Happy New Year! 2016 may be a wrap but our favorite products from this past year still reign on in our beauty routines.
As green beauty gains speed in popularity and attention, it is thrilling to see the range, scope, performance and selection of goods grow and expand. This is exciting but then again with so many products to choose from it can make buying overwhelming. So me and my girl Suzi of Gurl Gone Green wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on this past year and highlight our most favorite green beauty products from 2016. A top 10 list if you will.
These products deliver in performance, ingredient quality and tick the self-care box. If you haven’t tried these, Pin this page and bust it out the next time you go to restock your vanity. You won’t be disappointed!
GurlGoneGreen: This lip balm is always in my vanity, I mean always. I put it on morning and night. I’ve always had dry lips and when I found Kari Gran Lip Whip I knew a love affair was about to happen! My lips stay hydrated throughout the day – finally! Plus, I love the subtle sheen it gives my lips. I fancy the light pink peppermint flavor – but then again when do I not reach for the mint in anything?! Get it – you’ll love it!
This Organic Girl: What’s not to love?! One look at the ingredients (all organic oils + beeswax + non GMO Tocopherol with Mica and Titanium Dioxide to tint) and it was love at first sight but then I used it and fell in love even more! Moisturizing, perfect amount of shine, a touch of peppermint all in a petite screw top pot makes this my top pick for lip treatments!
GurlGoneGreen: I don’t go anywhere without this exfoliant – no seriously! I tried this last year and knew it was going to be a staple. I mean what of Josh Rosebrook’s isn’t?! It not only removes all my dead skin cells and gives me a polished look but can I talk to you about the glow my skin gets after using this? Because it’s real! Hands down my favorite exfoliant!
This Organic Girl: A twofer that everyone needs in their lineup! This exfoliator is a cut above the rest because it works in two ways. Finely ground walnut shells mechanically slough away dead skin cells while herbal enzymes work to reveal new skin. All organic ingredients (except the walnut shells) and an unparalleled performance make this formula a top pick.
GurlGoneGreen: This shampoos and conditioner is among the top faves among green beauty bloggers and for good reason. It works and works well! Your hair is clean, hydrated (not greasy) and smells amazing. Oh and don’t get me started on the packaging – chic and eco! Two thumbs up. If you’ve been searching for a shampoo and conditioner, this is it.
This Organic Girl: This combo saved my life. I was ready to go back to conventional shampoos until I found these beauties. Not only does this shampoo clean hair but it stays clean for days! This conditioner gets out the tangles and leaves hair soft and shiny. A beautiful fragrance, clean ingredients and responsible packaging make this duo a must-have!
GurlGoneGreen: This mask, I love it. It smells amazing, the ingredients you could literally eat and it works. My skin is happy, radiant and decongested after using this baby, I really believe everyone should own this mask. It works for every skin type. Plus, it is such a steal for the quality of product! Did I mention the founder, Leah is a saint? She is – no joke.
This Organic Girl: Straight from the islands of Hawaii, this honey-based mask is made with powerhouse superfoods: organic chlorella and spirulina. Gentle enough to use daily, it cleans, moisturizes and leaves skin looking radiant and glowing. You don’t know masking unless you’ve Mermaid Masked!
GurlGoneGreen: I’ve tried a lot of eye serums in my day but always go back to this one. It works so well. Say goodbye to darkness and puffiness and hello to brighter eyes. I love that I can wear it under my makeup and at night. Plus, putting it in the fridge overnight works so well to add an extra kick for the morning.
This Organic Girl: Love this product for it’s performance. This serum delivers moisture, reduces puffiness and brings life to my eyes. I also appreciate that it assimilates immediately leaving behind no greasiness – and makeup can be applied almost instantly. My top fave eye treatment to date!
GurlGoneGreen: Love this Eye Brow Creme. It gives my brows a natural look and stays put. No harsh looking eye brows here. Plus, it’s so easy to use. I love the ingredients too and the fact that it lasts forever!
This Organic Girl: This cream to powder finish formula defines brows with a natural finish. I was hooked on Ecobrow for over a year but once I tried this formula, I never looked back. A better color match, a softer look, easy to use and simple straight-up ingredients make this brow cream a superstar.
GurlGoneGreen: This mascara is the bees knees. It really checks all the boxes; length, volume, separation – it does it all! Plus the brush is big and fatty – my fave. You won’t have to worry about smudging with this mascara because it doesn’t happen. Everyone I’ve recommended it to loves it – need I say more?
This Organic Girl: It’s true. Suzi recommended it to me and I LOVE IT! A nontoxic mascara without performance compromise is what you will find here! A majority of this formula’s ingredients are organic and all of them are nontoxic. What you get is full, defined, thick, lengthened, black, bangin’ lashes that don’t flake or smudge. I love trying new mascaras but I always go back to Gia. Staple!
GurlGoneGreen: I’ve been using this product for almost two months and I can’t get enough. It’s unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used. It looks like a balm but then when you apply it and mix it with water it slightly foams up and liquifies. It takes all my makeup off effortlessly and doesn’t dry out my skin one bit. I’m addicted! And the smell….so good!
This Organic Girl: What she said!
GurlGoneGreen: This serum is amazing and works so well. Say goodbye to hyperpigmentation, dark spots, uneven skin and hello to radiant, even, happy skin. I used this serum to the very end and coming from a green beauty blogger that’s saying something. Everyone needs this!
This Organic Girl: A 100% organic moisturizer that works to repair sun damage, hyperpigmentation, discoloration and promote skin regeneration PLUS it has natural SPF botanicals like Red Raspberry Seed, Carrot Seed, Cranberry Seed and Jojoba to protect from new damage!? Yeah, if you are a (sun damaged) child of the 70s/80s like I am, this one is a must have and definitely in our top 10.
GurlGoneGreen: Discovered this red last fall and haven’t looked back! It’s the perfect shade. It gives my whole face an instant lift when I wear it. It’s super moisturizing too. A fave all around. I’ve been known to just apply this to my lips with some mascara and a little foundation and blush and BAM I instantly feel put together.
This Organic Girl: Can I get a WHAT WHAT for this red that seems to work for everyone!? Seriously if you think you can’t wear red (like I did for 35 years of my life) – think again. Give this color a try and you will be steppin’ out like BOOM! I own this city! Moisturizing, long lasting and full coverage, this burnt red formula has no hints of pink or magentas. It compliments all skin tones and looks fantastic with every hair color. And the icing on the cake? It’s organic. Thank you.
And that wraps up our 2016 Best Of List – what would you add?