Believe it or not, natural beauty products aren't that hard to find. Here in the Philippines, we're particularly surrounded by natural brands. Simplifying our beauty routines with kind-to-skin products is incredibly easy. Having this much natural resources has to have a benefit, right?
Now you might be wondering where these natural beauty brands might be hiding. For that, Lococo is one answer. Lococo is an online store that carries natural products galore, from lip balms to products for your pet. It's basically a natural beauty heaven, and they're based right here in Metro Manila.
To learn more about the store, we had Resa of Lococo.ph answer the FAQs. Keep reading and start shopping!
How did you come up with the name Lococo?
"We get that question a lot! Lococo is an amalgam of the words "loco" and "coco", because we are literally crazy about coconuts! Coconuts to us represent all that is natural, healthy, fun, and good for you. The name conjures up images of basking in the sun in a tropical island sipping coconut water. In our minds, nothing could be healthier!
Being well is all about going back to the basics. We want being healthy to be simple, fuss-free, and as fun and easy as possible. You shouldn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself…It’s a celebration of life!"
Can you give us a brief history of the brand?
"It’s no longer enough to look good, people want to feel good too. And it’s not just what you put inside your body, it’s also what you put on your skin...Why load up on chemicals when we’re living in these islands rich with nature’s most powerful ingredients?
That’s what we wanted to tap into when we created Lococo.ph, which opened shop in December 2016. We want to be a one-stop hub for everybody looking to have a simpler, healthier, natural lifestyle. We want Lococo to be the first word people think of when they look for natural products—whether it’s food, makeup, detergent, deodorant, or dog shampoo!"
Can you tell us more about the products you carry?
"We only carry natural products free from chemicals or toxins. You won’t find any artificial preservatives, scents, parabens, GMOs, pesticides, gluten, PEGs, sulfates, and other chemicals you can’t pronounce! We like to work with awesome brands who make everything from scratch and keep it as clean and as ethical as possible.
For example, the pure Castile soaps from Jarful of Goodness are biodegradable and super-versatile, safe enough for babies but strong enough for floors. They’re made by a mom who started making her own skincare products after her baby got eczema.
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Jarful of Goodness Pure Castile Soap, P199
Messy Bessy and Daila Herbal work with grassroots communities and their detergents and cleansers are gentle, smell good, and are unbelievably effective. You’ll actually enjoy doing housework with these cleansers!
We also try to carry popular foreign brands that have a cult following but are hard to find in the Philippines, like Josie Maran (Argan oil for lashes? Yes, please!), Pacifica (vegan makeup), Korres (because who doesn’t want to look like a Greek godess?), Herbivore Botanicals (natural luxe skincare), and Sunday Riley (their Tranquility Cleansing Balm, a luxurious cleaner with essential oils, is formulated for dry or stressed out skin.
Korres Lip Butter, P960; Josie Maran Argan Black Oil 24-Hour Mascara, P1760
Do you have new brands and products launching this summer?
"This summer we’re excited to launch four brands that will keep you looking effortlessly gorgeous.
Rraw Lip & Cheek Stain, P99
Rraw makes the prettiest lip and cheek stains that are light and won’t melt in hot weather[, while] the luxurious creams of Nanny Rose will make your skin feel like a baby’s even after extensive sun exposure.
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Nanny Rose Aloe Honey Skin Relief Gel, P400
Black Rose Botanicals has a sea salt hair spray that’s really nifty for getting those beach waves. Plus, they recently launched their men’s line and pet care line—perfect for our [furry friends]! [There's also] Bloom Juicery, [which] is our secret to shedding the unwanted pounds. Their cold-pressed juices are so satisfying you won’t even know you’re on a diet. It’s all about juice feasting, not fasting!
Black Rose Botanicals Sea Salt Hair Spray, P420
We just got the superfood-infused Nail Kale nail polish, which has kale extract with high levels of Vitamins A, C, and K, that stimulate advanced keratin to nourish nails."
What have been your bestsellers so far?
"One of our bestsellers is the Hurraw! Moon Balm [which] is made from premium raw natural ingredients [that'll make it your new] HG lip balm—take it from someone who used to have perpetually dry lips!
Hurraw! Moon Balm, P350
The Raw Beauty Serum is also a bestseller, which you can use as make-up remover, skin and lip moisturizer, hair treatment, itchy skin relief—you name it. Weleda, one of the most respected brands in natural personal care and the favorite of moms and babies is also a hit."
What’s next for Lococo?
"We would love to grow our lineup. There are so many amazing natural local products out there, it’s insane! We want to reach a wider range of people and make our products more available globally, especially to our Asian neighbors. In addition to online growth, we’d also love to grow our offline presence and be more active in the local health community through partnerships and pop-ups!"