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These 18 Drunk Elephant Dupes Are So Effective – And Affordable

I know, I know, there are Drunk Elephant skincare dupes out there — if there are Bum Bum Cream dupes and Good Genes dupes, then there are dupes for anything, right? — but I’m always hesitant to try them. What if they don’t work as well? My wallet isn’t always the thickest right before my paycheck hits, but price = quality, right?

But you can only spend so much before you wonder, “what else is out there… and for a fraction of the price?”

So, I did a hunt for Drunk Elephant dupes, products to replace the more expensive skincare options on the OG’s site. Here are the options I found that will give you the skin you’re looking for – without breaking the bank on days you just can’t afford to buy the entire shelf at Ulta. (Tempting, but not today, bb.)

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Let’s start with why peptides are such a Big Deal: they’re amino acids that are building blocks for chains like collagen and elastin, keeping your skin from sagging.

Drunk Elephant uses a blend of 11 peptides to firm and add bounce, as well as antioxidant-rich ingredients like snow mushroom extract, sodium PCA, and tocotrienols (which are part of the vitamin E family, known for protecting and repairing skin).

Enter: Peach & Lily’s Glass Skin Refining Serum, which uses a proprietary blend of peptides to encourage collagen production and smooth out those fine lines. It also uses a proprietary blend of hyaluronic acid molecules, supposedly locking in hydration and plumping up skin more than the usual hyaluronic acid molecule does.

Unlike Drunk Elephant, this dupe uses an ingredient derived from mushroom, rather than mushroom itself: madecassoide, which helps bring dull skin back to life. 

Finally, for an extra burst of antioxidants and vitamins, Peach & Lily incorporates peach and Asian mountain yam extracts to firm up and fortify your face.


If you’re looking for a moisturizer rather than a serum, Protini Polypeptide Cream may sound like the only option.

Using peptides again, plus pygmy waterlily stem cell extract to calm, soybean folic acid ferment extract for vitamin B – which helps protect from sun damage – and acetyl glutamine for amino acids, it’s pretty good.

But Paula’s Choice goes straight to the source with amino acids and ceramides, giving your skin’s barrier the added protection it needs without requiring extra ingredients. And a bonus for the barrier: omegas 3, 6, and 9 are in the formula, which help retain moisture. 

Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate mingle with the omegas for ultimate hydration in the Drunk Elephant dupe, too. And at the same time, a variety of oils — including chia seed, olive, passion fruit seed, and flaxseed (filled with vitamin B) — come in to nourish, soften, protect, and smooth skin.

So, yeah, Drunk Elephant’s product does a lot. But why would you settle for less, hm?

 


Ah, The Ordinary. Stupidly affordable, stupidly effective.

Since they use such scientific language on their site, I’m gonna simplify it here for you. Drunk Elephant’s TLC Sukari Babyfacial Mask is an acid-based facial, with both AHAs and a BHA. This basically renews your skin, which sounds irritating… but Drunk Elephant adds in cactus extract, virgin marula oil, and passionfruit seed oil to fight back against it.

In The Ordinary’s AHA/BHA Exfoliator, acids combine to renew and rejuvenate. The Ordinary, however, uses Tasmanian pepperberry and vitamin B5 for soothing. The result is the same, but you’ll spend $72 less at Ulta – and that’s a total win, in our opinion.


A-Gloei is pretty damn expensive for its one ounce, but the magic it performs? Priceless… kind of. Why spend $72 when you can spend less than $40 for the same magic?

La Roche Posay’s Retinol Face Serum, like Drunk Elephant’s A-Gloei, has retinol in it (pure and gradual release) to exfoliate skin and clear up imperfections like uneven skin tone and texture.

While A-Gloei is filled with ceramides, however, the Retinol Face Serum is bursting with B3 and hyaluronic acid. The result: locked in moisture, total hydration, softening and smoothing, and only $39.99 out of your bank account, not $72.

Smile at that – without worrying about those smile lines.


As fall rolls around, I know many will be missing the glow that summer gave them. But you can have it in fall, I promise!

Drunk Elephant’s Sunshine Drops are special because they have antioxidants galore – including in peptides, which help with signs of aging by encouraging collagen production. Throw in some chronocyclin to mimic that sun, and it’s a bronzing solution that can’t be beaten… lol, yes it can be.

Don’t freak over the lack of peptides – Milk’s Bionic Bronzer uses vegan plant-derived collagen to help with elasticity and anti-aging. And peptides ENCOURAGE collagen production, the ingredient that’s actually PRESENT here, so… do with that what you will.

The Drunk Elephant bronzer dupe has vitamin D – which the OG “mimics” – though both contain a healthy dose of vitamin E to repair and protect.

Where Milk rises to the top: the Bionic Bronzer utilizes tremella and reishi mushroom extracts to hydrate skin with hyaluronic acid, so you’re protecting yourself, bronzing, and glowing from hydration for $30.


Drunk Elephant uses virgin marula oil like it’s a sacred resource that will disappear at any given second (will it? Fact check me pls). And yeah, it’s a great ingredient, helping with fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protecting from environmental stressors.

But it’s $68 for 0.5 oz., which is… kinda ridiculous, tbh. 

Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer is — yep, gonna say it — even better, and it doesn’t even use marula oil. Nope, I’m not cheating! 

Instead, your skin will enjoy the fountain of youth thanks to a strong peptide (collagen building blocks, once again), a combination of hydrating squalane and jojoba and moringa seed oils, and hyaluronic acid to lock in all of that moisture.

Unique ingredients to Glow Recipe’s moisturizer include plum and ice willowherb, which brighten, hydrate, and balance skin out. Say hello to hydration and anti-aging for less than two-thirds of the price.


Moon Juice comes to the rescue if you’re looking for affordable skincare that actually works.

TLC is filled with ingredients such as AHAs for exfoliation, salicylic acid for unclogging, raspberry fruit extract for its antioxidants, galactoarabinan (a polysaccharide) to help with fine lines, and Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture to help with photodamage. But at $90, it’s a major splurge for only 1 oz.

Moon Juice offers their Acid Potion, a steal at half the cost as the OG. With AHAs paired with salicylic acid for total exfoliation and reduction of fine lines, your skin will be rid of dead skin cells and ready to glow. Niacinamide — a form of anti-radical vitamin B — as well as clary oil and honeysuckle extract come in to soothe skin from the exfoliation; with the balancing properties of reishi, you don’t have to fret about irritation.

Also containing vitamin E and tocotrienols to protect and repair from damage, plus glycerin and allantoin to hydrate, you have a dupe worthy of bragging about.


Is your skin thirsty? Begging for hydration? It’s tempting to spend the $48 on Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Serum, I know – it’s not that much! But I’m here to tell you that you can do better than that, bb.

Cocokind uses ceramides to retain any moisture your skin can get, which also protect your skin from toxin-filled bacteria. At the same time, squalane and banana extract moisturize.

It’s basically the same thing as Drunk Elephant’s formula, which includes comparable pineapple ceramide (no plural, notice that?), as well as hydrating sodium hyaluronate and Pro-vitamin B5 for skin barrier protection. But, you know, cheaper.


I’m gonna say it just one more time: peptides are amino acid building blocks for elastin and collagen, stopping sagging in its tracks.

You may think that you’ll only find copper peptides and stem cells in Drunk Elephant’s product – after all, what the hell are those? But Derma E offers copper peptides AND plant stem cells in their eye lifting treatment, too.

There’s also a healthy dose of kakadu plum for texture and elasticity in Derma E’s option, which is comparable to Drunk Elephant’s niacinamide.

The Eye Lifting Treatment has plenty of fruit extracts for healthy nutrient contributions as well, so you’re not missing out on Drunk Elephant’s bioflavonoid derivative, aka Hesperidin Methyl Chalcon.


Wake up, buttercup! It’s time to seize the day and get that glow on. But can you really seize the day when you’ve just paid $78 for less than one ounce of serum? Debatable.

