VERT Beauty Faves: The Best Clean Beauty Products

October 26, 2020

If you are looking to stock up on clean beauty from a store that loves you back, look no further than VERT Beauty. VERT offers a thoughtful selection of products, personal consultations and has the most robust points system I’ve seen. Here are our personal faves so you can shop VERT Beauty like This Organic Girl.

applying mascara and looking in a mirror

Shopping for clean beauty products is a dream come true at VERT Beauty. Founded by makeup artist Amanda Hume, the Denver-based brick-and-mortar and online store stocks only handpicked and tested clean beauty brands that WORK. How do I know? I’ve tried basically every line they carry (insert shrugging emoji here).

An extra benefit to discovering your new favorite green beauty brands at VERT (which, by the way, means “green” in French), is their Customer Loyalty Program. For every dollar you spend, you get a point, which you can redeem for discounts on your orders, once you hit 300 points. You also get 50 points just for signing up, and 100 points when your birthday hits. Nothing like getting a reward for getting older!

Amanda also offers personal consultations if you need help color matching or choosing that just-right-product. This personal touch is one of my favorite things abut shopping at VERT. Sometimes a girl just wants to feel taken care of. Can I get a witness?! I get that here.

Okay, on to the good stuff. Jump to any of my faves here or keep reading for the full scoop!


BLÜH ALCHEMY Toning Elixir | $54

I tried BLÜH ALCHEMY for the first time last year and it was love at first spritz!

spray bottle of BLÜH ALCHEMY Toning Elixir mist

What sets BLÜH apart? Well for one thing, BLÜH ALCHEMY brings cellular extraction to the market. This cutting-edge process works to harness a plant’s complete phyto-active profile, resulting in pure, STABLE, unadulterated plant actives as they exist in nature.

bluh alchemy lined up in front of a mirror doubling in reflection

One of my favorites from this clean beauty line is the Toning Elixir. I knew it was a special formula from the very first spritz. Every time I use it, I can literally feel the hydration being sucked into my face. I’ve never felt anything like it!

It’s formulated with a potent percentage of hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant which helps retain moisture, plump the skin and improve elasticity. It also delivers niacinamides (B3) to reduce inflammation, and Snowflower + Finger Lime Caviar to tighten pores and help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. File this one under can’t-put-it-down status.

Get your bottle of BLÜH ALCHEMY Toning Elixir at VERT Beauty!


OSEA Ocean Cleanser | $48

I’m a huge proponent of double cleansing—TBH, it’s really the most effective way to wash your face. First, I use an oil to remove my makeup, and then I love using this milky cleanser as a second cleanse to actually clean my skin after my makeup has been removed. This is also a great option for a morning, single cleanse too.

5 ounce bottle of OSEA Ocean Cleanser

Right out of the gate, Ocean Cleanser smells fantastic (like lime Skittles), and is easy to use but the benefits don’t stop there. I love this pick especially for mature skin. Why?

  • It cleanses without leaving an oily residue or over drying, thanks to jojoba oil and organic seaweed. 
  • It’s formulated with lactic acid from fermented beets, which provides a very light exfoliation.
  • It has Cypress Oil, which works to balance oily skin and diminish the appearance of blemishes while also being rich in antioxidants.
pumping out OSEA ocean cleanser into my hand

RELATED: How To Double Cleanse

I also appreciate that at 5 oz., it’s a generous size that lasts. If you are looking for a cleanser that’s not an oil, it’s OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser ALL THE WAY. 

Shop OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser at VERT Beauty!


ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara | $28

I can sum this review up in one word: OBSESSED. ILIA’s Limitless Lash Mascara hit the clean beauty scene in 2020 and 100% rocked my mascara world. The formula is really good, but what it all boils down to is the wand. 

container of ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara with mascara brush

ILIA tested and tried over 100 mascara wands and landed on this patented, dual-sided brush. The shorter side of the wand works to curl and create volume while the other side’s longer bristles lift, lengthen and separate.

ILIA Limitless Lash mascara applied
ILIA’s Limitless Lash Mascara applied

This formula offers tremendous volume, length and definition but the true standout here is separation. The wand is perfect for separating lashes, it just gets in there—NO CLUMPS. 

