Welcome to Our Favorite Products, a monthly feature in which ITG's editors discuss our favorite products. They're the best things we've tried all month long, reviewed, photographed, and anthropomorphized before we have the opportunity to get sick of them and move on to something new. This month's got not one, not two, but a bountiful THREE different scalp treatments, and also other stuff; read on for the whole haul.
Wide Tooth Comb
I stole this Julien Farel press gift comb from the office for aesthetic reasons—look how beautiful it is in that photo—but didn't think to actually use it until chatting with Neil Moodie on set a month ago. I typically skip combing as it tends to make my curls look puffy and weird, like a '80s soccer mom who just got a perm, but he suggested I use it less as a styling tool, and more of a scalp aid. It feels amazing—a little bit exfoliating, not too rough, and it does seem to displace excess oil and move things around a bit. The teeth are also wide enough apart to enhance my curl without making it too crazy. I'm converted—I might actually buy this Yves Durif one next. —Tom Newton
Scalp care is critical for survival—I'm telling you because I care about you, and I also don't want you to suffer from dandruff. Luckily, for you, Briogeo just dropped their scalp-focused mini collection of products, which includes this delightful charcoal and tea tree treatment in a drop bottle. Think of it like a good clarifying oil for your head skin, one that detoxifies but also hydrates and keeps your scalp in check. Use it every few days in the shower, or carry it with you (not a weird thing to do, I promise) and deposit a few drops into your hair if your scalp feels itchy or sweaty. A happy scalp means a healthy head of hair, which means a happy person. I love you! —Brennan Kilbane
What do you do when you develop adult onset cradle cap around your hairline but are committed to only washing your hair once a week? Simple! Text your mom first, hear her recommend T-Gel, recoil in fear, and then remember that Sachajuan makes the best dandruff shampoo in the game. It's got rosemary oil and menthol in it, so it actually smells good—plus salicylic acid to efficiently eat away at those dry flaky bits. When I'm in between washes, I wet the area and scrub the shampoo around in a really contained way–then wash off with a damp cloth. After a few days, I'm flake-free! Thanks for the suggestion, Mom. —Emily Ferber
The recommendation came from one Ms. Samantha Wilson, one of Glossier's community coordinators. She slipped a tiny pack of gel masque onto my desk and told me I'd wake up with the long-sought-after baby skin. I took it home, popped it open, and smeared the lightweight serum on top of my nighttime skincare. It dried; I went to sleep. In the morning, my skin was the least rosy it'd been in months—even, calm, looking as if it had enjoyed a soothing evening on a silk pillowcase (instead of the reality: a few hours smooshed into a linen pillowcase in front of my iPad's HEV rays). I have to restrain myself from using one each night. Instead, I reserve it for the one day per week I've done some sort of exfoliating treatment. Pairs well with Indie Lee's Rosehip Cleanser and True Botanicals' Resurfacing Moisture Mask. —EF
As much as I love glamour and decadence, the Korean 10-step skincare routine is roughly nine steps too many for me to navigate. The one step I adhere to, though, is essence—the perfect product for people like me who have oily skin, because it's both supremely hydrating and totally lightweight. I love Huxley's toner because it smells like a bouquet of exotic flowers (glamorous and decadent, like me) but it works wonderfully as an essence, patted into my skin fresh after cleansing, before applying makeup, or anytime I'm feeling dry. The brand is inspired by desert flora, which I think is a lovely parallel skincare-wise. If hydration is the essence of Huxley, then their essence is the essence of moisture. Or something. —BK
I've been holding on to this one for way too long. I haven't yet taken it home or lit it yet—instead I keep it by my desk and smell it occassionally like an aromatherapy rollerball. It's such a dream of a scent, totally woodsy and euphoric and spicy and herbal and Christmas. It smells like everything I want a candle to smell like. I wish I could bring myself to burn it. Maybe if I had two...! —TN
Photographed by Tom Newton.
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