Knox Vegan Beauty: Review of Naked & Co. Skincare
Vegan beauty is a relatively new field, but it's growing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with new cruelty-free makeup and skincare brands—at least, with national brands. But for those of us who want local beauty options, they aren't as easy to find.
One notable exception here in Knoxville is Naked & Co., a locally owned and produced cruelty-free skincare brand that aims to provide customers with high quality skin care products made with natural, raw materials. Thought the business is less than a year old, Naked & Co. co-owners Eric Dale and Alyssa Lindsey are planning to expand their current line and branch out into cosmetics within the year.
They currently offer the following vegan products:
Argan and Jojoba Bath Melts
Sweet N’ Salty Body Scrub
Sea Clay Body Scrub
Though they offer a range of fragrances, I love the Dark Tendencies scent, which is a combination of black tea and bergamot—in my opinion, it smells like brownie batter! The smell isn't overpowering, and is quite lovely when it's on your skin.
Naked & Co. sent me the Sea Clay Scrub in the scent Dark Tendencies, which is 100% vegan and cruelty free, to review for Knox Vegan. The product comes in lovely packaging that is sleek, clean, and aesthetically pleasing.
Here's a video of the unboxing and my first impressions:
I used the Dark Tendencies Sea Clay Scrub for four weeks, three times per week. These products are very versatile, so I was able to use it as both a body scrub and also a face mask. To use it as a body scrub, simply scoop out a small amount and apply it to your body (I used it in the shower). For a face mask, I simply took a quarter-sized amount of the scrub, added a small amount of water to make a paste, and applied to my face after cleansing.
While it worked on my skin, I drank tea and watched Seinfeld (although for best results, viewing of Seinfeld is not required). I left on for ten minutes, and then rinsed—super easy! The payoff was large: after a few uses, I noticed my skin starting to clear up and look more toned and smooth. I have very dry skin that is also acne-prone, and this scrub both exfoliated my skin and also left it very moisturized (thanks to the grapeseed oil, essential oils, and vitamin E oil in the scrub).
After using it regularly, I found myself needing to use less foundation and concealer to even out my skin tone. It even gave my skin a glow, rivaling the healthy smattering of blush that I usually like to wear.
Final Verdict: This product is a huge YES. Even without the skincare benefits, the smell alone would have been enough for me to keep using it (I have a sweet tooth for vegan brownies, so the fact that it smells like brownie batter was a huge plus for me). However, I’m happy to report that the scrub was also incredibly effective on my dry, acne-prone skin.
This is a growing company, and we can expect many new products in the new year! Their products are currently available on their website and at Yesah in the Old City.
Interested in having your local, vegan and cruelty free beauty and/or wellness product reviewed on Knox Vegan? Contact me at hgunderman (at) gmail.com!