Best of the Best: Josh Rosebrook

Best of the Best is a series showcasing my favorite, tried-and-true, go-back-again-and-again green beauty brands. Being a beauty blogger, I’m in a constant state of flux with skincare, as I’m always trying new products. However, these brands are always in my rotation and are worthy of my highest recommendation.

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Oh, Josh Rosebrook….where do I even begin? There are SO many products that I love by this incredible line of skincare and haircare, but today I am going to focus on my Top 5 in skincare.

Active Enzyme Exfoliator

Advanced Hydration Mask

Hydrating Accelerator

Cacao Antioxidant Mask

Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

As you can probably ascertain from the first three products above, Josh Rosebrook masks are kind of a big deal with me as they are the most reached for masks on my skincare shelf.

Let’s get started with the Active Enzyme Exfoliator. Friends, I can promise you it’s a very rare occurrence if this mask isn’t on my face every Sunday. This exfoliator supports the feeling of healthy cell turnover with enzymes from honey, papaya, yucca, beetroot and elderberry that naturally soften and brighten the skin’s appearance. And man, it does its job – my skin looks brand spanking new (not a dead skin cell in sight!) when I wash this off my face.

josh rosebrook active enzyme exfoliator

I love this exfoliator for many reasons – especially that it’s a chemical (natural enzymes like papaya) and physical (very finely milled walnut shells) exfoliant, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. I’ve tried A LOT of exfoliators, and this one is seriously impressive. Also, and I find this to be true with all Josh Rosebrook products, they never irritate my skin. I can leave the Active Enzyme Exfoliator on for up to an hour with no sensitivity – just gorgeous, clear skin.

And you know else loves this exfoliator? My husband, as you can see in this video!

He uses this exfoliator every week, not to mention the Hydrating Accelerator and Advanced Hydration Mask every evening. (Josh Rosebrook is his skincare line of choice..get your men using this incredible line STAT.)

Speaking of the Advanced Hydration Mask, will you look at that shade of blue?

Just looking at it makes me happy. This mask attracts and maintains cellular hydration retention with a synergy of senna seed, aloe vera, mango seed butter, honey, and avocado. Ginger, fenugreek, and chickweed stimulate circulation while blue tansy, rose and St. John’s wort instill a feeling of calm to inflamed skin. It’s basically the most soothing hug for your skin ever.

Looking to calm sensitive and/or irritated skin? Get this mask. Need a huge boost of hydration? Again, GET ON IT.

josh rosebrook active enzyme exfoliator and hydration mask

Aren’t both products gorgeous? p.s. – the scents are even better.

Moving on to one of the line’s ultra top sellers since day one, the Hydrating Accelerator is a toner, light moisturizer and herbal vitamin-infused water that balances your skin’s pH and preps your skin to more readily absorb serums, oils, and creams that follow. I love to use this during the day and it’s no joke that I have 4-5 little bottles of it around my house at all times because my entire family uses it! I mean, you never know when you might need a spritz!

josh rosebrook cacao antioxidant mask

Next up, the Cacao Antioxidant Mask. This delicious (yes, I want to eat it) mask is a powerful skin brightening and rejuvenating product that detoxifies, tones, tightens and softens the skin. You’ll see instant results after just one use, and regular users will experience a clearer, firmer and overall brighter complexion.

Cacao is extremely high in flavanols–powerful antioxidants that help to activate circulation in the skin stimulating blood flow to micro-circulatory areas feeding your skin the vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids and antioxidants it needs to be bright, tight and youthful. And I can attest to activated circulation – you can expect your skin to be slightly redder for up to hour after using. (The first time I used it I was concerned that my skin was too sensitive, but nope, it was just all the blood being brought to the surface of the skin by the flavanols. This has actually become my favorite part of the process – when I see my pink skin, that means damn good things are happening!)

