August 23 2014

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THE 411: Naturopathica’s Barbara Close


Barbara_resizeViewing the kitchen as a modern-day apothecary—full of natural, from-the-earth ingredients that can heal the skin and restore the body—is a concept that Barbara Close got behind early on, when she founded her healing-arts center in East Hampton, New York, more than fifteen years ago. Trained as an herbalist and clinical aesthetician, Close subscribes to the back-to-basics philosophy that most ailments, everything from muscle aches to migraines, can be cured with ancient, forever-ago cures and good clean living. “Nature always provides deep replenishment,” she says. “A walk in the woods or a swim in the ocean un-tethers the mind and rejuvenates the senses.” So when she launched Naturopathica in 1995, it was as much about putting forth a collection of high-performance products that fused plants with science as it was developing a mind-body treatment spa where those formulations could be put into rotation. Now Close’s signature blue bottles and transformative spa are mainstays among the holistic-minded—so much so that she opened a second branch of the spa this summer for guests of the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. Here, the Long Island resident, who lives on the outermost tip in Orient, shares her favorite natural-leaning discoveries.

The Skincare Hero: Plant Stem Cells
“Our Plant Stem Cell Serum, which is the featured product of our Natural Face Lift Facial, is a super-concentrated dose of extracts designed to prevent the breakdown of collagen. We use this serum with ultrasonic and micro-current technology, and the results—plumper, firmer skin—are immediate.”

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The Dermatologist: A Trusted Local
“I go see Dr. Hennessey, my dermatologist, once a year. He looks over my skin for the better part of an hour, searching for any suspicious moles. I’ve had several friends who have had skin cancer, and this is the most important skincare appointment you can make.”

Hennessey Dermatology, 386 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, (631) 537-6020

The Personal Trainer: A Four-Legged Friend
“My horse, Wallace. I’m not great with any type of organized training program. I think fitness should be about having fun. I ride to the beach and gallop along the water.”

The Healer: Judy Gee
“She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbologist, and she’s an amazing practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine in NYC. She is my quick fix when my neck goes out or I need to reset my digestive clock from too much excess.”

For more information, visit

The Gardening Source: Seeds of Change
“Wherever I live, in a house or a city apartment, I always try to grow my own herbs and medicinal teas. When I lived in NYC, I had a huge window box in which I grew lemon verbena, chamomile, and mint. This is a great way to create one’s own healing rituals.”

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The Relaxing Fix: Well & Being Spa
“Well & Being at the Fairmont in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers a comprehensive range of natural therapies with some of the best alternative health practitioners in the States today. This is a destination point for renewal not to be missed.”

For more information, visit

The Preferred Fragrance: Hermès
“Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil. Sparkling citrus notes grounded with deep woodsy notes. It never fails to get compliments.”

Available at Hermès

The Travel Bag: Natural Essentials
“Osea Ocean Cleanser is a gorgeous seaweed-based natural cleanser that leaves your skin smooth and hydrated. Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum is a three-for-one serum that clears dark circles, reduces puffiness, and acts as a concealer—perfect for travel! W3LL People Universalist is a fantastic natural makeup line with great pigments and chock-full of antioxidants. Gives your skin a wonderful glow.”

Available at Osea, Naturopathica, and W3ll People

The Foodie Favorites: On-the-Go Gourmet
“The Lunch Truck behind North Fork Table restaurant. My husband and I just moved to Orient on the North Fork of Long Island. This stop is for serious foodies—wear loose jeans. And lemon crepes at the Porte de Clignancourt flea market in Paris.”

For more information, visit The North Fork Table & Inn

The Shopping Temptation: Antiques
“Beall & Bell in Greenport, New York, has fabulous antiques priced affordably.”

430 Main Street, Greenport, (631) 477-8239

The Nail Spa: Her Sofa
“My husband does my pedicures. He’s surprisingly good and always funny.”

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