Is it just us, or do the Scandinavian countries do just about everything in a cooler way? We worship at the altar of Acne and other minimalist clothing brands, the home design elements are as sleek as they are functional, and as it turns out, the beauty game in the area proves to be equally strong. From candles that evoke that certain sense of "Hygge" every design blog waxes poetic, to the most hydrating skincare serums we've ever experienced, we put together a list of 9 staples that hail from the far North. Shop our favorite Scandinavian beauty picks below.
1. Björk & Berry Perfume Oils
No relation to the singer clad in a swan dress, but with scents that pay homage to autumn rainstorms, Swedish forests filled with birch and pine, or the long-awaited moments just before the start of spring, the notes within these bottles are just as unique.
Available at Björk & Berry | $42 each
2. Skandinavisk Candles in Hygge and Nordlys
Whether you want to give your living room that Hygge aesthetic every decorating site seems to be obsessed with, or bring home some aurora borealis flair, these candles never fail to evoke a warm, cozy feeling. While the Nordlys scent is fresh and aquatic with a hint of wood, Hygge mixes fireplace-esque elements with rose petals, mint, and strawberry cake.
Available at Skandinavisk | $48 each
3. Estelle & Thild Biodefense Multi-Nutrient Youth Oil
Aside from the fact that it smells like a complete dream, this antioxidant-rich oil acts as a protective barrier from the elements, while giving your complexion some much-needed moisture.
Estelle & Thild | $68
5. Verso Super Facial Serum
The sleek exterior alone practically screams Scandinavian design, but it's the potent dose of retinol housed inside that we're really intersted in. It's strong enough to hit the rewind button on existing lines while boosting collagen production, but since it's completely stable, your skin won't get irritated.
Verso Skincare | $120
7. Lumene Arctic Spa Body Butter
If this ultra-rich body cream is nourishing enough to stand up to the harsh Finnish winters, then best believe it will leave your skin soft and touchable in your current climate, which may or may not feel like summer by comparison.
Lumene | $15
8. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Texturizing Spray
Who says beach waves are limited to the warmer parts of the globe? This turquoise mist has quickly become a classic for its ability to bring out your strands' natural curves without that dreaded crunchy texture.
Sachajuan | $28