15 Beauty & Lifestyle Brands You Didn’t Know Were Local
It feels like yesterday that we waxed poetic about these amazing, Filipino-made beauty brands. Since then, we’ve discovered even more local labels to love—so if you liked that rundown, you’ll get a kick out of today’s story. Keep scrolling for 15 makeup, skincare, hair care, and lifestyle brands borne out of Pinoy pride. We were pleasantly surprised by a few of the names on this list, which we previously assumed were imported!
1. ARÁNAZ TÚ
What you need to know: Aránaz Tú is the lifestyle limb of luxury handbag brand Aranáz. Sound familiar? Might be because BeautyMNL’s very own Rosanna Aranaz is part of the fashion family that runs it! Or because the brand’s tropical-printed toiletry kits, tongue-in-cheek notepads, and pretty little knickknacks appear on every It-girl’s IG feed. So many possibilities.
What sells like hotcakes: Palma Travel Kit, Palma Toiletry Case
2. BATH JUNKIES
What you need to know: Don’t let the “junkies” bit fool you—Bath Junkies makes natural bath and body treats with zero toxic ingredients. Addiction is inevitable, though, once you try their mild skin lotions and charming, aromatic beauty bars.
What sells like hotcakes: All the Groovy Bath Bars
What you need to know: Your mane has met its match with this coast-inspired hair care line. Its hero product is a budget-friendly substitute for designer sea salt sprays, crafted with 100% natural food-grade ingredients. Blake Lively babe hair, here we come!
What sells like hotcakes: Sea Salt Spray
4. BLACK BEAUTY
What you need to know: Whether you seek a cleansing shampoo, softening conditioner, or shine-boosting spray, each Black Beauty bottle boasts of a hair-thickening formula. Bid your limp, flat, and thin locks farewell!
What sells like hotcakes: Hot Oil with Vitamin E, 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner
5. CÉLETEQUE DERMOSCIENCE
What you need to know: “Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin”—that’s Céleteque’s motto, and we wholeheartedly agree. After you get over the fact that this global-level skincare brand is Filipino (not French!), you’re welcome to explore its six different sub-brands: Hydration, Acne Solutions, Sun Care, Brightening, Advanced Anti-Aging, and Hair and Scalp Care.
What sells like hotcakes: Acne Solutions Acne Spot Corrector Gel, Brightening Radiance Body Cream
6. COCO & TRES
What you need to know: When we think pouches, any pouches, we think Coco & Tres. It’s as simple as that.
What sells like hotcakes: Clear Utility Pouch, Zippered Pouch Set
7. HALO + HALO
What you need to know: Filipino craftsmanship and millennial wit collide in Halo + Halo’s design aesthetic. They offer weekender bags and knapsacks on their own website, but their carry-anything kits are favorites on BeautyMNL.
What sells like hotcakes: Feelings Pouch, Supplies Pouch, Wires Pouch
8. KALA MILK
What you need to know: We first learned of Kala Milk last year, when they were still called Kala Milk Soap. In the early days, their assortment consisted solely of beauty bars infused with fresh carabao milk from Baliuag, Bulacan. Since then, the brand has added body care to its roster, opening itself up to a whole new audience.
What sells like hotcakes: Kala Milk Lotion, Kala Milk Soap
9. KRIST BANSUELO
What you need to know: Namesake Krist, pronounced “Christ,” is a makeup artist to the stars. Who better to take your beauty brush advice from?
What sells like hotcakes: Premium 10 Piece Brush Set
What you need to know: Philippa soaps create a soothing spa experience in your own bathroom. Cold-pressed to artisanal perfection, each bar is made with fine coconut oil and scented with lovely things like lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Yum!
What sells like hotcakes: Philippa Luxe Box of 3 Soaps: Luscious Set, Uplifting Set, Balancing Set, Relaxing Set
What you need to know: It won’t surprise you that the heart of this relatively new label is pili oil, a byproduct of the Bicolano pili tree. Highly acclaimed as an anti-aging elixir for its firming and hydrating effects, this 100% natural oil is worked into every PILI product for a touch of TLC.
What sells like hotcakes: Elemie Crystal Deodorant, Pili Lipstick, Pili Hand & Body Lotion
12. PINK SUGAR
What you need to know: This is the buzziest local makeup brand we’ve encountered since the launch of Happy Skin in 2013. Pink Sugar made a splash in October of last year when it debuted its matte lipsticks, dual-purpose tints, and gorgeous blushers, among other cosmetics that have since become mainstays in our kikay kits. More makeup in 2016, please!
What sells like hotcakes: Creamy Matte Lipstick, Lip & Cheek Tint, Our Lil’ Secret Concealer
13. SOFFIA BEAUTY
What you need to know: Designed by a Filipina using meticulous Japanese techniques, Soffia brushes deliver the kind of makeup application that can only be described as decadent. The secret: a blend of luxury synthetic hair and top-of-the-line goat hair, which feels extra soft when the bristles sweep across your skin.
What sells like hotcakes: Opulence Perfect Skin Foundation Brush, Opulence Blending Brush
14. THE SOAP FARM
What you need to know: These quirky little soaps are fashioned after desserts, scented like a patisserie, and oh-so-giftable.
What sells like hotcakes: Gummy Bear Soap Duo, Sweet Gelato Trip Cup, Sea Shell Soap Set
15. WILD PEACH
What you need to know: All your refill-hoarding has not been in vain! Place your stray makeup pans in one of these nifty palettes, and they’ll save you space and much searching time.
What sells like hotcakes: Personal Palette, Professional Palette
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