A great many have already embraced the haircare gospel of Phylia de M.—the all-natural line created by Kazu Namise—which promises, in three easy steps (Clean, Condition, and Connect, a much-lauded leave-in treatment), to grow thicker, shinier, healthier hair. The body-boosting formula owes its magic to a combination of aloe, tannic acid, and—the real hero—fulvic acid, which was created by Namise’s godfather, Japanese oncologist Dick Miyayama. And it’s the latter that is front and center in Phylia de M.’s latest concoction, Fulphyl, an ingestible blend that stimulates cell regeneration and removes free radicals and toxins—and already has its own set of fans: Jessica Stam recently tweeted that she’s relying on it to regrow her hair. But, besides doing a lot of good from the inside out for your hair and beyond, Namise claims Fulphyl is also quite the multitasker, which, considering the hefty price tag ($220; phylia.com), is particularly good news. Here, three more ways to get your Fulphyl fill.
Drink Up: Because Fulphyl effectively mobilizes nutrients and vitamins into your cells, the best way to take it is to mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons with any of your favorite recipes, from pressed juices to smoothies, soups, or salad dressings. Namise’s favorite Fulphyl cocktail is:
8 oz. pH9 water
10 drops liquid chlorophyll
1/2 organic lemon, squeezed
1 tablespoon of Fulphyl
Make Your Garden Grow: Mix 10 milliliters of Fulphyl with a liter of water, and water your herb or plant garden. This allows for a greater humic process in the soil, which will make for more nutrient-rich and heavy-metal-free soil and plants. And that also makes the harvest more delicious!
Breathe Easy: Put a few drops into your humidifier to combat air pollutants and radiation.
With a blizzard en route to the Big Apple, I can think of no better way to capitalize on a day at the “home office” (i.e., my couch) than exfoliating the effects of an already bitter-cold winter while I work. Instead of physically scrubbing with a battery-operated spin brush, or sloughing away dry patches via harsh chemicals (found in many face peels), Marie Veronique Organics takes a more natural approach—employing a combo of lactic acid, avocado butter, and astaxanthin (a red pond algae hailing from Hawaii that is said to be the most powerful antioxidant on the planet) in its Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask. This jasmine-scented gel formula, left on for two to five minutes depending on your skin’s sensitivity, leaves the complexion smooth and hydrated—not stripped or red. Good news, considering that I’ll likely have to face the great outdoors come Monday…and I’d like to brave the streets sans knitted ski mask.
Skin that looked vibrant, nourished, and healthy three months ago has likely declined into sallow, temperamental, and bone-dry territory. And while the side effects of winter are far from pretty, this cold-weather season is the perfect time to press the reset button on your complexion. Arriving just in time to salvage an abused dermis are two new launches from May Lindstrom, a line of “earth positive” products housed in noncrunchy, sleek black packaging. The Honey Mud, a puddinglike cleanser/mask combo, uses raw honey (which boasts antimicrobial properties), white halloysite clay, and witch hazel to gently draw out impurities. To replace moisture usurped by an overheated office or a weekend spent on the slopes, try The Blue Cocoon—a sweet-smelling balm that relieves irritation with one of the formula’s star ingredients: blue tansy oil. Used to treat everything from burns to muscle aches, this azure-colored elixir is also said to have aromatherapeutic benefits, helping to induce relaxation and ease stress. And who doesn’t need a little bit of that during this hectic holiday season?
The Honey Mud, $80, The Blue Cocoon, $160; maylindstrom.com.
What’s really in your skin care? Such was the question that Valérie Grandury began asking herself after a bout with breast cancer left her rethinking the toxic ingredients that inadvertently lined her shelves and stocked her medicine cabinet. In her subsequent quest to create both good-for-you products that actually worked, Odacité was born. To take her plight a step beyond detoxification and into restoration, she recently launched Pure Elements, a set of eighteen serum concentrates derived from cold-pressed seeds that essentially wear their hearts on their sleeves—displaying the ingredients along with their origins and benefits. While deciphering the “origin number” that is printed to the right of the label requires a bit of decoding (each number and letter correlates to the cultivation and extraction methods, as well as the continent and country from which the ingredient came from), the brand’s transparency is admirable. And treating multiple complexion issues—ranging from fine lines to blemishes—is just like creating a cocktail: You choose the ingredients that target the problems you want to fix. (For example: black cumin and cajeput act like an antiseptic to treat pimples, while jojoba and lavender clear clogged pores—a double whammy). In other words, you get everything you want and nothing that you don’t. Plus, the medicinal-grade violet glass bottles make you feel like your own skin scientist. Getting an A in biology just got a little easier.
Pure Elements range from $27 to $62, www.odacite.com