New to the UK, Naturopathica was founded by Barbara Close in 1995. She opened the Naturopathica Healing Arts Center & Spa in East Hampton to share her discoveries with a wider audience and is regarded as a pioneer in the wellness movement and the leader in holistic skin care. The perfect combination of natural herbology and science-driven actives have been formulated together to ensure extremely effective results, without harming skin.
This warming gemstone mask is infused with the powerful energy of green tourmaline and wasabi, and is said it will leave you mentally recharged and with a nourished, dewy complexion. Perfect for all skin types.
Left - Naturopathica Green Tourmaline Energy Mask - 50g — £50
TheChicGeek says, “With a name like ‘Green Tourmaline’ I was expecting something looking like a magical green jelly, but it was a standard, light grey clay type mask with a faint lemon/citrus fragrance. The consistency is loose, if you like your masks light and easily spreadable. This is also better to get under men’s facial hair.
It left the skin clean without feeling stripped. The pot opening could be slightly bigger to accommodate men’s fatter fingers. It is fairly expensive for a small pot and I don’t feel this product, the first I’ve tried from the brand, really reflects why it has proven so popular in the US.”
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A new indie perfume brand from London, founded and created by Nick Steward, Gallivant works in collaboration with perfumers in Venice and Paris. The collection of eight hand-crafted fragrances, named after some of the world’s most vibrant cities, are designed to be travel-friendly with 30ml sized bottles, perfect for slipping into your holdall.
Nick Steward has two decades of hands-on experience in perfume making and was product and creative director of the pioneering niche house L’Artisan Parfumeur.
Handmade in the UK, unisex, vegan and cruelty-free. Gallivant is an ethical and sustainable independent artisan business.
TheChicGeek says, “The Phileas Fogg of perfume, Nick Seward, has produced a travelogue of scent. From Tel Aviv to Brooklyn, each fragrance is a modern take on a place memory.
I was hoping ‘London’ was going to smell like the inside of a red telephone box. Ewww!
If I had to pick a favourite, I would say ‘Tokyo’. Created with Nicolas Bonneville, it is a zingy, spicy, wood. A citrusy head of bergamot and yuzu with black pepper and cardamom, is electrified with a dash of wasabi. A woody heart of hinoki, cedarwood, and incense with orris root, rose and nutmeg mixes with a base of amber, sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver.
Tokyo has a slightly treacly cola top with an aquatic freshness. The warmed incense is there, but it’s deep and kept light with the fruit.”
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