Better Nutrition Best of Natural Beauty Awards 2014
By Vera Tweed and the Editors of Better Nutrition
40+ of our favorite products this year, featuring an impressive blend of super pure — cutting-edge ingredients

BONBALogo2014Check the labels on conventional beauty products like shampoos, body washes, and face creams. You’ll likely find not-so-natural additives such as parabens and propylene glycol—compounds that can actually be absorbed through the skin and build up in the body (yikes!), potentially setting the stage for cancer or other disease. Ready to toss the toxins for good? These beauty finds are made with good-for-you ingredients like nourishing plant oils, botanicals, and vitamins and minerals—and they’re guaranteed to leave you feeling gorgeous inside and out.

 

face

Cleansers, Toners, & Mists

Annemarie-Borlind-ZZ-SensitiveFacialToner Annemarie Borlind
ZZ Sensitive Facial Toner
Natural soothers, such as balm mint extract, chamomile, and althea, calm and protect sensitive skin. Horsetail and other herbs strengthen and firm.
Aubrey-Sparkling-Mineral-Water-ComplexionMist Aubrey
Sparkling Mineral Water Complexion Mist
Glacier water in liposomes brings lasting hydration. In a clinical study, this mist more than doubled moisture in skin, even 24 hours after application.
Home-Health-everclen_facialcleanser Home Health
everclēn Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
Clinical testing by dermatologists found it safe and gentle for sensitive skin. It contains no soap, fragrances, gluten, parabens, phthalates, or other irritants, and restores skin’s pH balance.

 

Face Creams & Oils

Reviva-Labs-Collagen-Regeneration-Cream Reviva Labs
Collagen Regeneration Cream

To counteract UV and other damage, a special collagen regeneration formula both repairs and helps to build new collagen. This double action restores skin’s structure and diminishes wrinkles.
Resveratrol-Q10-Night-Repair-Cream Andalou Naturals
Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream
Fruit stem cells, age-defying resveratrol, and CoQ10 are part of an antioxidant portfolio. While you sleep, they stimulate circulation and healthy cell renewal for more youthful skin.
Sibu-Beauty-Sea-BuckthornSeedOil Sibu Beauty
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil
This therapeutic oil promotes recovery and healing of all skin types, fighting age spots, wrinkles, uneven tone, and other problems. It’s fast-acting and fully absorbed in 20–30 minutes.

 

Eye creams

100-percent-Pure-coffeebean_eyecream 100% Pure
Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
Eyes look more refreshed with this caffeine-rich formula, clinically proven to diminish puffiness, lines, and wrinkles, and reduce dark circles. Softens, smooths, and firms the eye area.
Ecco-Bella-Eye-Nutrients-Cream Ecco Bella
Eye Nutrients Cream
Microscopic bubbles, called liposomes, deliver antioxidant-rich vitamins and herbs deep into delicate skin around the eyes. There, nutrients are slowly released to rejuvenate and replenish.

 

Lips

Hyalogic-Episilk-lipbalm Hyalogic
Episilk Lip Balm
Hyaluronic acid binds and restores moisture. Beeswax, aloe, cocoa butter, and shea butter work together to nourish and soften dry or chapped lips for a naturally plump and beautiful look.

 

Masks, peels, & scrubs

Earth-Science-Gentle-Skin-Peel Earth Science
Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel
With a mildly acidic pH of 6.5, papaya fruit extract and apricot kernel oil gently purify and refresh skin. Designed for all skin types, it exfoliates and softens without causing irritation.
MyChelle-Fruit-Enzyme-Scrub MyChelle Dermaceuticals
Fruit Enzyme Scrub
Fruit enzymes dissolve dulling residues while jojoba beads and refined bamboo stem powder help clear clogged pores and gently polish. Skin looks and feels brighter, smoother, and softer.
Organix-South-TheraNeem-Purifying-MASK Organix South
TheraNeem Naturals Purifying Mask
Naturally antibacterial and antifungal neem heals and prevents problems. Combined with natural clays, this mask detoxifies, deep cleans, and nourishes for a natural glow.

