The Beauty Products We’re Loving This Month

FASHION‘s beauty team is made up of Beauty Director Lesa Hannah, Associate Beauty Editor Suzie Michael, and Beauty Writer Madelyn Chung. Each month, they’ll be discussing their favourite new products (whether they’re new-new or just new to them).

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

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LH: I love a good mist post-cleanse as well as at my desk, where I will spray it liberally above my head and allow it to rain on me. I’ve had this on deck to try for awhile now, so after spritzing the last few drops from my Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist out over the weekend, I was finally able to uncap Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist ($110). Made with Hungarian thermal water, which is said to be loaded with minerals, what I enjoy most about it is the scent. It features rose, but the scent that sticks out the most is neroli, which is just as appealing. They also just came out with a millennial pink travel size version that in my estimation, is far cuter packaging.

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

SM: After dabbling in natural deodorants for the past couple of years and only finding a single one that worked, I gave the much-hyped Soapwalla Deodorant Cream ($20) a try, after meeting with the founder. (Actually, full disclosure, the one I used was the brand’s new baking soda-free, aka less irritating/better for super sensitive skin, formula, which isn’t out until September 6th.) Anyway, I was in love after just one use. As someone with hyperhidrosis, I’m not easily impressed by deodorants, so if Soapwalla tamed even my pits, you know it’s good.

It also comes in a lavender scent, but I went for citrus, which — I promise — keeps me smelling fresh all day long. It comes in a pot that you apply with your fingers, which I’m weirdly into because it’s a nice massage in the morning, but you might not be if you’re used to stick deodorants and antiperspirants.

Speaking of antiperspirants, if you’re expecting a rant about the “dangers” of using them, you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not anti-antiperspirant at all; my reasons for using natural deodorant are more of the shrug and say “Well, why not try something different?” variety. So, for the sake of journalistic accuracy and like, science, I thought it’d be irresponsible to not address some of the common claims about antiperspirant, so you can make your own, informed decisions about what you put on your body.

Regarding a possible link between antiperspirant and breast cancer, no scientific evidence exists showing that there is a link. Yes, you apply antiperspirant to an area that is near your breasts, but your liver and kidneys are responsible for processing and eliminating any “toxins” from your body. So, technically speaking, antiperspirants would have to cause liver/kidney cancer. They DON’T but I’m just saying.

In terms of aluminum-based compounds “blocking” your lymph nodes from expelling said toxins, sweat is mostly made up of water, not “toxins” (whatever that word means, anyway). See above for where those go. And you have lymph nodes in lots of areas of your body, not just in your armpits. So rest assured: antiperspirant is not trapping harmful chemicals in there.

In fact, not many studies have even been conducted regarding a link between breast cancer and aluminum-based compounds. And as mentioned, of the few that have been, a link hasn’t been found.

You can read more about it here.

Should you choose to go the natural deodorant route, that’s great. I recommend this one. If you don’t want to, that’s cool, too. But did I mention it smells amazing?

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand

MC: Come summertime, I only use cream formulas, save for some powder on my T-zone. However, with my fave-ever contour kit (Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze + Glow) being a powder, I was pretty disappointed I would have to sacrifice accented cheekbones for the sake of a dewy skin… that is, until Charlotte’s new Hollywood Contour Wand ($50) landed on my desk. The wand (which hits stores August 22nd) has a cushion tip for smooth, even application and the formula itself is super blendable (seriously, if there was a contouring product for dummies, this is it). I simply draw a three from my temples to cheekbones and jawline, then blend with a Beautyblender (or my fingers, if I’m feeling lazy) for a subtly-sculpted face that’s still dewy enough for my liking. For extra luminosity, I use the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($50, also out August 22nd) to highlight the tops of my cheekbones with a nice, pearlescent finish. Oh Charlotte, I just can’t quit you!

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