10 American beauty brands to try now
Established: Sharon Springs, NY, 2008
Founders: Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
The 60-acre Beekman Farm in upstate New York churns out hand-crafted—and beautifully packaged—goat milk soaps and body care products that evoke the aroma of each season, like a sweet-smelling floral bouquet in the Scent of Summer soap.
Brad Biophotonic Skin care
Established: Los Angeles, 2010
Founder: Brad Hunter
Hunter bottles his results-oriented creams and tonics in dark Miron glass to allow for vital violet light stimulation.
Established: Maine, 1984
Founders: Burt Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby
Best known for its moisturizing lip balms, the earth-friendly beauty brand, now based in North Carolina, has always stayed close to its honey and beeswax roots. This month the company introduces a new collection of Intense Hydration facial products featuring Clary Sage in its skin-care lineup.
Established: Malibu, CA, 1999
Founder: Gaye Straza
With fans—including A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett—stretching from here to Europe and Asia, Straza created her Hawaii-inspired fragrance, candles, and body care around a signature scent of tropical white flowers. This August, she will debut hair products at her Malibu boutique.
Established: East Hampton, NY, 1995
Founder: Barbara Close
Esthetician and herbalist Close sources botanicals and organic, high-grade essential oils from around the world for her skin-care line. The Sag Harbor resident's holistic apothecary and spa in East Hampton is conveniently close to home.
Established: New York City, 1999
Founder: Yael Alkalay
Shuffling between Massachusetts and Argentina as a child, the Columbia Business School grad settled in NYC and translated her passion for sustainable living into a plant-powered beauty brand. She favors locally sourced natural ingredients like sea algae and aloe vera.
Established: Brooklyn, 1999
Founders: Eric Famisan and Sarah Ryhanen
Perfectly crafted soaps bearing intoxicatingly fresh scents like vetiver and rosemary-mint are hand-cut, air-dried, and cured right inside the family-owned Brooklyn boutique, alongside seasonal floral bouquets.
Rosebud Perfume Company
Established: Woodsboro, MD, 1895
Founder: G. F. Smith
The more-than-a-century-old company continues to produce its multipurpose Rosebud Salve, with flavored renditions like strawberry and mocha rose Lip Balm Tubes.
Established: New York City, 2000
Founder: Maureen Kelly
Globetrotter Maureen Kelly hunts for natural ingredients everywhere from Italy to the rainforests of Brazil for her eco-conscious makeup line.