Now that we’re deep into October and cool weather has dominated for over a month here in the mountains of Western North Carolina where I live, I’ve had a chance to try out some fantastic products that evoke the spirit of the season in scent, color and texture. Some are new finds while others are tried-and-true favorites. Here are my top 5 fave products of fall, from cosmetics to natural perfume oils.
Dr. Hauschka Lipstick in 04 – This warm, deep red has a hint of shimmery copper. The creamy formula keeps my lips moisturized with shea butter, carrot extract and jojoba wax, but isn’t so slick that it disappears quickly. A very flattering companion for earth-tone fall fashion.
John Masters Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor – Starting in the fall, my hair needs a bit more moisture than in late spring and summer. I use this delicious-smelling reconstructor twice weekly to keep my hair soft, shiny and strong. While many deep conditioners and reconstructors tend to cause hair color to fade, this one allows me to keep my deep red much longer.
Pacifica ‘Spanish Amber’ Soap – Pacifica is known for irresistable scents, and Spanish Amber is no exception. It’s got just the right combination of notes for fall – woody, resinous and slightly sweet with just a hint of citrus. Pacifica soaps are vegan, biodegradable, cruelty-free and made of vegetable glycerin and natural oils and essences.
Trilogy Cream Cleanser – While my skin tends toward the oily side, in the fall it turns decidedly combination with dry patches galore. This creamy cleanser, packed with organic rosehip oil, carrot oil and orange blossom, is light enough to keep my skin soft without causing breakouts.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ‘Sin’ Perfume Oil – I can’t say enough good things about these vegan, cruelty-free scents made of plant-derived oils. They’re perfect for adding to massage oils or making your own scented products, sans toxic synthetic fragrances. A great way to try them out is to order yourself a set of sample vials, referred to on BPAL as ‘imp’s ears’. My fall favorite scent, called ‘Sin’, is a blend of amber, sandalwood, black patchouli and cinnamon.