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The Best of Discover Green Beauty

Mary Bemis

It’s always hard to pick favorites—but that’s what I’m going to do. This year marks the third for Cosmoprof North America’s Discover Green exhibit, and the second year for Discover Green Leaf. Since inception, I’ve enjoyed co-curating these special sections. Here are my top green beauty picks from first-time green beauty exhibitors at the 2018 Discover Green and Discover Green Leaf shows.

AcureSeriously Soothing Hyaluronic Acid + Plant Peptides Biocellulose Mask is one of my favorite finds. I’m not tired of sheet masks yet, and I bet you aren’t either. This one delivers hydration via hyaluronic acid, powerful plant peptides, and fiber made from fermented coconut.

EVOLVhSuper-concentrated Wonderbalm Magic for Curls works to enhance curly styles, as well as to smooth and straighten. A little dab will do you. It’s the first silicone-free product of its kind and comes in an addictive mini version in addition to a full size.

Fivesso Organic Coffee CreationsLeave it to two guys to create some serious body scrubs. Crafted with organic coffee and organic oils, the scrubs come in three varieties: Cinnamon, Lavender, and Peppermint. They also make some very good soap bars, including Activated Charcoal, Honey, and Lemon Tea Tree.

French Girl
Rose Lip Polish was the first product I fell in love with from this luxe apothecary line that handcrafts all of its products out of a facility in Seattle. Ingredients are certified organic and wildcrafted. Note: The Lumiere body oils are topnotch.

Innersense Organic Beauty
Refresh is a wonderful new dry shampoo that goes from a foam to a powder. Natural ingredients include rice proteins and tapioca starch, along with a number of plant and flower extracts. Love the handy 2.37-ounce size.

There’s a reason why you’ll soon be seeing this brand at more and more spas nationwide. Gorgeous 9-free lacquers like Jane Austen, Iconic, and Kissed by Rose Gold, along with sophisticated packaging, make this nailcare brand a real standout.

This brand makes one of the best natural tinted moisturizers on the market. Its Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen is a BB cream with an SPF 30 that comes in four creamy shades.

Malie Organics
Botany Beauty Skin Care is a new collection from this Kauai-based brand. Simple and elegant, the formulations don’t disappoint. Standouts include the Hydrosol Facial Tonic, Coffee Fruit Mask, and Illuminating Serum.

O’O Hawaii 
With the majority of its superfood ingredients grown organically in Hawaii, this beautiful newcomer delights the senses with rich, crystal-infused formulations and creative packaging. A nice touch: For every sale, O’O Hawaii donates $1.00 to the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest program.

Plant Apothecary
This Brooklyn-based line created by a husband-and-wife team has great packaging, fun names (Wake Up, Get Happy, and Get it On are three body washes), and clean and simple formulations.

Sahara Rose
Inspired by the founder’s Moroccan heritage and her grandmother’s beauty rituals, this brand sources its raw materials from rural women cooperatives. I was drawn to the Desert Goddess Remineralizing Body Polish, a gentle scrub that turns into a creamy lather that smells and feels divine. Moroccan lava clay, rose distillate, and rose petals are just a few of its ingredients.

Source Vital Apothecary
This Houston-based brand excels at customized spa products. I loved the bath oils and the custom bath salts in which you choose one of six scents (Orange Rosemary and Geranium Ylang Ylang are two) or one of nine functions (Serene for relaxation, Fluid Retention, and Spirit for uplifting are three options). Bathing soak boosters, like Himalayan Salts and French Green Clay are optional.

Yuni Beauty
One of the most creative green brands of the bunch, Yuni Beauty is playful, practical, smart—and very focused. The brand’s tagline is “Mindful Beauty for an Active Life,” and a few of its exceptional products include Shower Sheets (biodegradable body wipes infused with antibacterial neem, peppermint, and citrus), Chillax (a muscle recovery gel), and My Om World (an aromatic body mist).

To learn more about Discover Green and Discover Green Leaf

The Beauty of Discover Green Leaf

Let’s Keep Green Beauty Growing

Growing CPNA’s Discover Green Show

Discover Green Beauty with Daniela Ciocan

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.