While luxury has always been associated with designer bags and duds (yes, H&M’s designer collaborations count), ultimately what is luxe now has evolved into the idea of pampering oneself.
Whether it’s an overpriced manicure or a splurge on newly trimmed tresses, luxury also largely involves the extra mile one goes for when it comes to beauty.
Forget looking good; women want to feel good. Here are three homegrown beauty brands that feel every bit as luxe as those that inconveniently break the bank.
Soak Artisan Soap
Credited for crafting soaps made with 45—percent olive oil and Tussah Silk (an ingredient sourced from the wild that gives the soap a silky slip), Soak bars are as decorative as they are effective. The swirls and sways of the bars call to mind playful waves; and it’s always tempting to just leave them as they are—they’re just that pretty.
Vegans can now rejoice with skincare newcomer Rraw invading Manila.
This Iloilo-based vegan brand happily declares itself as a line that “protects, heals, and cares” for the skin.
Our current favorite is the Neuraw Scrubs crafted from raw sugar (said to ensure 100-percent freshness).
From the Endorphin Neuraw Scrub that evens out skin tone and is made with milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, sea salt and argan oil, among others, to the Dopamine Neuraw Scrub, which works doubly hard at cleaning one’s pores and increasing collagen production, Rraw’s products are so deliciously raw, you’re sure no harsh ingredients can damage your skin.
Phina’s Little Factory
Think bergamot, basil, clove and patchouli for your next bath time. Not a stranger to the skincare arena, Phina’s Little Factory has gained a following from celebrities to beauty addicts. Pure vegetable glycerin soaps are thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and an eco-friendly philosophy.
Opt for the Black Propaganda charcoal soap for a quick scrub and easy antidote to clogged pores.