Between Hong Kong’s pollution, humidity, and fast-paced lifestyle, we can forget to take care of ourselves and the environment. If you’re keen to make sure you play your part, your daily skincare routine is a great place to start. By shopping locally from brands with a conscience, you’re saying “no” to animal testing, and saying “yes” to a more eco way of living. We’ve rounded up 10 homegrown Hong Kong beauty brands so you can pamper yourself while supporting local businesses and giving back to the world we live in.
Born and raised by Berber parents in Morocco, Bahia Cosmetics’ founder, Loubna Ferreira, was inspired by her grandparents’ Argan oil trees and ancestral beauty rituals. Its collection may be limited, only including the best Argan Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Rose Water & Rhassoul clay, but it’s all sourced directly from Moroccan cooperatives that are run ethically by women. By choosing Bahia products, you will be contributing to the empowerment of Morocco’s remote communities. What’re you waiting for?
Bahia Cosmetics, www.bahiacosmetics.com
Bathe to Basics is a Hong Kong-based skincare brand committed to making all-natural, handmade products for everyone. It’s got an Insta-worthy store in PMQ, and everything is made in its Tai Po workshop, right here in the 852. The soaps are made with the cold process philosophy in mind – products are kept below 40°C in order to preserve the nutrients and active properties of the ingredients. The best bit? The entire range of products is toxin free and biodegradable in water, so your daily beauty routine won’t leave a footprint!
Bathe to Basics, www.bathetobasics.com
We’re all familiar with Coconut Matter’s WILD Virgin Coconut Oil that’s sourced straight from the Solomon Islands, but did you know that it also handcrafts prebiotic, vegan-friendly and toxin-free deodorants right here in the 852? It disrupts traditional single-use plastic packaging with biodegradable cardboard or reusable glassware so you can make responsible choices and support sustainable production while you go WILD. You can find its products online or at select retailers throughout Hong Kong.
Coconut Matter, www.coconutmatter.com
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Hong Kong is the perfect representation of East meets West, and it’s only fitting that its hair care products are too. Get back to your roots with Herbal Legend’s formulations. It’s locally crafted with traditional natural remedies under modern interpretations of Chinese wisdom and ancient herbology. Its signature Ginseng & Green Tea Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner contains panax ginseng root extract and camellia sinensis, two common ingredients that promote healthy hair growth.
Herbal Legend, www.herballegend.info
Certified aromatologist and fully trained cosmetics chemist Daniela Pelonara founded Native Essentials after discovering the healing powers of essential oils and aromatherapy. Its formulations are 100% certified organic, cruelty-free, and hand-blended in Thailand, with headquarters in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for a holistic beauty experience you can trust Native Essentials to be with you every step of the way.
Native Essentials, www.nativessentials.com
Artisanal skincare and wellness brand Purearth harnesses ancient Ayurvedic wisdom directly from the Himalayas with its award-winning skin and bodycare products. One of the Sassy girls raves about its best-selling Mitti Clay Face Masque, a brightening concoction made with raw organic honey and antioxidant cacao folded into high performance clay. Purearth began in Hong Kong and gives back to the global community through its Pure Purpose Foundation, supporting social impact projects and the empowerment of marginalized producer groups.
Soaper Delights makes sustainable soaps in its workshop in Fo Tan with ethically sourced ingredients. Its handcrafted soaps, balms, and deodorants are personally tested to ensure quality, and it won’t sell anything it doesn’t believe in. It believes in making a green lifestyle accessible to all and is absolutely wallet friendly. Dab on some of its moisturizing insect repellent balm to get rid of pesky bug bites while taking care of your skin.
Soaper Delights, www.soaperdelights.com
Swedish’s Handmade Bodycare may have had humble beginnings in Sweden-born Rebecka Lundin’s kitchen in Sheung Wan, but its products are definitely anything but ordinary. Rebecka handmakes her impressive range of products – from soaps to lotions to lip balm, with all natural ingredients and no preservatives ever. We highly recommend the sea salt body scrub with lemongrass. Order online or email Rebecka directly to try it out for yourself!
Swedish’s Handmade Bodycare, www.swedish-handmade.com
Established in 2012, We Are No Expert is your friendly neighbourhood green living enthusiast. Its in-house brand, Flower2Grass2, features natural and locally made skincare products that treat your skin and the environment kindly. The small-scale production allows for the perfect balance between quality and quantity. We love the kefir yoghurt and oatmeal mask, the perfect fix for your skin from Hong Kong summer breakouts.
We Are No Expert, www.wearenoexpert.com
Zero Yet 100 is a HK based brand founded by Anita Patel and Sheetal Avlani specialising in a toxin-free, unisex deodorant. On a mission to provide a healthy alternative to the toxic chemicals ingested when using commercial brands, it handcrafts deodorants using all natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera. This eco-friendly brand also uses recyclable packaging, making it the perfect low-waste deodorant solution.
Zero Yet 100, www.zeroyet100.com