The Indie Beauty Expo is an incredible curation of some of the leading + up and coming brands in clean beauty and skincare. This year was full of buzz, beauty, and good energy.
Below you will find some of my favorite picks. They were my top picks that are vegan, organic, cruelty-free & eco-friendly. I believe that the choices that we make and the products that we shop for go a long way in healing ourselves and our earth. From the cleanest and most activating ingredients to products with a mission, here are my top 10 picks from this year’s Indie Beauty Expo 2018…
It’s so important to make sure we are burning and using clean candles in our home. Made ethically and with intention, The Woodlot flora candle has notes of lavender, bergamot and cedar and is one of the best I’ve seen on the market. With a burn up to 40 hours, flora is petroleum, phthalate, synthetic, fragrance and GMO-free. Many other companies use those and other harmful toxins and chemicals, so you definitely want to read the label and full ingredient list. The presentation is also gorgeous – all white, clear glass with a stroke of gold foil on the side. My kind of style.
Named, ‘Holy Wood’, these sacred sticks are native to shamanic rituals in South America. It is one of the oldest cleansing techniques in the world. This brand uses sustainably sourced wood from fallen branches of Ecuadorian trees. Prepare to be captivated and taken away by its powerful scent and grounding effects.
This luxurious serum is an excellent addition to your hair-care routine! With delicious notes of jasmine and amla, you can add a few drops to your hair, either wet or dry, for extra shine. You can also use it on your face and body. It’s a multi-use product that adds an extra glow. You can also carry it around day to day in your handbag for your glowy pick-me-up. Instead of using harsh fragrances, I can use this oil for a beautiful, feminine scent, extra shine, and smooth skin.
Essential oils can be incredibly powerful for healing your body and changing your emotional state. The basil scent is fresh, bright and earthy. The ingredients were harvested with intention in Egypt. High in linalool, this naturally occurring terpene has been known to have anti-inflammatory and stress-relieving effects. Also supportive to the respiratory system, this basil oil can be used in organic DIY household cleaning products so that you end up inhaling the healthy oils and cleaning your space all at the same time. A perfect win-win situation.
So light and refreshing (also happens to a gorgeous bottle with citrine and rose quartz crystals inside)! You can use this daily to rehydrate your skin and for pre-washing with your cleanser. The wild island kanuka honey and Balinese virgin coconut oil infused water removes makeup and acts as a super clean toner. Simply divine!
Dewy golden goodness! This elixir contains healing calendula, bergamont, argan and raspberry seed oils that are very good for the skin. It’s got a bright and uplifting feel, great for your AM wake up routine. It also contains anti-bacterial properties, which can help to protect your skin. My new skincare crush!
So unique and earthy! The active ingredient Thanaka Tree Bark and Kanuka Honey make for a very interesting experience. It definitely activated and tingled my face upon my first use. It has the granules from the tree bark, which help to exfoliate the face. It was activating and very clarifying. Definitely worth a try!
Gorgeous color and packaging! This cruelty-free line is lovely and donates 20% of their profits to programs that empower women and girls. I love mission-oriented products. This is a great way to support programs that you care about and also take part in some self-care and self-love all at the same time. This is a classic color you can wear 24/7.
Gorgeous with gold and scents that make you feel like you’re on a tropical island, I fell in love with the Laki Naturals handcrafted soap. It’s so important to use clean soap bars because everything we put onto our body gets absorbed into the bloodstream. This beautiful and luminous bar contains olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and the shimmery gold mica. Great for display as well as for function in any bathroom.
A classic dark and rich red lipgloss that’s also great for an extra shine, Marie Natie was a great find at the expo. This gloss has some of the best and most nourishing ingredients around such as jojoba, cocoa butter, vitamin E, grape seed oil, lavender oil, carrot seed oil, and coconut oil. You get the real shine on your lips without any toxic or harsh chemicals. So good, you won’t miss your old ways.
photos by Alexa Gray