From the many spas, salons and hotels around the city, we know exactly how to pamper ourselves in Hong Kong. If you're wanting to pamper yourself at home, treat youself to some of the best Hong Kong-made beauty products that will have you satisfied in no time.
Skin care products made in Hong Kong
Clara Yeung Skincare
Clara Yeung is a one-woman-band who makes all her skin care products on her own. She is a girl who places special emphasis on the face with her cleansing oils, exfoliators, serums, eye creams, toners and masks. Treat your pretty features with respect using her handmade, beautifully packaged, all natural fair trade products that should have you looking fresh and radiant in no time. Don’t forget to check out her body care products too. Find Yeung at the Island East Markets or order directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. fb.com/clarayeung.handmadeskincare.
We recommend: Rose and Aloe Vera mask ($150/50ml), Lavender and Rose Face Cream ($150/30ml), Organic Rose Toner ($75/100ml).
Steering clear of harsh pollutants, So… Soap! goes for products that are good for the Earth and really good for our bodies. It’s a 100 percent biodegradable plant-based sustainable skin care brand with a line that covers both body and hair care using products packaged in recycled plastic. All of the creams and lotions have fresh, alluring aromas and they’re also freshly handmade, with an eye on encouraging local artisanship. The brand even offers workshops for those interested in crafting their own soap essentials. So… what are you waiting for? Available at Kubrick, Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, 2384 8929; sosoap.com.
We recommend: So Body Butter ($188/100g), So Body Wash ($168/500ml), So Shampoo ($188/500ml).
Bathe to Basics
Sustainable, non-toxic, eco-friendly and 100 percent natural is how it’s done at Bathe to Basics. Founders Gia Fox and Edmund Ip want you to veer away from commercial items that are filled with parabens, synthetic colours and a whole heap of other nasties that you don’t want eating into your skin. All the products at Bathe to Basics are cold processed, where the ingredients are mixed at temperatures not exceeding 40 degrees Celsius so the nutrients don’t degrade. There are refreshing scents in the body, face and hair product lines which utilise essential oils like lavender, bergamot and sage. Fox and Ip even make a botanical toothpaste that contains coconut oil and bentonite clay to clean and detox your mouth. Available at Home Works, S506, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 6509 3610; bathetobasics.com.
We recommend: Wildgrass Conditioner ($198/300ml), Sunrise Body Wash ($98/300ml), Bentonite Clay Toothpaste. ($88/80ml).
Focusing on premium organic skin, body and hair care, Native Essentials provides natural remedies which look after our everyday physical needs, plus tap into our fondness for aromatherapy. Native’s products are pure to a tee, coming from all corners of the globe, and its lines are also tailored towards pregnant women, providing optimum wellbeing and health for expecting mothers when the situation calls for more sensitivity. But, of course, anyone can feel the benefits of going Native.Available at The Strand Hair Salon and Spa, 18 Cochrane St, Central, 2850 7686; nativessentials.com.
We recommend: Light Face Suncreen SPF 10 ($300/30ml), All Natural Sunscreen SPF 25 ($320/150g), Naturally Balancing Shampoo ($250/250ml).
Founder of Swedish’s Handmade Bodycare, Rebecka Lundin, makes all her products in the comfort of her own home. She started out making soaps in her kitchen before delving into the world of body washes, lotions, candles, body scrubs and make-up remover. Lundin is passionate about her skin care products, which she claims are free of toxic chemicals and instead incorporate a mix of natural oils like grapeseed, avocado, olive and sunflower that come from her native Sweden. Since her products do not have any preservatives, Lundin advises you use them within two months. You can find her wares on sale at a variety of open markets like the Discovery Bay Farmer’s Market and the Island East Markets, or you can email her directly email@example.com to order. No website available yet.
We recommend: Body Scrub ($198/500ml), Misty Mint Body Gel ($198/280g), Misty Mint Body Lotion ($210/280g).
When it comes to purity, Prearth’s skin care lines are all over it. With herbal and floral ingredients that are harvested wild at altitudes of more than 7,000ft in the Himalayas, you know the end product you’re applying to your skin is natural and organic. Completely chemical free, Prearth trades in the artificial additives for ancient Ayurvedic wisdom and ingredients, sporting a range of serums, scrubs, oils and washes for the face and body. And it’s a Hong Kong company with a strong commitment towards fair trade and sustainability, working with farmers to develop organic agricultural methods and striving to help workers in India enjoy a better life. So you can feel as good as you look after using a Prearth’s skin care product. Available at Kapok, HG10-12, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 2858 8170; purearth.asia.
We recommend: Face Elixir Oil ($780/30ml), Organic Turmeric Face Scrub ($380/100g), Bitter Apricot Body Oil ($440/100ml).
Locally handmade skin care products that are toxin-free and partially organic are what you get at Selphi. There’s a range of products like cleansing oils, body washes and shampoos that are suitable for adults, kids, babies and mummies-to-be. The gals behind the brand also have their own natural mosquito repellent, as well as a unique powdered sunscreen that’s super light and comfyon the skin. To buy, visit Island East Markets or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go on. Take a Selphi. 6302 6635;facebook.com/selphi.
We recommend: Natural Instinct Body Wash ($80/200ml), Bug Off Herbal Mozzie Repellent ($40/75ml), Barely There Matte Sunscreen Powder ($80/10g).
Soap Soap Fun
Getting soapy should be a fun affair and Soap Soap Fun does exactly what it says on the package. It brings an interactive element of fun to its natural soap lines. Owner Kitty Wong makes her products in a workshop. Indulge in fragrant and intriguing aromas like Plamarosa that claim to be free of irritants and are suitable for people with sensitive skin. And you can get along to her workshop and learn how she creates her soaps. To order, all you have to do is message Wong on her Facebook page.facebook.com/soapsoapfun.
We recommend: Rose Soap ($40/100g), Organic Goat’s Milk Soap ($50/100g), Loofah Exfoliating Soap ($40/100g).