Take My Money! All The Indie Chemical-Free Beauty Brands You Oughta Know About

Ritika posted on 08 February

Reasons to ditch your commercial, chemical-infused skincare products for natural and cruelty-free products —it’s so good for your skin, you reduce your carbon footprint, there’s thought and effort that goes into making natural products, and you’ll be helping out a local brand. Convinced yet? We’ve listed out the yummiest, feel-good natural skincare brands based in namma Bengaluru to get you started.

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Areev

Created from organic and food grade ingredients, Areev has an array of hair and skincare products that are true to our Indian roots. Yeah, they’re essentially made of the haldi, tulsi, and citrus that you can find in our kitchens but without us having to do the hard work. We’re in love with the cocoa cream body lotion. Their products are tested and approved by the maker’s families, so you can be sure your mum isn’t going to protest against this stuff.

Find them on Facebook here.

Bath & Body Stores

17-A, Krishna Reddy Colony, Domlur Layout, Bengaluru

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Do Bandar

Bengaluru hudugis, Kaavya Nag and Mayura Kadur, decided to jump in on the homemade soaps bandwagon when they found that local ingredients weren’t being used commonly to make personal and skincare products. All their products, including soaps, bath oils, lip butters and foot scrubs, are developed from scratch and are made from recipes handed down from generation to generation. They don’t test on animals but they do have organic conditioning soaps and paw balms for your furry buddy. How many animal care brands can boast of that?

Shop online here.

PaNee Handmade Soaps

Delectable concoctions and unimaginable {but still very good} combinations — that’s what PaNee is all about. Get your hands on papaya and activated charcoal soap, beer and honey shampoo bars, and even patchouli shaving foam! Their products are rich in glycerin which is amazing for moist skin, in case you believed it was only used as fake tears in those saas-bahu shows. We confirm that everything smells as good as it looks, especially the gorgeous activated charcoal soap.

Find them on Facebook here.

BubbleNut Wash

Made of soap nut, or what we call reetha, BubbleNut Wash has a one-stop solution for frizzy hair in their foaming hair wash. This miracle powder supposedly multitasks as an anti-dandruff, conditioning and anti-frizz formula. Plus, it’s chemical free and hypoallergenic. BubbleNut Wash also specialises in environmentally friendly, skin friendly and baby friendly detergents.

Shop online here.

Nature’s Emporium

Brainchild of self-proclaimed die-hard Bangalorean Roopa, Nature’s Emporium is just that — a kingdom of natural and handmade skincare goodies. Apart from the usual soaps, pick from detoxifying mud body scrubs, grapefruit and geranium cellulite oil, their facial elixir and a eucalyptus and peppermint men’s collection. Our favourites are the best-selling goat milk soap {a magical fix for dry skin} and the Fizzing Fairy bath and foot dust!

Find them on Facebook here.

SaND For Soapaholics

What does a mother do when her newborn’s skin is reacting to most commercial skincare products? She creates her own, of course! Sangeeta developed her own line of face, body and hair products when she found that there were too many chemicals in other available brands. You now have face, body and hair products made from traditional ingredients like turmeric, saffron and buttermilk. If it’s good for an infant, it’s good for you! Their coolest product? HealInk – an organic tattoo care cream and moisturiser.

Shop online here.

Cosmetics Stores

Garuda Mall, 1st Floor, Magrath Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

The Lotus Tales

Apart from chemical-free skincare products, The Lotus Tales has luxury aromatics like essential oils and candles, feng shui ware, and curative balms and haircare. All their stuff has healing ingredients like basil, clove, eucalyptus, ginger and geranium. Get the colourful bath bombs to add some fun to your mornings. Now this is a real feel-good store to buy from.

Shop online here.

Cosmetics Stores

Lake View Farm, Palm Meadows, Siddapura, Whitefield, Bengaluru

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Suchi’s Soaps

If it’s good for your insides, it’s great for your outsides. Suchi’s Soaps are all made out of typical kitchen ingredients like almond, carrot, fruit and vegetable juices, mint and cinnamon. All the soaps are made with pure vegetable oil which is basically like holy water for your skin. And trust us, it smells so good, you’ll want to eat it before bathing with it.

