Rites: flawless finds from the W* beauty desk

Innovatively packaged, cleverly branded, sustainably produced, these beauty and grooming finds are more than skin deep

Dinesen and Sissel Tolaas

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DD-2, by Dinesen and Sissel Tolaas

Crisp yet mellow, clarifying yet musky. It’s hard to express the complexity of the Dinesen (opens in new tab) DD-2 scent. Created by Dinesen in collaboration with Sissel Tolaas, DD-2 is an homage to the Dinesen Douglas fur. The brand’s 120-year history is embodied by this scent, bringing the culture of a third generation company into a single vial. Interior space is refreshed and evocative of a pine forest. This clarifying yet curious scent is hard to describe; yet reminiscent to anyone who has taken a pleasant walk through a light filled, alpine glade.

Writer: Roberto Sideris

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Les Eaux de Chanel, by Chanel

Les Eaux De Chanel is a new chapter in Chanel (opens in new tab)’s fragrance history. Inspired by three of Gabrielle Chanel’s most cherished holiday destinations – Biarritz, Venice and Deauville – the new collection brings elegance and freshness to your getaway. Calabrian and Sicilian citrusy notes reflect the coastal cities: Paris-Biarritz has a scent of the sea with a hint of grapefruit, mandarin and lily-of-the-valley; Paris-Venise offers notes of the Orient through neroli complimented with an amber aroma; while the characterful Paris-Deauville brings a touch of orange and basil. The 50ml bottles come with a Chanel jersey pouch bag.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Nuori Shield haircare range

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Shield Range, by Nuori

Nuori (opens in new tab) has released a new range of high performing, 100 per cent natural haircare products inspired by its skincare solutions. Discontented by long-life haircare products that weaken roots and irritate the scalp, Nuori founder Jasmi Bonnén spent 18 months in its Danish lab developing the Shield Range, which features a shampoo, conditioner and spray. Nuori uses natural ingredients such as fruit enzymes from radish root and pomegranate, oat kernel, aloe vera leaf juice, argan oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, sucrose, wheat-based products and more to balance and regenerate all hair and scalp types to their fullest vivacity.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Paintbox nail polish

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Nail polish duos, by Paintbox

Five years and some 117,000 manicures since launching, New York nail studio Paintbox (opens in new tab) has revealed its own collection of 10-free, cruelty free nail lacquers in six memorable shades. Designed to be universally flattering, the six-piece collection, Power Couples, is dispensed in three unexpected pairings serving Paintbox’s signature brand of colour theory. According to founder Eleanor Langston, poppy red and pale lilac are equals in vibrancy, earthy moss and powder blue are earthy and unintimidating while a terracotta cinnamon shade and pale lemonade offer a bold retro punch. These all-natural polishes deliver a saturated, patent-like coverage in just two coats.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Ayond Amber Elix Face Oil

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Amber Elix Face Oil, by Ayond

New skincare brand Ayond (opens in new tab) has launched a collection of genderless, cruelty free and vegan products in action against personal and environmental factors. Inspired by New York’s energy and diversity and the healing nature of Santa Fe’s American wild west, its goal is to look after our planet and celebrate inclusivity. Ayond's Amber Elix Face Oil is a lightweight and hydrating elixir that uplifts and brightens the skin's natural radiance. Its rich botanical oils and fatty acids reduce fine lines, balance skin tone and combat UV damage. The entirely recyclable glass bottle reflects the amber lights of the desert.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Kalmar wellness products

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Kalmar

Lifestyle brand Kalmar (opens in new tab), by Morocco-born, London-based one-time banker Karen Ruimy is launching wellness products. Ruimy began Kalmar in 2016, intending to provide the tools to a spiritually balanced life, but accidentally launched it with kaftans and resortwear. The candles, balms and scents that had been her initial focus have now landed. Categorised by the moment’s spiritual requirement (calm, love, joy, peace) each product family is colour coded, comes with its own scent by Paris-based nose Thomas Kosmala, and features targeted products. Intuitive healing massage treatments have been developed to complement the products and can be experienced at London spa Akasha.

Writer: Emma Moore

Fenty Beauty Travel Kit

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Fenty Beauty Travel Kit

Fenty Beauty (opens in new tab) has taken the makeup industry by storm. Creating a formula to match all skin tones, this inclusive brand's products are lightweight and buildable, without looking heavy. For summer 2019, Fenty Beauty has launched travel-friendly minis from its best selling collection– Pro Filt’r Mini Instant Retouch Primer and Pro Filt’r Mini Instant Retouch Setting Powder, makes it easier to get the Fenty Face even when jet-setting. Fenty has also released additional limited-edition products with the Fly Baby Mini Eye Primer and Liner Set and Lil Bronze Duo Mini Bronzer Set.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Saint Iris Adriatica Serenity Salve Body Lotion

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Saint Iris Adriatica Wake-Up Droplets

Wellness skincare brand Saint Iris Adriatica (opens in new tab) has released its Every Body Wake-Up Droplets to help with our ‘grey skin days’. Created for both face and body – minimising the amount of products consumers buy, the wake-up droplets contain 100 per cent sustainably sourced, vegan and cruelty free ingredients that have cooling qualities. This gel-like serum is packed with Adriatic mountain daisy and vitamin C – providing antioxidant and anti-aging properties, helps to brighten the skin and prevents pigmentation. Coming in an emerald bottle which reflects the clear waters surrounding Croatia’s remote islands, founder Sanela Lazic’s aim is to give the brand a modern feel of the Adriatic heritage. The packaging’s design honours the spas and apothecaries of the region, combining Croatian, Italian and British touches to establish a gender neutral, nature-derived, sustainable and contemporary take on luxury skincare.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Rising Sun Perfume, by Jean Jacques, for Shiseido

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Rising Sun Perfume, by Jean Jacques, for Shiseido

Perfumer Jean Jacques’ latest scent, Rising Sun for cosmetics and skincare brand Shiseido (opens in new tab), was conceived to evoke the emotions of summer and embody the sun’s invigorating impact on our bodies. Collaborating with fragrance specialist Takasago, neuroscientific test results reveal that the perfume has energising effects on the senses. Containing sensual ingredients such as jasmine, ylang ylang, rose and fresh citrus notes, heat stimulates the other scents of creamy musk, coconut and cashmere. The perfume is formulated to be worn in the sun, not cause sunburn, allergies or attract the unwanted attention of insects. Designed with sunnier weather in mind, the spherical bottle fits nicely on the palm of your hand whilst the packaging – like the bottle – reflects sunrise.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Travel Styling Kits, by Alfa Italia

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Travel Styling Kits, by Alfa Italia

We’ve fallen for the minimally embellished, retro-tinged styling of this hair travel kit from Alfa Italia (opens in new tab), the British professional hair tool brand. Equipped with a mini dryer and tongs, the compact cases are the perfect companions on trips where hair styling needs may not be met in-room, but where a little follicular flare may nevertheless be required. The kits are limited edition and come in pale pink, blue or stone.

