In the heart of Nutley, on a relatively quiet street is Hyssop Beauty Apothecary, a lone cottage-style structure that grabs the eye and invites you in. Passersby may not realize that inside is one of the most calming, thoughtfully curated skincare shops in the area. Read on to learn more about Hyssop Beauty Apothecary, located at 674 Bloomfield Avenue in Nutley.
About Hyssop Beauty
Hyssop Beauty Apothecary was named after the medicinal plant native to Southern Europe, a powerful herb known for its cleansing and purifying properties. It is the perfect name for a skincare company that believes in natural skincare with ethical values. The company makes small-batch skincare and beauty products in-house by hand and with a sprinkling of reiki healing magic. The gender-neutral items are made from renewable ingredients, with sustainable manufacturing and packaging. Cruelty-free and primarily vegan, Hyssop does its best to source local herbs, limit its coloring to natural dyes, and use “high-quality, beneficial ingredients in their most pure and natural form.”
Founded in Nutley in early 2020, Hyssop Beauty Apothecary almost didn’t make it. The Covid lockdown swept through the region, leaving retailers agonizing. Still, owner Mary tapped into her understanding of herbs and natural fragrances with industrial amounts of alcohol to make the company’s hero product: hand sanitizer. Hyssop Beauty weathered the storm in a brilliant display of adaptability, solidifying itself into the Nutley community and creating a line of cult-favorite beauty products.
Hyssop Beauty’s products are free from artificial colors, fragrances, and synthetic chemicals. The company takes skin and the products used on it very seriously, providing clients with the most natural ingredients possible. Hyssop’s skincare line is gentle and clean, making it popular with dermatologists and estheticians. The shop prioritizes recyclable materials to keep waste at a minimum and uses glass or compostable materials. Customers who return the glass containers get a $0.25 credit for each container, applicable to their next order.
The products have been featured in magazines like Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar, and are sold in stores and spas across the country. The whole Hyssop line is available on the website here.
Walking into Hyssop Beauty Apothecary combines the serenity of a spa with a modern white aesthetic. The shop is petite and neat, like the company’s branding, and accentuates its clean mantra. Delicately sculpted, rose-shaped bath bombs, alongside the seasonal items, feature prominently upon entering. Surrounding visitors are bottles of moisturizing oils, orderly stacks of soaps, and glass canisters of bath salts. Behind the counter is a collection of beautifully displayed natural ingredients, from the roses that infuse the popular products to the calendula that nourishes the skin.
The shop holds events, birthdays, and even bachelorettes in the unique space, and it is worth a visit to try out the products in person.
Hyssop Beauty has something for every skin type: from their Hibiscus Flower Hyaluronic acid serum (which plumps your skin) to the luxurious (and beautiful) bath bombs. Every product has a purpose and is thoughtfully developed to consider waste, byproducts, and packaging. For example, the Rose + White Willow Bark Spray Toner harnesses the clarifying effects of white willow bark on pores. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and may help reduce redness and irritation. Hyssop Beauty extracts it in-house from the bark, ensuring no additives or fillers are used to reduce its potency. They also showcase their product ingredients and processes clearly on the website, so customers can always find out more information.
Shower steamers, kid’s gentle bath bombs, and soaps are sold alongside everyday face products. From body scrubs to lip balms, heavenly-smelling soaps to shave bars, Hyssop has everything a person could need for their next at-home spa day.