April 18 2014

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Brad’s Berries? In a Word, Sublime


brad-berriesRASPBERRY SEED OIL/ (raz-ber-ee seed oil)/ n./ 1: The edible fruit comes from a shrub that is part of the family rosaceae and genus Rubus, or the rose family, and is now cultivated all over the world;/ 2: The sweet berries are a significant source of fiber and antioxidants, and rich in vitamins A, C, and E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids;/ 3: The oil derived from their seeds is being studied as a treatment for obesity, since their compound rheosmin has been found to speed up metabolism;/ 4: Their anti-inflammatory phytonutrients are also believed to have anticancer benefits;/ 5: Raspberry seed oil is prized for its highly moisturizing properties; can protect the skin from damage caused by UVB radiation; and, because it is rich in alpha linolenic acid, can be effective in treating inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis; e.g., “Sprinkle the berries on your morning yogurt and use the oil to create a protective moisturizing barrier for the skin.”

Try it: Brad Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Radiance Concentrate, $125,

Oribe’s Plum Role


oribe-cropMIRABELLE PLUM (mir-uh-bel pluhm)/ n./ 1./ Also known as the Mirabelle prune, or prunus domestica, it is a small, oval, sunshine-colored fruit with a sweet taste./ 2./ Cultivated in various parts of Europe, it is especially prevalent in the Lorraine region of northeastern France, which produces around 70 percent of the global harvest./ 3./ Collected in August and September, the delicate fruit is eaten fresh; fermented for brandy and wine; and used to make jams, pies, and the famous French tarte aux mirabelles./ 4./ Naturally rich in unsaturated fatty acids, the plum’s oil has an emollient and softening effect on skin and hair—e.g., “Bake it into a tart or comb it into hair to nourish and restore shine.”

Try it: Oribe Intense Conditioner for Moisture & Control, $48;

Photo: Courtesy of Oribe

Off the (Daisy) Chain


loccitaneBELLIS PERENNIS (bel-is pe-ren-nis ) / n./ 1./ Most commonly known as the English or lawn daisy, the flower can grow in temperate climates all over the world. / 2./ Historically it has had many homeopathic uses: The Roman empire treated battle wounds with the juice of the flower, while a tea from the petals was thought to be an antidote to gastrointestinal and respiratory problems in traditional Austrian medicine. / 3./ Considered the flower of youth, purity, and innocence, daisies have been used by children and hippies alike to create chains and wreaths by connecting a stem with the base of another flower. / 4./ Topically, the flower helps even skin tone by lightening dark spots and boosting radiance—e.g., “Brighten last summer’s sun exposure sins—and your mood—with bellis perennis.”

Try it: Available February 19, L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence, $70;

Photo: Courtesy of L’Occitane

Jurlique Provides Some Winter Relief



CALENDULA (kuh-len-juh-luh) / n./ 1./ Most commonly known as the marigold, this perennial plant is a member of the daisy family and can be found throughout the world, from southwestern Asia to the Mediterranean. / 2./ Traditionally, it was used as a medicinal herb to treat wounds, cramps, and constipation. / 3./ The petals of this flower are edible and make a colorful topping to your salad. Dried, it can be used in lieu of saffron or as a colorant for cheese. / 4./ Topically, this ingredient helps relieve redness and soothe sensitive skin—e.g., “Counteract the complexion-ravaging effects of a Polar Vortex with calendula.”

Try it: Jurlique Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream, $46;

I Scream, You Scream, Our Skin Screams for Squalane


Peter-Thomas-Roth-cropSQUALANE (skwey-lane) / n./ 1. A colorless liquid and natural antioxidant found in human sebum that keeps skin supple and protected from environmental aggressors; / 2./ With high concentrations of this lipid located in the liver of deep-sea sharks, this species of fish has been hunted for centuries to be used in remedies for wounds, digestive problems, and skin diseases; / 3./ Today, it is more commonly extracted from rice bran, wheat germ, olives, and sugarcane and used as an emollient in cosmetics; / 4./ Squalane production in people peaks at about age 25, but applying it topically can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, soften dry spots, and boost cell regeneration. Bonus: Since it is already part of the body’s lipid barrier, this ingredient readily absorbs without leaving a greasy residue behind e.g., “Soothe an arid complexion—minus the slippery side effects—with squalane.”

Try it: Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100 Perfect Purified Squalane, $38;

Photo: Courtesy of Peter Thomas Roth