When we think of International Women’s Day, we think of all the remarkable ways women have carved out space for themselves in the world — including, the beauty industry. Thanks to many female-founded beauty brands who celebrate women in a new (read: more relatable) light, the beauty industry will never be the same.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting a few of the best female-founded beauty brands, ahead.
Founded by Brenda Brock, Farmaesthetics got its start in 1999 at an organic farmstand in rural Rhode Island. What began in Brock’s kitchen is now a full-fledged luxury skin care company found in the best spas and boutiques around the world. Though Farmaesthetics products are no longer formulated in her kitchen they’re still the same, 100% natural skin care products so many have worshipped for nearly a decade. Infused with organic herbs, oils, and flowers, the farm-to-skin beauty company has paved the way for natural and sustainable beauty.
Enriched with only three ingredients — calendula, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E — the Calendula Remedy Oil is one of our Farmaesthetics favorites. Known as a skin mending herb, calendula can help treat and heal external skin conditions, such as wounds, scars, and burns. But, that’s not all. In addition to calendula’s healing powers, sweet almond oil and vitamin E work together to nourish and soften the skin and protect from environmental aggressors like pollution and the sun’s UV rays. It’s no wonder its been regarded as a facial in a bottle.
Founded in 1977 by punk rock legends, Tish and Snooky Bellomo, Manic Panic is one of the coolest (and most colorful) beauty brands of all time. Named after the sisters’ iconic punk-style boutique in NYC, the cult-favorite beauty brand — best known for its wildly fun collection of colorful hair dye — not only represents the punk-era, but the badass woman inside all of us.
Manic Panic’s original High Voltage Classic Cream Formula Hair Color is not only known for being one of the best color hair dyes on the market, it’s one of the friendliest, too. The cult-favorite product has been vegan and cruelty-free since day one (that’s impressive for a company that started over 40 years ago!) and is free of ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, phthalate, and other harmful ingredients. And, with 44 shades to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
The Honey Pot Company
Founded by Beatrice Feliu-Espada, The Honey Pot Company is the result of one woman’s search for a natural way to care for down there. After searching for natural ways to cure vaginal infections — and stay away from antibiotics that worked only temporarily — Beatrice discovered a formula that would solve her (and countless of other women’s) problem and keep her lady parts healthy and happy. Now, The Honey Pot Company is on its way to becoming a leader in the world of feminine hygiene and is making safer products more accessible to women everywhere.
Caring for down there is as easy — not to mention: safe — as The Honey Pot Company’s Normal Wipes. Formulated with all natural ingredients, such as soothing aloe vera, cucumber fruit extract, oat extract, coconut water, and more, the all-natural feminine wipes are the ultimate way to keep your goods fresh and clean. And, that’s not all. Because the products are made with all-natural ingredients and gentle enough to use down there, you can use them as a multi-purpose wipe, too. When you’re in a pinch, use them to clean your complexion, wipe under your arms after a sweaty workout, and more.
Founded by Erica Chung, 3LAB is a leader in the world of high-tech skin care. With a focus on anti-aging, the high-end skincare brand utilizes “smart” technology to reverse signs of aging through improving collagen production, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, protecting against environmental aggressors, and more.
Try: 3LAB Super “H” Serum
Looking for an anti-aging product that does it all? Look no further than 3LAB Super “H” Serum. The award-winning anti-aging elixir is a true representation of the company’s astounding products, as it utilizes science to renew the skin and combat all signs of aging. The results? Skin that appears fresher and more youthful than before.
– Jessie Quinn