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Natural personal care is a $2.78 billion business, and one of the
fastest growing categories in natural products store sales, according
to a recent Natural Foods Merchandiser's Market Overview.
Natural cosmetics consumers are motivated not only by their own health,
but by making buying choices that protect the environment. Savvy
shoppers know that "green," "organic," and "ethical" are more than
fashionable, they make sense. Who wants to put products full of
potentially harmful chemicals and synthetics into and on their bodies?
To help you make sense of the plentiful personal care products on
the market, we present our second-annual Best of Beauty Awards (BOBA).
After trying countless natural beauty and personal care products, and
conducting extensive surveys with natural products retailers
nationwide, we put together a list that applauds the products that
really work. And we' ve added three new categories this year—the Top 10
Best New Products, Top 10 Natural Beauty Classics, and our Beauty
Editor's Top 10 Favorites—to give you more choices. It is our aim that
you discover your personal favorites from our list and spread the word.
- Packed with cellular-renewal
ingredients, Derma-e Age-Defying
Night Crème helps rejuvenate your
skin while you sleep. This moisturizer helps reduce fine lines and
wrinkles and prevent future skin damage.
- Looking and feeling good starts from the
inside. Diamond Herpanacine DIAMOND
Étern-L nourishes the body with potent antiaging nutrients, such
as alpha-lipoic acid and Resveratrol.
- Remain fabulous in your 40s with Emerita Day Face-Cream. Gain firm and
toned skin with this pH-balanced and unscented cream, which is
specifically designed for women over age 40.
- For smoother skin, turn to Nutra-Lift Grape Seed Foaming Face PolisH. This polish removes dead cells and unblocks
clogged pores with antioxidant-packed grape seeds.
- Make bathing a relaxing experience for you
and your baby. Aura Cacia Calming Milk
& Oath Bath contains gentle, safe oat and milk powders and
essential oils that help soothe babies.
- Hugo Naturals
Shea Butter Chamomile Shampoo & Baby Wash uses aloe,
calendula, and arnica, which keeps your baby's skin soft and healthy.
Plus, the scent is heavenly.
- Need a gift? You can' t go wrong with the Weleda Calendula Baby Starter KiT,
which includes all-natural cream, diaper care, lotion, oil, and soap.
- With its extra-long-lasting bubbles, Canus Goat's Milk Foaming Milk Bath
will leave your skin feeling soft and renewed —the perfect indulgence
after a long day.
- Dream yourself away to the south of France
with EO french Lavender Bath Salts.
They soften and cleanse, while drawing toxins from the body.
- Fresh and silky feeling, Giovanni Cleanse body wash in Cassifleur White
Tea, feels as great on your skin as it looks in your shower.
Hair, Skin & Nails for Women has a plethora of vitamins,
minerals, and herbs that your hair, skin, and nails need to look
healthy and youthful.
- Reduce wrinkles, strengthen hair and nails,
and promote bone mineral density with Natrol
BioSil Capsules featuring silicon.
- As we age, collagen and keratin decrease. Solgar Skin, Nails & Hair Advanced MSM
Formula Tablets make up for this reduction in nutrients to
ensure a healthy look and feel.
- Revive your aging skin with Source Naturals Skin Eternal Hyaluronic Acid
Tablets. Collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other nutrients promote
skin suppleness and elasticity.
- The intense lavender scent and rich lather
of Avalon Organics Lavender Bath &
Shower Gel will put you in a good mood, ready to face the day.
- The herbs in collective
wellbeing body butter in aloe & chamomile locks in moisture
and protects skin from harmful sun and heat. It's nongreasy but extra
- Dry, itchy skin disappears with Nature's Gate Colloidal Oatmeal Moisturizing
Lotion, a fragrance-free lotion that's perfect for everyday use.
- Nourish neglected feet with Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Foot Cream.
It softens, soothes, and boosts cell regeneration.
- Make your lips extra kissable with Dr. Hauschka Lipstick. Choose from 12
colors that nourish and protect with rose petals, almond extract, and
- Ecco Bella
FlowerColor Blush boasts seven beautiful colors made from
natural pigments to fit all skin tones, and it's fortified with vitamin
E to protect skin.
