Beauty: Get Local with Beekman 1802’s Beauty Products
I first learned about Beekman 1802’s soap on Pinterest a couple of years ago– I was looking for some packaging inspirations, and their beautifully wrapped soaps just keep popping up one all the boards. I like this particular gift set that all the soaps are individually wrapped in a crafty-colored tissue paper and neatly tied up with a white cotton string, they look artisanal and hand-crafted, but still has the quality and professional touch, it’s just simply adorable, I didn’t know much about the actual product but already fell in love with the brand. As I dig a little deeper into the brand, I started to learn that Beekman 1802 has a lot more to offer than stylishly packaged soaps and gift sets.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, or better known as “the Beekman Boys”, stumbled across the Beekman 1802 Farm in upstate New York in 2007. Inspired by the land and the community around the farm, the couple founded Beekman 1802 Mercantile in 2008, as the farm was originally built by Judge William Beekman more than 200 years ago in 1802.
Working with the local farmers and collaborating with the craftpersons and artisans in the neighboring area, (and of course, let’s not forget the goats, chickens, pigs, and the garden and the trees on their farm), the Beekman Boys produce seasonal quality goods for their sore in Sharon Springs, NY and also online. Beekman’s products are not all natural and are not always organic, but most of the ingredients for the products — both plant based and from the animals — come straight from the farm land locally, they are as natural and as fresh as you can get. Seriously, what’s better than getting your ingredients straight from the sources on the farm?
The goat milk soap is what introduces Beekman 1802 to most people, but they offer a lot more than goat-milk inspired products, as there are a lot more than just goats on the farm. Here are some of my favorite beauty finds from Beekman 1820:
Beekman 1802 is known for their goat milk soap bars, and this is one of my favorites of all the soaps. Made with farm fresh goat milk and honey, the soap is loaded with nutrient and natural anti-inflammatory, it cleans the skin gently and yet leaves skin well moisture. The triple-milled oat bran is another skincare super star; it helps scrub away dry skin cells without drying out the skin! The best part of this soap? It’s nice and big! It’s one of those occasions that bigger is better – it’s big enough for guys to feel that they’re taking care of their skin in the most manly manner, and for girls to indulge in their exfoliating routine from head to toe as often as they want!
I have a weakness for hand creams, they are not just great to keep in my purse so I can give my hands a little treat whenever I want, and they are also one of the best things to offer as a gift item as well. I love this particular hand cream because of the little story behind it – the Beekman Boys, one’s favorite scent is Heirloom Tuberose, and one’s favorite is Ylang Ylang, so they put the two scents together and created a new fragrance for the hand cream, and it does smells amazing.
The hand cream is another product that’s made with the famous goat milk, it nourishes skin deeply and leaves with a gentle floral scent. “Clean and simple. Just like country life” as they say.
It took me a while to warm up to the idea of shampoo bars, and now I think it’s one of the greatest invention in the beauty world – as the formula is not diluted into liquid form, it only takes a little each time to wash a full head of hair, so a whole bar lasts forever. Without the need of extra packaging, solid shampoo bar is sustainable and is better for the environment. This particular shampoo bar is made with activated charcoal, which helps strengthens hair and deeply cleanse the unwanted oil and built-up on the scalp. With argon oil in the formula, the shampoo is nourishing and doesn’t strip the hair dry. The menthol leaves a cool and fresh feeling after each wash.
Body butter is nothing new, but these mini tubs of butter definitely stand out from the crowd. Made with goat milk (of course) and pure shea butter for ultimate moisturizing whenever you need it. Each tube is scented with a season of the year – sweet floral for Spring, vibrant fruits for summer, soothing woods for Autumn and crispy mint for winter – just so you can enjoy all four seasons whenever you want.
As a beauty addict, of course I instantly pay more attention to their beauty category, but the Beekman 1802 is actually more of a lifestyle brand, it has everything from locally produced cheeses, family-friendly kitchen wears, and even seasonal heirloom vegetable seeds. It is said to be the “fastest growing lifestyle brand in America”, and I have no doubt why!
If you have a chance to visit Upstate New York, make a detour to stop by and check out the store, if not, you can always check out the online store here!