Evidence of spring is all around in Charlotte—my daffodils have been blooming for weeks! But all of those newly-blooming flowers are so much more powerful than just eye candy. They’ve also been distilled into ingredients for your skincare products. Here’s a breakdown of the flowers that end up in your natural cosmetics…and where you can find them.
Honeysuckle. Widely used for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, honeysuckle heals blemishes and soothes skin, but it also smells great and works as a natural preservative. Find it in: John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo ($16), Kimberly Sayer Contouring & Slimming Body Lotion ($36)
Marigold. Also known as calendula, marigold has healing, soothing properties, and it’s a great addition to a gentle cleanser. Find it in: Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Cleanser ($28), Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream ($38)
Geranium. With its invigorating freshness, geranium helps boost circulation and improve skin’s elasticity. Find it in: Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask ($62), Patyka Absolis Geranium Body Cream ($60)
Evening Primrose. Calming and moisturizing, evening primrose is a favorite for its fatty acids, which encourage cell renewal and help prevent aging. Find it in: Nordic Naturals Omega Woman Evening Primrose Blend ($24.95), Acure Organics Radical Age Reversal Cream ($29.99)
Hibiscus. The huge flowers of the hibiscus are gorgeous (and a true sign of warmer weather), but their essential oils also make a great moisturizer and help maintain a healthy scalp. Find it in: Suki Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream ($60.95), Pure & True Passion Fruit & Hibiscus Masque & Scrub ($38)
Linden Blossom. The linden flower’s delicate blooms are great skin soothers and make for soft, touchable skin. Find it in: ilike Linden & Marigold Rejuvenating Treatment ($64), Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer ($100)
Happy almost spring! —Aleigh