Travel not only disrupts skincare routines but dries out flesh and eyes along the way. Austria-based Susanne Kaufman's flight kit aims to combat this, with six items oriented at moisturizing and replenishing. From a spray and mask to lip balm and a skin smoothing concentrate, everything is travel-safe and includes Kaufman's signature, acclaimed proprietary formulas. Price is in Euros.
For a thorough and thoroughly refreshing exfoliation experience, NY-based Beau Brummell's Walnut Hand + Foot Scrub delivers. Using pulverized walnut shell, pumice, oat flour and a variety of natural oil, the grainy powder removes dead skin and cleanses. It's rough, but after months of testing we can attest to its ability to clean and enliven.
Free from harmful additives, Sans Ceuticals' products are small-batches from 100% naturally derived ingredients. Their three-in-one Activator 7 Oil is incredibly nourishing and can be used on the face, hair and body to stimulate cell repair and increase collagen production. With plenty of vitamin A, it helps to correct damaged skin thanks to anti-oxidants. Importantly, the ingredients are 100% biodegradable, the packaging is 100% recyclable and all ink used is made from vegetables—so it's not just good for you, but also the environment.
Argan oil, chia seed, and rosehip oil are only some of the featured botanical ingredients in Naked + Thriving's rejuvenate facial product. Application of this gentle, 95% organic oil feels both light and nourishing. Active hydrating components do everything from hinder premature aging to enhance glow and reduce fine lines. It's delicate enough for daily use, even on naturally oily skin.
Free of all kinds of harmful ingredients like alcohol, parabens, sulfate, pthalate, and sodium chloride, CONTEXT's recovery treatment is full of organic proteins that protect and hydrate hair. Not only focusing on tresses, this product also nourishes the scalp—thanks to chamomilla, sage leaf and calendula extracts. Plus, white oak bark extract works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, which is especially helpful in the colder, dryer months.
Intensely rich and thick, Aesop's Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm is made for parched skin. An application leaves skin feeling soft and supple, and ultimately nourished thanks to macadamia and sandalwood oils. The fragrance blends citrus and vanilla for a slightly creamsicle-like scent.
Made for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin, pai's Avocado + Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream is one of the richest moisturizers we've used. Leaving skin feeling extra soft and nourished without a greasy residue, this lotion utilizes avocado (rich in vitamins A, D and E) and jojoba, which is similar to the skin's natural sebum. The result is silky, smooth skin that feels truly hydrated. Moreover, this is all achieved using no alcohol, parabens or artificial fragrances. Suitable for vegans, it's also Certified Organic by the Soil Association.
Packaged in a box featuring artist Renee Phillips' painting "Vortex," this Peet Rivko Essentials Kit contains three lush products. With zero toxins and zero irritants (that means no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, silicones, petroleum
fragrance, limonene, essential oils, nut oils or floral extracts) there's a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and balancing face oil—all of which can be used daily. Together, these products aim to nourish and soften skin.
This cane sugar body polish can be used all year 'round, but it's invaluable during the winter. Gently exfoliating, REN's Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish doesn't leave skin feeling stripped or dry, rather it will feel silky smooth and nourished (thanks to olive and almond oils) and slightly rose-scented. The fragrance is 100% natural, and the dense scrub is also suitable for vegans—plus the brand never uses synthetic microbeads.
If the new year has gotten off on the wrong foot and you're already feeling overwhelmed, aromatherapy can make a difference in transforming your headspace. Vitruvi's pre-blended essential oil bottles are slightly easier than mixing a bunch of separate ingredients yourself, and each blend has its own inspired mood or place. The Quiet blend (ylang ylang, geranium, amyris, clary sage) is great for recharging your mental batteries.