By: Dauphine Sizer
A Texas summer can mean sad skin. Humid weather makes the skin oily one day, and hot temperatures leave it dry the next. Luckily, Austin has a wide array of products to spruce up summertime self-care. With a wide selection of handmade, all natural, organic, vegan or plant-based products, Austin boasts premium self-care items that can’t be purchased in a drug store.
At a recent craft market, we set out to find some quality beauty products made by local vendors.
Vegan, all natural, organic, and cruelty-free, Maman Sucre’s products are handcrafted by Dawn Marie, who opened the shop in 2013. She focuses on the healing power of aromatherapy by using essential oils as an alternative to harsher chemicals found in many soaps, perfumes and scrubs. She is no stranger to things like hypersensitive skin and migraines, which is reflected in her products’ subtle and relaxing fragrances that won’t irritate the senses. Plus, adding a little extra to the shopping basket won’t break the bank; each product is priced according to size, utility, and shelf life. It’s easier than ever to use sustainable products and hold on to a sustainable budget.
For a soft, sweet scent to soothe a busy mind: Sandalwood Vanilla Essential Oil Perfume - $20 (10ml roll-on)
With a coconut, grapeseed, and essential oil base, one swipe of this roll-on will last through even the most hectic workday. (For headache relief, check out the peppermint oil roll-on.)
For sensitive skin that needs a buff and polish: Organic Sugar Scrub in Lemon Jasmine - $6 (4oz jar)
Sugar is a great exfoliator, but gentle enough to keep sensitive skin happy. The lemon will help brighten skin, too!
For a delightful and calming addition to the bath: Rose/Lavender Flower Petal Sachet - $3.50 (1oz bag)
Sprinkle in a little or a lot, either way; someone is headed to relaxation station.
Products available for purchase on Etsy or at various Austin retailers: ATown, in.gredients Neighborhood Grocer, Leighelena and Sanctuary Boutique.
For a holistic self-care routine focused on herbalism, Eris Apothecary offers a selection of teas, tonics, infusions, elixirs and more. This one-woman shop is run by Jessica Beauvoir, a self-taught herb crafter who uses folk methods to create wellness products from organic or wild-harvested ingredients. Beauvoir is a founding member of the Austin Witches Circle, where she aims to empower witches through their craft and “enhance their magical power,” Beauvoir says. Eris Apothecary features a large selection of tisanes (herbal teas: wellness, magical, chakra, and elemental), vinegars and infusions to remedy a spectrum of emotional, physical, and spiritual troubles. Her products include (but are not limited to) treatments for menstrual cramps, allergies, and anxiety. She also boasts a variety of elixirs to enhance inner beauty, boost confidence, and cleanse the mind.
For skin that desperately needs to detox: Black Lavender Body Scrub
This black salt body scrub is great for skin that needs a new outlook. The black salt deeply exfoliates while activated charcoal detoxes by drawing out toxins and dirt from the skin.
For a deep, restorative sleep: Sweet Dreams Elixir (Magical Herbal Tisane)
This combination of Catnip, Calea, Valerian, Mugwort, Kava, and Anise will ensure a magical slumber to quiet the mind.
After attending massage school, Alison Heathcote wanted to create a line of “superb skin care” using all natural and organic ingredients. Beeswax, when ethically sourced, is a great ingredient for soothing and moisturizing skin. Once Heathcote realized the utility of this ingredient, she took advantage of her creativity to come out with a line of unique skin and beauty products. An advocate for saving the bees, Heathcote acquires her beeswax from local, cruelty free vendors in the Austin area, like Austin Honey Company. She also recommends visiting local bee sanctuaries for tours and classes, as well as donating to the Texas Beekeepers Association. Beewell Organics has made it easy to take care of the bees while enjoying luxurious, one-of-a-kind products.
For taming the beard: Spring Woods Beard Balm - $12 (2oz tin)
This beeswax and shea butter concoction moisturizes the beard while simultaneously acting as a styling agent. Use only a pea-sized amount for plenty of conditioning and control.
For an impromptu spa day: All-Natural Soy Massage Candle - $10 (4oz tin) / $30 (choice of 4 Soy Massage Candles)
When lit, these candles double as a tin of massage oil made of beeswax, soy wax, coconut oil, shea butter, and almond oil. They come in 4 different scents. (For sore muscles, grab the Muscle Magic candle with arnica oil and eucalyptus!)
Products available on Etsy.
Sometimes, a self-care routine requires more than just a soak in the tub or getting a bit of fresh air; it can also demand a change of perspective. For shop owner Jane Oglesby, the use of gem healing and aromatherapy has allowed her to “heal, purify, enhance, and harmonize” within her own life and the lives of others. Oglesby blends pure essential oils to create “energetically charged” products that change the vibrational frequency of the body to improve awareness of the senses and emotions. In addition to her essential oil blends, Moon Mantra offers perfume oils, bath soaks, vegan quartz soap bars and body/room mists.
For a spiritual realignment: Crystal Infused Chakric Healing Oil - $13 (3.75ml) / $25 (8ml)
A unique healing oil is created for each chakra using various gems, minerals, flowers, and essential oils.
For clearing negative energy: Palo Santo Smudge Sticks – (cost varies)
Similar to burning sage, palo santo (translates to “holy wood”) is ideal for clearing negative energy and welcoming angels into a space.
Products available on Etsy.