Scratch Goods brings a conscientious approach to skincare.
The DIY mask bar at Scratch Goods
Chicagoans in search of a skincare regimen to get them through the cold season have a hip, locally made new option: Scratch Goods. The brand is helmed by Ottawa, Ill., natives Elizabeth Leipold and Maureen McClure, two longtime friends who parlayed their interest in at-home soap-making into a brick-and-mortar beauty destination, first in Roscoe Village, then relocating to the Fulton Market District over the summer. Scratch Goods’ self-care products and services include a smallbatch, food-grade skincare line made on-site. “Your skin absorbs 70 percent of what you put in it,” points out Leipold. “So we believe everything you use should be safe enough to eat.”
While signature items include a wildly popular DIY mask bar, the skin-drying strain of winter makes the boutique’s Heavy Face Oil the can’t-miss product of the season. “It’s a moisturizer replacement—so instead of buying a pump of lotion you put on your face every morning, you do four or five drops of this,” explains McClure, who pairs skinsoothing lavender with antioxidant-rich meadowfoam seed oil and nourishing jojoba oil with ingredients like apricot kernel, rice bran and avocado oils. And at just $34, the product reinforces the duo’s mission to temper quality skincare with affordability. “We’re coming from the educational standpoint—taking the time to talk to the consumer about what they’re using and how to use it,” says Leipold. “That’s what makes it luxury.” 1046 W. Fulton Market, 773.857.3551, scratchgoods.com