You can’t start the new year without a post on your favorite discoveries from the previous year. I made a lot of new discoveries this past year, so it was really hard to make this post a reasonable length.
I have been into green beauty for a very long time, but we have seen an explosion of independent beauty brands over the last few years that are focused on bringing us luxury skin care that is not only effective, but made with ingredients that will not cause us any harm. When I say luxury, I don’t necessarily mean expensive. Yes, many green brands are expensive, but there are plenty of affordable green beauty options on the market today. I use the word luxury to equate with high quality. The green beauty industry is exploding, and there are so many exciting products on the market that everyone can make the switch and find products that work for them at every price point.
I discovered so many new brands this past year that it was really hard to pick favorites, but I tried to pick one in a variety of categories. The products I will be talking about are the ones that I just discovered this year.
Before I get into my list, I want to say that my all-time favorite discovery of 2017 is the beauty box subscription. Technically, my first dip into the beauty box subscription world was the Beauty Heroes box in November of 2016. Since that first box, I was hooked. I now have several subscription boxes, and I am working on a post that will be all about subscription boxes.
So, let’s start with the first product, a morning cleanser. I have used the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser for years and I still do, but this year I tried out a few new ones. My favorite newly-discovered morning cleanser has to be the Yüli Skincare Halcyon Cleanser. Yüli is a high-tech skin care company that uses organic and wild crafted plant oils and botanicals harvested from their own farm. This cleanser uses some powerful ingredients, yet it is surprisingly gentle.
I like to gently exfoliate my face daily. I think it is a necessary step to rid the skin of any dead skin cells or buildup and gives your skin a natural glow and brightness. There are cleansers with physical exfoliators (like finely milled seeds or grains) or enzymatic cleansers. This cleanser uses fruit enzymes to remove surface impurities, while deeply cleaning without stripping my skin of moisture. It contains an herbal infusion of Red Clover, Green Tea Leaf, Red Algae, Chickweed, and Sweet Olive Flower, which promote skin health due to their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It contains Colloidal Peptides, which thoroughly clean the skin and enhance absorption of bioactives into skin cells. Another powerful ingredient of this cleanser is Zeolite, a nutrient rich clay that helps unclog pores and replenish minerals and antioxidants. It has a faint, pleasant scent. I find that it has a high-tech, slightly medicinal, and clean smell.
Now, I cannot do a favorite products post without mentioning the One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover. I not only love this product, but it also simplifies my life like no other product. Whether I am doing a full-on self-care long and luxurious skin care regimen or just a quick clean and moisturize routine, this product fits into the program. It removes every speck of makeup quickly and ever-so-easily and just rinses clean with only water! No rubbing or scrubbing with a cloth to remove your makeup or the product required! Some nights I may not be up for masking or layering on several products, but I ALWAYS wash my face and this product makes it a pleasure. You can read my full review here.
My next product would be the True Botanicals Nutrient Mist in the RENEW line. You can read my entire review of this product on an earlier post here. I love the scent, the list of powerful ingredients, and the way it makes my skin feel. I also LOVE the mister on this product. To me, it delivers the perfect amount of product in a fine, even mist.
True Botanicals was a new line for me this past year and I fell hard for the entire line. So much so that my teenage daughter is now hooked on it as well. It has kept all of those teenage skin issues at bay. She has beautiful skin thanks to a combination of the CLEAR LINE and the BASICS LINE.
When talking about my favorites from True Botanicals, I have to mention the Antioxidant Booster and the Cellular Repair Serum. The Antioxidant Booster has some seriously potent polyphenols from apple peel and grape skins. This booster is in powder form, so it maintains its potency. It isn’t activated until you mix it with a liquid, which in my case is the Cellular Repair Serum. I apply a couple of pumps of serum to the palm of my hand, and then I add a few shakes of the booster. I mix them together and then apply to my face. This serum absorbs quicker than any other serum I have ever used. The combo leaves my skin so smooth, soft, and clear.
Two other skin changing products I discovered are the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream and the Advanced Hydration Mask. Both of these products were new launches in 2017 and have been life-changing for me. The first things you notice are the beautiful colors, textures, and scents of these products. The first is a beautiful balm that turns into a rich cream when applied to your skin.
The mask is a product I use almost every day and it locks in moisture better than anything I have ever used. It is an innovative product because you don’t remove it with water, but rather with a clean cloth which helps to reduce Transepidermal Water Loss. Wait, WHAAAT? What is Transepidermal Water Loss? TEWL is when water passes from the middle layer of the skin (dermis) through the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and evaporates from the surface of your skin. This is a process that your skin naturally regulates, but can be affected by outside conditions, like rinsing off a product with water. Your skin needs moisture and hydration to maintain a desirable level of TEWL. Moisturization refers to your skin’s ability to retain water molecules and hydration is the water content of your skin.
I apply the Advanced Hydration Mask to my face before bed and, rather than wipe it off, leave it on to work its magic while I sleep. These two products will keep you super hydrated. I did a complete post on both of them and you can read the comprehensive review here. I have repurchased both of these products multiple times and plan to keep them as staples in my skin care routine.
In Fiore is another beautiful brand that I discovered in 2017. It is really difficult to pick a favorite product from the ones I have tried. Each product truly embodies the art of luxury skin care rituals. The textures, scents, and effectiveness of these products are truly outstanding. If I had to narrow it down to favorites, it would be the ones I pick up the most often, the Veloutée Complexe and the Fleur Vibrante Face Balm Concentre. The Veloutée Complexe is a balm for eyes and lips. It comes in a beautiful antique gold-colored compact. I would love to have at least 3 more of these beauties. One for my purse, one for my car, and one for my bedside table. It has a light rose and jasmine scent. This balm is not waxy, so it glides on smoothly and absorbs beautifully whether I am applying it to my eyes or my lips. I tend to apply it more often to my lips because it just feels so good and it is perfect for winter lip care.
The other In Fiore product I reach for the most is the Fleur Vibrante Face Balm Concentre. This face balm is so exquisite. It smells like a beautiful perfume. It is made with luxurious skin perfecting botanical oils, extracts, and flower essences. It melts on contact and absorbs into my skin better than most balms I have tried. It is buttery soft and luscious on my skin. It replenishes moisture and seals in my serums. This balm won’t end up on your pillowcase! This product is expensive, but you only need a tiny amount, so the pot will last you quite a while. Did you know that In Fiore’s founder, Julie Elliot, consulted on the cult favorite Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum? She has some beautiful products credited to her name.
My favorite eye cream discovery is the Tata Harper Boosted Eye Contouring Mask. I put off buying this for such a long time mainly due to the high price tag, but also because I wasn’t sure what an “eye mask” would do for me. I regret that decision immensely. I consider this just a super amped-up eye cream. This is exactly what my delicate, aging eye area needs. It is a thick, rich cream that helps reduce puffiness and makes my eyes look less tired. It leaves them feeling super moisturized. I apply this morning and night and it works beautifully under makeup without any pilling.
My last discovery for 2017 that I will mention is the True Botanicals Hair Care. It was love at first site for the Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner. You can read my entire post on these two products here. This set continues to be one of my all time favorite shampoos and conditioners! The packaging is gorgeous, the delivery system is spot on, the scent is divine, and the way my hair looks when I use them is amazing!
So, now that I have shared all of my favorite discoveries with you, comment below and tell my what some of your favorite discoveries of 2017!