Grown Alchemist Beauty

Peruse any stylishly-inclined restaurant, cafe, or friends apartment, and chances are you'll find a black or deep brown pump bottle emblazoned with the name 'Grown Alchemist.' The organic beauty brand is beloved for their use of botanical ingredients and beautiful packaging, which extends from skincare to body care to recently launched, haircare.

Bottled in stark white pumps, there are five shampoo and conditioner sets available, ranging from Anti-Frizz, Volumizing, Detox, Strengthening and Color Protect. And as usual, there are plenty of unique ingredients included to protect, nourish, and strengthen your hair. Think lycopene from bush tomato, which strengthens whilst hydrating, or calendula, which protects and soothes hair. Consider them both a healthy—and chic—option for your bathroom.


Linda Rodin releases new Rodin products

Linda Rodin, the founder of luxe, cult-loved beauty label Rodin, is known for her impeccable style, her poodle and constant companion Winky, and her signature round Linda Farrow sunglasses. Occasionally the lens of said glasses are rose tinted, but the morning she debuts her new face and body oil her lens are a muted lavender in honor of the new scent. "I used to wear lavender so much that my boyfriend called me Lavender Lee," says Rodin. 

Lavender marks the second scent released by the beauty entrepreneur, and only came about after months of searching for a lavender that was just right. Developed with Brooklyn-based perfumery D.S. & Durga, the formula combines Bulgarian lavender stems and French lavender absolute, and is subtle enough that it doesn't smell like the lavender essential oils of yesteryear. 

Available here.


RAAW in a Jar

RAAW in a Jar began like many other great inventions, out of necessity. Creator Trice Angie Christiansen found herself breaking out from almost every beauty product in her arsenal, so she switched to 100% organic rose hip oil. After experimenting with a bunch of all-natural ingredients to create creams and oils she could actually use, she developed a few different products and handed them out to her friends, realizing she had cultivated some converts. Upon meeting the chicly dressed founder with perfect skin (she doesn't wear any makeup), it's clear there's something in the oil. Her latest collection is focused on algae, and contains nutrient-rich seaweed harvested in France. Including eye cream, moisturizer, hand and body wash and body cream, the range harnesses the algae's potent antioxidants for clearer, brighter and healthier skin.

Buy some RAAW in a Jar here. 


Diptyque 34 Collection and Invisible Dog Pop Up

Upon arriving at the lush, jungle retreat that is Coqui Coqui, an intimate resort located on the dreamy coast of Tulum, Mexico, an intoxicating mix of ocean, flowers, and the inimitable smell of vacation draws you into the chic, minimalist concrete structure. 

The power of scent has the ability to transform a place from lackluster to lush, and is a force that Diptyque has in spades. Each year, the brand releases their iconic 34 Collection. Included are hand blown candle vessels made in France (no two are the same), new fragrances, and this year, a creamy colored vase made entirely of wax. The brand is also releasing a smaller capsule collection called Les Voyages, an assemblage of travel-sized (and travel necessary products) that one could imagine discovering on a jaunt aboard the Orient Express. A miniature facial spray, parfum, cleanser, exfoliator and more make up the collection, which comes in an enchanting, illustrated box.

Both lines will be available this summer in a collaboration between Diptyque and Brooklyn gallery space, The Invisible Dog, where a bespoke pop-up shop will offer both new collections in a space worthy of Diptyque’s incredible scents.

Dive in.


