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Video: Made in the USA: All-American beauty products

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updated 7/4/2012 8:57:41 AM ET 2012-07-04T12:57:41

With so many of the products we use everyday made overseas, it's nice to know that some of the country's best beauty products are made right here in the U.S. In honor of TODAY's Made in America Week (July 2-6) we put together this list of beauty companies with top notch products, who are also dedicated to making their products in America.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Founded on the Lower East Side in 2004, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics started out as a trade secret: a pro-only range of products available only at the most exclusive industry-only Professional Makeup emporiums. As a company, they are committed to being 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free and never use animal-derived ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and more) in their products or accessories. Founder David Klasfeld is still directly involved in the formulation of all new products and as a makeup artist himself he always brings the latest trends in color to the market.

We especially love Obsessive Compulsive's lip tar ($14,) nail lacquer ($8,) and loose color concentrates ($12.) All products can be purchased on occmakeup.com.

Philosophy was founded in 1996 by Cristina Carlino, a passionate entrepreneur with 30 years of hands-on experience in the wellness and beauty industry. She created philosophy so women everywhere could access leading skin care technologies. Philosophy products are formulated with only scientifically-proven, medically-accepted ingredients and technologies, overseen by a contingent of doctors and scientists. The brand approaches personal care from a skin care point of view while celebrating the beauty of the human spirit.

Check out Philosophy's Here Comes the Sun gradual self tanner for the face ($26,) Here Comes the Sun SPF30 sunscreen ($26,) and microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel ($68.) All products are available at Philosophy.com.

Ted Gibson
Ted Gibson is deeply rooted in the belief that beauty is individual. Their mission is to create a line of luxury products that are effective and simple to use. By combining modern technology with the highest quality ingredients available, they are creating a regiment of products for everyone, which will inspire people to recognize their individualized beauty. Ted himself is one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business and is perhaps most known for toiling over the tresses of top celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Joy Bryant, Zoe Saldana and Emma Watson.

We recommend trying Ted Gibson's build it blow-drying agent ($19.95,) beautiful hold hairspray ($19.95,) hair sheet styling ($25.) All products can be purchased at Beauty.com.

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RMS Beauty
Created by editorial and celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, RMS Beauty is a pure and organic color cosmetic line. Based on living and organic principles, each product is created to hydrate and illuminate vital, radiant skin. Consider it skincare with mineral color – giving makeup a whole new meaning.

Check out RMS's living luminizer ($38,) “un” cover-up ($36,) lip & skin balm ($25.) All products can be purchased online at www.rmsbeauty.com as well as select retailers nationwide.

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Josie Maran
When model Josie Maran founded her natural cosmetics line, she sought to develop eco-friendly products and biodegradable packaging that were safe and healthy for the body and the earth. While her entire line is not entirely made in the U.S. (75 percent American-made), her Bear Naked Wipes, a favorite among celebrities and make up artists alike, are. They'e formulated with all-natural ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and cucumber which help soothe skin as they whisk away dirt and makeup. They sell for about $12 and are available at Sephora.

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Tata Harper
Tata Harper redefined natural skincare by creating a line of products that are 100 percent natural, non-toxic, and highly effective. Driven by the latest science from around the world, the line delivers stunning anti-aging results without compromising ones health, thanks to potent and powerful naturally-derived ingredients. Tata’s products contain multi-active formulations for maximum anti-aging results. Always 100 percent natural and 100 percent non-toxic, each product is developed, manufactured and shipped from Tata's 1,200-acre farm in Vermont, which also serves as the Tata Harper headquarters. This ensures that each product is created with the highest production standards for optimal quality and freshness.

Try Tata's rejuvenating serum ($150,) hydrating floral essence ($65 and up,) resurfacing mask ($55.) All available at TataHarperskincare.com

Mayron's Goods
Director, writer, and Emmy-award winning actress Melanie Mayron developed Mayron’s. After becoming a mother, Melanie wanted natural, clean, organic and beautiful products for her children so she joined forces with her father, a pharmaceutical chemist to create products loaded with essential oils, vitamins, anti-oxidants and healing ingredients in the aroma therapeutic tradition. The line is a cruelty-free, all natural skin care line that does not use synthetic fragrances, paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, or DEA. And the best part about their products — they’re not just for babies.

We especially love the gentle all over body wash ($14,) ouch stuff ($16,) chap stuff ($14.) All products are available at MayronsGoods.com.