It also stays really well, no smudging or flaking all day. It’s even good through tears which unfortunately, I can attest to first hand—lol. If you haven’t tried this formula yet, it’s a MUST! 

Try ILIA’s Limitless Lash Mascara at VERT Beauty!


Kosas Weightless Lip Colors | $28

If I had to sum up Kosas Weightless Lip Colors in three words it would be: stunning, moisturizing + universal. #amirite?!

Seriously though, if you’re still on the search for a cleaner lipstick that hits all the performance marks, look no further than Kosas Weightless Lip Colors

holding a handful of Kosas lipsticks and smiling
Kosas Lipsticks

These super-pigmented, feather-weight lipsticks not only look fantastic but also work to hydrate and condition lips (without being greasy or matte) which is a win win because I can only think of a few worse things than cracked and dry lipstick lips.

In these formulas you will find mango seed butter and shea butter to smooth fine lines, cocoa seed butter to support repair, antioxidant-rich rosehip seed oil and moisturizing jojoba oil.

I absolutely LOVE their lipsticks…but if I had to pick one, it’s Thrillist all the way! 

Try Kosas Weightless Lip Colors at VERT Beauty!


ORGAID Vitamin C Sheet Mask | $6

Instant gratification is literally the definition of sheet masks. They can take your skin from lifeless and flat to plump, dewy and glowing in a matter of minutes. These quick hits are awesome for events, before a night out or to boost your look for the day. Interestingly enough, they can also deliver long-term benefits too.

ORGAID organic sheet mask

I personally love how gelatinous and viscous the serum is in the ORGAID Sheet Masks. There are 4 different ORGAID Sheet Masks, and Vitamin C Revitalizing is my top pick. It’s ULTRA hydrating and also works to brighten via ascorbyl glucoside. This is a stable form of vitamin C that naturally occurs in berries and turns into L-ascorbic acid in skin to boost proper collagen synthesis, lighten hyperpigmentation and boost UV protection (1,2,3).

RELATED: Best Organic Sheet Masks

an orgaid sheet mask applied

No matter how many ORGAID Sheet Masks I have, it’s never enough!

Stock up on ORGAID Sheet Masks at VERT Beauty!


Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator | $65

If someone asked me what my “most-used” beauty product of all time is, it’s this. I’ve probably gone through 15 jars in the past 5 years. NOTHING makes my skin feel as clear, soft and renewed as Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator.

container of Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator

This formula is exceptional because it exfoliates in TWO ways: mechanical exfoliation and enzyme exfoliation. Josh uses fruit and herbal enzymes to gently slough off dead skin cells while adding in finely ground walnut shells to mechanically reveal new skin.

Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator
Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator

Try Active Enzyme Exfoliator from VERT Beauty!


OSMIA Night Body Oil | $64

If there is one thing OSMIA does well, it’s oils…and soaps…and Colorado—lol. I digress.

bottle of OSMIA Night Body Oil next to the box it's sold in

I’m just going to give it to you straight. OSMIA makes the best body oils. PERIOT. Founder Dr. Sarah Villafranco, ex-ER doc turned soapmaker, often tells the story of how she messed around with oil combinations day after day for MONTHS trying to get the right blend that would soak in the best and nourish the best—and she totally cracked the code. Night is my fave but I love them all. 

holding a bottle of OSMIA body oil

Night is formulated with 11 incredibly nourishing oils like jojoba oil, velvety kukui oil, organic rosehip seed oil and soothing organic hemp seed oil. It also boasts lavender, which Vilafranco says works to reduce tension, Roman chamomile, which works to soothe symptoms of irritability and gastrointestinal upset, and wild atlas cedar, which may support healthy melatonin levels. 

Pro tip: Because oils do not contain water (hydration) be sure to apply body oils to damp/wet skin.

Try OSMIA’s Night Oil at VERT Beauty!


Vert Beauty Blending Shadow Brush | $30

I’ve had Vert’s Blending Shadow Brush for over 5 years and I still use it almost daily. (Okay fine, you got me. Maybe not daily, but at least every time I wear makeup!)

makeup brush for applying eye shadow

I love this brush so much because it’s a beast at blending. It’s made with a mix of ultra-soft natural and synthetic hairs, so if you’re looking for a vegan brush, this one is not for you. 

