We love to see women making moves and creating their own businesses, especially when the products they’re creating are actually good for you. Check out these 4 Brooklyn based brands chock full of ingredients your body will thank you for!
skinBUTTR If you’re looking for an upgrade to the popular and super hydrating pure Shea or Cocoa Butter, skinBUTTR is it. Get all BUTTRed up with this new skincare line that specializes in both body and face products all hand made, free of parabens and other harmful chemicals. skinBUTTR infuses their Shea body butters with coconut oil and vitamin E for extra healing benefits in a plethora of velvety soft, good enough to eat scents like Cocoa Vanilla, Gingr Lemon, and Strawberry Coconut. Pair the butters with skinBUTTR’s scrubs and get a double dose of smelly goodness while combating skin issues like hyper-pigmentation, toning, and brightening. There’s even a vanilla coffee scrub to aid with cellulite reduction.
Local Lathers There’s nothing like a good soap to get you up and at em’ and refreshed in the morning, especially when it’s from Local Lathers. The co-founders, who also just so happen to be sister-in-laws, Manuela Schaudt and Jinette Caceres teamed up in 2013 to bring Manuela’s “obsession with bar soap” a little closer to home, their actual homes that is. Now they handcraft and package Local Lathers right out of Fort Greene using all vegan, plant based ingredients. The brand uses organic essential oils to nourish the skin with added benefits of holistic healing and aromatherapy benefits. “It’s almost like baking,” they say, “each batch smells so delicious and looks good enough to eat!” Coney Island Sea Scrub and Brooklyn Bridge Daily Grind are 2 of the ladies most most popular scents from BK Bar Soap, their first line inspired by neighborhoods and landmarks of 1 of the coolest boroughs out there, Brooklyn. Pick up a bar, or 2, or 3 of BK Bar Soap at select boutique shops, fairs and markets.
Haute Chocolate Haute Chocolate is dark chocolate at its fanciest. Delicately wrapped in dusty nude and pastel tones and donned with 1920s-esque pin up girls, who knew chocolate could be so sexy. And here we were having a meltdown, wrapped up in covers only craving it on our periods. Boy were we missing out. Haute Chocolate’s selection is uniquely tantalizing with decadent flavors like Cinnamon Chipotle, Rosemary and Espresso. When you’re used to picking up Trader Joes’s chocolate for 3 bucks, $8 for 2oz may sound a bit pricey but it’s worth it. It’s handmade, you’re supporting a fellow female entrepreneur, and now you don’t have to travel all the way to Switzerland when you want fresh chocolate. Chocolate from Brooklyn sounds so much cooler anyways.
Lit Bklyn If their name doesn’t catch you, their scents definitely will. Hand poured, packaged, and shipped from Brooklyn, Lit began as a shared appreciation of candles by a couple of friends who decided to turn their passion into a profitable business. “We love how having a candle lit can transform the ambiance of any space,” say the makers of the Brooklyn based brand. Run and operated from their very own homes, each candle is carefully created with each customer in mind using only pure fragrance oils and 100% natural soy wax. “We work hard to find only the highest quality ingredients and are very proud of the product that we have to offer our customers.” With a sensational mash up of lemon sugar and vanilla, Home is definitely a personal favorite of the 4 scents.