Beauty Editor Favorites at Beautyhabit

Elle Magazine

August 27, 2019

Elle Magazine

Ligne St. Barth, Avocado Oil, Beautyhabit

Avocado Oil as seen in Elle...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Avocado Oil by Ligne St. Barth: Beauty Picks

Ligne St. Barth Avocado Oil $64.50.

OK! Magazine

August 05, 2019

OK! Magazine
Embryolisse, Limited Edition, New York Lait-Crème Concentré, skincare, beautyhabit

Embryolisse as seen in OK! Magazine...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Limited Edition New York Lait-Crème Concentré by Embryolisse: Latest & Greatest

Say hello to my little friends...a sneak peek of the impressive products hitting shelves now.

I didn’t think this cult-classic cream could get any better – until I saw its adorable NYC- inspired illustrated tube.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 10, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
L:A Bruket, No. 071 Wild Rose Hand & Body Wash, Beautyhabit

L:A Bruket as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Shop Body by L:A Bruket

A hand and body wash for calming and caring for irritated skin. The ingredients are 85% certified by Ecocert and contains no preservatives.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 10, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
L:A Bruket, No. 051 Kurbad Seaweed, Beautyhabit

L:A Bruket as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Shop Body by L:A Bruket

The seaweed has been traditionally fished by hand and then dried naturally. Seaweed has long been used in spa baths and is believed to stimulate blood circulation, relax stiff muscles, relieve aches and pains, skin irritations and sunburn.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 10, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
L:A Bruket, No. 048 Petitgrain Face Oil, Beautyhabit

L:A Bruket as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Shop Body by L:A Bruket

Facial oil for normal to dry skin. Well balanced oil mix that absorbs quickly.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 10, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
L:A Bruket, No. 013 Foot Scrub Rope Soap, Beautyhabit

L:A Bruket as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Shop Body by L:A Bruket

Freshening, hand made soap on a rope with pumice and essential oils from peppermint and thyme. Activates and scrubs new life into tired feet.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 10, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
L:A Bruket, No. 195 Grapefruit Leaf Hand Cream, Beautyhabit

L:A Bruket as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Shop Body by L:A Bruket

Shea butter, coconut oil, meadowfoam and comfrey work to moisturize, nourish and protect. The essential oils of grapefruit and lavender softens and calms as well as stimulates cell renewal.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 10, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
L:A Bruket, No. 095 Thyme/Marjoram Foot Cream, Beautyhabit

L:A Bruket as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Shop Body by L:A Bruket

Shea butter protects, and is moisture preserving. Softens dry and hard skin area. The essential oils soothe and are stimulating and mildly antiseptic.
BeautyandWellbeing.com

July 09, 2019

BeautyandWellbeing.com
Ligne St. Barth, Extra Mild Shampoo With Spirulina Algae, Shampoo, Mild Shampoo, Beautyhabit

Ligne St. Barth as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Extra Mild Shampoo With Spirulina Algae by Ligne St. Barth - Editor's Pick: Defend Your ‘Do: Summer Haircare Essentials

Now that it is mid-July, we’re quickly reaching the glorious pinnacle of summertime shine. The days are at their longest, the sun is at its highest, and the temperatures are at their hottest. Surely you always have a bottle (or two!) of sunscreen somewhere in tow to protect your skin— but did you know that UVA and UVB rays can be just as harmful to your beachy, sun-kissed waves? Too much unprotected sun exposure can cause discoloration, brittle texture, split ends, thinning, and frizziness… Oh my! Does this mean we should start spritzing our hair with sunscreen to protect our fresh summer highlights? Not quite. Luckily for you, BWB has carefully curated a repertoire of must-have products to add to your hair protection arsenal.

For the Demure ‘Do:

There is nothing like a classy, dignified aroma with just a hint of the Caribbean sea to frame the face during the summertime. With each flip of the hair, you are enveloped in a cloud of algae, camellia oleifera, and fresh beachy air. The Ligne St. Barth Extra Mild Shampoo is a gentle cleansing agent perfect for all hair types, even thin or sensitive. With soft, nourishing ingredients and an elegant perfume, this silky amber product nurtures both your hair and your scalp. After a long day in the sun, treat your hair to a steamy wash and massage this shampoo slowly into your scalp. Inhale deeply and indulge in the soothing fragrance lining your locks.

Refinery29.com

June 26, 2019

Refinery29.com

Smith & Cult, Fauntleroy, Nail Polish, Nail Lacquer, Beautyhabit

Smith & Cult as seen on Refinery29.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Fauntleroy Nail Lacquer by Smith & Cult: 9 Top-Selling Nail Polishes To Buy On Amazon This Summer

Smith & Cult

Smith & Cult’s Fauntleroy shade — a lovely muted mauve — is an Amazon-shopper favorite, as evidenced by its impressive 5-star rating.

Jetsetter.com

June 18, 2019

Jetsetter.com

Living Libations, Seabuckthorn Shampoo, Shine On Conditioner, Beautyhabit

Living Libations as seen on Jetsetter.com...

and available online at Beautyhabit

Gretchen’s Wellness Picks: 15 Buys I’m Loving for Summer

My interest in wellness started with a curiosity—questions about the food we eat, products we put on our skin, fitness fads, and how our physical, mental, and emotional health are all interconnected. I believe that wellness is deeply individual, but it can (and should!) also be enjoyable. My intrigue has led me to try countless workouts, supplements, and beauty products, and while the trends will come and go, I’ve come across a few tried-and-true favorites that I won’t be giving up anytime soon.

Living Libations Seabuckthorn Shampoo + Shine On Conditioner

I am so impressed by this natural shampoo and conditioner from Living Libations. It smells amazing and leaves my hair clean, hydrated, soft, and full of volume every time. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s worth it to know that the ingredients are not only safe but actually nourishing for your hair and scalp. I credit this shampoo and conditioner, combined with my aforementioned shower filter, for all my good hair days.

