F. Miller Skincare
It was not that long ago that natural, sustainably-minded skincare products were confined to homemade concoctions, bottled in cheap brown glass or wrapped up in burlap and jute string. A far cry from luxury skincare’s world of glossy albeit wasteful boxes, statuesque bottles and metal spatulas, the average person was often confronted with the dilemma of being a good citizen or indulging in a lavish face cream.
In the well-heeled, pared back universe of F. Miller, a sustainable skincare label hailing from Canada, one no longer needs to choose. Armed with a succinct collection of well-made skincare staples, designed to be both effortless and boiled down to the essentials, F. Miller’s minimalist approach easily proves that less certainly can be better.
Founded in 2014, F. Miller made its debut with a single face oil – an expert blend of 22 botanical ingredients, devoid of any fragrance, parabens, fillers, phthalates or sulfates. Potent, yet lightweight, the multi-tasking formula nourishes and hydrates skin while restoring, decongesting, soothing and balancing it with its nutrient-rich components. Ideal for dry, oily, reactive and sensitive skins, the cult favourite has since been joined by a cleansing oil, eye oil, body oil, hair oil and shave oil, as well as a toning mist and lip balm, which each comes packaged in elegant glass bottles and vials.
Not only is each of F. Miller’s products eye-catching, they’ve also been made from ethically harvested ingredients (organic where possible) for maximum efficiency and to minimize environmental stress. Formulas are not just toxin-free, but also feature biodegradable, unrefined ingredients that have been extracted using strict, uncompromising methods.
The brand’s efficacious offering is matched by its equally sustainable approach to packaging on multiple levels. All its bottles and boxes are biodegradable, recyclable and reusable. Labels and packaging are printed in a facility using green, renewable energy as well as vegetable-based ink. Even its shipping labels, parcel tape, notecards and stickers are made from 100% post-consumer materials – putting most of the larger beauty and cosmetics industry to shame. And while a product refill and subscription program is currently still in the works, F. Miller welcomes its customers to purchase its products in larger size and volume options, thus enabling them to refill and reuse their existing bottles.
Words: Pei-Ru Keh
Portrait photography: Brent Goldsmith
Product photography: F. Miller