20 Small-Batch Beauty Brands to Try for a Cleaner Routine

by Nikki Brown
Mar 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Small-Batch Clean Beauty Brands
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Allow us to preface with this: We don’t see our Sephora shopping trips ending anytime soon. Seriously, what do you expect us to do without our Fenty Beauty foundation or Kat Von D lipstick? Yes, we have unhealthy attachments to our makeup that will take some serious rehab to let go of.

But in the meantime, we’re getting familiar with stripped-down brands that don’t compromise the safety of their ingredients for scale. As we begin to unearth more information about the way beauty products are made in the good ol’ USA, we’re realizing that, hey, maybe our skin doesn’t need all the nasties: parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances to name a few.

Small-batch brands may be, well, small, but there are plenty of them to go around. And the best part is that most fall under the “clean beauty” category. Check out our green glossary if you have no idea what that means. If you’ve already been schooled, ahead are 20 small-batch brands that should definitely be on your radar.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /20: Aimee Raupp Beauty

Aimee Raupp Beauty Organic Blemish Be-Gone Stick
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1/20 :Aimee Raupp Beauty

Aimee Raupp utilized her work as an acupuncturist and herbalist to create this line of organic skin care products.

Try: Organic Blemish Be-Gone Stick, $9 at Aimee Raupp Beauty

2 /20: Aster & Bay

Aster & Bay Dandelion Face Grains
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2/20 :Aster & Bay

In 2012, Erin Hammond parlayed an interest in Western herbalism into this line of plant-based products with ingredients that are derived from local herbs and coastlines in Scotland.

Try: Dandelion Face Grains, $11 at Aster & Bay

3 /20: Bahi Cosmetics

Bahi Cosmetics Sunflower Sweets Serum
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3/20 :Bahi Cosmetics

This small business is renowned for its magical concoction of all-natural ingredients for both skin and makeup. Its Sunflower Sweets Serum is renowned for its ability to make dark spots disappear in record time.

Try: Sunflower Sweets Serum, $22 at Bahi Cosmetics

4 /20: Cecilia Wong Skincare

Cecilia Wong Skincare Black Currant Serum
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4/20 :Cecilia Wong Skincare

Dr. Cecilia Wong and her team of experts work to ensure each product is not only cruelty-free but made with raw ingredients.

Try: Black Currant Serum, $72 at Cecilia Wong Skincare

5 /20: Earth Tu Face

Earth Tu Face Bergamot & Aloe Shower Gel
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5/20 :Earth Tu Face

Two herbalists are the beauty experts behind this 100 percent plant-based skin care line made with zero fillers and plenty of therapeutic benefits.

Try: Bergamot & Aloe Shower Gel, $38 at Earth Tu Face

6 /20: Flynn & King

Flynn & King Neem & Activated Charcoal Soap
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6/20 :Flynn & King

This Brooklyn-based gender-neutral line is chock-full of handmade organic and sustainable products for your healthiest skin.

Try: Neem & Activated Charcoal Soap, $15 at Flynn & King

7 /20: Foxie Cosmetics

Foxie Cosmetics Oshin Face Moisturizer
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7/20 :Foxie Cosmetics

When she couldn't find enough products for her vegan lifestyle, Kayla Phillips decided to make them herself. Today, Foxie is a top destination for anyone who wants to veganize their skin care routine.

Try: Oshin Deep Moisturizer, $46 at Foxie Cosmetics

8 /20: Jade & Fox Co.

Jade & Fox Co. Baby Face
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8/20 :Jade & Fox Co.

This is a luxury beauty brand that uses food-grade ingredients to create products that look as good as they feel.

Try: Baby Face, $20 at Jade & Fox Co.

9 /20: Kaliks Collective

Kaliks Collective Escape Bath Soak
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9/20 :Kaliks Collective

Chemicals, synthetics and toxins are nowhere to be found in this line of handcrafted skin and bath products.

Try: Refreshing Bath Soak, $48 at Kaliks Collective

10 /20: Laurel Whole Plant Organics

Laurel Whole Plant Organics California Body Oil
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10/20 :Laurel Whole Plant Organics

The plants used in this organic, raw line are picked at their peak for "unmatched transparency, purity, and results."

Try: California Body Oil, $90 at Laurel Whole Plant Organics

11 /20: MCMC Fragrances

MCMC Fragrances Noble Eau de Parfum
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11/20 :MCMC Fragrances

Anne and Katie McClain are the sister duo behind this Brooklyn-based brand boasting original handmade fragrances.

Try: Noble Eau de Parfum, $95 at MCMC Fragrances

12 /20: Mullein & Sparrow

Mullein & Sparrow Facial Steam
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12/20 :Mullein & Sparrow

Anit Hora, born in India and raised in the States, handcrafts her vegan beauty line in Brooklyn.

Try: Facial Steam, $36 at Mullein & Sparrow

13 /20: Olivine Atelier

Olivine Atelier Amongst the Waves Perfume Oil
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13/20 :Olivine Atelier

This independently owned perfume line is powered by more than 20 years of fragrance experience from its owner.

Try: Amongst the Waves perfume oil, $48 at Olivine Atelier

14 /20: Persephenie

Persephenie Healing Salve
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14/20 :Persephenie

The cruelty-free and botanical brand sources raw ingredients from around the world for all its products.

Try: Healing Salve, $94 at Persephenie

15 /20: RAAW by Trice

RAAW by Trice Blue Beauty Drops
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15/20 :RAAW by Trice

The formulations in this organic line are all-natural, but the packaging screams decadence and luxury.

Try: Blue Beauty Drops, $85 at RAAW by Trice

16 /20: SaltyGirl Beauty

SaltyGirl Beauty Foundation
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16/20 :SaltyGirl Beauty

If your skin doesn't respond well to mainstream makeup brands, this line is made with only the best nourishing organic ingredients.

Try: Foundation, $42 at SaltyGirl Beauty

17 /20: Stark Skincare

Stark Skincare Sahara Dry Shampoo and Texturizer
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17/20 :Stark Skincare

This handmade Canadian brand is the first-ever web-only skin care company. That means there are no outside retailers, fancy marketing campaigns or investors.

Try: Sahara Dry Shampoo, $25 at Stark Skincare

18 /20: Stewart & Claire

Stewart & Claire Negroni Lip Balm
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18/20 :Stewart & Claire

Best described as lip balms for grown-ups, this niche brand is operated by a husband-and-wife duo who run their business out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Try: Negroni Lip Balm, $8 at Stewart & Claire

19 /20: Vered Botanicals

Vered Botanicals Muscle Soothing Massage Oil
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19/20 :Vered Botanicals

The creator of this botanicals brand is a master herbalist, aesthetician and artisanal perfumer with decades of experience and an interest in holistic healing.

Try: Muscle Soothing Body Oil, $74 at Vered Botanicals

20 /20: Waxing Kara

Waxing Kara Clarity Mask
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20/20 :Waxing Kara

Kara Brook is an artist-turned-beekeeper who channeled her love of bees and honey into an all-natural skin care line.

Try: Clarity Mask, $15 at Waxing Kara