Wellness

The Best Spots in Boston to Shop Natural Beauty Products

Shop cult-favorite skincare at Fresh or browse natural products curated by local boutique Follain.

Follain Boston

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Finding beauty products that actually work for your skin is difficult enough without having to worry about potentially damaging chemical formulas. That’s why we gathered together this list of quality, natural skin and beauty product retailers located right here in Boston. It’s time to treat your body to the serums, soaks, and shampoos it deserves.

Aesop

This Melbourne-based skin, hair, and body company has gorgeous, industrial inspired locations in Newbury and Harvard Square offering products formulated with “efficacy and sensory pleasure in mind.” Though Aesop combines both plant-based and artificial materials into their formulas, they guarantee that all their products—from spicy fragrances to color-protecting shampoos—are safe and effective.

172 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-6417 and 49 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-547-0200, aesop.com.

Cambridge Naturals

Imagine a Whole Foods, but with even more organic, fair-trade, sustainable, and high-quality goods. Community natural health store Cambridge Naturals is a one stop shop for everything from healthy groceries to natural skin and body goods. Their wide selection of clean products are vetted by their Body Care Team, which is focused on keeping toxic chemicals away from customers’ bodies and out of the community water supply. Cambridge Naturals also makes a concerted effort to work first with local businesses and businesses owned by women and underserved minorities—just another reason to feel good about your purchase.

23 White St., Cambridge, 617-492-4452, cambridgenaturals.com.

Credo

This cash-free skin, hair, and makeup store, located on Newbury Street, stocks products that are certified non-toxic, clean, and effective. For $30, bring in your makeup bag from home and one of their certified estheticians will swap out any unsafe products with a clean and equally effective alternative from their selection. Can’t make it to the store? All their products are available online, with three free samples included in every order.

177 Newbury St., Boston, 617-530-1980, credobeauty.com.

Follain Boston

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Follain

At two chic, white tile and wood stores in Beacon Hill and the South End, shop products tirelessly researched and vetted by the Follain team, headed by founder and Boston resident Tara Foley. With a stated mission to prevent customers from having to “compromise their health for beauty,” this natural skin, makeup and body product supply store is staffed by highly trained consultants who will help you find the right products to fit your individual needs. If you’re curious, take a free skin quiz on Follain’s website to discover your skin type and browse recommended products.

65 Charles St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 857-233-5211, and 53 Dartmouth St., Boston, 857-284-7078, follain.com.

Fresh

This trendy natural beauty company was founded in 1991 right here in Boston at an apothecary opened by newlyweds Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg. Their path to fame began with simple, lovingly crafted oval soaps. Today, the Fresh collection includes everything from sugar scrubs to cult-favorite facemasks and lip tints. Fresh harkens back to age-old traditions with products like the Sake Bath, inspired by the Japanese Geisha’s traditional bathing rituals, or the Rose Hydrating Skincare line, in honor of ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

121 Newbury St., Boston, 617-421-1212, fresh.com.

Skoah Boston

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Skoah

Squeeze in some serious exercise without breaking a sweat at this South End spa, where the only thing getting a workout is your skin. Named “the coolest skincare line in Canada” by Vogue magazine, Skoah is making waves in the U.S with stores in Boston and Seattle. They’re determined to make skincare affordable and accessible to the average consumer. Gone is the association of spas with stuffiness and snobbery. Skoah offers membership-based facials and products that blend science and nature, utilizing the company’s signature plant extracts, and high-quality oils—all free of sulfates and parabens.

641A Tremont St., Boston, 857-350-4930, skoah.com.

Violet Skin Boutique

Armenia’s leading expert in aesthetics and beauty, Violet Mkhitaryan began her journey as a skin care expert mixing together fresh products from her family’s refrigerator. Now, she and her twin daughters own a Boston-based spa and retailer that sells homemade essential oil-infused skin care products. With bestsellers such as the power skin corrector and the yolk mask, you’ll want to see for yourself how Violet’s products have earned her such a fan base.

1362 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-264-7546, violetskinboutique.com.