Here are my top 5 beauty products made in LA, many of them launched by and owned by female founders. I grabbed a few of my favorite tried and true products from around my home to share with you! Let’s support these business and get a little in-home pampering at the same time! They will ship straight to you, bringing a little luxury to you at home. You can shop direct with links below using promotional code MOMANGELES or shop Amazon.
Thrive Causemetics, founded by makeup artist and product developer, Karissa Bodnar, is a beauty brand and philosophy that goes beyond skin deep by empowering women. Karissa and her team only put out one product at a time, making sure that what they offer is truly the best. Their products are made in LA and are 100% vegan and free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates and fragrance. I can attest that their Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara is the best I’ve ever used. My lashes look lush and long and it lasts all day. Taking it off is easy and even removes in little tubes by gently rubbing your fingers together with your lashes between them. It’s amazing. When you make a purchase with Thrive you also help other women thrive through their charitable programs that give back to domestic abuse programs helping life women out of homelessness, fighting cancer, and adjusting to life outside the uniform. All reasons why this is one of my top 5 beauty products made in LA!
Lauren B by Lauren Berkovitz is a line of nail polish and manicure products that solve some of the problems she found in the market. She created a polish that lasts two weeks without harsh chemicals or sacrificing quality. All her products are vegan friendly, and free of harsh chemicals like DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. The colors are inspired by her home, the city of Los Angeles (another reason I love this line) and even include the perfect nude for a variety of skin tones. Watch their Instagram feed for tips on home manicures. And save 15% when you use code MOMANGELES online.
I met type:A deodorant founder Allison Moss at a business event in Santa Barbara and was so impressed with her vast research and expertise in solving one of our basic daily needs – better body odor. I had already tried type:A and was a fan, but hearing from her first hand about why she started type:A and why it’s better sealed the deal (you can also watch her talk from our recent SoCal Wellness Event) . My favorite is the Crisp Clean Citron scent but there’s plenty of options to suit you. You can purchase their deodorants online and save 20%. There’s even a sample box.
The essential ingredient in Aneela Zaman’s incredible day and night serums is a simple seed, the black cumin seed. The formulation created by her father in Pakistan and perfected by Aneela, a makeup artist and entrepreneur, works wonders. I have been incredibly impressed with how smooth and useful my skin looks with regular use! This one makes the top 5 beauty products made in LA list because it really works.
Looking for a nail color that also supports a cause? Look no further than Nail & Bone, a line of fun polish colors that gives back to animal rescue. The polish is 8 Free, meaning none of the 8 toxic chemicals are in them and every purchase supports shelter dogs in need! These make fun gifts for teens and tweens as well!
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.