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Definitely Lush. Their products are so gentle and always leave my skin amazing. No crazy chemicals and cruelty-free.

That’s actually a really tough choice cause there are several favorites thanks to the lovely Caroline Hirons recommendations. I think it’s a complete tie though with Origins and Ren. I have discovered several stand out pieces from both brands. I think Caudalie and Clarins comes in a close runner ups though as they have also some stand out essentials that I don’t think I could ever be without.

Tough question! Likely Philosophy for me. Some of the moisturizers they make have been the absolute best for my skin. And Purity Made Simple is a great cleanser.

Skincare in and of itself – probably not a traditional cosmetic company. Right now, I’m liking the IMAGE skincare line. for face and neck I have extremely sensitive, combination skin prone to dark spots and breakouts. IMAGE seems to keep that under control, provide necessary (although only SPF 15) sunblock, and gets extra points for simply feeling good on the skin (particularly the Vital C line).
If you’re counting body and scalp care, I’d have to say Aveda.

This is a tough one! I am at a toss up between Shiseido and Mario Badescu. I love how gentle Shiseido’s products are and also the light scent they have, but Mario Badescu has some great products for treating acne. I just hate the smell of most of Mario’s products.

Shisheido is my 20+ plus year mainstay but for some reason, right now, my skin needs me to mix it up a bit. I love the way Shisheido products feel – even lighter on the skin than IMAGE. I’ll have to check out Mario Badescu. Have not yet tried them.

I am right there with you. Mario has some great products. Their new Peptide Renewal Creme is my new HG. It’s amazing and the difference it’s made around my eyes overnight is amazing. Their Kiwi & Strawberry scrubs smell like candy and the rest smell meh. Shiseido is a great line and I love the smell of their products but Mario is more affordable. I like the Miracle Worker line from Philosophy too.

For me, it would probably be Vichy. They have so many different products in their line for any stage of your life, so I feel like I’d be covered when I get older haha ; )

Would never stick to one brand cause that way my skin becomes used to it and doesnt show any improvement aftr some point. Having said that, currently im into kiehls

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For me, it’d definitely be REN. My skin has visibly improved since I began incorporating the brand into my skincare regimen regularly. Clinique also has a couple of products I’d be hard pressed to do without though, namely their Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and Super Rescue Antioxidant Night moisturizer!

Agreed! My really finicky skin does well with their products, so happy they came out with sunscreens this year!

Desert Essence. Cruelty-free, 100% chemical-free, easily accessible… I could go on, and on. It’s also dirt-cheap; I spend less than $100 USD a *year* on product (actually, closer to $50), and it is extremely effective. I’ve had the same regime for a year-and-a-half now, and my skin has *never* looked better (and I’ll be 40 this week).

I’ve tried HE products, but after reading the ingredients, I found that I was paying big bucks for really inexpensive ingredients. Petroleum by-products (ie, mineral oil, etc) & parabens are among the least expensive ingredients available, yet the HE brands have tyhe highest mark-up, and none worked any better than Desert Essence, which I pick up at any health-food store.

I completely agree! I don’t really wear natural makeup, but I’m ALL OVER Dessert Essence, and I make my own oil cleanser (sunflower oil and castor oil) and night moisturizer (avocado oil base with rosehip oil and argan oil). Probably $40 for all of the ingredients.

But the ingredients for the cleanser, that also works brilliantly as a makeup remover, will last me for years. And I’ll get at least a year or two out of the night moisturizer. My skin has never felt better!

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