August 23 2014

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The 411: Liz Earle


Skincare purist Liz Earle began her career as a beauty editor in London. Her favorite part of the job was learning about plants and botanical ingredients, so when she decided to launch her own naturally active skin and body care line with friend and business partner Kim Buckland in 1995, the transition was pretty, um, organic. Their first product, the popular Polish & Cleanse Hot Cloth Cleanser, was destined for retail superstardom before it even made it onto shelves; the gentle lotion, it turned out, worked equally well on the duo’s polar-opposite complexions (Earle suffered from eczema while Buckland glistened with oil). Since then, Earle has whipped up dozens more natural-based problem solvers, traveled the world in search of the latest actives, and, more recently, released her first fragrance and newest book, Skincare Secrets. When not in the lab, Earle tends to her organic farm on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her family. Here, a list of what she’s grown to love and stand by over the years.

The Pro: Liz Earle

Co-founder of Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare.

The Skincare: Personal Best

“I’m very low-maintenance. I don’t believe about obsessing over wrinkles; I just want to hang on to my youthful glow now that I’m in my forties. I use the Cleanse & Polish, every day, twice a day. I would literally be devastated if I couldn’t use this cleanser. I also apply the Superskin Moisturizer daily; it’s a botanical super-cream that works as well as its technologically driven counterparts. I’m also very keen on dry body brushing. It’s a very effective way to stimulate lymphatic drainage, minimize cellulite, and exfoliate. I do it in the morning before I shower, using a natural bristle brush that I work up the body in long rhythmic strokes. The feeling is wonderful, and mildly addictive.”

Liz Earle Polish & Cleanse Hot Cloth Cleanser, $40, and Superskin Moisturizer, $60,

The Makeup Artists: Friends for Life

Craig Beaglehole is a genius. I first met him when I was doing a shoot in Australia and he was working with Cate Blanchett. He later moved to Fred Segal in L.A., and when I would come over to do press for my books or a launch, I would always see him. He makes you look breathtaking. I also love Pati Dubroff’s work. I’ve never had the privilege of having my makeup done by her, but we’ve met at press receptions and bonded on a very personal level.”

The Cut and Color: John Frieda

“I’ve been going to John Frieda for 25 years. Jo [Reid] does my color and she’s just excellent. I see a few different stylists for the cut, but Kiki [Koh] always did my hair when I hosted my own television show in the U.K. He left to go to John Frieda in Manhattan but now he’s back in London. You never come out of there with a bad hair day.”

John Frieda, 4 Aldford St., Mayfair, London, 020-7491-0840,

The Spa: Sasaab Samburu

“I have a home in Africa and do quite a bit of ingredient sourcing with women’s cooperatives there. Sasaab Samburu is an eco-lodge with the most amazing views over the plains of Kenya. You see baby elephants bathing in the distance and there aren’t any signs of modern civilization—no vehicles, no phones, or planes flying overhead in the sky. It’s magical.”

Sasaab Samburu, Kenya, 254-20-892-234,

The Makeup: Mixed Bag

“I mix and match brands and gravitate toward natural-based, high-performance lines. I recently discovered Chanel Lift Lumière foundation. It has light-reflecting particles, and I was very impressed with the texture and results. It provides a nice sheen for the face. And I’ve used the same Lancôme Définicils mascara for the last 20 years. It doesn’t vibrate or have any turbo-charged ingredients. But it’s a classic and it works, and I stay with it!”

Chanel Lift Lumière Firming and Smoothing Liquid Makeup SPF 15, $65,; Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, $24.50,

The Naturally Active Workout: Nordic Walking

“I’m very keen on Nordic Walking. It’s the most fantastic workout. You carry poles while walking to strengthen the upper body, and it really gets the heart pumping. I think it’s just wonderful to be out in the fresh air, especially since I spend a lot of time indoors researching. I look forward to that moment of the day when I’m using my legs and limbs! I go no matter the weather and I have traveling poles that break down into smaller sticks. There’s actually a local Nordic Walking group that meets in my village every week, and I join them whenever I can.”

The Perfume Shop: Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal

“Fred Segal has a whole fragrance bar set up within its Studio Beautymix, and it’s a great place to go and experiment. I discovered Memoire Liquide there, which is a fragrance you can customize to your liking by choosing different ingredients. The shop will develop something for you on the spot and it’s affordable, which is also nice. And of course, I wear our Botanical Essence No. 1.”

Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, (310) 394-8509,; Liz Earle Botanical Essence Eau de Parfum No.1, $78,

The Loveliest Linens: The White Company

“This company started off around the same time we did. In the early days, they were just mail order, but now they’re online, which is convenient for a busy mom like me. They just do everything in white—linens, towels, bedspreads—and with exceptionally good quality and wonderful organic cottons.”

The White Company,

The Fashion Thrill: Temperley London

“I mostly wear white casual basics. I prefer classics with an interesting design twist that are very easy to wear. But when I’m dressing up for a charity event or night out, I wear Alice Temperley. She works with delicate fabrics, the cut is very feminine, and I feel quite special in her pieces.”

Temperley London,

The Local Fare: The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant

“On the Isle of Wight, there is an amazing little café called the Boathouse in Steephill Cove; it’s right on the beach and serves locally caught seafood, crab, and lobster. It’s really a secret hideaway, and locals try to keep it unknown.”

The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant, Steephill Cove, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, 01983852373,

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