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We tested more than 30 botanical formulas to find the ultimate way to green our routine.

By Anneke Knot
May 08, 2020
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Plant-based beauty products
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Plant-based options are all the rage when it comes to what we eat, and the beauty world is no different. High-quality, clean ingredients are no longer simply a trend; they're a requirement. Many brands are trying to reduce the amount of chemicals used in their products by replacing them with clean, naturally derived ingredients. The question is: do these new and improved formulas perform as well as the ones we know and love? Our team did the legwork, so you don’t have to. After multiple compare and contrast sessions, we found the six that stood out about the rest.

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Best Lip Color: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

Your purse and makeup bag just got a whole lot roomier, thanks to this go-to twofer. It's a treatment and gloss in one: Peptides plump lips, and evening primrose oil makes them shiny. All it takes is a few swipes for the hyaluronic acid to work its magic and soothe dry lips. Our favorite part—it keeps lips slick, not sticky.

To buy: $27; sephora.com.

Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner
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Best Hair Pair: Herbal Essences Potent Aloe and Eucalyptus Shampoo and Conditioner

The sulfate- and paraben-free duo nourishes your scalp and cleans strands without stripping away natural oils.

To buy:

Plant Apothecary

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Best for Body: Plant Apothecary Calm Down Body Wash

This organic formula goes from a honeylike gel to a gentle foamy lather and offers a relaxing hit of aromatherapy.

To buy: $20; thedetoxmarket.com.

codex beauty bia day cream
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Best Moisturizer: Codex Beauty Bia Day Cream

Don't let the lightweight texture fool you—this calendula-rich moisturizer quenches even the thirstiest skin.

To buy: $70; saksfifthavenue.com.

Hint Deodorant
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Best Deodorant: Hint Eucalyptus + Lemon Deodorant

Say goodbye to stinky sweat (and bacteria) and hello to this freshly scented aluminum-free, easy-glide formula.

To buy: $11; drinkhint.com.

Esscentials Scent Mist in Happy Hour By Scent Beauty
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Best Fragrance: Esscentials Scent Mist in Happy Hour By Scent Beauty

Notes of grapefruit and lime create a light, zesty fragrance that lasts.

To buy: $52; amazon.com.

This story originally appeared in the April 2020 issue of Real Simple.