Jetsetter.com

May 15, 2019

Jetsetter.com

Living Libations, Rose Glow Poetic Pits, Beautyhabit

Living Libations as seen on Jetsetter.com...

and available online at Beautyhabit

Rose Glow Poetic Pits by Living Libations: 15 Top-Rated Natural Deodorants That ACTUALLY Work

There’s no avoiding it: finding the best natural deodorant is a trial-and-error process. Since all bodies react differently to different formulas and ingredients, it’s hard to know which will be right for you until you try it. So why take the chance? Because typical antiperspirants contain aluminum and other icky chemicals that we definitely don’t want on our skin—nontoxic is always the safer choice. To make the switch easier, we curated a list of the best top-rated, harm-free (and aluminum-free) natural deodorants across several stores and sites, from luxury beauty shops to Amazon. You still might have to try a few before you fall in love, but when you do, it’ll be so worth it.

Living Libations Poetic Pits

Living Libations is known for its approach to all-natural, pure botanic beauty. It makes sense, then, that the brand’s Poetic Pits deodorant is a combination of 100% concentrated organic essential oils, containing no chemicals or extra ingredients. While the scent is formulated to make underarms smell fantastic, we recommend a patch test first, since some skin reacts negatively to pure essential oils.

Forbes.com

May 09, 2019

Forbes.com
Argentum Apothecary, La Lune de Velours Nourishing Oil Milk Cleanser, Beautyhabit

Argentum Apothecary as seen on Forbes.com...

...and available at Beautyhabit

La Lune de Velours Nourishing Oil Milk Cleanser by Argentum Apothecary: 6 Female Beauty Entrepreneurs Reveal What Products To Use This Summer

Now that temps are finally warming up, it’s also time to consider incorporating skincare and beauty products that are better-suited for when it’s sizzling out. So whether you want to lighten up your heavy winter serum or brighten up your complexion with a fresh pop of color, here are six products from female-founded brands – all of which are independently-owned, cruelty-free, and naturally-based, of course – that’ll keep you looking (and feeling) terrific all summer long.

Who: Joy Isaacs
Why: Growing up in South Africa, Joy Isaacs watched her mother use the age-old remedy of Colloidal Silver on childhood cuts and scrapes. But it took several seemingly unrelated incidents – a surgery-related infection healed with silver-infused dressings; a lucid dream about starting her own beauty brand; and an auspicious meeting with skincare pioneer Dr. Gilbert Mouzin – to motivate Isaacs to create ARgENTUM. Every product in her line features a patented blend of Silver Hydrosol and DNA HP, which uniquely hydrates and promotes cellular regeneration, without feeling the least bit heavy. And to round out the line, ARgENTUM just unveiled La Lune de Velours, a milky, oil-based cleanser. “It's comforting, deeply hydrating and doesn’t cause any tightness despite being a very effective makeup remover,” says Isaacs. It also arrives with a fina silk sea sponge to help gently buff away every last impurity.
Jetsetter.com

May 08, 2019

Jetsetter.com
Jar, Face Creme, Beautyhabit

Jar as seen on Jetsetter.com...

...and available at Beautyhabit

Face Creme - Tinted Mineral Sunscreen by JaoJackie’s Beauty Buys: 15 Items I’m Obsessed With This Summer

Welcome back to my Beauty Buys column, where I'm highlighting all the products on my radar, plus my tried-and-tested favorites that are truly worth the hype. This roundup’s all about summer: exciting product launches, new makeup trends, and the essentials necessary to fight the heat, stickiness, and overall beauty mayhem the season can bring.

I know you know, but it’s worth repeating: it’s crucial to wear facial sunscreen year-round and especially in the summer. The one I’m loving most right now is Jao Brand’s tinted Face Crème, made with zinc oxide mineral sunscreen (SPF 30) and nourishing plant-based ingredients that work wonders to smooth skin. Fans of the brand recommend layering its Seed Face Oil underneath for additional antioxidant benefits.
LOfficielusa.com

May 06, 2019

LOfficielusa.com

ALTAIA, By Any Other Name, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen on LOfficielusa.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

By Any Other Name Eau de Parfum by ALTAIA: Beauty Tea: Four Italian-Inspired Fragrances That Cost Less Than a Trip to Capri

For all the vacation feels of the Amalfi Coast without having to leave home.
Despite being flooded with summer tourism; Southern Italy magically retains its certain-something. More than other destinations in the Mediterranean, the milieu has a unique way of commandeering each of the five senses. The Italian sun bronzes skin so pleasantly in Portofino. The colors of Le Cinque Terre practically mesmerize your eyesight, wondering why you chose an all-white color scheme for your apartment (maybe just me). The clam pastas and other seafood of Capri make going out for Italian elsewhere practically impossible.

And, more than anything, the smells of the coastal towns and islands are so distinct and narcotic, recovering those aromas becomes a sort of addictive mission. It’s no wonder that the smells of the South have inspired a bevy of perfumers to reimagine all of the seaside, musky and fruity details. If you’ve never been to Italy, no problem. Try this fragrance to feel instantly teleported in the blink of a spritz.

Musky rose lovers will be obsessed with this Italian perfume. When I spray this, I immediately envision of a man doused in bergamot, greeting me with fresh cut roses and a lychee martini on a summer night (a girl can dream). This rose-rich delight is one of my new favorites; hints of sweet lychee fruit which gives way to cedarwood and an indelicate musk. A seriously sexy blend, this perfume pairs well with unstable stilettos, a non-vegan dinner and a third date.

LOfficielusa.com

May 06, 2019

LOfficielusa.com

Eau d'Italie, Un Bateau Pour Capri, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

Eau d'Italie as seen on LOfficielusa.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Un Bateau Pour Capri by Eau d'Italie: Beauty Tea: Four Italian-Inspired Fragrances That Cost Less Than a Trip to Capri

For all the vacation feels of the Amalfi Coast without having to leave home.
Despite being flooded with summer tourism; Southern Italy magically retains its certain-something. More than other destinations in the Mediterranean, the milieu has a unique way of commandeering each of the five senses. The Italian sun bronzes skin so pleasantly in Portofino. The colors of Le Cinque Terre practically mesmerize your eyesight, wondering why you chose an all-white color scheme for your apartment (maybe just me). The clam pastas and other seafood of Capri make going out for Italian elsewhere practically impossible.