If you can’t stomach that, I recommend Winky Lux’s Orange You Bright Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

The Potent Vitamin Complex, aka l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and vitamin E, is what Drunk Elephant relies on in its C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, while its dupe runs with jeju guava extract, which is filled with antioxidants and helps fight aging as well as environmental aggressors.

And where Winky Lux really takes off: the incorporation of peptides, which help aid collagen production and complement skin elasticity.

Sorry, Drunk Elephant – I’ll take a dupe who does more any day.


A retinol cream is important, but you need something soothing, too… like vitamin F, aka linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, to help with resulting sensitivity and texture.

Winter cherry juice has the most carotenoids out there, protecting you from free radicals; passionfruit, apricot, and jojoba oils are soothing. Tbh, Drunk Elephant is kind of showing off with these ingredients.

But the classic Burt’s Bees does just as awesome a job with its Vitamin C + E +  F Serum, featuring, you guessed it: vitamins F, and E, and C.

Who needs winter cherry juice when you have straight vitamin E with an assist from lotus flower extract; passionfruit, jojoba, and apricot oils when you have safflower and sunflower oils; and then — as an added bonus — vitamin C for brightening and erasing fine lines and wrinkles?

On top of that, the dupe has chamomile for soothing and fighting inflammation – so all of that vitamin C is chilled out with the rest of vitamin F. Talk about a skin-loving serum… for less than half the price of the original.


I’ve been pulling plenty of all-nighters for QUILL (I love it, don’t worry!) and my eyes look dead. Drunk Elephant combats this with ceramides, antioxidants, and oils in their C-Tango Eye Cream, but the price is just as cute as my hollow eyes.

Aka, not cute.

Thank god for Paula’s Choice, once again, and her C5 Super Boost Vitamin C Eye Cream is filled with peptides to help with elasticity and sagging, like Drunk Elephant’s 8-peptide blend. There’s also an abundance of vitamin C to add glow and radiance to tired eyes, plus zerumbone to target under eye discoloration.

On top of these ingredients, the Drunk Elephant dupe has hyaluronic acid to fight fine lines while locking in moisture, shea butter to nourish, softening sunflower seed extract, and vitamin E to repair and protect.

Can your Drunk Elephant eye cream do that? Nah, I didn’t think so.


Kopari’s own Moisture Whipped Ceramide Cream is ridiculously similar to Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream with Ceramides. And the results you receive are so. freakin’. similar.

You can thank ceramide NP in both for the balancing, soothing, moisture-locking properties; Drunk Elephant also uses ceramides EOP and AP, while Kopari uses vegan ceramides like phytosphingosine. The two incorporate hydrating sodium hyaluronate as well (though Kopari also includes squalane for that bump in moisture). 

See, Kopari ran with the concept of a ceramide cream and did it, well… better, including ingredients like coconut fruit extract for vitamin B; watermelon seed oil for antioxidants; vitamin E and jojoba seed oil for the assist in protection and repairing damaged skin; and shea butter, aloe, and baobab for nourishing and soothing irritated skin.

If you’re super into vegan formulas and want a multi-faceted product with a pleasing texture for less than $55+, Kopari has you covered — and well.


It sounds weird, yeah – a Fermented Sake Spray? But it’s good for your skin’s microbiome, I swear!

Still, if pouring hemp-based hops extract and kombucha on top of sake just doesn’t sound delicious, then turn to Skinfood’s Drunk Elephant dupe. It’s also filled with good nutrients, starting with sake, but following with more “normal” ingredients for nutrients.

For example: peach fruit extract is filled with organic acids, vitamins A and C, and pectin (which evens out discoloration); licorice root extract helps brighten dark spots; and centella asiatica extract soothes and irons out lumps and bumps.

And just to reiterate: you won’t smell like sake after rubbing Skinfood into your skin. Sake DOES protect your microbiome thanks to its peptides and sebum control, so don’t ditch it simply for the name, okay? Especially when you have peach and licorice root surrounding it.

So, what’ll it be: $42, or $16? Ya gotta wonder.


Do you ever look at a product and go, “wow, I wish I could have that but cheaper?” Yeah, me too… but not with Drunk Elephant, because their dupes are just as good.

For example, the name brand’s SPF 30 sunscreen comes with ingredients to neutralize free radicals and fight environmental stressors and oxidative damage, like sunflower shoot extract, astaxanthin-rich algae extract, and raspberry seed oil.

Kinship’s Self Reflect Probiotic SPF 32 said “oh, please, that’s nothing.” Non nano zinc oxide is reef-safe, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t fight UV rays like a knight in shining armor. Turmeric also plays a huge role, providing antioxidants to soothe and protect sensitive skin from free radicals.

But it’s Kinship’s Kinbiome that makes it special. The proprietary plant-based probiotic protects the skin’s barrier and helps to keep skin clear. The variety of fruit extracts help provide extra antioxidants, vitamins, and light exfoliation, so free radicals are banished and skin is left radiant — but not red, thanks to soothing aloe.

So, before you pick up another tube of Umbra, take a glance at Kinship, okay? I know the price tag doesn’t seem that different, but when you’re getting all you are from Self Reflect, it’s best to ~self reflect~ you know?


The Ceramighty AF Eye Balm is new from Drunk Elephant, and we have the perfect dupe for it.

But first, the low-down: Ceramighty uses ceramides, vitamin F, and omegas to give your eyes a rejuvenating boost, soothing eyes that have seen too many all-nighters. But at $60 for half an ounce… yikes.

Invest in Paula’s Choice’s Eye Cream instead, which has ceramides and peptides to help with tired, looser skin. Throw in hydrating glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C to fight dark circles and brighten under-eyes, a little retinol to clear out the old and bring in the new skin cells, and pomegranate and licorice extracts to counteract redness, and you have eyes that look like they slept for more than eight hours.


Wash off without drying your skin out. Drunk Elephant’s Pekee Cleansing Bar coddles your skin while cleaning and fights aging, using ingredients like honey to soothe and nourish, blueberry extract to stop glycation (the process that causes visible aging), and marula oil (of course).

CeraVe’s Foaming Cleanser Bar is also soap-less, but it’ll still keep you clean and give you benefits that can’t be denied. For example, hyaluronic acid fights fine lines and plumps skin, while niacinamide calms the skin following a sebum-sucking sesh from the kaolin clay.

But CeraVe didn’t come to f*ck around. The bar also includes three ceramides, giving you anti-aging benefits galore, straight from the source — not extracts or oils that mimic what the body needs. 

Again, no soap in either, but one is less than a quarter of the price WITH ceramides? Yeah, you choose.


Okay, so a lip balm that’s $18. Not the first time I’ve heard of it. But for less than 0.5 oz.? Nope, there’s better than that.

Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm has ingredients like antioxidant-bulldozer mongongo oil, protective cranberry seed oil, moisturizing avocado oil, and hydrating sea fern algae.

But you can get just as much hydration from Mario Badescu’s Moisturizing Lip Balm, which has a variety of oils and butters — think conditioning cocoa and shea butters, as well as nourishing coconut and sweet almond oils.

But Mario Badescu’s lip balm also contains vitamin E, helping to protect and repair any damage. And then there’s the fact that it contains vitamin F, something y0u won’t find in many products — let alone a lip balm.

Oh, and it’s less money for more product, which is just [insert chef’s kiss here].

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Which Drunk Elephant dupe do you swear by? Are you going to try any of these? Tell us below!


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Ash By Ashley Benson: The Latest Celebrity Fragrance Line

Pretty Little Liars and Spring Breakers actress Ashley Benson has released her Ash by Ashley Benson fragrance line — yet another celebrity dipping their toes into the beauty world’s waters.

Two years in the making, Ash features two unisex perfumes: East 12th, and The Eighth. 

