A relaxing facial may be the perfect way to look and feel your best, but fortunately you can also pamper yourself with a beautifying ritual in the comfort of your own home.
Focused on natural ingredients and a traditional, holistic approach to wellness, Thailand’s homegrown beauty brands are gaining international recognition, and you should know them, too. If you like the sound of a nourishing jasmine rice face mask on a lazy Sunday afternoon or a vanilla revitalising body scrub after a long day of work, read on: these are the 10 best Thai beauty brands you can buy in Bangkok.
Skincare products are designed to clean the skin and nourish it to keep it healthy and beautiful.
If you’re into makeup, investing in skincare is really worth it, as it can turn your face into the perfect, smooth canvas for applying foundations and more. Even if you’re not into makeup, investing in skincare means you can go makeup-free, and boast a healthy glow.
Many Thai beauty products are available at most drugstores, though some also have speciality stores of their own. They can also be found at many major shopping malls, as well as online.
Many beauty products and skincare products are made in Thailand, and are normally made using local, organic ingredients such as local flowers and herbs. They often contribute largely to the evocative scent.
In our opinion, the best skincare products in Thailand are hand creams, body and massage oils, shampoo and conditioner, body scrubs, and body lotions.
Born out of a small shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market, Karmakamet is a sophisticated scent maven that combines traditional Thai aesthetics and modern techniques, treating aromatics as highly prized articles of luxury and refinement. Fusing coveted ingredients and local herbs, the brand now offers a sensual collection of everything from essential oils and moisturisers to dry perfume and incenses. Fragrant and evocative, the exclusive essential oils are derived from Thai herbs, spices, wild grasses and flowers. If we had to pick a favorite, it would definitely be their set of Northern Indian Jasmine products.
Karmakamet World, 30/1 Soi Metheenivet, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok, +66 2 262 0701
Organika, a luxury spa and aromatherapy brand, has exploded in popularity since coming onto the scene back in 2015. Simple and elegant, each of Organika’s scents is a delightful medley of delicate fragrances that have been blended with the perfect proportions of complementary ingredients. For instance, the Ocean of Dreams is an enchanting blend of sweet lavender, wild rosemary and cool mint, and we can’t get enough of it. The best part about Organika is that the brand specialises in creating aromatherapy products with pure, wholesome ingredients that draw on the earth’s organic goodness. Even better, their products are designed for all skin types.
Organika, Sukhumvit 49, 46 Klang Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 665 1898
Originally from Phuket, Ryn started out as a luxury spa at Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong, and recently took home an award for the best Luxury Emerging Spa in Asia at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016. Now a standalone brand, Ryn offers premium organic body care products, from body scrubs to body oils. With nature at the heart of their brand ethos, Ryn uses natural essences of truly organic ingredients such as calendula oil, green tea extract and hyaluronic acid from leafy greens. Of all the product lines, we like the Bali Lush series best. A blend of sweet frangipani and bergamot oils, the collection not only smells divine, but it also helps brighten your complexion with rich antioxidants from brown algae and turmeric.
Ryn, 65/187 Chamnarn-Penchart Building, 22nd Floor, Rama 9 Road, Huaykwang, Bangkok, +66 2 643 1987
Offering honest, all-natural skincare products, Siam Botanicals has been a favourite of ours for a long time. As one of Thailand’s top beauty brands, Siam Botanicals guarantees 100% natural, chemical-free, preservatives-free beauty products, ranging from cleansers and toners to masks and serums. Besides the jasmine rice facial powder mask mentioned earlier, we highly recommend their organic argan oil. Extracted from Argania Spinosa trees in Morocco, the cold-pressed oil nourishes the skin with high levels of vitamin E and plenty of fatty acids. We also love that the brand is committed to responsible ingredient sourcing and sustainability.
