Picks for the newest natural beauty and skin-care products that have become all stars.
Last year was a banner one for innovative and incredibly effective plant-based products, and the trend only seems to be moving full-speed ahead.
Gone are the days when natural brands had to prove that they can be as luxe and effective as the top players. Now, many of these items are the top products, as consumers become more conscious about the ingredients they’re putting on their skin.
Here are 10 of the all-stars from 2015.
1. One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm ($49 at shop.oneloveorganics.com). This all-natural beauty balm has a heavenly texture that’s light and absorbs easily into skin. It removes stubborn eye makeup, and is also a super-soothing moisturizer with an addictive tropical scent.
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2. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185 at vintnersdaughter.com). This serum gained cult status last year, and the hype is well-deserved. After struggling with acne-prone skin and finding no relief from traditional blemish-fighters, founder April Gargiulo spent two years researching the most powerful botanical ingredients. This all-natural serum — which seems to transform skin overnight — was the final result.
3. S.W. Basics Aloe Vera Powder ($18 at store.swbasicsofbk.com). Founder Adina Grigore has expanded on her homemade approach to skin care by launching a DIY line. High-quality, individually packaged botanical ingredients such as lavender and jojoba oils, rose essence, and this aloe powder encourage customers to mix and match their own custom-made products.
4. Belmondo The Dunes Gentle Almond Oil Face Scrub ($35 at belmondo.ca). Over-exfoliation can ruin your complexion, but the gentle jojoba beads in this scrub never feel harsh. It has a hydrating almond-oil base, calendula oil to calm irritation and a glorious lavender-bergamot scent.
5. The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder ($60 at thebeautychef.com). Great skin starts from within, and this supplement provides an extra boost. It contains 23 complexion-enhancing ingredients, including prebiotics, probiotics and a variety of plant proteins.
6. Mullein & Sparrow Pure Series Squalane Oil ($28 at mulleinandsparrow.com). This little bottle contains exactly one ingredient: plant-based squalane oil, an anti-aging powerhouse that mimics human sebum. It instantly plumps fine lines and blurs imperfections.
7. Shamanuti Seaweed Toner ($28 at shamanuti.com). Shamanuti’s refreshing, skin-balancing face mist does the same heavy lifting as its more expensive counterparts.
8. Aromatica Calendula Soothing Relief Mask ($6 at peachandlily.com). This sheet mask stands out from the pack, helping to soothe irritations and blemishes. And it stays in place so you’re not stuck on your back while it does its work.
9. Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask ($48 at herbivorebotanicals.com). We’ve been buzzing about this Seattle company a lot, and not just because of its super-cool packaging. The innovative products seriously deliver, making it the brand we always recommend to those on the fence about natural beauty. It’s hard to play favorites, but the company’s crystal-infused brightening mask is a top pick from the line.
10. Sundara Holistic Tridoshic Face Serum ($45 at sundaraholistic.com). If you want to add Ayurvedic principles to your beauty routine, try this line’s aromatherapeutic skin-care products, incluing this effective serum.