Refills =
Happy Skin,
Happier Planet

Our refill pouches save you money, and together we help save our planet.


1. When your product is empty, save the container

2. Order a refill and save 10% (or 15% if you subscribe)

3. Squeeze the refill pouch into your container

4. Recycle the pouch (more info below)

Put your refills on repeat


It's the easiest, most affordable way to keep your skincare stocked.

Choose the delivery schedule that's best for you.

You can skip, change or cancel your subscription at any time online, no strings attached and no hoops to jump through.

Why pouches?

It's counterintuitive, but refilling with a plastic pouch reduces plastic and greenhouse gas emissions compared to recycling glass containers.

There are three factors at play here:

  1. Glass weighs tons more than plastic — literally.
  2. Recycling glass involves shipping it around the world.
  3. Glass containers have tops that can't be recycled, so we reuse them.

Using a pouch to refill a glass container just once creates 115% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to recycling it and buying a new one.

The more you refill it, the better for our planet.

Read on for more details.

FAQs about pouches

What are the pouches made of?

Our refill pouches are made of mylar: a lightweight, durable type of plastic.

We love them because they reduce shipping emissions and don't need the protection of boxes and padding during shipment.

We ship them in lightweight, 100% post-consumer recycled, unpadded envelopes to further reduce packaging waste.

Why are pouches more sustainable?

Pouches use way less resources than recycled glass bottles.

Our average glass container weighs 100g (that's heavy), and it travels 17,000 miles every timeit gets recycled, whereas our pouches weigh an average of 8g and only travel 8,300 miles.

That means that the average glass container generates 115 times the shipping emissions of a pouch.

We haven't yet done the math on how much we save from shipping our pouches in envelopes instead of boxes, or by avoiding the resource-intensive process of recycling glass. Stay tuned! :)

How can plastic pouches contain less plastic than glass packaging?

Because glass bottles have tops that contain plastic!

Our 1.0-1.7 oz capacity pouches contain just 3g of plastic, whereas the tops of the containers they refill contain more.

For example, the lid on Sea to Skin Cleansing Gel weighs 9g, and is not curbside recyclable.

That's a 1/3 reduction from just one refill. Imagine the impact of multiple refills!

Let's keep those lids out of the trash by reusing them indefinitely :)

Are the pouches compostable?

Our products are liquid, so they would slowly eat through the compostable options currently on the market, causing leaks and possible exposure to microbial contamination.

We promise that as green tech advances, so will we!

Are the pouches recyclable?

Mylar pouches are not accepted in curbside recycling, but they can be recycled through TerraCycle.

You can drop used pouches in a TerraCycle drop box, or ship them back to us free of charge. Request a shipping label

Before you get bummed about not being able to recycle the pouches easily, remember that the point of recycling is to reduce the waste of materials and energy, both of which you're already doing by refilling your containers with pouches that use less way resources than glass packaging!

Recycling is an imperfect, resource-intensive process. Refilling is truly superior to recycling.

FAQs about subscriptions

How do subscriptions work?

Subscriptions are awesome for saving time and money.

First, you'll receive your products in a gorgeous glass bottle, which you'll keep and refill when empty. (Refilling is way better than recycling.)

You can choose whatever schedule works for you, and you can change, skip, or cancel anytime through your account.

There's no catch; we just want to keep your skin and our planet happy using the least amount of resources possible...including your time :)

How much do I save with a subscription?

Subscribers lock in 15% off compared to the normal price of products in glass containers.

You'll also receive free shipping on every order, no minimum.

How often should I get refill pouches delivered?

Our new subscription buildersuggests how often to schedule your deliveries based on how often you'll use each product.

Do you offer subscriptions internationally?

Currently, subscriptions are only offered to customers with a United States shipping address.

International customers can still order refill pouches on an as-needed basis.

FAQs about refills

How do refills work?

1. When your product is empty, save the container.

2. Order a refill and save 10% (or 15% if you subscribe).

3. Squeeze the refill pouch into your container.

Can I get a refill locally?

Yes, in select locations. While we're currently focused on bringing refills directly to as many homes In the United States and worldwide as possible, we're also slowly building our network of retail partners.

If there's one in your neighborhood and they're not yet stocking our refills in pouches or bulk containers, please let them know you're interested in those options! :)

More questions?

We're always here for you. Drop us a line at or DM us on Instagram @activistskincare

How to clean & reuse empty packaging

When your refill arrives to you, it will be pure and free of germs. It's your responsibility to keep it that way by only refilling clean containers, especially for products that contain water, like Active Hydration serum or Healing Water Toning Mist. Although these products have been safely preserved, it's best to start with a clean container.

How to clean your bottles

You have options! Run them through your dishwasher, or boil them for 5 minutes in distilled water. But don't drop glass containers into a pot of boiling water — the sudden temperature change could break them! Instead, place them in the pot while the water is still cool, so that they gradually heat up.

How to clean droppers

Gently pull on the bottom half of the glass dropper until it pops out of the white bulb. Then, take all 3 parts and wash in warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly, including running water through the glass part.

How to clean pumps

In your sink or a mixing bowl, make warm soapy water. Take the pump off your bottle, stick the tube into the soapy water, and pump away for a minute or so. Then, repeat with clean water (with no soap), and finally pump again until water stops coming out. Now, the pump is ready to be reused!

Pumps and droppers that have only been used for oils (like Precious Oils and Botanical Cleansing Oil) don't need to be cleaned because germs like bacteria, mold and yeast can't actually grow in oil.

If you want to be extra safe, feel free to follow the instructions above, and make sure they're completely dry inside and out before using them with your oil-based products again. (Oil and water don't mix!) As a final step, you can put rubbing alcohol or vodka, which evaporates really fast, through your pumps to ensure no moisture is left behind.