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February 2018 (Vol. 28 Issue 11)

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Joanna Evans

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Simplify your skin and hair care with these single-ingredient beauty products

Scan the labels on most beauty products and you'll likely find a long list of synthetic, often unpronounceable ingredients. But less can definitely be more when it comes to skin and hair care, so we've tracked down five beauty products that refreshingly contain just one natural ingredient. There's nothing added whatsoever.

Great for: mature skin
Sweet Essentials
Organic Avocado Oil, $7.99 (4 oz)
www.sweetessentialsstore.com; tel: 800-995-0679
Sweet Essentials has a fantastic selection of organic single plant oils that can be used on the face, hair and body. This cold-pressed avocado oil is rich in vitamins E, A and D as well as collagen-supporting amino acids and proteins, making it great for anti-aging. It's also intensely moisturizing and nourishing, so ideal for dry, damaged skin and hair.

Great for: oily and acne-prone skin
Base Formula
Ultra Fine French Green Clay, $6.25 (1.76 oz)
www.baseformula-us.com
Also known as bentonite or montmorillonite, this green clay, mined from bedrock quarries in France, can be mixed with water to create a deep-cleansing face or body mask. Highly absorbent, the clay is said to help draw out toxins, bacteria and impurities from deep within the skin, making it ideal for oily, congested or acne-prone skin types. You can also blend it with other natural ingredients from Base Formula, like aloe vera gel or essential oils, to make a bespoke product tailored to your skin's needs.

Great for: sensitive skin
Balm Balm
Neroli Floral Water, $21.12 (3.38 fl oz)
us.feelunique.com; tel: 844-677-4150
Balm Balm produces a range of single-ingredient hydrosols, or floral waters, which are the by-product of the steam distillation of essential oils. They can be used to tone, soothe, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, or even as a
subtle natural perfume. This Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara) Floral Water is especially good for oily or sensitive skin.

Great for: dry skin

Plant Guru
Murumuru Butter, $12.99 (4 oz)
www.theplantguru.com; tel: 877-788-0530
This little jar contains nothing but raw murumuru butter—the yellowish fat extracted from the seeds of the Amazonian murumuru palm tree. Incredibly moisturizing and hydrating, it makes a great face and body moisturizer, especially if you suffer from dry skin, and also works as a nourishing intensive hair treatment.

Great for: all skin types
The Konjac Sponge Company
100% Pure Konjac Facial Puff Sponge, $10.99
www.bathandunwind.com
Made from a vegetable fiber—the root of the Amorphophallus konjac plant—that's simply blended with water, this little sponge is natural way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. You just rinse it with water, squeeze out the excess, then gently rub the sponge over your face. The sponge is also available with added natural ingredients like deep-cleansing bamboo charcoal and skin-softening French pink clay to suit different skin types.


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