Perfect Pairs: Why Some of Your Favorite Beauty Ingredients Go Hand-in-Hand
We've all heard the phrase, "There's someone for everyone." And if we were to humanize our beauty products, the same theory could be applied. Just look closely at your hair and skin care products and you'll notice that you won't find some ingredients without another close behind. Why? Here, we explain why certain ingredients are cosmetic soul mates.
Rosemary & Lavender
Catch a whiff of this potent combination of rosemary and lavender—arguably two of the most invigorating herbs that Mother Nature has to offer—and you'll instantly understand why the two were made for each other. The notes' fresh, earthy scent add an allure to cult-favorite fragrances like Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum ($220; tomford.com) and Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne Natural Spray ($173; nordstrom.com).
For hair, rosemary extract is known to stimulate the follicles, promoting hair growth and strength. Meanwhile, lavender essential oils condition strands, offering softness and shine. Similarly, when used in skin care rosemary plays an antiseptic role while lavender sooths irritation.
Try: Lavett & Chin Leave On Conditioner Rosemary & Lavender Blend ($30; sephora.com) and Belif Hungarian Water Essence ($42; sephora.com) to experience the benefits of the power couple from head to toe.
Cucumber & Chamomile
The classic tip for banishing under-eye circles and bags is to apply cucumbers or tea bags on the eye area, so it makes sense that these two would join forces to create dozens of skin care products on the market. Just as they work to soothe tired eyes, the calming ingredients are tried-and-true for reducing inflammation on the rest of the face as well.
Almond & Coconut
On your next cheat day, you can opt to reach for the sinful candy bar, or indulge in a decadent almond-coconut beauty product that reinvents the meaning of almond joy. As two of the richest, most hydrating natural oils, almond and coconut oils are often used in hair and skin care products targeted at women looking for a moisture surge. If you find that your hair is particularly parched after a brutal winter, reach for the oil blend to quench your thirst.