When it comes to beauty, indulgence is completely necessary. It’s important for people of all ages to take care of themselves – reliable, safe beauty products can help. Lucky for those in D.C., there are many locally made beauty lines in the area. Local products are not mass-produced like big box retailer products and cater more to specific needs. Next time you’re in need of beauty replenishment, you’ll want to keep these companies in mind.
2931-C Eskridge Road
Merrifield, VA 22031
Fans of this local beauty brand describe the products as delicious, yummy and fresh smelling. All Herban Lifestyle products are comprised with only pure organic essential oils, not artificial fragrances, and food-grade organic ingredients. Everything is handcrafted in Fairfax, VA. Crowd favorites include shampoo bars, facial soaps and beer soaps. Men also gravitate toward the grooming kit. The MAN line has a custom scent blend of sandalwood, citrus, tea tree and other essential oils. An interesting product from the brand is a “Make Your Own Lip Balm” kit, allowing customers to personalize their lip protection. Herban Lifestyle will have new packaging designs, as well as new facial products in 2015 – so stay tuned. You can purchase Herban Lifestyle online and on Etsy, as well as through various retailers which can be found on the company website.
Oak Lane Soapworks
P.O. Box 6625
McLean, VA 22106
Former DC farmers’ market favorite, Union Street Soapworks has now rebranded as Oak Lane Soapworks. The unique soaps remain the same, with an ultra moisturizing aspect. The scents are rejuvenating and gentle, leaving hands feeling cleaner than ever. The absolute customer favorite, and even under $10, is The Healing Bar. The bar is designed for problem skin: acne, rosacea and eczema. It contains emu oil, providing deep moisturizing without clogging pores, and a combination of rosemary, lavender and tea tree oils, giving healing properties for sensitive skin. Other popular scented soaps are Seaside, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Black Tea & Sage and Central Coast Lavender. Fun soaps are Dirt, Beer, Skeeter Beeter (natural mosquito repellent) and Chocolate. Have another smell in mind? You’re in luck – the company also takes special requests. Oak Lane is currently sold at farmers’ markets and online, so check your local listings.
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6 N. Main St.
Woodsboro, MD 21798
With over a century of lip balm experience, Rosebud Perfume was founded in 1892. The vibrant creations, produced just outside the city in Maryland, are sold at top retailers such as Sephora, JcPenney, Urban Outfitters and American Apparel – just to name a few. The Smith’s Rosebud Salve, considered a miracle in a can, is world famous and considered a “cult favorite” amongst movie stars, makeup artists and celebrities. All balms are now available in tubes and tins.
Sara Damelio started Skincando in 2000 after she wasn’t able to find quality organic skincare to fix her own skin issues. Skincando products are handcrafted in a workshop in Washington, DC. The top selling product is the Miracle Cream – an amazing anti-aging facial moisturizer that works miracles on dry skin. The most well-known product is the Combat-Ready Balm, which is great for dry hands and cuticles, finger splits and eczema. To perfect skincare, the brand is known to use fresh-brewed organic teas and wild crafted essential oils, including lavender and black spruce in formulas. Customers can order Skincando on the website or in retailers across the country.
Valley Green Naturals
4 River Lane
Sperryville, VA 22740
What started as a rainy day hobby for a couple on their farm, Valley Green Naturals has blossomed into an all-natural sensation. The line has grown beyond soaps and now offers “over 30 all-natural skin, hair and body care products made with clean ingredients and free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and petrochemicals.” Top sellers include the new Cootie Blaster 100% natural hand sanitizer, Pit Pourri Natural Enzyme Deodorant, Muddy Goat Soap (with goat’s milk and Dead Sea Mud), Cool Clarity Facial Care line (with raw honey and steam-distilled essential oils) and Betty Lou’s Bikini Bump Balm. If you are interested in testing yourself, visit the retail shop at Valley Green Natural’s production facility in the River District area of Sperryville, VA. Everything sold is made on site – never outsourced. Look for Valley Green Naturals in Whole Foods stores and gourmet grocery and natural food store chains. You can also shop online and orders are shipped nationally.