The best local beauty products and organic skin-care brands

In honor of Earth Day, we’re swapping our usual big-name skin-care and makeup brands for New York–based eco-conscious indie lines

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Caru Skincare Co.

Representing Queens, this brand focuses on sustainable ingredients and earth-smart packaging, including seed-based labels and soap wrappers you can plant (hello, wildflowers!). Facial kits designed for specific skin types include a clay-bar cleanser, hydrosol toner and jojoba-oil moisturizer for $43. Ingredients are never artificial, and—when possible— are organic and purchased directly from farmers.

Available at caruskincareco.com and Owl & Thistle General Store, 833 Franklin Ave between Eastern Parkway and Union St, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (347-469-0432, owlandthistlegeneral.com).

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So Gloss

This upstate New York e-tailer takes a nontoxic approach to nail adornments. Using a special type of vinyl that won’t damage your nail beds, nail wraps ($8 for complete manicure and pedicure) are applied—and eventually removed—with a blast of heat from a hairdryer. These eye-catching metallic stickers are printed locally and allow a fume-free alternative to traditional polish. Plus, you’re in for major compliments.

Available at so-gloss.com.

3/5

Mullein and Sparrow

The packaging for these 100 percent vegan and plant-based products has an Anthropologie vibe that’s worthy of displaying on your countertop, and what’s inside holds up too. Start with an oat-and-coconut oil cleansing paste ($42) and finish with a rose-hip serum ($48) for a healthy glow that lasts throughout the day. All the products are made by hand in Brooklyn using organic essential oils from small family-owned farms.

Available at mulleinandsparrow.com.

4/5

Armour Beauty

Developed by model and Lunachicks rocker Theo Kogan, this range of naturally based (read: free of parabens) lipglosses ($21) features saturated, long-wearing shades. The Williamsburg brand has perfected a formula of avocado, mango and shea butters to keep pouts moisturized, and does not test on animals.

Available at armourbeauty.com and Mio Mia, 318 Bedford Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-490-5599, shopmiomia.com).

5/5

Lurk

Unlike most alcohol-based perfumes, this Manhattan fragrance company creates scents using essential oils carried in a domestically sourced, organic jojoba base. The concentrates are crafted by hand without synthetics—try AS 01 for hints of spicy cedarwood layered with sweet rose ($55)—and are made in small batches to reduce waste. No need to worry about your carbon footprint, either: These luxury infusions feature minimal packing and are transported in simple muslin bags.

Available at lurkmade.com and Duo, 337 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-777-7044, duonyc.com). 

Looking to pamper yourself with eco-friendly, all-natural beauty products? We've come up with a list of essential, organic skin-care and cosmetic brands that are good for you and the environment. The best part? They're all made locally here in New York.

Comments

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Edmond V
Edmond V

I've never heard of Monsia before, but I would love to try it out. I have always really cared about my skin. I haven't noticed a lot of difference between the organic products and the normal ones, but I love to take care of the environment. This is such a great list to find everything that I need. 

Talmage D
Talmage D

My wife's birthday is coming up, and I really want to get her some of these products. She really cares about her skin so much, and has been aging very well. She hardly has any wrinkles for being 65. I'm just really glad that I was able to find these reviews for these products. http://www.premierlook.com/obagi/