Writer: Emma Moore

Nimu Bar Soap

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Bar Soap, by Nimu

Our hectic lives often make us indifferent to simple daily rituals such as taking a bath. To add to this holistic and pleasurable activity, Nimu (opens in new tab) has created a collection of 100 per cent handmade and natural soaps. Inspired by legend of the Roman Mount Sapo – where the word ‘Sapone’ or ‘soap’ comes from – Nimu’s soap not only contains pure olive oil, but also rosemary scrub containing natural clay particles, red wine (for a rich lather) and lavender and honey for antioxidant properties. Suitable for all skin types, this luxurious 100g bar soap will moisturise and pamper the skin with the added benefits of sustainable and natural ingredients. Time to soak up in a warm bath and relax your mind.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Bumboo toilet roll

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Bumboo toilet roll

With a memorable name such as Bumboo – a hybrid of bamboo and (you can guess the first half), this new, tree-free sustainable toilet paper is bound to get people talking. Launching in the summer of 2019, Bumboo is set to encourage buyers to evaluate their daily rituals and take part of in a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Delicately designed, each roll is hand wrapped in reusable paper sheets which not only look stylish – coming in three colourways and printed on soy-based ink – but the toilet roll itself is super soft, ‘naturally hypo-allergenic’, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and most importantly, triple ply which makes for an easier and less messy wipe. Each roll has 300 sheets, over 30 per cent more compared to leading brands. Delivered in packs of 48 with recycled cardboard box packaging, Bumboo has made a product that ‘feels as good as it looks’.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Gucci Beauty relaunch

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Gucci Beauty

Gucci has re-launched their beauty brand by releasing an astounding 58 lipstick shades under the direction of creative director Alessandro Michele. The new lipstick collection comes in an assortment of three formulations from Rouge à Lèvres Voile – a lipstick with a sheer finish, the translucent lip balm Baume à Lèvres and lastly, Rouge à Lèvres Satin, a lipstick with a satin finish to it. Coming in a wide range of colours (with inclusivity and diversity in mind), from bold red to soft nudes and sultry browns, there’s a colour for everyone to choose from. Even the gold tube packaging with the decedent designs is an eye catcher. Inspired by lipstick colours worn by actresses of the Hollywood Golden Era, this exciting campaign focuses on beauty being in imperfections that can be seen from the in-your-face shots taken by Martin Parr.

Writer: Emi Eleode

DedCool Massage Candle

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DedCool Massage Candle

DedCool, the Californian scent brand founded by Carina Chaz, is on a mission to develop a sophisticated olfactory offering that is both unisex and vegan. Now, it has launched its first massage candle using its popular original scent, Fragrance 01 Taunt. Made with cruelty free, vegan and non-toxic ingredients, the candle can be melted into an oil texture and massaged into skin. If no helping hands are available, you can also simply light it up and enjoy a moment infused with the aroma of vanilla, fresh dew and amber for yourself. Or simply use it to scent the skin. Included with the massage candle are Californian poppy seeds so that you can reuse the jar to plant flowers.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Petit Grain and Dust, by Lyn Harris

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Petit Grain and Dust, by Lyn Harris

One of our long-time favourite British perfumers, Lyn Harris of Perfumer H (opens in new tab) has created five new fragrances for this summer: Suede, Indian Wood, Petit Grain, Pink Pepper and Dust. Each perfume, in its hand-blown bottle by Michael Ruh, is typically appealing and wearable, but our personal favourites are Petit Grain and Dust. The first centres on orange, known as ‘the pig of perfumery’ because every part of the tree yields fragrant oils, and is a very more-ish cologne. Dust is quieter but quirkier, using iris to conjure up the haze of a summer’s day, over a gentle, resinous base.

Writer: Christopher Stocks

17 Nandan Road, by Ulrich Lang

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17 Nandan Road, by Ulrich Lang

Born in southern Germany but based in Greenwich Village, Ulrich Lang (opens in new tab) launched his eponymous fragrance brand in 2003, and has since produced seven perfumes inspired by contemporary photography. His latest, 17 Nandan Road, is named after a park in Shanghai that’s noted for its osmanthus trees, whose orange flowers inspired both the perfume’s scent and the colour of the box it comes in (which also features a photograph by Chinese poet Song Yuan). 17 Nandan Road centres on the plush, peachy-apricot smell of Osmanthus fragrans, but adds citrusy top-notes and extends its depth with wood and leather. Delicious.

Writer: Christopher Stocks

Albiva wellness

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Albiva

Inspired by the natural sciences, Albiva is an organic skincare brand creating ‘overall wellbeing’ products for the face and body. Its recent next generation launch is made to repair the everyday damage our skin is subjected to, using the latest technology, that doesn’t constrain the natural power of the ingredients. Launching seven new products, Albiva’s new skincare range is contained in an elegant wooden design, reducing the brand’s carbon footprint. Albiva continues to work with companies who share 'their quality standards and ethos.'

Writer: Emi Eleode

Pierre Frey x Diptyque

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Pierre Frey x Diptyque

Textile design has always held a special place in Diptyque’s heart, especially since the fragrance house’s history is rooted in fabric and wallpaper design before venturing into scents. This backdrop makes its latest collaboration even more poignant. Working with a selection of designs and patterns from storied French fabrics company Pierre Frey, Diptyque has assembled six coffrets of candles containing a pair of complementary scents. Evoking worlds as far reaching as the inside of an artist’s pouch (leather and violet), an Indian flower market (coriander and jasmine) and Laos (benzoin and oud), each coffret is covered in an equally eclectic pairing of prints to bring each olfactory world to life.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk, by Aesop

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Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk, by Aesop

On 1 April, Aesop is set to launch its latest magic bottle, the Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk. This non-foaming cleanser is a creamy mixture developed to smoothly remove makeup and any impurities from the skin. The first of its kind from the trusted Australian skincare brand, it’s suitable for all skin types thanks to its (Aesop-typical) gentle nature. Being a water based solution, the formula is created to clean without ‘drying, stripping or perturbing’ the face, providing clear results, and fresh-looking skin. It contains natural based ingredients such as the oils of sandalwood and lavender stem – known for their soothing qualities, while grape seed breaks down the oil-based components found in make-up, and Panthenol (Provitamin B5) moisturises. We hope it's not an April fool.

Writer: Emi Eleode

L’Essentiel foundation bottle, for Guerlain

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L’Essentiel foundation bottle, for Guerlain

Designed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, Guerlain's L’Essentiel foundation bottle represents ‘the art of balance and fluidity’, drawing upon the rhythmic structure of nature moving with time. With two conjoined spheres, the metallic topper and glass bottle flacon, represent the yin and yang relationship between makeup and beauty. Described as a bottle that has been designed to ‘resonate with our senses’, Mathieu looks to science and art to create a model which is ‘rational, organic and magical at the same time.’

