new york beauty

one of my great takeaways from the week i spent in new york recently was the vast array of ethical skincare and wellness brands that seem to be proliferating the us market right now.

i discovered so many wonderful brands at two of my most-frequented haunts in the city: an old favourite, chelsea market, and new discovery, canal street market, which really deserves a post all of its own, such were the delights on offer there..

BURNIN’ FOR YOU CANDLE CO.

burnin’ for you candle co. was born from a desire for lush, perfumed candles with an invigorating take on the power of olfactory memory.  each scent is inspired by moments of travel with stops traversing the globe: spain’s velvet summers, malaysia’s neon nights, the celestial highways of joshua tree.

i discovered the brand via jill lindsey at canal street market, who champions local artists from brooklyn studios in her namesake department store in fort greene (which i was gutted not to find time to visit this trip!). all of their candles are hand-poured in their brooklyn studio using soy blend wax, cotton wicks and recyclable glass, with deliciously evocative names such as faraway beach– which conjures upwaves lapping onto shore, ice cold limonata and glittering horizons – midnight highway and valley of fire. they also have a selection of freshening mists and parfum roll-ons – i couldn’t resist taking a little vial of mojave desert home with me!


THE SOIL & THE SEA

i discovered the soil & the sea at chelsea market, amongst the artisan cheeses, breads and ethiopian tahini stands. the clean minimal packaging initially caught my eye, then the fresh fragrant scent of coconut mingled with sea salt wafted over and i knew i had to take a closer look. the name is not just for show; it represents the origin of the soil & the sea’s products, crafted from these two humble sources. the brand believes in putting the same nourishing ingredients on our bodies as we put in our bodies, and in maximum effectiveness with minimal ingredients.

i had to indulge myself in the coconut sea mineral body wash, which utilises marine minerals such as wakame seaweed and sea kelp, which are some of nature’s richest sources of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. the wash is incredibly nourishing, with the tropical scent of coconut mingling with jojoba and apricot, and dead sea salt gently softening the skin. i only wish i’d bought the larger bottle!


EIR NYC

another canal street market discovery was eir nyc. a brooklyn-based organic skincare line for men and women with active lifestyles, eir [air] is named after the norse goddess of healing. each of their earthy elixirs are specially formulated to rejuvenate and safeguard the skin without any harm to the planet; no chemicals, parabens, or artificial fragrances.

i was drawn over to the stand by the eco-friendly cardboard and tin packaging and ended up fascinated by the brand’s unique origins – it was founded by former art curator jun lee after an extreme sports injury – and the therapeutic benefits of essential oils and organic herbs. eir’s non-toxic surf mud sunblock is made using coconut oil, cocoa butter and zinc, while an extra-strength menthol oil roll-on provides natural relief for headaches and muscular pain. there is also a tea tree and myhrr-infused antiseptic balm for rashes to scratches, and natural deodorant in push-stick form.

i bought a stick of their baby lips, a simple moisturising lip balm with just 3 ingredients (coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax) and really wish i’d stocked up – i don’t think my lips have ever been so chap-free throughout the long cold winter months!


KEAP BK

keapbk make candles using the purest, most sustainable materials possible, and each candle purchased supports the distribution of solar lamps to communities in need – that’s definitely a win/win in my book.

their candles use sustainable coconut wax, created from a majority of ‘high-melt’ coconut oil blended with other natural waxes to create a candle that burns slowly and cleanly, and throws scent extremely well. the collection has four core scents – waves, hot springs, wood cabin and green market – and believe me, they are all divine. if, like me, you’re hard-pressed to choose your favourite, keap offer a monthly candle subscription allowing you to try each scent seasonally, whilst also actively encouraging you to actually burn your candles and reap the benefits (see my recent post on the therapeutic power of candlelight) before the next one arrives in the post.

have you discovered any great beauty or wellbeing brands lately? i’d love to hear about your faves! 


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  1. Kimberly Duran

    8 February

    Oh these are right up my street – love the ethical philosophies of these brands and the packaging is so easy to fall for as well. I’m rather taken by EIR NYC in particular. There’s just nothing like treating yourself to a gorgeous smelling candle or a fantastic smelling product that you know is actually nourishing to your skin. Yum! xx

  2. Rachel

    8 February

    What a lovely post, I love all your descriptions of the markets and products, as well as the items themselves. I’ve taken heed of your recent candle post and actually started lighting some, so maybe that’s a good enough excuse to try the Keapbk candle subscription?!

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