Beauty & Spas

7 All-Natural Skin Care Lines Based Right Here in the Philly Area

Shop local and get your skin care needs covered.


Franklin & Whitman skin care products. Photograph by Melissa Tilley.

Whether you’re looking for new goodies to add to your beauty routine, or you’re on the hunt for products to help tackle specific skin problems, you’ll want to check out these seven beauty brands. We love supporting our city’s home-grown businesses (one of these is literally called Mom and Pop!) and we’re really digging the rise in popularity of natural skin care.

Most of these businesses make their products by hand using all-natural, organic ingredients, and have a strong focus on ethical and sustainable methods, so they’re as good for your skin as they are for the planet.

Franklin & Whitman

The #PhillyPride is strong with this one. Named after the two major bridges in the city, the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Walt Whitman Bridge, every Frank & Whit product is also a nod to one of our neighborhoods or parks, like the Chestnut Hill Cleansing Serum or the Cobbs Creek Botanical Steam. To make things easy, you can also shop the website by skin care needs. Yes, please!

Their popular line of skin care and hair products are all-natural, cruelty-free, and all but two are gluten-free. Frank & Whit also uses biodegradable packaging and has its own recycling program: If you ship an empty container back to the brand, they’ll give you a discount on your next purchase.

But the very best part? Five percent of all sales goes to dog rescue organizations.

Bolted from the Blue

Bolted from the Blue owners take a holistic approach to health with their line of products handmade from organic and local herbs, oils, and plants. Their products — which come in sustainable packaging — range from a Bright Eyes Serum to a Honey Lemon Cuticle Cream to a Tattoo You Body Balm. They also sell gift sets (like this adorable Take a Load Off, Mama! box), and if you’ve got a special request, they’re happy to create a custom order just for you.

Sabbatical Beauty


While on an academic sabbatical, Adeline Koh grew frustrated with the beauty industry’s deceptive marketing and lack of transparency around product ingredients. So what’d she do? She founded Sabbatical Beauty, a small-batch, all-natural handcrafted line of skin care products designed to make customers (and their skin) feel relaxed and renewed, like they’re on a sabbatical.

Influenced by popular trends in Korean beauty, Sabbatical Beauty products have a high concentration of active ingredients to tackle various skin issues, like redness (Marine Serum), acne (Acne Mask for Sensitive Skin), and fine lines and wrinkles (Anti-Aging Cream).

Trinity Hills Co.


This skin and hair care line has a range of affordable men’s grooming products. The soaps, hair care, and facial-grooming tools (their specialty) are all made using ethically sourced all-natural ingredients. Whether you’re looking to promote beard growth, balance and protect your skin, or lock in moisture, Trinity Hills has a product that can probably help. Try their beard oil and conditioners, pre-shave oils, or Aftershave Restoring Balm.

Mom and Pop Life


In addition to essential oil blends, toners, face masks, and floral steams, Jenna Swartz’s Mom and Pop Life site has an “Extra Care” tab, where you’ll find a variety of other beauty and wellness products, including an all-natural Makeup Brush Cleaner, Primer, and Setting Spray, and a Pity Pit Paste (all-natural deodorant paste). All items are made-to-order, so they’re fresh when they arrive at your door, and fresh when you spritz, rub, or spread them all over your face and body. The brand is also committed to sustainability and living waste-free, so Mom and Pop Life skin care products are refillable.

Clean As Kale

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While their products aren’t all literally made with kale, this vegan, cruelty-free new skin care brand is all about plant-power. Their floral-infused activating toners and enzymatic polishing granules are made with 100 percent plant components and their living enzymes. Translation: They put the absolute best ingredients in their products so that your skin can look and feel its best.

Duross & Langel Soap Makers


Don’t let the name fool you: they do way more than just make soaps. In addition to having both a hair salon and a barbershop, Duross & Langel have a pretty extensive catalogue of all-natural skin and hair products, including face washes, scrubs, toners, masks, and after-sun moisturizers. You can also check them out in-person at their store in the center of Philly’s Midtown Village District at 117 S 13th Street.

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