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What Inspired Ash By Ashley Benson?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While many celebrities are collaborating with well-known brands (hi, Addison Rae) or delving into skincare (what’s up, Brad Pitt and Ciara?), Benson is fond of fragrance because it reminds her of her grandmother. “She wore very distinct scents and I always looked up to her,” says Benson.

After an experience in Morocco, in which she made her own fragrance for the first time, Benson was hooked. Now, she’s hoping others love the two unisex scents she’s put into the world – and, should things go well, perhaps even more in the future. 

What Do Ash by Ashley Benson’s Perfume Names Mean?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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According to her interview with Scent Bird, East 12th comes from her favorite place in New York; “Since moving there I’ve grown up a lot, learned a lot about myself, and become more confident,” she explains, reflecting on her time in the Big Apple (she now lives in LA). 

The Eighth is inspired by Paris, because it’s simply one of her favorite places on the planet, and she “had a lot of firsts in [her] career” there. The city is memorable and nostalgic for the star – especially Hotel Costes, a five-star hotel in the city.

She also put thought into the design behind each bottle, choosing red inspired by Hotel Costes and the “romantic, sexy, and fun” energy to the city for The Eighth; New York, on the other hand “screams black” to Benson. (Black is also her favorite color.)


What Does Ash by Ashley Benson Smell Like?

In East 12th, black cedar has balsamic tones. Mingling with the gentle damask rose and zesty orange, the result is a vivacious, complex scent – not unlike the city it’s inspired by.

The Eighth, on the other hand, is sensual and seductive. Cashmere wood and musk are intoxicating and intimate, while bergamot’s citrus is a zingy reminder of passion. 

While both can be worn on their own, Benson is a large fan of layering her fragrances; therefore, the two are meant to be worn together as well.


We look forward to reviewing both The Eighth and East 12th when they arrive in our mailboxes. Will there be more Ash by Ashley Benson in the future to try out?

As she said to PopSugar, “If [things go well], I’ll make the decision to finish building scents three and four.”

But it doesn’t stop there – she’ll “maybe even surprise everyone with one or two non-fragrance products that show you a few more of [her] rituals and regimens.”

One can only hope! 

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Will you be trying out Ash by Ashley Benson? We can’t wait to review it — check back soon!


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12 Unscented Soaps For A Clean, Comfy Wash

As someone with a bunch of tattoos (how many times can I say this without sounding like I’m obsessed? Okay, I’m obsessed), I know firsthand the importance of unscented soap, lotion, and body wash. That fragrance shit on open wounds? Yeah, I’ll pass.

But fragrance-free isn’t just for tattoos. Sometimes you just don’t feel like smelling like eucalyptus and lavender, or your skin is sensitive and soap will just irritate it even more.

Unscented soap can be hard to come by, unless we’re talking antibacterial – not always the most ideal, especially with dry skin. So, I’m here with fragrance-free soaps that will get you clean without smelling like a perfume shop.

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Dove Unscented Soap Bar

unscented dove soap 4 pack

This is the OG soap that every tattoo artist, dermatologist, and pediatrician recommends, because it’s sensitive to skin with its ingredients and totally unscented. Instead of “Parfum,” the list includes a nourishing moisturizer cream, making it hypoallergenic. Plus, the soap bar is sustainable, as you’re removing a plastic container from the equation. Come on, how can you deny that the universal fav is the best?

BUY NOW – $21 (14 bars)


Castile All-In-One Soap Pouch

Castile All-In-One Soap Pouch

Castile, the classic. While the name may make you shudder, conjuring up memories of dry hands after doing the dishes, I promise they’ve got this sh*t on lock. The All-In-One Soap Pouch doesn’t contain drying ingredients; quite the opposite, actually! Just check out the oil-balancing jojoba oil, ultra-nourishing olive oil, and protective vitamin E, which all work together to give you clean – but not squeaky – skin.

BUY NOW – $15


HAIR & BODY SOLID CLEANSER – UNSCENTED

unscented bar soap

We love a good 2-in-1 hair and body wash, because who doesn’t love convenience (cough showers when you forget to buy shampoo)? Totally fragrance free, you’ll find nourishing ingredients for your skin like coconut, which calms inflammation and irritation; shea butter, which conditions; and oat flour, which gently unclogs pores to fight acne. Vegan and cruelty-free, it’s ethical, efficient, unscented ANTI-soap at its finest.

BUY NOW – $6.97


Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Bar Soap

Dr. Bronner's Unscented Bar Soap

Oh, baby, we love a good unscented soap from Dr. Bronner – aka, this right here. It’s certified fair trade, so ethically, you’re doing a good deed by purchasing this soap specifically. It’s also amazing for the environment – just ask Mermaid Marissa! – as it’s biodegradable, made with natural and vegan ingredients, and won’t harm the environment or your skin in the process of cleansing.

BUY NOW – $4.69


African Black Soap – Unscented

AFRICAN UNSCENTED BLACK SOAP

Two ingredients. Yep, count ‘em: TWO. Read the reviews, and people can’t get enough of Alaffia’s African Black Soap, and it’s for good reason: shea butter is beyond nourishing, and palm kernel oil is an amazing source of protective and reparative vitamin E. Put the two together, and your skin is hydrated, healed, and clean without a single smell.

BUY NOW – $12.89



Unscented Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

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The basis of this soap… okay, yep, that was cheesy. But seriously: the foundation of this soap is completely scentless. Made for the most sensitive skin, it soothes and moisturizes rather than stripping and drying out skin. It’s all thanks to its star ingredients, the calming chamomile and soothing aloe, which work to stop hydration from rinsing down the drain.

BUY NOW – $2.79


3 in 1 Unscented Soap

everything 3-in-1 unscented soap/body wash/bubble bath

3-in-1. Yeah, use it on your body, as shampoo, or as a bubble bath. It’s filled with organic herbs, but none of them will give this soap-shampoo-bubble-bath a scent. Instead, calendula acts as an antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, while chamomile and aloe come to soothe even the most irritated skin. Sensitive skin can rejoice, because it really is a Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-Factory-worthy good egg.

BUY NOW – $11.99


Natural Soap for Face and Body

lume unscented soap

Lume’s deodorant has blown up, and we’re equally excited for their fragrance free bar soap. No artificial fragrance, and no essential oils to give it a “natural”-but-fragrant smell. It lathers up, but there are no SLS in there (or parabens, or phthalates, or artificial dyes, or aluminum, or… you get it). It’s like standard bar soap, but without all the bad stuff that makes them standard bar soaps.

BUY NOW – $18.99 (4-pk.)


Gentle Cleansing Bar Soap

cetaphil gentle cleansing bar

Tara raves about Cetaphil to us and how useful it is for her skin, and we trust her wholeheartedly – after all, her reviews haven’t led us astray yet! Cetaphil’s Cleansing Bar is perfect for dry, sensitive skin that just can’t handle soap, but needs a soap-like cleanse. It’s filled with nourishing ingredients like hydrating glycerin, and even dermatologists can’t recommend it enough.

BUY NOW – $11.39


Bar Soap With Fresh Canadian Goat Milk

fresh canadian goat milk unscented soap bar

Again, Mermaid Marissa recommended goat milk soap as a healthy, eco-friendly alternative to your standard bar soap. So… here it is! Made with Fresh Canadian Goat Milk (are Canadian goats better? Idk, someone please let me know though), the nutrients are unmatched: vitamins A and B, potassium, zinc, and selenium come together in an unscented fashion to give you a cleanse that doesn’t smell like a thing OR affect the moisture barrier. Hydration = locked in.

BUY NOW – $3.59


Unscented Bar Soap

native unscented soap bar

We love Native’s deodorant, and their fragrance-free soap is just as good. Nothing is more annoying than leftover residue that makes your skin feel a lil ick, so Native said “nah” and chose ingredients that wouldn’t do that. Examples: coconut oil, water, and glycerin, which all hydrate without leaving suds post-shower. Shea butter is also included to nourish your skin, giving an all-around positive cleansing experience.

