Buying locally is a wonderful way to nurture and support a community’s economy. No matter a person’s beauty style or age, here are some local companies creating beauty supplies in the Cleveland area. There are natural products, salon and spa professionally used products, products for teens and tweens, and even a supply company that teaches and sells the supplies to make one’s own beauty products, all made right here in Northeast Ohio.
23400 Aurora Road #5
Cleveland, OH 44146
Beessential started when a worker on the Rzepta family’s farm left a beehive on the premises. After taking care of the bees and seeing the process, David Rzepka started to learn more about working with the bees to create a natural line of beauty products that include lip balms, body creams, hand soaps and hair care products. The business is family owned and operated and makes small batches to keep the high standard of quality guaranteed. The products are 100% cruelty free and are non-toxic, sulfate and paraben free. The Rzepta family also gives 10% of its profits to environmental and social charities that their customers choose through the organization SweetYear.org.
The Bonne Bell Company
1006 Crocker Road
Westlake, OH 44145
When Jesse G. Bell moved his family to Cleveland in 1927, he started making beauty products in his rental house basement on a hot plate. The Bonne Bell Company, now in its third generation, makes beauty products geared towards the teen and tween-aged market. Bonne Bell came out with the lip balm, Smackers, back in 1973 and it is still one of the most popular lip balms ever put out on the market. Although still dedicated to a younger market, Bonne Bell creates a full line of products that can be used at any age. Bonne Bell does not do any animal testing for its products and the beeswax used is collected from the honey in a humane way.
Daybreak Lavender Farm
2129 Frost Road
Streetsboro, OH 44241
Daybreak Lavender Farm in Streetsboro, about 30 miles southeast of Cleveland, makes natural, organic and herbal beauty products for its customers. The products are focused on healthy skin and complexion care, hair care and body lotions, anti-aging clays, exfoliants and scrubs. There is also a line of aromatherapy products to help create a beautifully calm mind. The Daybreak Lavender Farm is following the Native American 7th Generation philosophy of tending so well to the land that the land is in better shape in seven generations than it is today. The farm is also a lovely place to visit in the summer for a hike or picnic lunch.
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Art Of Beauty, Inc.
5060 Taylor Road, Unit D
Cleveland, OH 44128
This Cleveland-based company was started in 1986 by Zoya and Michael Reyzis. Zoya studied cosmetology and Michael is an advanced chemist, and together they created the nail and anti-wrinkle products made by Art Of Beauty, Inc. Michael Reyzis developed the first working fast-drying top coat for nail polish and the longest lasting toxin-free nail polish. The products are high quality, used by salon and spa professionals and created right here in Cleveland. Products include Zoya, Qtica, Smart Spa and Zoom.
42109 State Route 18
Wellington, OH 44090
Nature’s Garden in Wellington, about 45 miles southwest of Cleveland, makes natural beauty and cosmetic supplies for consumers to make their own beauty products. The company makes emulsifying waxes, oils, butters and has herbs for customers to choose from for their desired products. Nature’s Garden also offers classes to show people how to make whichever beauty products they would like and offers free recipes on the website. Once a customer starts to make their own products, should they decide to try to sell their products, Nature’s Garden will even give them marketing tips.
Marcia Hudgel is a writer, yoga teacher, wife, mother to her animals and aunt to 10 nieces and nephews living in Cleveland, OH. She writes about family, animals. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.