And, more than anything, the smells of the coastal towns and islands are so distinct and narcotic, recovering those aromas becomes a sort of addictive mission. It’s no wonder that the smells of the South have inspired a bevy of perfumers to reimagine all of the seaside, musky and fruity details. If you’ve never been to Italy, no problem. Try this fragrance to feel instantly teleported in the blink of a spritz.

From the house that creates the signature fragrance of Positano’s famous hotel Le Sirenuse, this light-bodied scent is the ideal thing to wear with a swimsuit and sarong. Peach fans, rejoice! One of my favorite summer scents, its top notes are freesia, pink peony, and the perfect sweet, fuzzy peach. I literally can’t think of anything that pairs better with an Italian Bellini, cheeky bikini, and a saltwater pool.
Jetsetter.com

April 25, 2019

Jetsetter.com

Living Libations, Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc, Beautyhabit

Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc as seen on jetsetter.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

The 15 Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens to Stock Up on This Summer: Fuss-Free Spray Sunscreens

Living Libations - Everybody Love the Sunshine with Zinc

These zinc oxide mineral sunscreens give you the ease of a traditional spray without the damaging chemicals. We love the nourishing essential oils found in Living Libations (jojoba plant, virgin coconut crème, and red raspberry seed, among others).

Refinery29.com

April 19, 2019

Refinery29.com

Eau d'Italie, Rosa Greta, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

Eau d'Italie as seen on Refinery29.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Rosa Greta Eau de Parfum by Eau d'Italie: 7 Summer Fragrances For When Your A/C Stops Working

Named for Greta Garbo, and inspired by the sea of Ravello Roses that surrounded her villa on the Amalfi Coast, this eau de parfum — with bright, blooming notes of pure rosebud and white tea — smells secretive and sublime, like a luminous starlet who's fled a public life for a quieter, more beautiful one (but then the paparazzi found her anyway).

Rosa Greta Eau de Parfum, $160.00, available at Beautyhabit.
HelloLovelyStudio.com

March 11, 2019

HelloLovelyStudio.com
child perfume, child perfume roll on, extremely rich body creme, limited edition child perfume spray, beautyhabit

Child Perfume Roll On, Extremely Rich Body Creme and Limited Edition Child Perfume Spray as seen on HelloLovelyStudio.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.

Child Perfume Roll On, Extremely Rich Body Creme and Limited Edition Child Perfume Spray - 7 Early Signs of Spring & 3 Secret Springs of Hope...

...is fresh air for your winter soul! Let’s ease away from these remaining days of late winter and put on a new mind...even if the nests have yet to appear. The signs of spring are everywhere for me, and hope is swelling within my chest.

What to Wear on a Spring Joy Ride
It’s complex, exotic, and lovely, with a loyal following for good reason. My favorite quality of child perfume is how a gentle roll on the wrist lingers for hours.

TheDailyBeast.com

January 31, 2019

TheDailyBeast.com

Martial Vivot, Beard & Face Oil, Beautyhabit

Martial Vivot as seen on TheDailyBeast.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.

Beard & Facial Oil by Marial Vivot: Practical Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are Still Romantic And Meaningful

Say “I love you and want to contribute to your life in some meaningful way” with practical romantic gifts they’ll actually use for years to come.

Pampered and practical Seal it with a kiss—and the Beautyhabit Martial Vivot Beard & Face Oil loaded with antioxidant-rich CQ10 and nourishing hemp seed oil.

BeautyandWellbeing.com

December 10, 2018

BeautyandWellbeing.com
ALTAIA, Purple Land Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen on BeautyandWellbeing.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

Purple Land Eau de Parfum by ALTAIA - Editor's Pick: Festive Fragrances

Deck the halls smelling fresh, floral, oriental, or woody–take your pick. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give to a loved one this season, nothing shows thoughtful care and attention like a beautiful bottle of perfume, carefully selected according to their character and spirit. Or, scratch that thought all together and spoil yourself a little this Christmas! Tis’ the season to give, which includes showing yourself some love as well. BWB has curated a list of fragrances that will undoubtedly bring a flirtatious sophistication to your holiday season.

Purple Land by Altaia 

This tropical fragrance is rooted in a love story between its creators – Marina and Sebastián. The dawn of their long-distance romance is told through an aromatic sea of purple frangipani, complemented by notes of guava, lily of the valley, and musk. Complete with grapefruit, papaya and ambrox, Purple Land is for both the hopeless and the hopeful romantic.

805 Living

December 07, 2018

805 Living

Louis Sherry, 12 Piece Candy Tin, Harrison Howard West Indies, Beautyhabit
Louis Sherry as seen in 805 Living...

...and available online at Beautyhabit

12 Piece Candy Tin - Harrison Howard West Indies by Louis Sherry: The Perfect Gift

Julia Murphree (IG Story)

November 30, 2018

Julia Murphree (IG Story)
ALTAIA, Purple Land Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA Purple Land Eau de Parfum as seen on Julia Murphree's Instagram Story (@juliamurphree)...

...and available online at Beautyhabit here.

Purple Land Eau de Parfum by ALTAIA

This new @eauditalie_official scent smells like and absolute dream.

Grapefruit, Guava, Papaya, Frangipani, Lily of the Valley, Ambrox, Musk.

HelloGiggles.com

November 29, 2018

HelloGiggles.com

Paul & Joe, Limited Edition Makeup Collection, 2018 Advent Calendar, Beautyhabit

Paul & Joe as seen on HelloGiggles.com...

...and online at Beautyhabit.com: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/paul-joe-beaute/products/paul-joe-limited-edition-makeup-collection-2018-advent-calendar

Paul & Joe Limited Edition Makeup Collection 2018 Advent Calendar - WANT/NEED: A pink T-shirt for proud English majors, and more stuff you want to buy

Welcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things our Deputy Editor, Emily Popp, is currently coveting. It might be a pair of pink leather loafers that make her feel like she’s got her s*#t together, or a pool float in the shape of an avocado (because she’s not over the novelty pool float trend). Or maybe it’s as random as, like, dryer sheets. Basically this is all the stuff she’s obsessed with. Poppy’s picks, if you will.

