Finally, a makeup that’s kinder to your skin and the earth! The Zao formula is completely free of petrochemicals - yippee! Whilst the packaging isn’t completely plastic free (due to industry hygiene/health and safety requirements) Zao utilises the least amount of plastic packaging possible and is refillable to reduce waste - making this a great low-impact swap!
This nourishing mascara cares for your lashes with organic aloe vera, castor oil and shea butter whilst coating your lashes from root to tip with intense colour for an oh-la-la-look!
Formulated without synthetic preservatives and with high quality raw materials, this mascara reduces the risk of redness and irritation to your eyes. Suitable for regular use and sensitive eyes. This mascara is also refillable to reduce waste.
Start with the upper lashes, hold the brush horizontally close to the root, move up in a zigzag motion while looking downwards. Concentrate on the ends to enlarge the eye or on the centre to open up the eyes. Gently tap lashes when applying mascara to the lower lashes so that you don’t overload them.
INCI/CTFA: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE*, AQUA (WATER), COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM*, POLYGLYCERYL-6 DISTEARATE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, SUCROSE PALMITATE, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL*, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, BAMBUSA VULGARIS LEAF EXTRACT*, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), SODIUM LEVULINATE, CITRIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM ANISATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, TOCOPHEROL. MAY CONTAIN +/-: CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES).
Storage/Cleaning & Care:
Once your mascara has run out, remove the interior plastic bottle from the bamboo exterior and replace with refill.
Gently wash your applicator brush with warm, soapy water and use again with the refill!
Bamboo exterior case
Interior PET plastic bottle
Keep the bamboo case to reuse with a refill mascara. Cotton bag is recyclable with textile materials, but repurposing is much better! Plastic bottle is recyclable.
100% from natural origin, organic certified, cruelty-free, gluten free, vegan and contains no ingredients from the petrochecmical industry – not even preservatives or nanoparticles! Plus, the bamboo is grown in endemic forests in protected areas.
No ingredients from animal origin are used.
No testing on animals neither on finished products, nor on ingredients. Cruelty free certification can be found at http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/shopper
COSMOS Organic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to COSMOS standards with 100% of ingredients natural and minimum 51% organic for 090 Black shade http://COSMOS.ecocert.com for Cosmos Standards.
While this item does contain Glycerin (a palm oil derivative), Zao utilises only RSPO certified palm derivatives.
ARE ALL OF YOUR PRODUCTS 100% PLASTIC FREE?
Pretty much, but with a few exceptions which we’ll explain…
Yes, we avoid single-use plastic products and packaging like the plague.
Single use is the type of plastic you use once and throw away, so obviously providing alternatives to single-use is our entire reason for being.
BUT, if we’re being radically transparent (which we are) a couple of our products do contain single-use plastic *components* - those being our Zao mascaras and eye liners. These items have single use PET plastic containers that fit inside the bamboo exterior. Once they’re used, they can be recycled but, by definition they’re single-use plastic. While not ideal, our Zao mascaras and eyeliners are SO much better because they use waaaay less plastic, they’re refillable and they’re free from petro-chemicals so they’re definitely a step forward, even if they’re not a perfect solution.
Also, even though most of our products are made from wonderfully reusable materials like glass, metal, organic cotton and bamboo, a few items do contain some element of plastic - i.e. our reusable sandwich bags that are made from cotton but have an interior plastic liner. In this instance, plastic is what allows the items to be reusable and perform its destiny of replacing plastic Ziploc-style plastic bag and single-use plastic cling film.
While it’s fairly obvious why we use plastic in the instances that we do, we still avoid sweeping statements like “we’re 10000% plastic free” because greenwashing is such a growing problem, so we want to make sure we give YOU all the information so you can make informed decisions as a consumer based on accurate information.
Also, if you want to see what a product is made of, just check out the “Materials/Ingredients” section in the product description so you can see exactly what the product and its packaging is made of.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS PALM-OIL FREE?
We are *almost completely* palm-oil free.
Avoiding palm-oil is HUGE for us, but even with that said the refillable mascara and liquid eye liners that we carry from Zao do contain Glycerin, which is a derivative of palm-oil. Zao sources only RSPO certified palm derivatives to ensure the greatest responsibility possible (yay!) but again, we still want to give you all the facts - it's what we call radical transparency!
All other products are palm free.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS CRUELTY-FREE?
WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MADE?
First, we’d just like to say, we love our suppliers! We work with companies that share the same commitment to social/environmental sustainability and many are also small business owners too – yahoo!
The majority are UK headquartered, some of whom make their own products in-country, while others have manufacturing in China or India. If that’s the case, we ask them to provide info/certs on the factory conditions to verify social and environmental responsibility and they’re always happy to do so… again, this is why we choose to work with like-minded companies! In addition to UK suppliers we also work with a few companies from Europe or the US when we can’t find a specific item locally.
You can see where each product is made in the description section, under “Ethics.”
IS YOUR PACKAGING PLASTIC FREE?
Of course! We use recycled cardboard boxes, Kraft paper, paper tape and green Jiffy padded envelopes. We also reuse incoming packaging as often as possible with our outgoing orders to keep our processes as circular as we can!
Even though our packaging is recyclable, we encourage customers to reuse it if possible and keep the circular cycle going!
WHAT ARE YOUR SHIPPING OPTIONS?
All orders will be dispatched the next day, Monday to Thursday. If you place your order on Friday we'll do our absolute best to pop it in the post that same day. If we can't, it will go out first thing Monday! Orders received on Saturday/Sunday will also be dispatched on Monday.
Royal Mail Standard 2nd Class: £3.00
Royal Mail Tracked 24 Hours from Dispatch: £8.00
Royal Mail Tracked & Signed, 5-7 day delivery: £13.00
*Please note all international orders are subject to import and/or customs charges, which the receiver/customer is liable for. Echo shoppe is not responsible for these additional charges.