Writer: Emi Eleode

Velvet Rouge, by Jason Wu In just over ten years, the fashion designer Jason Wu has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of American womenswear. His signature mix of tailoring and unabashed femininity has most recently come to life in the form of a new fragrance, Velvet Rouge, which launched during New York Fashion Week. Bottled in a statuesque flacon designed by the architect Andre Mellone that features a thick smoky glass body topped with a golden circular cap, the fragrance is a seductive blend of crushed violet leaves, pepper, magnolia, rose and incense. Created by perfumer Frank Voelkl, the fragrance succinctly distils the duality of Wu's design ethos. Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

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Velvet Rouge, by Jason Wu

In just over ten years, the fashion designer Jason Wu has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of American womenswear. His signature mix of tailoring and unabashed femininity has most recently come to life in the form of a new fragrance, Velvet Rouge, which launched during New York Fashion Week. Bottled in a statuesque flacon designed by the architect Andre Mellone that features a thick smoky glass body topped with a golden circular cap, the fragrance is a seductive blend of crushed violet leaves, pepper, magnolia, rose and incense. Created by perfumer Frank Voelkl, the fragrance succinctly distils the duality of Wu's design ethos.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Powder Soaps, by Acqua di Parma

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Powder Soaps, by Acqua di Parma

These versatile powder soaps are a new addition to Acqua di Parma’s Colonia range. The Powder Soaps come in three fragrances; Colonia Pura, Colonia Essenza and Colonia. Upon contact with water, the soap forms into a rich silky lather that lightly cleanses and rinses away easily. It will leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed, the soap aroma subtly lingering on. Presented in a metal container reminiscent of Acqua’s talcum jars of the past, the soap packaging is available in three versions depending on your favourite scent– white for the citrusy flavoured Colonia, black for the ‘sophisticated and vibrant’ Essenza and a silver label for the ‘modern’ Colonia Pura.

Writer: Emi Eleode

African Botanics

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African Botanics

Skincare brand African Botanics launched in 2013 when ex-South African couple Craig and Julia Noik looked to pay homage to the country’s rich cultural heritage and biodiversity. Since, the eco-pioneer has harnessed the powerful properties of indigenous plants across some of South Africa’s most remote locations, all-the-while meeting important sustainability targets. Its latest innovative iteration, Infusion, is a liquid-light micro-serum boosting hydration and supercharging the skin. Filled with pure and sustainably sourced ingredients, including micro-algae, seaweed and anti-pollution oceanic cell shields, this cocktail of age defying botanicals is the skin’s ultimate antidote to the stresses of modern city living.

Writer: Jessica-Christan Hametner

Alpaca quilt by Monder Anima

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Monder Anima

The story behind Brooklyn-based brand Monder began earlier this year when founders Mitch Moondae and Benjy Baptiste set out to reimagine the relationship between fashion and interior design. Their first collection, ANIMA, features a singular colour palette limited to shades of grey and comprises of five key offerings, including two cushions; a pearl suede and brushed wool blanket; a unisex robe, and an alpaca quilt (pictured), which also doubles as a fine art wall hanging. With a focus on growing responsibly, the duo produces all goods in New York with the help of ethical makers who utilise sustainable materials and techniques. As the fashion and design industries are becoming increasingly fast-paced, Monder provides a more conscious alternative for those who favour longevity over trends.

Writer: Jessica-Christin Hametner

Cosmetic pouch, by MZ Wallace and tenoverten

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Cosmetic pouch, by MZ Wallace and tenoverten

The utilitarian accessory brand MZ Wallace is no stranger to collaboration. For their latest undertaking, the Manhattan-based label has teamed up with fellow New Yorkers tenoverten to create the perfect self-care offering that you can take with you always. The stylish nailcare purveyor has filled one of MZ Wallace’s signature quilted cosmetic pouches with its own line of non-toxic essentials, including its natural rose cuticle oil, its rose polish remover cloths, a cuticle filing stone and bottles of its nail strengthening base and quick dry top coat to boot. The limited edition pouch comes in a custom-designed nude pink shade and also boasts extra room to contain one’s other personal favourites.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Scented pencils, by Caran d’Ache

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Scented pencils, by Caran d’Ache and Mizensir

Geneva-based specialists in candles and ambient fragrances Mizensir has collaborated with fellow Genevan writing instrument manufacturer Caran d’Ache, on a new edition of pencils, made from fine woods, and scented with Mizensir founder Alberto Marillas’ Mémoire d’Ecolier fragrance. The woody notes naturally produced by freshly sharpened pencils combines with the sweet candy scent of Marillas’ creation, evoking an atmospheric, back-to-school aroma. The collaboration is an example of Caran d’Ache’s commitment to using noble materials in its pencils; here elicited by the use of ayous and linden woods, which are renowned for their solid yet light qualities.

Writer: Elly Parsons

Peydro Herrero clinic, Valencia, Spain

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Peydro Herrero clinic, Valencia, Spain

Barcelona’s long in the tooth design firm Francesc Rife Studio has leant its hand to a chic new dental clinic in Valencia. Seeking to ‘balance the seriousness of dentistry with the intimacy of design’, a glass box housing the management, communication and planning offices seems to levitate above the resin floor. Treatment rooms and waiting areas are separated by textured glass, defined by its micro-perforated black coating, offering privacy while giving the interiors a sense of openness and light – not to mention adding a sheen of glamour to your veneer-fitting.

Writer: Elly Parsons. Photography: David Zarzoso

Anya Hindmarch fragrance diffusers

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‘Anya Smells’ diffusers, by Anya Hindmarch

The fashion accessories maverick Anya Hindmarch continues her venture into the world of scent with a trio of new fragrance diffusers. This time employing her whimsical signature stamp with scented ceramic reeds masquerading as coloured pencils, sat within personified pots emblazoned with cheeky cartoon faces (harking back to her ‘Crisp Packet’ handbag and, more recently, a candle collection designed with Lyn Harris). Hindmarch worked alongside two top-tier perfumers on the new scents: Domitille Michalon-Bertier concocts the herbal ‘Chewing Gum’, whilst former British Society of Perfumers president Marianne Martin conjures up the nostalgic classroom-inspired ‘Pencil Shavings’ and fruity ‘Lollipop’ aromas.

Writer: Luke Halls

Flamingo hair removal by Harry's

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Flamingo, by Harry’s

Hair removal is rarely enjoyable business, particularly for the fairer sex, but a new body care label with an eye-catching collection of products is helping women get the job done. Flamingo is the latest brainchild from the men’s shaving brand Harry’s and has applied its experience in razors, blades, handles and aftercare to creating a similarly thoughtful range for women. In addition to function and ergonomics – Flamingo razors have been specifically designed to hug female curves and come equipped with a lubricated shell for added moisture and rubber grips to prevent slippage – the Harry’s team has also infused its Flamingo range with added benefits. Shaving gels also moisturise and body moisturises also exfoliate. The collection is rounded out by two at-home waxing kits; one for the face and one for the body. In addition to the soft gel wax strips that don’t require heat, each kit comes with a step-by-step guide, so that they can be applied and used in the best way.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Flower Of The 5 Wounds, by Guy Morgan

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Flower Of The 5 Wounds, by Guy Morgan

