Every month, we fill your Birchboxes with samples from the best brands around—from iconic beauty companies with long histories to innovative upstarts (and everything in between). This January, you'll get to meet clinical skincare lines, makeup artist-approved color collections, and much more. Without further ado, allow us to present the class of January 2014.
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This family-owned tea brand goes to meticulous lengths to ensure that their product meets exacting (read: British) standards—from traversing the globe in search of optimal growing conditions to testing over 600 tea blends. Fun fact: they package teas for the Royal Collection, sold in Buckingham Palace.
Take a quick whirl through YouTube and you’re sure to stumble upon a gushing testimonial (or 20) about the brand’s insanely versatile eye shadow palettes. (Note: You’ll also find an alarming number of dancing cat videos.)
In lieu of harsh detergents, artificial fragrances, and chemical preservatives, 100% Pure uses simple, nourishing, and most of all, recognizable ingredients. In fact, many of them would be at home in your kitchen: cherries, raspberries, and black tea, to name a few.
This luxurious-yet-affordable skincare brand has racked up more awards than Meryl Streep. After making a huge splash in Europe, it made its way across an ocean to land in our Shop—and judging by our glowing customer reviews, it was well worth the trip.
Associated with more leading ladies than Leonardo DiCaprio, celeb stylist Serge Normant’s won’t-quit hair products are the secret behind many of Hollywood’s most glamorous coifs.
In 1966, the French pharmacist Pierre Fabre created the first shampoo using chamomile—formulated specifically for blondes. (We knew they had more fun.) Luckily, he began making products for other hair colors too, and his company became Klorane.
Frédéric Fekkai trained with the most sought-after hairstylists in Paris before moving to New York City in the 1970s. It wasn’t long before his modern cuts caught the attention of the city's most stylist residents. The rest is hair history. We love how the award-winning products help us replicate the look and feel of salon-styled hair at home.
This pro salon brand holds the periodic table in very high esteem. Its pH-balanced, chemistry-based formulas are engineered to repair and rebalance strands, all without using parabens or gluten.
Like your favorite childhood mood ring, Ruby Wing’s lacquers change color in direct sunlight. One more reason to book an equatorial vacation.
Founded in 1986, this family-operated skincare line knows that the difference is in the details. All of the brand’s luxe lotions and creams are handcrafted with wholesome ingredients like shea butter and almond oil.
As irresistible as they are, delicious food smells have the unappealing habit of sticking to your clothes. Fortunately, Reviver’s portable wipes remove lingering odors and provide a quick boost of freshness. Keep them in mind for your next BBQ or campfire s’mores party.
Meet JUARA Skincare, a line of spa treatments inspired by traditional Indonesian beauty recipes. Now make friends—these skin-calming products are the beauty equivalent of a one-way ticket to Bali.
Originally designed to help nursing moms heal sore nipples, Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Balm for Lips quickly became a favorite of savvy makeup artists, thanks to its many uses as a hydrator, shine-booster, and primer.
These eco-friendly formulas are designed to nourish your hair and leave it feeling noticeably healthier. Better yet, this Cali brand is leading the charge to make haircare more environmentally responsible.
Runway-inspired, TONI&GUY has a product to match—and enhance—every hairstyle in your mental lookbook. The great-smelling formulas are just a delightful added bonus.
This niche brand specializes in biodegradable, eco-friendly, and rinse-free laundry detergent—and they’ve even parlayed their subtle scents into a nourishing hand cream. You just might start looking forward to laundry day.
Founded in the 1980s, this world-conquering skincare brand was way ahead of its time when it resolved to use traditional plant-based medicine to solve modern-day skin dilemmas. Today, over 100 scientists work at the ORIGINS Natural Resource Laboratories researching and testing new formulas.
Inspired by Twiggy and other British style icons, this London-based brand offers a collection of faultless mascaras and liners. We’re especially keen on their Skinny Liquid Liner.
Founded by a cosmetic historian, this vintage-inspired beauty brand offers a line of vivid lipsticks and gleaming compacts that are more sassy than Mae West’s famous one-liners.
LA FRESH® has changed the name of the cleanliness game with their travel-friendly, single-use wipes. Designed for removing everything from makeup to nail polish to traveler’s malaise, they feature all earth-friendly ingredients.
It’s no secret that we’re in love with all things BB, which is why we’ll always carry a torch for the brand that kicked off the alphabet craze: Dr. Jart+. Beyond their heroic beauty balm, this Korean-based brand offers a range of sterling skincare goods that tackle every complexion woe.
Makeup artist-turned-inventor Mary Schook has one of the most impressive beauty resumes we’ve ever seen. In addition to pioneering lash extension and spreading the gospel of stem cell technology, Schook has just a launched a skincare line of her very own. Need we add that it’s another game-changer?
