Inspired by my piece on how to get glam without toxins, I visited San Francisco’s non-toxic, ecologically minded beauty emporium, Credo, for a facial using Tata Harper’s organic skincare line from Vermont. The experience was so positive and my skin looked and felt so refreshed that I wondered why I hadn’t gone 100 percent crunchy-luxe before. I realized it’s because places like Credo are hard to find. While it seems like there’s a Sephora next to every Starbucks, and a big-box store at every freeway exit, non-harmful beauty purveyors haven’t yet reached critical mass.
Sometimes it’s hard to know which products will work on your skin and which won’t. Although they’re far less likely to function as endocrine disruptors or chemical triggers, some all-natural products can still cause garden-variety allergic reactions in those who use them, so it’s great to try before you buy. What better way to try than swaddled in a womb fashioned of organic cotton, dimmed lighting, soothing steam and the gentle hands of a seasoned pro?
Here’s a list of some of the best eco- and health-conscious beauty boutiques, from coast to coast.
2136 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
This one-stop shop does great facials and makeup applications, as well as provides same-day product delivery via UberRush.
The Detox Market
8380 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Founded by two friends, including a breast cancer survivor, this store pledges to exclude all toxic—even just controversial—ingredients.
238 W 10th St., New York, NY 10014
An outgrowth of fashion emporium Castor and Pollux, this cult destination also has an organic spa (regulars say the facials rule). Give them your email address and get 10 percent off your first purchase.
Beau Tea Bar
143 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Founder Melissa Waller found the answer to her own skin issues in holistic medicine. She wanted to open a place where she could help women find similar guidance.
Boston and Nantucket, MA and Washington, DC
Visit their website to find the location address closest to you
Follain is Gaelic for “healthy, wholesome and sound,” and it’s by those criteria that owner Tara Foley selects the products her outposts carry.
Online only—for everyone!
Founded by two women who have been best friends since childhood, this online emporium sells only products which score a four or lower on the Environmental Working Group toxicity scale.