You’d probably assume December beauty launches would be all about moisturizing creams and balms.
But our favorite natural beauty brands must have had a feeling about the unseasonably warm weather ahead, because the products that debuted his month are super varied and interesting.
Sure, there’s an anti-aging lip treatment that will protect your pout from winter chapping, but we also chose a fashiony nail color collab, a fresh new natural deodorant, a gem-inspired body oil, and more.
Click through to see our December picks, which will help you add a little excitement to your beauty bag for 2016. —The Editors
Lippe by Drunk Elephant ($22)
Smart and sexy skin-care brand Drunk Elephant just debuted TSA-friendly versions of its popular products that are crazy convenient for holiday travel, plus this brilliant lip balm formulated to protect against free radical damage and “restore collagen” (AKA the proteins that create your bouncy, youthful lips and skin). Made with a variety of oils like coconut, mongongo nut, avocado seed, plus peptides, and more, it feels buttery and luxurious going on and really returned my chapped pout to a more hydrated, moisturized, plump place after about a week of using it.
(Photo: Drunk Elephant)
This editor has sweat-tested dozens of natural deodorants over the past several years (see here, and here), and this one, from Vermont-based Ursa Major, is hands down the best. one. yet. It goes on just like a traditional deodorant (AKA no digging your fingers into a pot resulting in an extra hand-washing step), has little to no residue, and comes with a clean, woodsy (but not too masculine) scent. And while it won’t step you from sweating and isn’t made for an Ironman or wedding day (no naturals are, sorry), it really works in terms of keeping you fresh on a daily basis—from spin class to dinner date.
(Photo: Ursa Major)
W3ll People’s Hypnotist Eye Pencil is a natural makeup darling, and it originally came in just basic brown and black. The new pretty plum is perfect for adding a little excitement to your look in a way that’s still slightly subtle. In other words, it’s purple…but not too purple.
(Photo: W3ll People)
There’s something so luxe and effective about this exquisite body oil created by a true skin-care savant. If you apply when your skin’s still damp from the shower, you’ll stand a chance of not only avoiding winter itchiness and white, flaky patches, but witness a return of lush summer-esque skin. Ginger, cardamom, vetiver and (prized) rose otto give it a sexy, aromatherapeutic scent while the plant oils of camellia, argan, and avocado provide all the hydration your dry skin needs.
(Photo: Osmia Organics)
For days when you’re all about a natural look, these Kari Gran limited edition lip duos are your year-round bestie. Packaged in chic black pots, they’re hydrating (even restorative) on you lips and have a bit of density (from beeswax), which helps them remain glossy and in place for way longer than you’d expect from a fastidiously natural brand. They get their sweet name from Jolene Hart, the Eat Pretty author, who collaborated on these beauties.
(Photo: Kari Gran)
Zoya Lips and Tips set in Rose ($19.05)
I’ve never been great at straying from standby favorite shades to new color palettes. I like what I like. And now I’m feeling that others are reading my stubborn mind. Zoya’s four-piece nail polish and lipstick sets are for holiday, but they speak to me. The five-free lacquer shades (Brigitte, Aubrey and Madeline) look great with everything I’ve worn—fancy to sweaty—this month, and the lipstick (Paisley) has garnered many compliments. Next, I’m branching out and trying the Nude collection.
Frank Lip Duo, Body Balm, and Body Cream ($14.95–$24.95)
Since the saucy break-out brand debuted its signature coffee scrub, Frank’s since launched a brand-new balm and scrub duo for your lips ($14.95, the coffee-sugar lip scrub is particularly ah-mazing) and revealed post-body-scrub salves that boost your bod’s moisture: a thick body balm ($24.95, with almond, coconut, grapeseed and coffee arabica seed oils) and a winter-proofing, non-greasy whipped body cream ($19.95, with shea and cacao butters plus coffee seed, pomegranate, and green tea extracts). The price point can’t be beat for something with this much Instagram buzz.
In the venn diagram of Products I Love vs. Products My Curly Hair Loves, it sometimes feels like the overlapping section is non-existent; I test out some new, herbal extract-packed conditioner, and—bam!—my frizz-prone hair embraces its inner pouf. (Judging by these reader comments, the struggle is definitely real.) So while I appreciate the plant-derived ingredient list, the fragrant scent, and the affordable price of Whole Foods Market’s new salon-grade hair care line, what has had me lathering up morning after morning with their moisturizing duo is the fact that my locks somehow look even shinier, healthier, and smoother than before. Finally, something that the two of us agree on.
(Photo: Whole Foods)
Kosas Cosmetics Lip Color Range ($24 each)
So much ink is spilled over finding the perfect red lipstick that sometimes it’s the more subdued shades that get overlooked. Not any more, if Kosas Cosmetics has its way. The small—it’s just four lip colors—launch collection, handcrafted by founder Sheena Yaitanes in Los Angeles, features proudly understated, universally flattering hues (think a just-bitten pink, or a day-appropriate burgundy). But just because they whisper rather than shout doesn’t mean that these tubes are weaklings; the antioxidant-rich formula (thanks to green tea, rosehip, and grape seed oil) is one of the richest and creamiest I’ve tested.
Missed November’s best beauty launches? Check them out, here. Want to cut to the chase and find something to help brighten your dark under-eye circles? Look no further…