This brand has just launched the world’s first sustainable solid retinol

Retinol is a gold-standard anti-ageing ingredient that has risen in popularity to now become a skincare must-have for anyone looking to keep their complexion fresh. It graces the shelves of the top dermatologists, beauty editors, and skincare fans among us, and as well as targeting fine lines, is also brilliant for acne.

However one hurdle retinol had not managed to cross was the sustainability factor; while all sorts of ingredients were being worked into solid formulas, retinol was left lagging behind due to its unique properties and make-up. However, now, sustainable brand SBTRCT has scored a world-first with its brand new solid retinol, which is both effective and planet-friendly. 

After discovering that searches for retinol were up 100% and searches for retinol burn 250%, SBTRCT could see the need for developing their own formula — but this time with a difference. The Rejuvenating Night Balm With 2% Granactive Retinoid + Squalane is a zero-waste, soap-free, cruelty-free, vegan, compostable and plastic-free way to use retinol. 

Rejuvenating Night Balm with 2% Granactive Retinoid® + Squalane, £32, SBTRCT

If you’re concerned about compromising on quality and effectiveness with a retinol bar, you needn’t worry; SBTRCT’s harnesses the power of next-generation Granactive Retinol, which is known for high performance as well as causing significantly less irritation on the skin than traditional retinoids. As its name suggests, the bar also uses squalane to help maintain the skin’s moisture levels, which is essential when using retinol. 

Bamboo Pot (for Night Balm), £10.00, SBTRCT

The £32 balm product just needs to be warmed between hands before application, and can also be kept in a chic bamboo pot, which the brand sells for £10 separately, or that can be purchased as part of a bundle with the retinol for £38. The case ensures the products lasts and looks cool in your bathroom. 

The retinol and casing are both available to buy now from