Bulgaria‘s cosmetic brands take the best the country has to offer in terms of climate, medicinal herbs, rose and lavender fields and centuries-old traditions. The old beauty recipes that used to be transferred from mother to daughters have been combined with scientific research, resulting in need-to-know cosmetic products. Here’s our pick of the best brands.
Alteya Organics produces organic cosmetics from Bulgarian certified rose oil and lavender oil. The rose fields have been grown as a family tradition for over a century in the Rose Valley, and the brand produces rose oil, rose water, essential oils or organic plant extracts and oils. The company’s scientific team has created the Bio-Damascena® Skin Reviving Complex, a combination of organic rose and other essential oils preventing the skin from ageing and enhancing its resistance.
Wooden Spoon takes its responsibility to the environment and customer wellbeing seriously – as such, its products are handcrafted using only raw and unprocessed organic oils, beeswax, and herb extracts as ingredients. Their cosmetics are produced in small quantities, and include lip balms, skin butter, sun protection and hair care products among others.
Just Amazing is a new company that has focused on one thing only – creating a 100% natural cream deodorant that contains nothing but six natural ingredients. Their deodorant doesn’t block perspiration, and instead only neutralizes bad odors without creating a barrier to the body’s natural processes.
Black Sea Stars
The Black Sea has another wellness secret – the curative lye and healing mud extracted from the Pomorie Lake and Burgas Lake. Black Sea Stars is powered by the Inorganic Salts Laboratory, part of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, which means all the ingredients are combined and balanced according to the latest scientific research. The lye and mud in their products are combined with extracts from Bulgarian herbs such as thyme, lavender, juniper, rosemary, etc.
Victoria Beauty is famed for its snail extract beauty products that are known to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. The snail secretion contains biologically active ingredients (vitamins, collagen, natural antibiotics) known for their positive effect on the human skin. Victoria Beauty’s products also feature macadamia and argan oil extracts, cannabis extracts, and Bulgarian rose oils.
Avia Cosmetics specializes in clay cosmetics, another of the natural secrets Bulgarian women use for their health and beauty. Clay has been used for centuries and is known for being rich in minerals, helping release toxins and having a powerful antiseptic qualities.
Bilka is a Bulgarian cosmetic brand everyone knows – its products are inspired by Bulgarian nature and backed by scientific research. Their toothpaste, and hand and face creams are most likely to be seen in every Bulgarian home, as is their anti-ageing series with Bulgarian Mavrud grapes extract.