Botanical Beauty

With spring slowly giving way to summer and those oft-promised May flowers now in full bloom, there’s never been a better time to harness a little flower power and apply it to your beauty routine. From cleansers and masks to mascara and lip tints, some of our favorite beauty products make use of soothing, nourishing plant-based ingredients to leave you looking your best — naturally. Below, we’ve rounded up our faves to take you through a full day of beauty, from washing your face in the morning to a deep-penetrating mask to apply right before bed. And the best part is that you can snatch them all up with a single stop, since they’re all available at Sephora in a Simon near you.  

What it is:
Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs

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CLARINS Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
As it says right in the name, this gentle cleanser hosts a rich mix of Alpine herbs that soften the skin. Beyond that, though, it also has St. John’s Wort and almond oil for moisturization and harnesses juniper and arnica to tone. This combo leaves the face feeling supple and refreshed.

What it is:
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge

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BOSCIA Konjac Cleansing Sponge, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
Harvested from an island off the coast of Korea, konjac is an Asian root vegetable that the Japanese have traditionally used as a detoxifying dietary staple. Additionally, its light organic fibers can be used to make gently exfoliating sponges, like this one from Boscia. Not only is it pH neutral, it’s also enriched with protein, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and folic acid. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types, this scrubber can be used on the face, neck, and even the very delicate under-eye area.

What it is:
Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

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BELIF Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
In addition to bergamot to balance and soothe the skin, this gel-liquid hybrid toner also boasts sage, a natural antioxidant that leaves skin even and deeply hydrated. The result is a complexion that appears supple and revitalized.

What it is:
Primary Raw DoYou Azulene Gel Cream

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PRIMARY RAW DOYOU Azulene Gel Cream, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
This K-beauty lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer embraces the trend of plumped, bouncy skin by harnessing azulene, a substance distilled from the petals of chamomile flowers. Bamboo sap and soy extracts reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier to keep that hydration in, while witch hazel extract calms and nourishes.

What it is:
Erno Lazlo White Marble Bright Hydrogel Mask

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ERNO LASZLO White Marble Bright Hydrogel Mask, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
If anti-aging is your thing, this is the mask for you. With an emphasis on minimizing dark spots, erasing fine lines, and tackling dullness and uneven texture, this mask has a laundry list of rich oils including avocado, sunflower seed, chamomile, and peony, as well as extracts from grapefruit and even algae!

What it is:
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
Moving on from the cleansing and moisturizing part of your routine to the makeup proper, we’ll start with concealer. This one from NARS not only flawlessly covers imperfections, lines, and dark spots, it also contains magnolia bark extract, grape seed extract, and vitamin E to help hydrate, reduce the appearance of redness, and improve skin resilience by making sure your skin holds onto that moisture you worked so hard to impart!

What it is:
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15

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ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Kamikaze, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
This buildable lip protector goes from a sheer hint of color to a more intense look when layered up, also boosting its extra-strength conditioning potential. Natural cocoa butter hydrates while antioxidant-rich oils extracted from olive fruit and sesame seeds help regenerate the skin from the inside out. And to seal the deal — SPF protection!

What it is:
Antonym Lola Lash Too, Certified Organic Mascara

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ANTONYM LOLA LASH TOO Certified Organic Mascara, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
With rich, organic shea butter to nourish, all-natural sweet almond oil to support lash growth, and layer-building wax made from palm leaves to provide fullness, this mascara serves as a 1-2-3 punch to kick your lashes into high gear. And that thickness lasts long after you’ve removed your makeup for the night — continued use actually helps your lashes to grow in longer and thicker as they get healthier.

What it is:
Amorepacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

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AMOREPACIFIC Sun Protection Mist, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
Unlike many SPF products, this sunscreen not only protects you against new sun damage, but also can help correct and soothe past damage while treating your skin to a spritz of deeply nourishing antioxidants. Redness and heat irritation vanish and skin is left protected and hydrated, all thanks to the natural, plant-based extracts of plum, purslane, maitake mushrooms, and bamboo sap.

What it is:
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

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KLORAINE LABORATORIES Dry Shampoo, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
For those who are already converts to dry shampoo, we know we don’t have to convince you. For those who haven’t yet tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing. And with this version from Klorane, gentle oat milk soothes and protects both hair and scalp, while corn and rice starches deliver powerful cleansing. Dirt, oil, and odor vanish, and hair is left clean, refreshed, and full of volume and texture.

What it is:
KIEHL’S SINCE 1851Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

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KIEHL’S Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
At the end of the day, nothing gently removes makeup and residue from the skin better than this oil that transforms into a milky lotion when combined with water. An essential oil blend that includes lavender and primrose increases skin’s radiance and brightness while it softly cleans.

What it is:
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

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TATA HARPER Resurfacing Mask, available at Sephora

Botanical Boost:
As a last step before bed, it doesn’t get much better than this glow-inducing mask. Gentle plant-based exfoliants clear the way for pomegranate enzymes to cleanse the skin and refine pores for a vibrant, radiant complexion. Antioxidant-rich beet extract promotes hydration, while willowbark and meadowsweet—natural sources of salicylic acid—slough off dead skins cells. Even the scent is plant-derived, with the sweet citrus notes coming courtesy of bergamot.

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