After spending the last year testing out some of the latest balms, oils and cleansers, we have made a list of the best beauty buys of 2017. Including the cult favourites that have earnt themselves a permanent spot in our bathroom cabinets, year after year, we have also included some of the game-changing formulations of the year. Split into three separate categories that reflect our changing needs throughout the day, our beauty edit will carry you into the new year with a confident, effective top shelf.
The Best Bath & Body Products
Best Bath Oil
An extravagant seasonal treat, we love how Susanne Kaufmann’s Winter oil looks perched on the corner of the bath but, more importantly how it feels on the skin. Beautifully aromatic, the clove, cinnamon and orange oils help to calm the senses and nourish your skin with a much-needed injection of moisture in the colder months. Simply add to a warm bath, lie back and breathe deep.
Best Self Massage Tool
Inspired by the Asian Gua Sha massage technique, the ‘Body Restorer’ massage tool is designed to gently ease out bodily tension, improve circulation and boost immunity. Incredibly easy to use, at home, in the bath or even at your desk, after just a few minutes of use you can start to feel the healing benefits of the massage. Designed to help the body to expel toxicity via the surface of the skin, the press-stroking method works to improve blood circulation and help decrease chronic inflammation. To learn how to do the massage at home, read our ‘The Body Reset’. For a daily facial massage, we recommend you also try the brand’s award winning jade stone ‘Beauty Restorer’.
Best Home Fragrance
Emmie Candle, £50
This candle has become one of our favourite new home scents. Without being too overpowering it delicately lifts the room, leaving an earthy bitterness and hints of musk long after burning. Grounded in a damp mossiness, it mimics the comforting scent of pruned hedgerows and flowerbeds moments after rainfall.
Best Body Wash
Slightly greener than the eau de parfum, Diptyque’s Philosykos Cleansing Hand and Body Gel is one of the most luxuriant multi-taskers we have come across this year. Rich with the fresh, woody fig scent, it manages to be a fragrance, moisturiser and a cleanser all at once. Blended with shea butter, this gel becomes a silky cleansing foam on contact with water, leaving your skin ten times softer.
PREP & PARTY
The Best Skin & Haircare Products
Best Gradual Tan
James Reed’s Coconut Oil Melting Tanning Balm has changed our attitude to at-home tanning. Perfect for beginners, this balm is easy to use and creates an even, natural-looking base layer coverage that can be built upon. The first of its kind, this hydrating coconut oil-based balm melts on contact with the skin, leaving you with a glowing tan and perfectly hydrated skin.
PETER Thomas Roth
Whilst first we were skeptical about Hyaluronic Acid, we soon realised it was the secret to a flawless, hydrated complexion. Whilst Peter Thomas Roth’s 75% complex has become an everyday staple, we’ve placed it in the party edit because not only does it create a smooth base, it actually seems to keep make-up in place for longer. Reducing the tell-tale dry patches that can ruin a perfectly good look, this serum gives you that Korean ‘mul-gwang’ glow.
Best Gentle Exfoliator
Kind to sensitive skin, Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Face Polish is another party prep essential that we have come to rely on. Created with a contitioning pearl extract, this pale powder emulsifies in water to create an ever-so-gentle exfoliant that reveals a toned, luminous complexion. Rather than trying to achieve a glow with what’s in your makeup bag, try starting with a clear, radiant base.
Best Styling Oil
Great for adding polish to a killer wet-look, or taming those inevitable mid-party flyaways, this hair oil is a styling must-have. Wonderfully lightweight, Davines’ Ol Oil is extremely versatile and can be used on dry, wet, curly or straight hair. During the week, we have also found that rubbing a few drops of into the ends helps to keep you frizz-free all day. Enriched with roucou oil and silicones, this super hair oil helps to create a protective layer that prevents heat and UV damage.
RESTORE & Repair
The Best Healing Skincare Products
Best Face Oil
A blend of eleven nourishing oils, Rodin’s Jasmine & Neroli Face oil helps to soothe and rejuvenate the skin, working in harmony with your skin’s natural oils to achieve a natural luminous glow. Lightweight and non-greasy, a few drops of this fragrant oil can be worn alone for an instant dewy radiance or, as a base to your daily skincare routine. Suitable for all skin types, this oil contains cold-pressed apricot kernel oil, evening primrose as well as a jojoba seed oil blend.
Best Natural Face Mask
This bright green face mask from Tata Harper’s all-natural skincare line, is a real skincare game-changer. Great for drastically clearing up imperfections, this complexion-clearing treatment has an peel effect that helps mask the appearance of breakouts, redness, and excess sebum without irritating. Whilst the AHA’s and lactic acid refines, the chlorella gently nourishes and replenishes the skin. Wonderfully versatile, this mask can be used as a one-minute exfoliator or a full treatment, every few days.
Best Healing Face & Body Oil
This multipurpose remedy-in-a-bottle from In Fiore is one of the most powerful skin-renewing complexes we have come across this year. Infused with 24 floral essences, infusions and minerals, just a few drops each day helps to dramatically improve the texture, elasticity and healing of the skin. Whilst the silica-rich plant actives help to protect the skin’s immunity, Aloe Vera stimulates epidermal growth and repair processes. We have also found this oil to be particularly good at fading scars and discoloration.
Best Facial Cleanser
From the botanical skincare range, Chantecaille’s Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser is a particularly good choice for problematic or sensitive skin. Blended with anti-bacterial geranium, the Vitamin-E rich rice bran help to fade scar tissue and improve the clarity of the skin. Working as a mild exfoliant, this antioxidant solution leaves you with a soft, well-balanced complexion.