We’ll find any excuse to champion talented women here at The Handbook, so this September, we’re highlighting the women in beauty that deserve to be known and supported for their achievements and of course their game-changing products and services to the beauty industry. Here are the names to know, and love…
Hope Dworaczyk Smith, MUTHA
Why we love her? Founded the luxury natural skincare line, MUTHA in 2019. The brand’s core message is to celebrate women from BAD MUTHAs to badass go-getters, and their bodies at every stage in their lives. Plus, MUTHA contributes 5% of online sales to International Medical Corps which help women across the globe deliver babies.
Hero product: Mutha Body Butter, £80 Not to be confused with real butter! Yellow coloured with the smoothest creamiest texture that smells amazing and keeps your skin super hydrated all day and beyond.
Jeanette Thottrup, Seed to Skin
Why we love her? Thottrup created her skincare line during her personal journey and struggle to start a family. She swapped to an all-natural lifestyle and diet and whilst discovering the untapped potential of nature’s active properties in skincare, two years later her son was born!
Hero product: Seed to Skin The Radiance Microdermabrasion Glow Treatment, £66 This exfoliating peeling cream polishes and removes dead skin cells to reveal the glowiest skin EVER.
Zanna Roberts Rassi, Milk Makeup
Why we love her? Co-founder of Milk Makeup and ultimate cool girl. Zanna has plethora of glam tips and tricks up her sleeve from not only building a beauty empire whilst juggling a family but from all the BTS intel she has from interviewing the most glamorous and sort after celebrities as part of E! Live red-carpet team.
Hero product: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer, From £17 An award-winning makeup primer that grips makeup for up to 12 hours while hydrating the skin too and leaving your complexion with a post-Bikram yoga glow.
Gaelle Lebrat-Persannaz, Manucurist
Why we love her? A family affair: This mother and daughter collaboration has grown into a female-run business. Gaelle founded the brand with her mother and took over as CEO in 2016. She wanted to develop a new type of nail polish and nails treatments with non-toxic and clean formulas that are accessible at home.
Hero product: Green Flash Pro Kit, £79 Everything you need for a DIY express manicure that lasts up to 10 days and can be removed with normal nail polish remover. Bonus!
Sarah and Lauren Murrell, By Sarah London
Why we love them? This sister act duo is the first female-owned brand in the UK to be B Corp certified. Need we say more? When Lauren was diagnosed with leukaemia, she struggled to find anything that she could use on her highly sensitised skin and was surprised that even many ‘natural’ skin options contained sneaky irritants and chemical preservatives. Her frustration led to a life-saving stem cell transplant from Sarah, which ultimately led to the launch of By Sarah London.
Hero product: Hero Facial Oil £34 Full to the brim of natural scent-free organic plant-based oils. This oil doesn’t leave a claggy film but instead absorbed beautifully giving skin a healthy radiance
Jess Hatzis, Frank Body
Why we love her? Jess Hatzis is co-founder and creative director of Frank Body, an Australian-based beauty brand that has gained traction in the natural beauty sector through its cheeky social media campaigns. Since launching, Frank Body has sold millions of its signature coffee ground-based body scrubs and the brand continues to grow and grow. Definitely one to watch!
Hero product: Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, £11.16 A blend of coffee, vitamin E, and antioxidant-rich oils keep your skin looking perky, even, and oh so smooth. A firm (no pun intended!) favourite around the globe.
Kim Smith, Co-founder Kloris CBD
Why we love her? In 2018, Kim and other founding members decided to create Kloris. Each member had discovered CBD for different health reasons, from anxiety and insomnia to menstrual cramps and back ache. Kim is dedicated to educating about CBD and its benefits, giving free informative via talks and workshops across the country to pass on the information that helped her to heal her own health issues. Recently, Kim spearheaded an initiative with the Woodland Trust to plant trees in deforested lands in Central America, resulting in 40k m2 of trees being planted. There’s no stopping Kim!
Hero product: Kloris Restore Bath Block, £15 Imagine a grown-up bath bomb with skincare properties and added CBD that you can satisfyingly watch sizzle in your bathtub.
Shani Darden, Facialist and Skincare
Why we love her? Shani creates radiance in everything she touches. She is a celebrity facialist renowned for creating the clearest and most luminous complexions. Shani has worked on the faces of Emily Ratajkowski and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to name a few. But the best news is, she has a hardworking skincare line so we can all get a little bit of Shari Darden magic in our lives.
Hero product: Shani Darden Skincare Retinol Reform, £80 An ultra-gentle serum with 2.2% encapsulated retinol to give skin a boost but without irritation.
Samantha Jameson, Soapsmith
Why we love her? A born entrepreneur, Sam was just 24 when she set up her first business. Her determination, tenacity and drive saw exceptional business success which she threw into her first love, scent. From which she created Soapsmith, which is now an award-winning artisan bath and body range known best for the signature London-inspired scents, handmade formulas, and quirky and sustainable packaging.
Hero product: Soapsmith Bloomsbury Bath Soak, £30 Throw this coconut milk powder, Epsom salt and Dead Sea salt mix in your bath for an incredible skin-softening sensory experience. Plus, the rose, honeysuckle and peony essential oils will make your bathroom smell incredible too.
Michelle Roques-O’Neil, Alchemist and Aromatherapist
Why we love her? Michelle works as a healer, spiritual life coach and energy bodyworker and also has her own face and body brand, Therapie. Michelle has the most beautiful aura and energy that spills over into her treatments and her products too. She has been working with aromas, oils, and fragrance for over 40 years which makes her knowledge second-to-none. An all-round remarkable lady.
Hero product: Himalayan Detox Salts, from £10 www.therapielife.com Like a natural version of Valium, these bath salts calm stress-based palpitations, balance your energy flow and help combat insomnia (but sadly aren’t suitable for use during pregnancy).
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