Root Science beauty/skincare label

The beauty industry has been touting the benefits of organic products for years, but never has the boom of chic, pretty-on-your-vanity yet effective skincare been so big The latest to join the ranks is Root Science, a line with not only one, but four serums (amidst a bunch of other, beautifully created products)

Launched in 2016, the line was created by Gígja Hlín when her sister, a longtime acne sufferer, couldn't find anything that worked for her skin. She tried all-natural alternatives and prescription treatments, but her skin wouldn't heal. It was then that Hlín set out to research the most effective, organic and holistic ingredients available in order to create her line. Inspired by her native Iceland, Hlín turned her discoveries into a serum (Youth), which helped to heal her skin. Shortly thereafter, Root Science was born. With a focus on no-nonsense products that actually work, the line offers four different serums, aptly named to address different skin concerns. There's a also a polish (exfoliator), mask, eye serum, and cleansing bar (a face mist is in the works). Founded in Iceland and made in California, it's perfect for skin everywhere.

Buy it now.


Prickly Pear Beauty Trend

The natural beauty trend is in full bloom and the prickly pear, which is (surprisingly!) a cactus, is the latest must-have ingredient. The prickly pear, which is most commonly used in serums and moisturizers, offers moisturizing and regenerating benefits and neutralizes complexions. KYPRIS and Kahina Giving Beauty are two natural beauty brands that are taking advantage of what the prickly pear has to offer.

De Mamiel's Summer Facial Oil (the brand created an oil for each season), is intended to add a heady dose of radiance to your skin. A blend of antioxidant-rich aromatic oils and flower essences (the essential prickly pear), delivers an intense dose of nutrients to your face.

Harvested in Arizona, KYPRIS uses the prickly pear in their Body Elixir: Inflorescence because of its high levels of amino acids and vitamin E, which rejuvenate the skin. This bottle not only holds the magical properties of the prickly pear, but is also home to 11 other active natural ingredients including sunflower and vitamin C ester, a compound known to boost collagen (it’s like a garden of youth for your face).

Kahina Giving Beauty has the mantra, “reveal beauty”, which is exactly what their Prickly Pear Seed Oil achieves. The vitamin K and essential fatty acids that are found in the prickly pear help to reduce the effects of aging and accomplishes the impossible feat of brightening under eye circles. It’s time to give your skin some much-needed botanical love. 

Add these products to your shelf: KYPRISKahina Giving Beauty, and De Mamiel

- Written by Scout Sabo


Sangre de Fruta beauty line

The first thing you notice about Sangre de Fruta is the packaging. Nestled amongst the packaging are sleek, shiny black bottles with white labels inscribed in old style script, like a bottle of decadent oil from a boutique store in Italy. A small booklet accompanies the products, describing what each is for, the ingredients, and the effects it has on your skin, body, and spirit.

The hand crafted, 100% organic line is hand bottled in Canada in small batches by founder Allison Audrey Weldon, who sought to create a line of products that embraced and celebrated the natural world. Previously a yoga instructor and restauranteur, she was inspired by ancient Egyptian and Greek beauty regimens (which were both effective, and luxuriously indulgent. The line is comprised of water-free formulations made of locally sourced, organic and wild-crafted plant-based ingredients. The brand’s focus is on texture - featuring a signature whipped-butter consistency - and the scent of natural perfumery.

Not only are Weldon's products standouts on your vanity, their scent and potency is incredibly effective. In the end, she says it best: "Our 'Trust your beauty’ motto comes from the simple but wise idea that you glow and radiate beauty when you’re happy. Instead of focusing on wrinkles or aging, we focus on pleasure and joy."

Enjoy it now.


Monse Travel Guide

Living in New York is akin to living in a dream—anything can happen, and quite frequently does. There's also one thing that almost everyone in New York agrees upon: sometimes you have to leave the city in order to best enjoy it.

As such, there are plenty of places to go and plenty of people with wonderful suggestions. Two of those are Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designers behind Monse, a two-season year old label with a penchant for creating clothes that can easily transition from wandering a market to an evening out. Here, they share their summer guides to jet setting the globe.

Favorite travel destination?

Laura: I love to go to Canada, because it's a bit cooler during the summer months.

Fernando: London because it's not so hot. And there's beautiful countryside to explore! 

Packing essentials:

Laura: All my beauty and hair products are La Mer, SKII, and Kerastase. I also always take a denim jumpsuit with tennis shoes. and one pair of heels.

