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If you're looking for a way to refresh and de-clog after one of the most humid days this summer, head down to 9 Clinton Street, the new home of Kaia House Organics, a skin care line that opts not to use common beauty ingredients they consider toxic. On that list: Petrochemicals, polyethylene clycol, and parabens, among others. Kaia carries beautifully bottled and wonderfully priced USDA-certified organic skin care, make-up and shampoos—just what the dermatologist ordered. Highlights include perfect foodie scrubs, a charcoal detoxifying cleanser, and magic roll-on oils that promised your skin relief from the heat and sweat.
Kaia's staff tells us that everything is made undiluted, so the products smell potent and natural. Their green tea clarifying moisturizer, a customer favorite, uses natural antioxidants roobios, green tea and white tea to heal blemishes and vitamin B3 to clear away dead skin cells and make pores smaller. Their After Party Repair mixes date, wasabi, and pomegranate extracts to wake up your face after long hours of work or play. And their rose water toner, when applied morning and night, helps soothe and tone your skin. Bonus: When your bottle is empty, you can bring it in for an environmentally friendly refill.
The prices aren't bad, either. USDA-certified organic bar soap is $6.50; body scrubs made from things like espresso, orange flower, and jasmine coconut are $19; Chemically Naked Shea oil is $18; and a bottle of rose water is $14. We also love that your pets can enjoy an organic shampoo by Green City Pets that smells as good as it will feel for your pet. (The manager says her dogs loved it so much they always want to eat it.) For $12, you can also buy the ginger-accented foaming soap that will help repel fleas. Then there's the baby supplies: Lotion for $9, baby creme for $12; and baby powder for $8. With everything under $40, it's pretty easy to keep your entire family clean and green.—Joann Pan
· Kaia House Organics [Official Site]