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Monday, September 16, 2013

11 standout fall beauty products we love

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fall_natural_beauty_wellandgoodSeptember is a time of renewal, your skin cells included. So we sorted through the fall harvest of natural and organic beauty product launches and picked 11 standouts worth swapping for your summer standbys—from a must-have natural mascara and a skin-saving blemish buster to a luxe facial brightener. There's at least one that belongs in your medicine cabinet and on your skin ASAP.  —Melisse Gelula

(Stay tuned for more articles on our favorite new cleansers, lip products, nail color, and more!)

 
Pacific_maskThe Facial-in-a-Jar
Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask

This season’s facial-in-a-jar comes from Marie Veronique Organics’ prestige line, Pacific. The turn-your-skin-around mask uses lactic acid, which whisks away dead skin cells and blackheads, while brightening and hydrating as it goes. The seaweed scent comes from astaxanthin, “a Hawaiian red algae that’s an extremely powerful antioxidant, and gives the mask its slight orange tint,” says the company. $90, www.mvorganics.com

 
rahua_hair_waxThe Hair Styler
Amazon Beauty Rahua Hair Wax

Rahua nut oil actually nourishes your hair as you style it, which is why we love this natural hair care range. Its new wax (which isn’t a bit waxy) goes one step further by adding soft hold and shine to gamine crops, luscious curls, and Farrah-inspired blowouts. $32, www.spiritbeautylounge.com

 
Juice Beauty mascaraThe Natural Mascara
Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascara

The most sweated over item in Juice Beauty’s brand-new makeup line is this mascara, which founder Karen Behnke was a perfectionist about. The result? A cocoa- and avocado-butter-infused formula that she promises will stand up to your long days at work and your sweaty workouts. $19, www.juicebeauty.com

 
kari-gran-skin-care-setThe Notable Newcomer
Kari Gran

Gran was a beauty junkie, when an autoimmune thyroid disorder caused her to become a better label reader. And that’s when the Seattle native kicked her chemical cosmetics habit, and created her own beauty line. Her outstanding three skin-care products—cleansing oil, toner, and serum—are subtly scented, packed only with plant extracts, and hand-poured into chic packaging with a handwritten expiration date. Each help your skin look and feel healthy, so it glows. “Women don’t need to be fixed, plumped, erased, or changed to be beautiful,” says Gran. $35 starter-size kit; $140 full-size kit, www.karigran.com

 
Eco Cotton RoundsTop Beauty Tool
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Eco Cotton Rounds

It drove Adina Grigore crazy that her customers were burning through bags of cotton balls applying her super-clean toner. So she created certified organic machine-washable rounds to use with it—and your makeup remover. Once you get used to their slightly less-absorbent quality, they’re super easy to use (and will save you money at Duane Reade). $22, store.swbasicsofbk.com

 
Screen shot 2013-09-15 at 10.52.51 PMThe Body Oil
Meow Meow Tweet Body Oil

This all-over hydrator is made in Brooklyn and comes in a handful of clean scents like Calendula and Sage. It’s light, fast-absorbing, and the price makes it splash-it-everywhere friendly, which is exactly what you want to do when you’ve fallen hard for a brainy beauty find. $20, meowmeowtweet.bigcartel.com

 
OneLoveOrganics_mistThe Must-Have Face Mist
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist

There’s a time-release delivery system in this superfine organic mist that won’t let you dry out at the (airless, fluorescent lit) office. You can thank hydration-helper alpine rose, Shiitake mushroom (a source of vitamin D, which also soothes redness), and the genius formulation duo, who effectively blended them. $39, oneloveorganics.com

 
tata_harper_boosted_serumThe Natural Anti-Ager
Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum

Should your skin’s springy collagen fibers lose their plumping power (which they do with time, sun exposure, and more), Tata Harper’s new anti-aging serum is loaded with boosting plant actives—"a total of 35," brags the beauty maven. They all work together to help “address the loss of structural integrity.” It's part of the popular company's new range of super results-driven serums. $185, www.bergdorfgoodman.com

 
Indie_Lee_AcneThe Blemish Buster
Indie Lee Blemish Lotion

You won’t wake up with a red, angry pimple ever again. A dab of this Pepto pink lotion diffuses the situation while you sleep, with ingredients you won't have to feel guilty for using. We just recently put this pimple-reducer to the test, even though it didn’t technically launch this fall. And since it turned out to be a where-have-you-been-all-my-life situation, we felt the need to tell you about its effectiveness ASAP. $26, www.indielee.com

 
amala_brighteningThe Skin Brightener
Amala Brightening Emulsion

This light lotion is part of Amala’s new, luxe brightening line. It targets your skin texture and radiance with a duo of glow-bestowing narcissus bulb for slowing melanin synthesis (the dark-spot depositing devil) and contains red currant, a non-irritating form of vitamin C, which helps even out skin tone and promotes cell regeneration. $116, www.spiritbeautylounge.com

 
Arch_foot-scrubThe Rough Feet Refiner
ARCH Sole Savour Scrub

New York City foot surgeon Dr. Krista Archer created this all-natural scrub (and an awesome foot cream and cuticle oil), which works magic on the mangled and uber-dry feet that running and yoga can give you. The pumice granules, rosehip seed powder, and anti-bacterial essential oils like rosemary soften your hard-working dogs, leaving, them clean, pretty, and presentable. $20, www.drkristaarcher.com

 
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