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4 Ocean-Inspired Skincare Brands Perfect For Summer

4 Ocean-Inspired Skincare Brands Perfect For Summer

It’s summer and I’m currently on vacation and feeling the ocean/pool vibes! The ocean is filled with so much life, nutrients and minerals that I was inspired to blog about brands that capture the benefits of the ocean in a bottle. The star ingredients in this post are seaweed, algae and sea salt. I’m VERY excited for you to read this post! 😘🌊☀️

1. Samudra Skin & Sea

  • Women-owned in San Francisco, California

  • Small-batch

  • Their star ingredient, edible-grade kelp is full of vitamins, antioxidants & minerals that will feed & nourish your skin

My background in ocean conservation and marine science ignited a lifelong desire to protect our blue planet. With every purchase we try to raise awareness of our impact on the ocean and her creatures.

- Shilpi Chhotray, Founder

Shilpi continues her work in ocean advocacy as the Senior Communications Officer for the Break Free From Plastic global movement.

Their zero waste ethos:

Samudra Skin & Sea takes a serious stance on reducing plastic waste to keep our ocean and waterways plastic-free. Our skincare essentials are encased in beautiful glass jars with bamboo lids we hope you will reuse. They make great vessels for small plants, spices, and candle holders. The boxes are both recyclable and compostable, and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Our Sea Soap in particular, created for hair and body, eliminates the need for bottled shampoos and conditioners. 

EP’s Picks are ALL their products 😍:

Body Butter Ingredients: organic aloe leaf juice, organic shea butter, emulsifying wax NF, stearic acid, glycerin, sweet almond oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), organic neem seed oil, rosemary leaf extract, meadowfoam seed oil, wild seaweed oil, organic white willow bark extract, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, & tetrasodium glutamate diacetate

Sea Soap Ingredients: olive oil*, coconut oil*, castor oil*, shea butter*, responsible palm oil*, maracuja oil*, argan oil*, avocado butter*, avocado oil*, jojoba oil*, seaweed*, & sodium hydroxide


Clay Mask Ingredients: bentonite clay, wild seaweed, activated charcoal powder, colloidal oatmeal, & corn silk powder

Face Cream Ingredients: organic aloe leaf juice, organic coconut oil, demethylaminoethanol (DMAE), emulsifying wax nf, stearic acid, glycerin, wild seaweed, organic jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, avocado oil, witch hazel, tocopherol (vitamin E), phenoxyethanol, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), xanthan gum, organic white willow bark extract, organic neem seed oil, & rosemary leaf extract

2. Osea

OSEA embodies the core elements of wellness: Ocean. Sun. Earth. Atmosphere

  • Female-founded by Jenefer Palmer

  • Vegan, plant-based beauty

  • Their star ingredient is eco-responsibly sourced & bioavailable seaweed

  • Read about their ingredients and the ingredients they avoid

In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products which launched the Skin Deep Report. Since then, over 1,000 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products.

EP’s Picks:

Sea Vitamin Boost Mist

This is excellent for dry and sensitive skin!

Ingredients: aqua, *pomegranate extract, *gigartina skottsbergii extract, resveratrol, madder root extract, montmorillonite, allantoin, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin E), *glycerin, citric acid, potassium sorbate, lonicera caprifolium extract, & lonicera japonica extract


For body moisture try their Anti-Aging Body Balm or the Undaria Algae Oil

Anti-Aging Body Balm Ingredients: *coconut oil, *safflower seed oil, octyldodecanol, glyceryl stearate, algae extract, *gigartina skottsbergii extract, *undaria pinnatifida extract, *lemon peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, *basil oil, *geranium flower oil, *lavender oil, *jasmine oil, *passion fruit seed oil, *rice bran oil, *acai pulp oil, *babassu seed oil, *sunflower seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, aqua, tocopherol, & *rosemary leaf extract 

Undaria Algae Oil Ingredients: *sunflower seed oil, *undaria pinnatifida extract, *acai pulp oil, *linseed seed oil, *babassu seed oil, *rice bran oil, *passion fruit seed oil, *sesame seed oil, tocopherol, *lime oil, *grapefruit peel oil, & *cypress oil


Red Algae Mask

This mask is great for blemish-prone skin. It purifies and decongests.

