These days, it seems as if most of our favorite goods are foreign made. But American ingenuity is actually alive and well, as we discovered when we scoured coast to coast in search of alluring, beauty-bolstering finds. From mascara to blue jeans, these homegrown wares flaunt American heritage and charm—and could use your support. And what better chance to buy USA-made than the anniversary of our country’s independence? It’s time to start celebrating!
If you want great mascara, look to its original inventor: Maybelline. Founded in 1915 by a chemist, the New York-based business is now the number one cosmetic company in America. $8.15,
This relatively new company, which has quickly become a skincare sensation, operates right out of San Francisco, and uses natural ingredients—like carrots, soy beans and avocado oil—that are cultivated around the U.S. $8.99;
Nantucket Knotworks' bracelets are born in North Carolina (where the line is twisted), hand-tied in New England and dyed in New York. $7–$20;
Formulated as an all-purpose skin ointment in 1892, Smith's popular rose-tinted balm—made in Joppa, Maryland—is a cult classic for lips. $6;
Based in Brooklyn, New York, the personable perfume company hand-blends and -bottles this scent that celebrates Maine's sea air. $95;
Based in Los Angeles, Lonehorn Jean Company is known for their western-inspired denim line, which includes this behind-bolstering bootcut pair. $99; LoneHornJeans.com.
Loaded with natural olive oil, glycerin and vitamin E, Tom's of Maine's ultra-rich cleansing and moisturizing slab is indeed made in New England, the company's home of 41 years. $2.99;
Carol's Daughter's nourishing Hair Milk Shampoo and Conditioner—made lovingly in California—are packed with vitamins and emollients. $16 and $19;
Hanky Panky's comfortable lace panties are made in New York—and every fiber used is grown or made on American soil. $27; HankyPanky.com.
First made in 1909 as a lap blanket for carriage travelers, Pendleton's classic plaid wovens start with sheep in Oregon, whose wool is woven in Washington. $98;
North Carolina–based Burt's Bees, which began selling beeswax candles at fairs in 1984, introduced pigmented chapstick (in six sheer hues) this year. $7;
Women have loved NewYorker Essie Weingarten's nail polish colors—300 types, all produced in Little Rock, Arkansas—since Essie was launched in 1981. $8;