Paul & Joe Limited Edition Makeup Advent Calendar

One of my favorite memories of the holidays as a kid was getting to open the advent calendar in December. My brother and I would take turns, and sometimes there was a little ornament inside or a plastic toy or chocolate candy. That’s why I love this fabulous advent calendar from Paul & Joe. The darling cat illustrations delight my inner kid, but the goodies inside speak to my adult self. Instead of toys, the calendar is filled with my version of toys: 12 limited edition beauty products from Paul & Joe. This advent calendar has everything I could possibly want: nostalgia for holiday tradition, cats and lipstick.

SunHee Beauty

November 03, 2018

SunHee Beauty

ALTAIA, Purple Land, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen on SunHee Beauty's Instagram page...

...and available online at Beautyhabit here.

Purple Land Eau de Parfum by ALTAIA

sunheebeauty And #whataromance#inabottle ❣️ Wow... what a #lovestory this is! From the creators of @eauditalie_official A follow up to their #altaia ‘s #awardwinning #TuberoseInBlue💙 #PurpleLand has arrived! 🌈🌄💜One lover in Italy, the other in Ethiopia this #scent captures the endurance of a #longdistanceromance that was meant #forkeeps 💕 #marinaandsebastian 💑 ❤️ It’s truly #divine #fragrance #amust#discover I am loving the #fragrancenotes👃🏻👌🏻 #fragranceforlovers 💞#new#eaudeparfum #fromitaly 🇮🇹

FindingSilverLinings.net

October 17, 2018

FindingSilverLinings.net

Eau d'Italie, Signature Scented Candle, BeautyhabitEau d'Italie as seen on findingsilverlinings.net...

and available online at beautyhabit:
https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/eau-ditalie/products/eau-ditalie-eau-ditalie-scented-candle

Signature Scented Candle by Eau d'Italie: 2018 Best Beauty & Wellness Gifts

Hello, my name is Mindy and I am a product junkie.  This is not me being dramatic, it is simply the truth.  Brands send me products to sample all the time.  All get tried, many get used once, some I give to friends, very few end up here as recommendations.  It’s been a long time since I’ve come across products that really rock my socks.  In the past couple of weeks, I found quite a few that are worthy of the Finding Silver Linings stamp of approval.  In fact a couple items are on my all time list.  Chances are, if you’re reading this, you know someone that is a beauty & wellness junkie like myself.  These types have a stupid amount of products making it tough to figure out what they’d want and actually use. I’ve done the homework for you. Here are my 2018 best beauty & wellness gift ideas for the product junkies who have everything…

The Candle Hoarder

I feel like we all know a candle hoarder.  My own mother is one.  She can not get enough.  There’s something calming and romantic about having a candle burning.  The good ones give off a scent to further enhance the ambiance of a room.  I stumbled upon super luxe fragrance that I am infatuated with.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my love story about this candle.  Eau d’Italie scented candle is not only beautiful to look at (oh hi adorable mermaid babes), but the fragrance is described as:

A light sea breeze and cool citrus groves on the cliffs of Positano.

Terracotta tiles warmed by the summer sun.

Bergamot, blackcurrant buds and yellow sweet clover.

A hint of musk, a touch of incense.

A sparkling and seamlessly blended scent.

I burn it when I need some extra self-care (think bubble bath, facemask, and a cold glass of Savignon Blanc).  Your candle lover needs this.

Melinda Fleming (IG Story)

October 12, 2018

Melinda Fleming (IG Story)

ALTAIA, Purple Land, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA Purple Land Eau de Parfum as seen on Melinda Fleming's Instagram Story (@curatedcool)...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/altaia/products/altaia-purple-land-eau-de-parfum

Purple Land Eau de Parfum by ALTAIA

A sea of purple frangipani is in bloom all around. The purest perfume I have ever come across.

The Australian - Wish Magazine

September 18, 2018

The Australian - Wish Magazine

Eau d'Italie, Eau de Toilette, BeautyhabitEau d'Italie as seen in The Australian - Wish Magazine...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/eau-ditalie/products/eau-ditalie-eau-de-toilette

Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette by Eau d'Italie: Positano in a Bottle

Smells evoke memories, so it made sense for one of the Amalfi Coast's most beloved hotels to create a fragrance that takes you straight back there.

It’s a scent that started with a single childhood memory. Specifically, a memory of racing across an expanse of sea-green maiolica tiles on the terrace of a hillside villa in Positano, warmed by the Mediterranean sun, the air wafting with the pungency of the Tyrrhenian sea sparkling far below. It’s a beautiful image, full of romance and nostalgia – but a fairly esoteric thing from which to create a single scent, much less a small perfume empire. Such, however, was the genesis of Eau d’Italie, the signature fragrance that’s inextricably linked in the minds of those who love it – and they are legion – to Le Sirenuse, the hotel in Positano for which it was created. The site of the scene described above, it’s elegant, immaculate, and synonymous with the glamour of the Amalfi Coast.

In 2001 the hotel was celebrating its 50th, recalls the Roman-born former filmmaker Marina Sersale, who with her husband, Sebastian Alvarez Murena, created Eau d’Italie, which would go on to proliferate into a multi-fragrance collection. “My [late] uncle Franco [Sersale], Le Sirenuse’s owner, wanted to throw a big party that October, and they invited everyone. Longtime guests from all over the world, as well as basically the whole village – you can imagine the wonderfulness it would have been.” But then the 9/11 attacks happened.

“Obviously everything just halted. No one was flying, the hotel was completely empty,” she says. So in October, Antonio Sersale, Franco’s dapper son – who now owns and runs the hotel with his wife Carla Paravicini Sersale – decided to invite a few people down for his birthday instead. Among the guests was Argentine-born Alvarez Murena, who would become Marina’s partner in both business and life. “We all got together again soon after, in early 2002, to discuss other ways to celebrate the hotel’s 50th; really we were just playing with concepts. Someone came up with the idea of creating a fragrance, which everybody loved.” Alvarez Murena had recently left his job as a dealer of leaf tobacco; the documentary Sersale had been about to shoot in New York had been scuppered by the attacks. “So it turned out that Sebastian and I were the ones with the most time available to make it happen,” she says.

