The holiday season is officially in full swing, and that means stocking your beauty bag with products that are truly there for you—from office parties to windy ski slopes.
And this month’s natural beauty launches have your back, er, face, hair, and, the rest of you.
Think a smoky eye kit to take you through every soiree, a multitasking organic argan oil mist for moisturizing your hair and body, and a fragrance that will inspire self-love in the most stressful holiday settings.
See all of our November beauty pick right here… —The Editors
This detoxifying face mask made with activated charcoal and two absorbent clays is Kaeng Raeng’s hero product, and it just relaunched with a new formulation that gives it a longer shelf life and makes it much easier to use. (Read: the natural ingredients stay together in a creamier paste that’s much nicer to apply.) After using, your skin feels like it’s been vacuumed out (in a good way), leaving behind a fresh, clean, even-toned glow. Just be careful rinsing it off—it turns your sink, towels, and basically anything within splash range black.
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Don’t let the name of this essential oil blend fool you—this opulent tonic (think notes of jasmine, damask rose, and vanilla) is intended to inspire feelings of self-love. “When people are asked what they love most, they never name themselves,” notes Courtney Somer, a New York-based holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher who launched her therapeutic essential oil line this month after spending two years in deep aromatherapy research mode. The resulting collection, made from hand-blended essential oils, fragrances, and floral waters (sourced from a Hawaiian waterfall, natch), is meant to turn the healing power of plants into something highly wearable if not totally intoxicating.
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This brand favorite is a light, moisturizing, easy-to-blend multitasking product—and the new shade, Virtue, has a light plum hue to it. While it looked like it would be too blue-based to work with my olive-based skin tone, it actually blends in to look like the same shade of pink my cheeks turn when I blush naturally, and since it doesn’t have too much red or pink, you don’t look like you’re overheating or sunburned. There’s also a slight sheen, which adds to the “glow” factor and makes it a good all-over shade you can use on your eyelids and to highlight other parts of your face, like the cupid’s bow or center of the chin.
All Good by Elemental Herbs’ line is accessible and affordable for natural beauty newbies, and its products are filled with good-for-you, mostly organic ingredients like coconut oil, lavender, and lemongrass. These two November newcomers are stand-outs for outdoor winter adventure—from SUP in LA to skiing in Vermont. The Sunscreen Butter is an SPF 50, very water resistant balm made for active pursuits. While it’s a thick cream to the touch, it rubs in sheer, and its tiny portable tin will fit in any pocket. The nourishing SPF 15 lip balm will protect your lips in the meantime, and it tastes like, ahem, chai. Which is exactly what I want on a cold winter day.
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“Our products give your pubes a chance,” is the motto of this new brand dedicated to the beauty of your nether regions, with an oil and cream made for post-wax or -shave, and the days in between. The Oil—with tea tree, grapeseed, and jojoba—is gently antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and is meant to soften hair and clear pores for fewer ingrowns; the Stubble Cream to smooth “prickly regrowth” and also prevent ingrowns, with tea tree, safflower seed extracts and shea butter. I used both post-wax, and they seemed to really soothe the sensitive skin and help ward off bumps and yes, even ingrowns. Bonus: the packaging is super chic.
Holiday parties here you come. This makeup mega-kit from pioneering natural makeup favorite Jane Iredale comes with eight eye shadows (both matte and shimmery) and step-by-step how-to guides for five different variations of the Smoky Eye that fold out from the palette, so you always have them handy. They’re easy to follow and really work, and the shades are also blendable and versatile if you want to do your own thing.
(Photo: Jane Iredale)
S.W. Basics founder Adina Grigore is known for her pared-down, just-a-few-ingredients approach to beauty, and she’s taking that one step further with this launch, a line of multi-purpose single ingredients—like rosewater, jojoba oil, and aloe vera powder—you can use to make your own super simple products at home. Each one is incredibly high-quality and includes sourcing info on the label, where you’ll also find beyond-easy recipes to get started (i.e. 3 sprays rosewater, 1 tsp oat flour for a face scrub).
(Photo: S.W. Basics)
Argan oil has enjoyed celeb status in the beauty world as a do-it-all wonder, nourishing everything from your top knot (or frazzled ends) down. Lisa Chetrit, who grew up in a Moroccan-American household, only really got its amazing-ness in her 20s on a visit to Morocco and then turned her business background to making this line of 100 percent organic cold-pressed oils. She smartly packages her collection in a glass spray bottles to make application easy (it doubles a as preservation trick) and infuses oils with orange blossom or rose essence, turning the act of misting on the elixirs into a luxe beauty practice.
Ilia Vivid Foundation ($44), Silken Shadow Stick ($28), & Pure Eyeliner ($24)
Ilia started as a natural lipstick line that could convert MAC and NARS addicts, and with every launch since more and must must-haves get added into the mix. Like a buildable pump foundation (it comes in six shades) that’s loaded with antioxidants, plus coconut-oil-infused gentle glide-on eyeliners (no tugging that delicate area), and super easy, no-mess metallic eyeshadow sticks that inspire me to up the glam factor even when prepping for my day on the fly in a fitness studio locker room.