Call Suchita on 9686602599 or email suchita.ullal@gmail.com to place an order.

Aroma Essentials

No artificial colours, no artificial scents, no artificial promises. Aroma Essentials has natural shampoos, face masks and body butters, but it’s their one-of-a-kind products like the carrot sunblock, sebum control gel and d-tan scrub that are to die for. They also have collections that you can buy and gift someone.

Find them on Facebook here.

BubblesAndSqueek

Another one of our favourite natural soap stores, BubblesAndSqueek makes their cleansers with yum ingredients like banana, granola, cocoa, mango butter and pomegranate. But what we love the most is that a lot of their soaps come in the shape of cupcakes, moulded chocolate, and slices of cake with rose icing. They also just launched liquid castile soaps. Will someone hold us {and our wallets} back, please?

Find them on Facebook here.

MishiKrafts

Get smooth natural soaps, shampoo, body oils, lipbalms, face packs and bath salts. Super reasonable, handmade and healthy, MishiKrafts products are organic and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The strawberry soap is definitely a winner. They also have handmade chocolate and jewellery.

Find them on Facebook here.

Gift Shops

73/1, Opp. Aradhana School, 2nd Cross, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru

Satliva

Completely natural hemp-based soaps and oils – that’s what Satliva’s about. The company aims to exploit the benefits of the much overlooked hemp plant {part of the Cannabis family}. Hemp is one of the best natural moisturisers you can get for your hair and skin and now, Satliva’s bringing it to you in a bottle. Plus, the packaging is super cute.

Find them on Facebook here.

Grinding Stone

Keeping it au naturale on the beauty and skincare front, Grinding Stone is going back to basics with their eco-friendly and chemical-free line of merch.  From their Lovers Lip Balm, which is a creamy, paraben-free formula that comes in a delightful citrus or vanilla base, to their line of aromatic bath salts with lavender, lemongrass and rosemary essences, there’s plenty of guilt-free indulgences on offer here. And prices start as low as INR 200. Read on here.

Find them on Facebook here.

Studio Taskeen

Self-care meets health care at Studio Taskeen. Using all-natural ingredients in their products, these creamy dreamy formulas are 100 per cent chemical-free. And they claim that these can cure everyday ailments and health problems. From Muscle Relief Bath Bombs to Cold and Flu Bath Salts, kick your illnesses to the curb with a good old-fashioned pampering session.

Find them on Facebook here.

Nakedly Yours

True to its name, Nakedly Yours strips away any harmful chemicals from their natural products, all manufactured in Ooty. Lotion bars, bath salts, body butters and shampoo bars, find it all here. Men also get in on the action as they’ve got a line of beard products like essential oils and beard wax to keep that facial hair game on point. Read more here.

Find them on Facebook here.

Mist And Dew

Natural and homemade, Mist and Dew’s products are mild and gentle on your skin. Made with wholesome ingredients like kokum, honey, coffee, oatmeal and essential oils, these give your skins all the natural pampering it needs. Plus, they’ve got cruelty-free lipsticks too. Prices start at just INR 100. Read more here.

Find them on Facebook here.

Coconess

Loco about coco{nuts}? Then you’re sure to love Coconess’ range of coconut oil-based skincare. They’ve got hip facial oils, body lotions and deodorants on offer. Plus, baby oils and balms for the little one. Read on here.

Find them on Facebook here.

Cosmetics Stores

65, Singasandra, Next To Manipal County, Off Hosur Road, Begur, Bengaluru

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Just Herbs

Give your body a nice pampering sesh with the luxe merch from Just Herbs. In Ayurvedic formulas, find toners, and moisturisers to face serums, face oils and skin tints in their cool line of products. Their natural foundation is a crowd favourite too. Read more here.

Find them on Facebook here.

With inputs from Suzanna Mathew.