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Stripped Beauty: who we are

by Melissa Arpino |

 Hiii! this is Melissa, the founder of Stripped Beauty 

First off, hello! Thanks for reading this, it means the world! For those who don't know me, I'm Melissa. I'm currently 20 years old, from the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. I've always had SUPER acne-prone skin. I feel like I can't even wear makeup without waking up to breakouts, and yes...I take my makeup off (double-cleansing is EVERYTHING). I never really found a skincare routine that worked for me. I've constantly found myself frustrated, wasting money on different acne cleansers...and guess what? The acne was still there.

I was so tired of seeing these acne brands advertising their products with models who have flawless, dewy skin. It seemed like no matter what I tried, my skin didn't want to work with me.

I was fed up with the skincare industry and decided I was going to DIY some face masks. That was when I discovered the magic of clay. For the first time in years, my acne started to disappear from my face. 

I was so excited to finally see results! I started experimenting with face oils (loved me some Jojoba Oil) into my routine, and my skin started to look brighter and more clear than ever! I started making face masks for my friends as gifts, and they loved them! That's when I thought of possibly creating a small line of products. I turned to my mom, who has been formulating cosmetics for over 15 years, and together, we decided to create a couple different products. We spent months perfecting different formulations, and that's when Stripped Beauty was really born.

so, what does "Stripped" even mean? 

Okay, so my mother and I decided to start formulating some products. I was trying to think of a word or phrase that could represent what I was trying to do, this process took a looong time. Stripped Beauty gets its name from the product formulations. Our motto is formula first. Not gonna lie, my mom is a GENIUS when it comes to chemistry, and skincare is chemistry. We know what works and what doesn't, and we're here to give you results. We formulate with safe, non-toxic ingredients, scientifically proven to work. We're not here to give you BS products containing ~ clean, all natural ingredients because guess what? Those words aren't regulated, meaning you can call anything "natural" or "clean." Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's good for your face. There's a lot of bad chemicals out there in skincare, but we promise to never use them.

Now, we still love ingredients coming from mother earth, but we use them when combined with other stuff so you can actually see results. All of our products are thoughtfully formulated with certified organic ingredients, some even sourced locally, like the Organic Oats and Cold Pressed Sunflower Seed Oil that we use! I wanted these products to work for all skin, including all the sensitive skin babes, which is why Stripped Beauty is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. 

Lastly, we focus on what's inside of the packaging, not the outside. At Stripped Beauty, we keep our packaging as minimal as possible to reduce waste and keep our prices low. We are here to offer you quality, affordability, and sustainability. The word "Stripped" was perfect, I added the "Beauty" at the end because I had no idea what we would be selling, I just knew we were starting with face masks. 

We launched our new line of products a few months ago, and it's been the start of such an amazing journey! Stripped Beauty is here to offer affordable skincare that's actually going to workWe create all of our formulations in-house at our lab facility located in Pleasant Valley, New York. We use your feedback and our knowledge to create products made for even the most sensitive skin. Each batch is handmade with high quality ingredients, and lots of love.

We infuse high levels of the good stuff like Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, and Glycerin to ensure your skin gets the love it deserves. With your feedback and our knowledge, we're able to create high quality products that work, to keep your skin glowing, and to keep you happy.

We love our furry friends! All products are tested on people, never animals. Check us out in PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies directory. 

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