An Après-Ski Herbal Refreshment
No Montana mountain vacation would be complete without a trip to the local herbalist, as I learned yesterday when I was introduced to Hill Botanical. A small, unassuming shop off Bozeman’s Main Street, the three-year-old storefront is run by Kris Hill, a local resident who has been studying plants and plant medicine since 1991. In addition to bulk herbs, personal tea blends, and quality essential oils—for bespoke fragrance-making and the like—Hill also produces her own line of handcrafted organic skincare products, which is naturally where I devoted most of my attention. From homemade lip balms and skin salves to masks and toners, most of the products are formulated using locally grown ingredients like horsetail extract, which boosts collagen and elastin, and arnica, a natural anti-inflammatory.
Looking for a good place to start? Try the Face Value Beauty Kit (pictured). It includes a mix-it-yourself Green Clay Face Mask, which contains purifying white kaolin clay, organic green tea and ground organic rose petals—just add jojoba oil and water for a doesn’t-get-any-fresher-than-this skin treatment. Also in the kit is Hill’s 24 Carrot Eye Oil—a serum of organic rose-hip seed, sunflower, neroli, and wild-harvested carrot-seed oils—which packs a line-reducing, anti-puffing punch, with a nostalgic, earthy scent to boot. For those not planning a Big Sky retreat anytime soon, the whole kit is available online for a mere $36—or about what you’d pay for a lip balm here in NYC. You gotta love country living.