Flower of the 5 Wounds is Guy Morgan’s new range of facial oils and balms that borrows its name, colour and heart from the passionflower. Known mostly for its strange beauty, passionflower also has unique anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and, apart from its use traditionally to treat scars and bruises, is restorative and calming for both the skin and the mind. Flower of the 5 Wounds, like all Guy Morgan products, is unisex and suitable for all skin types, but its pure and organic formulation in addition to its gentle base of passionflower-seed oil makes it ideal for sensitive skin and to use during pregnancy.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Selahatin toothpaste

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Selahatin toothpaste

Swedish entrepreneur (and former magazine editor) Kristoffer Vural has found a gap in the dental hygiene market – a place to be filled with minimally adorned tubes of toothpaste flavoured with natural ingredients skilfully combined to please the palate. It was during a long period of recovery from a stroke, when he was contemplating what makes life worthwhile, that the idea to create what he calls ‘the Chanel of oral care’ struck. ‘It became clear that one thing that wasn’t very uplifting was brushing teeth. Whereas perfume can be like paintings for the mind, toothpaste received very little love.’ Raising the tooth-polishing experience by crowning clinical performance with complex accords, the launch flavours include anise, honey and peppermint; cinnamon, orange and peppermint; green mint, peppermint and menthol. All have whitening credentials and contain fluoride alongside anti-oxidants Edelwiss extract (to neurtralise free radicals adnd redress bacterial imbalance) and Betain (that relieves dry mouth) and are approved by the Swedish Dental Assocation.

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Writer: Emma Moore

Earl of East London

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Earl of East London

With its new candles, bathing salts and essential oils, Earl of East London is embarking on a new journey. After Greece's ‘greenhouse’, Lisbon's ‘Viagem’ and the Palace of Versaille's ‘Jardin de la Lune’ the brand is visiting Japan. The new blends are inspired by the bath culture in the land of the rising sun and ‘Shinrin Yoku’ (or forest bathing) is a mix of cedarwood, oakmoss and black pepper to create a calming meditating atmosphere, while ‘Onsen’ (or hot spring) combines peppermint, eucalyptus and mandarin to refresh and rejuvenate. Recently introduced in the London Design Junction, the candle also comes in a limited clay pot edition.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

The Art of Organic Grooming, by Vitruvian Man

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The Art of Organic Grooming, by Vitruvian Man

Paying tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (opens in new tab), Hong Kong native Vivian Lau’s organic skincare range has at its core, the three tenets of Vitruvius: strength, functionality and beauty. Strength is derived from the hydrating benefits of the Resurrection Plant, the main component of the Broad Spectrum Resurrection Cream. Functionality is the mainstay of The Anti-Pollution Cleanser & Toner, created for men who don’t have the time to faff about with complex skincare regimes. While Beauty is inherent in the elegant presentation of this high performance skincare range, crafted from pure botanical extracts.

Writer: Michelle McDermott

Crème de la Mer vintage deco jar design

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Crème de la Mer vintage deco jar design

Celebrate La Mer founder Dr. Huber and Crème de la Mer’s transformative touch with a vintage edition featuring one of his earliest jar designs.Since the Miracle Broth’s first appearance in the 1950s, it has been at the forefront of skincare’s bio-fermentation, probiotics and microbiome techniques with decades of devoted customers and testimonials to prove it. Always ritualistically produced in small batches following the same sustainable and time-consuming methods, this limited edition jar celebrates exactly the unique la Mer legacy inspired by one of Dr Huber’s original vintage designs.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Souvenirs for the Skin, by Heinrich Barth

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Souvenirs for the Skin, by Heinrich Barth

The main inspiration behind Heinrich Barth’s Souvenirs for the Skin is the great 19th-century geographer and explorer famous for his travel accounts from North and South Africa. Destinations Line is a collection of skin & body cleansers, tanning oils and sunscreens that transfer us to places like Mykonos or Dakar. Campaign images by photographers like controversial Heji Shin (Eckhaus Latta) and sensualists Arturo/Bamboo (opens in new tab) have something of the romantic allure of the Grand Tour. Produced with traditional methods in Turin and ingredients from Peloponnese to Sicily seems like travelling is also in H. Barth’s DNA and we believe its a great holdall filler for the 21st-century explorer.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Stratosphere candle, by Addition Studio

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Stratosphere candle, by Addition Studio

The idea behind the Statosphere candle is that ‘the user can adjust the light the candle emits by moving the stone semi-circles around’, explains designer and Addition Studio founder Ryan Hanrahan. A play of clear forms, natural materials, colours, textures and shadows that can turn a common everyday gesture like lighting a candle into a small ritual. Use more than one to coil them around, curving them like a snake. And, says Hanrahan, we should expect a new stone and candle every season to mix and match according to our moods and tastes.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Owmen grooming range, by Oway

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Owmen grooming range, by Oway

Recently launched by male grooming brand Oway (opens in new tab), Owmen delivers the ‘techno-botanical’ principles from active produce biodynamically grown on Oway’s own farm. Enhanced with ‘primordial active ingredients’ that survive the harshest of environments, like resurrection plant from Mexican desert, organic Maqui from Patagonia and zeolite growing on unkind volcanic soils. Owmen tenders its incredibly rich antioxidant qualities to the most extreme male routines. Eleven products beautifully packaged into indefinitely reusable amber jugs that will keep their precious ingredients fresh for a long time.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Copper Hexagon Go-Comb

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Copper Hexagon comb, by Go-Comb

When Brooklyn-based Go-Comb (opens in new tab) founder Heather Burkman noticed an ugly black plastic comb clumsily protruding from her uncle’s wallet, she sought a simple solution: design a smart one to fit. The Go-Comb is practical, sleek and multi-functional with the option of a personalised engraving. The space-efficient tool comes in stainless steel, brass-coated steel or plastic in a broad selection of colours and patterns, ranging from floral motifs and whimsical illustrations to understated metallic finishes. Offered in wide or fine-toothed versions, they are suitable for all hair types and even for taming unruly beards. If the Go-Comb wasn’t nifty enough, some varieties incorporate a built-in mirror or bottle opener. Ideal for nestling between credit cards, there’s a comb for every mood, occasion and hair emergency.

Writer: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

Skincare line, by It’s Skin

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Skincare line, by It’s Skin

Lately the world of beauty often turns to South Korea for both its innovative products and the increasingly popular 10-step Korean skin care routine. But you don’t have to look far anymore because It’s Skin (opens in new tab), South Korea’s leading cosmetics brand has arrived in the West. Developed by dermatologists at the University of Seoul, the brand offers a full range of cleansing foams, serums and moisturisers that are made to tailor your own bespoke skin routine. For example, Skin power 10VC effector serum packed with anti-oxidant vitamin C in its most chemically stable form can instantly contribute to a brighter, glowing skin. 

