The Best Places to Find Organic Beauty Products in Pittsburgh
Here's where to get the good (for you) stuff.
Sure, beauty products can make you feel and, of course, look good, but what’s in them? If organic and natural ingredients are what you require in your makeup routine, then head to one of these locally owned beauty emporiums. In some cases, the toxin-free offerings are created right here in Pittsburgh.
Photo courtesy of Una Biologicals
After several years of operating online as an Etsy store and selling products at local artisan markets — as well as at a kiosk at the Ross Park Mall — Una Biologicals, which specializes in organic health and beauty products, opened a storefront along Butler Street in Lawrenceville in November 2015.
The company is led by Jessica Wilson Graves, who started making organic products years ago for her own sensitive skin. In 2008, she founded Una Biologicals. Fast-forward a few years later, and Una Biologicals today offers everything from face cream, body butters, lip balms, bath supplies and salves to yoga supplies and organic teas.
Handcrafted in Pittsburgh, all Una Biologicals products also are petro-chemical, petroleum and artificial fragrance free.
(Una Biologicals, 4322 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/621-4126, unabiologicals.com)
Photo Courtesy of The Gilded Girl
The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
Opened last September by Liz Quesnelle, a licensed esthetician, The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium in Lawrenceville features luxury and indie cosmetic brands — including vegan and organic lines — typically not sold in the Pittsburgh market.
If you’re unsure of how to apply them, or if you just want to attend a fun girls night out, the charming beauty boutique also offers group makeup tutorials, as well as private event space. The Gilded Girl even provides complimentary wine for parties.
(The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium, 5104 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/450-0578, thegildedgirl.com)
photo courtesy of Glam Earth
Glam Earth Natural & Organic Beauty Boutique
Just because you’re going au natural doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the glitz.
At Glam Earth Natural & Organic Beauty Boutique in Washington, Pa., “beauty comes naturally.” Owned by Marianne Skiba — an Emmy Award-winning makeup artist who has worked on a number of movies filmed in Pittsburgh — the boutique has one of area’s widest selections of natural and organic makeup, skincare and beauty accessories. While there, get to know your skin better by consulting with one of the shop’s Certified Holistic Beauty Experts.
The boutique also offers classes and workshops, green beauty consultations, special occasion makeup and well-beauty makeovers. Glam Earth also operated an outpost at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip. A new store location is expected to be announced soon.
(Glam Earth, The Shoppes at Quail Acres, 1445 Washington Road, North Strabane Township; 724/228-4562, goglamearth.com)
Photo Courtesy of ESSpa Kozmetika
Here’s where to head to relax, and go natural. Owned by Hungary native Eva Kerschbaumer, ESSpa Kosmetika Organic Day Spa and Skincare Salon in Aspinwall specializes in customized organic treatments for men, women and teens.
The well-regarded spa, which recently expanded by opening a brow and blow-day bar, offers a variety of facials, massages, body wraps and scrubs. It also is one of the 12 “founding-seed spas” of the Green Spa Network, a consortium of spas committed to “green” practices, and is its only accredited spa in Pennsylvania.
(ESSpa Kozmetika, 17 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall; 412/782-3888, esspa.net)
Finding an all-natural scrub for you skin — that’s also made in Pittsburgh — is as easy as walking into your local grocery store.
Frustrated over being unable to find products that didn’t irritate her own sensitive skin, Simple Sugars owner Lani Lazzari began to create her own line of chemical-free skincare — which includes body, facial and foot scrubs — while still a teen.
After appearing on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” Lazzari scored an investment from Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban, and Simple Sugars took off. Today, the products, which are made from all-natural ingredients such as coffee, lemon, rose and lavender, are sold internationally via the Simple Sugars website and are stocked in more than 700 retail locations, including Giant Eagle Market Districts.