4 posts tagged "Histoires de Parfums"
It could be said that Indie Lee’s eponymous natural beauty brand is an actual brainchild—the idea for it was born after Lee underwent brain surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor. More aware than ever of the dangerous effects of environmental toxins on the body, she was determined after recovering to create a sophisticated, entirely natural beauty line. Thus was born Indie Lee. First launched in 2010, the company got a very elegant makeover in early 2013. And the products—we are particularly fond of the Blemish Lotion, Brightening Cleanser, and Squalane Facial Cream—are definitely beautiful inside and out. Here, the inspiring woman behind the brand shares some of her own beauty, style, and relaxation go-tos.
THE SPA DESTINATION: Las Vegas
“While I don’t gamble, I do love Las Vegas. To be more specific, I love the Encore Spa at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel. I’m happy to go enjoy a number of treatments, hike at Red Rock Canyon and…then enjoy some more treatments poolside!”
THE HOMEBASE SPA: La Vie Zen Day Spa
“La Vie Zen Spa in New York is like heaven. The atmosphere is so relaxing, and the space just got a mini facelift after two sons took it over to pay homage to their mother, who loved and ran the spa for many years. You wouldn’t even believe it is in midtown once you walk in and realize how serene it is.”
THE DESIGNER FAVORITES
“My favorite has to be Tory Burch. With such classic and feminine designs, her line is just perfect. It’s so easy to look effortlessly chic when you have her clothes on.
Then, when I am looking for something whimsical yet wearable, I’ll stop into Cynthia Rowley.”
THE GOURMET ADDRESS: Plum Plums
“As far as food goes, I love to shop at local farmers’ markets when in season, and I also have a greenhouse just outside of Indie Lee Inc., where I grow different items seasonally, both for skincare and for nourishment. My favorite shop is a gourmet cheese store called Plum Plums, in Pound Ridge, New York. I can spend a half hour at the counter talking about and tasting different cheeses. The owners, Audrey and Adam, are just a delight.”
“I spent many years traveling when I worked in finance. Paris is a favorite spot of mine; I always come home truly inspired by the culture and the fashion. We’re expanding internationally in 2014, and I can’t wait to get back. I also love to ski, so Aspen is another favorite. Book me a suite at the Viceroy, Snowmass, and I’m a very happy woman.”
THE HAIR HELPERS: Cutler Soho
“Hands down, I’m a Cutler Soho gal. I have been going to Rachel for highlights and Heather for haircuts for about four years. I can’t imagine going anywhere else.”
THE OUT-OF-TOWN APOTHECARIES
“LUX Beauty Boutique in Edmonton, Canada, is such a gem of a shopping spot. The international selection of brands and products is great for beauty junkies searching for a hard-to-find item or advice on something new to try. And Love You Inc. in Southlake, Texas, carries amazing natural and organic skincare lines as well as organic lifestyle products.”
THE SKINCARE ROUTINE
“I get asked this question all the time, and the truth is I really only use Indie Lee products. Every day I start off with the Brightening Cleanser to remove any impurities left over from the night before. I follow this with the CoQ10 Toner to seal my pores, and Squalane Facial Oil to keep my skin smooth and hydrated. I finish my routine with the Swiss Apple Facial Serum and Calendula Eye Balm to fight off those dreaded wrinkles. Both of these products are packed with antiaging ingredients and really give you an amazing glow.”
“I’m not a huge fragrance gal…not to be a bummer, but most fragrances typically contain phthalates, a known hormone disrupter. If I do indulge in a little spritz (and only on my clothes), I use Histoires de Parfums 1804; I love the hint of grapefruit. I also use the Patchouli Sandalwood Moisturizing Body Oil from my line. The smooth texture doesn’t leave any residue and the scent is subtle and earthy.”
THE MAKEUP MUSTS
“I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I do not leave the house without Ilia mascara and Sephora waterproof eyeliner; it’s the only thing that lasts on me. Recently, I’ve developed a love of lipstick. You can usually find three in my bag on any given day. Among the naturals, I love Ilia because it has great staying power and is moisturizing. For the non-naturals (yes, I do use them), I adore YSL lip products. And I’m absolutely obsessed with the new collection of Wayne Goss makeup brushes; the bristles are super soft and the entire set is worth the price tag.”
THE NATURAL FOR NAILS: LVX
“I absolutely love LVX nail polish. The formulation is extremely smooth, making it ideal for a perfect at-home manicure. Each season, [the company] comes out with a new set of trendy colors, and they are certified vegan and cruelty free.”
“What if wearing perfume became a call for action?” was a question Gérald Ghislain, creator of Histoires de Parfums, proposed. To find an answer, he created 1,000 bottles of a unisex blend, Make Perfume Not War, featuring zingy fruits (like lemon, orange, grapefruit, and bergamot), fresh flowers (such as lilac, cyclamen, and freesia), and a base of warm vanilla, white musk, and tonka bean, that will raise $50,000 for children’s charities around the globe. And similar to how an eau adapts to its wearer, $50 from each flacon sold goes to the cause of your choice—whether it be to support the arts, education, health, play, or technology. Come November 20, Universal Children’s Day, an auction of the first and last fragrance in the series will take place at both the Histoires de Parfums flagship in Paris (where a pop-up installation is currently on display through December) and online to raise additional funds. Talk about the power of scent.
Of the haves and have-nots, the new fragrance by Histoires de Parfums falls squarely into the latter category. While some perfumes’ inspiration boards are a bit, shall we say, abstract, this one couldn’t be clearer: It is an homage, an olfactory one at least, to Ernest Hemingway (the name, his birth year:1899). And not just Hemingway, the great intellectual, but also Hemingway, the adventurer and world traveler. For perfumer Gérald Ghislain, that meant a medley of Mediterranean notes—Italian bergamot, Florentine iris, juniper, orange blossom—that trailed the various places the late, great writer traveled. All of it drying down to a warm, sweet base of amber, vanilla, and vetiver. Would Hemingway himself have ever worn it? Seems improbable—but we like to imagine that the woman he found irresistible would have.
1899: An Homage to Hemingway, $125; histoiresdeparfums.com.
A rousing performance in fragrance, Histoires de Parfums’ latest release is poised to usher in some revelry in the New Year. Named after Paris’ famed Olympia Music Hall concert venue, the “electrifying” multilayered citrus scent pays tribute to the building’s iconic neon red façade, which was built in 1954 by Bruno Coquatrix. As with each offering in the Histoires de Parfums library, this one aims to “tell beautiful stories that are read through the skin,” says the fragrance house’s creator Gérald Ghislain—which works particularly well here, as the eau’s namesake destination isn’t lacking in anecdotes: Over the years, the theater’s red curtains have been pulled back to introduce iconic performers like The Beatles, David Bowie, and, more recently, Lady Gaga. The pulsating energy of being in a crowd dually inspired the invigorating unisex blend that’s composed in three parts: There are the “opening chords” of orange, bergamot, lemon, and mandarin; the “center chords” of pink berries, black pepper, and soft florals; and the “bass chords” of blond wood, patchouli (a note forever associated with band groupies), spices, and a subtle hit of white musk. When combined in the bottle, each ingredient is meant to play off the others, resulting in a hypnotic riff suitable for spritzing on day or night, depending on which side of the sunrise you end up on.