The green cosmetics industry is booming, projected to top $13 billion globally by 2018. The Atlanta market is no exception, even though eco products tend to cost more and have a shorter shelf life. “Many people are sensitive to toxic ingredients, so it’s worth the splurge to spend more on makeup that’s free of synthetic preservatives and chemicals,” says Dr. Taz Bhatia, founder and medical director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Here, five local spots to get your green beauty fix.
Fig & Flower
Opened in May by Blair Wagoner and Sara Lamond, this Poncey-Highland boutique offers one of the city’s biggest selections of eco-friendly skincare goods, hair products, and makeup. 636 North Highland Avenue
Mama Bath + Body
Emilie Sennebogen Bryant started Mama Bath + Body in 2004 in her Los Angeles apartment. Based in Atlanta since 2009 (with a second shop slated to open in Krog Street Market later this year), Mama sells handcrafted lotions, lip balms, and more. 112 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates
Founder Anna Russ is a former biotech professional who turned into a devoted practitioner of Ayurveda, a traditional Hindu health system based on holistic balance. Launched in May and sold online, her products include body oils, facial toners, and teas.
Georgia’s only USDA-certified organic skincare line was founded in 2008 by HollyBeth Anderson, who first learned about the healing power of plants on walks with her grandmother in the Georgia woods. The brand’s body products are sold online and in shops around the world.
Sally B’s Skin Yummies
Sally Larsen started on a personal mission to replace her beauty goods with organic products, and demand turned it into a full-time business in 2005. Makeup and skincare lines are made on-site at her store. 800 Miami Circle