A Few of My Favorite Beauty Discoveries in 2016

2016 favorites

With 2016 out of the way, I have to say—it wasn’t all bad! At least where natural skincare products are concerned, I discovered and enjoyed many beautiful, practical, and nontoxic items that really brightened my year. Before we move on to what’s new and fabulous in 2017, let’s talk about some of the products that were among my favorite beauty discoveries in 2016…

La Bella Figura The Capsule Collection — It was a big year for La Bella Figura, culminating in the launch of their ingenious Capsule Collection, which brought a lot of joy and excitement back to my skincare routine. The deconstructed 15-piece ensemble includes everything your skin needs to thrive and allows for creative customization so your skincare routine is truly unique to your needs. Between the flights of oils and hydrosols, the Gel Concentrates, the Extract Spheres, and the Curative Cleansing Balm, there are endless ways to customize The Capsule Collection to get the routine of your dreams.

Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower Purifying Body Wash — Integrity Botanicals introduced Red Flower to their line up in December, and this brand has quickly made a huge fan out of me. The healing, uplifting, and rejuvenating scents Red Flower is famous for have become a must have in my daily routine. Everything I’ve tried smells incredibly fresh, but I’m particularly hooked on the Icelandic Moonflower Purifying Body Wash and Moisturizing Body Lotion. The delicate scent is a cool and calming blend of sandalwood, clove bud, rose absolute, sandalwood, palmarosa, lavender and armoise, and it’s also available in a candle. Can’t. Stop. Sniffing.

Amly Silver Rich Facial Mist — No doubt about it, I’ve got a thing for face mists, spritzing them throughout the day to tone, hydrate, refresh, or just because it feels good. Amly Silver Rich Facial Mist won my heart this past summer. Imagine a fresh wild-flower bouquet in a base of silver rich spring water that’s sourced from a meadow in East Sussex, England. With a touch of moisture to help with this dry winter air and skin-beautifying ingredients like hyaluronic acid and pea and copper peptides help plump and smooth the surface of the skin, Amly is refreshing in everyway.

Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 — Quick, convenient, and light as air, this nontoxic spray sunscreen was pretty revolutionary for my skin protection game this past summer. The formula sprays on and leaves no residue to speak of. It absorbs and dries almost instantly, and you won’t look like a white ghost afterword. I absolutely love it because it is water and sweat resistant, but it never irritates my sensitive skin. Plus, the spray application makes life with sunscreen a breeze. Who wants to spend 15 minutes rubbing thick sunscreen onto every inch of skin before going out to play? Not me!

Maya Chia Super Critical Waterless Wonder Balm — Balms have this way of comforting skin like no other, and this luscious balm from Maya Chia—a brand I couldn’t have been more obsessed with in 2016—is perfect for massaging into my feet, legs, and hands just before bed or as a relaxing treat any time of day. I’ve even taken to keeping this in my bag when I’m out because my hands get so dry in the winter when I wash them away from home. This balm keeps me soft and hydrated, and the luscious texture reminds me of creamed white honey—minus the stickiness, of course. Plus, the orange blossom fragrance is pure heaven! The fast absorbing and non-greasy finish make it a keeper.

Henné Organics Luxury Lip Balm V2 — As far as I’m concerned, Henné stole the show this year in the lip treatment category. Bursting onto the scene with a sumptuous, comforting pot of Luxury Lip Balm, followed by a beautiful Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator, the latest release puts their balm in a lipstick tube that is as convenient as it is chic. This baby goes everywhere with me. The Henné Organics Luxury Lip Balm is totally naked and free of essential oils, which is better for sensitive lips or for moments when your lip balm shouldn’t interfere with your taste buds and sense of smell.

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 — This new SPF serum from Kari Gran has been a favorite since it launched this summer. With 9 ingredients total, including naturally protective oils like red raspberry seed oil and French plum seed oil, Three Sixty Five is perfect for sensitive skin, and it wears just like a daily facial oil, replacing the need for an additional moisturizer in most cases. While the skin-smoothing formula creates an almost airbrushed effect, it’s not completely invisible. The non-nano zinc oxide leaves a barely there white trace, but it’s worth it, especially if you follow my advice and create your own foundation with SPF out of this beauty.

Josh Rosebrook Enrich Mask — For those of us with fine, oily-prone hair, it can be difficult to find a hair mask that treats and repairs without weighing down strands. The Enrich Mask from Josh Rosebrook is everything I’ve ever wanted out of a mask treatment, and I am obsessed with the smooth, bouncy finish that I get after this treatment. It’s how my hair feels after a fresh cut and style at the salon—you know what I’m talking about, right? Josh Rosebrook formulations are gentle and alive with energy and vitamins. They have a vibrancy that comes from all the phytochemicals found in the 20 plus herbal extracts used for their antioxidant properties and more. The Enrich Mask is no different, and it was a big discovery for me in 2016.

 Happy New Year everyone! What were some of your favorite beauty discoveries of 2016?

2 thoughts on “A Few of My Favorite Beauty Discoveries in 2016

  1. Happy New Year, Susannah! I loved your round-up of favorites! We share many favorites – I also adore the gorgeous smelling Amly mist (I share your addiction for facial mists), the sweet orange blossom scent of the Maya Chia Waterless Balm (sometimes I open the jar just to smell it – it puts a smile on my face) and everything Icelandic Moonflower!

    My favorite 2016 discoveries are:

    Mahalo Unveil Cleanser – this is just swoon-worthy. I am not a morning person and I actually have been jumping out of bed just to put this on and massage into my skin and breathe deeply. It makes early morning so much better! Maryna created the most soothing and unique scent – the lemon, ginger, fragonia, pink peppercorn and cocoa are all there and it’s both uplifting and soothing at the same time. I love gorgeous green color and the feel of the balm and how it magically turns into a milky cleanser when you splash on some warm water.

    Red Flower Room Diffusers – these are AMAZING! The heavy, elegant and large glass bottles are so pretty on the counter and the scents are strong enough to fill the entire room – in a good way! Icelandic Moonflower is my favorite – I can’t get enough of the freesia note in that blend. The jasmine one has hints of neroli & ylang-ylang that are gorgeous and remind me of springtime.

    Red Flower Body Washes – Finally a luxurious, thick natural body wash! Besides my two favorite scents (Icelandic Moonflower & Jasmine) Wanderlust also became a family favorite – my daughter loves the scent so much we also got it in the hand soap version. Wanderlust is complex and rejuvenating. The Ocean blend has this eucalyptus note that makes the shower stall feel like a healing therapy steam room when I feel run down. I can’t wait to try the other scent combinations.

    Red Flower hand soaps – more love for Red Flower! The Italian Blood Orange hand soap smells so fabulous that I stop to breathe it in before and after washing my hands. It has layers of citrus that are so uplifting and happy. It’s also a huge bottle that lasts a long time.

    David’s Toothpaste – finally a fresh mint that is refreshing and not cloying or sweet. It also really makes my teeth feel clean. Being able to recycle the tube makes me so happy – no plastic 🙂

    Rahua Curl Cream Styler – this was a game changer for me. A few pumps of this scrunched into my damp hair and I can air-dry and go – no more frizz or flat waves! Somehow it adds body and curl without weighing down my hair. Magical!

  2. Oh I want to try the Kari Gran SPF! I wonder how it compares to Living Libations.

    Here are my 2016 favorites:

    Lotus Wei elixirs! I never would’ve thought these work, but they are transformative!

    Josh Rosebrook Lift Spray- My fine hair and I can’t be without it.

    100% Pure BB Cream

    Maya Chia Super Couple

    RMS Buriti Bronzer

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.