Alvarez Murena’s background had provided him with some training in aromas; but neither had experience in perfume production, “though both of us had always gravitated towards what are now called ‘artisanal’ scents,” Sersale notes, and wanted to create something in that spirit. They met with Bertrand Duchaufour, one of France’s most acclaimed “noses”, who has created fragrances for Commes des Garçons, L’Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon’s, among many others. The three got on well, and Duchaufour was invited to Le Sirenuse. “We had defined what we wanted to do, which was to distil an essence of Positano,” says Sersale. “Bertrand wanted to know about my memories of summers here; and one of the strongest was of racing Antonio and my sister Giulia across the terrace where Le Sirenuse’s pool now is, which used to be covered in these beautiful green tiles. We’d start at the restaurant end, and whoever made it to where the pool bar is now first was the winner. I remembered the hot, dry smell of the tiles, and the sea, and vines growing on the terrace. It was really the most wonderful part of my childhood.”

Forging a scent from a childhood recollection was an interesting abstract intellectual exercise; “but it also needed to smell good, clearly,” says Alvarez Murena. At the time, Duchaufour was experimenting with new molecules – synthetics that carry their own signature note. “There was one in particular, called argile,” recalls Sersale – a mineral molecule combination (argile is French for clay); it became the base, around which were “embroidered” a handful of carefully selected notes. Among these were frankincense, bergamot, sweet yellow clover (“there’s a local species of it that grows up and around the mountains above Positano,” says Alvarez Murena), and blackcurrant buds (“extremely, transportingly fresh, fresher even than citrus,” Sersale enthuses).

The process took two years; initially family members discussed it regularly, but once the necessary duration became clear, she and Alvarez Murena took ownership. “People weighed in, of course – though Franco was actually anosmic, so couldn’t smell anything; he’d just say, ‘I don’t know, is it good? What do you guys think?’” recalls Sersale. “But it was, in all the major points, a collaboration. Gae Aulenti, for instance” – the prolific architect-designer who had just created Le Sirenuse’s thrillingly contemporary jewel box of a spa – “was at the hotel once when we were there, and she came in and smelled it, and adored it. So even she was sort of tangentially involved.”

At the time, the idea of a hotel having a signature scent was unique. But what really put Eau d’Italie on the map – and what to this day brings particular joy to its many devotees, and lends it as much cachet as does the scent itself – is its stunningly beautiful packaging. Bold, colourful and contemporary, it is as at home on a shelf in the bathroom of a downtown Manhattan loft as it is in the pristine white-tiled bathrooms at Le Sirenuse.

“The obvious thing would have been to go for a baroque, heavier style, given the architecture and period of the hotel,” says Sersale. “But Le Sirenuse has always been fundamentally different from other hotels like it in one important way, which is that it has never been old, or fusty or dusty. From the day it opened in the 50s, it was always ahead of its time. So we didn’t want something that looked like it should be in an old Amalfi coast hotel. We wanted something minimalist, urban.” Eau d’Italie’s angular glass bottle, spray-painted white, recalls the bright white houses of Positano; the delicate sea-green face captures the shade of those terrace tiles of Sersale’s childhood; the bold oxblood detailing is the exact colour of the iconic façade of the hotel.

Eau d’Italie debuted in Milan in June 2004, with a launch party alla Positanese, complete with potted lemon trees and strolling musicians from the hotel’s restaurant, La Sponda, flown up from the south. “The first thing that happened was that Franca Sozzani [the late, great Vogue Italia editor] gave it an entire page in the following issue,” Sersale recalls. “We had no idea this was going to happen. Then US Vogue picked it up; and suddenly we were being contacted by concept stores in New York and LA and London, asking to stock our brand. We were all saying to each other ‘brand – what do they mean, brand?’

“So we altered the packaging for commercial sales, made it bigger, and began distributing,” Alvarez Murena continues. “After a point, though, it became too complicated and time-consuming for the hotel to be doing this, so eventually we decided to set up a separate company. But it wasn’t just for ease of sales, because by that time we’d really begun to love it.”

In 2005, the idea for a second scent was born: Rose Paestum, named for the spectacular Magna Graecia-era temple complex south of Positano, just above the Cilento coast, which was famous in antiquity for its profusions of wild roses. “At the time, I was wearing a rose-based fragrance, and basically I wanted to make my own,” says Sersale. Rose Paestum is lent an unexpected edge by a foundation note of myrrh, inspired by a trip Sersale had made to Ethiopia’s Omo River valley. “There were these children by the side of the road, selling what looked like little miniature rounds of provolone,” she says. “But they were actually myrrh. It was incredible; I brought as much as I could home. When we were making Paestum Rose, I sent a little piece of it to Bertrand and asked him to incorporate it.”

 The idea to create a collection that proposed a sort of olfactory journey around Italy cohered with the third and fourth scents. “That’s when the penny dropped,” says Alvarez Murena. “We were working on the idea of Italy in winter, and we had created two scents simultaneously – Sienne l’Hiver [Siena in winter] and Bois d’Ombrie [Umbrian forest]. We couldn’t choose which we loved more, so we launched them at the same time.”

Since then, Eau d’Italie has launched roughly one scent a year, always taking inspiration from a particular place on the peninsula. Jardin du Poete, with its crisp, sylvan notes of cypress, pink peppercorn and basil softened with vetiver and grapefruit, pays homage to the citrus gardens of ancient Greco-Roman Syracuse. Magnolia Romana, a poem to the huge trees that line the avenues of the Villa Borghese, is lent structure (and sexiness) by base notes of cedar and white musk. The incredibly dense, exotic Baume du Doge layers the spices and attars which made Venice the world’s most prolific trading centre one into another: saffron, frankincense, myrrh, cardamom. Many of the scents are notable for being universally wearable – very much by design, Alvarez Murena confirms. “Basically our style, up until about our 10th fragrance, was to make unisex scents.”