Fernando: Two t-shirts and a pair of jeans.... 

Reading material? 

Laura: Zinio, the digital magazine

Fernando: System Magazine

Must-Visit Places:

Laura: I love to stay in the Lake Louise Chateau and order room-service and go to the spa. 

Fernando: Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel and restaurant in London. It's like a little world inside. It reminds me of Greenwich Hotel, which is also a favorite of mine in NYC.  It's very good for people watching.

Favorite thing to do on vacation?

Laura: Sleep

Fernando: Explore

Newest destination you'd like to visit and why?

Laura: Dubai to understand the market. 

Fernando: The new Harry Potter section in Universal Studios - I am dying to go!

What do you always pack in your plane bag?

Laura: An SKII mask and my laptop. 

Fernando: Toothpaste

Soundtrack?

Laura: k-pop

Fernando: M83

Must-do:

LK: Walk around and explore!

Fern: I like to go to obscure towns and vintage stores, outside of the main city.

Travel candle/scent? 

Laura: Red Flower Icelandic Moon Flower

Fernando: Ralph Lauren Christmas candle


Heyday Spa

Heyday facial shop (they don’t like to call themselves a spa), believes that looking after your skin should should be as easy and essential as brushing your teeth. They also believe that a facial shouldn’t be hard to fit into your routine, shouldn’t be expensive, and shouldn’t be a hassle to organize. Which is why their New York-based location, a clean, chic space located near the Flatiron, offers $100 facials that are fast, effective, and gentle enough to receive once a month.

Instead of confusing, complicated treatment options the menu is simple, split into three time groups (30, 50 and 75 minutes), all of which include a procedure that follows suit: Cleanse + Analyze, Exfoliate+ Purify, Treat + Hydrate. Think of it as the Seamless of facials. You can book through an app, the salon is open for longer hours, and you’re automatically offered a recharger and a cosy chair. 

Book a facial now.


Glossier New Balm Dot Com Flavors

To describe the cult following that is Glossier, you have to first understand their ethos. The products are pretty and provide fantastic results, yet still easily fit into the fashion-forward, beauty-loving girl’s budget. In addition to the two best selling Balm Dotcom skin salves (the original and a coconut flavor), the brand is launching three new scents this month: rose, cherry, and mint. Featuring cool new packaging like contrasting colored lids, each balm has a soft, delicious scent (not much of a flavor), and still goes on clear. Consider collecting all three.

Buy them here. 


Vegan Beauty: Lilfox, Mullein & Sparrow, French Girl Organics

Luxury, all-natural beauty products are having a moment in the sun, but there’s a new frontier in the organic beauty world: vegan beauty. With the rise of brands like May Lindstrom, Vintner’s Daughter and Tata Harper, there’s a slew of organic beauty labels taking it one step further. Take Mullein & Sparrow, a Brookyn-based label that specializes in creating vegan, 100% organic beauty products that work to heal and improve skin. Their lavender facial mist and facial steam (a dreamy package of dried wildflowers), and a new trio of serums are favorites from the label. French Girl organics is another new label whose beautiful packaging will ensure you leave the products out on your vanity. Created by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, French Girl was born from a quest to create beautiful, organic products that are made from natural and wild origins. Griffin-Grimes’ unique background as a herbalist, creator (she also knits and crochets), and adventurer has culminated in a brand for every girl. Lastly is LilFox, created by Miami-based Alexis Rose. A certified aromatherapist and essential oil educator, she set out to create a line of products infused with her passion for the healing properties of exotic elements, including wild crafted and organic plant essential oils, delicate hydrosols and magical crystals. It also includes botanical extracts, exotic virgin oils, unrefined plant butters, mineral rich clays and Earth's crystals, and smells good enough to eat (seriously).

Buy Lilfox, Mullein & Sparrow , and French Girl Organics