Ingredients: aqua, *gigartina skottsbergii extract, *glycerin, french red clay, french pink clay, coco-glucoside, coconut alcohol, magnesium aluminum silicate, sodium palmitoyl proline, water lily extract, sodium cocoyl amino acid, *sesame seed oil, *jojoba seed oil, canadian willow bark extract, resveratrol, *tea tree leaf oil, *rosemary leaf oil, *lavender oil, *white thyme oil, *grapefruit peel oil, *juniper communis leaf oil, *cypress seed oil, lactic acid (derived from fermented beet), tocopherol (vitamin E), *chamomilla recutita matricaria extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, *green tea extract, potassium ascorbyl tocopheryl phosphate, xanthan gum, citric acid, & potassium sorbate 


3. Salacia

  • Woman-owned by Cari Phelps (a founding member of The F Project, a social-impact initiative aimed at raising the profile and economic success of female founders)

  • Salacia, the wife of Neptune, evokes the spirit of the open sea and the female energy of the ocean. Her name is derived from the Latin word “sal,” which means salt. 

  • Small-batch

  • Made in Savannah, Georgia

  • It looks like their products are vegan. Some specify, but I would email them if you aren’t sure about a specific product.

  • Their star ingredients are 100% pure Atlantic & Dead Sea salts and Georgia ingredients such as grits & clay

  • Read about their ingredients here

Salacia Salts uses post-consumer recycled packaging whenever possible with the goal of eliminating plastic from the product line. Their salt soak, is packaged in reclaimed “upcycled” wine bottles.

EP’s Picks:

Kiss My Grits Lip Scrub (Original, Georgia Peach & Margarita!)

Yes, you can eat this! How many skincare products do you own that are actually safe to ingest? Either way over 60% of what you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream.

Ingredients include Georgia stone ground white corn grits, organic sugar, organic coconut oil, pecan oil, Atlantic sea salt and vitamin E

Salt Soaks

They sell small, medium, and large containers. If you are looking for the most eco-friendly options, the medium containers are made of glass and the large salt soaks come in reclaimed “upcycled” wine bottles. The medium soaks have the cutest packaging!

Their salt soak varieties are Georgia Peach, Seersucker, Shoreline, Magnolia, Southern Pecan, Citrus & Sunrays, and Midnight Garden.

They also carry single-use Effervescent (makes bubbles) Salt Soaks in Sea Blossom, Drift, Seaside Citrus, and Coconut Crush.

Ingredients: organic cane sugar, grits (ground, white corn, georgia grown), coconut oil & tocopherol (vitamin E)

4. The Seaweed Bath Co.

  • Woman co-founded by Allison Grossman

  • Their star ingredients are organic, sustainably harvested, Maine bladderwrack seaweed & their AlgaDerm™ complex which is made of red seaweed, brown seaweed, green seaweed, & vitamin B3 

  • Mostly vegan options

  • Read about their ingredients here

EP’s Picks:

Any of their Detox products like their Facial Bar, Body Soap, Scrub, Cream or Bath.

Ingredients: water, bladderwrack seaweed extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, sea water, lactobacillus/arundinaria gigantea leaf ferment filtrate, laminaria ochroleuca extract, sodium hyaluronate, snow algae extract, maltodextrin, lecithin,AlgaDerm complex (green seaweed extract, red seaweed, niacinamide (vitamin B3), lbrown seaweed powder), turmeric root extract, hydrolyzed linseed extract, melia azadirachta leaf extract, amber powder, spirulina maxima powder, melia azadirachta flower extract, coccinia indica leaf extract, sodium benzoate, sodium dehydroacetate, eggplant extract, carrageenan, citric acid, glucose, allantoin, potassium sorbate, sodium phytate, corallina officinalis extract, & basil flower/leaf extract

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Do you feel healing when you are in the ocean? What do you love about the ocean?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of ocean healed skin 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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