Each is singular, its striking white bottle adorned with two unique colours. But Eau d’Italie – that first, signature scent – remains the object of particular adoration. “I’ll be travelling in some faraway place and a former guest of ours recognises the scent of Eau d’Italie I’m wearing,” Carla Paravicini Sersale told me recently. “Every time, it’s a moving encounter; people tell us about their experience at Le Sirenuse, inevitably linked to romance, or love, or just happiness, their eyes dreamy with recalling their days in Positano.” A beautiful memory in a bottle.

Christina Galbato (IG Story)

September 16, 2018

Christina Galbato (IG Story)
ALTAIA, Tuberose in Blue, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen on Christina Galbato IG page (story posted on 9/16/18)...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/altaia/products/altaia-tuberose-in-blue-eau-de-parfum

Tuberose in Blue by ALTAIA

A fragrant stopover in Rio de Janeiro

In 1978 Sebastián sailed from Buenos Aires aboard a gracious 1940’s Italian steamer with his mother, his siblings and the family whippet, plus a number of turn-of-the-century travel trunks filled with books. Destination was Spain, but the three-week cruise of the Atlantic included many a port of call, first of which was balmy Rio de Janeiro, where Sebastián took a trip up the Corcovado mountain, in the heart of the Tijuca forest. The ascent was via a narrow road upon which the old car gently progressed in a swirl of cobalt-blue butterflies, the sweet smell of tuberose wafting in through the open windows. Notes: Mandarin, Neroli, Tuberose, Freesia, Heliotrope, Cedar Wood, Sandalwood.

VanityFair.com

September 05, 2018

VanityFair.com
Eau d'Italie, Eau de Toilette, Beautyhabit

Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette as seen on VanityFair.com...


Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette by Eau d'Italie: Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed 2018

Dive into the style secrets of this year’s fashion trendsetters with our annual best-dressed list, featuring a sheikha, an N.B.A. star, and a certain royal newlywed, among many more.

What is personal style? A distillation of mood, influences, and wardrobe to create the outward version of your best inner self.

As fashion has democratized, so have our wardrobes. Traditional dress codes for gender, occupation, and occasion no longer apply.

Men wear ruffles, dresses, and heels—N.B.A. stars carry some of the most lusted-after designer bags—and women rock men’s suiting and combat boots like a “proper lady” should.

Whether you favor a signature uniform or a daily dose of artistic expression, we hope this year’s list of fabulous honorees inspires you to take some risks and be fashionably fearless!

We gathered together a style brain trust from a swath of creative industries—themselves all possessed of effortless style—and asked them, along with V.F.’s executive fashion director, Samira Nasr, to nominate the most fashionable folks who catch their eye.

FASHION FLUIDITY

Pouring their creative juices into their wardrobe means consistently staying true to an aesthetic philosophy.

Sienna Miller
Born: New York City.
Favorite designers: Nicolas Ghesquière and Savannah Miller.
Favorite places to shop: Portobello Market, Louis Vuitton, and Pip-Squeak Chapeau.
Favorite scent: Eau d’Italie, by Le Sirenuse Positano.
Best 2018 fashion purchase: Patent Prada boots with velvet laces.
Style icons: Jane Birkin, Phoebe Philo, and Camilla Nickerson.

Elle Decor

September 05, 2018

Elle Decor

Eau d'Italie, Fior Fiore, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

Eau d'Italie as seen in Elle Decor Magazine (October 2018)...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/eau-ditalie/products/eau-ditalie-fior-fiore-eau-de-parfum

Fior Fiore Eau de Parfum by Eau d'Italie

Jane Larkworthy's new favorite perfume!

Bustle.com

September 04, 2018

Bustle.com
Paul & Joe, Limited Edition, Highlighter Stick, Beautyhabit

Paul & Joe as seen on Bustle.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/paul-joe-beaute

Limited Edition Stick Highlighter (001) by Paul & Joe: Most Wanted Fall Essentials

It’s time to unpack all the season essentials, from softer-than-ever jeans you’ll be living in this fall to must-have beauty picks, books, tech finds, and more.

This cat-shaped highlighter is definitely the cutest highlighter on the planet, and the silver color payoff is absolutely major. $30
MarieClaire.com

August 16, 2018

MarieClaire.com

Paul & Joe, Limited Edition Stick Highlighter (001), Beautyhabit

Paul & Joe as seen on MarieClaire.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.com: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/paul-joe-beaute

Limited Edition Stick Highlighter (001) by Paul & Joe:The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I’m Loving This Week

My real, no-bullshit reviews of new products you’ll actually want to buy.

1. Paul & Joe Limited Editor Stick Highlighter

WHY I LOVE IT: Aside from the fact that it’s freaking adorable (I mean, COME ON), it’s also ridiculously creamy and natural looking on your skin.

MORE DEETS: Most highlighters leave you looking like you just stepped out of a Studio 54 after-party, but this darling, Instagram-worthy, cutie McCuteCute highlighter (IT HAS A TOP HAT AND A BOWTIE) is surprisingly subtle, despite its flashy shape. The formula blends on as sheer, slightly iridescent champagne—absolutely zero silver or milky hues— and it quite literally melts into your skin as soon as you blend it on, thanks to its jojoba oil base.

Elle.com

July 25, 2018

Elle.com

Violets are Blue, Roll-On Deodorant, Beautyhabit

Violets Are Blue as seen on Elle.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/violets-are-blue

Roll-On Deodorant by Violets Are Blue: 16 Natural Deodorants to Keep You Smelling Fresh.

Violets Are Blue Extra Strength Sport Deodorant with Baking Soda and Kanolin Clay

In case you find natural deodorants don't exactly give you that oh-so-fresh feeling, this extra strength but still aluminum-free option might do the trick. Baking soda and kaolin clay offer extra sweat-absorbing effects.

NewBeauty.com

June 08, 2018

NewBeauty.com
Paul & Joe, Limited Edition Tan Lines Nail Polish, Beautyhabit

Paul & Joe as seen on NewBeauty.com...

Limited Edition Nail Polish - Tan Lines (030) by Paul & Joe: 10 Sunny Polishes for the Perfect Summer Mani

Summer is the season for fun and frequent polish changes, and with sunny, show-stopping hues like these on deck, why wouldn’t we sport a new color every week? This season, it’s all about subtle pops of color and precious metals.

