With nose-tickling allergens riding on the breeze and the scent of freshly-sown mulch in the air, it’s easy to take the signs of spring for granted. As the cycle of sprouting and blooming begins, we are reminded that the Earth is a living, breathing thing. Earth Day, now celebrated over several weeks instead of a single day, is a chance to acknowledge the Earth’s bounty. Here at TIA, we focus on botanical bounty in beauty. Of the numerous natural and organic cosmetics that have cropped up in the past few decades, the five best green brands we’ve come across comprise a living list. Stemming from last year’s picks, our family tree of favorite green cosmetics evolves as often as the changing seasons, and it just sprouted a new branch to make room for Bambola Beauty.

Launched just last month by a mother-daughter team, Bambola Beauty is a premium skincare brand that blends nature and science. Its range of 21 lip care, eye care, cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, exfoliants, and masks is cruelty-, paraben-, petrolatum-, artificial dye-, and fragrance-free. Developed in a leading laboratory of natural products and never mass produced, the formulas eschew chemicals in favor of unique minerals and botanicals. I received a set of samples for four of Bambola’s products which – after two weeks of testing – never hit a wrong note.

The Nourishing Apricot Cleansing Creme ($38) may have a runny consistency, but it leaves a rich coat of moisture after being rinsed off and provides an instant cure for dry or sensitive skin. The milky residual layer swaps flaking skin for lasting hydration charged with essential nutrients. Jojoba and sweet almond oil, rich in oxygenating essential fatty acids, improve the complexion with a well-nourished glow. Antioxidants from green tea, aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, seabuckthorn, and hops extracts protect the skin against damage from the elements. Meanwhile, small amounts of salicylic acid regenerate skin cells, apricot oil delivers a high content of vitamin A, and organic honey adds natural preservative power.  Its aroma, redolent of sweet almond, makes the cleansing milk tempting to eat.

Volcanoes got a bad rep in the wake of the Iceland eruption, but Bambola’s Volcanic Mineral Scrub ($42) imparts a renewed appreciation for the mineral exfoliants that derive from such natural sources. The minuscule rounded beads inside this charcoal-gray emulsion remove dulling dead skin cells, cleansing the surface while prompting cellular turnover. After a thorough scrub, my skin looked remarkably brighter and smoother without feeling stripped. Harvested from the Earth, minerals such as silica, titanium dioxide, and iron oxides impart the same benefits as they do in mineral makeup. Organic shea butter and Amazonian fruit butter restore moisture, while pineapples enzymes exfoliate and green tea reduces inflammation. Unique additions include cold-pressed kukui nut oil (a source of vitamins A, E, F, linoleic and linolenic acids), which helps normalize skin, and spinach powder (a source of vitamin K).

It is no secret that fine lines and wrinkles are more obvious on skin that is dry. The Mango Moisturizing Mask ($49) makes sure that dry skin doesn’t stand a fighting chance. Between avocado oil (a storehouse of vitamins, minerals, and protective oils) and vitamin C-loaded mango butter, there are all manners of natural emollients, including sunflower seed oil, shea butter, Amazonian fruit butter, olive oil, beeswax, and seabuckthorn oil. Beyond hydration, the mask supplies revitalizing seaweed extract and exfoliating salicylic acid, which join forces to put your freshest face forward. Its dual moisturizing and exfoliating results are reminiscent of our DIY papaya fruit face mask – minus the mess. The luxurious texture of this treatment would imply that fruit-based, anti-aging masks should be left to the pros.

I saved the best for last. Although the Mango Moisturizing Mask has a delectable aroma, no product compares in succulence to Bambola’s Revitalizing Liposome Moisturizer ($58). Applying this rich cream is the skin’s version of sipping a mouth-watering, antioxidant-charged berry smoothie. The formula is jam-packed with beneficial plant oils and butters: jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, palmitic acid (a fatty acid), apricot kernel oil, olive oil, shea butter, Amazonian fruit butter, seabuckthorn oil, and raspberry oil. Add to these provitamin B5, vitamin E-rich grape skin extract, and vitamin K-carrying spinach powder, and it’s like a daily multivitamin supplement for your skin. Liposomes act as super-highways to transport free radical-scavenging antioxidants. Bambola’s pink-hued moisturizer blend in beautifully over and under other products, giving weary cells a much-welcomed boost.

In honor of Earth Day (on April 22nd), Bambola Beauty has set up a special discount for Truth in Aging readers. From now through May 15th, enter the code TRUTH at check-out to receive a 20% discount off all purchases. Bambola Beauty not only offers free shipping and a generous sample with every order, but the company also donates a portion of its proceeds to research grants for the Save the Earth Foundation. On top of buying beauty products made from the Earth, you’ll be contributing to an organization that helps protect the Earth. And who doesn’t want to feel good about what goes on their skin while actually doing good?

Ingredients in Nourishing Apricot Cleansing Creme:

Purified Water (aqua), Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) Oil, Organic Buxus Chinensis (jojoba ) Oil, Palmitic Acid, Organic Camellia Sinensis (green tea ) Extract, Silica, Cellulose Gum, Soyamine, Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Decyl Glycoside, Gluconolactone, Avena Sativa (oat ) Kernel Flour, Organic Calendula Officinalis (calendula ) Extract, Organic Anthemis Nobilis (chamomile ) Extract, Organic Althaea Officinalis (marshmallow ) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (wheat germ) Oil, Olea Europaea (olive ) Oil, Organic and Natural Aloe Barbadensis, Hippophae Rhamnoides (seabuckthorn ) Oil, Humulus Lupulus (hops) Extract, Organic Honey, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Absolute Essential Oil.

Ingredients in Volcanic Mineral Scrub:

Purified Water (aqua), Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Carbomer, Soyamine, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Iron Oxides, Pumice, Cold Pressed Aleurites Moluccana Seed (kukui Nut ) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Organic Camellia Sinensis (green tea ) Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (spinach ) Powder (vitamin K ), Astrocaryum Murumuru (amazonian fruit ) Butter, Ananas Sativus (pineapple) Enzyme, Ananas Sativus (pineapple) Pulp Puree.

Ingredients in Mango Moisturizing Mask:

Purified Water (aqua), Organic Helianthus Annuus (sunflower ) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (extra virgin cold pressed avocado) Oil, Palmitic Acid, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Palmitic Acid, Mangifera Indica (mango) Butter, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (amazonian fruit) Butter, Beeswax, Olea Europaea (olive ) Oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Carbomer, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Organic Buxus Chinensis (jojoba ) Oil, Organic Fucus Vesiculosus (bladderwrack ) Extract, Non Gmo-lecithin, Hippophae Rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Mango Fruit Pulp.

Ingredients in Revitalizing Liposome Moisturizer:

Purified Water (aqua), Palmitic Acid, Organic Buxus Chinensis (jojoba) Oil, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Olea Europaea (olive) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (amazonian fruit) Butter, Vitis Vinifera (grape skin) Extract, Soyamine, Safflower Oleosomes, Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Non Gmo-lecithin, Hippophae Rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) Oil, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) Oil, Rosa Damascena (rose) Flower Distillate, Frankincense (boswellia carterii) Oil, Spinacia Oleracea (spinach) Powder (vitamin K), Iron Oxides.