Welcome to the very beginning of our guide to Washington D.C. adventures. On the first Friday of each month we will release a new guide. This first guide is the perfect kickoff to spring. It is our beauty guide, the perfect guide to prep for spring and to get rid of that dry winter skin. We as a company support the idea of purchasing goods and services with no chemicals in addition to always supporting local D.C. brands.
1. The first stop of our beautification journey is a little nail salon in Washington D.C. called Nail Saloon. This nail salon is an aesthetic daydream. Not only can you get your nails done but it is also a cafe. You can sit down and be pampered while you sip on an almond milk latte. As if this place could not get any better, it is also environmentally friendly-their services contain no chemicals. They are also completely invested in the cleanliness of their services and store. The tools they use are one-time use. 3% of their daily profits are also donated to local charities helping the Washington D.C. community.
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2. The next stop is another aesthetic daydream, Varnish Lane. Varnish Lane is a luxury nail salon located on 44th Street in Washington D.C. The salon is owned by Carrie and Lauren Dunne, a mother/daughter duo. They wanted to create an affordable luxurious atmosphere, that also combines the idea of being environmentally aware. All of their products used in services are 100% chemical free, yes 100% free!
photo courtesy of Varnish Lane
3. And sometimes you do not even have to go anywhere to support local beauty services, Washington D.C. has a handful of natural body care brands that are available right at the screen you are looking at right now. The first brand that we love is Shea Yeleen. They are great if you are looking to make a difference globally. They support both women in West Africa and right here in the United States (Girl Power!). Their products are completely organic and made from free-trade ingredients. They are featured in a number of stores, and can be bought online.
photo courtesy of Shea Yeleen
4. The next D.C. beauty brand is Skincando. What is unique about this product? Every single product is made in Washington, D.C. out of the owner, Sara Damelio’s workshop. She found the only products that could help her troubled skin involved an all organic skincare line up. Located in one of the most historic and patriotic cities in the country, she began to donate her cream to United State soldiers and is committed to donating proceeds to soldiers.
photo courtesy of Skincando
5. So now you have your nails done, your skin is soft, but what about the final touch-perfume? The best Washington D.C. brand to find your perfect scent is Florescent. This brand is terrific, and guess what it is completely 100% botanical. What is botanical perfume you say? It is a natural perfume made by the extraction of natural ingredients such as flowers and wood. Susannah, the owner, crafts all the scents locally in D.C.
photo courtesy of Florescent
Have you visited these places or shopped these brands before? Let us know in the comments below!