 Paul & Joe Limited Edition Nail Polish in Tan Lines

A fresh take on the classic nude manicure, this neutral option reminds us of champagne and poolside lounging. Scoop it up before it’s gone!

Fathomaway.com

May 17, 2018

Fathomaway.com

Eau d'Italie, Fior Fiore, Rosa Greta, Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

Eau d'Italie as seen on FathomAway.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/eau-ditalie

Rosa Greta Eau de Parfum and Fior Fiore Eau de Parfum by Eau d'Italie: Things Fathom Editors Want Right Now - Vol. 19

New Eau d'Italie Amalfi-Inspired Scents

Eau D'Italie's perfumes and toiletries transport me to the Amalfi Coast and their glamorous home base, Le Sirenuse in Positano. And I can't get enough of the punchy graphic design. Just in time for summer come two new fragrances: Fior Fiore evokes the night-flowering jasmine that fills the picturesque terraces; Rosa Greta is an homage to the flowers in Greta Garbo's gardens in Ravello. ($160) - Pavia

Accademia del Profumo 2018 Awards

May 17, 2018

Accademia del Profumo 2018 Awards

ALTAIA, Tuberose in Blue Eau de Parfum, Beauthhabit

ALTAIA as seen at the Italian Accademia del Profumo Awards...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/altaia-tuberose-in-blue-eau-de-parfum

ALTAIA’s Tuberose in Blue Eau de Parfum has won the “2018 Best Feminine Fragrance” award from the Italian Accademia del Profumo.

This association is comprised of cosmetic companies for the promotion of perfume, its history, culture, and the art of perfume. The beautiful award is created by Venini, Murano Italian glassmakers. An award-studded table at the event included ALTAIA Founder Sebastián Alvarez Murena with legendary perfumer Alberto Morillas.

Tuberose in Blue has notes of Mandarin, Neroli, Tuberose, Freesia, Heliotrope, Cedar Wood and Sandalwood.

Refinery29.com

May 15, 2018

Refinery29.com

Eau d'Italie, Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette, Beautyhabit

Eau d'Italie as seen on Refinery29.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/eau-ditalie/products/eau-ditalie-eau-de-toilette

Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette by Eau d'Italie: These Citrus Fragrances Smell Like Sunshine In A Bottle

A single whiff of this breezy, citrus-grove-on-the-Amalfi-Coast scent and you'll find yourself transported straight to Italy, even if you've never been to Italy. It's that evocative, all sparkling bergamot and blackcurrant before the heady, complex, slightly salty musk of the sun-bleached terra cotta by the beachfront rolls in like a wave. All that's missing is some limoncello.

Refinery29.com

May 11, 2018

Refinery29.com

Paul & Joe, Limited Edition Nail Polish, Tan Lines (030), Beautyhabit

Paul & Joe as seen on Refinery29.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/paul-joe-beaute/products/paul-joe-limited-edition-nail-polish-tan-lines-030

Limited Edition Nail Polish - Tan Lines (030) by Paul & Joe: Prepare To See These Nail Polish Trends Everywhere This Summer

Paul & Joe Limited Edition Nail Polish - Tan Lines (030)

This velvety polish leaves behind a foiled sheen that looks just as pretty against sunkissed skin as it does with sweaters in the winter.

makeupsessions

May 11, 2018

makeupsessions
Eau d'Italie, Fior Fiore Eau de Parfum, Beautybabit

Eau d'Italie as seen on makeupsessions on Instagram...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.com: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/eau-ditalie

Fior Fiore Eau de Parfum by Eau d'Italie

When it comes to summer fragrances I either prefer an airy and fresh scent or something beachy with notes of coconut and citrus. Here are some of my faves and scents that will be on rotation this summer @eauditalie_official Fior Fiore (notes: Lily of the valley, Jasmine, ambrette musk. It’s inspired by the Amalfi Coast and smells very fresh (think Light Blue and beachy). 100 ml $160.
Cosmopolitan.com

May 07, 2018

Cosmopolitan.com
Paul & Joe, Pearl Foundation Primer, Beautyhabit

Paul & Joe as seen on Cosmopolitan.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/paul-joe-beaute

Limited Edition Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon-Bon: Level Up: 10 #Shelfie-Worthy Products to Perch on Your Vanity

Whether you’re snapping a selfie or a shelfie, the photo always benefits from a camera-ready background — but you don’t need to be a propping pro to style your shots. Here, 10 ways to de-clutter your dresser and breathe some IG-friendly life into your beauty routine. Just like that, your vanity is ready for its close-up.

Photogenic Primer

Paul & Joe Beauty Limited Edition Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon-Bon

Loaded with four different shades of pink pearls that make skin look smooth, hydrated, and healthy, this featherweight primer acts like a filter for your face IRL. (And how elegant does it look in the bottle?!)

Glamour

April 24, 2018

Glamour

ALTAIA, Tuberose in Blue Eau de Parfum, beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen in Glamour Magazine...

and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/altaia/products/altaia-tuberose-in-blue-eau-de-parfum

Find Your New Signature

Sparkling Citrus: ALTAIA Tuberose in Blue

OK! Style Week

March 12, 2018

OK! Style Week
ALTAIA, Tuberose in Blue Eau de Parfum, Beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen in OK! Style Week...


Tuberose in Blue Eau de Parfum by ALTAIA: Spring Blooms - This Season's New Floral Fragrances are Truly Scent-Sational

Tuberose in Blue Eau de Parfum

Sweet mandarin, sensual tuberose and masculine cedar wood combine to tantalizing effect.

NYTimes.com

March 02, 2018

NYTimes.com
ALTAIA, By Any Other Name Eau de Parfum, beautyhabit

ALTAIA as seen on NYTimes.com...

By Any Other Name by ALTAIA: Great Perfumes, Recommended by T Editors

Whether you’re a lifelong adherent of a single scent or a compulsive collector, you likely have one particular fragrance that can transport you. We polled T editors about their favorite scents. From a timeless jasmine blend to a perfume that conjures ’90s New York, here are the results.

