Glossier skin care

Glossier, the aching cool brainchild of Into the Gloss founder Emily Weiss, has been pumping out product after product to wild acclaim. The products work as they're aptly described, but the question of whether they're "clean" depends on one's definition. Phenoxyethanol is in the vast majority of their line, and while that ingredient has been arguably deemed safe and can be found in a number of clean beauty lines (Ritual de Fille, Red Apple, etc...), I generally avoid it particularly as I've been either pregnant or nursing.

Their Milky Jelly Cleanser and Soothing Face Mist, however, are blessedly sans phenoxythanol. The former is exactly what it sounds like, a cushiony face wash that slips on and rinses off readily, leaving the skin feeling comfortable and not overly dry. It's gentle enough to use in the morning, but I find it performs best when used with cleaning device like a Foreo. 

The Soothing Face Mist is, frankly, lovely. It has a delicate rose scent and offers a delicious sensory experience. Use it between washing and a serum to help active ingredients soak in, or as a finishing touch after applying makeup to make things look a little softer and more effortless. (Pssst - True Botanicals users, this is a fantastic way to activate your Vitamin C or Antioxidant powders). 

Inlight Skin-Easy balm + Face Oil


Winter can be especially brutal on the skin, and I often find myself shelving lightweight oils and brisk tonics in favor of dense balms and emollient-heavy oils that require a few minutes to sink in. Enter these two hero products from UK-based Inlight: a nurturing vanilla scented facial oil, and a medicinal catch-all balm to heal a spectrum of skin complaints.

Formulated by a doctor using only organic ingredients, Inlight doesn't have one star ingredient that the line is built around, rather a cocktail of proven botanicals.

The Facial Oil is a rich, slippery golden oil that faintly smells like vanilla (thanks to a hint of vanilla oil) and feels as comforting as a soft duvet. Anti-inflammatory blue mallow, skin strengthening jojoba, and vitamin A rich rosehip oils provide an all round effective facial oil for daily use. It layers well underneath sunscreen, just give it a couple minutes to settle.

The Skin-Easy Balm is particularly useful to keep in the medicine cabinet. The metal tube holds an herbal scented balm (thanks, no doubt, to the anti-bacterial neem oil within it) that's exceptionally heavy with minimal slip. A blend of beeswax, coconut, castor and olive oils envelope whatever problem area it's applied to, and the concoction of antibacterial, cleansing ingredients inlcuding neem, propolis, frankinscence, tea tree and lavender oils do its work. This balm is lauded for healing acne (though, if like me, coconut oil causes you to break out, it's best to reserve this for skin maladies away from the face – with the notable exception of raw, red noses from seemingly endless days of nose-blowing during cold season). I've also found it fantastic for bug bites, rashes and garden-variety skin afflictions for myself and my little ones. 

Both of these products, as well as the rest of the Inlight line can be found in the US via