The Beauty 100 - 2017 - Insider's Guide to SPAS

Staying Hydrated

9 Best Balms & Creams

Kensington Apothecary Rose Butter Facial Balm

Rose Butter Facial Balm 

Kensington Apothecary

One our favorites of the bunch, this beautiful rose balm may be put to a multitude of good purposes. Yes, it smells divine and is deeply hydrating, but it’s equally good as a lip balm or cuticle cream—slather extra on your face and use as a moisturizing mask, as well. $25.

Jane Iredale

Beauty Prep Face Moisturizer 

Jane Iredale

We like the way this light but effective cream dispenses—simply press on the top of the product and the perfect amount is released. Designed to “prep” skin so that makeup goes on more smoothly, this has a nice light lemongrass scent and includes four organic rose stem cell extracts that help brighten the skin. $45.

Balanced Guru Hug Me

Hug Me Organic Body Butter 

Balanced Guru

The name is accurate for this blissful blend that combines certified organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, and babassu oil. A great multi-tasking product for super-dry skin and rough spots, this is USDA-certified organic. $19.99.

Phyto Lift

PhytoLift Neck & Décolleté Cream 

Ilike Organic Skin Care

A slew of neck and décolleté creams were released last year, as more American women are realizing that this delicate area does in fact need special attention. Phytolift is a good, clean (BDIH-certified) option and boasts hops (naturally loaded with skin-firming benefits) as its hero ingredient. $72.

Derma E Night Cream

Vitamin C Intense Night Cream 

Derma E

We love the consistency of this new night cream; it’s not too heavy but feels rich and quickly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. A stable form of vitamin C, plus hyaluronic acid, probiotics, and rooibos, pack a super-antioxidant punch. $22.50.

Butter Babes Mango

Organic Body Butter 

Butter Babes

Certified organic virgin coconut oil and certified organic mango butter are just two of the superstar ingredients in this luscious and deeply nourishing body balm that smells good enough to eat. $48.

Little Barn

Rose + Black Pepper Botanical Body Cream Little 

Barn Apothecary

Hydrosols, such as lavender from wild-harvested florals, shea butter, rosa damascena, and the interesting addition of black pepper essential oil, make this botanical-infused body cream a noteworthy newcomer. $52.

Surya Brasil Sapien

Sapien Women Body Moisturizer 

Surya Brasil

This light and buttery moisturizer smells fresh (think coconut and mango) and is loaded with organic Amazonian ingredients like murumuru butter and acai oil. Apply all over your body for a hydrating and non greasy treat. Bonus: ECOCERT certified. $26.99.

Elemental Herbology Tree Of Life Balm

Tree of Life Balm 

Elemental Herbology

Another wonderful multipurpose balm, this one contains 12 different actives and eight bio-oils for intense hydration. Great for severely dry skin, as well as sunburned skin, it’s rich in buriti (“tree of life,” hence the name) oil, shea butter, argan, and castor oils. $58.

—Mary Bemis