Since 1870, Rio de Janeiro-based Granado has been incorporating local and natural ingredients in their hair care items, soap and lotions which come in different varieties to address specific beauty battles. One of my favorites is the Castanha de Brasil line which is specially made with chestnuts from the Amazon that help to heal dry skin and hair—the remedy was first used by indigenous women in the area.

Granado's old style packaging and retail locations—in Rio de Janeiro and a new location in Sao Paulo that opened last year in the upscale Jardins district—remind me of old neighborhood pharmacies and apothecaries. Starting a $4 for a bar of antiseptic soap, purchase their well-priced products at Amazon and Granado.