I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
You already know that you can hit up Etsy for vintage housewares, handmade jewelry, and knickknacks adorned with owls. But did you know that the site is also a great place to find natural skin care products?
We’re not talking about hippie deodorants here. These boutique lines offer clean ingredients, budget-friendly prices, and great packaging. And when it comes to making your skin look awesome, they actually do what they’re supposed to.
Here are five natural skin care lines that you can buy on Etsy. They're as easy on the wallet as they are on the eyes.
The gorgeously minimalist packaging of these skin care potions wouldn’t look out of place in a hip boutique in Brooklyn or Portland. Many of the natural concoctions, like the Pink Clay Gentle Exfoliation Mask, feature clay, which is great for clearing up skin. And Herbivore Botanicals co-founder Julia Wills’s background includes Chinese medicine and aromatherapy, so you know the ingredients here are chosen for a reason.
French Girl Organics
This line is made in Washington but it’s strongly influenced by French style, right down to the classic black-and-white packaging. Founder Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, the author of two books on knitting, has a strong Gallic connection: she helps runs tours of France with her family. She’s also taught classes in herbology, and her love of all things botanical plays into products like her Neroli Camomille Facial Creme.
Aimee Raupp Beauty
“The inspiration for my line came from my desire to find clean products to put on my skin--products that I could actually eat--as what we put on our skin gets into our bloodstream in under a minute,” Raupp said, referring to products like Organic Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub. An herbalist and acupuncturist, Raupp also works with a lot of women looking to boost their fertility, and her skin care products are designed with them in mind.
Organic and natural, these products are based on Ayurveda, a holistic Indian healing science. The cleansers, masks, oils, and serums, all made in small batches to ensure freshness, are aimed at improving your skin and hair. And, in keeping with Ayurvedic principles, they’re designed to work with your body as a whole. If you don’t know your Ayurvedic dosha type, check out this quiz.
Leslie Martin's blog, Crunchy Betty, is full of helpful skin care tips that often use goods you can find in your home. (For example: her pimple-fighting facial mask mixes honey and Aspirin.) For more sophisticated solutions, visit her Etsy shop. Martin is a big proponent of cleansing oil, and she takes the mystery out of it with her different blends. And her grains clean and exfoliate without punishing your skin. Try her sampler pack if you aren’t sure which one is best for you.
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