Brooklyn entrepreneurs claim stakes in natural-beauty push

08/21/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Brooklyn, N.Y., is home to a growing number of startups that create natural beauty and body-care products, using chemical-free ingredients such as herbs and oils. "A lot of people are taking more notice into what's in their skin care, not just the Whole Foods crowd," said Megan Brame-Finkelstein, who started Metropolis Soap Co. Her company won recognition at the Summer 2012 New York International Gift Fair for its vegan lip balm.

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