Other ingredients are Coenzyme Q10, which delivers antioxidants via small molecules that can easily penetrate skin cells, Bladderwrack which is a rich source of vitamin A and sea minerals (super nourishing!), and antioxidants in Grape Seed oil which protect collagen to firm skin structure and restore elasticity.

This mask is incredible, y’all. I adore it.

Last but certainly not least, the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 is a must-have. This dual-action day cream performs as a regenerating moisturizer and natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The Nutrient Day Cream delivers a potent combination of distinct herbal actives and plant oils to repair, moisturize and protect skin and the lightweight cream finishes matte, smooth and comfortable without a white cast. A high-quality uncoated, non-nano, high micron zinc oxide provides effective sunblock against skin-damaging solar rays.

This cream is perfect for all skin types (including oily and acne-prone) and has a seriously impressive list of ingredients including organic oils of hemp, borage and sea buckthorn, as well as bilberry, catnip, and marshmallow root, to name a few. Tons of antioxidants brighten and firm while enzymatic action ignites tissue cell metabolism, slowing down the aging process of the skin.

Long story short, this is way more than a daily SPF. It’s like a superfood for my skin and most importantly, looks great on. No white residue can be found immediately after applying which I know can be such a dealbreaker with other facial SPF products. It’s an SPF game changer in my book.

Josh Rosebrook consistently delights me with his product line and I’m a huge fan. As always, please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to help if I can!


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Odds and Ends

1. Facebook is stalking you and this is what you can do about it.

2. Dear universe, we need more women over 40 to do all the things.

3. Speaking of women over 40, Nancy Pelosi’s all outta faith. Oh boy, did I chuckle at this.

4. Gen X will not go quietly. We will die in the spirit of Grace Jones and Poison, thank you.

5. So many good clean beauty deals right now. Get these gorgeous lip colors before they’re gone, trust me. (Use WHOORL15 to get an extra 15% off!)

6. 20% off all African Botanics products on their website today through Monday with code WHOORLFAVES. All of my favorites are listed here.

7. Two big beauty posts on Whoorl this week – my favorite skincare devices and the best bakuchiol products!

8. Are skincare products the new cigarettes? Great Vogue article.

9. Can you imagine spending 328 days in space? Christina Koch just did.

10. My friend Gabby writes some seriously thought-provoking stuff. 100% agreed.

11. Oh, how I love AP fact checks.

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend.

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The Best Bakuchiol Products in Clean Beauty

Bakuchiol has quickly become a darling of the clean beauty world and for good reason! This natural alternative to retinol has taken the clean skincare market by storm and I’m here to help you figure out which bakuchiol-based products are best for you. (Um, get a snack. There are A FAIR AMOUNT.)

First things first, although bakuchiol is a less-irritating alternative to retinol, that doesn’t mean retinol is irritating to everyone. I think we all know by now that I adore the Cell Resurrection Recovery Serum by African Botanics (my detailed post on safer retinol formulations is here) which works great for me on a nightly basis, but it’s always good to have some gentler options to mix things up.

Enter bakuchiol. I’ve had the chance to spend a good amount of time testing all of the following bakuchiol-based products and will share according to categories that I’m asked about most frequently in terms of skincare. But let’s take a brief dive into bakuchiol first!


In a nutshell, bakuchiol is a less-irritating natural alternative to retinol. This gentle, vegan ingredient is a chemical compound with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties extracted from bakuchi plant seeds. While there is no structural resemblance to retinol, it has been shown to function in a similar way, increasing cell turnover (thereby stimulating collagen production) and diminishing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and overall photodamage. However, unlike retinol (for some), bakuchiol has no harsh side effects on the skin and is a more gentle alternative. Studies have also shown bakuchiol’s abilities to reduce acne by fighting inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and roughness.

Bakuchiol has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that not only did bakuchiol work as well as retinol when it came to addressing signs of aging but that it was clearly less irritating.

Good enough reason to give bakuchiol a shot, right?

Let’s take a look at some great products and then we’ll finish up with my Top 3 and Best All-Around Bakuchiol Products!