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Kypris, Holistic Skincare in a Bottle
The latest holistic skincare line to cross our path is Kypris, coming by way of Scottsdale, Arizona. With six plant- and mineral-based products in the line (three serums and three elixirs, or face oils) it's not difficult to become enamored with...
STYLE
Formula Five Chili Lip Balm
Made with just cocoa butter, beeswax, avocado oil, almond oil and chili, Australian-made Formula Five lip balm is an all-natural way to moisturize, nourish and perfect your pout. Created and developed by Sarah James, the balm isn't only for chili...
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Osmia Organics
Just a few months after taking her first soap-making class (and after 10 years of practice as an emergency room physician in Carbondale, CO) Dr Sarah Villafranco decided to pursue the idea of making homemade skincare products—using only organic ingredients...
TECH
Braun CoolTec
Avid readers know well that Cool Hunting is always on the lookout for new ways to innovate. While this can come in any number of shapes and forms, sometimes the simplest of ideas deliver the most notable results. For legendary design-driven tech...
STYLE
Lifeline Stem Cell Skin Care
As the first company to incorporate human, non-embryonic stem cells as part of a beauty regimen, Lifeline set our expectations understandably high. The hopes were matched with skepticism—morning news show appearances and bold claims don...
STYLE
Nahla Beauty
By Tara Lange Working under the mantra that what we put onto our bodies is as important as what we put into it, Nicole Maust gives us Nahla, an eco-conscious, vegan and entirely organic line of skincare made in upstate New York. Common beauty products...
STYLE
Pearl+ Soaps
Janet Jay started Pearl+ Luxury Soaps as a hobby. The former head of marketing for Diane von Furstenberg and Estee Lauder in New York—and one-half of the creative partnership behind Portland-based Studio J, with her husband John Jay, the...
CULTURE
Zweena
Harnessing the healing powers of organic argan oil from Morocco, Jayme Barrett—author of "Feng Shui Your Life"—finds inspiration in surrounding herself with beautiful things. In her work as a Feng Shui consultant, she transforms spaces...
DESIGN
Union Sozialer Brushes
The Institute for the Blind in Berlin workshop produces a line of grooming brushes demonstrative of both their rich heritage and sense of humor, using the same materials and techniques passed down for the last 120 years. Housed in the former Home...
STYLE
Green & Spring
UK-based skin, body and haircare line Green & Spring employs a simple philosophy for their packaging design: let the ingredients speak for themselves. Listed in full on the front of the bottles and containers alongside lovely illustrations of pastel...
STYLE
Truth Art Beauty
As the concept of customizable skincare moves online with greater sophistication than what could be found at traditional beauty counters, we were intrigued to test the new bespoke line by Truth Art Beauty. The company—created by two friends...
CULTURE
OLO Fragrance
Perfumer Heather Sielaff hand-blends idiosyncratic, mostly masculine scents for her label OLO Fragrance in her apartment in north Portland. "I'm not really girly," she admits, and her perfumes tend to be intriguing rather than sweetly attractive...
STYLE
Soapwalla
The issue of aluminum-based, fragrance-added deodorant poses a problem for those with allergies or sensitivity, or anyone averse to the chemicals required to fight sweat and odor. If we still lived in a nomadic hunter-gatherer society, our personal...
STYLE
Argan Oil
Of all the natural remedies to be discovered in a traditional Moroccan pharmacy, from amber sticks to ward off bugs to poppy powder to redden lips, argan oil dominates the coveted goods in the Berber arsenal. Often referred to affectionately as liquid...
STYLE
Cold Spring Apothecary
Cold Spring Apothecary founder Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman cultivated a special knack for ingenuity during her childhood in the Catskills, where the closest store was 45 minutes away. Later, as a hair stylist in Brooklyn, with a background in both cosmetology...
STYLE
Bottega Veneta Parfum
As anyone who's sought a signature scent knows, selecting the right one is much harder than it seems. From the balance of notes and allusions to something that stands out from the crowd, perfume bears the burden of channeling the most poetic aspect...
STYLE
Nail Quills
London's legendary name in nails Mike Pocock created Nail Quills for Illamasqua, an over-the-top answer to nail art. The handmade press-ons seem born from some kind of fashion editorial fusing magic powers with a darkly futuristic vibe, also nodding...
CULTURE
Ren Micro Polish Cleaner
To help keep skin soft and healthy before winter rolls in, we've been using Ren's Micro Polish Cleanser. The two-in-one formula combines a deep clean with gentle exfoliation to rejuvenate and purify the skin a few times a week, as part of Ren's Radiance...
STYLE
Magnetic Polish
London-based Nails inc. has just released a new line of polish products that take advantage of classic technology by introducing a new tool into a manicurist's arsenal—a magnet. Their Magnetic Attraction series comes in three color options...
DESIGN
Aesop Nolita
Since its inception in 1987, Australian skincare line Aesop has gone to great lengths to ensure quality. Everything from manufacturing to distribution, including of course their all-natural, socially-conscious products, is the result of a thoughtful...
STYLE
Little Green Conditioning Hair Detangler
I don't have kids, but spraying Little Green's detangler on my hair brought back childhood memories of mom pulling a hairbrush through my tangles as I ran out the door to school. Having also spent hours combing my baby sister's long, ultra-fine...
DESIGN
GoToob
Most hotels and gyms offer complimentary toiletries, but those who like to bring along their own favorites have probably noticed the hospitality often stops at precious shelf space. Enter the GoToob. Designed by San Francisco firm Humangear, the...
CULTURE
Eshu
As the world's driest continent, Australia's climate requires more than the average moisturizer. Eshu skincare, based in the Land Down Under, draws on local knowledge to protect, heal and soothe battered skin in any conditions. We recently tested...
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