Best Of 2020

Best DIY Beauty Bar: Queen City Alchemy

Emily Little first launched her line of soaps and body products as “Little Organics,” with a focus on herbal medicine, informed and filtered through her Appalachian heritage. Now, more than a decade old, Little Organics is Queen City Alchemy, a high-end locally made holistic skincare and apothecary line featuring soaps, serums, balms, deodorants and other botanicals crafted using non-toxic, compassionate and therapeutic ingredients. There are no dyes, fillers, parabens or sulfates in Little’s products and the cruelty-free line is Leaping Bunny certified. You can find everything you need to craft a witchy-woman-approved #shelfie, from a glowy Green Goddess French green clay/alfalfa/spinach powder facial mask to an anxiety tincture (with passionflower, mimosa flower, kava kava and skullcap) and rose water toning spritzers — all with super clean, minimalist packaging. And if you can’t find what you want on the shelf, head to the DIY Bar in the back of the Findlay Market-adjacent OTR shop to make your own. Ingredients and instructions are included to create your own facial masks or serums, bath soaks, herbal extracts and more. Queen City Alchemy, 1808 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, queencityalchemy.com.