10 Philly-Area Clean Beauty Companies to Keep Your Skin Nourished

These skincare lines, makeup brands, and shops create and stock luxurious products from natural and/or vegan ingredients.


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Philly’s got plenty of vegan and clean beauty shops and skincare lines. / Photograph courtesy Franklin & Whitman

Clean and/or vegan beauty companies (meaning they’re free of chemicals or animal products and byproducts, respectively) have been popping up in and around Philly a bunch lately. So we’ve created a guide of some of the best local skincare lines and natural beauty shops, including both tried-and-true veterans and some impressive newbies. That way, you’ve got a whole list of pure products the next time you’re in the mood to pamper yourself.

Espinache

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Espinache infuses its products with spinach. / Photograph courtesy Espinache

Spinach (yes, the food) takes center stage at Espinache, a company that eschews not only animal products and byproducts but also sulfates, silicones, and parabens (all potentially harmful chemicals) for the iron-rich veggie. Its newest release, the Clarity Collection, features luscious lip balms, scrubs, hair products, and even a deodorant paste. We recommend the Detoxifying Bath Tea & Salt Soak, comprised of trendy ingredients such as bath salts, gunpowder green tea leaves (named for the pellets’ resemblance to gunpowder), and black Hawaiian sea salt as well as essential oils and spinach seed oil.

The Indie Shelf

2247 Grays Ferry Avenue, Graduate Hospital

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Several of the natural brands the Indie Shelf stocks / Photograph courtesy Sabeen Zia

This natural beauty shop just opened a few weeks ago and aims to curate clean, innovative, and effective products. Right now, the Indie Shelf carries more than 45 brands; some are locally produced while others are sourced from international companies.

Coco Kitty Beauty

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One of Coco Kitty Beauty’s natural oils. / Photograph courtesy Coco Kitty Beauty

Only plant-based ingredients go into this Fishtown-based skincare line’s oils, masks, mists, balms, and bombs. (Even the scents come from fruit-infused water and essential oils.) Although Coco Kitty doesn’t have a storefront, you can find its products at Downerss in Fishtown. Pro tip: Watch for CBD items to launch later this spring.

Clean as Kale

29 Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township, NJ

 

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Through a proprietary blend of botanic oils and almond particles, Clean as Kale produces masks that exfoliate your skin without any sort of clay. (They do resemble wet sand at first, but once you mix them with a few drops of plant-based toner, they’ll turn into a paste that you can dab onto your mug.) All the products are sold out at the moment, but watch for the Ocean Greens of Youth mask to come back into stock for an exfoliant that’s perfect for sensitive skin.

Franklin & Whitman

1901 South 9th Street, Bok 210, East Passyunk

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Christopher Cieri expanded from beard products to all kinds of skincare items. / Photograph courtesy Franklin & Whitman

Would you believe this skincare shop was founded based off of owner Christopher Cieri’s decision to grow a beard? After his facial hair became seriously luscious, Cieri began examining his beard care products more closely — and raising an eyebrow at the questionable ingredients in them. In response, he launched Franklin & Whitman, whose original formulas (for the beard but also the face, lips, hair, body, and even your dog) each contain 10 ingredients or less. The best part? The names for this plant-based company’s products are inspired by neighborhoods and parks in Philly.

Bolted from the Blue

 

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Although this Etsy start-up doesn’t make exclusively animal-free products, its website includes a helpful list that identifies which of its salves, body butters, roll-ons, candles, and more are vegan. (We especially like the sound of the stress escape herbal mist.) Vault & Vine, VIX Emporium, and Village Wellness all carry Bolted’s items, but you can also purchase them online via Etsy.

Sabbatical Beauty

228 Krams Avenue, Manayunk

 

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Adeline Koh started her Korean-beauty-inspired skincare company with a simple goal: to create products that actually did what they were advertised to do, without an obnoxious price point. (Uh, YES.) One of her most popular items is the Marine serum ($10), which incorporates several different kelp extracts to supposedly increase collagen and improve hydration. If you’re not sure exactly what your skin needs, the shop even created a quiz to determine your personalized skincare regimen.

Duross & Langel

117 South 13th Street, Midtown Village

 

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Best known for its natural, handmade soaps, Duross & Langel is an independent shop that specializes in all things bath, spa, and skin care. Its extensive inventory contains dreamy items comprised of natural herbs, extracts, and essential oils, from quirky soaps for kids to fresh fragrances.

Trinity Hills Co.

 

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At Trinity Hills Co., you’ll find handcrafted beard oil, beard balm, and other beard products, formulated to the highest level of quality. Try the Black Edition B1 Beard Oil, made of exotic ingredients like Jamaican black castor oil, Moroccan argan oil, and ylang-ylang oil to provide maximum hydration and healing for hair and skin.

Jewels Von J Cosmetics

 

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A former Chanel makeup artist in Atlanta, Tatiana BruEll moved from the South back to Philly, where she’s from, when she became seriously ill and couldn’t keep up the long hours at a big brand. (She was later diagnosed with lupus.) What started as casual experiments with oils, pigments, and candles while she was trying to figure out her next steps eventually evolved into her own cruelty- and paraben-free makeup company, Jewels Von J Cosmetics. BruEll doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar location, but you can find her vivid lipsticks at Blacqskirt, the Design House in Mount Airy or order them online via her website.

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