Our country is brimming with so much creativity, talent and innovation. This is reflected in the various brands Pinoy entrepreneurs have created, that speaks so much about their passions. What’s more, most of these products are eco-chic. In Part 1 of this list, I rounded up beauty brands Human Nature, Milea, FS Cosmetics and Ever Bilena. This holds true for bag brands Rags2Riches and Jacinto & Lirio.
Here’s the rest of the list – 9 more brands to complete your 15 reasons to believe in tatak Pilipino.
7. Happy Skin Cosmetics
Everybody loves Happy Skin! Celebrities, beauty experts and bloggers here and abroad are raving about their high-quality products. Their fun, witty product names such as Don’t Get Mad Get Even, Eye Need A Miracle, Eye Love View, Feeling Sculptacular, Shut Up And Kiss Me, along with their eye-catching packaging, delight make-up junkies. What’s more, the products are true to their promises. The lippies are moisturizing, pigmented and long-lasting. Founders Jacqe Yuegtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo truly know how to make Pinay skin happy.
Clever product names! Photos lifted from their website
8. Shoe Cycle
Do you know that burning rubber tires produces toxic pollutants that affect the air we breathe in? According to Green Living, there are approximately 2.1 million waste tires in Luzon alone every year. Such an alarming figure, right? Thanks to Shoe Cycle, those discarded tires get converted into comfortable and impressive footwear. Oxfords, boat shoes, espadrilles, sandals, name it — they’ve got it! Also, each “scraptire” is carefully handled by Marikina shoemakers, so you can count on its durability.
9. Ono All-Natural Skin Care Products
It all started when Cebu-based May Pono found existing organic brands to be too expensive, prompting her to create her own soaps for personal use. All of a sudden, her Facebook posts started getting inquiries from interested buyers. Her soaps became an instant hit!
Raw vegan chef Lakapati Basa says, “Their products work well for me. The soaps are gentle and they are not ridden with chemicals plus the price is right.” Imagine paying only P25 for soaps, P50 for deo cream, P50 for body butter and P50 for sunscreen lotion – all handmade, unscented and all-natural! They also have a wide variety of options to choose from: carrot-olive, olive cleanse, moringa lemongrass, milk, oat and rice, coffee and cream, papaya whitening, papaya-turmeric, olive-turmeric, olive tea tree, mangosteen, neem-lemongrass, aloe vera soaps and more!
Ono All-Natural Skin Care Products. Photos lifted from their fanpage.
10. Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio
There are so many reasons to love this place! Friendly staff, cozy place plus a wide array of services to offer: nail care, facials, waxing, massage, hair and make-up, spa party packages and equally long list of nail polishes and nail art designs to choose from.
But, wait, there’s more. Have you ever been in a situation that calls for emergency mani+pedi with polish then you suddenly realize you’re wearing closed shoes? Well, Belle and Cat happens to be ready for those beauty situations. They actually sell flip flops! Also, they have consigned items from proudly-Pinoy brands such as Human Heart Nature, Simoy ng Haraya (try their 4-in-1 nail care fix!), Snoe Beauty and Leyende (they’ll be re-launching their products soon!). Plus, if you’re quite reluctant to have your Brazilian wax or full body massage done after a long, stressful day at work, their neat comfort room can help you relax and condition your mind for the rewarding experience that lies ahead.
Belle and Cat’s cozy spot. Photos from their website.
Currently, they have temporarily ceased operations in their Esteban corner Dela Rosa Sts, Legaspi Village, Makati branch. They will soon unveil their new location, so stay tuned for their announcements.
11. Manos Nail Lounge
Here’s another great place to get pampered and enjoy peace and quiet. They offer mani+pedi, spa treatments, paraffin, massage and waxing services. You’ll be delighted to know that they have mani+pedi services for men and divas-in-the-making (13-year-olds and below), too!
Sure, most nail salons provide refreshments for their patrons. But it’s heartwarming to see that they purposely choose to offer only locally-grown coffee and tea, including the all-Filipino iced tea Bayani Brew. What’s more, if you’re not into fashion or showbiz magazines, Manos has a handful of fictional reads to choose from. And if you’re a 90’s kid, you’re in for a pleasant treat!
Author’s raves here and there.
Here’s another brand that plus size fashionistas should know. As Aries de Guzman of Erzullie put it, “Chubbly rocks because Chami Viray, the designer behind it, is a passionate, explorative and highly imaginative person. It reflects on every piece that she makes.” Since its launch in 2012, Chubbly had been producing both classic and edgy RTW clothes and accessories for plus size Pinays. Recently, Chami collaborated with proudly-Filipino makers of artisan shoes, Risque Designs, for this year’s collection. While Risque is known for its signature use of embroidery, wood-carving and hand-weaving and local fabrics, Chubbly x Risque designs are rather subdued, but equally eye-catching and chic!
Here’s a little throwback of Chubbly’s earlier clothing designs. Photos lifted from the fanpage.
Chubbly x Risque designs. Photo obtained from Chami Viray.
13. Snoe Beauty
Snoe Beauty, the new breed of all-natural yet inexpensive make-up, started capturing the beauty market since its establishment in 2010. The wordplay in product name such as Stink Positive!, Eau La La, Past, Present and Future, Awesome Poresome, reminds us of the typical Pinoy humor. According to make-up artist/blogger Maita Atienza-Diaz, their make-up is a good dupe for M.A.C. In her review here, she noted how their powder blended well with her skin and how it suits all skin tones. And if you’re the kind of consumer who checks the label, you’d be happy to know that Snoe Beauty takes pride in their chemical-free ingredients.
Some of Snoe Beauty’s products. Photos lifted from their website.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “crochet”? How about “crochet fashion accessories”? You should check out Bella Joy Bardollas’s designs for Ganchillyou and see for yourself that. Yes, it is possible! You have to hand it to this yarn whisperer on how she can whip up colorful, bohemian conversation pieces.
15. Apartment 8
Ever wondered where your favorite stars and bloggers get their fun and flirty wardrobe? The good news is, you can get hold of Apartment 8’s sexy and highly-popular cut-outs, head-turning prints and other celebrated designs as easy as heart-ing a friend’s Instagram post. If you prefer to make your own fashion ideas materialize, you may contact them to do so. And they also welcome visits in their shop in South Triangle, Quezon City and stores in Greenhills Shopping Center and The Ramp outlets.
There you go, 15 brands that we can be truly proud of. But, hey, the list of high-quality locally-made products don’t end here. There’s a LOT of proudly-Pinoy made products waiting to discovered, so always be on a lookout for the next kikay find.
Share your satisfactory statements about those items with matching #SupportLocalEconomy and/or #PinoyPride on your social media accounts. After all, our country’s biggest contribution to the world would have to be our unparalleled artistry, enthusiasm to serve, passion for pretty things and consistent online presence. That’s how well we Pinoys rock!