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The 411: Alexandra Balahoutis


Alexandra Balahoutis has been obsessed with fragrance since she was a child growing up in the verdant Hollywood Hills. In 2000, she channeled that fascination into Strange Invisible, her line of entirely natural perfumes. One of the pioneers of the green fragrance movement, Balahoutis has succeeded in proving that haute perfumery need not be synthetically-based to be compelling—one whiff of her aptly named Epic Gardenia or the ridiculously sensual Musc Botanique and you too will be convinced. The company is also completely (and admirably) devoted to sustainability, from the packaging to the formulas to the process of distillation. Here, the botanical fragrance guru divulges some of her West Coast beauty favorites.

The Pro: Alexandra Balahoutis

The Facialist: Myra Matas at The Face Place

“I have been getting facials by Myra Matas at The Face Place in West Hollywood since I was 15—nearly 21 years! I get them twice a month, so a lot of people think I’m a big facial enthusiast. The irony is that I’m not; I’m a Myra enthusiast. The Face Place gives the only treatment I’ll bother with; Myra is definitely the face whisperer.”

The Face Place, 8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 855-1150.

The Eyebrow Groomer: Daniel McFadden at Privé Salon

“Daniel is like Leonardo da Vinci for eyebrows. His ability to customize a shape for each person is so impressive. He really listens to his clients and has an unbelievable eye for precision and proportions. I’ve sent many to him and they are all thoroughly addicted.”

Privé Salon, 7373 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (323) 931-5559.

The Nails: Mazia Viera

“Proceed with caution as a manicure/pedicure from Mazia destroys the curve. This is like photo retouching for cuticles. Mazia was trained in Brazil and is amazingly gentle, precise, and thorough, and the results last. She uses organic flower balms by In Fiore, pure organic shea butter, and a variety of other organic products, and best of all, she travels to your house.”

Call (310) 804-2383.

The Acupuncturist: Adam Griffin at Acutonix

“I can’t say enough good things about facial rejuvenation, an acupuncture procedure to combat aging of the complexion. It really works and the results can endure for months.”

Acutonix, 1615 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, Calif., (310) 399-7199.

The Massage Therapist: Yuka Okajima

“If you aren’t in love, expecting a baby, or a raw foodist, the next best way to achieve an inner/outer glow is with a therapeutic massage by Yuka. Her skills defy description. She really is a healer.”

Call (310) 779-0442 or e-mail

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