We can all be a little guilty of focusing so much attention on the face that we neglect our hair and body. So, to help remedy that, here are the formulas that make easy work of gorgeous locks, smooth skin and wellness-boosting rituals.
Best Plant-Based Product
We’ve become obsessed with the small, everyday rituals that make us feel grounded and a little calmer, especially when cabin fever strikes. And so we are quite fond of spritzing the air with this infusion of therapeutic-grade plant oils and extracts. The scent is so uplifting.
Our love of these clean-burning candles – this one has a seriously relaxing scent that gently fills a room – began to border on obsession when we realised the ceramic pots could either be refilled or emptied out and used as gorgeous storage pots for everything from make-up brushes to pencils.
After wearing this breakthrough, clean deodorant throughout summer, we can conclude that it is probably the beauty product we recommend most to anyone who will listen. The cream-to-powder formula keeps underarms dry and has a subtle, sweet scent.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
Best Hand Sanitiser
The one product we’ve all become familiar with over the past year. We love that, while this sanitiser kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria and microbes, it’s also gorgeously scented and nourishes hands with soothing aloe vera and a blend of essential oils.
Best Shower Wash
This super-hydrating body wash is infused with anti-fatigue essential oils to invigorate your senses when you shower in the morning – and we can attest that it really does make us feel more awake. We also love that the packaging is made from reclaimed ocean plastic.
REN Clean Skincare
Best Body Scrub
This satisfyingly thick marshmallow balm is packed with shea butter, vitamin A and apricot kernel oil, as well as mineral-rich Dead Sea and pink Himalayan salts. All of which means it gently sloughs away dead cells and then leaves skin deeply moisturised and glowing.
Best Soap Bar
Infused with violet and lilac, this sweet-smelling, handmade bar really is one of those simple things that we love reaching for in the shower. It’s made from shea and coconut butters, which deliver a satisfyingly rich lather that leaves skin feeling clean and soft.
Best Hand Soap
We’ve become a little fussy about soap since we started washing our hands so many more times a day than before. And this one is a winner: it is mild and natural, formulated with wheatgerm oil, aloe vera and plant extracts, as well as sugar surfactants, so hands are gently cleansed – and never feel overly dry.
Best Afro-Hair Treatment
There’s not much that this intensive treatment can’t do: it’s formulated to strengthen strands, enhance curl definition, rebalance moisture and improve the health of your hair, too. Some of the plant-powered ingredients working their magic on natural curls include marula oil, mafura butter, camellia oil and prickly pear seed oil.
Best Hair Treatment
Calling all devotees of hair colouring (especially if you use bleach). Your colourist has likely introduced you to the salon version of this bond-repairing miracle treatment that keeps chemically processed hair looking shiny and healthy. This formula is an at-home version, with enough of the active ingredients to keep your locks lush between visits.
Oh, how we love to wake up with gorgeously radiant, glowing skin. In addition to being formulated with Tan Luxe’s brilliant triple-tan technology, this overnight oil also refreshes and brightens skin with raspberry, kendi, argan, marula, jojoba, and apricot oils.
We struggled to find an all-over sunscreen that we loved enough to wear daily, until this fast-absorbing, vegan formula came along. With naturally derived UVA and UVB protection, as well as calming cucumber extract, it leaves skin well-hydrated and protected.
Best Nail Polish
It’s perfectly natural for beauty editors to wax lyrical about the perfect shade of pinkish nude. After all, there are so many to choose from… but our panel agrees that Nailberry’s Candy Floss is one of the best. One semi-sheer coat looks glossy and natural – add another for a creamy blush finish.
Best Body Moisturiser
When we want to wrap our bodies in a cocoon of lightweight moisture, this natural formula is deeply regenerative. Packed with shea butter, as well as rosehip, avocado and sweet almond oil, this has become one of our most important skincare steps.
Best Body & Hair Oil
One swipe of this decadently thick oil and you’ll be obsessed. It sinks into skin fast, leaving it scented with the creamy fresh fragrance of coconut blended with the warmth of white floral petals. It softens skin, but is recommended for hydrating very dry and curly afro hair, too.
Best Bath Salts
Regularly bathing in these salts is one of the main reasons the past 12 months haven’t pushed us completely over the edge. A blend of raw Sicilian sea salt and marine algae, it’s a nourishing mix that soothes skin and relaxes muscles, while also calming the mind.
Seed to Skin
Best Hand Cream
We may have awarded this for softening our hands throughout winter, but the truth is, we use this all-natural, heavy-duty balm anywhere our skin feels dry or chapped. It’s packed with beeswax, lanolin, sweet almond oil, and anti-inflammatory chamomile.
Best Dry Shampoo
Life happens and, now and again, there is no time for the all-important hair wash or heat-styling session. We’ve tried loads of dry shampoos, and this super-fine powder is leader of the pack, adding volume and texture on days when hair still feels a little clean… and then saving the day when it doesn’t.
Hair by Sam McKnight
Best Afro-Hair Brand
Awarded ‘Afro Hairdresser of the Year’ three times at the British Hairdressing Awards, Charlotte Mensah is a legend in hair circles and beyond. Her organic range, packed with decadent formulas that smell delicious and treat the planet with love, have a cult following among anyone with afro, mixed and curly hair.
Just as healthy skin starts with cleansing, the right shampoo sets you up for strong, gorgeous hair. This gel hair wash is super-refreshing and leaves your scalp tingling and your hair put-your-sunnies-on shiny. It’s infused with peppermint oil and 16 plant extracts to deeply cleanse strands while clarifying the hair and scalp.
From industry-disrupting subscription brand Beauty Pie, this everyday formula is perfect for fine, straighter hair types. It detangles, lightly hydrates, strengthens, protects and smooths, without ever leaving hair feeling weighty or greasy.
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