Feel like you’ve been to the salon even though you haven’t gone anywhere. Here’s our roundup of beauty and hair products that stood out in Marin this year.
Natural Skincare Products
Of course Marin County is going to have a plethora of everything “free” and “safe” beauty products. Here are our top picks.
For the past 24 years, this San Rafael-based company has been sourcing natural, organic, and responsibly-farmed ingredients for its essential oils. Many EO products are EWG verified and have earned other important certifications. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an American non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, certification ensures items are free from harsh and harmful ingredients. Just 1,300 products world-wide have been EWG VERIFIED and 32 of those are EO products. In fact, EO Products gel and spray hand sanitizers were the first sanitizers ever to be EWG verified.
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Marin resident and True Botanicals founder Hillary Peterson made it her quest to create beauty products that are pure, potent, and proven to be good for people and the planet. Every True Botanicals formula is MADE SAFE certified. MADE SAFE products are entirely free of: endocrine (hormone) disruptors, carcinogens, parabens, SLS and SLES, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, GMOs and animal cruelty. Additionally, every True Botanicals item is developed, produced, packaged, and shipped in a way that minimizes its impact on the environment.
Sausalito-based Laurel offers a range of organic skincare firmly rooted in the principles and practices of Slow Beauty that are formulated with whole plant ingredients and without aloe, glycerine or alcohol — common ingredients that dilute or cheapen the formulas. Instead, Laurel products are made with hydrosols, which are raw living bioactive plant waters that benefit our skin. Laurel Hydrosols are made by distilling fresh rain or spring water through freshly harvested plant material, and in turn, the water captures the medicinal properties of the plant.
Producing an active botanical serum as well as an active treatment essence, Vintner’s Daughter formulations are designed to take the place of several standard skincare steps. From day one, the company has donated two percent of every purchase to charitable organizations dedicated to protecting, educating, and empowering women and children around the world. Vintner’s Daughter selects more than ten charities making an impact every year and donates funds to help support the work they do.
Juice Beauty skincare and makeup products meet rigorous USA organic regulations supported by solid eco-values that include purchasing many ingredients locally from West Coast certified organic farmers, manufacturing only in the USA — often with solar and wind power — using sustainable containers and printing with soy ink.
In 2011, Novato’s Andalou became the first beauty brand to achieve 100% Non-GMO Project verification on every single product. Its signature innovation — PhytoCellTec Fruit Stem Cell Science — uses a blend of bioactive stem cells from the heirloom apple, grape, Swiss alpine rose, argan tree and hemp plant to target skin cells as well as support skin protection, restoration and radiance. 98% nature-derived and vegetarian with a large vegan offering, Andalou is also gluten free, cruelty free and never tests on animals.
The Best At-Home Hair Dye Kits
One unexpected loss during the pandemic was not lives, but blondes, the sultry brunettes did not fare so well, either. Luckily a handful of hair heroes, were able to step in and save the day with home hair dye kits.
With locations in Mill Valley and San Francisco, diPietro Todd does not sell color kits but has many root touch up sprays available for delivery. dipietrotodd.store
Perhaps you caught this when it aired on KRON4. Edward’s was one of the first salons to mail color touchup kits to clients back in March, and is continuing to do so. edwardssalon.com
This Novato salon is offering virtual consultations, color match guidance and step-by-step support. Get a professional color kit delivered to you with free two-day shipping. Nh2salon.com
This Mill Valley and Tiburon salon recently opened up their patio for haircuts, however the custom coloring is still done via take home kits, Christopher and crew will talk you through your individual needs to ensure your pandemic best. Christopher-salon.com
The 2020 Wellness Category was sponsored by Navitas Organics.
How to Help During COVID-19
There are so many deserving nonprofits that need your help right now. For more organizations to support, check out the nonprofits here or GoFundMe, where they’re matching donations on Giving Tuesday Now for select charities.