Darphin: “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em”-------
Lipstick colors, eyebrow shapes, and cult haircuts come and go, but if the beauty industry has learned anything over the past few years, it’s that greener production practices and lower price points never go out of style. Darphin has reconciled these facts with two product launches that adhere to its high standards of luxury while opening it up to a whole new crop of consumers. Its first order of business was to add Orange Blossom to its collection of Aromatic Care oils. A detoxifying blend of emollient carrot, lemon, lavender, and cranberry essences, the sweet-smelling elixir brightens dull complexions, reinforces the skin’s barrier functions, protects it from external aggressors, and is 100 percent organic, a first for the brand. Perhaps more impressively, Darphin has also released a new addition to its popular Hydraskin line at a fraction of the cost of the rest of the range. Hydraskin Essential packs a lightweight, moisturizing punch for $50 and is enriched with fair-trade organic shea butter from IDEAL Providence Farm, a women’s cooperative in Ghana. This marks another first for the Paris-based company, which intends on upping its social responsibility over the next few years. As a starting point, Darphin has launched www.50littleluxuries.com, a micro-site that invites you to celebrate Hydraskin Essential’s accessible price tag and its shea butter sourcing partner by uploading your own $50 indulgences. Every submission equals a $2 donation to IDEAL and could possibly win you a New York City spa getaway. Click here for more information.