Winter Product Obsessions 2018-19: Light Edition

Have a look at these beautiful natural and organic favorites…

Once I gathered up these products from where they’d already found permanent homes in my bathroom, purse, and nightstand, I realized that they’re connected by the theme of light and glow— something I hold close throughout the cold, dark winter season. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe these should be the next items you reach for if you’re craving a little extra glow in your winter routine too. Happy Solstice!

Kindred Baton d’Or, $38 (or Limited Edition 2018 Set for $45)

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Literally ‘stick of gold,’ this creamy, shimmering product leaves your skin subtly illuminated and deeply moisturized. With only 5 ingredients (mango seed oil, evening primrose oil, calendula-infused sweet almond oil, geranium oil, and mica), it feels like a pared-down, everyday essential and a special occasion item all at once. I’ve decided to make it an everyday item this winter, with the goal of restoring some of the sun-kissed bronze that has long left my skin. It works instantly to create luminosity— especially around my collarbone and décolleté (about all the skin I show this time of year!) or on cheeks and lips— and is surprisingly natural-looking and buildable. This product comes from (local to me) Delaware-based natural beauty company Kindred (maker of the most beautiful body oil ever), and you can purchase it paired with a cheerful sparkling pink La Femme candle as part of a special Limited Edition gift set. If you order, use the code JHART for 10% off.

 

The Organic Skin Co. Task Force Nine, $48

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Task Force Nine— the name alone sounds like it means business. And this cream does just that, by soothing skin and reducing inflammation while imparting a healthy glow thanks to golden-hued organic supercritical turmeric, sea buckthorn, and calendula extracts. This cream is a medium weight (it’s water-based, with rose hydrosol and aloe juice), has a soft, non-sticky dry-down, and is 78% organic and 100% natural. I am in love with its natural vanilla scent too— so calming on face and hands.

 




VitaVie Repair & Restore Elixir, $29

I’ve only had this oil for a few days and it’s already one of my winter favorites. Repair and Restore Elixir is instantly calming for my nervous system— you can credit the mix of frankincense, helichrysum, vetiver, neem, and lavender that is super grounding to the senses. I’ve been using it for a beautiful ritual: warm one pump of the oil between your palms, cup your palms over your nose and inhale slowly and deeply, then apply the oil to clean skin that you’ve just misted with a hydrosol. It soaks in well, leaves your skin dewy and your body feeling peaceful.

 

 
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The first time I pumped a drop of Light Reveal (a creamy, balm-like serum) onto my hand, I gasped. It’s completely orange, from brightly-pigmented supercritical sea buckthorn oil. But don’t fear, once you distribute it and massage it into skin, the orange hue creates a subtle warmth that becomes a natural-looking glow. The serum’s other antioxidant-packed ingredients include exotic buriti, pequi, and andiroba oils, plus caffeine from guarana that boosts blood flow to skin. Wabi Sabi Botanicals is a brand new indie beauty addition to Beauty Heroes, and you can purchase Light Reveal alone, or in a special Limited Edition Indie Beauty Spotlight discovery box from Beauty Heroes. The gilded packaging will be the prettiest thing in your beauty cabinet.

 

Axiology Soft Cream Lipstick in Reflection, $30

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I fell for this lipstick (dressed up in new packaging from Axiology) because it reminded me that sometimes the colors you think you can’t wear become your biggest wins. In the tube, Reflection is a pearlized purple, but on lips, it softens into a bright, berry-hued pink/purple with medium payoff that feels fresh, trend-setting, and joyful. As always, Axiology lipsticks are made with natural oils and pigments, are vegan and cruelty-free, and completely free of fragrance.


NOTE: If you purchase a Beauty Heroes subscription, or a product from the Beauty Heroes store, I will receive a small commission on behalf of Beauty Heroes. My honest review and experience with Beauty Heroes and the Wabi Sabi Light Reveal was in no way influenced by my affiliate status.

Currently Using: Laurel Whole Plant Organics

Dear Beauty Heroes,
You did it again this month. Laurel Whole Plant Organics? Really?!
I broke into a spontaneous happy dance at my mailbox.  Can't wait for Sept.
xo, Jolene

It's no secret that I live for summer. To me, the sun is a source of joy, energy, healing, and bliss like none other. But its intensity touches every part of our mind, body and spirit, including—very visibly—our skin. Even though I practice a host of strategies to stave off some of the sun's negative effects (extra hydration, wide-brimmed hat and shades, sun protective diet, skipping extra sugar, totally luxe natural SPF, etc.), my skin and yours can always, always use some natural healing therapy.

This month I lifted the sunny, yellow-orange tissue paper inside my Beauty Heroes subscription box to find one of the most beautiful facial serums every to grace my vanity table. Laurel Whole Plant Organics Sun Damage Repair Serum shines not only because of its incredible lineup of 27 healing ingredients (including oils like red raspberry, jojoba, carrot seed, and cranberry seed that offer sun protective benefits), but because the source of these ingredients is the whole, organic plant—not a derivative or isolated compound. If this is your first introduction to the Laurel WPO brand, just know that this remarkable lineup of products offers some of the best formulas you can put on your skin. Laurel Shaffer, the owner and formulator, creates 'slow beauty' formulas that are incredibly concentrated (no alcohol or water to be found here) and made from organic, raw, whole plants like fresh flowers and herbs.

To say that your skin recognizes the difference is an understatement.

My previous experience with Laurel's Antioxidant Serum makes it a product I still recommend to clients, and this month my skin has been loving the naturally orange-hued Sun Damage Repair Serum in place of moisturizer. It's one self care ritual I will take with me well into the fall.

Speaking of self care, one of the biggest challenges for my clients (and—I'll admit it—myself) is carving out regular self care time. That means nourishing and replenishing inside and out even before getting burned out from doing, giving, and working too much. As adults, there's not always someone there to remind you to slow down, or to create a moment of self care, pure and simple, in your day. Beauty Heroes has become a monthly self-care moment like none other. It's like getting a package from your best friend (the one who really knows you). Not all self care has to have a price tag, but this one has proven well worth it for me during times of stress and depletion.

If you join by August 20th, you can get this month's Laurel Whole Plant Organics hero selection, plus a sample Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask (one of my absolute favorites!) and Laurel Before & After Sun Body Oil. Note: I'll receive a small affiliate commission if you purchase a subscription.

Next month, you'll find your self care surprise in the mail box and I have a feeling you'll be doing a happy dance right along with me.

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