Golden Grooming—founded by former NFL player Herman Moore—makes their skin and haircare products with Black men in mind. The brand’s Beard Balm and Oil Bundle comprises their lush Big Growth Beard Balm (made with mango butter, beeswax, shea butter, and coconut, grapeseed sandalwood, amber and peppermint oils) and Ultra Conditioning Beard Oil (with sunflower, castor, avocado, hempseed, golden jojoba and sweet orange oils), both of which promise to soften and strengthen hair while encouraging growth and preventing dryness. These Detroit-made formulas have been created for coarse or curly beards.
LA-based haircare company OUAI and Stockholm-based fragrance brand BYREDO have teamed up again, this time on a leave-in conditioner infused with the latter’s mesmerizing Mohave Ghost scent. With a detangling formula that hydrates and protects from heat and frizz, the conditioner leaves hair feeling smooth and silky. The limited run product is available in 140ml bottles.
Inspired by some of the country’s most beautiful places—Acadia, Zion and Redwood—Ursa Major’s National Parks Soap Bundle features three bars that produce a rich, creamy lather. Acadia boasts notes of scotch pine and rock rose; Zion features sage and sabino cedar; Redwood combines juniper and fir. Each leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and nourished. Additionally, 5% of the proceeds will be donated to National Parks Conservation Association.
Before purchasing any Gemmist products, customers take a hair quiz that includes prompts beyond the standard questions about color treatments, thickness and texture. With shampoo and conditioner available, the women-owned brand also has a Scalp Balancing Bar on offer. Intended for use once a week, this paraben-free soap exfoliates and stimulates the scalp—removing build-up and invigorating hair follicles. Though sulfate-free, the bar works up a satisfying lather and smells delicious. It also comes packaged just in a little cardboard box, reducing your use of single-use plastic bottles.
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.
From Fluide—a Brooklyn-based brand that makes vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free beauty products for people of all genders and skin shades—this lip gloss creates a high-shine look that can be applied to natural lips or over layered colors. With vitamin E and jojoba oil, it traps in moisture to keep lips nourished and supple.
From sexual wellness brand maude, this Hydrating Coconut Milk Bath infuses tub water with minerals (like magnesium, potassium and zinc) to aid in relaxation. Made with Dead Sea salt, baking soda and dehydrated coconut milk, the blend also promotes circulation and detoxification. After soaking for 20 minutes, your mind and body should feel both fresh and nourished.
Inspired by the natural flora of the Austrian Alps, Susanne Kaufmann’s products are made to nourish the body and the mind. The lush Oil Bath for the Senses combines organic ingredients like ylang-ylang and patchouli oils to moisturize, and lavender to create a sense of calm. Simply add one capful from the large one-liter bottle to a full bathtub, and enjoy your soak.
Gentle but effective, K-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.
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.