Facial moisturizer

MyChelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream

A cocktail of supernourishing antioxidants and peptides, this cream improves skin appearance by firming and moisturizing. “I could use this day and night. It’s a versatile all-in-one choice.”

Runner-up: Reviva Labs Essential Fatty Acid Cream

Ten EFA-rich oils—including flaxseed, borage, rosehip, and hemp—infuse this nourishing cream that protects and boosts cell-membrane health for smooth, supple skin. “It soaked right in and left skin soft, without any heavy buildup of oils,” says a tester.

Hair care

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner

Coconut oil provides a deep-moisture treatment. “Both of these products smell good enough to eat, and they left my curly, flyaway hair feeling soft and unfrizzy. I usually don’t use conditioner because I think it weighs down my hair, but this one felt great.”

Runner-up: Surya Brasil Color Fixation Restorative Shampoo and Restorative Mask

“Great for color-treated hair but not a daily go-to for all hair types.”

Hand cream

ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy

Dry skin instantly absorbs this unscented, lightweight lotion, with soothing borage oil. “Other moisturizers leave a white residue that takes minutes to rub in and can get on my computer or clothes. I can reapply this one frequently through the day."

Runner-up: Out of Africa Hand Cream with Organic Shea Butter

“I just need a small dollop of this cream, thanks to its organic shea butter, to soothe cracks and dry knuckles.” Plus, a portion of profits supports education and medical care for children in West Africa.


PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Natural Nail Polish, Eco-Easy Nail Polish Remover

This remover uses natural fermented sugar, and the company puts all after-tax profits toward women’s health and human-rights causes. “I never thought natural nail polish remover existed—this works and smells like rosemary and spearmint. Nail colors are pretty and neutral, and the company does business the right way.”

Runner-up: No-Miss Nail Polish

Available in dozens of funky colors, these polishes also offer nails protection from UV rays.