Eco Chic: Organic Beauty

by Erica Moody

Eco-luxe beauty and skincare line Skincando pops up at Emerald Door spa in Silver Spring.

By Erica Moody 


Krista Depeyrot, Casey Kennedy and Sara Damelio (Photo by Brittany Cummings Photography)

Skincando founder and eco-facialist Sara Damelio, who started her skincare business 15 years ago by whipping up organic products in a Kitchenaid mixer, celebrated the opening of her eco-luxe pop-up studio at the Emerald Door day spa in Silver Spring with a Saturday evening showcase.

For the next six months, the eco-friendly spa will offer handcrafted facials using Skincando’s 100% certified organic products; a variety of high-quality small batch indie beauty products from Bee George Honey, Oh So Good Organics, Meow Meow Tweet and Shamuti; and hand-mixed treatments made with local organic essential oils.

Emerald Door Spa owner Sandra Magwood (Photo by Brittany Cummings Photography)

Emerald Door Spa owner Sandra Magwood (Photo by Brittany Cummings Photography)

The organic skin treatments range from $65 for the Mini to $145 for the Luxe facial. The Men’s Soap and Hot Water Shave Facial is $55. The pop-up also offers natural treatments including eyebrow and eyelash tinting; aromatherapy waxing; and mani-pedis with Mischo Beauty nail polishes.

“I know from personal experience what a difference non-toxic, organic products and treatments can have on your skin and well-being,” says Damelio, who began researching organic products in an attempt to solve her own skin problems, and found the solution with her own line.

SKINCANDO's popular "Combat-Ready" products (Photo by Brittany Cummings Photography)

Skincando’s popular “Combat-Ready” products (Photo by Brittany Cummings Photography)

Damelio’s popular Combat-Ready Balm has been widely used by soldiers in war zones to combat severe dryness, eczema, minor abrasions and other skin issues. All Skincando products are handcrafted in micro-batches in Damelio’s D.C.- based workshop and are free from harmful materials such as parabens, petrochemicals, fragrances or dyes.

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