You know the Mary Kay brand is Dallas born and bred. You may also be aware that beloved guy line Jack Black, celeb-fav color collection Susan Posnick, and gift-worthy Niven Morgan were founded here, too. But there are dozens of local skincare collections still flying under the radar. Here are seven of my favorite locally created products to add to your beauty routine.
1. Pure Skin Therapy No. 2 Foaming Wash
Robyn Straza, owner of appointment-based Pure Skin Therapy spa, created a trio of facial cleansers that, when used in different combinations, can cater to a variety of skin types. My favorite is the Foaming Wash. The thick, herbal scent and natural, silky formula is both cleansing and refreshing.
Where to buy: By appointment only at Pure Skin Therapy.
2. Eraclea Purifying Gel Cleanser
The cosmeceutical line is based on products that aim to hydrate the skin using a patented “HylaSponge System,” which utilizes hyaluronic acids. I love the gel cleanser, created with oily skin in mind, for preventing breakouts in the summer but never drying out my skin.
Where to buy: EpiCentre at the Shops at Park Lane, $35
3. Hard Night Good Morning Facial Cocktail
The purpose of this serum, invented by Dallas’ D’Andra Simmons, is to revive tired, damaged skin, and perk it up. I like it to use it in the morning for the subtle tightening, plumping effects, and clean smell.
Where to buy: Nuvo, Stanley Korshak, Whole Foods, $69.99
4. Billy Jealousy Golden Gloves Therapeutic Hand Cream
Manly enough for him, but delightful soothing for me, this hand cream includes Monoi de Tahiti, a scented combo from soaking Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil. The formula is hydrating, but quick drying, so no oily residue.
Where to buy: Hair by Charlie, ZaSpa, Neiman Marcus NorthPark, Pockets Menswear, $28
5. Kale Naturals Bamboo Face Scrub
This mens grooming line, started by two Dallas women, Tia Pettijohn and Dana Kale, contains a variety of products, like face wash, shave gel, and a 3-in-1 wash, but I love the scrub. Bamboo, jojoba, aloe, and mint, exfoliate and soothe, preventing ingrown hairs for my boyfriend and refreshing skin post-workout for me.
Where to buy: Pockets Menswear, St. Bernard Sports, Indigo 1745, Culwell & Son, Ken’s Man’s Shop, $21
6. Colaneri Lipstick
Beauty lines by makeup artists are often my favorites. Who better to create a good lipstick then an expert at using and applying lipstick? Kristen Colaneri’s eponymous collection is simple and usable. I love the lipstick, which is smooth and creamy and comes in a variety of neutrals.
Where to buy: Order or make an appointment by phone (469-569-0132) or email, $15
7. Clovertree Aromatherapy Rollerballs
Spa Habitat owners Greg and Amy Bohn created Clovertree as a line that was both pure and honest about its ingredients. Herbal remedies were the foundation, but the brand expanded to delicious bath and body products. I love the aromatherapy rollerballs as both a natural antidote (like the Comfort Me Calming Oil with lavender and vanilla) and a healthy perfume (like the Inspire Me Meditation Oil with ylang ylang, patchouli, and sweet orange).
Where to buy: Spa Habitat, $15