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Photos: America's national parks

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  1. Acadia

    Acadia National Park in Maine boasts the highest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic Coast and was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Visitors beware: temperatures can vary 40 degrees -- from 45 degrees to 85 degrees in the summer and from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in the spring and fall. (Gareth Mccormack / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Rocky Mountain

    Bear Lake, with mountainside aspens changing colors in mid-autumn, is one of the popular attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. (Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Badlands

    The climate in South Dakota's Badlands National Park is extreme. Temperatures range from minus 40 degrees in the dead of winter to 116 degrees in the height of summer. Visitors are drawn to the park's rugged beauty as well as the area's rich fossil beds. (Mark Newman / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Yosemite

    One of the nation's first wilderness parks, Yosemite is known for its waterfalls, scenic valleys, meadows and giant sequoias. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. North Cascades National Park

    The North Cascades National Park complex offers something for everyone: Monstrous peaks, deep valleys, hundreds of glaciers and phenominal waterfalls. The complex includes the park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Zion

    This spectacular corner of southern Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Redwood

    Created in 1968, Redwood National Park is located in Northern California. Today, visitors to the national park can enjoy the massive trees as well as an array of wildlife. (David Gotisha / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeast California. The area was made a national monument in 1936 and a national park in 1994. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Great Smoky Mountains

    Straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses more than 800 square miles in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can expect mild winters and hot, humid summers, though temperatures can differ drastically as the park's elevation ranges from 800 feet to more than 6,600 feet. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Arches

    More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, many of them recognizable worldwide, are preserved in Utah's Arches National Park. Temperatures can reach triple digits in the summer and can drop to below freezing in the winter. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Grand Teton

    The Snake River flows through Grand Teton National Park, and the jagged Teton Range rises above the sage-covered valley floor. Daytime temperatures during summer months are frequently in the 70s and 80s, and afternoon thunderstorms are common. (Anthony P. Bolante / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Haleakala

    Visitors watch the sun rise at 10,000 feet in Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii. If weather permits, visitors at the top of the mountain can see three other Hawaiian islands. (The Washington Post via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon National Park is perhaps the most recognizable national park. Nearly 5 million visitors view the mile-deep gorge every year, formed in part by erosion from the Colorado River. The North and South rims are separated by a 10-mile-wide canyon. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Yellowstone

    Yellowstone National Park, America's first national park, was established in 1872. The park spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk live in the park. It is well known for Old Faithful and other geothermal features. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Mount Rainier

    Glaciers. Rainforests. Hiking trails. Mount Rainier National Park, located in Washington state, offers incredible scenery and a diverse ecology. The park aims to be carbon neutral by 2016. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Hawaii Volcanoes

    Two of the world's most active volcanoes can be found within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In 1980, the national park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve; in 1987, it was added as a World Heritage Site. (David Jordan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Everglades

    Everglades National Park covers the nation's largest subtropical wilderness. It is also a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance. Visitors to the park can camp, boat, hike and find many other ways to enjoy the outdoors. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Glacier

    A view from atop the Grinnell Glacier Overlook trail in Glacier National Park. With more than 700 miles of trails the park is known for its glaciers, forests, alpine meadows and beautiful lakes. (Matt McKnight / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Bryce Canyon

    Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its distinctive geological structures called "hoodoos." (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Crater Lake

    The brilliant blue Crater Lake, located in southern Oregon, was formed when Mount Mazama, standing at 12,000 feet, collapsed 7,700 years ago after a massive eruption. Crater Lake is one of the world's deepest lakes at 1,943 feet. (David Gotisha / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Olympic

    Washington state's Olympic National Park offers visitors beaches on the Pacific Ocean, glacier-capped mountain peaks and everything in between. Keep the weather in mind when visiting, though, as roads and facilities can be affected by wind, rain and snow any time of year. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Sequoia and Kings Canyon

    A woman stands among a grove of a Giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park in Central California. The trees, which are native to California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, are the world's largest by volume, reaching heights of 275 feet and a ground level girth of 109 feet. The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on its ring count is 3,500 years old. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Denali

    Alaska's Denali National Park spans 6 million acres and includes the 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak. Many park visitors try to catch a glimpse of the "big five" -- moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bear. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Kenai Fjords National Park

    The National Park Service considers the 8.2-mile round-trip on Harding Icefield Trail in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park to be strenuous, saying hikers gain about 1,000 feet of elevation with each mile. (National Park Service via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Death Valley

    California's Death Valley encompasses more than 3.3 million acres of desert wilderness. In 1849, a group of gold rush pioneers entered the Valley, thinking it was a shortcut to California. After barely surviving the trek across the area, they named the spot "Death Valley." In the 1880s, native peoples were pushed out by mining companies who sought the riches of gold, silver, and borax. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Wind Cave

    Bison graze in Wind Cave National Park in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Millions of bison were slaughtered by white hunters who pushed them to near-extinction by the late 1800s. Recovery programs have brought the bison numbers up to nearly 250,000. (David McNew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Canyonlands

    The Lower Basins Zone is outlined by the white rim edge as seen from the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Shenandoah

    Fall colors blanket the Shenandoah National Park, drawing tourists to Skyline Drive to view the scenery. (Karen Bleier / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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