Ocean State summers are filled with long days relaxing on beaches, riding on bike paths, and kayaking waterways. Everything seems a little more magical, and we dream of the perfect sun-kissed radiant skin. Unfortunately, reality is sometimes a bit different. There’s bug bites, sunburns, and dry skin to combat. Thankfully, we have products made right here to help keep safe, hydrated, and glowing well past Labor Day.
Tick season is predicted to be bad this year, so if your plans include woodland adventures or just spending time outdoors, you need to protect yourself. Enter Tick Off! from Hope Valley-based All Things Lavender. Formulated by a husband-and-wife team using homegrown lavender, herbs, and other locally sourced ingredients, they attest to their spray keeping ticks at bay. DEET-free, it gets its strength from a mix of essential oils. Find products at Peter Pots Pottery, West Kingston, and at community markets across the state; for event schedule, visit
Want a bronzed look without the sun damage? Cranston’s own Slay Natural’s GLOW Bronzing Body Butter gives all that plus a hint of shimmer. Body butters are made from high-quality, unrefined ingredients and are jam-packed with nutrients to nourish and heal the skin. Even better, Slay Natural’s products utilize Fair Trade shea butter that helps support the women of Ghana. SlayNaturalBody.com
Protecting skin from the sun means also protecting your lips, and a sweet way to do that is with Beeswax & Honey Lip Balm from Aquidneck Honey. Made from pure raw honey from Jeff Mello’s East Bay apiaries, this SPF 15 stick available in six lip-smacking flavors will keep your kisser from stinging. Feel like heading to Hive HQ in Tiverton? Just call first (862-2171), or shop online at AquidneckHoney.com.
Keep fresh, dry, and sweet smelling with a dusting of this all-natural body powder drawing its light scent from finely ground lavender buds, thyme flowers, and sage. Part of the Farmaesthetics herbal skincare line, it’s perfect for use after a post-beach shower or to start your day with a preventative sprinkle that helps reduce chafing by on summer sweaty places like under arms, inner thighs, and feet. Shop online or head to their pop-up shed on the grounds of Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown. Farmaesthetics.com
Rich soaps handcrafted at Heavenly Homestead Farm in Foster are perfect for after-sun skin care. All soaps are made from raw goat’s milk right on the farm, and boast minerals and vitamins ready to nourish and hydrate. Soaps are as pretty as they are luxurious with vibrant swirls and designs making each a work of art. Look for seasonal scents like Watermelon, Stars & Stripes, and Campfire S’mores. See for yourself at Beauty and the Bath, Wickford; Brown & Hopkins Country Store, Chepachet; or online at HeavenlyHomesteadSoaps.com.
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