There are many reasons to choose locally made beauty products. First, purchasing products from local companies helps bolster the economy near where you live. Second, beauty products made from big companies can contain unnecessary chemicals that have been labelled toxic in other countries; locally made products have no need for as many preservatives since they don’t need to travel as far and last as long on store shelves. Lastly, these products are effective!
21 Eliot St.
Natick, MA 01760
Shamanuti is an up-and-coming player in the natural beauty industry. Its activated charcoal cleanser is a popular seller at the popular eco-beauty shop Follain. The charcoal cleanser and all of Shamanuti’s other beauty products are available to order online on its website. Shamanuti’s ingredients are all non-toxic and highly effective and are packaged in beautifully designed bottles that will look fantastic in any bathroom or cosmetics cabinet.
1 Broadway, Floor 14
Cambridge, MA 02142
Leap is best known for its organic bar soaps scented with all natural essential oils like lavender and lemongrass. Shoppers in the Boston area can find Leap Organics products at Whole Foods locations and specialty stores, such as Cambridge Naturals. Leap also has a set of facial oils and toners that are very budget-friendly in comparison to many department store beauty brands. Leap Organics products are all USDA certified organic, cruelty free and give back to environmental causes through 1% for the Planet. Leap Organics also purchases wind power, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of all of its products.
144 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Farmaesthetics products, made in Newport, Rhode Island, include face oils, body moisturizers, cleansers, eye treatments, bar soaps and more. The items are beautifully packaged in glass bottles to prevent any toxic chemicals from leaching from plastic. One of its most popular products is the nourishing lavender milk, which is a fast-absorbing moisturizer, perfect for face or body. It smells fantastic but does not contain any artificial fragrances. Bostonians are sure to love these products and enjoy their country-chic vibe.
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Looking for hyper local beauty products? Organic Bath produces all of its items right in South Boston. Organic Bath is a startup, founded about a year ago, and has quickly become Boston’s go-to brand of bath scrubs and moisturizers. Drenched Body Butter is its signature product and has been written up by blogs and was a favorite of many 2014 holiday gift guides. Organic Bath is socially and environmentally responsible by working with The Global Soap Project and 1% for the Planet, and purchases fair trade ingredients.
12 Business Center Dr.
Swanzey, NH 03446
Baudelaire makes delightful French milled hand and body soaps. Bar soap is more environmentally friendly than liquid soap because it requires less packaging, and plastic is made from petrochemicals. Purchasing locally milled bar soap is especially good for the environment, considering other alternatives, because the product doesn’t have to be shipped as far to end up in your bathroom. Baudelaire is an excellent choice for any Bostonian. Its soaps are available at Follain, Cambridge Naturals and at Whole Foods locations. It also supplies all natural beauty accessories such as brushes and sponges.
Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.