The following post was written by Heinen’s partner Alex Miles.
Shopping for health and beauty products is oh-so fun, but also extremely overwhelming. Not only are there endless options, but there are so many buzzwords smacked onto product packaging. Natural, organic, non-toxic, plant-based, clean, etc., mean different things to different brands. How are you supposed to know which ones are right for you?
At Heinen’s, our goal is to help you shop with greater ease and confidence. That’s why our dedicated health experts review each brand’s mission statement alongside the ingredients list to ensure they line up. When you shop with us, you can trust that our shelves are stocked with only the best products.
Heinen’s Top Health & Beauty Picks
To make your next health and beauty buying experience a smidge easier, we’ve rounded up 7 brands to check out next time you visit one of our stores
Babo Botanicals was founded over 10 years ago by a mom on a mission to create clean, natural and gentle plant-based personal care for her family. Today, Babo Botanicals is committed to providing formulas that deliver effective results with active ingredients from nature in their lines of body & face sunscreens, hair & body care and baby care. The brand partners with sustainable farmers around the world to source the natural and organic plant-based ingredients found in their products. Gentle enough for the entire family, Babo Botanicals is proud to be B Corp, Leaping Bunny Certified and PETA Animal Test-Free certified. All of their products are free of sulfates, parabens, pthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes and more.
Today, parents and babies everywhere enjoy Babo products. For bath time, you can try the brand’s Moisturizing Shampoo & Wash, a 2-in-1 wash made with natural oat protein, shea, cocoa butter and other soothing, organic plant-based ingredients. Keep dry skin away with Moisturizing Lotion, containing 2% colloidal oatmeal and ultra-moisturizing calendula, chamomile and shea butter. Last but not least, the Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Diaper Cream contains nourishing colloidal oatmeal, shea butter and cocoa butter to soothe irritation and keep baby’s skin protected.
2. Burt’s Bees
Founded in 1984 by Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz, a local beekeeper living in Maine, Burt’s Bees started with lip balm but evolved into so much more. Today, it’s a comprehensive and natural beauty brand offering a healthy mix of skin care, makeup, lip care, baby care, body care and hair care products. The company, now owned by Clorox, selects nutrient-rich ingredients and formulates without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other chemicals of concern.
Like its tagline, True to Nature®, Burt’s Bees has always respected the environment. There’s no animal testing and the company remains steadfast in its commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainability. Because nature has given Burt’s Bees its most essential ingredients, a true love and appreciation for nature runs deep in the organization.
For skin care, Burt’s has products for every skin type and goal: Burt’s Bees Face Cleansers, Moisturizers, Sheet Face Masks, etc. There’s also a range of ultra-gentle Baby Care products, including the a fragrance free Baby Shampoo and Wash and Nourishing Lotion.
3. Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve
Ida Friedman Kasdan, a registered nurse and former science teacher with a Master’s in Biology, was increasingly concerned about how many chemicals were present in skin care. So, what started as a “hobby” of creating lovely, all-natural soaps in her home became her life’s most important work. After two weeks of using her Goat Milk and Oatmeal Soap, her husband’s eczema completely disappeared. Shortly after, Ida decided to launch an online website, expanding her “hobby” into a fully-fledged family business.
Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve has grown into a full line of natural and USDA-certified organic skin and hair care products. We’re proud to carry this local brand and stock our shelves with a variety of handmade Natural Soaps (try bestsellers like the Lavender Rosemary, Sea Salt and Seaweed, Coconut Shea and Castile and Cocoa), Shampoo Bars, Deodorants and nourishing Herbal Salves.
4. Every Man Jack
Every Man Jack is on a mission to inspire men to take care of themselves – and the world around them. Started by Ritch Viola at the base of Mt. Tamalpais (Mt. Tam) in California, the inventive brand was born in one of the cleanest, freshest and most active environments possible. Opening a bottle of Every Man Jack Body Wash, Face Wash or Shampoo instantly transports you into the great outdoors.
Not only do Every Man Jack products smell amazing, but you’ll feel good about using them, too. There are no parabens, no phthalates, no dyes and no GMOs. They’re never tested on animals, either, and bottles are made of 50% PCR, an environmentally-friendly packaging option.
5. Giovanni Eco Chic Beauty
Created by visionary hairstylist Arthur Guidotti, Giovanni was one of the first salon brands to drive innovation in the natural hair care category. Founded in 1979 and named after Arthur’s son, Giovanni James, the brand is inspired by the “Rule of Balance”— a commitment to make every product as natural as possible without sacrificing exceptional performance.
Giovanni’s Eco Chic® Beauty bridges the gap between natural & salon quality hair care, offering a comprehensive collection of Shampoos, Conditioners, Treatments, and Styling Aids for all hair types. Our customers especially enjoy Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threatä Shampoo and VitaPro Fusionä Protective Moisture Leave In Treatment.
Derived from the Greek word for healer, JĀSÖN offers hair, body and oral care products crafted from nature’s most precious botanicals. Apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, cucumber, etc. – these are just a handful of the ingredients you’ll discover in JĀSÖN products. What you won’t find are parabens, phthalates, sulfates or petrolatum.
We carry roughly 15 JĀSÖN products. Whether you’re looking to de-stress, pamper, find your calm or reveal that inner glow, there’s a Body Wash, Body Lotion and Oral Care product to indulge your needs. There’s also a dedicated men’s collection offering refreshing Deodorant and 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner.
Founded in Switzerland in 1921, Weleda has created formulas that harness the innate power of plants to give skin the support it needs, and with that has come a century-long commitment to sourcing sustainable, fair-trade and biodynamic ingredients through farming partnerships that span the globe.
With over 12,000+ five-star reviews and B Corporation, NaTrue and UEBT certifications, Weleda is still creating those products today. Customers rave about Weleda’s top-rated skin food lotions and body lotions, which consist of a rich, plat-based blend that moisturizes and revitalizes skin to appear smooth and luminous.