Six Local Beauty Companies That Should Be on Your Radar

These Boston brands are working towards providing more accessible and affordable skincare for all.

Boston beauty companies

Far left and right photos by Tessa Yannone, middle provided

Boston is known for many things: world-renowned hospitals, awesome sports teams, top colleges and universities, biotech and pharmaceutical companies—the list goes on. But did you know that there are actually a wide variety of beauty companies started in Boston or by Bostonians?

These Boston beauty companies are changing the way we look at skincare and beauty by opting for organic, unconventional ingredients and creating products that focus solely on improving the health and well-being of the customer. What’s most impressive is that these brands are working towards providing more accessible and affordable skincare for all, without compromising ingredients.

So the next time you’re standing in the skincare aisle completely overwhelmed, choose to shop local and try some of these products yourself.

1. Busy Beauty

Whether you’re constantly traveling, a new mom, or if you just lead a busy life (let’s be honest, that’s all of us), these products will be your saving grace. The Boston-based company is focused on helping women shorten their personal care routine.

The products, ranging from dry shampoo to shower-less body wipes, are all travel-sized and TSA approved so that you can bring them with you anywhere. All of the products are also paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

2. Silk Therapeutics

When Greg Altman and Rebecca Horan were both impacted by experiences that made them question the ingredients in skincare and beauty products, they knew something had to change. The two Tufts graduates teamed up to form Silk Therapeutics, which is currently based in Medford.

Activated silk, the main ingredient in the products, works with your skin’s existing collagen to promote a firm and smooth appearance. Their products range from anti-aging serum to facial cleanser and they all contain 12 ingredients or less, which is a lot less than most skincare products. Plus, all of their products are EWG verified, which means they’re free from harmful ingredients, must disclose all ingredients, and that they use quality manufacturing practices.

3. Organic Bath Co.

After realizing that women—especially women of color—are marketed toxic personal care products, Gianne Doherty created this beauty company that focuses on creating accessible, unisex, and safe skin care.

The ingredients used in their products are 92% certified organic, fair- and direct-trade, and come from an ethical supply chain. The bar soaps, body scrubs, and body wash is available in a variety of different scents, ranging from mint to java. If you’re looking for face products, all of their oils and moisturizers are highly rated and use ingredients such as argan oil and prickly pear seed oil.

4. Maelove

Maelove, founded by a group of MIT grads, focuses on providing “luxury skincare without luxury markups.” To create their skincare line, the team used clinical research, collaborated with dermatologists and medical researchers, and analyzed over three million product reviews to get a better idea of what ingredients made consumers the happiest.

All of their products are $27.95 or less, with the fan favorite being the Glow Maker. This serum contains vitamins C and E, Ferulic acid, and Hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin and brighten it at the same time.

5. Leap Organics

If you’re looking to go organic with your skin products, look no further than Leap. Founded in Boston, this company was started with the mission to “create exceptional products using certified organic ingredients and sustainable business practices.”

Their four products—face wash, toner, face moisturizer, and face oil—are all certified organic and retail for $34.00 and under. Not only are the products organic, but their mission to be as sustainable as possible holds true. Their packaging is made from 100% recyclable and renewable materials and each year they donate 1% of net sales to environmental non-profits, many of which are right here in Massachusetts. The added bonus? Everything ships free.

6. Poéthique

This Wellesley-based purveyor inspires wanderlust through skincare by drawing on inspiration for products through world travel. Founded by Gayatri Prhan, a pharmaceutical chemist by training and an MIT grad, she believes that the finest botanical ingredients can meet all skincare needs. The ancient Indian system of holistic medicine, Ayurveda, plays a strong role in how she crafts her products.

Currently, the skincare line consists of three products: a cleansing milk, facial elixir, and radiance boosting serum. Each one features ingredients ethically sourced from countries all over the world like neem oil from India and caviar limes and wild plums from Australia. And Gayatri just introduced two-limited edition lip balms full of kokum and mango butters.