2016 Green Beauty Awards

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As we've been taking the month of January to reflect on what we want less and more of in 2017 and improving our overall wellness, we couldn't help but think on some of our green beauty favorites from last year. We love creating daily gratitude rituals here at Thoughtfully and discovering products that use the highest quality ingredients derived from nature, to nourish and feed our skin. So with the help of some of our clean beauty friends, we've rounded up a short list of stand-outs to create our first ever 2016 Thoughtfully Mag Green Beauty Awards.

Best CleanserOne Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup RemoverBest ExfoliatorJosh Rosebrook Active Enzyme ExfoliatorBest Facial SerumLaurel Antioxidant SerumBest Bar SoapOsmia Organics SoapBest Body OilLina Hanson Global Body SerumBest Natural DeodorantMeow Meow Tweet Deodorant StickBest for HaircareInnersense Organic BeautyBest Blemish StickOsmia Organics Spot TreatmentBest FoundationKjaer WeisBest LipstickILIA BeautyBest Eye ShadowModern Minerals Purely Mineral Eye ShadowBest for BrowsEcoBrowBest MascaraLily Lolo MascaraBest for Babies & ChildrenZoe OrganicsBest for SuncareSuntegrityBest Green Beauty Subscription BoxBeauty HeroesBest Green Beauty RetailerThe Detox Market

Meet Our Judges

Brandie Gilliam, Founder of Thoughtfully Mag Instagram: @thoughtfullymagazine Current Location: Los Angeles, CA Skin Type: Combination/Acne Prone # of Years Using Green Beauty: 15 Must Have-Product: A Detox Mask (Two of my favorites for keeping my skin clear are Mahalo Pele Detoxifying Mask And Laurel Detox Mask) Favorite Beauty Discovery of 2016:Leahlani Skincare"Leahlani Skincare is one of those rare brands that has a "je ne sais quoi" about it. It nourishes your skin as well as your senses, every ingredient is intentional, and the scents are divine. You can feel the aloha (love) as soon as a Leahlani product touches your skin."

Emmily Banks of Depths of Beauty Instagram: @depthsofbeautyCurrent Location: Bondi, Sydney AustraliaSkin Type: Normal# of Years Using Green Beauty: 4 (Makeup Artist for 9 years) Must Have-Product:Inika Certified Organic BB Cream"It's such an amazing all-rounder moisturizer, primer and foundation all in one. It gives lightweight to medium coverage and includes incredibly moisturizing ingredients such as prickly pear, avocado and pomegranate oil."Favorite Beauty Discovery of 2016: Lepaar 24K Precious Face Oil"With ingredients that include sun-infused biodynamic olive oil, 24k gold, Frankinsence and Myrr, it truly is a magical blend that makes the skin GLOW!"

Sheri Stroh, Makeup & Hair Artist (represented by the Plutino Group)Instagram: @sheristroh Current Location: Toronto, Canada Skin Type: Normal/Combination # of Years Using Green Beauty: 8 (Makeup Artist for 16 years) Must Have-Product: Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active SerumFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016: Plume Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum"For some reason, in late fall, the lashes on my right eye got thinner and I even developed a little bald patch too! It was only really noticeable to me, but I was worried it would get worse. A client of mine from a PR firm, who didn't know what was going on, ended up sending me a bottle of Plume to try out and I have to say, WOW! This stuff WORKS!!! Not only is my bald patch all but filled in, my lashes on both eyes are definitely thicker and longer. Could it just be the timing of the growth cycle with my right eye? Yup! But there is no denying the fact that the lashes on my left have changed for the better."

Sammie Colletta Kolk of HullosamInstagram: @hullosamCurrent Location: Charlotte, NCSkin Type: Combination/Sensitive# of Years Using Green Beauty: 3 Must Have-Product:Laurel Anti-inflammatory Facial SerumFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016:Kypris Antioxidant Dew"This product literally restores vitality to my skin. Whenever I use it, I not only feel it hydrating my skin (making it glowy and happy) but it also soothes my sensitive, imbalanced skin. It has amazing ingredients like rose and reed extracts which are known for soothing and calming the complexion. The consistency of this moisturizer is light, creamy (almost milky) and has a serum–y texture. I absolutely love how hydrated and breathable my skin feels after I apply this product."

Lilly Wallace of Genuine Glow Instagram: @lillygenuineglowCurrent Location: Destin, FLSkin Type: Normal# of Years Using Green Beauty: 7 Must Have-Product: One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup RemoverFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016: W3LL PEOPLE Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer"This concealer is free of questionable ingredients and makes me look more well-rested, stays on beautifully and does not collect into fine lines. It's awesome."

Jessica Morse of Bare BeautyInstagram: @barebeauty Current Location: Charleston, SC Skin Type: Combination/Breakout Prone # of Years Using Green Beauty: 5 Must Have-Product:Lily Lolo MascaraFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016:W3LL PEOPLE Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer"It moisturizes, brightens and provides full coverage without creasing."

Chelsea Williams of That's ChelseaInstagram: @thatschelseaCurrent Location: Washington, DCSkin Type: Combination Oily/Sensitive# of Years Using Green Beauty: 1-1/2 Must Have-Product:RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-UpFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016:Fitglow Beauty Good Lash"I'm a contact lense wearer. This mascara gives me the most amazing length and volume with clean ingredients that don't irritate my sensitive eyes."

Suzi Swope of Gurl Gone GreenInstagram: @gurlgonegreenCurrent Location: Seattle, WASkin Type: Combination/Dry# of Years Using Green Beauty: 6 Must Have-Product: Maya Chia The Super Couple Ultra Luxe Face Oil SerumFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016:Laurel Sun Damage Repair Facial Serum"This serum really does what it says it's going to. My skin was more even, hyper pigmentation was minimized and sun spots were lighter. Plus, the formula is so amazing! It seeps right into the skin leaving behind no greasy residue. A definite must have in anyone's beauty bag!"

Kasey Lum of Plein VanityInstagram: @pleinvanity Current Location: Washington, DC Skin Type: Combination (on the drier side) # of Years Using Green Beauty: 5 Must Have-Product: Lipstick (specifically from ILIA Beauty, NUDUS or Kosas) Favorite Beauty Discovery of 2016:My Daughter Fragrances Bloom 23 Perfume"This perfume is my new favorite daily fragrance to wear because it's fresh and floral, while very feminine and romantic. I really love that it comes in a convenient, beautiful spray-on bottle and he scent lasts all day. Everyone always compliments me on this fragrance and they are even more surprised when they hear that it's all-natural!"

Nicolle Mackinnon, Editorial Manager for EcoDiva BeautyInstagram: @nicollebmack Current Location: Minneapolis, MN Skin Type: Sensitive/Dry # of Years Using Green Beauty: 8 Must Have-Product: Arcona Gentle SolutionFavorite Beauty Discovery of 2016: Root Pretty Mineral Makeup"They have the best, vegan, gluten-free lipstick (so pigmented and hydrating), mascara (lengthening AND volumizing, in two colors) and liquid liner that I've ever used."