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Larry Krause

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12 Natural Lines We Love

Mary Bemis

We all know that our skin is our largest organ, and we also understand that nicotine patches and the like feed drugs right into our body and bloodstream — so why are we so cavalier with what we rub onto our skin? Here are a dozen of our tried-and-true favorite natural lines full of nature’s botanicals.


Founder Sharon Christie is an unusual blend of scientist, earth mother, and aromatherapist, launching the company in the mid-1980s. Today, all of the products are created in a USDA Certified Organic manufacturing facility and formulated with organic essential oils, medicinal herbs, exotic botanicals, and Fair Trade ingredients. This is an extensive brand with many lines. We’re fans of the Healing Waters line (try the Body Mineral Bath Treatment).

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Dr. Hauschka
Dr. Rudolph Hauschka, whose mission was to “heal humanity and the earth,” founded this line in 1967. The brand has made a name for itself by using natural botanicals that come from the WALA biodynamic gardens in Germany and that are obtained through a unique holistic concept. The products are BDIH and NATRUE certified. Two best-sellers: Rose Day Cream and Rosemary Bath.


HollyBeth’s Natural Luxury
This is a lovely line of USDA Certified Organic products that are made with love and passion in HollyBeth Anderson’s studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Stand-out products include the Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer, Lavender Hand Cream, one of the best eye creams we’ve tested, and a collection of lovely aromatic candles.

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Intelligent Nutrients
We’ve had our eye on this brand since its founder, Horst Rechelbacher, renowned environmentalist and founder of Aveda, first started playing around with it, slowly introducing products in the 1990s. Now, it’s a full-blown USDA Certified Organic health and beauty brand that’s making innovative leaps in the organic beauty category. Many of the plants used as ingredients are grown on Rechelbacher’s solar-, wind-, and geothermal-powered organic farm in Wisconsin. A few of the results-oriented products we admire: Plant Stem Cell Renewal Complex, featuring ingredients from a proprietary blend of antioxidant-rich plant cells from edelweiss, coneflower, and pennywort, as well as Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss.

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This leading Australian skin-care company launched in 1985 and operates a 153-acre farm that’s certified organic and biodynamic by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA). Its mission is to produce the most effective natural skin care, using the most potent organic, biodynamic, and natural ingredients available. Cult favorites include the Rosewater Balancing Mist and the Calendula Cream.

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Malie Organics
Creator and founder Dana Roberts is the mastermind behind this beautiful line that has won the hearts of many. Drawing inspiration from the exquisite natural beauty of Hawaii, Malie honors its homeland by using indigenous ingredients from fragrant flowers to delicious fruits. Botanical benefits are lovingly preserved—each product contains Hawaiian Hydrosols, delicate floral waters that contain every element of the plant at the molecular level. All ingredients are approved for use by the Natural Products Association. A favorite of ours is the Orchid collection, crafted from the purple Cattelya orchids from the eastern shore of Kauai.


Marie Veronique Organics
We fell in love with this small company after a facial we had at Solage Resort and Spa in Calistoga, California. Developed by Marie Veronique Nadeau, a former chemistry teacher, and her daughter, physicist Dr. Jay Nadeau, the goal was to create a skin-care line that would allow women to age not only gracefully, but naturally. Ingredients are Fair Trade, organic, and locally grown, whenever possible, and the company donates 10 percent of profits to organizations dedicated to helping women and children in Third World countries. Fairly new is the Pacific line of anti-aging products, with its award-winning, super-potent, and super-expensive ($375 a bottle) Topical Marine Treatment.

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Naturopathica Holistic Health
Founder Barbara Close is a Renaissance woman — aromatherapist, herbalist, esthetician, and product formulator, she founded a healing arts center 15 years ago. Her results-driven product line soon followed and is certified natural and organic by EcoCert. Ingredients are carefully sourced from local farmers and herbalists, and best-selling products include the Aloe Cleansing Gel and the Carrot Seed Soothing Serum.


This line is rich in essential oils and USDA Certified Organic algae and seaweed and was lovingly created by Jenefer Palmer. A former massage therapist specializing in energy work such as polarity and cranial sacral, she also was a spa director. During this time, she became disenchanted with the products she was putting on guests’ bodies, learning that what you see in a bottle all too often is not what you get! She took matters into her own hands, founding Osea after 11 years of development. Cult favorites include Salts of the Earth body scrub and Ocean Cleansing Mudd.


Savvy beauty editors can’t get enough of this luxurious French line. Concocted with pure plant extracts, it’s certified by EcoCert and offers a variety of wonderfully aromatic face and body products. The Radiant Cleansing Ritual, formulated with anti-aging in mind, is a three-product set that includes Remarquable Cleansing Oil, Delicate Cleansing Foam, and Smoothing Revitalising Toner. A cult favorite is the beloved radiance-boosting and cell-activiating Huile Absolue Face & Body Serum.

Revitalizing Seed Oil Capsules

Although this German-based company (headquartered out of a carbon-neutral facility) turned 25 last year, it was introduced to the United States only in 2011. Products are all natural and certified by EcoCert and NATRUE. Cult products include the Intensive Seed Oil Capsules (we don’t board a plane without them!) and the Moisturizing Lip Balm, rich in neroli cassis.

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Red Flower Nature
You may recognize the name Red Flower, a company that launched in 1999, for its delicate signature petal-topped candles, but it’s come a long way since then. Founder Yael Alkalay created the brand to inspire a sense of living fully and celebrating life through the purity and freshness of flowers. Nature is the name of the natural skin-care line made up of six products that are just as good for the face as they are for the body and are meant to consolidate skin-care regimens. Made with certified organic ingredients sourced from Finland, they include waters that are pure flower distillations and whole essential oils that are cold-press extractions. We love the Organic Birch Mineral Hydrotherapy Soaking Plunge.

Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis is editorial director of She is an award-winning spa journalist, honored with Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and the distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She sits on the board of Wellness Warrior, is a Global Wellness Day Advisor and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.