You've undoubtedly heard of Etsy.com, the online destination for handmade and vintage items from all over the world. Yet you may not have realized that amongst the jewelry, vintage apparel and pottery, there are a bevy of beauty products, from lipstick to skin care, worth taking note of.
Whip it good
FairyBubbles' Etsy Shop is filled with delectable soaps, body butters, lip balms and more, all of which are handmade in the Lone Star State. But it's the Blueberries and Cream Whipped Soap that caught my eye. Rich and creamy, yet strangely fluffy, this moisturizing soap offers up a heaping serving of cleansing bubbles to hydrate even the most parched skin. Get it for $4.25 for 2 ounces at etsy.com/shop/fairybubbles.
Soaps from Down Under
If good old-fashioned bar soap is your thing, check out the sampler package of handmade glycerin soaps crafted in Australia at Inner Earth Soaps' Etsy Shop. The six-piece sampler includes your choice of best selling soap scents, such as Guava Fig, Honey Toffee, Lavender Mint, Orange Mocha and Strawberry Fields. Get the set for $9.50 at etsy.com/shop/ innerearthsoaps.
Sweet bath scents
An adorable take on the bath bomb, I adore these cupcake bath bombs from Sugar and Spice Soap Co. Crafted from a refreshingly short list of ingredients, these cupcake-shaped products are long on moisture, thanks to an infusion of aromatherapy oils. And with a variety of delicious scents from Coconut Lime Verbena to Grape Soufflé and beyond, you're sure to find one you're sweet on. Get 'em for $4.50 online at etsy.com/shop/ sugarandspicesoapco.
Spend some time on Etsy and you'll quickly discover that just because something is handmade doesn't make it a tchotchke. As if to prove that point, THERAPEUTATE's Etsy Shop features a variety of perfumes priced from $15 to $275 and crafted in Brooklyn from organic, wild-grown and therapeutic botanicals, absolutes and organic grape seed alcohol. Taprobaine Eau de Parfum is a favorite, inspired by a trip perfumer Rodney Hughes took to Sri Lanka. Get a 1.7-ounce bottle for $225 at Etsy.com/shop/therapeutate.
At BLSoaps' Etsy Shop, best-selling lip balms meet a hint of color in mineral lipstick tubes. A dash of vanilla flavors these lipsticks that are handcrafted of a stunningly short list of organic, natural and sustainable ingredients including macadamia nut oil, sustainable coconut oil, jojoba oil beeswax and more. The .07-ounce tube comes in various colors, including Bitten, a deep raspberry red; Alchemist, a soft peach; First Kiss, a soft pink; Morticia, a rich plum; and Smudge, a vibrant ruby hue. Get 'em for $9.95 each at etsy.com/shop/BLSoaps.
Custom skin care
Also from BLSoaps, those looking to save face will love this dry facial mask replete with ginger, chamomile, calendula, lemongrass essential oil and comfrey. These 100 percent natural and preservative-free masks can be customized at home based on your skin type (or your skin's changing hormonal needs). To treat dry skin, mix the mask with yogurt or olive oil. For normal skin, dry masks can be combined with honey or just plain H2O, while oily skin is treated by mixing the mask with witch hazel, honey or even lemon juice. Get the masks for $7.95 each at etsy.com/shop/BLSoaps.