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Feature Fumabat

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Fumabat, by Couteau de Poche

Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Thief’s Journal, Couteau de Poche (opens in new tab) is an enigmatic one-man brand that lies in that hazy area between an art project and a perfume line. According to founder Parid Cefa, it aims to represent ‘irreverent elegance’. CDP’s first release – Fumabat – is a perfume not intended to be wearable but instead feels ‘more like an experience’, with 1980s-inspired notes of oak moss, Bulgarian pine, Galbanum, patchouli, frankincense and vetiver, while remaining relevant and contemporary.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Skilltools by Technogym

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Skilltools, by TechnoGym

Skilltools is TechnoGym’s new range of accessories specially made to complement its range of hi-tech, smart and connected exercise equipment, which is favoured by Olympic golden champions and the average gym-goer alike. Developed around stability, speed and all types of rigorous, stretching or restorative exercises, Skilltools offers foam rollers, mobility sticks, power bands, jumping ropes, balance pads, plus medicinal, slam and wellness balls that evoke neutrality to match both individual and commercial needs.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Peach & Lily skincare line, by Alicia Yoon

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Peach & Lily skincare line, by Alicia Yoon

Since launching the digital beauty portal Peach & Lily (opens in new tab), Alicia Yoon has played an instrumental part in breaking down Korean beauty trends and innovations to the American market, as well as making them available to buy. A beauty product fanatic motivated by a long-standing quest to soothe and control her eczema, Yoon has become an authority on transforming skin with her arsenal of carefully curated products, each vetted for quality, efficacy and experience. This week, Yoon unveils her own skincare line, the Peach & Lily collection, which has been formulated without toxins, synthetic fragrances and aggressive agents, and adheres to those same principles. The five-piece collection includes a deep cleansing resurfacing mask that has the power of a chemical peel while still being gentle on sensitive skin, the Glass Skin refining serum that helps one attain the Korean beauty holy grail of poreless, translucent skin, a matcha-infused antioxidant cream with a whipped ‘pudding’ texture, a luxurious, protective face oil that restores skin’s equilibrium and the a sheet mask, which delivers plump, well-hydrated skin in each packet. With Yoon’s stamp on each product, it’s no surprise that some of the line has already sold out.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Bergamot Incense, Sandalwood Musk and Jasmine Osmanthus, by Experimental Perfume Club

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Layers 01 perfume range, by Experimental Perfume Club

Experimental Perfume Club is known for its workshops that offer a space to learn, explore and practice the art of perfumery. It brings its ‘direct and open access’ philosophy to a wider audience with its commercial release. Layers 01 consists of three different perfumes (or layers) that work on their own or mixed to create a personal bespoke scent.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Circumference Pure Balancing Botanical Faceoil

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Skincare line, by Circumference

The booming clean beauty market does not lack for options, but one young American line is setting itself apart from the pack. Circumference (opens in new tab) takes a holistic approach when it comes to creating its 100 per cent toxin-free skincare products. Not only has the New York-based company used only natural ingredients in its formulations, they’ve also vetted all their production partners and chosen to work with them for their commitment to quality and purity. This means that ingredients can always be traced back to their native growers and sustainable practices are employed throughout. A water filtration process used to make the products ensures that there is no toxic runoff and all natural byproducts are used as fertiliser or compost. Each of the label’s products is also either packaged in glass or with recyclable, recycled and biodegradable materials. The line itself is just as thoughtful – comprised of two masks, a face oil, a vitamin C serum and a nourishing and brightening toner, the concise range is as efficacious as it is good looking so that everything comes full circle.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Exterior of the refurbished barn hosting The Class by Taryn Toomey, Bridgehampton, USA

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The Class, by Taryn Toomey

Summer weekends in the Hamptons might be best known for escaping the suffocating pace of the city, but these being New Yorkers, familiar urban comforts are never afar. Tucked amongst private pools, lobster rolls and designer shopping is the Hamptons’ latest arrival – an idyllic new studio space in Bridgehampton from the fitness and wellness phenom Taryn Toomey (opens in new tab). Best known for her upbeat blend of physical conditioning, yoga, meditation and catharsis, Toomey’s signature workout, The Class, is now available to experience out east in a refurbished barn that boasts clear quartz light fixtures by Kelly Wearstler and a palette of taupe, mauve and ivory shades – another Toomey signature. To complete its holistic approach, the Bridgehampton haven also offers a range of products including Joanna Vargas skincare and totes by MZ Wallace, whom Toomey launched a collaborative design with last year.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Fragrance brand Byredo zebu horn combs

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Horn combs, by Byredo

Despite its olfactory beginnings, Byredo has become a purveyor of finely made objects, which today range from leather goods and body care products to manicure tools and fragrances. The latest addition to its collections is a limited edition series of horn combs that is inspired by African history. Crafted from zebu horn, each comb has been designed for a different use. Named after powerful African queens – specifically Queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Mother Idia of Benin, the warrior Queen Aminatu of the Zazzau kingdom and the Queen Nzinga of Angola – the combs have been made by hand in the French Pyrenees according to a traditional 14-step technique. Not only is horn a natural, biodegradable and renewable material, it is also rich in keratin and thus an ideal complement to hair. Exclusively available at Byredo’s New York boutique in Soho, each comb is unique and accompanied by a calfskin leather case.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Goodnight Wrinkle Cream, by Hims

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Goodnight Wrinkle Cream, by Hims

Hims has caused a stir in the world of male wellness by providing prescription products for sensitive topics like erectile dysfunction and receding hairlines. With its direct-to-customer sales model – that looks like the future of lifestyle marketing – Hims approaches the modern man with humour and style, through the convenience and security of his smartphone, providing made-to-measure services at affordable prices. From 26 June, Hims expands to male skincare with a whole new range of products. Its first installment is the prescription Acne Kit and Magic Formula. The former consists of a combination of antibiotics and retinoids that control acne causing bacteria, while the Mlatter is a deep moisturising mix of medical-grade ingredients that will battle wrinkles and keep skin young. Later in the summer, Hims will introduce over-the-counter products, including a daily moisturiser, vitamin C serum and anti-aging wrinkle cream.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Modern Botany

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Modern Botany Deodorant, by Modern Botany

Plant scientist Dr Simon Jackson and development manager John Murrey, the masterminds behind Modern Botany, are based in Schull with just a handful of other employees. In their lab, they mix like alchemists – experimenting with the herbs and plants native to Ireland, the seaweed of the South West coast, and some of the finest ingredients from the rest of the world – concentrating on just one product at a time. Modern Botany’s latest release is evidence that this careful and lengthy process works: their new deodorant-antiperspirant took two years to develop and was definitely worth the wait – pure and gentle, it is guaranteed to keep you naturally fresh. Modern Botany Deodorant available from Content Beauty (opens in new tab).

