Care For Your Skin From Head to Toe

After more than a year of testing new skincare trends during lockdown, we’re bringing it back to basics. Because sometimes, when it comes to natural skin care, the simplest and most sustainable options are the best.

If you’re also hoping to zhuzh up your skin with minimalist and affordable products, check out our five favorites. Plump up your skin without drying out your wallet. 😉

You can also check out our top picks for affordable drugstore skincare brands, along with natural face washes and organic shampoos that get the job done.

1. cocokind

Best For | Under eyes & lips
Ethics | USDA organic, non-GMO, cruelty-free, recyclable packaging, gives back
Ingredients | Certified organic coconut oil, beeswax, & matcha tea powder
Price | $9

For affordable, multipurpose, and minimalist skin care, we love cocokind’s All-Over Moisture Stick. Powered by matcha tea powder, cruelty-free beeswax, and organic coconut oil, you can use this stick to hydrate under eye circles or chapped lips. Sales support cocokind’s Impact Foundation, investing in female-identifying entrepreneurs in the sustainability and wellness space. At under $10 a pop, it’s a standout product that can be used, well, all over.

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2. Meow Meow Tweet

Best For | Dry & cracked skin
Ethics | Vegan, certified organic & fair trade ingredients, Leaping Bunny certified, plastic- and palm oil-free, recyclable packaging
Ingredients | Certified organic olive and coconut oils, shea butter, beeswax, rosemary extracts, & essential oils
Price | $14

Rough and cracked skin doesn’t stand a chance, thanks to Meow Meow Tweet’s Repair Balm. Formulated with certified organic ingredients and oils like chamomile, vetiver, and myrrh, this nourishing balm will keep you moisturized through even the driest seasons. Users rave about how smoothly it glides on without feeling greasy and how quickly it gets to healing and hydrating.

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3. Pholk Beauty

Best For | Balancing & toning
Ethics | Black woman-owned, organic & natural ingredients
Ingredients | Organic honeysuckle & rose, essential oils
Price | $20

Niambi Cacchioli, African diaspora historian and gardener, launched Pholk Beauty to address issues that women of color particularly face, like ingrown hairs and hyperpigmentation. Using organic ingredients sourced from all over the world from Senegal to Kentucky, these green beauty products are affordable and effective. We especially love the Honeysuckle Hydrating Mist for spritzing on as a toner, either pre-bedtime or post-workout. (Plus, it smells pretty incredible.)

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4. Ursa Major

Best For | Exfoliating & soothing
Ethics | Certified B Corp, vegan, cruelty-free, certified organic & natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging & production, gives back
Ingredients | Aloe, sugarcane, green tea, willow bark, birch sap
Price | $30

Ursa Major is a certified B Corp prioritizing natural skin care that’s also sustainable. Formulas here are crafted with only organic, natural, and cruelty-free ingredients without synthetics, petrochemicals, or parabens. And the brand’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic comes in handy when we’re hoping to clean, exfoliate, and soothe simultaneously. It works well even on sensitive skin. Sometimes a good one-step routine is all you need.

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5. NOTO Botanics

Best For | Face, hair, & body
Ethics | Organic & natural ingredients, recycled packaging, fair trade and cruelty-free suppliers, gives back 
Ingredients | Organic aloe, cedarwood, coriander, bergamot, & black pepper oils
Price | $38

We know, we know… one product for your face, body, and hair? Hear us out. NOTO Botanics’ The Wash does it all. Just add water into this highly concentrated blend to gently remove dirt, oil, and bacteria, thanks to a mix of antibacterial coriander and anti-inflammatory bergamot. With an emphasis on locally sourced materials, sustainable packaging, and giving back, NOTO Botanics is a trailblazer, especially when it comes to a multipurpose product and mission.

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