The 9 beauty products that Viva editors use to the last drop

We’re hitting a repeat of these favorites and true favorites, from a sweet-smelling body custard to a cult-favorite sunscreen.

Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil, $ 62
– Babiche Martens, photographer

How good was it? Originally purchased after having surgery in 2012 on my shin that left a long scar, I purchased it to aid the healing process and help reduce redness. I liked it so much that I have been buying it ever since and now use it all over my body. I love perfume and it’s not greasy at all because I don’t usually like oils on my skin for that very reason. It spreads out easily so a little goes a long way. The scar line has healed beautifully and is barely noticeable.

Would you buy it again? I am aware that our skin is our largest organ and I love that it does not have harmful substances entering my bloodstream. Since body lotions are the largest amount of product I use on my body every day, this fills me with reassurance.

Lush Custard Body Cleanser, $ 17
– Ashleigh Cometti, beauty editor

How good was it? I’ve been lucky enough to try a few body washes in my day, but none come close to this limited edition Lush. Not only does it smell exactly like custard (the scent trail lingers long after you get out of the shower), but it also leaves skin soft and supple, a must during these dry winter months.

Would you buy it again? I tried! When I reached the middle of the route, I rushed to Lush to stock up, but sadly it’s part of the brand’s limited edition Mother’s Day collection. So, if you’re reading this, Lush, please bring it back!

How did you dispose of it? I haven’t finished the tub yet, but when I do, I’ll shed a tear and then return the packaging to Lush as part of its Bring It Back program, where you can earn $ 1 per item returned towards your next Lush Buy.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate, $ 55
– Emma Gleason, commercial editor

How good was it? This is one of my favorite moisturizers, my skin loves it. I bought my first tube when I was in Paris (so cliché) and now I buy it from the local beauty site Ines.

Would you buy it again? Yes, I have replaced it several times. I use up to the last bit and I’ll roll the tube until it’s all done.

How did you dispose of it? I separated the plastic lid from the metal tube and put them both in the bin.

Mecca Cosmetics to save face SPF50 Superscreen, $ 47
– Rebecca Barry Hill, writer

How good was it? It’s not easy to find a good face sunscreen that protects the skin without making it greasy or curd with makeup. But this failsafe product is not only effective, it offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, it feels like you’re wearing a light day moisturizer.

Would you buy it again? Yes. Even in the colder months I like to wear an SPF, and this one has Vitamin E to combat dryness. It is also free of oxybenzone.

Clarins Santal Facial Oil, $ 72
– Amanda Linnell, editor

How good was it? I am currently trying out different face oils because I love how they feel on my skin. I was drawn to this Clarins product designed for dry skin and made with 100% pure plant extracts including hazelnut oil for hydration and soothing essential oils like sandalwood, cardomom and lavender.

Would you buy it again? Decidedly. I like a simple routine and the fact that you can use this morning and tonight is appealing. Plus, it smells heavenly and most importantly, it leaves my skin supple and smooth.

How did you dispose of it? After squeezing every last drop, the bottle and dropper went into recycling.

Sans Ceuticals Cellular Repair Body and Face Lotion, $ 55
– Johanna Thornton, Deputy Director

How good was it? This is a dream moisturizer, rich in niacinamide, shea butter and grape seed extract. I love that it’s formulated for both body and face, to help simplify my routine and the amount of products I have in rotation. It’s also a really nice texture and absorbs beautifully into the skin. It’s nice to buy a locally produced beauty product with no animal testing and no artificial dyes and fragrances.

Would you buy it again? I have repurchased this product a couple of times and probably need to upgrade to the larger size.

How did you dispose of it? This lotion is contained in PETG, which is high quality recyclable plastic, which means I can put it in the bin instead of throwing it away.

Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $ 219
– Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

How good was it? This decongestant serum justifies its high price by delivering on its promise: a smoother, more radiant complexion. A pump every other night sees my skin noticeably different in the morning, and it’s great followed by a moisturizing oil or serum if you have one on hand.

Would you buy it again? I’ve bought it back several times and my skin is really drunk from the cocktail mix of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic acids.

Caudalie Paris Vinoperfect Radiance Complexion Correction Serum, $ 115
– Annabel Dickson, fashion assistant

How good was it? I saw this product on TikTok and needed another serum so I decided to give it a try! I loved its glossy texture. This product targets dark spots and hyperpigmentation and mine was lightened after three months of continued use.

Would you buy it again? I notice a difference in the texture and brightness of my skin when I’m not using this product, so I’ll be back to the shop quickly when it’s empty.

Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Oil $ 65 (15ml)
– Dan Ahwa, Creative and Fashion Director

How good was it? I don’t use much on my face other than sunscreen and a decent moisturizer, and at night and during the colder days I like to use this cold pressed face oil which has a mix of vitamin C and golden turmeric for antioxidant defense.

Would you buy again? All time. It is a good stimulant for my skin and it has this great smell that is super refreshing.