- Create full and lush eyelashes with Larenim Mineralash Mascara (not
shown). It strengthens and separates lashes to make them thicker and
- A great cure for sensitive skin, Hugo Naturals Sea Fennel & Passionflower
Deodorant is fragrance-free, contains no alcohol, and uses rice
powder to absorb perspiration. The fresh scent is lovely.
- Kiss My Face
Liquid Rock Fragrance Free Deodorant inhibits bacterial growth
and eliminates odors. Apply once, and you' re good to go for the rest
of the day.
- Hops, a key ingredient in Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Stick in
Woodspice, inhibits the growth of bacteria, while the woodspice
masks odors beautifully.
- Royal jelly is the superb wrinkle-fighting
ingredient in beeceuticals organics bee
line free rejuvenating eye cream. Now you can be the queen with
- The arnica, vitamin K, and antioxidant
powerhouse goji berry in Home health
goji berry eye cream instantly help reduce undereye circles and
- Say good-bye to wrinkles and dark circles
around the eyes. Reviva Labs Firming Eye
Serum nourishes the skin and lightens dark circles.
- Wake up tired, dry skin and boost your mood
with the uplifting scent of Aura Cacia
Aromatherapy Body Cream in Patchouli/Sweet orange.
Alchemy 100 Pure Sesame Oil is a true beauty staple—try as a
skin or hair moisturizer, or mix with other essential oils in the bath.
- NOW foods
Lavender Oil is perfect for diffusing or pouring into a hot
bath. Try just before bed for blissful relaxation. Facial Cleansers
- Enjoy radiant skin with Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser.
Made with aloe, papaya, awapuhi, and pineapple.
- Designed for adult and teenage acne, Annemarie Borlind Purifying Care Series
(including Purifying Care Facial Cream and Cleansing Gel for Blemished
Skin) helps clear and heal blemishes with licorice, yarrow, and other
Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash treats your skin with tea
tree oil, a natural antiseptic that works gently to cleanse and keep
- Make shaving a breeze with Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Shave
Cream. It fights irritation and soothes skin.
Sol Biodegradable Sunscreen SPF 25 is a paraben-free,
eco-friendly way to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. You' ll
love the subtle scent too.
- A big hit in Europe, Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil uses organic plant extracts to stop the
formation of cellulite and help nourish the skin.
permanent Herbal HairColour Gel uses nontoxic herb extracts and
plant proteins that impart luxurious color.
- The antioxidants and red wine extracts in Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape
Shampoo make damaged hair a thing of the past.
- Give your hair the vitamins it deserves. Earth Science Olive & Avocado
Conditioning Hair Masque is enriched with vitamins A, D, and E,
which all help to nourish and strengthen hair.
- Good for all hair types, Head Organics 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
hydrates and fortifies your locks from root to tip.
- Dyeing your hair can often be damaging, but
not with Surya brasil Color Fixation
Restorative Conditioner. It rejuvenates hair, giving it a
natural, smooth, and shiny feel.
- Save your lips from extreme weather
conditions and environmental pollutants with Desert Essence Lip Rescue with Jojoba Oil.
- Dry lips? Try
Rachel Perry Lip Lover Mint Tingle (not shown) for protection
and a cool, fresh flavor.
- Smooth and heal lips with TCCD MoistStic Natural Lip Protection.
Tea tree oil, vitamin E, and more give your lips the protection they
- Freshen breath and whiten teeth with Auromère Licorice Toothpaste. It
soothes sensitive gums and purifies your mouth.
- Green tea, the main ingredient in Dr. Ken's all natural Antibacterial Mouthwash
maximum Care in Spearmint Cool, is a natural cavity fighter and
a major antioxidant. It helps prevent gum disease and bad breath.
- Time to put that smile back on your face! Jason Natural Sea Fresh Tooth Gel in Deep Sea
Spearmint contains gems from the ocean, including sea salts and
minerals to strengthen gums and teeth.
Answer PerioBrite Toothpaste is fluoride-free. It blends lysine
with key herbs, essential oils, and phytoplenolin extract, leaving your
breath fresh for hours.
- Treat acne with Collective WellBeing Warming Pore Cleansing
Scrub. It opens up pores and soaks up dirt, leaving your face
fresh and clean
- A wonderful treat, Pangea Organics Matcha Tea ACai Goji Berry
Facial Mask will leave your complexion radiant and glowing.
- Protect and restore your skin with Zia Natural Skincare Ultimate "C" Serum.
