Autumnal Organic Skin Care

by Rona Berg

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Autumn Harvest

With a nip in the air, autumn is the perfect time to warm up the skin with stimulating—and tasty!—organic skin care ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg and other mulling spices, and delicious fall fruits like pumpkin, apple, pear and grapes. Here are a few new seasonal offerings that we’d like to share.

PUMPKIN

Three Sisters Apothecary Harvest Pumpkin Cinnamon Lip Soother It smells like pumpkin pie and tastes just as good! With coconut oil, avocado butter and shea—and cinnamon as a lip plumper—this little tin of deliciousness from Sonoma Country, CA, will soothe and smooth your precious pout! soapcauldron.com

Bidwell Botanicals Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Spiced Pumpkin With a sugar and shea butter base—and pumpkin seed, cardamom seed and cinnamon leaf oils—this sweet-smelling body scrub will help exfoliate dry, dead skin and de-clog pores. bidwellbotanicals.com

Pumpkin Spice Facial Treatment at Agave, the Arizona Spa
Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, which helps with fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and acne. This 50-minute facial features an Epicuren Pumpkin Apple Peel, a custom mask, hydrating eye treatment and lip balm. Available September through November at Agave, the Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale. kierlandresort.com

SONY DSCCHAI

Nubian Heritage Goat’s Milk & Chai Body Wash Gentle enough even for sensitive skin, this yummy body wash features three Fair Trade butters—shea, cocoa and mango—to soften and hydrate, chai extract to get your skin glowing and soothing lactic acid to nourish and protect the skin. vitaminshoppe.com

Balanced Guru Organic Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque It smells more like a delicious cup of spicy chai than skincare, but this USDA-certified organic mask is loaded with antioxidant- and vitamin C-rich açai and acerola berries to brighten the skin, and clove and cinnamon to stimulate the circulation. Mix the powder with water, honey or yogurt; works wonders for mature skin. balancedguru.com

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Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Apple Organic Mask Treatment This 97 percent organic mask has the consistency of applesauce, but don’t be tempted to eat it! It will work wonders to calm irritated skin (any skin type). Loaded with soothing organic apple, agave, cucumber, chamomile and calendula. osmosisskincare.com

Astrida Naturals Apple & Papaya Clay Face Mask Concentrate A concentrated powder that you mix with water—or any liquid you choose—this muscular mask contains apple and papaya extracts to exfoliate, and rhassoul and kaolin clays to absorb excess oil from the skin. We also love to use it as a face scrub! abesmarket.com

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Clairvoyant Beauty Facial Cleansing & Massage Oil An oil-based cleanser for those with delicate skin who prefer a water-free, tissue-off cleanser, this luxurious product features antioxidant-rich grape-seed oil. Clairvoyant Beauty is founded by Lexie Masterson, sister of actress Mary Stuart Masterson, and inspired by her grandmother’s recipes. clairvoyantbeauty.com

Grape Seed & Olive Oil Body Scrub & Massage at The Spa at Pelican Hill
An 80-minute warm scrub and relaxing massage that features ground olive skins, grape seeds and antioxidant-rich olive oil. Available October and November at The Spa at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, CA. pelicanhill.com

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For Men Only

Men’s skincare and spa treatments for men are two of the fastest growing categories that are trending right now, as more men around the globe have begun to pay more attention to grooming. According to Mintel, beauty and personal care launches specifically targeted at men have increased globally by 70 percent over the past six years. Here are two products that we were tempted to steal from the guys.

Earth Science Naturals 145 Just One Wash for Men Earth Science Naturals, a familiar name in natural beauty, recently launched 145, an all-natural, effective and easy line of skincare basics for men. The Just One Wash is just that: a one-product cleanser for face, hair and body. Perfect for traveling light or throwing in the gym bag, it is also vegan and gluten-free. earthsciencenaturals.com

Tao of Man Lubricating Shave Cream The initials of Tao of Man, are the same as Traditional Oriental Medicine, because the ingredients include herbal extracts that are traditionally used in TOM to treat skin conditions. The Lubricating Shave Cream includes moisturizing ginseng and angelica root, to moisturize, and aloe vera to soothe. taoofman.com

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Amazonian Secret

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The creation of Renewable Beauty was the happy (and surprising!) result of medical research, completely unrelated to beauty. Dr. D. William Provance was looking for—and found—a way to prevent parasites from entering the body, with a plant from the Brazilian Amazon that creates a film-like barrier on the skin. When Dr. Provance and his team also realized the film seals moisture into the skin, Renewable Beauty was born.

Additional research led to the proprietary BeautySkin Technology featured in the products, which “blocks pollution, makeup and smoke from entering the skin, plus, it holds in the goodies,” says Debbye Watts, director of business development, of Renewable Beauty. The “goodies” are a blend of Amazonian botanicals—camu camu, açai, andiroba oil, copaiba and pequi oil—hand-picked by Dr. Provance for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They reduce puffiness, plump the skin and soothe irritation and wrinkles.

The line features Skin Renewal Eye Cream and Skin Renewal Serum, with three more products launching this month. renewable-beauty.com

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