L’Officine Universelle Buly's new Kyoto store

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L’Officine Universelle Buly Kyoto store

L’Officine Universelle Buly introduced the millennial customer to one of the oldest and most prestigious French perfume and beauty houses, combining tradition with the most advanced developments in cosmetics. Its shops reflect this concept by contrasting the Napoleonic antique style to minimalistic high-tech simplicity. Its latest shop in Kyoto takes this idea even further by bridging not only different eras but also two different worlds; West and East. Emulating a traditional Japanese teahouse from the outside, you step surprisingly into the baroque Buly world inside. Its a space of contrasts successfully rendered by founders Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac, housing uniquely crafted Japanese minebari combs and water-based perfumes.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Natural stone dumbbells

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Natural stone dumbbells, by Archive & Archive and Studio Corsanini

Archive & Archive and Studio Corsanini are bringing luxury to your workouts with their collection of natural stone dumbbells. Made of a single piece of Italian travertine, Carrara, Spanish Marquina, Verde Smeraldo, Portoro Extra marble A&A elevate an otherwise ordinary and dull object into a functional sculpture that makes an addition to the latest trend of luxury, natural and sustainable workout gear. Finished and detailed by hand they feature a Latin number on the side indicating the weight in kilograms.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

WANT Les Essentiels and Harry's vanity

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‘The Vanity’, by WANT Les Essentiels and Harry’s

A new collaboration is at hand between two of the trendsetters among men’s luxury brands: leather goods travel accessories WANT Les Essentiels, and grooming supplier Harry’s. The first instalment of this partnership debuts in New York Design Week 2018, and is a Vanity like no other, making a momentous moment of an everyday morning routine. The quality of materials and detailing of this Vanity reflects both brands’ high standards and leaves us wondering if theres more design essentials in store.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

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Home Care Kit, by The Gentle Label

The Gentle Label’s line of multi-functional house cleaning products is your choice for a spotless home free of chemicals and allergens. Made of natural, organic ingredients, the tight edit of a dish soap, laundry liquid and multi-surface cleaner minimises your consumer choices, freeing space from your cleaning storage cabinet. They are all highly concentrated to last, with biodegradable certificates from the Soil Association, without compromising on looks. Available at Content Beauty (opens in new tab).

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

George Bamford Grooming Department launch

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George Bamford Grooming Department Store

George Bamford has opened the first stand alone Bamford Grooming Department Store, to add to the three existing Bamford brand locations across London. Nestled at 33 Threadneddle Street, on the outside of The Royal Exchange, this dedicated shop is home to the collection of men’s grooming essentials. A traditional listed façade conceals a sensitively renovated boutique, which started life as an 1850s tobacconist. A spiral staircase loops up towards a double-height ceiling, while a secret lower ground floor area is the perfect place for quiet, one-to-one appointments and selected pop-up partnerships.

Solar power: hair care for hot heads

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‘Grace’ shower, by Hans Verstuyft, for Purificare-Us

This elegant outdoor shower by Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft got us thinking about what else we might need for a spot of sun-soaked loafing. Hair often gets forgotten, but Oway, a new Italian botanical hair brand, is providing us with many new favourite staples, including its Sun Protective Elixir. There’s also the detergent-free New Wash by Hairstory, Davines’ replenishing Su Hair Mask, and Frédéric Malle’s hair mist, newly available in cult scent Portrait of a Lady.

Sun Protective Elixir, €32, by OWay. New Wash, £44, by Hairstory. Su Haur Mask, £20, by Davines; ‘Portrait of a Lady’ hair mist, £125, by Frédéric Malle, both from Liberty. ‘Galles’ towel, £115 for two, by Society Limonta. ‘Grace’ shower, €5,980, by Hans Verstuyft, for Purificare-Us. ‘Mind the Step’ wallpaper, £100 per sq m, by Christian Benini, for Wall & Deco, from West One Bathrooms

Photography: Jack Wilson. Writer: Emma Moore

Washing powder candle, with a rainbow on it, by Anya Hindmarch

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Washing Powder candle, by Any Hindmarch

The Anya Hindmarch Smells candle range which launched last year has expanded, with the addition of three new fragrances. This time, Hindmarch was inspired by often overlooked, yet familiar scents, re-interpreting them in her signature eccentric style as high-end perfumes for the home. Lip Balm is a lush fruit with notes of cherry blossom, plum, jasmine and iris to remind us of our first kiss. Toothpaste is a fresh herbal mix of mints, menthol and fruits to evoke the familiarity and cosines of those nights spent curling on the sofa. While sun-dried, laundry-inspired Washing Powder is an ozonic floral with violet, pine needles, cucumber and watermelon. All three candles come adorned with her signature cartoon style.

Available from WallpaperSTORE* (opens in new tab)

Writer: Sotirios Varsamis

Charcoal Aura Anti-Pollution Facial Mist by Guy Morgan

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Charcoal Aura Anti-Pollution Facial Mist, by Guy Morgan

Studio Guy Morgan (opens in new tab) is keeping up with the tradition of East London’s hot houses and famous nursery gardens to offer a range of gender-neutral products made in small batches locally with natural ingredients. Its latest release is a contemporary urban lifestyle accessory to moisturize and protect on the go. On a base of Bulgarian rose water, a blend of anti-oxidant ingredients shields your skin against damaging pollution and creates a mist of reflective calmness around you. For extra protection is infused with some Somerset sourced charcoal known for its property to remove and eliminate toxins.

Writer: Sotirios Varsamis

MALĀKO skincare Skin to Soul essentials

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Skin to Soul collection, by MALĀKO

With our ever-increasing demands for natural beauty products, newly launched skincare brand MALĀKO (opens in new tab) is sure to satisfy them, with a wellness-based approach to skincare. Established by Kanchalika Stephenson and informed by Thai holistic medicine, MALĀKO utilises 17 natural therapeutic ingredients and vitamins to uplift both inside and out. Three soul-soothing goods and an ‘Essentials Kit’ make up the current Skin to Soul collection. Produced in the UK in small batches to preserve potency, the packaging, meanwhile, is devised by London-based studio Loolaa Designs. Featuring key ingredients, including stress-reducing lemongrass and soothing May Chang, the concoctions deeply hydrate dry winter skin, while their zesty scents recall of Thailand’s lush climates.

Writer: Jessica-Christin Hametner

In Two Minds Aesop range launch

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In Two Minds skincare range, by Aesop

It’s been a while since Aesop threw its hat into the ring with new skincare offerings, and with the imminent launch of In Two Minds, it isn’t doing so lightly. It has taken three years of research led by Aesop’s Innovation and Research Manager, the impressively qualified British-based Rebecca Watkinson to come up with a three-step regime that addresses adequately and comfortably the needs of complexions that exhibit dehydration (typically across the cheeks) and excess oil (typically in the t-zone). The Facial Cleanser does the hard graft, taking away oil with disrupting the balance, and a soothing Facial Toner if followed by the Facial Hydrator, which combines Andiroba and Copaiba and Acai oils, for a nourishing but unclogging finish. With tantalising textures, it’s a range that’s sure to be popular, whether an oily t-zone is your bag or not.

Writer: Emma Moore

‘Elevator Music’ by Byredo and Virgil Ablo

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Elevator Music collection, by Ben Gorham and Virgil Abloh

Kindred spirits Ben Gorham and Virgil Abloh have joined forces on a multi-disciplinary collection of fragrance, denim, t-shirts and handbags called ‘Elevator Music’. Inspired by the soundtracks that are intended for passive listening, the dynamic capsule range explores the idea of luxury goods in Off-White’s distinctly tongue-in-cheek way. To match, Byredo has designed a subtle, yet captivating scent to serve as a backdrop for daily life. An elegant mix of midnight violet, bamboo, jasmine petals and burned wood, the fragrance is available in perfume, hand cream and hair perfume forms.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Austin Austin shampoo and packaging

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Skincare collection, by Austin Austin

Set up by daughter and father Bessie and Richard Austin, eco gurus and art addicts will find their skincare match in Norfolk-based beauty brand Austin Austin. Comprising six certified organic products formulated without GM ingredients, silicones or artificial colours, the collection caters to skin, body and hair, among them a fragrant bergamot and juniper shampoo and conditioner made with plant and olive extracts. Goods are filled with essential oils that deeply nourish the skin and respect the environment, as each is suitably contained in 100% recycled packaging, adorned with illustrations by fine artists such as Christian Newby. With minimalist good looks and deeds, Austin Austin elevates the green market by bringing an air of sophistication to high-performance skincare.