BUY NOW – $8


Unscented Face Bar

UNSCENTED FACIAL soap

While technically advertised as a face bar, you can use this unscented soap on your entire body. You have two options here: lather up and rinse, or lather up and wait, letting it sit on your body and form a mask. Either way, you’ll end up clean as hell without feeling dried out. The secret: ingredients like castor, coconut, and olive oils, plus shea butter and bentonite clay.

BUY NOW – $12

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10 Under Eye Primers That Will Prep You For Makeup – And Wake You Up

Under eye primers are the best, and I’m here to tell you why.

Maybe you’ve just gone through a breakup and your eyes are irritated and red from continuously wiping tears away (lol, same, and let’s not talk about all that black mascara pooling in the creases). 

Or perhaps it’s allergy season, and your eyes are itchy, and suddenly your under eye skin is sensitive to the touch and looking puffy af.

Or maybe you didn’t sleep (lol, also me) and those dark circles are a little unsightly (sorry)… and you have a huge presentation in a few hours that requires you to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

 

Whatever the case may be, you need under eye primers to help soothe, de-puff, and maybe cover the skin that is rarely taken care of (unless you have a dedicated eye cream in your skincare routine).

New to this game? Don’t worry – we’ve put together a list of the 10 best under eye primers that will best prep you for the days ahead – breakups, allergies, and all-nighters be damned.

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Hydro Grip Eye Primer

EYE PRIMER MILK MAKEUP

Milk Makeup is one of my fav brands, and their eye primer doesn’t just help with eyeshadow – it also helps battle under eye problems, like concealer that keeps migrating down your face. In fact, 94% said it helped concealer grip beneath the eyes. A huge shout out to the aloe water and niacinamide for the soothing hydration, blue agave extract for helping to lock in makeup, hyaluronic acid to keep moisture in, and hemp-derived cannabis seed extract for keeping the under eye area happy. We truly couldn’t look like this without you.

BUY NOW – $25


Vitamin Enriched Eye Base Primer & Moisturizer

bobbi brown eye base primer

Bobbi Brown is always worth buying. The formula includes hyaluronic acid and shea butter to moisturize, vitamins B3 and C to brighten dark circles immediately and over time, vitamin A to smooth, and caffeine to tame puffiness. Yeah, it’s one of the pricier options, but there’s a reason everyone and their mother owns products by Bobbi Brown: you’ll never regret the luxury of them.

BUY NOW – $58


Bright Fix Eye Brightener

fenty beauty brightening under eye primer and concealer

Rihanna extends her foundation range into her under eye range, offering 16 different shades for any under eyes that need a lil help. It’s crease-, humidity-, and sweat-resistant, so no matter what you do, your under eyes will grasp onto any makeup you’ve applied beneath your lash line. Thank jojoba oil and sodium hyaluronate for giving you that moisture and conditioning your sensitive skin desperately needs.

BUY NOW – $26


Hydrabeam Brightening + Hydrating Under Eye Concealer

Hydrabeam Brightening + Hydrating Under Eye Concealer by saie

It’s not 16, but nine shades for an under eye primer is still pretty damn nice – and more than most offer. Olive-derived squalane and plant-derived glycerin work together to give you the hydration component, soothing that puffiness and delicate skin. Next, cucumber extract’s AHAs are gentle enough to provide light exfoliation and antioxidants. And finally, tomato extract gives that extra oomph by plumping and brightening, so you look wide awake on no sleep.

BUY NOW – $26


Full Night’s Sleep Cooling Blurring Undereye Balm

rem under eye balm

Do you ever see Ariana Grande looking tired? I thought not – she always has that doe-eyed, I-got-12-hours-of-sleep look instead. Bless her heart, she took that magic and put it in a balm, so you, too, can look revitalized after morning application. Just drench those under eyes in this formula, which consists of plumping mushrooms, hydrating glycerin, and de-puffing caffeine.

BUY NOW – $22


Smashbox X Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Smashbox X Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

We love Smashbox at QUILL (did you read Marissa’s review of their Always On liquid lipstick? She smashed it), and people love the BECCA under eye brightening corrector. Rather than just cover them, the apricot and peach tints neutralize the blue in dark circles, while backlight technology (which includes light-reflecting illuminators) brings attention away from the darkness. Add in vitamin E to protect, and your dark circles are gone without pounds of concealer.

BUY NOW – $33


Sunshine Under Eye Brightening Light Coverage Concealer

Sunshine Under Eye Brightening Light Coverage Concealer

It’s not exactly shocking that Milk’s Sunshine ALSO made this list, what with its 4.4-star average rating and delightful ingredients, giving you coverage without caking. It does this with vitamin C, to help brighten; plant-derived squalane and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, then lock in moisture; and light-reflecting brightening powders (aka magic) that illuminate the under eyes, so those dark circles go into hiding.

BUY NOW – $28


Peeper Perfect Under-Eye Concealer

winky lux peeper perfect under eye brightener

Concealers should never be obvious – they’re supposed to conceal, right? Yet, somehow, so many concealers are… obvious. Not the case with Winky Lux, which offers full-coverage while blending in seamlessly with nine shade options. Ingredients include the elasticity-encouraging collagen, moisture-maintaining hyaluronic acid, and protective vitamin E – giving that sensitive skin a base it can enjoy.

BUY NOW – $16


+C Vit UnderEye Brightener

+C Vit UnderEye Brightener BY PIXI

Pixi’s primer relies on vitamin C to brighten those under eyes – and it works, so we’re not about to complain. This formula contains brightening licorice extract and plenty of extra citric acids, giving you bright eyes that CAN be bought. But don’t worry about dryness – hydrating glycerin and sea buckthorn oil totally nourish the under eye, so you won’t be scratching and rubbing your eyes from discomfort.

BUY NOW – $16


The Eyelighter Concentrate

THE EYELIGHTER by beautybio

Like Bobbi’s, this under eye primer is a bit of a splurge – but it’s well worth it. On top of being a primer, this under eye product also acts as a serum, providing 3-in-1 properties. Not only does this de-puff; it also smooths over lines and brightens any darkness hanging around. Plant-powered retinol prides vitamin A and exfoliation without irritation, with an assist from the ultra hydrating hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C helps brighten and firm as well, so you’re protected on all fronts after a night of tossing and turning.

BUY NOW – $58

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26 Fragrances That Are Neither Masculine Nor Feminine – Just Pleasant

Androgynous perfumes are important at QUILL. So often, scents are “for men” and “for women,” despite working for ANY gender. Why must vanilla and florals be for women, or leather and cedarwood be for men? Why must they be for men or for women when gender identities are expansive, and unisex perfumes are… well, ALL perfumes?

We ask these questions a lot, and we hope to someday find answers. For now, however, we are here to share products that won’t alienate anyone or cause gender dysphoria when searching for an eyeshadow palette – or, in this case, a gender neutral fragrance.

So, with that mission at top of mind, here are QUILL’s 26 favorite androgynous perfumes, because smelling bad? It’s just not an option.

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CK Everyone

calvin klein ck everyone

Many know of the iconic brand for its gendered products, but they have an entire unisex section that leaves gender out of the picture. Calvin Klein had ck One, but they’ve quickly gotten with the times and created their ck Everyone, inspired by a “new generation.” With top notes of citrus orange and spicy ginger, while blue tea accord takes the middle and notes like cedarwood and patchouli take the base. The result: a scent as complex as gender — exactly how we like it.

BUY NOW – $70+


Woodphoria Eau de Parfum

BOy smells woodphoria genderless perfume

A “genderful fine fragrance,” Woodphoria is Boy Smells’ take on California’s great outdoors. Hang in the redwoods with the notes of sandalwood and cedar, or relax by the ocean when the scents of coconut water and fig leaves waft by. There’s also a hint of jasmine lingering,  with musk placing you in the haze of summertime. Travel the Golden State without leaving your home.

