Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

overall rating:

2.25

planets

Dagny Weakley
2/25/2022
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Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask has a long list of ingredients but, for the most part, they are naturally sourced. If they are sustainably sourced then Glossier’s environmental footprint should be much smaller than some of their other cosmetic-industry competitors; however, I was disappointed to see I had trouble finding where they source their ingredients from. Overall, their company does a great job of being transparent about what goes into their product and they have a great business model that promotes a healthy working environment for their workers. However, I feel like Glossier is a pretty progressive brand that could make a stronger stance on the environment and promote businesses becoming more aware of their carbon footprint.

What it's made of:

2

Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask is made up of a hefty 36 ingredients. Most of the ingredients are pretty sound, being derived from natural fruits and plants. As long as these ingredients are sustainably sourced, they seem like a reliable ingredient in the product. However, there is little information on Glossier’s website about where they source their ingredients from. This product also includes ingredients like soybean oil, which heavily relies on pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately, we also see the use of PEG- 100 Stearate and Caprylyl Glycol, which is derived from palm oil and can have a devastating impact on the environment. However, given the extensive list of ingredients in this product, the majority of them are naturally derived, like phenoxyethanol from green tea and benzophenone-4 from grapes, which leads me to believe that Glossier is taking steps to have a greener footprint. I gave this product 2 planets for how it’s made because although I think their ingredient list has a fairly green footprint, I would love to see more information on where Glossier sources their ingredients from because that makes a lot of difference in their impact on the environment.

How it's made:

2.5

All of Glossier’s products are manufactured in the United States, which is great in terms of sustainability because the US has some of the most serious environmental regulations; however, I could not find any information regarding whether or not their factories operate on renewable energy. Glossier’s products are also cruelty-free and vegan, which are added benefits to buying their products. Glossier does not sell their products in China, which allows them to maintain a greener environmental footprint by not producing more greenhouse gasses through shipment to China and not participating in China’s relaxed environmental regulations. Glossier does not share where their ingredients are sourced from, and they use some oils like soybean oil that can be harmful to the environment if not harvested in a sustainable way. In addition to this, all of Glossier’s products use plastic packaging which seems like a lack of innovation for such a clean-branded company. All of their products come in a plastic bubble wrap tote, and customers are encouraged to reuse this, which makes it somewhat more sustainable. However, it is still made out of plastic, so damaging to the environment, and it does not last as long as if they used a material like canvas. Glossier also makes it a point to take good care of their workers and provide them with an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. They have a page on their website dedicated to this conversation that also outlines their plan to promote a greater working environment through career growth, HR support, and communication. All in all, I give this product a 2.5 for how it’s made because I admire Glossier’s dedication to cruelty free and vegan products, but I would like to see more dedication to reducing their footprint through plastic-free packaging and more transparency about where they source their ingredients.

Who makes it:

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Glossier is a company that commits to a healthy working environment that promotes the wellbeing of their workers and customers. They pay their workers at least the minimum wage with included health care and a generous maternity leave. On Glossier’s website, they pledge to follow environmental laws and regulations, and keep the preservation of the environment in mind. Although the initiative is appreciated, I would like to see a more thorough plan published by them about their emissions and how they plan to have a positive impact on the planet. They do have a Code of Conduct published on their website that addresses their supply chain transparency and promises their suppliers also follow their codes of conduct about the environment and working conditions; however, without verifying who their suppliers are, it is difficult for me to assume they are being 100% honest. I give Glossier 2 planets for who makes it because I think they have the initiative and the power to become a brand leading in the sustainability movement and I would like to see them invest more in green packaging.

Sources:

https://www.glossier.com/products/moisturizing-moon-mask

https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-soy-is-bad-for-you-and-the-planet#:~:text=Industrial%20soybean%20crops%20need%20large,cause%20birth%20defects%20in%20humans.

https://www.essiebutton.com/is-glossier-cruelty-free/#:~:text=Where%20is%20Glossier%20Made%3F,is%20located%20in%20New%20York.

https://www.glossier.com/blog/retail-experience

https://life.glossier.com/#:~:text=Option%20for%20no%2Dcost%20medical,stipend%2C%20and%20caregiver%20support%20benefits.&text=Generous%20parental%20leave%20of%2018,to%20work%20program%20following%20leave

https://www.glossier.com/supply-chain-transparency