If you’re concerned about the health impact of what you put on your skin, you’re not the only one. There’s a growing movement towards cleaner, greener beauty products, with beauty industry trade fair Cosmoprof Asia dedicating space to 120 eco-exhibitors in 2018, and Sai Ying Pun eco-store Live Zero recently launching a whole new store dedicated to packaging-free beauty. So if you’ve been wondering where to get organic beauty products in Hong Kong, read on, as we introduce ten of the best locally produced natural beauty brands.
One of the pioneers of Hong Kong’s natural beauty scene, Coconut Matter’s range combines pure Solomon Islands coconut oil with other natural ingredients to create products that are as effective as they are eco-friendly. Hand-poured lipsticks and balms add a moisturising pop of colour, while plastic-free deodorant keeps you fresh without alcohol, aluminium or other allergens. The range also includes body butters, hand balms and soaps, all essential oil-infused to leave your bathroom smelling pleasingly like a spa.
Founded in 2011, Bathe To Basics were one of the first homegrown brands to champion natural, organic skincare, bath and body products – all proudly handmade in Hong Kong. Their light and airy boutique in PMQ is an Instagrammer’s dream, and is filled to the brim with their beautiful range of products, including bar soaps, cleanser, face and body oils, and even toothpaste. They also offer refill stations for their liquid body and hand soaps, shampoo and conditioner, so don’t forget to recycle your bottles.
Bathe To Basics, Shop 403, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2858 8135; see more locations for their refill stations here
Native Essentials answers the question “where to get organic beauty products in Hong Kong?” with a high-performance organic cosmeceutical line that promises an aromatic sensory skincare experience. The range currently offers everything you need to achieve beautiful skin, including cleansers, exfoliators, masks, moisturisers and facial oils – all of which showcase nature’s most potent ingredients, and are 100% cruelty-free. Stay tuned over the next few months for the brand’s relaunch, which founder Daniela Pelonara tells us will include a tightly-edited line of modular products that can be mix and matched according to your complexion’s needs for an effective, fuss-free daily skincare routine.
This luxurious Ayurveda-inspired skin and bodycare line focuses on botanical organic and biodynamic ingredients sourced responsibly from the Himalayas – with nutrient-rich powerhouses like sea buckthorn berry and frankincense oil starring in their products. You won’t find any nasty fillers, additives, synthetic colours or artificial fragrances in Purearth’s formulations, which are created in small batches in their zero-waste studio in Hong Kong. We aren’t the only fans – their Wild Rosehip Face Oil, Mandarin Body Butter and Himalayan Salt Body Polish have all won beauty awards from Harper’s Bazaar India too.
Purearth Studio (by appointment), 6F Cheung Hing Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 6080 0045
When Hong Kong-based makeup artist Natasha Moor found herself having to combine different shades of lipsticks to make the perfect colours for her clients, she decided to go one better and create her own beauty brand. Moor’s cosmetics line comprises over 30 shades of ultra-pigmented, long-lasting Silk Suede and Molten Matte lipsticks – and she’s just added a new range of concealers too. All Moor’s products are cruelty, paraben and sulfate-free, whilst a percentage of profits are donated to charitable organisations devoted to helping and empowering women.
Frustrated with searching for where to get organic beauty products in Hong Kong, So Good Botanicals was born – a line of all-natural, cruelty-free, plant-based products designed to nurture and nourish your skin. Lovingly handmade with zero toxic chemicals, fillers or synthetics, the focus here is on ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids – and the resulting range of supercharged serums, moisturisers, face masks and body polishes are certain to have your skin glowing in thanks.
Whilst the clean beauty movement has come on leaps in recent years, natural perfumes still aren’t the easiest find – but we’re lucky enough to have some created right in our own backyard! Esscentric’s fragrances use dozens of pure essential oils blended together to create highly original, long-lasting scents, featuring ingredients like amber, jasmine and neroli. Each perfume can be purchased alone or packaged in a leather holster with a detachable chain – turning your fragrance into a nifty fashion statement.
Available to buy from 10thShop
Proudly made in Hong Kong – Fo Tan, to be precise – Eko Savon offers a range of everyday essentials such as soap, body lotion and hair conditioner bars, along with facial moisturisers and even solid dish soap. Using cold-process methods and eschewing plastic packaging, artificial additives, animal fats and palm oil, their products aim to be good for both your skin and the environment. If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at crafting your own products, then the brand’s regular workshops will give you all the skills needed to DIY.
By introducing naturally antioxidant and anti-inflammatory argan and prickly pear seed oils to Hong Kong, Bahia Cosmetics’ founder Loubna Halty has lifted the lid on centuries of Moroccan beauty secrets. The range – which also includes rose water toner, a rhassoul clay mask and softening Moroccan black soap – uses only organic ingredients, all ethically sourced from Berber women’s cooperatives and then packaged using 100% recyclable materials.
Producing soaps, solid shampoo bars, multi-purpose balms and toxin-free toothpaste, einnoc make the most of natural, organic ingredients to create their minimally packaged everyday essentials. The brand also produces a curated range of therapeutic essential oil blends – stress-busting, cold-fighting and headache-soothing rollerballs that fit neatly in your purse, helping to relieve symptoms without painkillers.
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