BUY NOW – $98 (2.2 oz.)


L’Éclat Eau de Parfum Spray

rituals l'eclat unisex perfume

We love an androgynous perfume that works as a base to layer with, and this unisex option is exactly that. At its core, the perfume is far from bland – but notes of smooth sandalwood and citrus-floral neroli create a space perfect for a topper. Perhaps a sweet wild rose, inviting a scent of romance? Or maybe leather, evoking images of a booth in the back of an empty bar? Or, even, a combo of the two: a secret date night? With the base notes, you can bring any image to life.

BUY NOW – $54 (1.6 oz.)


Rainbow Bar Eau de Parfum

Rainbow Bar Eau de Parfum by 19-69

Okay, yes, we were drawn to this androgynous fragrance primarily because of its name. But we also love the feelings it evokes! Like Boy Smells’ option, Rainbow Bar is inspired by California: LA, specifically, and the ‘80s glam-rock era. The scent is earthy, with notes of warwood, fresh basil, and cedarwood – not exactly what you’d think of when you hear “glam rock,” but pleasant nonetheless. The bottle features a melody of colors, forming a rainbow which symbolizes peace and freedom.

BUY NOW – $75 (1 oz.)


Flooid

non gender specific flooid gender neutral fragrance

We love everything Fluide, and now, we love everything Flooid, too! Non Gender Specific (can’t get enough of that name, tbh) has one product we can’t get enough of: this unisex perfume, because they’ve done damn well at making it smell… well, gender neutral. Top notes are zesty, with yellow citrus, orange, and grapefruit; middle notes are warm, with amber and patchouli; and base notes literally earth the perfume, courtesy of sweet cedarwood, pine bark, and mossy undertones.

BUY NOW – $125 (3.4 oz.)


Sunset Riot Eau de Parfum

allsaints Sunset Riot Eau de Parfum

If you’ve ever wanted to smell like a sunset, AllSaints’ Sunset Riot is the closest you’ll get – and it captures what you’d imagine the sun going down to smell like when up close. Woody floral may throw you off, but when you catch a whiff of the bright pink pepper and orange flower – the same colors of that wondrous sunset – you’ll understand the appeal. Cedarwood takes the base, rounding out the bold, beautiful fragrance.

BUY NOW – $84 (3.4 oz.)


Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

jo malone ocean inspired wood sage sea salt unisex perfume

I’m blessed to live by the ocean – I’m reminded of this every time a friend complains that they just want to drive along the coast. That’s why I’ve decided to gift all of my friends Jo Malone’s Sea Salt Cologne, thanks to notes that practically taste like salt air. Of course, the heart note is sea salt – it’s inspired by the ocean, after all! – with a musky, nutty top note of ambrette seed and an earthy base note of sage.

BUY NOW – $80+


Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

le labo santal 33

Le Labo is a classic company, offering androgynous perfumes that stray from any hint of gender. My personal preference is Santal 33, as I consider it one of the brand’s most gender neutral scents. Violet accord marries cardamom at top, while iris and ambrox dance in the middle. At the base, cedarwood, leather, and sandalwood ground the scent. The result: a fragrance that belongs in the men’s, women’s, and enbies’ aisles.

BUY NOW – $90+


Harlem Nights Eau de Parfum

chris collins harlem nights unisex fragrance

You know those wild nights out, where anything can happen and the chances of remembering it all are… well, slim to none, at best? That’s the spirit this unisex fragrance embodies. The bottle is shaped like a flask, first and foremost, so you can’t really be surprised that one of the notes is rum accord. Orris and musk mingle like smoke in the back of a crowded bar, where patrons are one drink from either tapping out or taking 1920 Harlem’s night by storm.

BUY NOW – $175 (1.7 oz.)


‘Series 3 Incense: Kyoto’ Eau de Toilette

Comme des Garcons 'Series 3 Incense: Kyoto' Eau de Toilette

I’ve never been to Japan, but I like to imagine that this perfume is a direct portal to Kyoto. Unsurprisingly, cypress is at the top of this genderless fragrance – considering Kyoto is surrounded by the tree, it’s only appropriate to make it the star. Coffee is an exciting addition, meeting with incense resin at the middle, while a collection of woody whiffs float in the base notes. Sit in the gardens with a warm cup of coffee and take in the crisp, beautiful morning (and breathe in the cypress trees, of course).

BUY NOW – $95 (1.7 oz.)


Somebody Wood Eau de Parfum

phlur somebody wood unisex perfume

I personally have no clue what reliable intimacy is like (it’s just not in my chaotic nature), but after smelling Somebody Wood… well, I kinda wanna know. And can you blame me? With so much wood, it’s no surprise that this scent is reminiscent of putting roots down with someone. Sandalwood is the foundation, with comforting musk and sensual amber clawing their way to the top for an undeniable, absolutely reliable fragrance.

BUY NOW – $96 (1.7 oz.)


bond no. 9 tribeca gender neutral fragrance

I’m not going to lie – this androgynous perfume is pretty out there when it comes to its mix of smells. Don’t believe me? Try to imagine what moss smells like with caramel, or jasmine with cacao. It’s a little confusing, no? Well, that’s kind of the point: it’s supposed to be as happening as Tribeca. Consider this the “It” perfume to wear to the “It” location – it will stand out from the hundreds of scents you pass by in the hustle and bustle of New York.

BUY NOW – $320+


’REPLICA’ By the Fireplace

maison margiela replica by the fireplace gender neutral perfume

“REPLICA” By The Fireplace is iconic. It just is. When one site gives it an average of 4.4 stars with 1,700 ratings, you know a fragrance is good. Maison Margiela captures the upcoming season in this unisex perfume, which smells… well, exactly like sitting by a cozy fireplace, with chestnuts roasting and vanilla making its way to the living room from the kitchen. Clove oil and orange flower add complexity, creating a memory in a bottle – just like it advertises.

BUY NOW – $144 (3.4 oz.)


Cannabis Eau de Parfum

malin and goetz cannabis perfume

Cannabis has a strong scent, and it’s pretty polarizing (as is the topic of cannabis, but that’s a different conversation, anywayyyyy). But (MALIN+GOETZ) describe the scent as a “lazy afternoon” that reminds you of “fading innocence” and “endless possibilities,” and that’s accurate. Spicy herbs twist with a smokiness that hangs in the air – what does that sound like? Add in subtle white floral notes for a hint of sweetness and freshness to break up the hotboxing of your body.

BUY NOW – $95 (1.7 oz.)


Balance Eau de Parfum

the phluid project balance genderless fragrance

Do you ever feel like something’s just… off? Not right? I think we all do at times, and when that feeling creeps up, it’s time to spritz on Phluid’s Balance. The gender neutral fragrance comes in a neon blue bottle, immediately shaking you out of a funk. Enjoy notes of bergamot and crisp apple to uplift the senses, lavender to calm any worries, and cedar and musk to ground yourself when the world feels like too much.

BUY NOW – $55 (1.7 oz.)


Un Jardin sur le Nil

un jardin di nil gender neutral fragrance

Un Jardin sur le Nil’s inspiration is a walk down the Aswan Nile, taking in the bright and awakening scents that guide you along the river. Green mango and lotus give the unisex perfume a kick, while calamus is an almost dusty note – like walking through an Egyptian desert? Sycamore wood is at the base, with a blend of incense tying together the perfume with a bow. It’s exotic and euphoric in a bottle for all.

BUY NOW – $140 (3.3 oz.)


Madewell Beau Fragrance

beau madewell gender neutral fragrance

The unisex Beau can be shared with a beau, or you can keep it to yourself as a statement of self love. It’s a global scent, with notes including palo santo wood, coconut, white flowers, and cedar. It describes itself as “Amber Woods,” and while that sounds accurate, I’d argue that the scent of coconut is more of an ode to the sea. Regardless, you’ll feel cultured when you wear this fragrance, and the world will think so, too.

