Located in South Africa and sells 100% natural products. Check out this “cool” feature — all Esse moisturizers (available in Light, Rich or Deep) are sold in an aluminum cylinder which contains five pots of moisturizer. The pots that are not being used can be stored in the refrigerator which will help them to maintain their potency. The cylinder will last for at least a month and a half (if used twice a day, as advised) and refills are available. All of Esse’s packaging is recyclable and 5% of their net profit is donated to biodiversity preservation. We wish we could find Esse in the States because there are certainly a few products on their site that we wouldn’t mind indulging in.

Marie Veronique

It no longer seems to be enough to moisturize – serums are the supposed key to age-defying skin.

The number of anti-aging serums on the market is truly bewildering.

Aside from knowing that a serum would be better off without parabens or other synthetic preservatives, what should a person look for? Well, Consumer Reports determined, after a six-week test and the use of a high-resolution digital camera, that serums results are…underwhelming.

In fact, most dermatologists seem to agree that serums don’t necessarily do more than regular moisturizer.

Yet if you are still determined to fight aging with a bottle, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are believed to have anti-aging properties. You can have those both in Marie Veronique’s Anti-Wrinkle Serum, but you will pay for the privilege.

Just the Goods

Vegan and without artificial flavors or fragrances, Just the Goods also tries to balance the benefits of the oils and ingredients used with an eye to affordability.

So Just the Goods combines avocado oil and apricot kernel oil in a base of aloe vera. It’s also a good formula for skin that might be sensitive or allergic to botanical ingredients.

Created in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Just the Goods products are in simple HDPE bottles, with a glass option available.