I specifically love this brush because the hairs are set at different heights so even the most novice eye shadow wearers can achieve blended perfection. I always finish my eye looks with this brush. 

Try VERT’s Blending Shadow Brush!


Kjaer Weis Cream Blush | $32

Kjaer Weis is in a league of its own from its packaging to ingredients to performance. Made in Italy, KW maintains the Controllo e Certificazione Prodotti Biologici certification (CCPB Certified Organic)—an inspection agency with some of the strictest standards for organic and natural certification in all of Europe.

I love this blush because it wears SO NATURALLY. You can not even see a speck of product on my face because it just looks like my skin! I also love that you can wear these shades as a flush of color or build them up for some drama. My favorites are Above and Beyond and Golden Nude. 

color swatches of Kjaer weis cream blush
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Above and Beyond

BUT! Be sure to check out the entire KW line here because some of their other products like their highlighters, cream eye shadows, lip products and foundations are currently 30% off to make room for new, more sustainable packaging. A TOTAL SCORE! 

Try Kjaer Weis at VERT Beauty!


LEAHLANI Honey Love | $52

I love honey masks and this handmade-in-Hawaii treatment blends honey masking with exfoliation. Can you say, I’ll have my cake and I’ll eat it too?!

With a base of organic Hawaiian raw honey to cleanse the skin, dissolve bacteria, brighten, even complexion and fade age spots, Honey Love is already ahead of the game. But then you add in smoothed Corundum Crystals to manually exfoliate, antioxidant-rich wildcrafted Maqui Berry to fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation as well as organic Hibiscus Flower to firm, lift, speed cellular renewal, strengthen elasticity and moisturize…and I mean is there anything more a girl can ask for?!

holding 5 leahlani products on a wooden slab

LEAHLANI’s Honey Love is a must-try!


Laurel Brighten Mask | $72

Brighten Mask won me over the first time I used it. After following the directions, I removed this mask and saw BRIGHTER SKIN in just minutes! This is important to me, especially with my massive amounts of hyperpigmentation and sun-damaged skin. #childofthe80s

container of Laurel Skin Brightening Mask

Brighten Mask is a powdered mask, so it comes dry and you add liquid to it to activate it. The great thing about this is that the powder is super nutrient-dense and has all of its delicate enzymes and acids in their strongest form, ready to deliver.

several bottles of Laurel Skincare on a sink and mixing a mask

When a mask comes wet, it’s been sitting in water and degrading over time, losing its power with each passing day (this can especially ring true with Vitamin C, FYI). The other cool thing is when a mask comes dry, it doesn’t require a preservative and technically, as long as it stays dry, it will never go bad!

applying Laurel's Brighten Mask to face

Laurel recommends mixing this mask with water only. She says first of all, water is a neutral medium. And second water actually pulls nutrients out of plants and it can drive nutrients into your skin. She says people love to mix this mask with yogurt, honey, avocado…but water will deliver the best results.

Add Laurel’s Brighten Mask to your routine at VERT Beauty!


Laurel Sun Serum | $88

Speaking of Laurel…and speaking of hyperpigmentation…Laurel’s Sun Serum is one of my top three favorite face oils of all time. All 27 ingredients in this serum are chosen to support both prevention of future sun damage and as well as repair past sun damage.

bottle of Laurel Sun Serum oil

People ask me all the time, “What can I use that will fade my hyper-pigmentation?” I’m like *neon arrows* THIS

holding a bottle of Laurel's sun serum in my hands

And it’s not just me—I’ve had several readers reach out and confirm that they too are seeing a difference in their skin. This serum delivers a firmer, more supple appearance, a brighter, more even skin tone and a visible reduction in redness and irritation. Check it out, an especially fantastic pick for mature skin.

Get Laurel’s Sun Serum at VERT Beauty.

Have you shopped VERT Beauty yet?

Xo, lisa

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2. Cho WG, Rang MJ, Song YS, Lim YH, Park HW. Enhanced Transdermal Delivery of Vitamin C Derivative using lontophoretic Gel Patch with Flexible Thin Layer Battery. Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Korea. 2007;33(1):23-8.

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By Lisa

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

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