Chemical Reactionary: Follain Offers Healthy, Wholesome Skincare Products

The new South End apothecary trades on toxin-free beauty.

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When eco-conscious entrepreneur Tara Foley began researching the ingredients in cleansers and cosmetics, she was horrified by the toxins she uncovered. So she embarked on a five-year natural-skin-care journey—including a stint at a French lavender farm and business school—that led to the July opening of her South End store, (which, in Gaelic, means healthy, wholesome, and sound). Now customers can browse Prospector Co. candles, essential-oil soaps, RMS makeup, and a range of aromatic offerings in Foley’s beautifully outfitted shop. Of the 30 lines Foley carries, 21 are locally exclusive to the boutique. “People wander in just to check it out, and then there are those who’ve read about these labels online and are so excited to touch them,” Foley says. Coming soon: a Nantucket outpost of Follain, opening next month.

53 Dartmouth St., Boston, 857-284-7078, shopfollain.com.

PRODUCT PICKS

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Herbivore Botanicals “Renew” Dead Sea salts

$18

The uplifting blend of rose geranium, black lava salt, and clary sage relaxes muscles while increasing skin elasticity.

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Amber Blue advanced formula anti-aging serum

$56

This ultra-rejuvenating elixir seeps into the skin’s deepest layer for maximum impact.

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Prospector Co. “Gwenda Hawkes” leg toner

$18

Named after the famed 1920s racecar driver, this aftershave spray rehydrates and soothes with witch hazel, aloe vera, and grapefruit-seed extract.

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Beridan Naturals “Simple Butter” all-over moisturizer

$14

Swap out that tub of Vaseline for this pocket-size balm: It’s great for dry lips, cracked hands, and all-around protection against the elements.

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Ilia “Crimson & Clover” tinted lip conditioner

$26

This creamy salve goes on smooth, providing moisture and a vibrant, flirty tint, sans harmful chemicals.

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Farmaesthetics “Midnight Honey” bath and beauty oil

$36

Slather on a few pumps of this honey-rich moisturizer post-shower for soft and supple skin that lasts all day.

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