 

Serums & Gels

Desert-Essence-Age-Reversal-RejuvenatingFaceSerum Desert Essence
Age Reversal Rejuvenating Face Serum
More concentrated than a cream, a stem cell booster from plants minimizes signs of aging by inhibiting the breakdown of collagen. Fruit extracts and other plant ingredients reduce fine lines..
Larenim-InvisiHair Larénim
Invisi-Hair Facial Gel
This helps improve results from any hair removal method. Designed for daily use, it smooths skin with a proprietary extract of saw palmetto, willowherb, and pumpkin seed.
NOW-Solutions-Dark-Spot-Serum NOW Solutions
Dark Spot Serum
A proprietary alpine plant extract, clinically tested Alpaflor Gigawhite lightens and brightens age spots, irregular pigmentation, and discoloration. The serum was shown to even skin tone in 12 weeks.

 

Body

Lotions, Oils, & Hand Creams

Alaffia-Coffee-SHea-CafeAuLait-BodyLotio Alaffia
Coffee & Shea Cafe Au Lait Body Lotion, Orange Vanilla
Caffeine is known for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Here, Ethiopian coffee is combined with baobab to boost firmness, and plant moisturizers for softer, supple skin.
Carlson-E-Gem-Body-Oil Carlson Labs
E-Gem Nourishing Body Oil
Heals skin with natural, plant-sourced vitamin E oil, which can be massaged into skin or added to bath water. Each bottle contains 40,000 IU of vitamin E.
EO-GRAPEFRUIT-MINT-BODY-LOTION EO
Body Lotion, Grapefruit & Mint
Invigorates, energizes, and awakens senses with peppermint and a sweet, uplifting aroma of pure grapefruit essential oil. Other botanicals moisturize and protect against the elements.
Out-of-Africa-Shea-ButterHandCream Out of Africa
Shea Butter Hand Cream, Vanilla
Pampers hands with unrefined shea butter for soft skin every day or to repair dry, chapped, or cracked skin. Penetrates to moisturize, nourish, and shield hands from premature aging.

 

Deodorants

Naturally-Fresh-Deodorant-Crystal-SprayMist Naturally Fresh
Deodorant Crystal Spray Mist
This liquid natural deodorant is made from purified water and pharmaceutical grade mineral salts. Recommended by oncologists, dermatologists, and allergists.
Crystal-Essence-Mineral-DeodorantTowelettes Crystal Essence
Mineral Deodorant Towelettes Lavender & White Tea
A convenient alternative to crystals or roll-ons, these towelettes add some botanical benefits to a natural deodorant. Lavender is anti-inflammatory while white tea has a relaxing effect.

 

Bath & Shower

Hugo-Naturals-FrenchLavender-BathSalts Hugo Naturals
French Lavender Effervescent Bath Salts
Mineral-rich Dead Sea salts and Himalayan pink salts, used for centuries, soothe, detoxify, and reduce muscle tension. French lavender essence creates a calming spa-like experience.
Natures-Gate-Pomegrante-Moisture-Wash Nature’s Gate
Pomegranate Sunflower Velvet Moisture Body Wash
Lather from gentle plant ingredients and seven natural moisturizers leave skin soft and supple. Apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and other botanicals condition and hydrate.

 

Toothpastes & Mouthwash

Auromere-Mouthwash Auromère
Ayurvedic Mouthwash
Nine essential oils plus 23 botanical extracts soothe gums, reduce the formation of tartar, and freshen breath. The alcohol-free formula leaves teeth feeling squeaky clean.
Himalaya-Botanique-Toothpaste

Botanique by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare
Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste
Dentist-tested botanicals fight plaque, antibacterial neem cleans teeth and protects gums, pomegranate tones, and triphala keeps the mouth healthy.

Natures-Answer-Peribrite_cinnamint-toothpaste Nature’s Answer
PerioBrite Cinnamint Toothpaste
Dentist-formulated, this low-abrasive toothpaste whitens teeth and keeps gums healthy, with CoQ10, folic acid, oregano, cinnamon, and clove. Wildcrafted herbs cleanse, and freshen breath.

