Clean Up Your Act with Local Beauty Products

Six mini makeovers for your bathroom

The season of giving to others doesn’t mean you should give up on yourself — or your hygiene. Make over your medicine cabinet with these hometown products. (They make great presents, too.) The outside world will thank you.

Hidden Folk Bath Salts, $24
Seth Dodson and Viktor van Bramer’s line of all-natural (and handsomely packaged) products is so fresh Urban Outfitters came calling. The fragrance combinations sound dizzying — lavender, palmarosa, and bergamot; patchouli, black peppercorn, and Peru balsam — but a soak in them does a body good.

Maple Rowe Soaps, $6
Small batch bars by engaged duo Joseph Irvin and Beth Arient have swirled tops and come in a rainbow of pastels. Skip standard scrubbing scents in favor of tomato leaf and oatmeal stout.

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Asrai Garden No. 1 Perfume, $78
The floral shop’s owner, Elizabeth Cronin, worked with Memoire Liquide in New York City to design a fragrance based on her three favorite scents: Moroccan rose, Tuscan fig, and patchouli. We love the complex result (musky and earthy with a floral after-note) and that each bottle is mixed on-site (1935 West North Avenue; 773-782-0680).

Remix Face Serum, $40
Acupuncturist Giselle Wasfie’s unisex formula blends botanical oils, such as chamomile, blue tansy, and frankincense, according to the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine. Ideal for all skin types, the oil leaves a fresh, dewy glow without feeling greasy, and a single bottle lasts for months on end.


Nicolet Candle, $18
Gerri Bruner makes candles from local, non-GMO soy wax, cotton wicks, recycled glass — and zero artificial colors or dyes. The scents you’ll undoubtedly want to reach for this time of year: forest pine and ginger fig.

Skin & Bones Essential Oil Necklaces, $325
At first glance, the gorgeous necklaces look like just that. But unscrew the metal orb base from each one to discover a coordinating custom-blended essential oil. The stones and fragrances work in harmony to clear chakras and calm the body.

Photos: Courtesy of Hidden Folk; Andrea Donadio for DailyCandy; Courtesy of Nicolet Candle Company

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1935 W North Ave
bt Winchester & N Damen Aves
Chicago, IL 60622