Our Natural + Organic Beauty Awards: Part 1

by Rona Berg

We are widely considered leaders in clean beauty, and, when it comes to curating natural and organic beauty, we are well-known for our integrity—we vet every ingredient on every ingredient label for you.

Now, for the first time ever, we have decided to award top products with our new Organic Spa Media Beauty Awards. Our criteria was simple: We judged each product on ingredient purity, efficacy, innovation and sustainability. Here is part one of our 2020 award-winners!

Top Age-Defiers

Osmia Restore Facial Serum 

A cult favorite formerly known as Facial Restoration Serum, with safflower, jojoba and kukui oils and antioxidant-rich pomegranate, amaranth, borage and sea buckthorn oils to restore the skin. osmiaorganics.com 

Beautycounter Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream 

This super-luxurious cream, rich in natural retinols and tetrapeptides to firm skin and boost the skin’s antioxidant protection, will also soften lines and wrinkles. beautycounter.com 

Odacité Ac+R Youthful Glow Acai Rose Serum Concentrate 

Packed with antioxidants, this concentrated serum improves the appearance of skin tone, texture, lines and wrinkles and imparts a gorgeous glow. odacite.com 

Columbia Probiotic Concentrate 

A beautiful, highly effective, concentrated serum with a unique blend of probiotics, plant stem cells and peptides to help make skin more luminous. columbiaprobiotics.com 

Okoko Cosmetiques L’Élixir de Pureté Dragon’s Blood 

This luxurious, ultra-concentrated serum features prebiotics, beech extract and dragon’s blood, a healing botanical to help soften and smooth the skin. okokocosmetiques.com 

Top Cleansers

One Love Organics Botanical A Facial Cleanser 

A silky, plant-based cleanser with vegan lactic and salicylic acid, to help soften lines and wrinkles. oneloveorganics.com 

Ranavat Luminous Ceremony: Cream Cleanser 

An impossibly rich, almost decadent cleanser that turns washing your face into a luxe beauty ritual. ranavatbotanics.com 

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser 

USDA-certified soothing facial cleanser with organic apple juice, aloe and chamomile, for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. desertessence.com 

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser 

A clarifying cleanser with organic lemon, cherry and aloe juices, not only removes impurities, it leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. juicebeauty.com 

Maya Chia The Great Cleanse Nourishing Supercritical Cleansing Oil 

Great for all skin types, even skin prone to acne and rosacea, this luscious oil cleanser soothes and nourishes the skin and leaves it glowing. 

mayachia.com 

Top Facial Masks

Image Ormedic Balancing Gel Masque 

A super gentle mask that brings life and beauty back to dry, tired skin, with mondo grass extract and prickly pear cactus water to moisturize and rejuvenate. imageskincare.com 

Mahalo Skin Care The Petal Hydrating Mask 

Natural and organic essential oils, mineral-rich Amazonian white clay, beta-hydroxy acid and bio-active Hawaiian and manuka honeys breathe new life back into the skin. mahalo.care 

Taila Nava Jungol Detoxifying Jungle Mask 

This muscular mask, based on Ayurvedic principles, reduces inflammation, helps with breakouts and stimulates and purifies the skin with raw honey, clay, turmeric, clove, sage and more. tailaskincare.com 

Little Barn Apothecary Calendula + Lycopene Hydration Mask 

This little beauty with a woodsy scent features calendula, papaya enzymes and tomato lycopenes, and doubles as a mild exfoliant, to leave skin softer, smoother and plumper. littlebarnapothecary.com 

Andalou Naturals Age Defying Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask 

This rich, creamy mask is made with fruit stem cells, resveratrol, organic avocado oil and dark cocoa, rich in antioxidants and amino acids, to nourish and hydrate the skin. andalounaturals.com 

Top Balms

May Lindstrom the Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate 

This product started the blue tansy craze and it is still our favorite. A magical blue balm that nourishes and soothes even the most sensitive skin. maylindstrom.com 

ODE Olio Nuovo Healing Balm 

A lovely, soothing balm, made with the brand’s signature extra virgin olive oil, along with shea butter, calendula, St. John’s wort, comfrey, lavender and more, to soothe irritated skin. Ninety-eight percent of the ingredients are farmed organically, from McEvoy Ranch in Marin County. odenaturalbeauty.com 