BUY NOW – $65 (1.7 oz.)


Milk Expressive

commodity milk expressive

Have you ever thought about wearing milk? Yeah, no, me neither. Yet Milk is one of Commodity’s most popular scents, and its central note is… you guessed it: cold, creamy milk. Surrounding this unique note is mahogany wood and tonka bean, combining to form a foamed drink by the fire. With a cozy scent of marshmallow on top, you’ll smell like a cold night filled with scorching s’mores and loved ones.

BUY NOW – $135 (3.4 oz.)


Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert Eau de Cologne

bvlgari au vert unisex perfume

BVLGARI’s Eau Parfumeé collection is specifically meant for all genders – it’s not implied, but stated. This unisex perfume is a callback to the original Au Vert from 1992, aka the first tea fragrance. Bright and earthy meet warm and sensual; Italian bergamot citrus intertwines at the heart with a green tea accord, then meets with beeswax and tonka bean. Recalling the region of Uji in Japan – specifically, its “Precious Dew” green tea – you’ll feel classy as hell in this iconic fragrance.

BUY NOW – $115 (2.5 oz.)


BERGAMUSK

HERETIC bergamusk unisex perfume

Yes, this is THE Heretic, who creates a perfume that smells like Gwyneth Paltrow’s orgasm. As tempting as it was to include it, Bergamusk is also naturally alluring, just like you, with its musky qualities being derived from the aphrodisiac ambrettolide. Earthy bergamot is paired with lavender, thyme, lime, and verbena on top, while middle notes are contrasting jasmine and cedar. Base notes round out the intoxicating scent with the sensual ambretollide musk. Send yourself to summer in southern Calabria, because you deserve it.

BUY NOW – $165 (1.7 oz.)


Free People 1809 Collection Lodge All-Natural Fragrance

Free People 1809 Collection Lodge All-Natural Fragrance

It’s November, but I’m already excited for the holidays. Come on, you know you are, too. Still having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? This all-natural perfume is inspired by a day skiing the slopes, then ending up at the dimly lit lodge after-hours. It brings you to the mountains with notes of palo santo and patchouli, clove and black pepper, as well as the sweet, warm note of vanilla absolute.

BUY NOW – $28 (0.5 oz.)


Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum

tom ford soleil blanc unisex perfume

Tom Ford, we mentioned a dupe for your Cherry perfume, but we have to include your unisex OG Soleil Blanc (translation: “White Sunlight”). It’s the perfect androgynous perfume for spring, with fresh ylang ylang and coconut blooming from sultry, spicy cardamom and a floral amber. It’s luxurious, it’s sensual, it’s that bright morning sun waking you up in a stranger’s hotel bed. Do you leave a note? Yes… but you leave the signature blank. 

BUY NOW – $175 (1 oz.)


Cape Heartache

imaginary authors cape heartache unisex fragrance

Each Imaginary Authors scent is accompanied by the synopsis of its “story” and written instructions on when to best wear the unisex fragrance. For the bold adventurer, take a journey through dense mountain fog and firs to Cape Heartache. Douglas firs and pine resin mingle with notes of vanilla and mountain fog, evoking the memory of Christmastime in one sniff.

BUY NOW – $95 (1.7 oz.)


FRAGRANCE 01 “TAUNT”

dedcool androgynous fragrance 1 "taunt"

“Taunt” those around you with your intoxicating existence, in part due to Dedcool’s androgynous scent. (We said in part – you as a person are just as intoxicating, don’t worry.) We love the unisex perfume’s packaging, first and foremost: a clear bottle with a simple barcode and emphasis on being “unisex.” The smell is flirtatious, with fresh notes of dew and bergamot meeting base notes of sweet vanilla and full amber. Sitting right in the middle: a floral blend, lightening the entire fragrance up. 

BUY NOW – $90 (1.7 oz.)


Ind. For Her For Him Unisex Perfume

skin by urban outfitters androgynous fragrance

Lovin’ you for your progressive nature, Urban Outfitters – where the other millennial fashion brands and their androgynous perfumes at? Scents change like a revolving door; currently, the four offered are “Skin,” “Fresh,” “Forest Bathing,” and “Sandalwood.” Sandalwood smells of its name, while Fresh smells like bergamot, orange flower, and vetiver; Forest Bathing will send you to the middle of the woods with notes of rhubarb, fig, and almond; and then there’s Skin, which is exactly how you’d like to smell post-wash, with hints of jasmine and cedar mingling with the scent of natural musk.

BUY NOW – $24 (1.35 oz.)


“VACATION” by Vacation Eau de Toilette

vacation by vacation

Are you missing summer? Same – I’m just not a cold-weather gal. Bring back the sunshine and poolside convos with Vacation by Vacation. It will make you think of sunscreen, without a doubt, but not in a chemically-enhanced, toxin-doused way; instead, classic notes of coconut, banana, and pineapple meet with pool water and swimsuit lycra. Because what screams “summer nostalgia” more than a gender neutral scent reminiscent of pool noodle races at the local swim center?

BUY NOW – $60 (1 oz.)

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Which gender neutral fragrances are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!


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Skincare For The Vagina/Vulva: Taking Care Of Down There

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and over here at QUILL, we are strong supporters of the notion that all of your skin should be pampered.  Of course most of y’all know stuff like taking care of your face or hands by now. What has only been recently entering the conversation is skincare for your vagina, so here’s how you can take care of the skin down there. 

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Getting To Know Your Vulva

“But wait… didn’t you say vagina earlier?” you might be thinking as you read the section header. “Or was it virgina…?  clean virgin?  Virginia.”  Okay, I’m being an ass and teasing you a bit, I promise nothing but love here.  But yes, we did say vagina earlier, and the header does say vulva.  To be clear, there is, in fact, a difference between vaginas and vulvas.  

 

 

In short, vulva refers to the genitals that are on the outside of your body, and the vagina is just one part of the vulva.  For the sake of this article, we’ll use vagina and vulva pretty interchangeably — as most accidentally do — but we’ll mostly use the proper terminology in the correct context. 


What Is Skinare For The Vagina/Vulva?

Skincare for your vagina is exactly what it sounds like: taking care of the skin around your vulva to ensure it is as healthy as possible.  Taking care of your vagina skin does not have to require ridiculously elaborate steps in the routine; the process is relatively simple and something that you shouldn’t have to worry about.

The skin around your vulva is very delicate and could be susceptible to irritation, discomfort, rawness, and some other conditions that you probably don’t want to be dealing with.  Not only will your vulva thank you for keeping it refreshed, but you’ll also feel so much better — because who doesn’t love a fresh and clean vagina?


A Self-Cleaning Vagina

You may have heard before that the vagina is self-cleaning and that you don’t really need to do anything too much to it.  And that’s true.  The body is well-equipped in keeping things balanced and healthy, usually through vaginal discharge and healthy bacteria that live in the vagina.

Yes, the vagina is self-cleaning, but as long as you are comfortable with it and are using products that aren’t damaging or irritating, there shouldn’t be any harm in giving the skin around your vagina some extra hygienic attention.  And, generally speaking, it’s the skin around it that you’d want to keep clean — in other words, washing your vulva.

Basically, you don’t have to wash inside your vagina, but you should wash your vulva to ensure it’s nice and clean.  But I digress.


How Can You Naturally Clean Your Vagina?

Before we get into the products you can use on and around your vulva, let’s look at the simplest and most natural way to get them clean down there.

The best and most natural way to clean yourself is to simply use warm water during your regular shower or bath.  You can also use a mild soap that won’t irritate your skin, but it’s not necessary.  

Warm water ready, you’ll want to spread your labia/lips apart and gently clean thoroughly around the folds; do your best to not get water or soap (if you use any) inside your vagina.  And that’s all she wrote.


