Joshua Tree-based olive oil brand Wonder Valley manufactures their own olive-derived skincare products. Their It Takes Two kit comprises an Olive + Lotus Exfoliant and an antioxidant-rich Oil Cleanser. Simply mix both in the palm of your hand and scrub your face clean, ridding it of dead skin, dirt, build-up and residual beauty products. Because they’re packaged separately, you can lessen or increase the rigidness of your own formula: add more exfoliant for a rougher clean or lessen it for a softer touch.
Composed of WeedSport’s custom blend of hand-harvested Sel Gris salt, Dead Sea salt with high minerality, magnesium-rich Epsom salt and 150mg of cannabinoids, Dunk Zero muscle soak aims to refresh and restore. Each 12-ounce compostable bag—which adhere to Matek’s mission to minimize waste—comes with enough product for one or two baths, depending on desired personal use (a 20-minute soak is recommended, regardless). The gentle fragrance is inspired by coastal California forests.
Promoting a sense of calm and wellbeing, Saje’s new Mindfulness edition of their Pocket Farmacy consists of five roll-on essential oils—each of which supports a different, positive emotion. The oils—Confidence (cypress, juniper and cedar), Energy (peppermint, lemon and rosemary), Reflection (frankincense, orange and ginger), Connection (grapefruit, chamomile and sage) and Unwind (orange, lavender and cinnamon)—come with directions for how and where to apply, and what results to expect. For Unwind, the lavender promotes calmness and the orange uplifts; it is especially useful at the end of a work day. These 100% natural oils are also available separately.
New from clean skincare brand Volition, the Yaupon Tea Glow-Awakening Moisturizer invigorates skin while simultaneously soothing and nourishing it. With Bakuchiol (a naturally derived retinol) to help increase collagen production, the potion’s hero ingredient is Yaupon Holly (a caffeinated plant that’s native to North America) which brightens and energizes skin. With an almost gel-like consistency, this moisturizer feels light, gentle and fresh upon application.
A new take on their alcohol-based gel sanitizer, Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Mist provides an even fresher and cleaner feeling. When soap and water aren’t an option, simply spray your hands with the mist to clean and refresh them. With Saccharide Isomerate (a plant-derived moisturizer) and Aloe Vera, the potion nourishes rather than drying skin out; it’s also not tacky, gooey or greasy. The mandarin citrus scent balances a woody undertone, and the subtle fragrance doesn’t linger too long.
Boy Smells has been a cult favorite for their divine candles since 2016, and the LA-based brand just released their first line of personal fragrances. The five scents are intended for all genders (or are “genderful,” to use the brand’s term) and calling them Cologne de Parfums reflects that intention. The diverse scents range from woody to fresh and zesty. Our pick is VIOLET ENDS, which exudes a dazzling and puzzling blend of top notes including bergamot, black pepper and violet; a base of white birch, leather and smoked papyrus; and a heart of black tea, tobacco leaf and orris. This scent will please incense enthusiasts immediately, but it evolves and softens throughout the day. For those unsure about which of the five Boy Smells fragrances to choose, the Exploratory Set ($20) contains a 1.5ml pump-spray bottle of each scent to test before committing to one—or two.
New from BYREDO, Mixed Emotions incorporates surprising scents to create an entirely transportive fragrance. The perfume boasts top notes of earthy, herbaceous maté and a little tang from blackcurrant; a heart of radiant, floral ceylon black tea and green, fresh violet leaves; and a woody, calming base of papyrus and birch. While the combination sounds busy, the result is divine—a slightly sweet but grounding scent.
Entirely composed of sustainably sourced natural ingredients, Biography’s Few Words shave drops nourish and protect facial hair and the surrounding skin. This vegan, cruelty-free oil incorporates organic camellia seed oil, rosehip fruit oil, aloe leaf oil and eight other essential oils. They harmonize for a spicy, verdant fragrance. The drops can be used to soothe, moisturize, prevent razor burn—or as a beard oil.
This clever two-in-one lip kit from Kaja (meaning “let’s go” in Korean) comprises a strawberry-scented and flavored scrub with a flavor-free lip balm. Unscrew the bottom to use the gentle scrub, and flip the cap to reveal the creamy balm—which also provides a subtle gloss. With the aid of grape seed oil, strawberry extract, vitamin E and olive squalane, lips feel super-smooth and nourished after this quick treatment.
From High Falls Hemp, this CBD-infused lip balm is creamy but never feels tacky, sticky or greasy. Their NY-grown, full-spectrum CBD blends with natural beeswax for the formula; as well as coconut oil, sweet almond oil and essential oil of spearmint for plenty more nourishment. The rich formula also helps to reduce inflammation in damaged lips.
From Emma Lewisham, this lush Supernatural Triple Vitamin A+ Face Oil can make a big difference with only a few drops, three times per week. 100% natural, this formula includes three concentrated sources of vitamin A, as well as vitamins B, C and E, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids and omegas. Together they work to hydrate, promote collagen-production (as well as inhibit enzymes that deteriorate collagen) and improve skin’s elasticity and firmness. The formula is clean, and the brand also aims to provide their range of products via a transparent, efficient supply chain that reduces waste and energy.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your scalp (in turn, your hair) but VENN’s Synbiotic Polyamine Shampoo is like nothing else we have used. The brand’s proprietary combination of probiotics (Aspergillus Ferment, Bacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment and Lactobacillus Ferment) and prebiotic (Levan) helps to restore the scalp’s microbiome as well as nourish and protect the skin and hair. With a faint eucalyptus scent, it lathers up nicely, but doesn’t leave hair feeling stripped. Especially useful for those with fine or weak, damaged hair and individuals who are seeing more hair loss due to weather and stress, this shampoo is effective but gentle.
Fragrant without becoming overwhelmingly so, Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Body Polish smells light and sweet thanks to its many real coconut-derived ingredients. With certified-organic coconut oil, as well as coconut extract and powder, the scrub provides plenty of nourishment while it exfoliates. Super-effective, the exfoliating sugar should only be used on the body (it’s not for faces) and a little goes a long way. With no synthetic ingredients—from dyes to preservatives and fragrances—this scrub leaves skin feeling moisturized and fresh, with a faint, lingering coconut and vanilla scent.
Colorado-based Veritas Farms’ CBD lip balm provides soothing short-term treatment that won’t dry your lips in the long-term. The full-spectrum hemp oil doesn’t give you a buzz, but your lips will be happy with an all-natural formula that works immediately and deeply. What you will notice is the tropical flavor; the orange cream balm is akin to a frozen sherbet push-pop.
Crafted using sunflower, safflower and avocado oil, Jade & Fox Co’s luxuriant and fragrant Vixen Body Oil doubles as a moisturizer and perfumer. The food-grade ingredients within lend nutrients to skin—and even offer natural SPF. Though sold out, anyone interested can join the mailing list to learn when the product will return.
With a Face Cleanser Stick, Face Scrub and Face Moisturizer, Disco’s gentle skincare starter kit aims to detoxify, soothe and hydrate. The brand’s emphasis on natural ingredients—coconut, apricot, papaya, macadamia oil and more—feels refreshing and eucalyptus binds together everything across the product range. This simplified starter system makes easing into a routine possible. All three cruelty-free products are vegan and do not contain gluten, aluminum, parabens or sulfates.