With the global beauty products industry expected to reach $265 billion in sales come 2017, there is room for the small and local beauty product developer and manufacturer to claim their small piece of this big pie. That means each year hundreds of new beauty products are launched by startups and “mom and pops” that look to fill a niche or provide something completely new to the cosmetics industry. It’s no exception here in Atlanta as there are locally made beauty products that work and are pretty cool.
Back in 2010, Caitlin Abshier had a dream and an idea. She started selling her homemade batches of soap with a goal of making a business out of the venture. She paid for her college tuition at Kennesaw State while perfecting her craft and now she is “all in” when it comes to beauty products. The “Revive” in her company’s name means to restore to life or consciousness. “‘Renew. Restore. Revive.’ became a new slogan I started using with my company in 2013,” says Abshier. She now has lines of soaps, lotions, sprays, balms and bath soaks. All of the products smell heavenly and they make great gifts. They are available online and at retailers in Georgia, New York and New Jersey.
Based in Atlanta, Dirty Beauty sells beauty products that are a little different and on the “wild” side. Here you get hand-poured and homemade skin care products and cosmetics that start around $4 each and are made from everything natural. Think mineral-rich muds, clay and even plants. Try the Oatmeal Face Scrub and let yourself recover a little with the Eucalyptus Muscle Balm. Men won’t feel left out with Dirty’s face soap for men and the Planter’s Hand Balm. So get a little “dirty” and use these products that come from “close to the ground.” Dirty Beauty uses nature’s best.
Holly Beth Organics
659 Auburn Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Holly Beth Anderson grew up in Georgia appreciating the wonders of nature. It’s when she started living in other countries that she started studying plants and herbs. She decided to make a business of it and started making skincare products. Holly now makes lips balm, eye serum, skin toners, cleansers and body washes. She offers free shipping if you order $75 in products.
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Hailing from Atlanta, the mother-daughter tandem of Vicki and Hannah White are expert soap makers. Their mission at the Brown Bag Soap Company is to promote a healthy lifestyle and they believe it starts with soap. The family-owned company uses all-natural ingredients with a little beer and champagne thrown into every batch. The soaps, body care products and candles all smell great and they serve a purpose. Brown Bag’s price points are perfect for gifts. So get over to the website and give these unique beauty products a try. You will enjoy using all of them and your body will thank you.
Jai’s Handmade Body Products
4328 Lynburn Drive
Tucker, GA 30084
Jai’s makes it “the natural way.” It started out with soap and now the company has grown into a maker of candles, fragrances and moisturizers. It even makes body wash and body sprays for men. Massage therapists love the massage oils and you can’t go wrong with anything called “body butter.”
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