Beauty products are designed to help a person feel more beautiful, but they also aid in health and wellness through relaxation. One of the best ways to achieve this is through buying products that offer aromatherapy through bath salts or scented soaps. The closer to home you can purchase these products, the more likely it is that they’re made by hand with less ingredients. Too many additives can take away from their sole purpose. Here are some of the top crafters of locally made beauty products in the area.
Beekman’s C.O.P.A. Soaps
438 E Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Beekman’s Copa Soaps focuses on cold-processed all-natural soaps made at its location right in Center City Philadelphia. All of the products are made with common sense and natural ingredients and feature aromatherapy essential oils. You can visit the store’s location or buy online. Orders of $48 or more qualify for free ground shipping.
Duross & Langel
117 S 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Duross & Langel are one of the largest local beauty product makers and distributors in the area. Their handmade and crafted beauty products including deodorant, soap and massage products come from old family recipes and are cruelty free. Duross & Langel offer a full line of products, which also include hair products, bath soaks and even candles for gifts. Seven different people craft the products on the team. Products started off being 100% made in house, but as the company has grown, it now creates some in house and has some made by local independent crafters following the recipes.
Emma’s Friends Soaps & Lotions, Inc.
101 East Broad St.
Emma’s Friends is a group of people with varying abilities/disabilities who make beauty products, including some for pets. The company’s tag line is “Made with love, filled with hope.” What began from making these items as gifts turned into more of a mission. Emma’s mom, Lynn, served on the board of directors for Avenues, an organization that helps people with disabilities throughout their life, and realized there wasn’t much in the way of decent creative work for people with disabilities. Emma’s Friends sells soaps, lotions, body creams, pet shampoo and paw balm. Most of the products are sold at the shop’s location in northern PA, but are also found in various stores in the Delaware Valley. You can also order online from the website.
Farm at Coventry
1889 Little Conestoga Road
Elverson, PA 19520
Farm at Coventry makes a variety of beauty products by hand including soaps, body creams and body butters in different scents. All are locally and organically grown on the farm in rural Chester County. Everything is made in small batches without the use of additives or synthetics. Susan Hess also offers classes and workshops. Some examples of products available online are scents like Rose Milk, Sage and English Lavender that you can buy in a four-ounce herbal soap or as a bath salt. You can only order online or contact Farm at Coventry to visit the gardens.
Lancaster County Soap Works
P.O. Box 504
Mount Joy, PA 17552
The Schwartz family has been in the business of making handmade local products with a “a mix of plain and fancy” since 1992. Maryann makes the soaps and Bob makes the molds. You can purchase the products in other stores, as they do not have a storefront of their own. Online ordering is also done through a website by purchase order from vendors with a minimum order of $100. You can purchase online from the essential herbal shop.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.