Siam Botanicals, No. 6, OP Garden Mall Charoen Krung Soi Krung Road, Charoen Krung 36 Alley, Bangrak, Bangkok +66 87 997 6537
With 71 stores and 20 spas spread across 16 countries, THANN is easily one of the world’s best-known Thai brands. Combining natural extracts and modern dermatological techniques, the brand offers a wide range of skincare products that are clinically proven to restore your complexion’s natural glow. THANN owe their success to three main ingredients that are prominent in their bestseller collections: rice bran oil, ReGeniStem rice extract and nano shiso. Simply put, rice bran oil is extracted from the inner husk of the rice, and is packed with moisturising fatty acids and antioxidants. ReGeniStem rice extract is specifically derived from Himalayan red rice, and it also contains high levels of antioxidants, which help enhance collagen production. Lastly, nano shiso extract is rich in vitamin A and C, which help to eliminate those annoying fine lines.
Out of all the brands on this list, Srichand may be the oldest one yet. Established in 1948, this Thai beauty brand has had over 70 years in the industry, perfecting its craft and making a splash in international markets. Srichand’s bestseller — also our personal favourite — has to be their Srichand Translucent Powder, which is renowned for its oil control benefits. You can use it as a makeup primer or a midday touch-up tool to remove excess oil and enhance your skin’s natural radiance. It’s such a popular product that Srichand has even released a version specifically designed for men. This is one product you should definitely add to your arsenal.
Srichand, Thanon Rama 9, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, +66 2 718 3183
The name Erb derives from the ancient expression ‘erb-im’ in Thai, which literally translates to ‘the radiant glow of women’. That’s what the brand is dedicated to: enhancing and restoring women’s skin luminosity. Combining natural ingredients with modern scientific innovations, Erb offer a lush array of beauty products, ranging from body creams and scrubs to essential oils and facial masks. While Erb’s skincare is worth every baht, it’s really their bespoke fragrances which differentiate it from other Thai brands on the market. At the Erb Bespoke Fleurflume Bar, you can customise your own signature perfume from floral essential oils and exquisite botanical essences.
A pioneer of the organic skincare movement in Bangkok, Pañpuri rely on a unique blend of organic ingredients to craft premium beauty products that nurture and nourish your skin. Inspired by ancient Eastern traditions of natural remedies, Pañpuri pays homage to centuries-old rituals and recipes. However, they also pride themselves on their scientifically-proven products and results-driven approach. Although Pañpuri has a wide range of offerings, from home fragrances to perfumed skincare, our favourite has to be the Indochine collection. Infused with lemongrass, mandarin and bergamot oils, every item in this collection — from soothing body cream to revitalising foot scrub — not only smells fantastic but also moisturises your skin with purifying moringa and aloe vera extracts.
Pañpuri, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Road, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, +66 2 656 1199
Transforming fresh blooms and vitamin-rich aromatic botanicals into divine skincare and wellness products, Divana offers a series of original, organic elixirs for skin. The beauty label and luxe spa brand focuses on relaxing remedies with four natural elements: prana lemongrass, amrita jasmine, pitta ginger olive and dhevi frangipani. Divana’s bestsellers include velvet-smooth hand creams and body butters, delicate room fragrances, nourishing grapefruit lip balms and many others. If you’d like something distinctively Thai, try their Prana Lemongrass collection.
Divana, Wattana, 7 Sukhumvit 25 Alley, Khlong Toei Nuea, Bangkok, +66 2 261 4818
Fusing traditional herbal medicine with scientific research, Harnn uses the finest natural ingredients to craft results-driven skincare and body care products. Taking a holistic approach to wellness, Harrn is also a boutique luxury spa brand that focuses on restoring balance in your body and mind. Infused with Asian herbs and white mulberry root bark extract, Harnn’s White Mulberry Skin Perfector collection helps brighten the skin by slowing down melanin synthesis — and it’s another personal favourite of ours.
Harnn, 12M Floor, Zen Tower, Rama I Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +66 2 000 0555