You know when you're really burnt out and you need a break? Adeline Koh, an associate professor of literature at Stockton University in New Jersey, can relate. She took a sabbatical from her position in 2015, but instead of ordering takeout and sleeping in, she started a business. Frustrated with a lack of skin care products with high levels of active, natural ingredients, Koh launched Sabbatical Beauty, a small-batch line of skin care and makeup. The just-launched, ten-piece Spring 2016 collection, aptly dubbed Breathe, "takes inspiration from the freshness and new life of the changing season to refresh and rejuvenate tired skin," according to a press release. (Want more clean beauty products? Check out 7 Natural Beauty Products That Really Work.)
The products are stand-outs not only because of their apothecary-style, simple-chic packaging, but because of their potent ingredient line-up too. The Blush Beauty Oil ($95) not only has crazy brightening and moisturizing properties from sake extract, but also has actually rose petals in the bottle, basically making it the most gorgeous gift for your Mom, BFF, or yourself, maybe ever. (Here's How to Make the Most of Your Moisturizer.)
Other notable products include the Earth Dry Mask ($45), which has anti-bacterial tumeric and toxin-removing matcha green tea, as well as the Moar Honey II Serum ($60), which has acne-fighting "bee glue" and brightening royal jelly. Can't decide on just one product from Sabbatical Beauty to purchase? We totally feel you—and recommend nabbing the Academic Conference Travel Set ($95), which offers a smattering of items from the BREATHE collection in portable, pint-sized packaging.
If beauty this good comes from taking a break, consider us out to lunch for now.