The Game-Changing Vegan Beauty Brand You Need to Know About
Very little makes an Allure editor perk up like getting word of a cool new beauty brand. So when I saw that multiple allure.com readers—yep, this discovery was totally thanks to you guys—were raving on about an unknown-to-me company called Hush & Dotti (and specifically, one of its products, enticingly called Dream Drops), my interest was pretty piqued.
I quickly learned that the makeup and skin-care collection checks all of the green-beauty boxes (eco-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free). “We have taken great care to create products that are effective, glamorous, and non-toxic,” says co-founder Dina Altieri, a makeup artist and the Connecticut-based line’s COO and co-founder. “We only use the highest-quality ingredients that we can source or harvest,” adds co-founder Stef Serafin. “This way is very expensive, but we feel better knowing we have created the best products possible.” I had to try it out for myself. Like, immediately.
So I did. The skin-care portion of the collection was impressive as a whole (the lip products I tried, a sheer gloss and a multi-use crayon, were pretty take-it-or-leave-it-y for me), but here are the three items I loved the most:
Balm Cleanser. The yellow solid-to-oil formula looked so thick and salvelike in the jar, it momentarily brought back all of my old fears about using oily products on my shine-prone skin (I had to mentally repeat to myself that “oil attracts oil, oil attracts oil” before scooping out the tiniest bit). Luckily, a blueberry-sized dab is really all you need. This unorthodox cleanser is an extremely concentrated blend of serious moisturizers: cold-pressed castor oil, omega-rich olive oil, and organic shea butter. The texture is oily and a bit grainy, but it spreads like a dream and practically demands that you massage it on with care and affection. When I wiped a warm, damp washcloth over my face (there is no getting this stuff off with just water), the balm melted away cleanly, leaving absurdly soft skin in its wake. The best part: It’s so hydrating, I was almost tempted to forgo my usual post-cleansing five-step skin-care layering routine. (Almost.)
Sugah Sand. Despite the name, this powder scrub doesn’t contain sugar or sand (thankfully). It does have only two ingredients: Finely crushed bamboo and dried orange peel, a natural brightener that also happens to smell delicious. The idea is to add a pinch of Sugah Sand to the Balm Cleanser. Mixing the two in my palm was a messy process, but it created an incredibly rich, luxurious scrub. The beauty of this mix-it-yourself concept is that it allowed me to tweak the amount of powder, making a less abrasive alternative to traditional formulas that can irritate my sensitive skin. The balm/powder gave my skin a smoother, brighter finish, in that “why yes, I did just get a facial” sort of way.
Hydrating Serum Dream Drops. Pressing two drops of this amber-colored serum into my skin felt soothing and made it look glow-y in about six seconds. A blend of olive, camellia, argan and grape-seed oils (all excellent moisturizers) and rose hip oil (an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and brightener), it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a trace of greasiness behind. The strong herbal scent seems distinctly old-school somehow, like how I’d imagine one of Cleopatra’s beauty tonics to smell, but that vanishes quickly—along with all traces of redness and crepiness.
I’m not alone in my newfound Hush & Dotti fandom: “Our customer base has sky rocketed in the last 11 months. We’ve seen it go from only New York and Connecticut to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and France,” says Serafin. “We’re expanding as fast as we can.”
What other under-the-radar hair, skin, and makeup brands are you guys loving? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @anneolivia414.