This serum promotes collagen and elastin production to reduce signs of
- Pamper your skin with Dr. Ohhira's Essential Formulas probiotic
Kampuku Soap. This vegan soap feels great and contains natural
plant extracts and herbs.
- Packed with minerals, salt, and mud from
the Dead Sea, One With Nature Dead Sea
Salt Soap helps stimulate blood circulation and purify skin
- Organix South
Neem Complexion Soap helps troubled skin with neem, an Ayurvedic
herb with antibacterial properties. It's great for acne-prone skin.
- Cleanse your face and body with Vermont Soapworks Oatmeal Lavender Soap.
The scent will leave you smiling all day.
Top 10 New Products
- Pamper and protect your skin while you
shave with Aubrey Organics Crème de la
Shave in toasted almond, a deliciously smooth shaving cream made
with rich emollients and fruit extracts. It also comes in other
- Hold back the clock with flora flor • Essence rejuvenating cream,
an antioxidant-rich face cream that minimizes the appearance of
wrinkles and fine lines, while smoothing and toning the skin.
- Boost hair's body with Giovanni Cosmetics Root 66 Max Volume shampoo
and conditioner. Soybean protein strengthens strands, and
botanical extracts and oils hydrate naturally instead of coating hair
and weighing it down.
- Pssst! Nature's secret for healthy,
youthful skin is in Green Tea Skin
Natural Anti-Aging cream. ECGC, the active compound in green
tea, is a powerful antioxidant, cell rejuvenator and anti-inflammatory
- Clean and freshen up your complexion with Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Organique Neem
& Turmeric Face Wash. Herbs neem and turmeric—both
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory—help normalize oil production,
correct hyperpigmentation, and soften skin.
- Wipe away wrinkles with mychelle dermaceuticals notox anti-wrinkle
serum, which delivers five peptides (chains of amino acids) to
the skin to support collagen and elastin production for a smoother,
firmer, and younger-looking complexion.
- Moisturize while you lather with Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Velvet
Moisture Body Wash. This fruity scented blend of seven
skin-conditioning moisturizers delivers long-lasting hydration.
- With just a dab of pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom Solid Perfume,
you can feel as care-free and captivating as a sunny day at the beach.
The citrusy-floral scent is made with organic soy, coconut wax, and
- Temporarily fill in and smooth away lines,
bags, and puffiness with reviva labs
Change up instant line remover (not shown). Use around eyes,
mouth, forehead, neck or décolleté . It lasts all day.
- Looking for a natural deodorant that works
without an overpowering scent? tccd
naturally fresh deodorant roll-on in ocean breeze delivers on
both counts. This blend of natural oils and extracts are added to
minerals salts for true 24-hour protection. No parabens are used.
Top 10 Classics
- Thirsty skin will drink up alba botanica very emollient body lotion,
unscented. It's a light, but potent lotion with natural plant
emollients that soothe and protect dry, sensitive skin.
- Protect your pucker with burt's bees beeswax lip balm, which
moisturizes lips with coconut and sunflower oils, and seals in
hydration with beeswax. You can use it on healthy lips for a little
- Made of 100 percent natural mineral salts,
which are hypoallergenic, paraben free, nonsticky and non-staining, french transit crystal body deodorant,
roll-on is ideal if you have sensitive skin or allergies, or simply
want a healthful alternative to mainstream, chemical-laden deodorants.
- Lather up with all-purpose dr. bronner's hemp peppermint pure castile
liquid soap, a blend of organic coconut, olive, jojoba, hemp,
and peppermint oils. It cleans effectively without overdrying your skin.
- It's a medicine cabinet in a bottle. Humphreys witch hazel astringent is an
all-natural remedy that has been used to gently cleanse and soothe even
the most sensitive skin since 1854. It removes dirt, oil, and makeup,
tones without overdrying, soothes minor irritations after shaving, and
reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.
- Stop dry, flaky, itchy scalp with jason natural tea tree scalp normalizing
shampoo, which eliminates excessive dead cells and dandruff,
while fortifying hair follicles. Tea tree oil helps keep hair cleaner
and shinier longer.
