It’s time to spring clean your vanity drawers and makeup bags to rid them of parabens, silicones, synthetic dyes and fragrances. Opt instead for products with simple, good-for-the-skin ingredients. This Earth Day, we celebrate some of our favorite green beauty brands—those committed to offering the finest sustainable beauty that’s cruelty free and naturally effective.
For Alex Kummerow and Julia Wills, the husband and wife duo behind Herbivore Botanicals, simple gestures are the most romantic. Rather than opt in to the Valentine’s Day hubbub come February 14, the couple retreats to the solitude of their house for a delicious home-cooked meal, surrounded by flowers (preferably orchids) and chakra-cleansing rose quartz, the stone of universal love.
Ahead, the couple shares their plans for the ideal Valentine’s Day date night at home, which includes Julia’s recipe for a bath so calming, you’ll want to soak for hours.
As evidenced by last year’s unused gym membership, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. What starts as a fresh outlook soon morphs into the everyday grind, dwindling our motivation to continue doing the things that are good for us.
Don’t let last year’s backslide get you down, though. Set yourself up for success with simple but meaningful changes to your routine. From your beauty stash to your snack habits, even small improvements can have positive effects on your overall health and happiness. We’re declaring 2018 the year of conscious consuming, and sharing the tools that will keep us on track.
If you want that outer glow, first you need to go within. New Age hot air, this isn’t. It’s science. A balanced, healthy gut is key to radiant skin, as The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates will tell you. (We know because she told us.) Her line of supplements, formulated with fermented organic ingredients that promote gut health, expands the definition of skin care beyond serums and creams. You’ll want to heed her wisdom on beauty foods, bio-fermentation and the power of good bacteria. It’s downright enlightening, and skin-brightening.
Be it lemon juice in your locks, yogurt facials or cucumber slices on your eyelids, most of us have dabbled in natural beauty remedies—to varying degrees of success.
Thankfully, husband and wife team Alexander Kummerow and Julia Wills will do the researching and formulating for you. Their company, Herbivore Botanicals, has quickly gone from an Etsy shop to the darling of glossy beauty editors, and for good reason. Their ethically sourced, cruelty-free, all-natural and lovely packaged products appeal to our finer sensibilities—but more importantly, their oils, bath salts, face masks and soaps really work, often quite quickly.
We spoke with the cute couple about their growing business and how they source ingredients, which they were doing in Hawaii when we caught up with them.
Our fridges are stocked with cold-pressed juice. Our Pinterest board is compiled with healthy recipes. With the promise of a fresh start, the new year always inspires a renewed resolve to live our best lives—or a life like Gwyneth’s. And along with upgrading our diet, it’s time to take a good, hard look inside our makeup bags.
The beauty industry has been quietly undergoing a natural revolution—but put aside thoughts of your hippy aunt’s patchouli-scented lip balm. Natural beauty products, ones that are completely phthalate-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free, are now just as innovative, effective and luxurious as their mainstream counterparts.
We’ve put together a slideshow of some of our favorite, most groundbreaking natural products to jump-start your beauty routine this year.