Let’s be honest – shopping during the holidays is stressful. However, COVID shopping is a whole other story. I’ve created a one-stop resource for the beauty, health, and wellness space focused on small and local brands that should make shopping a breeze. Getting your holiday shopping done early AND supporting small, women-owned companies? Yes please!

Note: Black Friday / Small Business Saturday deals have been noted in italics. A number of these retailers are participating in DC Shop Small Saturday so save those receipts! I have included links to service providers’ COVID-19 safety procedures, where available. 

Beauty Retailers

Take Care Shop: Georgetown-based beauty and wellness retailer focusing on smaller brands and personalized recommendations. Take Care is offering newly curated Gift Sets, which makes holiday shopping even easier. Shop in-store or online. **20% off your entire order with code SHOPSMALL. Gift bundle with purchases over $200 **

Ivy Wild: Trendy selection of niche brands in skincare and makeup. Retail has closed but shop online. ** $5 off orders $50 and up, $10 off orders $100 and up With Promo Code SMALL. Spend $30 on Vapour Organic Beauty and get another Vapour product of equal or lesser value for free (No promo code required) **

Brown Beauty Co-Op: Dupont retailer highlighting skincare and makeup from Black-owned businesses. Shop in-store or online. ** Offering in-store facials while you shop through the new Marjani Beauty Bar. **

Veer & Wander: Union Market outpost of San Francisco skincare apothecary, featuring cult brands like Ellis Faas and Dr. Loretta. Shop in-store or online.

Sense DC Apothecary: Apothecary-style boutique below Petworth hair salon Sense DC with focus on herbal remedies.

Beauty Brands

Skincando: Known for hero product Combat Balm and created by facialist Sara Damelio. Products available online and through a number of DC retailers including Take Care Shop.  **30% off Skincando products with code SKINCANDO30 **

Naturally London: Line of botanically-based foot care products, available online or through Take Care Shop. ** Free Furoshiki Gift Wrapping on Giftsets $50 & Up (*while supplies last); Free Gift with Purchase on $65 (Free Holiday Candle); Free Gift with Purchase on $99 & up for Cyber Monday (Free Hydrating Revitalize Cuticle Oil)**

HunnyBunny: Team of mother and daughters making soaps and body products out of Capitol Hill studio. Available in-store or online.

Shea Yeleen: Founded by a former Peace Corps volunteer, Shea Yeleen works directly with women-owned shea butter cooperatives in Ghana to create beautiful shea-based products. Available online or through various DC retailers.

Good Night Darling Co: Lifestyle products dedicated to sleep and wellness. Available online.

Nourish & Refine: Clean and classic facial and body care products available online. ** Currently offering curated gift sets which include complimentary gift wrapping and a handwritten note. **

The Sacral House: Botanical personal care products geared toward sensuality and wellness. Available online.

Service Providers

Green Revolution Skin Studios: Facial studio in Bethesda open with a new location featuring holistic facial treatments by a team of aestheticians headed by cult favorite Laura Correa. Book treatments over the phone or online, gift cards available. ** Online shop running a 15% off promotion ** COVID-19 policies available here.

The Garden Spa: Private studio run by facialist and Skincando founder Sara Damelio offering facials, massage, and reflexology. Book online here.

The Spa at Take Care: Facial studio connected to Take Care Shop offering facials from brands like Marie Veronique, Laurel Whole Plant Organics, and Sodashi. ** Facial memberships available that include discounts on Take Care purchases and complimentary add-on services ** COVID-19 procedures available here.

Nailsaloon: Nail salon carrying a full range of house brand polishes available for in-store purchase. Appointments can be made online, gift cards available. COVID-19 procedures available here.

Nothing in Between (NIB) Salon: Eco-friendly nail salon offering a range of customizable nail treatments. Appointments can be made online. COVID-19 procedures available here.

Varnish Lane: Chic nail salons around DC featuring waterless nail services and retail of natural beauty products, including in-house nailcare line. Appointments can be made online. ** Offering the Varnish Kit, with a full set of at-home manicure products for $66 and free shipping (normally $88). COVID-19 procedures available here.

Sense DC: Hair salon and healing studio located in Petworth, appointments available online. Huge range of hair products by Davines, Reverie, and Cult + King available.

Other Retailers & Brands

Handmade Habitat: Signature candles and wellness products available online or in-store at the Handmade Habitat studio. ** Offering flowers with purchases at the studio on Small Business Saturday, and a portion of the day’s sales will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. **

Nubian Hueman: Boutique inside the Anacostia Arts Center offering a wide variety of home and lifestyle goods. Curbside pickup available for online orders.

Three Littles: Union Market retailer offering a full array of baby items from smaller and sustainable brands. ** 10% off purchases up to $250; 15% off purchases $250+ **