Does packaging influence your beauty buys?

Does packaging influence your beauty buys?

by on August 5, 2012 · 6 comments | in Random Beauty Stuff

As beauty bloggers and general consumers of all things pretty, you might find this to be a silly question. However the kind of packaging I’m talking about is impractical or excessive.

In my ongoing beauty journey I’ve come across several types of packaging that make it impossible to get all the product out, or have so much packaging I feel the trees screaming as I open it. As I’ve gotten older I’ve lost the patience for boxes that are kooky and/or elaborate for the sake of it. I’ve also stopped taking pictures of outer packaging when I do my posts. I don’t think it’s necessary and leaving it on stops me from using it.

Unfortunately I think Lush are one of the worst culprits for impractical packaging. I know I mentioned this before, but when I bought Dark Angels it came in this ‘palm frond’ thing below. I understand why Lush try to minimise the plastic they use and I appreciate that they don’t use an outer packaging either but it does put me off trying some of their stuff.

So which products have you avoided because of problematic or needless packaging? Name and shame the brands in the comments below!

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JadeAugust 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

I have a pet hate for lip balms in pots, I just can’t stand them, they’re just icky and irritating.


August 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

I understand they also attract dust, dirt, and crumbs from the bottom of your handbag too! :D


AysheAugust 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

I used to think any type of outer packaging was a bit of a pain and a waste. But this weekend I brought a lipstick from Superdrug only to come home and find that someone decided to use that as a tester, I can’t help but think some more packaging might have been off putting to the culprit!
Other than that, I don’t like moisturisers in jars, apart from the hygiene factor they can also be a bit more difficult to store.


August 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

I think there needs to be plastic for hygiene on things that don’t have boxes for the very reason you mentioned above! But little ring of plastic is nothing compared to say how some things are packaged.

I’m not keen on moisturisers in jars either but current fave from Sk:n is in a little pot so I’ll live with it for now.

Mwah! :D


AshleyAugust 10, 2012 at 12:02 am

Packaging definitely plays a huge role in my beauty purchases. Right now, I’m really disliking Lush’s new Emotional Brilliance line because the packaging is just irritating. As much as I have fallen for the brand in the past year, I can’t stand 100% by their new makeup line.


August 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’ve not had a look at it up close myself but I can see why it would be an issue. I’m liking the look of the mascara though. I guess Lush are happy to go out on a limb and be a bit nuts with their packaging to gauge what people think. Sometimes it works and sometimes it backfires just like anything they do.

Glad you are still blogging btw! :D


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