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A Sustainable Beauty Industry!

By Marketing Manager, Kendall for UMass Dartmouth, Michaella Lesieur

You have been hearing a lot about kelp and the nutritional benefits it has for consumers and the sustainability efforts for our oceans; however, the sea vegetable is also a golden goddesses dream. What many people don’t know is that kelp can be made into your everyday beauty products. Music to my ears!

Kelp can be used in products such as lotions, creams, soaps and even face masks. So why not plan your next spa date with some of these kelp based products, that help to create that radiant and nutrient rich skin that will be left soft to the touch and rich with vitamins and minerals?

We looked over to Heritage Seaweed (, a boutique located in Portland, ME and chose our top five favorite kelp based products that are a must try from this lavish company.

Hallo Sapa- Icelandic Kelp Soap-$7.50

The soap is packed with nutrient rich kelp which leaves skin feeling moisturized. Sea Tangle kelp is the type they use in this product which can be found in the North Atlantic. This is noted to be great for all skin types. The soap is made in Rhode Island and noted as a “crisp, cool, clean Icelandic air with just a hint of earthy sweetness.” It even features coconut oils and other feel good essentials that creates the perfect lather.

These next three products you are going to want to use together. The trio is a perfect combination from beginning to end. If you are looking for a gift for mom, your wife or girlfriend they will love this set for any occasion.

Seaweed & Shea Butter Hand Cream (Lemon Blossom)-$18.00

A blend of sugar kelp, sea lettuce, Irish moss and more leaves this potion perfect for dry thirsty hands. It is a non-greasy lotion that is smooth to the touch and great for sensitive skin. Plus, this is 99.7% natural. I am always looking for lotions that are non-greasy, which I believe is a goal for many.

Planet Botanicals Seaweed Body Wash (Lemon Blossom)- $18.00

Make bath time more fun with a full lather of this luxurious body wash. The wash is rich in minerals right from the sea. It is 100% natural and is soothing and hydrating to thirsty skin in the need of a pick me up. Just put a squeeze of this onto your loofah and you are good to go.

Planet Botanicals Seaweed Body Cream (Lemon Blossom)- $26.00

When trying this rich and creamy body cream the benefits are a score. The organic based seaweed is said to contain “over 50 vitamins and minerals that will help keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.” It is even supposed to help with skin tone which will help tone and firm the look of your skin.

Seaweed Bath Salts- $6.00

Relax and bunker down after a long day with this spa remedy that will not break the bank. The salt is made with essential oils, seaweed, avocado oil and dead sea salts. This is a great way to reduce stress after a long day in the office, running on the trails or even after a beach day. The salt is made up of good sized granules and is the perfect scoop to your beauty routines.

This is just a glimpse of what seaweed is doing for the beauty industry. It is a nutrient quiet like no other and I recommend trying at least one product. This natural remedy is fresh and clean and might be your skins new best friend. I know I am always looking for new products that will help to leave my skin soft to the touch. So why not give it a try?

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