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7 Local Brands We Love to Celebrate Independence Day

With all the Western fads and the K-Beauty trends popping up to and fro, it’s inevitable that we sometimes ­let our home-grown gems fly under the radar. However, now that Independence Day is here, it’s important now more than ever to hone in on our Filipino pride and support our hardworking countrymen—all while giving ourselves a little beauty treat, of course! Here’s a little rundown of some of the local brands you can find here on Calyxta and the products that we love from them.

We all deserve to treat ourselves like the goddesses that we are, and by using Diwatang Maria, we’re one step closer to doing so. Their organic, plant-derived soaps glide on like a creamy, moisturizing dream, and are even gentle enough for sensitive skin! Each diwata-named variant contains locally sourced ingredients, and its latest biodegradable packaging upgrade lets us help reduce environmental waste as well. Organic, eco-friendly, and locally sourced–what’s not to love about this brand?

This brand was built on a beautiful promise: to continue their unique heritage of finding, making, mixing, and bottling the best that nature has to offer. Each of their cruelty- , sulphate- , petroleum- , and paraben-free products do not disappoint, and we, as consumers, are more than lucky to have such a wide variety of their gentle essentials made with our needs specifically in mind. From their cult-favourite shampoos, to topical skin care treatments, to infant-safe bath products, and even to spa-scented disinfectants, Zenutrients has us covered.

Happy Island was always a brand that brought such a big smile to our faces. With their fun, beautifully made packaging, each uniquely scented hand-poured soy candle will brighten (pun intended) any room and any mood! Aside from the candles that the Calyxta Crew are obsessed with, they also have a selection of scented body lotions that are a definite must-have for an instant pick-me-up after a long day. If their goal was to give simple joys in the form of refreshing scents, then they definitely succeeded!

Painted Cosmetics does a wonderful job at creating a wide variety of products in a wide variety of shade ranges to help suit the diversity of Filipina skin tones. With consumer variance and product versatility in mind, they offer affordable options with all kinds of textures and finishes to make sure you find something that’ll suit your tastes. From multi-purpose clay blushes and long-lasting cheek tints to moisturizing serums and travel-friendly face mists, Painted Cosmetics is truly a brand that understands the need of an on-the-go Filipina that craves quality products without hurting her wallet.

Makiling Herbarium’s multi-purpose oils have long been dubbed as “the wonder oils” by the Calyxta Crew for its all-natural hydrating properties. Its multi-tasking variants contain floral extracts that can be used for smoothing over the skin, treating chapped lips, taming frizz, and even sliding off your makeup! These, as well as their Sunkissed Face Oil, are also perfect for adding to the end of your beauty routines to help boost the hydration levels of your skin and promote a healthy, luminous glow!

If you’re an avid reader of Calyxta’s articles or a die-hard beauty enthusiast, you’ll know that sun care is absolutely everything when it comes to keeping our skin safe and youthful in the long run. Luckily for us, Green Habit makes 100% organic, locally-produced, and reef-safe vegan sunblock that’s absolutely perfect of us islanders! These are non-toxic, so there’s no need to worry about adding unwanted chemicals into the ocean as we dive in. Another interesting thing about Green Habit is that they produce their sunblock in different colours so they can serve more than one purpose! Depending on the variant, you can wear them as a blusher, a contour, or a colour corrector all while protecting your skin.

With an interesting approach to cosmetics, this brand takes the core of our much-beloved Sunday rests and uses this calm, leisurely feeling to inspire all of their gorgeous products. They make sure to use natural ingredients to create easy-to-use products that have us looking our Sunday best with minimal effort required. For those looking for affordable beauty that’s fuss free but delivers exactly what you’re looking for, make sure you don’t miss out on Sundays Moderne Beauty!

Written by:

Julia Benito
Julia is Calyxta’s resident crazy plant lady with an unstoppable caffeine addiction and an ever-increasing love for glitter eye shadow. When she’s not staring out the window mulling over the correctness of her grammar, she can be found drawing on eyeliner, watching anime, reading books, or petting strangers’ dogs.

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