I would say beauty "bars" are the future when it comes to covetable treatments and services. First, there were the blowout bars (like Drybar), then came Botox bars (The Labb is amazing), and now come the facials. Boasting slick, in-and-out convenience not dissimilar to a mani or Starbucks run, Face Haus is offering a brand-new addition to the idea of on-the-go beauty treatment: top-tier facials, albeit with affordable price tags and a short time commitment. Most of the signature facials start at $65, with add-ons at a budget-friendly $10. And a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to test-drive the service myself at the brand's newest location in Santa Monica. (For all you Californians, there are also Studio City, West Hollywood, and USC setups, with another arriving in the South Bay this fall.)
Walking in, I was immediately impressed by the aesthetic of the space (it's inspired by the modern, clean lines of Scandinavian design), and I walked out with the best glow I have ever had post-facial, truly—a statement, mind you, I don't make lightly. Not only that, but my all-around experience was so enjoyable and not rushed or amateur in the slightest. My esthetician, Jean Pelton, was a true ray of sunshine, and her skin-gifting know-how and sweet, comforting energy honestly soothed my soul and turned around my week.
After taking a look at my skin and talking about my concerns (mostly potential breakouts, acne-scarring, some congestions, etc.), we decided on the Keep Glowing Facial ($65) with two different add-on boosts—the Universal A-Peel ($20) and the Lip, Laugh, Love ($10). What followed was magic, and once we had finished, I could barely contain my excitement of A) how great my skin looked and B) the new (to me) exciting products and brands Pelton had used on my face and thus introduced me to—one of which being Eminence Organic Skin Care.
Of course, I've heard wonderful things about Éminence, but I had never tried the line myself. Well, consider that changed. Though the entire line is fabulous and beloved by celebrities and estheticians alike, some of the brand's very best products have also become a part of my weekly skincare routine as well. Plus, after doing some research, I found out Meghan Markle, (currently the Duchess of Sussex in case you need a reminder) has also been vocal regarding her love for the organic skincare line. So, since both Markle and I have a respective collection of the best (aka our favorite) products from the under-the-radar brand, I thought I'd gather all of our go-to picks in one Royal flush of a roundup. Keep scrolling for 11 best-of-the-best products from Eminence, which truly take the crown when it comes to ritual and results.
Meghan Markle's Favorites
While acting on Suits, Meghan Markle reportedly relied on Eminence—four products in particular—to keep her skin in tip-top shape for screentime. In fact, the brand had the chance to catch up with Markle, who took the time to share which products made her list of complexion neccesites—starting with this masterful exfoliating wash. Recommended for normal to oily skin types, the citrus blend contains an expert melding of fresh lime juice, silica, and grape-seed oil, all of which, when used together, rid the skin of impurities and leave behind a rejuvenated, ultra-clean glow in their wake.
Next up: one of the brand's iconic best sellers, the Bamboo Firming Fluid. (For the record, Pelton also used this on me during my facial—it's dreamy!) I'd presume Markle loves it for its organic and 100% natural firming prowess thanks to suppleness-enhancing ingredients like bamboo, coconut oil, coconut water, monoi, Swiss green apple stem cells, and the brand's Natural Retinol Alternative Complex, which contains chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree.
For a surge of moisture, word on the street is Markle loves this coconut-infused moisturizer, which was formulated with moisture, firmness, and tightening in mind. That being said, in addition to skin faves like vitamin C, shea butter, and grape-seed oil, coconut oil is the starring ingredient. Therefore, if you're someone with oily or acne-prone skin (or if you know comedogenic oils like coconut oil just don't generally bode well for your skin), we'd recommend skipping this one.
Culminating Markle's list of favorites is this divinely scented body lotion spiked with SPF from zinc oxide and octinoxate and infused with ingredients like shea butter and vanilla, which will keep skin velvety soft during even the most doggedly hot days of summer.