Vulva Skincare

Something you’ll absolutely want to avoid when finding the right products for your vagina are those that are heavy in fragrances or perfumes, dyes, douches, or anything that will likely irritate you.  Remember, your vagina/vulva is incredibly sensitive, so you’re not going to want to get too fancy with the products — keep it gentle.

If any of these products cause irritation or maybe things don’t smell right down there, stop using it and find another product (or just use soap and water).

Here are some of the best products that you can use for your vulva: including things like gentle foaming cleanser, or as one of my best friends likes to call it, ‘pussy soap,’ and even an exfoliator for your pubic area.


How do you take care of your vulva/vagina? Any skincare recs for your vagina/vulva? Tell us in the comments!


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These 9 Fragrance-Free Lip Balms Will Save Everyone’s Lips This Winter

It’s getting cooler, and my lips are getting chapped. Not cute to think about? Yeah, it’s not cute to feel them, either. So, fragrance-free – like, totally unscented, no essential oils included – lip balms are my savior.

With so many chapsticks on the market, you’d think that it’d be easy to find a lip balm or five that work to cure my dry lips – especially one that’s fragrance-free, because I don’t want to smell like cherry chapstick 100% of the time.

So, if you’re searching for the best chapsticks that will keep your lips smooth and don’t smell like a teenage lip gloss store, these lip balms are fragrance-free.

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Lano’s lip balm is praised by dermatologists for its soothing effects, courtesy of scent free lanolin and lanolin oil (which come from shaved, conditioned wool – without harm to the sheep!).

lanolips lanolin fragrance free balm

BUY NOW – $16.95


This organic lip balm is nourishing, with a combo of jojoba and coconut oils, shea butter, and vitamin E – and without a single scent.

physicians formula organic unscented lip treatment

BUY NOW – $8.49


Kind Lips’ balm is ~kind~ to your lips, with ingredients including jojoba, coconut, and olive oils, as well as shea butter, vitamin E, and beeswax.

kind lips unscented lip balm

BUY NOW – $10 (3 pk)


Pipette is technically for babies, so you know this unscented balm stick is super gentle. Bonus: you can use it on your whole body!

PIPETTE BALM STICK

BUY NOW – $8


It’s the extra virgin olive oil in Badger’s lip balm that truly softens and nourishes a chapped pout.

badger's unscented lip balm 4 pack

BUY NOW – $11.87 (4 pk)


Goat milk is the key ingredient in Beekman 1802’s lip balm. Side note: we’re obsessed with the plaid packaging!

goat milk lip balm from beekman 1802

BUY NOW – $9


(MALIN+GOETZ) is all about gender-neutral body care, so support an incredible brand by wearing their unisex lip moisturizer.

unscented lip moisturizer

BUY NOW – $14


Aquaphor has made its own unscented lip balm, so you can kiss painful, chapped lips goodbye.

aquaphor lip repair balm

BUY NOW – $5.49


Okay, yes, this is technically a lip oil… but we’re including it for its insanely moisturizing, unscented properties anyway!

Mindful 5 Nourishing Lip Oil FROM SMASHBOX

BUY NOW – $18

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Which is your favorite unscented lip balm? Tell us in the comments!


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Mermaid Marissa: I Tried The Mighty Patch, And I’m Never Going Back

No matter how many times I wash my face, drink water, and use clean face-friendly-products, it seems like I am still prone to zits. So, I’ve done plenty of research and read tons of reviews on products that not only cover the problem spots, but also heal them – which is when I came across this little gold mine of a product: Hero Cosmetics’ Mighty Patch.

 
 
 
 
 
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To be honest, I was skeptical of this highly-reviewed product: how could something so simple be so good? Hero’s Mighty Patch was relatively inexpensive, so I loaded a pack into my cart to give them a try and, at the very least, write a review for QUILL.

There is nothing “wow” about this packaging; it is very straightforward. But as always, it is what is on the inside that counts. So, I ripped open the package and peeled off a patch to place on one of my problem spots and let it do its magic. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The patch was well-hidden against my very pale complexion (like one scoop away from being vanilla-ice-cream white) and was quick to start absorbing all the “yuck” in my skin. The Mighty Patch uses medical-grade hydrocolloid to gently absorb pimple gunk throughout the day or night.

It was kind of satisfying to peel away the sticker and see the white spot where all the “ick” went! 

My problem spot was a problem no more, and there was no popping necessary. I was really impressed by the product’s ability to deliver what it had promised and bought a new pack as well as their larger patches for the bigger problem areas. However, the acid in the patches do make the areas I put them on dry (hello, that’s the whole point), so I make sure to use a very heavy moisturizer after the fact.

Additionally, I will note that the patches blended well into my skin for a great low-key-camouflaged-blemish moment, but I was severely disappointed to see that there are no shades to accommodate for darker skin tones. There are clear options, but even those are obvious and fail to blend in.

 
 
 
 
 
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Overall I give this product 4.5/5 stars. Want to try it for yourself? Grab Hero’s Mighty Patch and share your review with us!


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13 Le Labo Santal 33 Dupes To Splurge On

In the perfume world, Santal 33 is kind of considered a godsend. It’s described as Western and rugged, but people have transcended the ambience of the scent beyond its original description. Now, people relate it to dinners they can’t really afford but eat anyway, and staying out when they should be home. And because of that almost-unaffordable attitude, Le Labo’s Santal 33 is in need of a dupe or 13 — at least, to QUILL, that is.

So, you want the look (or rather, smell), but don’t want to blend in, right? That’s the kind of scent that Le Labo goes for, so you can bet that we’ll give you dupes that’ll make you as irresistible as they come – Santal 33 not included. Read on for the best of the best.

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Queens & Monsters

QUEENS & monsters by henry rose

This first Le Labo Santal 33 dupe already hits the mark with its description: rich. Immediately,  the notes in this perfume are pretty similar to Santal’s. The top notes have violet (like Santal), while the middle notes have freesia and jasmine, which are similar to the floral middle notes in the original as well. The base notes for Queens & Monsters include vanilla and sandalwood as well, so as it wears throughout the day, you’ll notice that it has a musky sweetness to it. 

BUY NOW – $120


Cowboy Kush

Cowboy kush boy smells

Cowboy Kush serves as a good dupe to Le Labo for a reason: like the latter, this fragrance is western as hell. The suede in the top notes give it rusticness, while the middle notes amplify this ambience with tobacco and cannabis leaf. Talk about musky, ‘cuz the base notes also have oud and patchouli. While this isn’t identical to Santal 33, we still dub it a dupe because of how loudly unique and western it is. Like Le Labo’s fragrance, this one is absolutely a head-turner. 

BUY NOW – $98


Incense City

INCENSE CITY by allsaints

Clothes aren’t the only thing that AllSaints creates. Their perfume, Incense City, is a rare scent that is a perfectly named Santal 33 dupe. The reason? Its earthiness and spice reflect the universality of Le Labo, yet is still an absolute bombshell on its own. Reviewers say it’s like an incense bomb in the best way, and you won’t miss that with its cypress and cedarwood notes. This Le Labo dupe is one for the books.

BUY NOW – $84


Beau

beau madewell le labo dupe

This fragrance from Madewell is the perfect unisex scent. Because of its earthiness with palo santo, coconut, white flower, and leather, it stands as a great Santal 33 dupe for Le Labo. This unisex perfume is hypnotic and intimate; those who’ll stand close to you will get a whiff of this scent and will fall for you. It’s that irresistible! Subtle enough to wear every day, but also unique enough for people to stop in their tracks. 

