I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
It's been a while since I last posted a floral roundup, but that's because the remaining florals I want to feature are really difficult to find in beauty and skincare products. It actually took me several months to curate the five items for this, but I'm super-excited to share them with you because the brands are some of my favorites, the product packaging is beautiful, and I feel like each product puts hibiscus at center stage.
Apoterra's Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud is one of the ooey-ist, gooey-ist face masks I've ever had the privilege of using, and I love it. The mask is comparable to Skinfood's Strawberry Black Sugar Wash Off mask, though it's definitely thicker in consistency. It contains certified organic honey, hibiscus flowers, acai berries, oats, aloe, rosehip and other skin-nourishing ingredients.
The mud goes on like a thick, gloppy paste and sets like a mask. When you rinse, you gently scrub in order to exfoliate your skin. Whenever I use this, my skin feels noticeably softer and looks brighter.
Have you tried micellar water yet? If not, you should. It's considered an alternative to your standard cleanser, but I recommend it as a follow up to a cleanser to help remove anything left behind.
In any case, Boots Botanics makes a micellar water that happens to have "brightening hibiscus" as a star ingredient. I like it because I can feel it working, it doesn't leave any weird residue or film on my face, and I can see that it picked up leftover makeup my primary cleanser didn't pick up. The hibiscus isn't really detectable in terms of scent, but it is a primary ingredient.
While I traditionally use softer, sudsier, perfumed shower gels, I am a big fan of Ahava's Hibiscus & Fig velvet cream wash. It smells like candied figs and juicy hibiscus, but it's not overpowering or too sweet. It suds up nicely and leaves a very faint scent on the skin after you step out of the shower and pat off.
They actually make this scent in a lotion and a body butter, which I haven't tried but I'm sure is just as lovely.
Is this the prettiest home fragrance diffuser you've ever seen? It's made by Grand Casablanca and yes, that is a porcelain flower that diffuses the scent. It's got that rich, juicy hibiscus scent, but it's mellowed with amber and vanilla and has a bit of citrus sparkle, as well.
I know it's pricy at $59, so it's more of a #treatyourself splurge or would make a great gift for someone else. Also, you can continue buying refills of the oil, as the porcelain diffuser will last forever.
Norabloom is one of my favorite brands for several reasons. First, I think Holly, the founder, is an amazing and inspiring woman (read her bio). Second, every single product is so gorgeously packaged and created thoughtfully with high-quality ingredients.
The Hibiscus Face Creme is a lovely product that works beautifully underneath your makeup. It moisturizes, but mattifies, and the skin soaks it up quickly. The consistency is more of a liquid than a cream, and it has a subtle hibiscus scent.
- Do you plan to try any of the above?
- Is there another hibiscus item that I overlooked?