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  1. 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 and Owl & Thistle General Store, 833 Franklin Ave between Eastern Parkway and Union St, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (347-469-0432,

  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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 and Mio Mia, 318 Bedford Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-490-5599,

  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 and Duo, 337 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-777-7044, 

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

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.
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