 

Hair

Conceived-by-Nature-Lavender-ShampooConceived-by-Nature-Lavender-Conditioner Conceived by Nature
Balancing Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner
Lavender plus essential oils in shampoo gently cleanse and strengthen. With proteins, vitamins, essential oils, and shea butter, the conditioner restores body and shine.
Weleda_Oat_Treatment Weleda
Oat Replenishing Treatment
Organic oat extract revitalizes hair that is dry or damaged by heat or chemical processing. Nourishing botanical oils, such as coconut, shea, and sea buckthorn, leave hair soft and shiny.
John-Masters-Organics-greentea_calendula John Masters Organics
Green Tea & Calendula Leave-In Conditioning Mist
Green tea stimulates hair growth, while calendula soothes and protects the scalp. Eight other organic botanicals eliminate frizz and make hair stronger and shinier.
Giovanni-2Chic-Tangerine_Styling-Gel Giovanni
2Chic Tangerine & Papaya Butter Ultra-Volume Amplifying Styling Gel
Lifts and separates even fine or limp hair from the roots for a fuller look. Tangerine and papaya, rich in anti- oxidants and vitamins A and C, nourish while styling.

 

Cosmetics & Perfumes

Aura-Cacia-Chakra Aura Cacia
Chakra Balancing Roll-Ons
Pure, organic essential oils, each tied to one of the seven chakras, can be used to restore energy balance, according to Eastern tradition. Or, they can simply be worn as light, non-toxic perfume.
DeVita-Moisture-Tints DeVita
Moisture TINTS Vegan BB Cream
Moisturizers, SPF 15 sun protection, and mineral tints add color—naturally and safely—and help to balance skin tone. Aloe and hyaluronic acid hydrate while green tea and pomegranate protect facial skin.
Gabriel-Cosmetics-ZUZU-Mineral-Bronzer Gabriel Cosmetics
ZuZu Luxe Mineral Bronzer
For that sun-kissed look without UV exposure, minerals are combined with natural clay and extracts of plants such as avocado and sea fennel. A touch of gold shimmer adds a subtle glow.

 

Beauty Supplements

Jarrow-Formulas-Skin-Optimizer Jarrow Formulas
Skin Optimizer
GliSODin, a cantaloupe melon extract that helps the body make antioxidants internally, plus six vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients promote hydration and healthy skin.
Flora-VegetalSilica Flora
Vegetal Silica

Silica is a crucial component of healthy skin, hair, nails, and bones. This silica, from horsetail that is harvested at its peak, is made with a patented, chemical- free extraction process.
Natural-Factors-WomenSense-VeinSense Natural Factors
WomenSense VeinSense Beautiful Legs Formula
Diosmin, a proprietary nutrient from sweet orange, helps maintain blood flow, elasticity, and tone in veins. In addition, horse chestnut and other herbs provide more support and protection.
Natrol-Biotin Natrol
Biotin 5000 mcg Fast Dissolve
Biotin is used by our bodies to grow healthy, lustrous hair and strong, resilient nails. These strawberry-flavored tablets dissolve rapidly and are well absorbed. Biotin also helps convert food into energy.
Reserveage_collagen-with_Ceramides Reserveage Organics
Collagen Hydra Protect with Ceramides
Tiny waxy molecules, called ceramides, lock in skin moisture and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Another ingredient, BioCell Collagen, plumps up skin, improving structure and texture.

 

New Products

derma-e-Antioxidant-Natural-Sunscreen derma e
Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen Oil-Free FACE SPF 30 & Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen BODY SPF 30
Both formulas use clear zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Green tea and vitamin C,
rich in antioxidants, promote healthier, younger-looking skin.
Jason-Shave-Therapy-PureNatural-ShavingLotion Jāsön
Shave Therapy Anti-Razor Burn Lotion
Calendula reduces razor burn, and aloe cushions and eases friction. Jojoba beads prevent ingrown hairs by lifting them for easier shaving.
NeoCell-Beauty-Infusion NeoCell
Beauty Infusion
This refreshing drink mix features a proprietary form of types 1&3 collagen to lift and firm skin; hyaluronic acid to hydrate; and biotin and alpha lipoic acid for stronger hair and nails. Choose from Appletini, Cranberry Splash, and Tangerine Twist.
LafesDryShampoo Lāfes
Dry Shampoo
Non-GMO cornstarch, natural clay, and botanicals cleanse and boost volume between washings, and argan oil reduces frizz and adds shine. Available in Black, Brunette, Red, and Blonde tints.



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