Locally Made Products for Healthy and Flawless Skin

When you take skin care as seriously as we do, you’re always on the hunt for the next best products to leave your skin feeling flawless. You know, the ones that give your face a warm, angelic glow.

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. And when you take skin care as seriously as we do, you’re always on the hunt for the next best products to leave your skin feeling flawless. You know, the ones that give your face a warm, angelic glow.

But perhaps the most difficult – and trying – thing is to test beauty products that not only work for you, but ones that are healthy and good for your skin, too. Over the past few years, people have become increasingly aware of the chemicals they are putting on their skin. The result? Store shelves have seen a rise in natural skincare products. That’s why we put together a list of Rhode Island businesses that offer the only products you will ever need for seriously flawless (and healthy!) skin.


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Balanced, dry, oily or sensitive, whatever your skin type may be, this shop offers fine herbal skincare from the farm. (Talk about farm-to-face!). Farmaesthetics founder and formulator, Brenda Brock, is the daughter of a seventh-generation farming family from Texas. She first made her handmade herbal skincare preparations available to customers in the summer of 1999 at an organic farm stand in rural Rhody. Each and every skincare product is 100 percent natural, utilizes time-honored recipes for skin health and contains certified organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains from American family farms.

For oily skin: Fine Herbal Cleaner ($42).With only five ingredients, less really is more. This product is a results-oriented, antibacterial herbal formulation that thoroughly washes away impurities and excess oil, while serving to maintain your skin’s natural moisture and ph balance.

For dry skin: Nourishing Lavender Milk ($42). This light, luscious, all-over complexion lotion is gentle enough for everyday use on the face, yet powerful enough to use on even the driest skin conditions. The combination? A vibrant, clean and natural fragrance with skin-mending properties.



Rhode Island Natural Soap Co.

From soaps and sugar scrubs to old-fashioned shaving soap and beard oils, all product ingredients are procured as locally as possible. Did you know? Most soaps available for consumer purchase on the store shelves contain petroleum and chemical based products aka detergents. However, this family-run business does not add chemical preservatives or any petroleum-based additives to their products. That’s a win-win in our book!

For the guy: Cedarwood Beard Oil ($15). A proprietary blend of castor, sunflower, grapeseed, pomegranate seed, vitamin e and citrus oils are blended together to condition, tame and help beards grow.

Chapped lips? Natural Lip Balm Tube ($3). This highly moisturizing lip balm is made from all-natural ingredients and flavored with either an all-natural essential oil or edible fondant flavoring with is vegetable glycerin based. Pucker up!  



Raw Elements USA

Rock reef-safe sunscreen, spritz your salty hair, keep the buggers at bay and more on your winter getaway with these Rhode Island locally sourced products. The natural sunscreen concocted by Narragansett native, Brian Guadagno is the perfect way to combat overexposure to the sun and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Sunscreen: Face and Body 30 plus Tube ($18.99). Not only does this tube pack some potent protection (SPF thirty; water resistant up to eighty minutes), it’s also “reef safe,” is soy, gluten and nut free and doesn’t sting the eyes. The best part? It’s packed with biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts making it great for kids and adults alike.



Shore Soap Co.

A handcrafted bath and body brand, established in 2013 in Newport by husband and wife duo Jake and Steph Kopper, channels their inspiration from the sea to create quality products that portray nature and simplicity and are natural nutrient-packed.

Body scrub: Mermaid Kisses ($20). The sugar scrub exfoliates your skin and removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin softer and smoother. Plus, it’s a gentle body scrub, making it a good choice for extremely sensitive skin. The sugar is combined with shea butter and natural oils which helps hydrate your skin, even after it’s been rinsed off. The smell? A fusion of golden amber and musk kissed with a hint of sparkling citrus, lily of the valley and pink jasmine.

Body butter: Boardwalk ($22). Butter me up, buttercup. The product is loaded with butters including shea, mango, cocoa and kokum. Moisturize into dry skin spots (a little goes a long way!) while inhaling the sweet scent of vanilla ice cream and warm sandalwood.



The Peyton Company

This chic flagship store in the oceanside town of Warren, creates products using locally sourced, organic and fair-trade ingredients. Choose from lip scrubs that will keep your locks feeling luscious or body butter that will hydrate, heal, protect and leave your skin glowing and bright.

If your feet need some TLC, too: Foot Repair Salve ($14). Find relief from dry, rough and cracked skin. Made with deep penetrating and healing Fair Trade organic raw shea butter and protective local beeswax, this salve drastically improves the condition of your feet. Organic Australian tea tree and peppermint oils that are soothing, fresh and anti-bacterial are included too.

For the sleepy heads: Wide Awake Eye Balm ($18). Look wide awake even if you’re running on empty. Your “wake me up” go-to? Coffee. But it isn’t just great to consume; coffee is a highly effective ingredient in skincare, too. The balm packs a powerful punch and containsorganic Fair Trade Certified, locally roasted coffee from Borealis Coffee Roasters in Riverside. The concentrated caffeine content assists in reducing the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. Wake up and smell the coffee feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!