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.
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.
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.”
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.
Super-silky and lush, Nama Fiji’s face cream feels refreshing but rich upon application. The incredibly absorbent moisturizer leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated, with no greasy or slimy residue. This is thanks in part to the use of 100% wild nama (also known as sea grapes), a seaweed native to Fiji’s Yasawa Island region. Nama is higher in ionic mineral salts than most seaweeds, making it extra hydrating. Its B vitamins combat rosacea and inflammation, and the omega fatty acids help to smooth skin. Since the ingredients are all-natural and all-vegan, the slight fragrance is subtly herbaceous.
Duke Cannon Supply Co’s oversized Big American Bourbon Soap bar incorporates Buffalo Trace Distillery’s award-winning (and delicious) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The liquor lends this American-made soap a sweet and oaky scent—much like that of a whiskey barrel. At 10 ounces, it lasts longer than any average bar.
Made from wildcrafted Creosote (the “quintessential desert scent”), organic rosemary and jojoba oil, beeswax and mango seed butter, Sonoran Rosie’s aptly titled Creosote Rosemary Cream carries notes of sun-soaked wood and wild herbs. Creosote heals sunspots, soothes sunburns, repels mosquitoes and other bugs, and aids in the prevention of infection, as the plant boasts antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Plus, this cream helps to heal tattoos and supports skin after other moments that leave it particularly vulnerable. Available in two or four fluid ounce packages, each cream is made to order.
Employing a plant-based alternative to Retinol called Bakuchiol, Blüh Alchemy botanic concentrate increases the body’s collagen production, making the skin tighter, firmer and smoother—without the side effects from the traditional chemical concentrate. The Ayurvedic Babchi plant (from which Bakuchiol is extracted) is just one of the 15 organic ingredients in this serum that hydrates and penetrates beyond the skin’s top layer. The light serum boasts a subtle but pleasant herbaceous scent due to its organic nature. Just one pump applied to a clean face absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. And after just a week of testing we’re already seeing positive effects!
Based on the Chinese Medicine technique, facial Gua Sha tools are meant to be used in a gentler manner. This smooth-edged, black obsidian iteration from Alder New York is perfectly shaped to work over the various grooves of your face—from your chin and jaw to cheeks and forehead. After cleansing and applying oil or serum, simply work the tool gently over your face from the center outward. The outcome should not only reduce puffiness and wrinkles, but also accentuate the angles of your cheekbones and jawline. It can also be useful in relieving aches and tension caused by TMJ. Black obsidian itself is believed to help release negativity and offer protection.
Made by Susanne Kaufmann (from Austria’s Bregenz Forest), this rejuvenating hand peel is one of many energy-rich, all-natural potions from the extensive line of organic and sustainable products. Gently massage the serum onto hands and wait until the particles dissolve, then simply rinse in lukewarm water. Exfoliation, a boost in skin metabolism, and (thanks to plenty of essential oils) softer and smoother hands all result. Price is in Euros.
Made to relieve congestion and illness-related aches and pains, C.O. Bigelow’s herbal soak is packed with willow bark, ginger, eucalyptus and peppermint—a combination that boosts the immune system and clears sinuses. Simply add four to six capfuls to bathwater and settle in. Made with all-natural ingredients, this soak is especially soothing in the colder months.
Product build-up and extra dryness can plague the scalp in colder months. Kyn’s scalp scrub—made with coconut-derived Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, charcoal powder and various essential oils—doesn’t necessarily foam like regular shampoo, but with a little elbow grease, will deep clean your scalp. With a very faint scent, this sulphate-free potion detoxifies and exfoliates, and helps your scalp remove build-up, produce fewer flakes, and remain healthier overall.
Intended for all-genders, this botanical-infused lotion works as a post-shave hydrator—both to prevent irritation and to give newly shaven skin a bit of a boost. With soothing notes of sandalwood and neroli blossom, this lotion would also do well in a morning or evening routine, even if it’s not post-shave.