Beauty products are a multi-billion dollar business in this country. However, the chemicals and preservatives used in so many of them have many seeking healthier alternatives. Fortunately there are more natural and organic cosmetics and beauty supplies hitting the market, some of which are made here in Connecticut. Consider these local companies when you want to look radiant without worrying about what you’re putting on your body.
Olive My Skin
Southbury, CT 06488
Olive My Skin’s soaps and lotions were especially created for those with sensitive skin, but the paraben-free products will really benefit anyone. Its best-selling All Over Lotion comes in six natural fragrances and is made with shea butter and plant oils. There’s also an exfoliating body scrub available in Lemon Ice or Grapefruit Coriander that’s made with avocado and olive oil with white sugar instead of salt. Olive My Skin products can be purchased online or at a dozen Connecticut shops. Also look out for them at various craft fairs and festivals throughout the state.
Guilford, CT 06437
Carollanne Chrichton began Solavedi Organics with the mission of creating products that are as pure and as healing as yoga and stone massage, which she is also expert in. She offers an array of creams, washes, balms and lotions made with ingredients from small and local farms that come in ecologically friendly packaging. Among Solavedi’s notable skincare items is its Rose Clay Cleanser which can be mixed with water and used as an exfoliant or face mask and the DNA vegan stem cell cream which keeps skin smooth and glowing. Her products can be bought at the Solavedi website or at the four Foodworks locations in Connecticut.
Three Sisters Farms
11 Evans Lane
Essex, CT 06426
The secret ingredient in the creams produced by Three Sisters Farms is the honey made at the apiary at the Essex farm. It’s in the Tea Tree Skin Therapy made with tea tree oil that’s perfect for treating sensitive skin, and the shea butter-infused Gardner’s Hand Cream. Both contain jojoba and avocado oils and can also help rough or ashy heels and elbows. Three Sisters Farms also sells soft moisturizing lip balms with mango butter that come in five different flavors.
Connecticut Natural Soapworks
767 Derby Milford Road
Orange, CT 06477
Connecticut Natural Soapworks products are made at Orange’s Sunflower Farm. In addition to dozens of soaps – including its trademark foaming soap “Foap!” – the farm produces a number of natural beauty supplies. It makes an eye cream called Eye D.I.E.T. with a combination of apricot kernel, grapeseed, pomegranate and carrot seed oils along with tissue-healing vitamin E. It recently added a line of body lotions with beneficial oils, vegetable glycerin and silk protein that are scented in flavors like Tahitian coconut and patchouli. And those who suffer from eczema or dry skin will want its soothing Whipped Shea Butter with grapeseed oil.
Herbalist Marlene McKenzie uses organic plants in her Earth’s Treasures healing and beauty products. The latter includes her Pachouli Exfoliant Bar made front plant oils, goats’ milk and almond meal and a Wake Me Up Bar enhanced with rosemary oil that’s ideal for softening skin. Then there’s Daily Youthful face, a creamy combination of herbs, flowers, olive oil and vitamin E that erases lines and age spots. For the rest of your body, try the Healing Goats Milk Lotion bolstered with cocoa butter and almond and primrose oil.
Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.