The best of American-made beauty brands
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 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.
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.
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.
Tata HarperTata 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
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.