Our Favorite Botanical Wellness and Beauty Products
Up your self-care game and indulge in these unique products using honey, herbs, flowers and even goat's milk to keep you looking and feeling great.
With more and more consumers concerned about the ingredients in their beauty products, there has been a rise in companies offering "clean" and botanical beauty and wellness products. In place of chemicals, these products look to herbs, flowers and other plants and natural ingredients including goat's milk and manuka honey to deliver the glowy, clean, healthy skin we crave. Many of these products also use scent to impart a feeling of calm, to boost our mood or make us feel better. Check out our suggestions for products that will leave you looking and feeling great.
If you haven't tried a cleansing powder, you are in for a treat. Farmtrue Ayurvedic cleansing powder has a delicious, intense, spicy aroma and encourages cell turnover by gently exfoliating and cleansing to remove dead skin. This pH-balancing cleansing powder has a gentle texture and contains a host of natural and botanical ingredients including probiotic cultures, coconut milk, rose, lavender, frankincense and rosemary. This powder cleanser would also be great for travelers and backpackers who want something lightweight and leak-proof to tote on their next trip.
Small gestures can mean a lot and getting rid of more plastic packaging is one way to enhance the wellness of the entire planet. This moisturizing, plant-based Peach shampoo and conditioner is compact and great for travel. The subtle coconut lavender scent (the brand name is "Peach," not the scent) is intoxicating and not too sweet. This shampoo and conditioner are also 100 percent natural so you can feel good about using this clean hair combo free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates or silicones (and cruelty-free and vegan) that leaves hair soft and healthy-looking.
This soothing aromatic balm blends organic calendula and antimicrobial essential oils of rosemary, tea tree and cedar leaf. The definition of old-fashioned value, this multipurpose salve can be used as a hand cream, foot cream, for sunburns and as a beard and hair balm and as an all-around moisturizer. Better still, it's free of parabens, lanolin and talc and is never tested on animals.
We've all been there: dressed to the nines or out for a special event when we realize those hands that have done such great work in the garden are looking a little worse for wear. Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardeners line of creams, scrubs and soaks are dedicated not just to gardeners' hands, but their entire bodies which often need a little pampering after a hard day's work.
A hydrating overnight cream perfect for sensitive skin that won't clog pores, this Rooted balm is gentle, nourishing and rich in Argan oil and plant-based sacha inchi, a perennial plant native to South America. Those sensitive to strong scent will appreciate this organic overnight cream's lack of fragrance.
This rich serum absorbs quickly and doesn't leave an oily residue on the skin. Perfect for skin craving moisture, this facial oil features a host of moisturizing botanicals including rosehip, prickly pear oil, angelica, sweet almond, ginger and avocado oil. It is chemical-free and boasts a delicious clean, light fragrance.
The botanical beauty company Davines, has an interesting story behind its celebrity-favorite products (Rose McGowan and Michelle Dockery are fans). This sustainable luxury hair care line based in Parma, Italy is sulfate and paraben free and its Love line is designed to bring that supple, soft healthy glow back to stressed-out hair. We found that combining the shampoo, conditioner and hair smoother, showed immediate improvement in hair's texture and frizziness. Ingredients for the Davines line are sourced from nine Italian farms using plants and flowers at risk of extinction. Vegetables/fruits and grains used in all of the Davines products are called out on the packaging as well as the Italian farmers who harvested them. The Love line uses Sicilian Minuta olives harvested from the farm of Carmelo Messina. How's that for a backstory?
Few garden fragrances are as timeless, lovely and ladylike as lavender. This Lather gift set is an indulgent mix of little luxuries including a gorgeously fragrant lavender-lime body wash which revs up lavender's mellow fragrance with the bracing zestiness of lime; a soothing lavender-eucalyptus foot creme to pamper tired peds and a lavender whipped body creme with a classic lavender fragrance to sumptuously polish from head to toe and make you feel like you've touched down in a field in Provence. Wrapped up in a lovely gift bag, the set comes with a lavender candle, to make you feel like you've escaped to a spa and a bamboo fiber wash cloth, all from Pasadena-based Lather, a company with a commitment to cruelty-free products.
Despite its intense aroma — courtesy of tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil — that takes some getting used to, this 1.5 percent salicylic acid medicated face oil can work wonders on a pimple or just keep skin breakouts at bay. And the small bottle seems to last forever.
For too long pumpkin has dominated fall and winter drinks and self-care staples. But it's time to give cranberry its due as an equally fragrant, nourishing ingredient that makes so much food and so many lotions and scrubs better. Give the gift of this scrumptious berry with Lather's exfoliating body sugar scrub featuring one of the best scents of the season (and a bracing scrub that leaves skin feeling ultra clean and soft) followed by a lovely, equally fragrant cranberry orange lotion that will make an ordinary day feel special. This set includes a cute wooden perch for an artisanal-cool cranberry soap with cranberry seeds and orange oil so you — or your giftee — can revel in one of the best wintry ingredients.
This luxurious (and pricey) face cream features a naturally-derived alternative to retinol as well as essential oils and a smell and texture that have made it an understandable cult item. Its gorgeous scent and texture, once you've tried it, may make it hard to go back to other face creams.
A rich, luxurious overnight cream designed to combat environmental damage, like most products from this French company, Immortelle Precious Overnight Mask smells incredible. As with its classic Immortelle Cream, this mask features an essential oil derived from the anti-oxidant rich immortelle flower harvested on the French island of Corsica.
L'Occitane's best-selling Almond Shower Oil magically changes from an oil into a foamy cleansing milk when mixed with water, leaving skin velvety and hydrated. With a decadent almond fragrance derived from omega-rich sweet almond oil, this is a bath time treat for winter-dry skin.
When you're too big for a bubble bath, but in desperate need of some down-time and pampering, this lavender-infused foaming bath is just the ticket. Made from one of France's most famous plants — Provencal blue lavender — the soothing, delicious lavender scent is just the thing to get you in the proper head space for bedtime. A cheaper form of therapy, this soothing bath is perfect for relaxation and a night-time soak after a bad day.
Scent is a powerful tool to help us feel good. A lovely self-care way to end and start your day, these aromatherapy balms from Lather help you ease into a good night's sleep (with lavender, rose and calendula) or activate your senses (think bracing eucalyptus, spearmint and rosemary) for the busy day ahead. You can rub the balm on pulse points before bed, though I just enjoyed breathing the scent in and then leaving it on my bedside table all night and then using the day balm as a subtle perfume in the morning.
With its cooling, soothing effect on sore, tired muscles this botanical pain reliever uses camphor and menthol (which gives this cream its you-know-its-working, bracing scent) as well as green tea, witch hazel and the power of plants from roses to yucca to provide natural relief. Lather reviewers write glowingly of the gel and have used it for everything from arthritis and shingles to Parkinson's symptoms, back pain and workout-sore muscles (my husband volunteered his aching muscles and said this Muscle Ease Gel's tingly, numbing sensation made a difference in his pain level) and we think anything that can give people a little relief is definitely worth a try.