8 Homegrown Beauties

Grapefruit, Lavander, and Coconut Salt Scrub, Perfect Organics
Grapefruit, Lavander, and Coconut Salt Scrub, Perfect Organics

Locavores try not to eat anything that’s produced more than 100 miles away. Can beauty junkies make the same commitment?

We’ve found eight local natural beauty lines so you can get gorgeous and support homegrown companies at the same time. Many of the companies listed here also donate a portion of sales to charity.

8thstreetsoap. With almost-good-enough-to-eat scents like almond joy and sweet tangerine, these soaps are made from scratch with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and fruit peel.

Biggs & Featherbelle. From Charm City, B&F make soaps, lip balms, body butter bars, scrubs, and more–all without synthetic dyes, fragrances, and additives.

For the Love of. Organic and locally sourced ingredients are used to make milk baths, body scrub, and our personal favorite, a 24k gold gilded bath bomb with a blueberry and orange scent. All products are packaged in recyclable, reusable containers.

Herban Lifestyle. The mint chocolate chip lip balm in a recyclable tin reminded us of our tweens, but this one is handcrafted without chemicals, preservatives, synthetics, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, or GMOs. Other goodies from the line include salves, bath oil, bath salts, scrubs, facial masks, soap, and tea.

holeco life. A new line of natural and organic skincare products and cosmetics including organic loose mineral powder inside a retractable dispensing brush made of cruelty free goat hair. Available in six glow-enhancing shades.

Perfect Organics. We love the simple, streamlined approach of these organic, vegan, and multi-use products. Indulge in shea butter lip balm, body glow (for face, body and, hair), scrubs, and more.

Sevi Cosmetics. Based in Baltimore, Sevi features vegan skincare, sulfite-free haircare products, and artisan botanical perfumes made with precious raw materials such as Boronia flowers, Orris, Champaca, and Rose Otto.

Skincando. Known for donating Combat-Ready Balm to our troops, Skincando now also offers a Combat-Ready lip balm and organic rosemary and black tea Combat-Ready soap. All products are made by hand in small batches in Silver Spring.

Hands-On Organic Beauty

For the Love of productsI’ve been slightly obsessed with bath and beauty products from a young age, so when I heard about a class that teaches you how to make delicious organic soaps and other goodies, I was intrigued.  Kristina Libby, owner of For the Love of, a local luxury body product company will come to your home and teach a class on how to make organic skin care products.

The class includes a short talk about organic skin care followed by the opportunity to make your very own scented perfume and bath bomb. The class costs a mere $12, and half of the proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Libby started For the Love of when she left corporate work to follow her passion of creating beautiful feminine bath products. “I make these product because I truly believe that we shouldn’t put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t put in our mouth.” 

Products, such as homemade soap scented with Black Amber honey and Cherry Blossom scrub are made using locally sourced and organic ingredients, and are packaged in recyclable or re-useable containers whenever possible. Five percent of the proceeds from sales go to a variety of women’s causes.