Southern Made Wellness
Sometimes, the idea of Southern hospitality applies to yourself, too! Take a break from running around after everyone else and unwind with these wellness goods.
When we spend so much time taking care of others — especially during the holiday season — we tend to neglect our own care. Self-care should be not an indulgence, but rather a regular part of your routine. And no one knows how to take care of Southerners like other Southerners. Check out these products made by Southern-owned companies to be sure you’re getting the good stuff. From handmade soap to bee-friendly balm, and from premium beard products to small-batch kombucha, there are plenty of options for everyone. Give the gift of wellness to the perpetual host in your life, and maybe even treat yourself, too.
1. Fern Soapery
Nourishing skin care and self care products and beautifully crafted natural soaps; handmade in Savannah using nourishing plant oils and butters and are suitable for all skin types. From pumice stones to footcare, poufs, skincare and soaks, Fern Soapery has something for everyone. All uniquely curated, with eco-conscious essentials and decor to match. Right: Calming and Herbaceous Lavender Eucalyptus Soap and Charcoal Detox Soap ➞ $8ea. Above: “Scoops of scrubby lovin’ for glowing skin” Scrubs ➞ $13ea. / fernsoapery.com
2. The Carolina Beard co.
The Carolina Beard Co is a small, local premium beard product company based out of Greensboro, NC. Their handcrafted beard care products are made using only premium ingredients and blended with the best essential oils to promote a strong healthy beard and leave patrons looking and smelling their very best at all times. Above: The Guilford Premium Beard Oil (Cedarwood & Clove) ➞ $22 / thecarolinabeardco.com
Keep warm, get stuff done. Made in NC., Polarmax® specializes in providing comfortable base-layer clothing for any condition, and devotes considerable resources to developing breathable, moisture-proof performance fabrics.
Built to handle the elements, Polarmax makes durable products with over three decades in the base layer business. Not just for cold weather, whether you’re hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, hunting or whatever your sport may be, there’s a Polarmax® base layer that’s right for you. Merino Wool Crew Neck ➞ $35 and up / polarmax.com
4. Burt’s Bees
Playing by nature’s rules since 1984, North Carolina based Burt’s Bees has been consciously crafting their products with ingredients from nature to nourish and revitalize your skin. A true love and appreciation for animals (especially bees) runs deep in the organization. The Burt’s Bees Foundation supports honeybee health and biodiversity, and to date has given $3.5 million in grants, whilst their employees put in more than 2,500 volunteer hours annually. Burt Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby created Burt’s Bees in the early 1980s. In their former lives, Burt worked as a photojournalist in Manhattan, and Roxanne was an artist living in San Francisco. Shavitz settled into a new life as the local “bee man” after finding a stray beehive and learning how to eke out a living selling honey. One day, Shavitz pulled over for a hitchhiking Quimby in his schoolbus-yellow pickup truck, and the two hit it off. The rest is history, and an impressive line of health, beauty and skin care products (and not just for women). Above: Grooming Essentials Kit For Men ➞ $15. Right: Dragonfruit Lemon Lip Balm ➞ $ 3.59 / burtsbees.com
5. Cultured South
With one visit to the first-of-its-kind taproom and retail store — Atlanta’s first marketplace for healthy, living foods made in the South — the passion for Cultured South’s products will be obvious. Centered around health, wellness, food culture, traditions and down-south hospitality, they thrive on bringing you new flavors of fermentation that are cultivated just feet away in their brewery and fermentation kitchen. ➞ $5 and up. Left: Golda Kombucha – 6 Pack ➞ $27 / culturedsouth.com