Natural Beauties

Check out four fresh arrivals on the local organic beauty scene.


Moroccan Magic

Trendy argan oil has been making its way into hair products, but local self-described lip balm addict Kristina Tsipouras has brought the elixir back to its roots. Her December-launched salve soothes and hydrates with added help from sunflower, rosemary and coconut oils. Find the peppermint-eucalyptus original online and at shops like Flat of the Hill and Olives & Grace, and stay tuned for rose and lemon-thyme options, as well as a lip scrub.


Six years after opening her Boylston Street wellness studio, Marie Aspling has expanded her brand by adding a Newbury Street spa, home to Maria Åkerberg’s plant-based skin care and cosmetics line. The products from Aspling’s native Sweden—like this papaya peel used in one of Balans’ exfoliating body treatments—last up to three years sans artificial preservatives. Bonus: As of last month, visitors can float their troubles away with a 60-minute soak in an Epsom salt pool.

Pure Glow

Lauren Rampello spent a year and a half developing this aloe vera and CoQ10 formula, available at her new organic sunless-tanning destination on Newbury Street. The nontoxic spray mimics skin’s natural reaction to UV rays without off-putting smells or obvious this-isn’t-from-a-Mediterranean-getaway streaks. And you can keep an even glow for up to 12 days with this facial touch-up mist.

Organic Bath Co.

Gianne Doherty took cues from some of her clients, who were combining her Drenched body butter and face oil to make their own super-hydrating mix last winter. That inspired the locally handcrafted line’s new non-clogging, quick-to-absorb Nourish Night Balm, packed with prickly pear seed, green coffee and tamanu oils to brighten complexions, prevent scar formation and heal chapped skin.


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