Treseme, John Frieda, Suave – they’ve got nothing on the beauty products in this ‘best of’ list. Very few products on the market are able to hold a candle to these gentle, high-quality items made right here in the Steel City. From skincare, to hair and nail care products, these five items are made responsibly out of the best-quality materials found on earth. Many are even vegan and BPA-free. Check out one – or all five – and be amazed this holiday season.
Geno Levi Products
Geno Levi Salon
4000 Washington Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317
In addition to training hundreds of stylists in his own academy in and around the country, Geno Levi has developed his own exclusive blend of hair care products, designed to solve the day-to-day challenges his clients have expressed their desire to combat over the years. Developed to restore and replenish the hair, his pH-balanced Renewal Complex collection of cleansers, masques, conditioners, leave-in products and styling sprays are available for purchase directly in the Geno Levi salon. Try to find a better hair care system that’s designed solely for you – it’s unlikely any exist other than in this brilliant line.
3740 W. 4th Ave.
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Established in 1996, this wholly organic beauty manufacturer was launched in the tiny town of Beaver Falls. Interestingly, Sensible Organics was the first personal care manufacturing facility in the world to receive organic certification by the USDA, and still bears that highly coveted stamp of approval today. Organics offers contract manufacturing services, including custom product formulation, for bath and body care, baby care, hair care and facial care. Whether you’re a start-up looking to custom-formulate your own patented blend, or just a consumer looking to try a new, Pittsburgh-based total-body care line, Sensible Organics has you covered. The Sensible Organics private label Nourish Organics is carried in most major retailers.
Ross Park Mall kiosk (and other fine retailers)
1000 Ross Park Mall Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Una Biologicals is committed to making organic, petro-chemical-free health and beauty necessities, such as facial, lotion, lip and bath products, that appeal to everyone. The company also offers a full host of wellness products including salves, yoga supplies and organic teas to complement your healthy lifestyle. These unique items can be found every day at Una Biologicals kiosk in Ross Park Mall (located on the first floor by Starbucks), on Etsy and all over the country in various fine retailers. Una Biologicals has, over the years, collaborated with other local artisans, supports local farmers and frequently donates to local sustainable agriculture and community development.
Multiple locations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area
This hallmark Pittsburgh-based salon carries its own proprietary blend of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, skincare, sprays and men’s items to make you look and feel your very best. Phillip Pelusi’s P2 Essentials line brings together the best of nature and science. The manufacturer selects only top-quality, organic and naturally-based USP Grade pharmaceutical ingredients that are highly concentrated with next to no water, and are completely color safe. Each and every Philip Pelusi salon carries these top-grade products, so convenience is just a step away.
Based upon a Pitt graduate student’s desire for a beauty care line that was scientifically developed, Future Derm is now a reality. With operations based in the Southside, the whole-body beautiful line is currently for sale on Amazon.com and is also available at Metamorphosis Salon and Spa in Lawrenceville. The company is also actively working to get the product into spas in Chicago, New York and California. From skincare, to hair, body and even makeup, FutureDerm is wholly founded in science and how it relates so closely to our bodies.
Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.