The 5 Beauty Products The Whole World Loves
There are five beauty products that I have never read a single bad review about. The entire world (or at least, the internet) is in rare agreement that these five products are actually bomb. Everyone loves them. And I’ve owned four out of five of them so can add my name to that list.
Grab a pad and pen TBQH!!
Goop once wrote, “The biggest cult in beauty is, without a doubt, a little black bottle.” That bottle belongs to Vintner’s Daughter and their potent, plant-derived serum. Technically an oil but strategically formulated to have the multi-correctional function of a serum, Vintner’s Daughter contains 22 of the world’s most nutrient-rich antioxidants, phytoceramides (to strengthen your skin) and amino acids. This oil is begging you to say “Fine, I’ll throw out the rest of my skincare and just use you for the rest of forever!” (I actually know people who have done this). Brand founder April Gargiulo used her Napa Valley winemaking background to formulate her toxin-free oil as carefully and precisely as possible. It’s designed to promote cell turnover and elasticity, and inhibit melanin production, thus making it an effective weapon in the realms of anti-ageing. Vintner’s Daughter is, sadly, outrageously expensive, but in my experience you only need about three drops to cover your entire face.
Arguably the most humble product on this list, you won’t necessarily see Weleda Skin Food gracing the pages of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the world’s (and Julia Robert’s) most beloved moisturisers. In fact, Weleda has over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The unassuming toothpaste-esque tube is a staple in every top makeup artist’s kit, used frequently to add dimension and glow to the high points of a model’s face – despite its description as a treatment for especially dry or rough skin. With nary a chemical in sight, the all-natural moisturiser uses sunflower-seed oil, avocado oil, and pansy extract to heal and nurture as it dissolves into the skin. At one point I was so obsessed that I had one beside my bed, one in my car, and one in my handbag.
I first tried Egyptian Magic last summer when my face got super sunburnt and one of my girlfriends passed me her tub, “Smear this all over your nose and cheeks – the redness will be completely gone in the morning”, she said nonchalantly. Sure enough, come morning, my skin wasn’t only back to its normal self, but it actually looked better than it did *before the sunburn*. Egyptian Magic is one of those products that “if you know, you know”, but if you don’t – you’ve probably never heard of it. The olive oil/beeswax/bee pollen/bee propolis/royal jelly mixture is most commonly loved for its ability to heal dry, sunburnt and chapped skin, but loyal users also claim that it works wonder on grazes, dandruff, scars, damaged hair, nappy rash, stretch marks and athlete’s foot – hence the word “magic”. Australian wellness-destination Nimbus Co. is a huge fan.
Living Libations maintains cult status in both Los Angeles and Byron Bay – two destinations that have become synonymous with organic produce, infrared saunas, and clean beauty – and Living Libations is as clean as they come. The Canadian-based company have worked with the same artisan distillers and family farmers to source their essential oils (the foundation of all their products) for over 20 years, to ensure their oils are pure, authentic and fairly produced. But most customers are just obsessed with their product, aptly named, “Best Skin Ever”. Best Skin Ever has the texture of an oil but it’s a true multitasker: you can use it as a morning cleanser, a makeup remover, gentle exfoliator (yes, really) or a face and body moisturiser. It’s also, as you’d expect, completely free of parabens, phthalates and silicones and has a really accessible price point. Two warnings though: if you have acne-prone skin, I’d use this cautiously as it contains coconut oil which can be a little congesting. They also don’t have much of a social media presence and their website could use a little “spruce up” – to put it charitably – but don’t let that put you off!
Vogue once said, about French girls, “When it comes to those glowing complexions, anyone who has visited a Paris pharmacy can tell you their secret: micellar water.” But not just any micellar, Bioderma’s Sensibio H20. I’ve used high-end micellars like La Mer, and supermarket options like Garnier (actually pretty good) but Bioderma reigns supreme in terms of hydrating, cleansing and gently removing makeup. For the past five or so years I’ve started each morning by soaking two cotton pads in this stuff and swiping it across my face and neck. Side note: any high-quality micellar water won’t require additional rinsing, which is good for avoiding drying out your skin in colder months. French beauty, and my cheeks, would be nothing without Bioderma.