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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Tata Harper

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.


The Pro: Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper Skincare


The Product: “My grandmother and I were very close, and I remember that she used to wear Ambra di Venezia perfume. It’s by Montgomery Taylor, which I didn’t know until I was older and looked it up. He’s a glassblower, so the perfume bottle is gorgeous. I started using this perfume and borrowing it from my grandmother when I was really little—before I was a teenager. I loved how it smelled; I would take her bottle and put it in my bag and bring it to school with me. It’s sweet and floral…with jasmine, mandarin orange, and even a little bit of sandalwood. These are flowers I still love, and I actually use their essential oils in my own aromatherapy products, for their wonderful ability to calm the mind. I would put this perfume everywhere—on my clothing, the ends of my hair, my neck, literally everywhere. This was the first perfume that I truly loved. I still have a bottle of it, and while I love the smell, I use it very, very rarely, only on very special occasions, because the ingredients are so toxic. I was so sad to give it up as an everyday thing. I think the fact that I fell in love with this perfume and started wearing so much of it at a young age really influenced my process of researching the safety of ingredients in beauty products. Today I wear only nontoxic scents, mainly my aromatherapy essential-oil blends. I still apply these everywhere, all day long!”

Photo: Courtesy of Tata Harper

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