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A couple of weeks ago I hastily swapped my usual body wash for a bottle of this murumuru butter & rose body wash. My boyfriend was coming into town and is not a fan of my products that, quote, smell like breakfast. 😂 I fully intended to swap it out once he left until I finished the bottle of Soap & Glory but I wound up loving the new one too much.

The murumuru butter & rose body wash is made with handpicked Bulgarian rose oil that smells incredible but not overpowering. Murumuru butter has similar softening and nourishing qualities to coconut oil but I find it’s even more moisturizing and not slippery. I already have a back up bottle of this scent for when I run out and I’d like to try the lavender or sandalwood scent.

Love Beauty and Planet goes beyond eco-friendly and organic to carve out what should become an equally buzzy niche – sustainable beauty. The fast-rinse formulas mean shorter showers (saving water) and are made with naturally derived ingredients from ethically sourced, sustainable growers packaged in 100% recyclable bottles. To top it all off, the products are all under $10.

blue-cocoon

I have a penchant for brands with a good story and May Lindstrom is one such brand. I adore how the founder, May Lindstrom, emphasizes the role that self care has in beauty. Whether your routine is 2 steps or 12 steps, it’s the perfect time to take a moment for yourself each day. Her artisanal products are thoughtfully created to maximize this with powerful, sustainably sourced ingredients in handcrafted formulas blended in micro-batches for maximum efficacy – yes, this is the most luxurious organic skincare brand. Watch this mesmerizing video of the making process, I can’t get enough!

After reading and sampling and stopping for a whiff anywhere I saw it, I splurged on her highly lauded beauty balm, the blue cocoon. This decadent balm is composed of butters, extracts and potent oils like marula, baobab and, the star ingredient, blue tansy. Apart from its absolutely divine scent, I adore the instantly soothing effect it has on my skin. It heals redness, irritation from dryness and inflammation seemingly overnight. Due to the hefty price tag, I used it extremely sparingly in place of my nightly moisturizer once or twice per week and the tub lasted me a little over 14 months.

Want to try before you buy? Integrity Botanicals sells trial sizes of the blue cocoon and other May Lindstrom products. The 5 ml sample will last a few weeks because you only need to use less than a pea-size amount each night.

Photo, May Lindstrom

the glam files dry skin

My skin errs on the side of dry and sensitive, a tendency that weeks of bitter cold does no favors. Over the years I’ve fine-tuned a winter skincare routine that soothes even a painfully dry complexion.

Step one is to slough away flaky dead skin with an at-home facial peel. I’ve raved about the BEAUTYPIE Five Minute Facial before (read here) and also adore the Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial. This resurfacing step will also help the products that follow sink in better and be more effective.

Next for me is always a pump of the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel serum. Ever since I tried this, it has been a staple in my winter skincare routine. I seal it in and add more hydration with a heavy moisturizer – a generous layer (a theme from here on out) of Kiehl’s replenishing Ultra Facial Cream or the Origins Drink Up overnight mask will do the trick.

Now is the time for a little extra love in your body care routine as well. A rich body butter is best applied straight out of the shower so skin can drink it right up or just before bed so it has time to nourish and restore overnight. I love The Body Shop’s range, especially the Vitamin E one, or Kiehl’s delectable Creme de Corps.

The next two products are so heavy (but so effective) that I exclusively use them before bed. First is a thick layer of the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm, then a generous dollop of Weleda’s Skin Food. Both are incredibly softening – apply a thick layer to chapped lips and hands respectively to fix the problem overnight.