- Nature's first-aid kit, lily of the desert aloe very gelly
contains 99 percent certified organic ingredients and comes to the
rescue for sunburn, minor cuts and burns, bites, chaffing, cold sores,
rashes, and skin irritations. Try it as a moisturizer for sensitive
- Add body and strength to hair with mill creek botanicals biotene h-24 shampoo,
fortified with biotin, keratin protein, nucleic acids, and cysteine to
nourish the hair and scalp.
- Dry up acne, rinse away blackheads, and
help shrink enlarged pores with queen
helene original mint julep masque. No skin problems? It also
relaxes tired muscles and eases tension lines on the face and neck.
- Remove plaque, control tartar buildup, and
whiten your teeth every time you brush with
tom's of maine natural antiplaque tartar control plus whitening
toothpaste in pepperminT. Xylitol, zinc citrate, and silica
clean and whiten teeth, removing stains without harsh abrasion that can
Beauty Editor's Top 10 Favorites
Beauty editor Sherrie Strausfogel has
selected the following products as her all-time favorites—and awarded
them with a Best of Beauty award.
- It's a lipstick, a moisturizer, and a
sunscreen in one. alba botanica terra
tints naturally tinted lip balm (six colors) provides color
derived from natural minerals, hydration from coconut and olive oils,
chemical-free sun protection with SPF 8 from zinc oxide, and organic
peppermint for a refreshing taste.
- Nourish your hair with aubrey organics gpb glycogen protein
balancing shampoo. Soy and milk protein strengthen hair, while
aloe and shea butter soften and replenish moisture. Herbal oils smooth
hair fiber and infuse it with vitamins to leave hair healthy and
- Use one ampule of dr. hauschka sensitive rhythmic conditioner
each night to calm inflammation, strengthen connective tissue, and
promote circulation in congested capillaries, reducing redness. It's
ideal for chemical sensitivity, couperose, rosacea, and sunburn.
- Soothe and protect sensitive skin
conditions, including rosacea, with dr.
hauschka toned day cream, which is tinted warm beige with
natural mineral pigments to provide a smooth, translucent finish. Plant
oils moisturize and protect.
- Lighten skin tone and fade age spots with earth science ginsium-c skin lightening Crème,
which works with the help of licorice root, bearberry, lemon and
cucumber extracts, vitamin C, and titanium dioxide.
- Get healthy teeth and gums with eco-dent dailycare toothpowder in original mint.
Naturally effervescent baking soda and sea salt gently remove plaque
and remineralize tooth enamel. Myrrh extract soothes gums and the
original mint flavor wakes up your mouth. It's concentrated, so a
two-ounce bottle provides up to 200 brushings.
- Exfoliate your body and invigorate your
senses with Giovanni Cosmetics Cool Mint
Lemonade Salt Scrub. Organic sea salt and crushed mint leaves
remove impurities and stimulate circulation, while safflower seed oil
and essential oils of peppermint and spearmint moisturize the new skin
- Keep your skin youthfully firm, soft and
supple with lamas beauty chinese herb
body lotion. Age-old Chinese herbs include soy (providing
moisture-loss protection) and green tea (neutralizing free radicals).
Its silky feeling lasts all day.
- Restore up to 40 percent of your lips'
volume lost due to normal aging with
mychelle dermaceuticals lip plumping treatment (in Refreshing
Mint or Luscious Piña Colada). Plant-based polypeptides (a chain of
amino acids joined by a protein bond) stimulate collagen and hyaluronic
acid to achieve more voluptuous lips over the course of a 29-day
- Moisturize while you cleanse with nature's gate hemp velvet moisture body wash.
Dry skin becomes dewy soft and supple from hemp seed oil, shea butter,
sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, soybean oil, sodium hyaluronate,
vegetable glycerin and vitamin E. A spicy, romantic scent is released
in the luxurious lather.
Beauty editor SHERRIE STRAUSFOGEL is the author of Hawaii's Spa
Experience: Rejuvenating Secrets of the Islands (the first book to
feature aromatherapy in its pages). Writing about beauty, spas, health,
cuisine, and travel, her work has appeared in more than 100 magazines,
newspapers, guidebooks, and Web sites, such as Elite Traveler,
Gourmet, Health, Los Angeles Times, Men's
Fitness, Shape, Spa, USA Today, and Westways.
Based in Honolulu, she is a world traveler and spa devotee who has
traveled to more than 50 countries and visited many of the leading spas
in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Asia.