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What does microbead free mean?

Microbead free means the product is free from the tiny plastic beads. Nine times out of 10, they'll be replaced with a natural alternative.

What are the skin care benefits of microbead free beauty products?

Though there aren't many skin care benefits of going microbead free, there's a range of environmental benefits. You'll be saving our oceans from plastic build-up and you'll be saving marine life from swallowing the plastics, in turn preventing these plastics from entering the food chain through fish and seafood.

Who should use microbead free beauty products?

Everyone should use microbead free products! In fact, as of January 2018, plastic microbeads are banned in the UK and can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products.

How will I know if a beauty product is microbead free or not?

Look out for the terms polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon in ingredients lists as they are the most common plastics used to make microbeads. However, you should no longer find these ingredients in cosmetics since the ban in January 2018.

How can I be sure to only buy microbead free beauty products?

You can easily check by clicking the 'ingredient preferences' tab and ticking 'microbead free' on Cosmetify. You can also be certain of microbead free products if you shop natural and organic brands.

Are microbeads harmful to humans?

Yes. Microbeads can easily absorb large quantities of toxins and pollutants and once microbeads are out in the ocean, it's really easy for fish to ingest them. Then, we eat the fish, and there you have it, you've probably just eaten toxin-fuelled microplastics.

What are some microbead free alternatives?

Great alternatives include fruit seeds, such as raspberry, nut and plants seeds like jojoba and poppy, as well as coffee and sugar. Believe it or not, you can also use dairy products like milk and yoghurt as they both contain glycolic and lactic acids, which are great for cleansing away dead skin cells.

See our microbead free guide to answer your questions like what does microbead free mean and what are the skin care benefits of microbead free beauty products.

