Gentle but effective, Japanese beauty brand FEMMUE’s wash-off Fine Peel Exfoliating Mask buffs and cleanses, leaving your face looking bright and feeling smooth. With 99.6% natural ingredients, the formula provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits from Camillia flower extract, along with cactus extract and cedarwood bark oil. Unlike many other exfoliating blends, this one feels rich, lush and nourishing throughout the process and after leaving it for 20 minutes, skin feels supple and hydrated.
Housed in a more design-forward vessel than most hand sanitizers, love dirty’s formula also proves elevated. With 62% alcohol, the sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs but that astringent ingredient’s drying effects are counter-acted with moisturizers and humectants. The resulting effect isn’t sticky or greasy, making this formula ideal for those who want to nourish and not just sanitize. Made to encourage microbiome balance (promoting good bacteria and helping to limit bad bacteria) the sanitizer launched pre-pandemic, is cruelty-free, vegan and boasts a super-light floral fragrance. Larger pump dispensers are also available.
As the weather gets colder and harsher, many people begin the search for hydrating skin- and hair-care. A leave-in treatment that nourishes your hair, evo’s Happy Campers can be sprayed throughout your tresses or pumped into one’s hands first to create a creme effect that’s even more concentrated. Either way, the formula hydrates and smooths, while protecting from heat and UV rays without leaving hair feeling greasy or heavy. Vegan and cruelty free, Happy Campers is made without sulfates, parabens or gluten, and smells subtly fresh with light floral notes.
An Hermès fragrance for all genders, L’Ombre des Merveilles weaves together the aromas of tonka bean and black tea. Helmed by in-house perfumer Christine Nagel, the scent exudes a woodsy, almost incense-like undercurrent. Sculptor Serge Mansau designed the star-speckled magnifying bottle, which rocks gently into one’s hand.
Founded by Kristen Noel Crawley and beloved for its lip masks, KNC Beauty also has two rich lip balms available. In mint or rose, these balms are vegan and entirely free of parabens, PEG, D-5, preservatives and petroleum, meaning they are packed with natural essential fatty acids and oils. The intended result is super-hydrated lips that feel smooth and plump.
Bottled in an entirely oxygen-free environment means all the ingredients in Protocol’s Vitamin C Superserum remain protected and preserved, which is crucial in keeping them powerful and potent—especially when vitamin C is involved. Futher, the bottles themselves are clinical-grade and don’t let any air in as you use them, so the serum stays fresh and functional. Along with natural oils and fruit extracts, the therapeutic active (designed to penetrate both layers of skin for longterm results) is the 10% L-ascorbic acid, pH 3.46 in this potion. Once applied, it’s quickly absorbed, with a slightly cooling sensation. Ultimately, the Superserum should help skin become smoother and brighter. We find it to be very refreshing and restorative after a day in the sun.
The Gentle Matter Daily Moisture cleanser from skincare brand KLUR (founded by Lesley Thornton) proves both effective and mild enough for regular use on sensitive skin. Green tea, antioxidants, and organic botanicals comprise the formula’s foundation, while a mix of vitamins and coconut milk offer extra nourishment. The solution is organic, wild-crafted, plant-based, and SLS- and fragrance-free. This everyday cleanser—like all KLUR products—is based on Thornton’s mission for clean, healthy, inclusive, and ethical skincare.
Gilded’s patented handmade marble brush (available in black or white) features natural fiber bristles intended for dry brushing your skin. Dry brushing removes dead cells, enhances blood flow and smoothes skin effectively. This elegant brush should be used once or twice weekly to help with radiance and suppleness. Gilded founder Blair Armstrong started the company in order to provide products for the body that are just as effective, clean and luxurious as those made for the face.
Plant People’s new Advanced Immune Power capsules form the foundation of a comprehensive health and wellness routine. Taking two to three capsules twice daily (there are 60 in the bottle) improves energy, provides support for your immune system, and makes your body more capable of absorbing helpful elements. Inside each capsule is a 1000mg combination of fungi, roots, vitamins, and trace minerals.
Made with no added scents, the Featherweight hydrating body gloss from Oui The People comprises various oils—squalane (from olives), rosehip and avocado oil—but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Providing the nourishment and hydration not offered by water-based lotions, this body oil seals in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth, while also creating a subtle sheen. Oui The People founder Karen Young says their mission is to buck the antiquated messaging around women’s grooming and beauty, rejecting words like “perfecting” and “anti-aging,” in order to make “efficacious products, designed thoughtfully, that help you feel great in the skin you’re already in.”
Concocted from premium ingredients (and free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, talc, dyes, aluminum and BHA), Hawthorne’s new hand care kit includes two products designed to work in tandem. First, their vegetable-derived cleanser features all-natural notes of bergamot, cedar wood and mandarin. Second, their non-greasy hand cream owes its hydration capabilities to almond and coconut oils. The former comes in a 10-ounce container, the latter is 2-ounce. Each set can be tailored, as well. Additionally all proceeds from sales of these new products until 7 June will be donated to NYC’s The Bowery Mission Shelter.
Comprising 300mg of high-quality hemp-derived CBD, menthol, arnica and methyl salicylate, Asystem’s Gel Roll-On efficiently addresses lingering aches and pains. The bottle’s cooling stainless steel cryosphere ensures even distribution of the solution, and gentle pressure results in the formula properly penetrating the skin. Unlike lotions, which can be applied unevenly, the roll-on relieves pain more effectively. Plus, Asystem’s recipe—which contains 25% active ingredients—provides relief quickly.
Given an otherworldly glow by the antioxidant Marine Luciferin (which happens to be worth five times more than gold), baths taken with Bath Diamond’s bioluminescent bombs replenish the skin, while providing the bather with a magical experience. The lab-synthesized bioluminescent protein that causes the glow has been removed through sterilization, ridding the bomb and its light crystals of bacteria, while ensuring the glow still activates. This lavender-scented iteration adds an element of aromatherapy to the list of benefits, which range from upping collagen production to smoothing the skin’s surface.
Housed in a refillable matte glass bottle, Plainly’s rich Uplifting Hand Cream absorbs into skin quickly. The potion’s 97% naturally derived and vegan-certified ingredients center around sustainably grown organic cacay oil. With orange peel oil and a hint of rosemary mint, the mild fragrance is refreshing and zesty. Price is in Euros.
Providing a sense of calm clarity, Prismatic Plants’ Good Day tincture combines adaptogens with cannabidiol to combat stress and anxiety. Eucalyptol improves brain function and alertness, while various other essential oils and terpenes provide benefits from improved focus to elevated moods. Prismatic Plants also donates proceeds to various initiatives including The Hood Incubator, Women’s Voices and the Weil Foundation.
Clean skincare brand Ghost Democracy’s pillars include accessibility, transparency and a commitment to the highest concentration of premium active ingredients. Their lightweight, moisture-boosting Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum embodies this; it’s silicone- and fragrance-free, contains no sulfates, drying alcohols, phthalates, parabens or other irritants. Instead, skin draw hydration from linden flower extract, white tea leaf extract, niacinamide (B3) and hyaluronic acid. It’s gentle enough for daily use.