Everything you need to know about microbeads and natural alternatives to look out for. ​

Why are microbeads harming the environment?


With natural resources becoming precious, the beauty industry has seen a noticeable shift towards cruelty-free skincare. Recent years have seen us choosing products that will improve the appearance of our skin whilst helping to protect the environment. As consumers, we are considering where our products come from, what they are made from and the damage that may be caused in the process.


At MONU, we have always taken our responsibility to the environment seriously. With over 30 years’ experience of formulating natural skincare solutions, we pride ourselves on our ability to create innovative formulations to gently revitalise the complexion. We only use the purest of ingredients, including everything from aromatic essential oils to natural vitamins and raw minerals.


As a leading skincare company, we have a commitment to setting high standards in both our ethical and environmental responsibilities, ensuring you can rely on our cruelty-free ranges to naturally nourish your skin. 

How are they affecting the environment?

Although these tiny spheres appear harmless, just a single application of certain cleansers and exfoliators will lead to hundreds of thousands of microbeads being washed down the sink.


In recent years, studies have found the effects of microbeads on marine life have been extremely damaging. Conservationists have observed that a wide variety of sea life are mistaking these microscopic plastic spheres for food. When ingested they persist in the stomach, affecting growth and causing damage to the environment. Microbeads have been found in the stomachs of fish, shellfish and even birds.


It is due to these detrimental environmental effects that the government has reached the decision to ban microbeads from sale in the UK by the end of 2017.


Our Commitment

At MONU, we are dedicated to helping you bring out the best in your skin. Our unrivalled collection of cruelty-free skincare encompasses everything you need to gently cleanse, nourish and restore radiance.


With a wealth of natural alternatives available, including everything from Jojoba Beads to crushed nut shells and salts, there is little excuse for cosmetic companies to be utilising the harmful properties of microbeads.

Body Buffer

Created with ground Walnut Shell, Body Buffer promises to instantly tone and polish the skins surface by buffing away dead skin cells. Ideal for body scrubbing, this powerful natural abrasive will instantly soften the skin for a clean and healthy feel.


Our unique blend of Polysaccharides and Papaya Enzymes will improve the appearance of imperfections to promote a soft, supple skin tone whilst aiding the penetration of moisturisers. Massaged into wet skin, Body Buffer detoxifies, protects and renews, restoring hydration and promoting overall skin health.


A Final Word

We take pride in our ability to ensure our products harness the remarkable recuperative power of nature to sooth and protect without the need for harmful chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Our products and treatments promise to take care of your skins’ every need; naturally, effectively and with ease for your peace of mind.


For More information on microbeads check out this article by ‘The Story of Stuff Project’.


Micro Exfoliant

Developed using Diatomaceous Earth, Micro Exfoliant’s dual-action microdermabrasion will sooth and brighten the skin. Composed of micro-fine particles, Diatomaceous Earth efficiently eliminates dead skin cells and impurities, providing a deep cleanse that naturally refines the surface of the skin.


Enriched with an energising combination of Papaya Enzymes the Micro Exfoliant will invigorate and repair whilst the addition of Shea Butter helps lock-in moisture and repair suppleness. Used 2-3 times a week, Micro Exfoliant promises to reduce signs of large pores and premature ageing for skin that’s nourished, protected and calmly clean.

What are Microbeads?

Found in a variety of beauty and skincare products, including face and body scrubs, facial washes and toothpaste, microbeads are tiny fragments of plastic used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Microbeads range in size; from those you can see in your hand to those that are invisible to the naked eye.


Due to the nature of the products they are used in, microbeads are washed from the skin where they travel down the plughole, passing through water filtration systems and inevitably make their way to the sea.