5 posts tagged "Eminence Organics"
CLOUDBERRY (kloud-ber-ee)/ (n.)/ 1./ Scientific name rubus chameaermorus, and sometimes referred to as a knotberry or salmonberry, the herb that produces a golden-colored fruit grows wild in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe’s Nordic countries and northern parts of the United States and Canada. / 2./ Often found in mountainous areas, the plant is able to withstand extreme cold but suffers in very dry conditions. / 3./ Rich in vitamin C (four times more than an orange offers), they are an ancient natural remedy for protecting against scurvy and for treating urinary tract infections. / 4./ Their immune-boosting properties make cloudberries efficient wound healers, and they have also been found to help anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cardiovascular and kidney issues. / 5./ When ripe, the berries have a sweet flavor and are used in many traditional jams and other delicacies, as in Finland where leipajuusto sees them served warm with local cheese, cream, and sugar, or in lakkalikoori, a strong and sugary liqueur. / 6./ Packed with antioxidants, omegas, carotene, and vitamins, cloudberries are hugely beneficial for the skin, helping to nourish, strengthen, and combat the signs of aging; e.g., “Slather your cloudberries on buttered toast for a sweet fix or on your complexion for a radiance boost.”
Try it: Éminence Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System, $130, eminenceorganics.com
RED CURRANT/ (red cur-rant)/ n. / 1. Scientific name ribes rubrum, it is a fast-growing deciduous shrub with pendulous chains of scarlet fruit; / 2. Part of the gooseberry family and native to Western Europe, the fruit earned the name currant in 1550 because of its resemblance to the dried currants (raisins made with seedless grapes) of Greece; / 3. With a bright, tart flavor, the miniature berries have a myriad of culinary uses and can be sprinkled raw on salads, baked into cakes and various other sweets, and made into a jelly, a common accompaniment for venison and lamb dishes; / 4. The red currant’s high vitamin C and anthocyanins content qualify it as a superfruit, making it a rich source of antioxidants; / 5. Topically, red currant works to protect skin cells from free radicals, reduce inflammation, enhance exfoliation efficacy, and promote collagen production, e.g., “Bake a sweet custard torte and renew and rejuvenate your skin with red currant.”
Try it: Éminence Organics Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, $38, available September 1 at eminenceorganics.com.
NUTMEG / (nut-meg) / n. / 1. The seed from the fruit of the evergreen Myristica fragrans tree that is indigenous to Indonesia; / n. / 2. / An essential oil believed to be an aphrodisiac by Islamic scholars and used to enhance men’s virility in traditional Chinese medicine; / n. / 3. / An aromatic spice referred to as jaiphal in India, where it is frequently employed in dessert recipes; / n. / 4. / An antioxidant-rich skin-tightening and -lightening agent, e.g., “For a youthful complexion—and a good time—call on nutmeg.”
Try It: Eminence Organics Monoi Age Corrective Night Body Cream with Nutmeg Seed, visit www.us.eminenceorganics.com for spas.
If Joanna Vargas told me to rub marshmallow Fluff all over my face to revitalize my skin, I would do it—and why wouldn’t I? Every facial treatment or bit of skincare advice I’ve ever gotten from the naturally minded, New York-based facialist has been pure gold. So when Vargas first introduced me to Eminence Organics, the green skincare line from Hungary that has been around since 1958, I quickly got hooked on products like its Tomato Sun Cream, Strawberry Rhubarb Exfoliant, and Probiotic Masque. As of this month, there are two new items in its already massive cache for me, er, you to enjoy. Both are centered around recovery and rejuvenation, which is fitting considering many of us are struggling with the drying winter weather (and the maleffects of post-holiday indulgence): The Herbal Recovery Oil is a rich, hydrating concoction of ylang ylang, clary sage, and olive oils that I’ve been slathering on at night for renewing effects in the morning, and the Cornflower Recovery Serum, which is bolstered by sea buckthorn and chamomile extracts, is soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, and lightweight enough for everyday wear. I’ve been using them in tandem with the hope that together, they will help me ride out the rest of winter 2012 and its fluctuating temperatures. So far, so good.
Eminence Organic Herbal Recovery Oil, $76, and Cornflower Recovery Serum, $58, www.eminenceorganics.com.
We first fell in love with Eminence Organics back in 2006. A green-leaning girlfriend was introduced to the Hungarian natural skincare brand at a Brooklyn spa and proceeded to buy the lot of it for personal use. A few at-home masking parties followed (a highly recommended pastime, btw), at which we discovered all of the company’s standout offerings. Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer, anyone? This month, the brand is launching its Zero Gravity collection, a four-piece range dedicated to plumping, lifting, and tightening, using vitamin-rich fruits, vegetables, and herbs hand-mixed in small batches. Each product contains the patented Zirhafirm complex—a maral root and wild jujube tincture that restructures saggy skin to make it upwardly mobile once again, along with a selection of nutrient-laced botanicals. While the Key Lime Vanilla Age-Defying Masque and Citron Age-Defying Massage Soufflé sound delectable, it’s the Persimmon & Cantaloupe Day Cream SPF 32 and the Jasmine Tangerine Age-Defying Night Cream that we’re enjoying most. The former packs the vitamin A-rich power of persimmon juice and the gentle exfoliating properties of cantaloupe, while the latter utilizes tangerine’s antioxidants and the carotenoids in jasmine petals to repair and nourish the skin while you sleep. The Day Cream is also formulated with the UV-blocking power of zinc oxide—which (surprise!) doesn’t leave a white cast behind but does defend your complexion against the sun’s damaging rays—so you can hydrate and protect in one fell swipe.