Indie Beauty Expo, Personal Favorite Roundup
After returning from a whirlwind week in New York City I wanted to share some of my personal favorites from IBENY 17 (Indie Beauty Expo). I was first introduced to some of these brands in May at IBE Dallas and am confidently retain them on the top of my list.
The brands that won me over meet a variety of prerequisites such as their low carbon footprint, personal mission statements, high quality ingredients and mindfulness towards health, not to mention their appeal to a wide range of consumers:
Kindred: I met Frances, the owner, at IBE Dallas and visited with her again in NY. Driven by her own skin challenges she created a line of high quality, organic oil based skin care. I love all the aspects of her products from the beautiful fragrance to the delicate nature of the non-greasy oils. Her cleansing oil is appreciably light which is unique among the crowd of organic cleansing oils. Kindred’s facial Oil Cleanser helped me break a 25-year habit using a market-leading Japanese cleansing oil. Also, her facial mask clays are formaldehyde-free, a known environmental toxin. Their newly released Eye Treat, which contains caffeine and botanicals, is a new favorite of mine. It’s perfect for my puffy allergic eyes and I use it morning and night. It’s perfect or those mornings when I wake up like Hitch. Kindred just released a solid moisturizer baton, which is compact and TSA-friendly for travel. As an added bonus, I love that the packaging on all Kindred products is designed for protection while travelling and it’s reusable. Many of the products have a light sandalwood fragrance.
Luk Beautifood: This luscious lip nourishment company from Australia really drew me in with its packaging (wrapped in reusable fruit-printed cloth to clean computer and phone screens) and its edible food-grade ingredients. Women ingest a lifetime of lipstick pigments, waxes and petrochemicals that contain heavy metals and toxic pigments, which are endocrine disrupters accumulating over a lifetime compromising our immune system (read more here). The fact that Luk Beautifood contains food grade ingredients places them at the top of my list. In fact, I had one for a snack on my way to JFK (JK). The company’s owner is a food scientist with years of experience behind herself in food testing, creation and preparation.
Luxe Botanics: This beautiful South African brand is sourced from high quality oils and fruits from South Africa. Not only is it brilliantly made, backed by science but a portion of proceeds go back to the communities that produce their core botanicals in Kenya, Brazil and Malawi. From Nature to Nuture, we love this brand. They have three core botanicals: Marula Oil from Kenya, Camu Camu Berry from Brazil, and Kigelia Africana from Malawi. Their products are made with pure botanical ingredients in combination with compounds synthesized from natural and organic bases. They are ethically harvested with science behind them. Luxe Botanics are vegan, cruelty free, and ethically and sustainably sourced. The founder and creator studied biotechnology in Australia. She had a successful nine-year career working for pharmaceutical in both Australia and Singapore, before deciding to pursue her dream of creating Luxe Botanics.
L’odaites: This tiny gorgeously packaged line is from France. With only five products, this line is derived from natural pure extracts from fruits, flowers or seeds. Using the fruit sugar from dates is an interesting concept. Through cold processing they maintain the integrity of the active ingredients. These date-based products are rich in minerals which support healthy skin, including the synthesis of collagen and elastin. A study in Pakistan treating facial skin with date extract improved elasticity, pigmentation, redness, brightness and hydration. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics4020013
Osmia Organics: This line was created by Dr. Sarah Villafranco who left Emergency Room medicine to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Drawing on her medical background and after a lot of experimentation she created Osmia, a broad line of beauty products derived from consciously-sourced plant materials. Although I didn’t get to spend that much time with her, I was highly impressed by her line. Her personal story is compelling to all of us who are too afraid to make a change no matter where you are in life. I tried her Nectar vital rose drops and loved them. Her spot treatment which is used for breakouts is tea tree oil free making it ideal for people with sensitive skin.
Little Moon Essentials: This all-natural affordable line is one of my favorites. All the products are organic and made in Colorado. Their wonderful organic bath salt soaks are calming and restorative and I have personally used their products for years. It is a way to bring nature into your bathtub. I love their Clear Skies Ahead room spray, Dream Cream, and sugar scrubs. They have a cooling spray, called Lift Off, which is great to use after a day at the beach or when you’re experiencing hot flashes or both. This brand is very affordable for people looking to transition to green products. You can read more about detoxification through salt bath therapy here.
Olverum: This brand is simplistic and singularly focused producing a gorgeous German cult bath oil. The smell is out of this world. We met them at IBE Dallas and can’t get enough of their formulation of plant extracts, specifically selected for their traditional therapeutic properties. Olverum provides a luxurious synergistic nighttime experience from bath to bedtime. This treasured olfactory treat from the 1930’s has us swooning for it today.
Element Candles: Another company we met at the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas and happy to see them in NYC has a unique collection of candles that are as clean as you’re going to find. Most people with allergies and respiratory issues must be careful of candles. They may contain heavy metals in wicks, toxic fragrance, petrochemical derived wax and they produce soot that gets into the air exacerbating respiratory illnesses. This candle has none of that. As an asthmatic I can get behind a product specifically designed to avoid all those problems.
Seen above: The Blackout from The Makeup Mitty and Element candle.
Mitty: Say “goodbye” to disposable wipes! The Makeup Mitty helps you clean up your act without messing up the planet. This company offers large sizes for the face and a mini size for your eyes and other tiny areas. This product is a reusable low carbon footprint wash mitten. It is gentle enough to use on the most delicate skin. These Mitties outperform and outlast wipes and washcloths and in the long run reduce your carbon footprint. Being overly fastidious about my products I discovered that the Mitty can also double as a cleaner for cosmetic brushes.
Source Vital: These friends from the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas and NYC have two products I’m crazy about: Deozein Zest deodorant and their Tranquil Multi spray. We have been crazy for their innovative clean roll-on deodorant for months. Making a switch to a clean deodorant can be tricky for some people during their transition from conventional products. Especially in hot locales like here in South Florida, it can be a smelly experience no matter how clean your diet is. We put it to the test. This deodorant performed wonderfully. It even survived Miami Swim Week castings. Deozein Zest is not just a cover-up, their formulas eliminate odor for both men and women. Source Vital formulates their deodorant with pure essential oils, natural mineral salts and seaweed extract, all known for controlling bacteria that cause odor. Source Vital is a broad-range company that has many full lines and custom formulas, but I had to mention our favorites.
Ayuna, Less is Beauty: This beautiful high-end line from Spain offers a small line of theory based products. We especially love their volcanic glass and carbon mask. This very gentle mask helps to draw out impurities, reduce skin sensitivity and leaves your skin feeling radiant and rejuvenated. The collection is elegant and complete.
Stay tuned for future writings on H&H as we continue to review other outstanding brands from the Indie Beauty Expo Dallas an New York.
Dr. Elizabeth Trattner
Neither Haute and Holistic nor I have been compensated for any of these reviews. All of the coral pictured have been collected over a lifetime and have not been excavated from our precious oceans.