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Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
$38.00
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
$30.00
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm
$30.00
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
$20.00
Aesop Classic Shampoo
Aesop Classic Shampoo
$17.00
Aesop Mouthwash
Aesop Mouthwash
$25.00
-60%
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
$12.79 $31.50
-38%
bareMinerals Poreless Oil Free Moisturizer
bareMinerals Poreless Oil Free Moisturizer
$24.50 $39.00
-29%
bareMinerals Pureness Soothing Gel Moisturizer
bareMinerals Pureness Soothing Gel Moisturizer
$28.00 $39.00
-23%
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturizer SPF 30
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturizer SPF 30
$34.99 $45.00
-15%
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
$55.80 $65.00
-28%
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Glow Blusher
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Glow Blusher
$24.00 $33.20
-21%
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
$34.00 $42.80
-46%
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer
$9.99 $18.25
-25%
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
$25.00 $33.20
-16%
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
$37.00 $43.80
-10%
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
$55.80 $62.00
-45%
Milani Rose Blush
Milani Rose Blush
$6.90 $12.50
-21%
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
$22.00 $27.60
-45%
Milani Baked Blush
Milani Baked Blush
$6.69 $12.00
-10%
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
$46.80 $52.00
-7%
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum
$75.00 $79.99
-10%
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
$42.30 $47.00
-10%
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
$41.40 $46.00
-12%
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50
$35.50 $40.00
-30%
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme
$9.49 $13.50
-13%
Lierac Body Slim Cure Minceur Express Body Contouring Program
Lierac Body Slim Cure Minceur Express Body Contouring Program
$28.00 $31.90
-26%
Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Pump
Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Pump
$9.99 $13.50
-40%
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
$4.99 $8.30
-5%
Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
$54.15 $57.00
-5%
bareMinerals Smoothness Hydrating Cleansing Oil
bareMinerals Smoothness Hydrating Cleansing Oil
$30.00 $31.50
-4%
Lierac Premium Eye Cream
Lierac Premium Eye Cream
$37.00 $38.25
-2%
Aesop Ressurection Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop Ressurection Aromatique Hand Balm
$95.99 $97.00
-5%
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
$23.00 $24.00
-2%
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrator
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrator
$69.25 $70.00
Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser
Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser
$33.00
Bulldog Oil Control Moisturizer
Bulldog Oil Control Moisturizer
$8.30
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Toner
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Toner
$35.50
Bulldog Sensitive Aftershave Balm
Bulldog Sensitive Aftershave Balm
$6.90
Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream
Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream
$60.00
Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser
Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser
$43.00
Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate
Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate
$115.00
Bulldog Protective Moisturizer
Bulldog Protective Moisturizer
$12.50
Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream
Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream
$120.00
Bulldog Original Shave Gel
Bulldog Original Shave Gel
$4.90
Aesop Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment
Aesop Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment
$35.00
Aesop Toothpaste
Aesop Toothpaste
$17.00
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream
$75.00
Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel
Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel
$41.00
Aesop Resurrection Rinse Free Hand Wash
Aesop Resurrection Rinse Free Hand Wash
$10.00
Lierac Premium Day & Night Voluptuous Cream
Lierac Premium Day & Night Voluptuous Cream
$88.00
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
$15.40
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask
$45.00
Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm
Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm
$6.90
Bulldog Original Beard Oil
Bulldog Original Beard Oil
$7.60
Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque
Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque
$40.00
Aesop Deodorant Roll-On
Aesop Deodorant Roll-On
$35.00
Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
$75.00
Bulldog Oil Control Face Scrub
Bulldog Oil Control Face Scrub
$6.90
Bulldog Original Hand Cream
Bulldog Original Hand Cream
$6.90
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
$67.00
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Cleanser
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Cleanser
$33.00
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner
$35.00
Aesop Neroli Post Shave Lotion
Aesop Neroli Post Shave Lotion
$50.00
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Hydrator
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Hydrator
$60.00
bareMinerals Precision Face Brush
bareMinerals Precision Face Brush
$31.00
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
$22.00
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub
$37.00
Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF 30
Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF 30
$15.50
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
$8.60
Aesop Redemption Body Scrub
Aesop Redemption Body Scrub
$37.00
bareMinerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Day Cream SPF 30
bareMinerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Day Cream SPF 30
$46.00
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20
$35.00
bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss-Balm
bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss-Balm
$20.00
Bulldog Original 2 In 1 Beard Shampoo & Conditioner
Bulldog Original 2 In 1 Beard Shampoo & Conditioner
$8.30
Bulldog Original Beard Balm
Bulldog Original Beard Balm
$11.10
bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation Core Coverage Brush
bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation Core Coverage Brush
$32.00
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
$40.10
bareMinerals Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
bareMinerals Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
$27.00
bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer Hydrate
bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer Hydrate
$27.00
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
$24.00
Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm
Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm
$27.60
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
$33.00
bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser
bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser
$24.90
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
$20.00
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Microbead Free

Frequently Asked Questions about Microbead Free products

What does microbead free mean?

Microbead free means the product is free from the tiny plastic beads. Nine times out of 10, they'll be replaced with a natural alternative.

What are the skin care benefits of microbead free beauty products?

Though there aren't many skin care benefits of going microbead free, there's a range of environmental benefits. You'll be saving our oceans from plastic build-up and you'll be saving marine life from swallowing the plastics, in turn preventing these plastics from entering the food chain through fish and seafood.

How can I be sure to only buy microbead free beauty products?

You can easily check by clicking the 'ingredient preferences' tab and ticking 'microbead free' on Cosmetify. You can also be certain of microbead free products if you shop natural and organic brands.

Who should use microbead free beauty products?

Everyone should use microbead free products! In fact, as of January 2018, plastic microbeads are banned in the UK and can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products.

How will I know if a beauty product is microbead free or not?

Look out for the terms polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon in ingredients lists as they are the most common plastics used to make microbeads. However, you should no longer find these ingredients in cosmetics since the ban in January 2018.

Are microbeads harmful to humans?

Yes. Microbeads can easily absorb large quantities of toxins and pollutants and once microbeads are out in the ocean, it's really easy for fish to ingest them. Then, we eat the fish, and there you have it, you've probably just eaten toxin-fuelled microplastics.

What are some microbead free alternatives?

Great alternatives include fruit seeds, such as raspberry, nut and plants seeds like jojoba and poppy, as well as coffee and sugar. Believe it or not, you can also use dairy products like milk and yoghurt as they both contain glycolic and lactic acids, which are great for cleansing away dead skin cells.

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