Writer: Jessica-Christin Hametner

Pack shot of Kure Bazaar's ethical nail polish launched at London Fashion Week 2018

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S/S18 collection, by Kure Bazaar

Launched at London Fashion Week 2018 in partnership with Roland Mouret and Peter Pilotto, the new S/S18 Kure Bazaar (opens in new tab) collection is a model fit for the fashion and eco-conscious. With 90 per cent of ingredients deriving from natural sources and the all-important ‘10-free’, the polish brings nature to nails without skimping on performance. Kure Bazaar is both vegan and free from animal testing, sourcing Vitamin E and Bamboo to strengthen and repair nails. The latest colour collection is comprised of 4 shades, from the statement ultra-violet ‘Catwalk’ to the natural and muted ‘Rose Snow’. Boasting durability, longevity and squeaky-green values, Kure Bazaar is forming part of the evolving conversation about ethical fashion.

Writer: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

Interior of Oliver&Co's new Madrid flagship

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Oliver&Co Madrid flagship store

Seven years since debuting its avant-garde perfume brand, Oliver&Co has opened its first flagship shop in Madrid, which from now and on, will be its only retail outlet in the world. Founder Oliver Valvere, loyal to his uncompromising and renegade profile, collaborated with interior designer Nacho Amago to craft a space that has nothing in common with any other conventional niche perfumery, but reminds more of an underground dark-industrial electronic club, referencing Oliver’s background as a DJ and sound engineer. The use of rough unrefined materials like concrete and metal in contrast to soft black drapes together with sound, strong backlight graphics and cosmic imagery draws the vistor’s attention to the fragrance itself and the perfumer’s olfactory alchemical transformations.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Skincare collection, by Dr Loretta Skincare

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Skincare collection, by Dr Loretta Skincare

In a bid to turn back the clock, Dr Loretta Skincare (opens in new tab) keeps skin unexposed from the elements to reveal its youth. The newly launched brand was developed by patient-doctor duo Dr Loretta Ciraldo, a sought-after board certified dermatologist with over 40 years of experience, and Myriam Zaoui Malka who boasts over 20 years of expertise in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, nutrition and aromatherapy. Formulating products that target the four external factors they found to cause 85% of damage to the skin – pollution, light, climate and irritants – the co-founders infused their goods with ‘inactive’ ingredients, which do not irritate the skin. Instead, each contains high concentrations of medical-grade actives, therapeutic essential oils and effective botanical ingredients, all protecting the skin’s pH and microbiome.

Writer: Jessica-Christin Hametner

Go Rites Stand Alone Black Transparent

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ISSA II toothbrush, by Foreo

Four years ago beauty innovator Foreo (opens in new tab) was a dental care game changer by redesigning the electric toothbrush from scratch. Now it has pushed its own boundaries even further with the new upgraded version, ISSA II. From the outside it features the same high-tech design like the previous model, incorporating a PBT polymer and medical grade silicon brush-head that won’t harbour bacteria and promises to last at least six months. But ISSA II is twice as powerful providing 11,000 high-intention sonic-pulse microsweeps per minute, 16 easily adjustable cleansing modes and this time, won’t need charging for a whole year. Just smile freely and make sure you remember where you keep the charger.

Writer: Sotirios Varsamis

New Rite Go

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Wonder Oil, by Ref Hair

Stockholm based Ref Hair (opens in new tab) care puts simplicity and sustainability at the forefront of its ethos. Self-branded as making ‘natural beauty by Swedish standards’ its range is 100 per cent vegan, organic and made with the intention of celebrating beauty from all cultures and backgrounds. Aptly named the ‘Wonder Oil’, its signature product – with subtle yet exotic twists of coconut and rum – promises a silky, nourishing effect without the need for silicone and other undesirable additives. Armouring hair with UV and free radical protection, the serum is reinforced with quinoa protein to strengthen and a combination of marula, jojoba and sunflower seed oils to smooth and reign-in stray hairs.

Writer: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

La Bouche Rouge lipstick by Wendy Rowe

La Bouche Rouge paints the town pink

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La Bouche Rouge lipstick, by Wendy Rowe

Dubbing itself ‘a revolutionary French cosmetics Maison, with a concern for the environment and humanist values’, La Bouche Rouge (opens in new tab) is quite the mouthful. It creates the desire to buy less, by buying better – helping the environment, and in turn, the amount of uneccesary products in your bathroom cabinet. The lipstick case, a fine calf-leather ‘piece of art’, is produced in one of the most prestigious tanneries in France, according to skilled methods kept secret through the generations since 1842. On request in the Atelier, a specialised craftman will also engrave your initials onto the leather. Six new colour tubes debuted at New York Fashion Week (opens in new tab), devised by make-up artist Wendy Rowe. Among them, a poppy hue inspired by the canvases of Andy Warhol, a 70s, slightly orangey red — think all-American, Pepsi Cola and roller disco and an ultra-pigmented brown red.

Writer: Elly Parsons

The best beauty serums by Vintner’s Daughter, Vanderohe and Kjaer Weis

All-rounder beauty serums to de-clutter your cabinets

Vintner’s Daughter, Vanderohe, Kjaer Weis

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Beauty serums by Bioeffect, Vintner’s Daughter, 111Skin, Votary,  Kjaer Weis, Vanderohe and Dr Sebagh

What if you could banish all those bottles from your bathroom cabinet – the one that depuffs your eyes, the one that brightens your skin, the one that irons out wrinkles – and replace them with just one serum? A number of beauty entrepreneurs have launched single cure-all serums to the market. In a bid to uncomplicate her skincare regime, Napa winery owner April Gargiulo founded Vintner’s Daughter and developed the multi-correctional Active Botanical Serum. It quickly gained cult status. Vanderohe’s No.1 Nourishing Face Serum and The Beautiful Oil by Kjaer Weis are two more with similar intent. We’ve looked into the growing choice of complexion panaceas, and found a few worth clearing our shelves for.

