Light, natural beauty products from Seattle companies and beyond.
As the weather warms, it’s a great time to lighten up your beauty and grooming routines — both in terms of the number of products used and in cutting back on harsh, unpronounceable ingredients.
Leave more time for fun in the sun and embrace the trend toward natural, often organic, ingredients with these products for skin and hair, as well as a few makeup picks for when you want to add a little extra pop.
Start with a clean, hydrated base by lathering up with Herbivore’s Pink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap ($12 at herbivorebotanicals.com). The Seattle company’s French pink-clay soap draws out impurities and softens skin with geranium essential oil that has anti-inflammatory properties. Best of all, it smells amazing.
Dip your toe into Korean skin care with Julep’s Korean Skincare Made Simple Starter Set ($19 at Nordstrom), which includes the local brand’s popular Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil and an exfoliating Konjac Cleansing Sponge enriched with detoxifying bamboo charcoal powder.
Men (and women) can repair skin overnight with PC4MEN Nighttime Repair ($33 at paulaschoice.com), from local company Paula’s Choice. It contains retinol to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging, green tea to brighten skin tone, and vitamin E and shea butter for hydration. All Paula’s Choice products are free of fragrances and other irritants, and the website contains an excellent glossary of common skin-care and makeup ingredients.
In spring and summer, it’s essential to wear sunscreen every day. Opt for the locally made, UV-fighting Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 ($48–$75 at karigran.com), made with non-nano zinc oxide and organic, non-GMO ingredients.
Quench dry skin with Babe’s Body Soufflé ($30 at Sephora), made with raw, vegan ingredients including almond oil, macadamia oil and shea butter. The sweet packaging is a nice added bonus.
Add a dewy glow with the ILIA Illuminator ($34 at Sephora), out of Vancouver, B.C., which contains 72 percent organic ingredients and is free of artificial preservatives, fragrance and gluten. The buildable highlighter comes in three shades, including a bronzer for a natural sun-kissed glow.
Local line Butter London is known for its unique nail polish colors formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DPB or parabens. The light and summery Kerfuffle Nail Lacquer (on sale for $12 at butter
london.com) is a super-soft coral that’s both sophisticated and playful.
For a little pop, try on Julep’s It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon ($20 at julep.com). It comes in 18 shades, from neutral to bold, and is made with moisturizing vitamin E and sunflower butter.
Prevent eye shadow from melting and creasing in the heat by applying a primer, such as Alima Pure’s Eye Primer ($26 at alimapure.com). The Portland company’s new formula is fragrance-free and includes natural ingredients such as olive-derived squalane, shea butter and clary sage water.
For an on-trend pink shadow look, layer on the long-lasting Jane Iredale Purepressed Eye Shadow Triple in Pink Quartz ($30 at janeiredale.com). The shimmering, soft pink hues are mineral-based and safe for sensitive eyes.
Get lustrous locks without harsh chemicals with Rahua Shampoo ($34) and Conditioner ($36, both at Nordstrom), made with organic and natural ingredients including rahua and palo santo oils, and quinoa, which preserves moisture and promotes strand healing.
You can use Biossance’s 100% Squalane Oil ($58 at Sephora) from head-to-toe. The multipurpose body and hair oil is made with sustainably sourced, sugarcane-derived squalane, a molecule that speeds cell repair and locks in moisture.
Prevent styling damage and smooth flyaways with the new 100% Pure Pro-Vitamin B5 Smoothing Hair Serum ($35 at 100percentpure.com). Vitamin B5 adds shine while Vitamin E seals in moisture, leaving hair smooth and frizz-free.
Freshen strands without having to turn on the hair dryer with Herbivore’s Hair Perfume Mist ($12 at herbivorebotanicals.com). Essential oils add light scents of jasmine, rose or apricot to the hair.
Change the way you maintain your beard with local brand Whiskey Ink & Lace’s The Peacemaker Organic Beard Shampoo Bar ($8 at whiskeyinkandlace.com). Packed with certified organic coconut oil and palm oil, the bar softens and conditions your beard without drying skin, and has the manly scent of gunpowder (deep citrus and dark spice).