner bottles so you can instantly cut down on your plastic wastage.


The Roots Foundation


This funky social space is not simply a barber, but also the destination to head to for 100% vegan hair care. The Roots Foundation is proud to claim they are the first vegan barber shop to open in the UK and alongside only using 100% animal cruelty-free products, their range is available for you to buy and take home as well. Head on down to New Bridge Street to check them out – word on the street is that they can brew a cracking coffee as well.


Zero Exeter


Zero Exeter is a completely zero waste, ethical and sustainable store that can be found on Fore Street. Their inspiring product range is available to help the people of Exeter stop using single use plastics. Alongside their array of bulk dried foods, they stock everything from shampoo bars and natural soap to reusable eco wipes and organic reusable face rounds to help you take off your make-up at the end of the day. They also sell Organi Menstrual Cups, and for everyone sold, one cup will be donated to women and girls living in poverty in Colombia.




Lush are well known for their stance on ethical trading and their efforts to stop animal testing. They are committed to using recycled materials for their packaging and even encourage customers to return empty pots to stores in exchange for a free face mask! Lush also give customers the choice to go ‘naked’ with their products, with a vast range of packaged-free products such as shampoo bars, body butters, and shower gels. They also offer a range of ‘naked’ make-up including solid foundations, multi-use concealer and even lipstick refills to top up your favourite colours when you are running low. Head instore at Princesshay and speak to their staff to find out more.


Neal’s Yard


As the UK’s first certified organic health and beauty brand, Neal’s Yard are pioneers in the ethical and sustainable skin care game. They successfully lobbied the government to ban microbeads being used in skin care products using the hashtag #BanTheBead. They are committed to having all of their plastic bottles 100% recyclable by 2025 and aim to use glass bottles where they can. The majority of their packaging can be recycled at local recycling centres, but for their harder to recycle items, such as pumps, atomisers and empty sample sachets, if you return them to stores, they will ensure that it gets recycled properly for you and you receive a discount off of your next purchase in return.


There are plenty of other stores in Exeter that are now stocking cruelty free and sustainable products such as The Body Shop, Superdrug, Boots, Debenhams, Sancho’s, Georgie & Flo, Amanda Marsden, and Moko. So, next time you run out of shampoo, need to grab a new cleanser, or you just want to treat yourself to an indulgent product for a relaxing bath, be sure to check these businesses out to make your beauty or skin-care regime ethical and waste-free.

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