A Floral Blend With Soft Peony Notes

The perfume line ALTAIA, short for A Long Time Ago In Argentina, is inspired by its creators’ South American heritage. When I wear the scent By Any Other Name ($210), it makes a statement, like a simple long black dress. The fragrance is soft and elegant, with rose notes and hints of peony and osmanthus. It’s just enough to convert a perfume-opposed individual. — CATHLEEN O’NEIL

5 Star Customer Review: "Magical"

February 17, 2018

5 Star Customer Review: "Magical"

 

Child Perfume, Child Perfume Roll On, Beautyhabit

Child Perfume 5 star review as seen on Beautyhabit.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.com: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/child-perfume/products/child-perfume-roll-on

Child Perfume Roll On by Child Perfume: Magical

"This is the only perfume I have ever worn where total strangers come up to me every time I go out and ask me what the scent is... I never get tired of wearing it and when I do I feel like I am wearing a secret.... and that is fun. Child Perfume comes from another place.”

HauteLiving.com

February 16, 2018

HauteLiving.com

Child Perfume, Child Perfume Roll On, Beautyhabit

Child Perfume as seen on HauteLiving.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/child-perfume/products/child-perfume-roll-on

Child Perfume Roll On by Child Perfume: Innovative Fragrance Formulas

Blooming with the essence of exotic white flowers, this oil-based scent is decidedly sweet but not the least bit juvenile. Madonna, Mandy Moore, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian (who buys six large bottles at a time!) are among this fragrance’s devotees, perhaps because of its unique blend of floral, powdery, woody and musky notes.

PerfumePosse.com

December 04, 2017

PerfumePosse.com

Kensington Apothecary, Fresh Lemons Cold Cream, Beautyhabit

Kensington Apothecary as seen on PerfumePosse.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.com: https://www.beautyhabit.com/collections/kensington-apothecary/products/kensington-apothecary-fresh-lemons-cold-cream

Fresh Lemons Cold Cream byKensington Apothecary: Baby, It's Cold (Cream)

It’s that time of year when my thoughts turn to Skin Care.  I’mo be honest – Spring/Summer I mostly do the cleanse/sunscreen regimen and I’m OUT!  Lots of Outside Time and it’s finally time to OPEN THE WINDOWS and turn off that damn gas-forced air heat.  I know, I know – I’d be the first one howling like a 2 yr old if it goes out in February.  But there’s no denying that heating is rough AF on the skin.   So, when the Equinox swings towards the Winter Solstice and I have to close the windows, I can feel my skin saying ‘but Mommmm!  Do we HAVE to?  Can’t we just go to Puerto Vallarta or Maui until May?”  Alas, darling skin, we are Broke AF.   Also alas, we do not have a Winter Palace in Palm Springs.  So.  Let’s do what we can to stave off the itching and scratching of the Dermal Apocalypse, shall we?”

The first thing I turn to, come November, is cold cream.  I don’t know how I came to love it so much but it’s one of those little pleasures that helps get me through these insane days when it’s pitch-effin-dark at 4:45p.  Instead of curling into a ball and sleeping until mid-March, I turn my evenings into Spa.  And the first thing I do is slap some cold cream on my face.  I think it’s because, like so many women of my generation, I watched my mother and grandmother do it – and their skin was flawless!  When I think of cold cream I think of Grace Kelly (who, purportedly, never used soap on her flawless face, only cold cream).

Kensington Apothecary Fresh Lemons Cold Cream. From the great smell and feel to the beauty of the inside of the box (omg.  I am SUCH a ‘girl’ – I can’t get rid of the box because the inside is a soft pink.  Kill. Me. Now. ) – this is a great cream.  I’m going to be honest, though: I think this cream is, for me, better as a Summer cold cream.  It’s gorgeous and effective but the citrus is just a bit bitey for my dry Winter skin.  I could see this working like a charm in July, though, when I come in from an 80F day and feel greasy and dirty but don’t want to use soap.  But omg.  Any time of the year? It smells DIVINE! 

PerfumePosse.com

December 04, 2017

PerfumePosse.com

Avene, Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream, Beautyhabit

Avene as seen on PerfumePosse.com...

...and available online at Beautyhabit.com: https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/eau-thermale-avene-cold-cream#

Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream by Avene: Baby, It's Cold (Cream)

It’s that time of year when my thoughts turn to Skin Care.  I’mo be honest – Spring/Summer I mostly do the cleanse/sunscreen regimen and I’m OUT!  Lots of Outside Time and it’s finally time to OPEN THE WINDOWS and turn off that damn gas-forced air heat.  I know, I know – I’d be the first one howling like a 2 yr old if it goes out in February.  But there’s no denying that heating is rough AF on the skin.   So, when the Equinox swings towards the Winter Solstice and I have to close the windows, I can feel my skin saying ‘but Mommmm!  Do we HAVE to?  Can’t we just go to Puerto Vallarta or Maui until May?”  Alas, darling skin, we are Broke AF.   Also alas, we do not have a Winter Palace in Palm Springs.  So.  Let’s do what we can to stave off the itching and scratching of the Dermal Apocalypse, shall we?”

The first thing I turn to, come November, is cold cream.  I don’t know how I came to love it so much but it’s one of those little pleasures that helps get me through these insane days when it’s pitch-effin-dark at 4:45p.  Instead of curling into a ball and sleeping until mid-March, I turn my evenings into Spa.  And the first thing I do is slap some cold cream on my face.  I think it’s because, like so many women of my generation, I watched my mother and grandmother do it – and their skin was flawless!  When I think of cold cream I think of Grace Kelly (who, purportedly, never used soap on her flawless face, only cold cream).

Avene Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream.  Until I saw the line @ Beautyhabit I’d no idea it even existed!  This is an amazing line and their cold cream is great for easily irritated Winter skin (aka Musette’s).  It’s a calming, cool cream that doesn’t have that little ‘zing’ that is so often associated with cold cream – at least it is on my skin.  I went looking for some more intel on cold cream in general  (an emulsion of water in oil) and found this great HuffPost article – turns out the great dermatologist Patricia Wexler loves Avene, too!

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