Honua Mahealani Balm 

The founder of Honua is based in Hawaii, and infuses the lush botanicals from her home into this beautiful balm, like gorgeous Hawaiian vetiver that is not only a balm for the skin, but also for the soul. honuaskincare.com 

Anda Super Nutrient Balm 

This lovely balm—Anda is the organic line under the Kerstin Florian umbrella—is incredibly nourishing, with buriti, to firm and tighten; sea kelp, to soothe irritation and boost circulation; and carrot seed, to protect from free radicals. kerstinflorian.com 

Eu’Genia Everyday Shea Butter 

We love that it’s packaged in a pretty, reusable tin, and what’s inside is just as good! An all-purpose balm loaded with raw shea butter, moringa and baobab oils, a go-to for dry, irritated, flaky skin. eugeniashea.com 

Top Face Oils

Meow Meow Tweet Juniper Carrot Seed Face Oil 

With an antioxidant-rich blend of potent hemp, jojoba, sesame and carrot seed oils, plus juniper berry and geranium, this is a little powerhouse protector for dry, dehydrated skin. meowmeowtweet.com 

Kenza International Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil Rose Oil Otto Eternel 

Moroccan-owned Kenza sources pure prickly pear seed and argan oils from women’s cooperatives in Morocco, to provide women around the globe with gorgeous oils like this one. kenza-international-beauty.com 

Eminence Organics Facial Recovery Oil 

A great multitasker, and the go-to for anything that ails your skin. With olive and sesame, sage and tea tree, along with rosemary and ylang-ylang, this all purpose oil is age-defying! eminenceorganics.com 

Skin Owl Maqui Berry Drops 

Loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals that help prevent skin cell damage; plump dull, dry skin; and help clear congestion. skinowl.com

Aura Cacia Organic Baobab Skin Care Oil 

Sustainably harvested from the wild-growing baobob tree in Africa, this oil is clean and simple: It protects, nourishes and hydrates the skin, and will also help nourish the scalp! auracacia.com 

Top Serums

Tracie Martyn Firming Serum 

There is a reason why this brand is beloved by A-list celebrities, and this product is a perfect example. A few pumps on face and neck result in an instant lifting and firming. traciemartyn.com

For the Biome Shield Face Serum 

Master herbalist Paul Schulick just launched For the Biome, but this water-free serum is already one of our favorites, with astaxanthin rosehip seed, marigold and chamomile to revive the skin’s moisture barrier with plant-derived actives. forthebiome.com

Laurel Skin Unburden Serum 

This purposeful serum is not only lovely—Laurel grows her own flowers, herbs and botanicals—it is a great help for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. laurelskin.com 

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum 

This award-winning serum is loaded with antioxidant vitamins and nutrients, featuring vitamin C, along with muscular active ingredients like konjac root, ferulic and hyaluronic acid. Beautifully absorbent, powerful and a pleasure to use. madhippie.com 

Ilia True Skin Radiant Priming Serum

A powerful multitasker, this lovely product relies on hibiscus extract, aloe and beta-glucan to firm, moisturize and soothe skin, while temporarily tightening and softening the skin, and priming it for a perfect makeup application. iliabeauty.com 

Top EXFOLIANTS

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask 

Packed with phytonutrients, minerals and antioxidants, this brightening mask can first be applied as a scrub, then left on to deep cleanse and leave skin glowing. alkaitis.com 

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask 

We love the speed and the reliability of this product: in only five minutes, the skin emerges looking softer and smoother. truebotanicals.com 

MV Skincare Purifying and Balancing Mineral Mask

Nothing short of a miracle for acne and oily skin, and it is an absolute sensorial pleasure to use! mvskincare.com 

Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator 

Jojoba and kukui nut beads, designed to not scratch or irritate the skin, leave it feeling fresh and clean. paiskincare.us 

Schaf Purifying Scrub 

Easy and extremely effective, with white lava particles, bamboo beads, African Shea butter, and hyaluronic acid. schafskincare.com 

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