Rites: flawless finds from the W* beauty desk

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

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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 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’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

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Shield Range, by Nuori

Nuori 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

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Nail polish duos, by Paintbox

Five years and some 117,000 manicures since launching, New York nail studio Paintbox 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

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Amber Elix Face Oil, by Ayond

New skincare brand Ayond 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

Bottles, tubs & candles with positive words printed on

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Kalmar

Lifestyle brand Kalmar, 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

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Fenty Beauty Travel Kit

Fenty Beauty 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

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Saint Iris Adriatica Wake-Up Droplets

Wellness skincare brand Saint Iris Adriatica 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

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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, 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

Pastel pink, blue & white hair accessories

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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, 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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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Petit Grain and Dust, by Lyn Harris

One of our long-time favourite British perfumers, Lyn Harris of Perfumer H 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

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17 Nandan Road, by Ulrich Lang

Born in southern Germany but based in Greenwich Village, Ulrich Lang 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

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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

Glass candles in colourful packaging

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Colourful pencils in white pots

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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

Shaving razors & bars of soap

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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

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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

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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

Stone candle

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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

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The Art of Organic Grooming, by Vitruvian Man

Paying tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, 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

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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

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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 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

Stone surround candle

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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

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Owmen grooming range, by Oway

Recently launched by male grooming brand Oway, 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

Decorative metal comb

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Copper Hexagon comb, by Go-Comb

When Brooklyn-based Go-Comb 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

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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, 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

Black cosmetics on wooden blocks

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Fumabat, by Couteau de Poche

Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Thief’s Journal, Couteau de Poche 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

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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

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Peach & Lily skincare line, by Alicia Yoon

Since launching the digital beauty portal Peach & Lily, 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

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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

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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 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

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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. 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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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