Love your scented candles? Go the extra mile and treat yourself to these all-natural ones from Hush Candle. Made from natural soya wax and pure therapeutic-grade essential oils, the brand’s candles – they burn for 25 to 50 hours – are healthier, cleaner alternatives to chemical-filled paraffin wax ones. Nicole Su and Chelsea Low, the noses and brains behind Hush Candle, started in 2015 with three classic scents: lemongrass, lavender and rose. But it now has eight scents, with more in the making.
Try this Lemongrass essential oil candle ($18/4oz and $32/8oz). Kill two birds with one stone with this – its light refreshing scent reminds you of a resort spa and keeps the mozzies away.
Here’s one brand whose products will sit pretty on your top shelf: FrankSkincare’s minimalist, apothecary-like tinted glass bottles are made for #flatlays. Produced in tiny batches with certified organic ingredients, FrankSkincare was created out of founder Cissy Chen’s belief that healthy, radiant skin should be accessible to everyone. Oils are Chen’s specialty, and a tiny drop goes a long way. You won’t find creams, lotions or gelbased products, as those require chemicals to maintain their consistency. The product range caters to women, men and babies, and is safe for expecting mums, too.
Try this Juicier Luxury Face Oil ($58/30ml). Packed with 11 organic, good-for-your-skin ingredients, this face oil replaces your regular moisturiser and serum steps to moisten and firm up your skin.
One glance at its sleek black makeup counters and you might mistake it for NARS – but Faux Fayc is local and proud of it. Co-founders Eileen Poh and Yuan Ng started out in 2014 with one product: a black volumising and lengthening fibre mascara designed for Asian eyelashes. The brand has now expanded to offer matte liquid lipsticks ($16), mattifying mousse foundations ($58) and pressed blushes ($34) – with a flagship store to boot.
Try this Fauxlash Mascara Duo ($39). This smudge-proof mascara duo set dramatically increases lash length and thickness.
As its name suggests, Handmade Heroes offers handcrafted skincare products that promise to do wonders for your skin. Established in 2014 by Lynsey Lim, the PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan brand takes inspiration from Asian beauty practices and uses natural ingredients such as rice, coconuts, hibiscus, charcoal and turmeric. Its product range covers you from top to toe with lip scrubs ($8.90), dry shampoo ($8.90-$15.90) and hibiscus face masks ($24.90).
Try this Coco-licious Luscious Lip Scrub ($8.90). This coconut concoction, inspired by local kuehs, gently exfoliates and hydrates dry lips with coconut and sweet almond oil.
Pare down your complicated wax-on-wax-off skincare regime to the bare minimum with Auolive’s fuss-free skincare products. Founder Clair Au understands the time constraints faced by modern Singaporean women, so she developed multitasking products that’ll cut down your prep time in the morning to just a step or two. Formulated in Switzerland but made in Singapore, each product spotlights a natural active ingredient such as pomegranate, ginkgo biloba leaf and squalene extract.
Try this Day Glower ($118/30ml). This lightweight, non-greasy antioxidant moisturiser leaves your skin glowing and primed for makeup.
DJ and former lawyer Kendra Liew is a natural skincare enthusiast who advocates a safe alternative to chemical-friendly big-brand names. So it’s no surprise that her label Katfood aims to create beauty products made with ingredients you can actually eat.
Everything’s handmade with no preservatives, so they come in small, fresh batches with organic, raw, unprocessed and unrefined elements. If you’re a nutter for coconuts, even better – all of the skin food concocted by Katfood contain some form of the fruit.
Try this Cuckoo For Cocoa Dry Shampoo ($13.90). Remove dirt and grease with this dry shampoo that includes ingredients like coconut flour, cinnamon and cocoa powder.
Can’t get enough of local flavours? Lather your lips with balms by Shophouse Sixtyfive, a brand that prides itself on giving old-school homegrown culture the kiss of life.
It’s the brainchild of Petrina Yuen, who set out to create a distinctly Singaporean bath, body and home brand. Each hand-crafted lip balm is infused with a blend of essential oils, plant oils and vitamin E to create a whiff of, well, Singapore.
Choose from scents inspired by local food – or, if you prefer an unflavoured version, there’s the cleverly named Lipbalm Kosong.
Try this Sir Stamford ($9.80). Inspired by the British origins of Singapore’s founding father, this one gives off the aroma of breakfast tea and caramel.