BUY NOW – $65


Ombré Leather Travel Spray

ombre leather travel spray perfume

Everyone knows that Tom Ford carries the perfumes to end all others. With a top-dog choice like this travel spray, you could say that it goes beyond so much more than being a Le Labo dupe. In fact, this one will make you leagues away from the rest with just a whiff of Ombre Leather. It has an alluring blend of jasmine sambac, amber, moss, leather (of course), patchouli, and vetiver. Together, these notes create the desert landscape that Le Labo was originally going for with Santal 33. Reviewers say that this fragrance is sensual at its peak, and long lasting, so expect to dance the night away with this one.

BUY NOW – $50


Leather Perfume Oil

MALIN+GOETZ leather perfume oil

This perfume oil is a great Santal 33 dupe because it simply smells like western history. Its style is warm and spicy, but also vintage because of its leather and sandalwood in the base notes, and lotus flower with clove and pepper in the top. (MALIN+GOETZ) describes this scent as raw and refined, with its floral notes bringing an unexpected pleasantness to the nose. Looks like the other cowboys on this list have some competition.

BUY NOW – $32


‘REPLICA’ By the Fireplace

maison margiela replica by the fireplace

Don’t be fooled — this spicy vanilla fragrance is a good stand-in for Santal 33. While their scent types are completely different, I’ve got to emphasize how irresistible this scent is. It’s like being curled up next to a campfire — similar to the lone cowboys out in the desert, considering the life they’ve chosen to live. This perfume is so warm and will get compliments thrown at you left and right. Beware!

BUY NOW – $76


Oud & Bergamot

JO MALONE OUD & bergamot cologne

Like Santal 33, this scent radiates “cool.” The key notes for this Jo Malone perfume include bergamot, cedarwood, and oud; together, they create the fragrance’s smoky personality. If you want to be the mysterious love interest in your story, this is the one for you. It’s got a hint of orange in its base notes, so it will have people coming back for more by hypnotizing them with its alluring character.

BUY NOW – $145


Mojave Ghost

byredo's mojave ghost

Good news: this next dupe might not even have to be a dupe at all. This perfume is that bitch. Curated based on the ghost flower that’s native to the deserts, Mojave Ghost is a perfect creation of ambrette, nesberry, violet, magnolia, and chantilly musk. Like Santal 33, this perfume is wild. Rowdy. Untamed. If you want to indulge in your main character fantasies, this perfume is it. 

BUY NOW – $200


03 “Blonde”

DEDCOOL blonde 03

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: people who wear DedCool are automatically way cooler than anyone else. 03 carries an earthy and woody scent type that’s perfect for being a Le Labo dupe, but still carries its own characteristics that stand out. It’s woody and spicy thanks to its black violet, saffron, and juniper berries. DedCool themselves say that this perfume is a show-stopper; one to wear if you want people to stop you on the street and ask what you’re wearing. 

BUY NOW – $90


Dylan

DYLAN BY ROSIE JANE

This earthy perfume has a twist to it that didn’t exist in the other Santal 33 dupes on this list; it has frankincense to really bring out the intensity in this one. Rosie Jane says this fragrance is inspired by freedom and distinctiveness. It’s all about bravery while compiling both masculine woods and feminine musks. This scent is for anybody to wear, while still making you stand out from the crowd. 

BUY NOW – $70


Somebody Wood

SOMEBODY WOOD BY PHLUR

This one’s in the title. Somebody Wood’s scent family is exactly what the name says it is. With sandalwood, amber, and musk, this perfume is described as a sensual embrace. It’s intense, yet still intimate due to its spiciness. As we’re venturing further into fall, this Le Labo dupe is perfect for cozying up in its warmth. Reviewers say that this scent embraces love itself, so if you’re all for being approachable, you’ll know what to wear.

BUY NOW – $96

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7 Razors Sensitive Enough To Shave Your Pubic Hair With

Shaving your pubic hair with the wrong razor can make for an itchy, uncomfortable, overall-shitty experience. And when you decide to tackle the time-consuming, tedious task, it’s worth getting a razor that doesn’t tear out your pubes and give you gnarly razor burn.

So, if you shave your pubic hair and are sick of coming away with painful, burning skin and an uneven, splotchy bikini line, I’ve got 7 razors that will make your life better — and less bumpy. 

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The Twig Razor

the twig razor by leaf

I wrote all about my experience with the Twig razor, but I’ll summarize here: it’s the f*cking best. While you do need actual shaving cream in order for it to work – no shortcuts – it’s worth that extra $4 at CVS for shaving gel. Featuring a single-edge, single-blade design, your pubic hair stands no chance against this reusable safety razor. A bonus: any safety razor blade fits the razor head, so you don’t need to buy specialty blades, unlike with other razors. It is truly the best shave of my life, and it’s absolutely worth the $59 price tag. 

BUY NOW – $59


Intuition Naturals Sensation Razor

shick sensitive skin razor for pubic hair

Schick gives you lather and a smooth shave all in one, even if you have sensitive skin. The shave cream is included within the razor, so as you run the four blades along your bikini line, you’ll get a solid amount of softness straight from the source. On top of that, its defense bar is infused with protective and reparative vitamin E, as well as soothing aloe. So, really, it’s a three-in-one, delivering every part of a shave without any accessories. Does it get any better? 

BUY NOW – $13.99


Venus For Pubic Hair & Skin Razor

Venus For Pubic Hair & Skin Razor

If you have sensitive skin, I wholeheartedly recommend the Venus Pubic Hair and Skin Razor (and the rest of its products, too). It doesn’t grate your skin – there is a patented irritation defense bar that keeps the razor from scratching and irritating your pubic area, while also kissing hair goodbye. Just keep in mind that when I say gentle, I mean gentle – if you have coarse hair or don’t shave very often, it might not be enough to get you bare.

BUY NOW – $19.99


US 5-Blade Razor

bic us unisex razor for pubic area

Is it weird that a razor has to declare itself as unisex? Yes, not gonna lie about that one. But we’ll take that odd detail, because “Us” from BIC Razors is great for shaving everywhere – including the pubic area. Five blades work together to give you a close shave, but if that’s not enough, its precision trimming edge will get those ridiculously-hard-to-reach areas, too. With an irritation strip that’s infused with calming vitamin E and aloe, this razor is solid to “Me,” and “You” will love it, too.

BUY NOW – $11.91



The Weighted Razor Kit (Razor and 5 Stainless-Steel Blades)

hanni smooth shave starter kit, with one razor and five blades

I have run out of my specific pubic-area shaving gel more times than I’d like to admit, and conditioner and soap just don’t do it for me. However, hanni’s Shave Pillow – featuring moisturizing cactus water and glycerin, as well as soothing adaptogenic mushrooms (including reishi mushroom, which we love!) – coats skin beautifully. But the assist comes from hanni’s razor, which is weighted, reusable, double-edged, and stops razor bumps and burns in its tracks. Also, the razor’s packaging is adorable; even if you hate shaving in general (me), hanni will turn that frown upside down. I even wrote a full review on my experience with hanni — check it out!

BUY NOW – $42


Dollar Shave Club | 4-Blade Razor Set

dollar shave club 4-blade razor kit

Don’t want to travel with your expensive razor, just in case you lose it? Understandable, and a great reason to pick up the basic Dollar Shave Club kit. For less than $15, you’ll receive a razor body, shave cream with soothing aloe vera and coconut oil, and four four-blade cartridges (which are apparently meant for longer hair, so if you don’t shave often, this is great news!). The handle is ergonomic and made from metal, so you never have to throw it out – always ideal when you find something that works for you.

BUY NOW – $14.75


The Trimmer

the meridian pubic hair trimmer

You’ll find “The Trimmer” – pretty straightforward name – will give you the pubic hair shave you need. It’s perfect for every body part, and they promote it for both men and women (hard to find, sadly). Not only is it waterproof, but its ceramic blades and low vibrations help to give you a bump-, razor-burn-free shave everywhere. The battery lasts for 90 minutes, so even those with… extra hair can finish their shave in one go.

BUY NOW – $74

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What is the best razor for shaving pubic hair? Tell us in the comments!


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