We’re familiar with the concept of buying local when it comes to food but what about beauty? Over the years, it’s been common to find a therapeutic salve or aromatherapy spray at craft markets, but did you know that entire makeup and skincare lines are based in Toronto? Not just any lines, but well-performing, on trend, and quality ingredient-containing products. Realizing your dream of supporting local green beauty business in the name of community, health and environmental benefit no longer has to exclude beauty products! Here are some remarkable local green beauty lines to check out:
Urban Minerals – Urban Minerals creates loose mineral foundations in a range of beautiful shades that accommodate all skin tones. Not only do the foundations provide buildable, natural coverage, but founder Sarah infuses each batch with harmonizing Reiki and therapeutic, locally-sourced ingredients. Organic chamomile, calendula and aloe vera are only a few of the skin-nurturing components you’ll find in this one-of-a-kind face powder.
da lish Cosmetics – Motivated by a passion for beauty products and desire for healthier ingredients, Melanie Cruickshank started whipping up cosmetics in her home kitchen. The result was da lish cosmetics, a collection of highly pigmented foundations, concealers, glosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, and multi-use pots, all in the perfect format for easy application. Their eyeshadows are a must-have for convenience and blendability (they come in a tube!). Just dot on, blend with your fingers, and you’re good to go.
Florés Boticario – Stretching out beyond the reaches of the GTA, Florés Boticario has been receiving much admiration from around the globe. With complex, well-performing skincare as their only focus, each product is distinctly perfected – inside and out. It’s truly a line of staples with something for everyone, especially their rich face moisturizers (The Alps and Pret-å-Repair) which are a saving grace for the winter season.
GRAYDON Clinical Luxury – Graydon‘s extensive collection of nutrient-dense and affordable natural skincare has gained a loyal following both locally and internationally. With an emphasis on quality and “plant-powered” formulations, key ingredients like broccoli seed oil, chlorophyll and avocado oil can be found in many of the products, making this a literal local green beauty line. The result is skin, body and hair care that feels lightweight, but is rich in moisture and antioxidants. A personal favourite is The Putty which I like to call a multi-purpose “liquid balm” that absorbs directly into the skin and never feels greasy. [Editors note: we are also obsessed with Graydon’s all-over-soap.]
Fitglow Beauty – At the forefront of trends, Fitglow is popping up in all the right places – from makeup artist kits to blogger’s faces, their seasonally-appropriate shades and textures are versatile and desirable for any skill level. The line is comprehensive and not only includes makeup, but gorgeous skincare as well. Check out their Holiday Shop for colour and skincare sets that are ideal for any complexion.