During my session with Pelton, she actually used the brand's Coconut Milk Cleanser ($36) to emulsify my skin as the very first step. And while it smelled deliriously wonderful and felt hydrating and comforting atop my skin, I know the unruly habits of my pores and didn't want to commit to a coconut oil–infused concoction in the long run. (I wish it didn't trigger my acne, but alas, it does.) Thus, I've swapped it out with this probiotic, skin-clearing elixir instead and am obsessed with the results.
Award-winning and a perpetual best seller, this exfoliating formula wasn't used on me during my facial. But, Pelton did recommend it to me after our treatment as another great option for my weekly exfoliating efforts. Key ingredients include the obvious strawberry and rhubarb (both are astringent and natural glow-enhancers) alongside other organic skin-saving signatures like lactic acid, rice, clay, and chickpea and oat flours.
Essentially, this exfoliant pulls triple action—while the rice powder sops up excess oil, the lactic and salicylic acids slough away glow-threatening collateral (aka dead skin cells) while the namesake strawberries and rhubarb impart antioxidant-enriched radiance.
I would say the Blueberry Detox Firming Peel (used on both my face and my lips) during the service was the highlight of my treatment and, I'm pretty sure, the main reason my skin had such an INSANE glow post-facial. (Something even my fellow beauty editor and spa roommate Amanda Montell commented on when I walked through the door.) Unfortunately, the peel isn't purchasable to the public and is reserved solely for professional use. So, in lieu, this delightfully swampy mask was recommended to me instead.
Just like the blueberry peel, this nourishing mask contains paprika and the brand's trademark BioComplex. But, in place of the former's berry juice galore, lactic acid, grape-seed oil, and pineapple extract lies the latter's honey, chaste berry, and extracts from hops, yucca, and flaxseed oil. The green mask is also an exceptional option if you're breakout-prone like I am. Warning: it gets warm, thanks to the circulation-boosting paprika, and your skin will be red, hot, and tingly for an hour or so after usage. In other words, I'd recommend solely delegating this one to your before-bed stash.
The second Pelton applied this luscious smelling mask on my face, I immediately asked her what it was. Seriously, it might be the most delectable thing to ever grace my face. It's a masterful mix of strawberry (a natural exfoliator), rhubarb (an antibacterial), shea butter (a hydrator), grape-seed oil (a youth preserver), botanical hyaluronic acid (wrinkle-reducer), and last but not least, the brand's BioComplex starring antioxidants, CoQ10, and alpha-lipoic acid. So yes, in addition to obsession-forming scent, it also does some serious work on your skin.
To enhance the glow-inducing results of my facial, Pelton used calendula oil as an epic finisher. Chock-full of antioxidants and other vitamins your skin will thank you for, it accelerates the skin's natural healing system, radiance, and texture. In other words, your skin will look and feel as smooth as a baby's bum. Plus, this particular oil falls super low on the comedogenic scale, therefore posing minimal threat when it comes to the potential for breakouts.
One of the most magical parts of my facial at Face Haus was an add-on treatment I received called The Lip, Laugh, Love Boost—a two-step service for an affordable $10—which, I kid you not, delivered filler-esque results. (I should know; I have them.) In fact, I was so obsessed with how good my lips look post-treatment that I contacted Face Haus to learn more about the service and how I could attempt to re-create the enchantment at home.
"First, a Blueberry Detox Firming Peel is applied," a press representative for the brand relayed to me. "It contains paprika oil that pulls blood to the surface of the skin, which plumps and stimulates collagen. The second step is a shea butter lip-plumping mask. The shea butter provides supreme moisture while hibiscus peptides smooth and improve fine lines around the mouth area."
So, to simulate the effect, I discovered this epic lip mask, which also features paprika oil in addition to shea butter, avocado oil, peppermint, vitamins, aloe vera, papaya, and pomegranate.
To add a wash of stick-less sheen after the mask ritual, I go for a quick coating of this luscious-smelling balm, which is also infused with the aforementioned shea butter and hibiscus. Of course, the results will never be the same as the in-house treatment (trust me when I say the paprika-spiked blueberry peel it uses is out-of-this-world good), but in a pinch, this combo comes pretty darn close.