Eco Chic: The Best in Organic Luxury
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What makes it pricey: Like every product in the line, the lotions are hand-blended in limited batches and the fragrances are hydro-distilled, which means the plant “essence” is gently extracted to keep the integrity of the botanical scent in tact. Sounds simple? The multistep (and very carefully monitored) process involves placing plant materials in a flask, filling the flask with water and then bringing that to a boil. As the steam rises, it hits the condenser and is sent down a glass tube into a funnel until the final step where the essential oil floats to the top of the hydrosol; the two are separated and bottled.
What makes it pricey: According to Fabian Lliguin, CEO of the line, the luxury price point of the product reflects the unique ingredients and the way they are obtained—a process that he feels directly helps the planet. “The precious ingredients, like the Rahua, are made by hand deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, by talented people, using the same traditional techniques for hundreds of years,” he says. “Plus, the Elixir is 100-percent pure, without any silicone or synthetics added.”
What makes it pricey: The scrub includes a long list of true, chemical-free organic ingredients that are 100-percent natural. In addition to distilling its essential oils, the argan oil is cold-pressed, which means it retains more of its nutrients. But the real differentiating factor is in the salts. According to the company, the Himalayan salt crystals they use actually have the power to strengthen your bio-energy field.
What makes it pricey: For starters, you won’t find any water or preservatives in this highly concentrated blend. The formulation, which Fender refers to as “food for the cells,” only features the purest in essential fatty and gamma linolenic oils, multivitamins and the anti-aging and aromatherapeutic properties of rose, chamomile and frankincense.
What makes it pricey: The antioxidant-rich and free radical-defender cocoa bean, a key ingredient in the cream, is sourced from a fair-trade farm in Peru. Plus, all the ingredients are custom-distilled, which helps the plants keep their potency.
What makes it pricey: All of the products in the line are made from proprietary formulas—there’s no outsourcing, no labs involved and no fillers and everything is produced in “micro-batches,” which involves manufacturing in a studio, not a plant.
What makes it pricey: The formula counts the trifecta of lavender, rose petals and chamomile as skin savers that help prevent blemishes, reduce redness and brighten the skin. An added bonus: They are all grown and hand-harvested at the company’s own garden.
What makes it pricey: This one little bottle has 35 active ingredients (the company claims most products only contain one to three), plus they stand by an R&D process that aims to fix a skin problem however it can via natural ingredients—not produce a product that hits a certain price per ingredient.
Clarify and hydrate skin with this delicately scented rose-infused nourishing oil-serum. Its unique lightweight texture goes on smooth enough to wear well under makeup, while it imparts a healthy glow.
What makes it pricey: Like all the products in the line, pure organic ingredients with a luxurious twist (champagne, caviar and truffles) take priority on the product label. What makes this serum special is its use of privately sourced carrot seed oil, an emollient that has a high concentration of anti-aging vitamin A.
Available July 2014