- For centuries natural ingredients have been part of every fashionable woman's beauty regimen. From the days of Cleopatra
and her use of kohl to line her eyes to Marie Antoinette's rose petal milk baths, legendary beauty is simply natural. These days the beauty experts are going to the next level using organic products to create some of the most luxurious creations to beautify the modern woman.
At 98 percent organic MD Skincare
takes the top spot on this list with their new line of spa products packed with aloe, jojoba, tea tree, and more. The Purifying Bath Crystals ($42) smell delicious and are a combination of CoQ10 that detoxifies and organic aloe to heal damaged skin. Vitamins A, C, and E, papaya enzymes, and mineral-rich Himalayan Salt enrich the skin and revitalize. Taking the idea of 'going green' a step further, MD Skincare uses recycled materials in all of its packaging.
Heads up folks, mango is the hot scent and taste this spring and summer. The folks at Absolut
Vodka are known for setting trends and this spring they are launching a new mango vodka right on the heels of some great beauty finds inspired by or containing the delicious fruit. After a long dry winter your skin and hair need some extra pampering. Mango is rich in nutrients like Vitamins A, B, and C and compounds like lupeol which are anti-inflammatory, they are also high in antioxidants and smell delicious.
makes a great line of coconut shampoos and conditioners that many people already know and love the world over. Well they have gone mango with a new Grapefruit Mango Butter shampoo and conditioner ($6.99). The sulfate-free formula is nourishing for winter-stressed tresses and is packed with vitamin and nutrient rich organic grapefruit extract to nourish and hydrate organic mango butter and essential oils to help moisturize and enrich your hair, and sunflower oil for added moisture and a shiny, silky and frizz-free finish. Going green, the eco-friendly bottles are manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. And say 'goodbye' to the winter blahs, the scent is absolutely tropical.
Lily Mango Body Soufflé Scrub ($34) is a natural body scrub, and is made with natural coconut oil which absorbs quickly and easily into your skin, leaving it moisturized and protected without feeling greasy. Pure cane sugar crystals exfoliate dead skin cells while Soybean Oil, Sweet Almond
Oil, honey, and Vitamin E condition, moisturize, and smooth you to perfection! This all-natural sugar scrub is a highly moisturizing body exfoliant. Before you get out of the shower, scrub all over your body and rinse with warm water. Pat yourself dry and leave your bathroom smelling like sweet mangos!
From rosy cheeks to rose-scented perfumes, this is one beauty component that no woman should be without. Balm Balm
has created a line of certified-organic rose geranium lip and skin products that smooth, soothe, and scent. The Face Balm ($12) is gentle enough for any skin type and is a blend of shea butter, rose geranium, sunflower, calendula, and jojoba oils that absorb into the skin, providing long-lasting moisture.
Now that's you're scrubbed and moisturized it's time to add the color. Physicians Formula
has a full line of organic mineral make-up in recycled packaging called Organic Wear. They promise 100 percent organic compounds and 100 percent beautiful and they deliver. The first ECOCERT line of make-up in the United States, Organic Wear has bronzer, blush, lip gloss, mascara, and more to add color and enhance your natural beauty. A must for any beauty bag is the 100 percebt Natural Origin 2-in-1 Bronzer ($14) in four shades that will give you a perfect sun-kissed glow.
The final touch is a swipe of lipstick or lip gloss and world renowned Dr.Hauschka
is just the ticket to gorgeous. Created with nourishing rose petals, almond extract, jojoba oil, and selected plant waxes provide protection from the elements and give lips a natural, sophisticated finish. This line of lipstick ($14) and lip gloss ($19.50) provide velvety-smooth even coverage. Color glides on effortlessly while shea butter helps keep lips soft and kissable.
Organic products made with natural ingredients, while in limited supply right now, are sure to become a staple on the beauty counters in the years to come. Get a jump on this beautiful trend.
• Lavish Beauty - 132-5 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-1855, www.shoplavishbeauty.com
• Whites Pharmacy - 81 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-0082, www.whiteseasthampton.com
Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com