Free U.S. Shipping on Orders of $75+
Sign In /

Clean Beauty
Meet the Makers: Flynn & King
11-01-15 By Robin Reetz
Image

Corinna McDonnell and Summer Dinh Manske. Photos courtesy of Flynn & King

By this point, we’re guessing you’ve received the memo: The products you put on your skin are just as important as the food you put in your mouth. After all, you want to protect yourself from harmful chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients in the foods you eat, right? The same mindset and set of standards should apply when it comes to the soap you use in your morning shower and the moisturizer you use in the evening. Clean beauty may seem like a no-brainer, but choosing which clean beauty products to use is a much bigger challenge.

After much research, Ethica is now carrying a selection of safe, noteworthy skincare and fragrance products. Check out our full Meet the Makers series for a behind-the-scenes look at our favorite clean beauty brands, starting with Corinna McDonnell of Flynn & King.

ethica flynn king clean beauty brand

The Flynn & King lineup.

There are plenty of “natural” brands out there, but how many (aside from those that made our cut, thank you!) really live up to their claims? With Flynn & King, you never have to doubt that when they say natural, they mean it. This Brooklyn-born line, started by McDonnell and Summer Dinh Manske, makes every effort to create clean, all-natural products–all while decreasing its carbon footprint and giving back to the community.

Why the line was started:
“Summer and I started Flynn & King after working together at a natural hair salon. At the salon, we had the opportunity to see many so-called ‘natural’ beauty lines and were always disappointed to find that many brands that claimed to be all natural had a lot of synthetic fragrances, phthalates and preservatives. We made it our mission to create a multifunctional, unisex and 100-percent natural line that anyone can use and know that it is guaranteed safe. No hidden gross stuff here!”

ethica flynn king driftwood soap

Flynn & King's Driftwood soap, which benefits I’m From Driftwood, a nonprofit devoted to spreading acceptance for the LGBTQ community.

Favorite products from the current collection:
“The one I cannot live without is the Revive oil-based cleanser. It is a truly unique and amazing product. We wanted to create a facial cleanser that had all of the benefits of oil cleansing, but with added homemade Castile soap to rinse cleanly. The smell is amazing and fresh, and I can’t say enough good things about it.”

One thing every new customer should know about Flynn & King:
“We are problem-skin solvers and want to help you switch to a cleaner and greener way of treating your skin. We also aim to help our community as much as we can. We’ve partnered with several local Brooklyn charities to help give back and can’t wait to do more! We live by the motto ‘Do Good. Look Great.’”

Flynn & King in three words:
“Eco-conscious, transparent, modern.”

Robin Reetz is a writer and blogger specializing in home, fashion and lifestyle content. A veteran of Teen Vogue and Refinery29, Reetz lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a copywriter while blogging about the independent maker community.