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As any beauty junkie will tell you, some of the best loot is found not on the counters of your local department store or lining the shelves at CVS, but instead from boutique retailers across the globe. These small merchants churn out handcrafted products that often contain more unique, green and effective ingredients than mass-produced products, leaving even the most mundane shower feeling like a retreat. Taking the legwork out of the search, we traversed the globe several times to round up the best of the best, all in the name of beauty.



Product: Lilikoi Shave Ice 5 in 1 Aloe and Shea Wash

Brand: Bubble Shack

From: Hawaii

Why: The lilikoi scent (passion fruit) transforms any shower to an outdoor one in Hawaii. Sand in your bathing suit not included! 


Product: Organic Pomegranate & Helichrysum Facial Serum

Brand: Fawn Lily Botanica

From: Oregon

Why: This one-woman herbalist high-grades the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer in a facial serum.


Product: Exfoliating Mineral Soap Bar in Peppermint & Lavender

Brand: Alaska Glacial Mud Co.

From: Alaska

Why: It’s got an incredibly rich lather and a divine smell that’s suitable for the entire body, as a facial cleanser, shave soap and shampoo replacement.



Product: Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream

Brand: Korres

From: Greece

Why: This cream is suitable for any job with its light and creamy texture, and the wild rose scent makes even the most rough and tumble of us feel like a delicate flower.


Product: Italian Lemon Body Oil

Brand: Zona

From: Italy

Why: Acting as a super-moisturizer, this luxe oil is ideal for post-shower application. For added pampering, slip on your bathrobe and relax for 20 minutes to allow the oils to soak in.



Product: Argan Oil

Brand: Saadia Organics

From: Canadian company with ties to Morocco Co-op

Why: By now we’re all familiar with the benefits of Argan Oil, but this is the real deal — with authentic origin, the product isn’t diluted or processed and acts as a super-saver for hair and nails.


Product: Pure and Unrefined Shea Butter

Brand: Ojoba Collective

From: Ghana West Africa

Why: The source for this unrefined Shea Butter handcrafted by the Ojoba Women’s Shea Cooperative, is 400 rural village women in northern Ghana, West Africa. It nourishes and heals dry skin.



Product: Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner

Brand: Aesop

From: Australia

Why: It’s tough to find a product that is truly good for all skin types, but this is one of them. Apply after cleansing your face, and the toner will help remove any grime or oil that remains after cleansing before you put on your favorite moisturizer.



Product: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – Peach Travel Size

Brand: Adara

From: Singapore

Why: This multipurpose coconut oil keeps skin soft, provides relief to dry patches, is great for split ends and can be used during a massage.


Lauren Padawer is a beauty expert and the founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co., a line of spa-quality skincare created using mineral-rich mud found on the banks of the Copper River in Alaska. The idea for Alaska Glacial Mud Co. was born in the summer of 2001 during an extraordinary journey down the Copper River on a raft. Since that journey and every time a local resident mentioned that "somebody should bottle this stuff," Padawer realized she was the right woman in the right place at the right time. While the playful spa quality of the Copper River mud may have inspired Alaska Glacial Mud Co., it was the river and its inhabitants that gave voice to the importance of sustainability and activism in our company philosophy. In addition to being purveyors of the finest Alaska glacial mineral mud, we are also advocates for the Copper River Watershed through local philanthropy.