What happens when 15 years of medical research meets advanced botanical ingredients? In short, cutting-edge beauty magic. Utilizing next-level ingredients, Retrospect’s comprehensive range of serums, toners and moisturizers stimulates healthy cell growth to erase signs of aging. Not-so-fond farewell, pesky crow’s feet!
Marcelle’s Québec-born products might just beat out maple syrup as Canada’s biggest claim to fame. We’re in love with their hypoallergenic line of mascaras, concealers, and of course, glow-inducing BB creams.
From scratchy face scrubs to harsh chemicals, most skincare products aren’t exactly what we would call Zen-inducing. Thankfully, the good folks at ZENMED are keeping things simple. This eco-conscious line of straightforward skincare is designed to ease the woes of problem skin.
Founded in 1911, this luxury Italian skincare line has grown from a niche brand to a major player on the international beauty scene. But one thing hasn't changed: the family-owned business still relies on traditional, time-tested ingredients to help you score bellissima skin.
Founded by two sisters and their best friend, this Canadian brand has been helping our northern neighbors discover beauty bliss since 1999. Their range of hues means women from the fairest ivory to the richest chocolate can find a perfect match.
One day, a husband-and-wife duo dared to ponder the mysteries of the universe. Chief among them: Why do dudes have endless shaving cream options while ladies are forced to make do with irritating soaps and subpar, chemical-laden shave gels? Not long after, Whish was born. These days, the breakout brand has expanded to include a full range of bath and body products.
In 2008, two brothers were on the hunt for the perfect Mother's Day gift: a custom fragrance for their chic mom. But it couldn't be just any custom fragrance—the duo wanted it to be luxe, natural, hypoallergenic, and cruelty-free, so they had to make their own. Their creation was such a success that they decided to turn their labor of love into a business.
Started in 1996 by two fashion-obsessed friends, Juicy Couture has become a worldwide powerhouse. Known for its playful and feminine attitude, the brand has gone far beyond the realm of fashion to launch accessories and fragrance.
Founded by a celebrity nail artist, this London-born brand is bringing luxe manicure options to the masses. Offering a new take on nail art, Nail Rock offers a wide range of textured polish toppers—and makes them surprisingly easy to use at home.
“Cosmetics cop” Paula Begoun wised up to the harsh ingredients found in most skincare products and took matters into her own hands. After ditching the harsh treatments, she created this straight-as-an-arrow product lineup.
In 1976, twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford opened a swinging beauty boutique in downtown San Francisco. After gaining a loyal following, the sisters launched a line of hardworking beauty products in whimsical, endlessly inventive packaging.
Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley’s latest collection just might be our favorite ever: her own makeup line. And with her impeccable sense of style, it does not disappoint.
Founded on the principle that scientific skin care solutions can also be all-natural and safe, this family-owned brand designs topnotch products that tackle a everything from acne and aging to hyperpigmentation and scarring.
From teasing to highlighting, we subject our tresses to a lot of stress. Fortunately, this impossibly chic line that fills the need for hair care products that deliver high design and amazing, damage-reversing results.
When a small, unfamiliar vial of ojon oil found its way into Denis Simioni's hands, it triggered a journey deep into the Central American rainforest to locate the source of the remarkable hair saver. What he uncovered was a 500-year-old beauty secret: ojon oil, which has the ability to reverse all forms of hair damage.
Atelier Cologne is not your typical fragrance company. Highly concentrated, long-lasting, and all-around sophisticated, these scents are one-of-a-kind.
Birchboxers can’t get enough of Chuao’s unique and decadent chocolate. Helmed by Venezuela natives Michael and Richard Antonorsi, the brothers pioneered "fusion chocolate," merging premium chocolate with unexpected ingredients like potato chips and crunchy honeycomb.
For over 30 years, this London-based brand has supplied luxury bath and body products to some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, resorts, and spas. Luckily, they also sell their wares to people who want the VIP treatment at home.
After struggling with endometriosis and associated infertility for many years. Miranda Bond devoted herself to holistic wellness, getting rid of any products with harmful chemicals. Amazed and inspired by the positive effects (she got pregnant, for one thing!), she created INIKA, high-performance makeup that feeds, hydrates, and promotes healthy skin without the use of harsh or toxic ingredients.
Founded by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Amour began a quest to create the perfect moisture-wicking T-shirt. Today, it’s evolved into a global performance wear brand for anyone who wants bring their A-game to every workout.
In 1979, a New York family launched Color Club, the first line of nail lacquers made exclusively for professional salons. Happily, the brand's trendy and vivid polishes are now available to the public, which means you can get the brightest neons and shiniest sparkles sans the pricey salon visit.
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Globetrotter and pink lipstick enthusiast, Ally-Marie is an admitted product hoarder and a diehard advocate for heat-free hairstyle.