Lip Balm From a Swiss Jardin-------
Many summers ago, I spent a few months living abroad in Rougemont, Switzerland, at a French-language school. It was a lot like boarding school, set in the Alps. While I didn’t retain much French beyond on y va!, I did return with a Swiss appreciation for all things outdoorsy and natural. So a rush of memories came back when I recently discovered Jardin des Monts, a company based in the Pays-d’Enhaut valley, a district in the foothills of the Swiss mountains that’s stocked with top-notch spas such as the Gstaad Palace. Founded by horticulturalists Charlotte Landolt and Laetitia Jacot, the range includes herbal teas, fruit- and herb-infused syrups, and wild-crafted skincare goods, all made with 100 percent organic plants and botanicals grown in the lush pastures that surround an eighteenth-century chalet the duo restored in 2006.
A favorite in the collection is the Edelweiss Lip Balm, a magical formula that’s intensely hydrating yet non-sticky in texture, composed of an edelweiss herbal tincture, chamomile, healing beeswax, and cold-press plant oils, including sunflower, apricot, lavender, and rose geranium. Thanks to its nourishing capabilities, the lip balm works especially well as an overnight lip treatment to rid dry skin, or as a matte base. While it’s hard to find the line in the States, you can pick it up online or, better yet, in person. The founders allow full-day visits to their idyllic headquarters, which include a tour of the gardens and pastures, where a flock of goats roam (love!), and a lunch made with seasonal ingredients and goat cheese. On y va, indeed.