When New York City-based Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett met in 2009, they immediately bonded over their mutual obsession with nail polish—and the bad reactions they had both suffered from the typical chemical-filled options out there.
“We talked about our vegan and vegetarian diets and our love of beauty, and realized how much we had in common,” says Johnson. “The idea for our line was conceived that day,” adds Pickett. A year later, Ginger + Liz, a five-free vegan-friendly nail collection hit stores.
Fast-forward to the present and the two friends are still creating new products every day. “Our line is influenced by everything around us, from art to travel to entertainment,” Johnson explains. And if you’re as picky about your style as you are about the ingredients that go into your lacquers? They’ve got you covered, too: “We [made sure to] have colors from ultra-bright opaque pigments to foil metallics.”
Of course, nail polish isn’t the only product getting playtime in this duo’s daily routine. Here are a few of the other products that these two non-toxic beauty gurus can’t live without. —Victoria Lewis
1. Sircuit Skin Sircuit Addict+ ($99)
“I was introduced to this product by my makeup artist and childhood bestie,” says Johnson. “I have dry skin and have always been really serious about keeping my face moisturized. This serum is cruelty-free and super-charged with plant stem cells, so it not only moisturizes my face and gives me a dewy glow, but it also firms my skin like no other! Firming is key for me, especially on those mornings after a late night working on my laptop.”
2. Cremorlab Smooth Pudding ($55)
“I fell for this face cream because of its long-lasting hydration and lightweight formula. City living and its many pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, but with the Smooth Pudding my skin stays taut and fresh all day long,” says Pickett. Best of all, the ingredient list gets her stamp of approval; “Cremorlab products are also aligned with our belief in ‘clean beauty.’ There are no parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum, or artificial colors at all.”
3. Shea Moisture Fragrance-Free Gluten-Free Baby Wash & Shampoo ($9.19)
Although Pickett doesn’t use this product herself, she’s a big fan of it. “My daughter experienced dryness and breakouts using traditional baby washes and shampoos, so I searched for something more natural, gentle, and moisturizing for her skin,” she says. “I fell in love with this one because of its use of organic ingredients and accessible price point.”
4. Ginger + Liz Hand Toning Crème ($18)
“Through years of research and formulation testing, we have fallen in love with tamanu oil. We included it in our new hand toning crème because of its ability to tone, heal, hydrate, regenerate, and protect,” says Pickett. “We are proud of our formula not only because it includes this natural oil from Africa and Polynesia, but also because it hydrates for extended periods of time, has some natural SPF protection, and anti-aging properties. Ginger and I love it so much that we keep bottles in our cars, desks and purses!”
5. Homemade coconut milk and honey body wash
“I started making my own body wash after vacationing in the Caribbean with my family last spring. My daughter got so many mosquito bites—and, at just two years old, she couldn’t resist scratching them. I stumbled across a recipe for coconut milk and honey body wash to help calm her skin and I’ve been hooked ever since,” remembers Johnson. It’s also extremely easy to make: “Just mix together 1/2 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup organic liquid castile soap, 2 Tbsp honey, and if you like fragrance, a few drops of your essential oil of choice.”
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(Photo: J Schmitt)