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TGIF!!! In last week’s post, I talked about sustainable beauty, and I mentioned plastic pollution created by skincare companies. Today I want to reveal to you who the largest conglomerates are, and which skincare companies they own so that you can make conscious choices for yourself.


In a brand audit conducted by The Break Free From Plastic Movement, Unilever made it to the Top 10 Corporate Plastic Pollutors of 2020. You can read a copy of the report here.

Unilever owns brands that you may be very familiar with, such as Axe, Dove, Glow & Lovely, Lever 2000, Noxzema, Pond’s, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, TIGI, Tresemme, VO5, Vaseline, Seventh Generation, Inc. Schmidts Naturals, and their Unilever’s Prestige Brands- Dermalogica, Kate Somerville, Living Proof, Hourglass, Ren, Garancia, Tatcha Beauty, and Murad. Personally, I was rather shocked to learn that they owned brands that claim to promote sustainability and are organic and earth-friendly such as “Love, Beauty and Planet” that line the shelves of every Target.

You can read their complete list of brands that they own (including foods) here.


Noteworthy brands owned by L’Oreal are SkinCeuticals, Kiehl’s La Roche-Posay, Vichy, and Lancome. You can read their full list here.

Estee Lauder

Noteworthy brands owned by Estee Lauder companies are Darphin, Clinique, Aveda, La Mer, Origins, Estee Lauder, GlamGlow, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and Jo Malone London (side note- Jo’s non-compete with the Lauder brand expired a few years ago and she founded a new niche fragrance line that I adore called Jo Loves!)

You can read Lauder Brands full list here.

Now, many of these brands have created plans for the efforts to improve sustainability, which I find commendable. Many of them are projections for changes to be made by 2030 (which I feel is not soon enough!) You can read their plans here:


Estee Lauder


Now, in highlighting these huge conglomerates, this is not to say that small brands do not contribute to plastic pollution as well as use ingredients that are not clean, because many of them do! But these are big brands who own many brands that you may not have been aware of, and these companies are currently making the biggest impact on pollution from a scale standpoint.

For some of us, it may be nearly impossible to avoid patronizing these brands. Or ,maybe they make some of our most favorite things, such as CE Ferulic by SkinCeuticals.

(I have a few amazing alternatives for you if you are willing! Marie Veronique’s C + E Ferulic Serum, Supreme Serum by Phyto-C Skincare, Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum (Y’all- I’ve used this for the last 3 months and its AMAZE)

Change can be gradual. These are big things for us to sit with. Every little bit counts- every change we make can make an impact!

Thanks for stopping by! XOXO, Ashli

Notable sources: Article from Insider, Jessica DeFino’s article for Coveteur

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