Summertime beauty is an olfactory delight. Our receptors have been working overtime testing some of the most delightful scents in skincare and body products. We all have the ability to re-call a special scent from long ago, it is as if it’s etched in our memory. These finds can last way beyond the summer. Make your beauty routine memorable with this unique line-up of products that make us stop and be mindful.
With so many outdoor activities on the calendar, there just isn’t time for tedious face washing. Farmacy’s Green Clean cleansing balm is a soothing and easy way to not only clean your face, but to really get to the dirty stuff. It is known as the makeup meltaway cleansing balm for a reason. The efficient cleanser smells fresh without being overpowering. Just like a summer breeze, the light scent and texture is what makes the washing experience easygoing and pleasurable.
FACE & BODY
Everyday Oil blends are 100% plant-based and the the epitome of minimalism. Each botanical oil blend is a unisex multi-taster that can be used on your face, hair and body. Imagine a product that can be used as a face wash, makeup remover, moisturizer, beard and hair grooming product and more. Read about its many uses. The scents and ingredients (used in the Mainstay Blend) that stay with me are: Palo Santo, Lavender and Clary Sage. Clary Sage is especially important to me, as it has calming effects. Do not wait to try this clean brand. It will forever change the way you see your beauty routine.
SERUM & SCENT
Being a huge fan of Milèo New York, I was excited to finally try The Face Plumper. A powerful elixir (face oil) that can additionally be dabbed on as a summertime scent. The best way to describe the delicious luxury that Mileo New York provides, I went straight to the source. Matthew Mileo himself.
How long did it take you to find the most ideal ingredients for your oils and how did you pick them (especially for the Face Plumper)?
It took me about three years to settle on all the ingredients. It was like putting together a massive 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle into one pretty little package. There are so many ingredients to choose from, so it was hard to decipher what to use to and what to let go (such is life!). I ended up making a checklist that would be the ultimate decider if an ingredient were to uphold my very high standards, and thus to be used in my formulas: 1. Must have been scientifically studied with effective results. 2. Can be produced through natural and sustainable means without chemicals or adulterations. 3. Deliver aromatherapeutic benefits for the skin and body. 4. Offer sensorial qualities that are a pleasure to use. I know it sounds like an impossible mission but I was up for the challenge, and I happen to love puzzles.
Regarding The Face Plumper elixir.
An ingredient that really caught my eye was Japanese white camellia. It’s quite expensive, and it is currently used in some luxury skincare products for moisture retention, but before that, it was traditionally used in Japan as an ancient beauty secret of the geishas who were known to have perfectly smooth and supple skin.
It turns out, that the molecular structure of white camellia seed oil gives high skin penetrability, and makes it a powerful skin plumper. But because of its high cost, it’s usually diluted with other emollients to being only a small fraction of a skincare product, which wasn’t how the geishas used it for their soft, porcelain skin. In order to really reap the benefits of the white camellia, using it in a very high ratio on the skin, everyday, will give the best skin-plumping results. Maroc D’Azur contains 90% Japanese white camellia seed oil, organically grown, cold-pressed, and unrefined. And because it’s meant to penetrate the skin deeply, I added in another Asian botanical to enhance skin’s suppleness and protect it from elastic breakdown: Osmanthus blossom from China. Osmanthus is known as an anti-glycation agent, which means that it smoothes out the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin that get rigid from sugar metabolism, preventing skin’s youthful bounce and suppleness.
On the surface of the skin, preventing inflammation and cushioning skin’s protective barrier is crucial for this puzzle-like formula to work efficiently. This leads me to my highlight ingredient for Maroc D’Azur, and inspiration for the name, Moroccan blue tansy flower. Blue tansy naturally calms and comforts the skin, being rich in azulene which gives it an ocean blue hue that fundamentally makes the skin more resilient and resistant to dehydration (both environmental and hormonal). The beautiful blue is reminiscent of the blue-colored town of Chefchaouon in Morocco, close to where blue tansy is naturally grown, as it’s sweetly fresh scent breezes through the air.
To round out an ideal skincare formula to plump, comfort, and renew the skin, is non-other than the brand’s remarkable ingredient, Oud. Oud comes from the Agarwood tree in Southeast Asia where it has aged for at least 100 years before being extracted. This century-long aging process is essential for Oud to combat all signs of aging in the skin, as it repairs, regenerates, and protects skin tissue from cellular and DNA damage.
Hydrating your skin in the summer can be tricky business. Look for non-greasy/light textures and hyaluronic acid. MyChelle’s Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream keeps you moisturized all day, plus it smells so fresh you want it to linger a little while longer. The scent is lighthearted and very “summer”. I prefer oils and tend to be picky with creams, however MyChelle’s hydrating cream has my attention. If that doesn’t convince you, you should know that nourishing your skin naturally, with high-performance ingredients, is what MyChelle does best. They are one of the first brands in the business to combine nature and science.