Pictured, from left, EGF serum, £125, by Bioeffect. Active botanical serum, £175, by Vintner’s Daughter. Cryo energising face serum, £140, by 111Skin. Super Seed facial oil, £70, by Votary. The beautiful oil, £180, by Kjaer Weis. No.1 nourishing face serum, £88, by Vanderohe. Nutrient Concentrate skin smoothing, £93, by Susanne Kaufmann. Supreme Maintenance Youth serum, £215, by Dr Sebagh

As originally featured in the March 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*228)

Writer: Emma Moore

Caci Clinic’s new skincare range launches with Ki sunscreen

Ki sunscreen doubles as a primer

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Ki sunscreen, by Caci Clinic

Forming part of Caci Clinic (opens in new tab)’s new skincare range, Ki sunscreen was created with the unforgiving New Zealand sun in mind. Offering vital skin protection from the consequences of sun exposure, the product is appropriate for all skin types, including those prone to acne and heightened skin sensitivity. Made from recyclable packaging, Ki is fragrance and synthetic free, functioning as an effective antioxidant and to repel the impact of harmful UVA and UVB rays and free radicals. Other benefits include minimising pore visibility, preventing accelerated ageing and oil control through the powerful ingredient, Matmarine. Ki Sunscreen leaves skin feeling smooth, matte and primed to confront the elements.

Writer: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

The Sifflu Peace Pipe, by Smarin and the Observatory of Alternative Medicines

The ‘Sifflu Peace Pipe’ is musically mindful

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Stifflu Peace pipe, by Smarin and the Observatory of Alternative Medicines

This therapeutic object was conceived when ideas from French design studio Smarin (opens in new tab) and the Observatory of Alternative Medicines merged. The Sifflu Peace Pipe places emphasis on the mechanism of breathing, encouraging the user to lengthen breaths and draw strength from the diaphragm. The device aims to banish negative habits by reverting back to natural respiratory function without mental or environmental interruptions. In diverting attention to self-awareness and mindfulness, stress-induced tension can be released and a more effective posture acquired. Through a particular technique, the pipe can also be used to diffuse essential oils within a space. With a slim shaft of gold-flashed copper finished with silicone tips, Sifflu’s design is sophisticated and distinguished, forming an elegant accessory in its own right.

Writer: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

Prismologie meridian balms

Prismologie meridian balms provide ‘instant’ therapy

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Meridian balms, by Prismologie

Using the universal language of colour, a new niche beauty brand called Prismologie (opens in new tab) combines the highest quality ingredients with the healing benefits of gemstones and crystals. Its latest release – six remedy balms that correspond to the meridian channels of the body – introduces the ancient wisdom of Eastern medicine to our everyday beauty routines. Intended to rebalance and assist natural wellness, each balm has a different function according to its colour: white diamond and platinum for purification, green jade for restoration. Packed with a lot of heart in small, travel-friendly bottles, Prismologie balms provide ‘instant’ therapy, whenever the occasion might present itself.

Writer: Sotirios Varsamis

Claus Porto’s 130 year celebratory book

Claus Porto celebrates 130 years

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130 Years, by Claus Porto

Living as we do, in a time where products come with planned obsolescence, how refreshing to celebrate Claus Porto (opens in new tab)’s 130 years of making ultra-luxe soaps and body-care with a beautiful publication. The book’s designer – Andrew Howard – leads us through the pages, delving into all aspects of this design-forward brand’s jazz age packaging, and going behind the scenes of its production processes. If you are an aficionado of the Portuguese pine, eucalyptus and juniper scented soaps and joyful belle époque wrappings, this book is for you.

Writer: Angela Gokani Brasier

Eau Truple Kiso Yuzu, by Buly 1803; Hwyl, by Aesop; Note de Yuzu, by Heeley Parfums, for Maison Kitsuné, from Liberty

Blossoming industry

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Perfumes by Buly 1803, Aesop, Note de Yuzu and Heeley Parfums

The Japanese don’t traditionally do perfume, but the nation seems to be having a moment in western perfumery circles. Previous borrowings favoured cherry blossom, but lately it’s the aromatic citrus plant yuzu that has hooked the likes of Buly 1803, whose Eau Triple Kiso Yuzu features yuzu, mint and Japanese laurel, and Maison Kitsuné, which has worked with British perfumer James Heeley to launch Note de Yuzu. Aesop, meanwhile, has launched Hwyl, which takes inspiration from the woody aromas of a walk through a 300-year-old Hiba forest in Japan.

From left, Eau Truple Kiso Yuzu, €130 for 75ml, by Buly 1803; Hwyl, £85 for 50ml, by Aesop; Note de Yuzu, £90 for 50ml, by Heeley Parfums, for Maison Kitsuné, from Liberty.

As originally featured in the December 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*225)

Writer: Emma Moore.

Skin Resistance Training Supplement with foil packs, by Proverb

Organic male skincare from Proverb

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 Skin Resistance Training Supplement, by Proverb

Proverb (opens in new tab) is the new, organic male skincare range formed by power couple Kirstie and Luke Sherriff, who met while studying at Oxford University. The influential skincare consultant, and former Harlequins RFC player joined forces to employ their extensive knowledge of elite nutrition to a concise line of skincare and supplements to aid wellbeing for the active man. To accompany the products, the duo has created an app to personalise routines and monitor progress. Self-styled as the ‘skincare equivalent of going to the gym’, Proverb maintains that all components of the body are interlinked: skin, diet and mentality. The proof is in the proverb: ‘You only get out what you put in’.

Writer: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

‘Ex-Voto’ hand-shpaed candles by Cire Trudon

Miniature miracles from Cire Trudon

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Ex-Voto candles, by Cire Trudon

‘Ex-Voto’ can be defined as a material manifestation of a miracle given to a saint or divinity. A new iteration of the idea – the ‘Ex-Votos’ candle collection from Cire Trudon (opens in new tab), modelled after an artifact discovered in Syria currently housed in the Louvre – is instead intended as an offering to a friend, your home or the one you love. The wax candles, available in a number of muted colourways, can be tendered for protection, for gratitude or simply because they are beautiful. By turning a sacred relic into an everyday object, the legendary candlemaker reminds us that we don’t have to look far for miracles; we can find them closer to home.

Writer: Sotirios Varsamis

Amereta embraces natural hormonal rhythms, pack shot view

Amereta embraces natural hormonal rhythms

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28 Day Hormonal Cycle range, by Amereta

Among the many different facets of the female disposition that both beguile and befuddle, the impact of the hormonal cycle is probably the most mystifying of them all. The all-natural skincare label Amareta (opens in new tab) seems pretty close to cracking the code. Made without synthetic fragrances, hormone-disrupting chemicals, synthetic preservatives and harsh acne treatments among others, Amareta embraces the natural rhythm of a woman’s hormonal make up, whether it’s the usual 28 day monthlies, pregnancy, or general dips in hormone levels that result in dull or dry skin. With offerings including skincare, bodycare make-up, all filled with botanical actives and elegantly packaged to match, each product is as luxurious as it is efficacious to use.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

The Angle Razor from Morrama

Introducing the contemporary close shave from 

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Angle Razor, by Morrama

London-based design agency Morrama (opens in new tab) has launched its first solo project, the Angle Razor. A contemporary version of the traditional straight razor, it aims to bring back the pleasure of the wet shave ritual in the era of complicated smart shavers and disposable shaving cartridges. The well balanced, carefully articulated angle promises the utmost control and safety, and is made from anodised, long-lasting aluminium. The Angle offers the precise shave of a professional barbers, echoed in its clean, sharp design.

Writer: Sotos Varsamis

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.