Sri Lanka is no stranger to natural skin care. Ancient herbal remedies handed down from generation to generation are ever-present in Ayurvedic medicine. Now that natural and organic skin care products are fashionable and popular, the variety is quite varied. From homemade soaps to turmeric scrubs and charcoal masks, you can find pretty much anything in Colombo if you know where to look.
Green Leaf Herbals
Green Leaf Herbals has been producing natural and cruelty free products in Sri Lanka for years. Their soaps, shampoos, massage oils and lotions use all-natural ingredients and botanicals. Green Leaf Herbals has a collection based on Sri Lankan teas, and also have a wonderful wellness collection based on the world famous Ceylon cinnamon (not to be confused with generic cinnamon). According to the producers at Green Leaf Herbals, “The main philosophy behind the formulation of our products is to improve the quality of life and achieve cheerful body and youthful mind.”
Shop Green Leaf Herbals at The Good Market or visit their Facebook Page for more locations.
Spice Island products are based on ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Spice Island uses a mix of Ayurvedic knowledge and modern techniques to create high-end products that are loved not only on the island but also overseas. The favorite botanicals at Spice Island are king coconut, Ceylon tea, mango, neem, lemongrass, ginger and cinnamon. With a wide range, from shampoos to body creams, Spice Island is all about natural colors, which shows in their products. Catering to consumers with a high esteem for their wellbeing, Spice Island is a great choice.
Spice Island has an online shop and can also be found in the Barefoot stores in Colombo.
Bodylicious by Shaakya
Shaakya is a Sri Lankan fashion designer who has also launched a delicious organic cosmetic line called Bodylicious. The products range from bath soaks and salts to face scrubs and masks. All natural, all organic and packaged in gorgeous mason jars that also look great in the bathroom. Bodylicious products leave skin feeling clean, fresh and soft.
Shop for Bodylicious products via their Facebook Page and soon to be in local indie boutique ICO.
Bath Bliss ECO
Bath Bliss are creators of a wonderfully delicious collection of handmade natural soaps. They are high in natural moisturizing content and are colored wonderfully. The ingredients used are rotated according to what’s available, and there is always something new and inviting in their collection.
Bath Bliss handmade soaps can be bought via their online store.
Iris Garden has one flagship product, the Fuller’s Earth Facial Pack. The ancient Ayurvedic ingredient of turmeric is the star of this product. Naturally clearing the skin of impurities and nasties collected from polluted air, the Iris Garden Fuller’s Earth Facial Pack will be your new favorite product in no time.
Products available for sale via their online shop and at the Good Market.
Sepra Natural is made up of a group of Sri Lankans that love nature and grow their own botanicals to create their products. With a small range of 100% natural products, Sepra Natural is a bit different from other natural skin care producers. They oversee the production, from the seed in the ground to the product at the stalls. Their most notable product is the Veralu Dry Pack Shampoo, prepared with seaweed, fenugreek, lime and soap nut to improve the health of your hair.
Find Sepra Natural products via their Facebook Page.
Moonshadow mostly produces daily household products, like laundry detergent and dish soap, as well as natural soaps. The best products in the Moonshadow line are the essential oils and crystal deodorants. The coconut lip balms and mosquito repellent creams are also lovely and very good for the skin.
Moonshadow is at the Good Market flagship store and also available for sale via their Facebook Page.
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