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5 posts tagged "Klorane"

Klorane’s First Date

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klorane-shampooDESERT DATE (de-zert dait)/ n./ 1. Scientific name balanites aegyptiaca, the spiny tree is also commonly known as a soapberry, Thron, Egyptian balsam, and desert date tree; / 2./ Prevalent in Africa’s Sahel-Savannah region, it has been cultivated since ancient times and has a life span of up to a century; / 3./ The tree is especially hardy, able to withstand the harsh and extremely dry desert climes, and produces small bitter yellow fruits; / 4./ Medicinally, the date’s oil has been used to treat headaches, asthma, fever, liver, and stomach issues; / 5./ Since the oil is extracted from a tree able to survive the most extreme weather conditions, it has intense hydrating and regenerating properties for the skin and hair; e.g. “Replenish even the most arid, bone-dry strands with desert date.”

Try it: Klorane Shampoo with Desert Date, $13, www.kloraneusa.com

Photo: Courtesy of Klorane

The Cleansing Waters Are Rising

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Last year, I did something revolutionary with my skincare routine: I stopped using soap and water to clean my face. Motivated by the theory that a lot of cleansers strip your skin of necessary oils and that tap water leaves behind trace minerals that can cause dryness and irritation, I kicked my daily cleanser to the curb in favor of—wait for it—cleansing water. The dirt-removing no-rinse washes that double as makeup removers and toners are not news to anyone who has spent a lot of time in Paris, where Bioderma’s Solution Micellaire Créaline TS H20 is king. Somehow, despite its popularity, Bioderma is not distributed on this side of the pond, but cleansing waters are gaining steam stateside thanks in large part to their prevalence backstage during fashion week. Makeup artists like James Kaliardos and Lucia Pieroni always have a bottle of the gentle, skin-purifying and -softening liquid at their respective stations, and the more they use it to refresh models’ travel-weary skin in between shows, the more said models adopt it as a regular part of their own regimens. Most Parisian pharmacy brands, like Klorane and Avene, count cleansing waters as an essential part of their product lineup, and now bigger American brands are following suit. Introducing NARS Makeup Removing Water. A soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free liquid, the lightly scented, cucumber-infused elixir sweeps away impurities without having to use abrasive scrubs or cloths. The brand recommends following the splash with a cleanser, although in my experience, a few cotton pads soaked with the fluid alone should do you right. (Editor’s note: If you’re feeling particularly grimy or are partial to wearing particularly heavy makeup, wash with a gentle cleanser at night and revert to a cleansing water-only regimen when you wake up in the morning.)

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics

Magnolia Leaf Wax, On; Dull, Dehydrated Hair, Off

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MAGNOLIA LEAF WAX / (mag-no-lee-ya leef waks) / n. / 1. / The hydrolipidic film on the foliage of Magnolia macrophylla, a deciduous tree that is native to the Southeastern United States, parts of Southern Europe and Southeastern Asia; / n. / 2. / A thin, transparent shield that protects dark green, heart-shaped leaves from external aggressors like extreme weather, dehydration, and UV damage; / n. / 3. / Possessing light-reflecting properties to boost shine and seal cuticles when applied to hair, e.g., “Add radiance to dull, dry locks with magnolia leaf wax.”


Klorane Conditioner with Magnolia Wax, $14, available beginning November 1 at select Duane Reade locations.

Photo: Courtesy of Klorane

Cleansing Waters: Even Salma Hayek Uses Them

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On a recent Thursday afternoon, we had the pleasure of having lunch with Salma Hayek to talk Nuance, her new skin, hair, and makeup range for CVS. Hayek, who for the record has an impeccable—and Botox-free—complexion (“don’t think I have not been tempted, but I have done nothing,” she insists), is incredibly passionate about the range, which is rolling out to the drugstore chain this month. “I didn’t do a lot of market research,” she said of the 100-piece line. “This is just what I have found that works,” including tepezcohuite, a tree bark native to southern Mexico and Brazil that regenerates red blood cells and acts as a seriously potent antiaging agent. The extract was a favorite of her grandmother, a cosmetologist who frequently shared her DIY beauty secrets with Salma. What we found most interesting about Hayek’s musings on gloss (“I’m not much of a lip glosser),” tips (“the most important thing you can do is wash your face at night”), and equal-opportunity age defying (“it shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right”) was the fact that the self-proclaimed beauty junkie doesn’t wash her face with soap in the morning. The fact that soaps can be stripping and drying, two things that can inadvertently age your skin, isn’t news—which is presumably why the Cleansing Water movement is gaining steam stateside. Part makeup remover, part toner, these no-rinse hydrating fluids are popular in Europe and are a great way to refresh your skin in the morning without being abrasive. They also happen to be a favorite with backstage regulars. “They’re moisturizing,” makeup artist James Kaliardos said yesterday at Diane von Furstenberg (more on that in
a bit). Kaliardos prepped model’s complexions with Klorane’s Soothing Makeup Remover
with Cornflower
. “Avene makes a good one, too,” he said—as does Bioderma. Its Solution Micellaire Créaline TS H20 starts showing up once the collections move to Milan and Paris, as it’s only available across the pond. You’ll have a few more stateside options soon, though. “I’ve got something coming out,” promises Hayek, who recommends an at-home remedy in the meantime: Mix one part rose or lavender essential oil with one part soy powder and two parts water. Shake and apply to a cotton pad; store in the refrigerator.

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Klorane Takes It All Off

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Is makeup remover something to get excited about? Some would say no. But for others, happening upon a remover that is soothing, non-irritating, and effective at eliminating any trace of even the most stubborn makeup (three words: fuchsia lip stain), is a joyous occasion indeed. Chic French pharmacopeia brand Klorane has been making what is, in our humble opinion, the best eye makeup remover for over thirty years, and now (at last!) they have tweaked the formula to work the same magic on the face. Arriving at beauty.com on August 1, Klorane’s new Soothing Make-Up Remover Water stars the same cornflower extract—prized for its ability to calm, purify, and decongest—as its predecessor in a six-ingredient formula that is paraben, alcohol, and fragrance-free. Besides serving as a reliable cosmetics dissolver, it also cleanses and tones the skin, and since the base is water, not oil, you won’t feel the need to rinse afterward, which makes this the perfect panacea for those nights when general grogginess or slight drunkenness simply won’t allow for more than one skin-cleansing step. (You know exactly what we mean.)

Photo: Courtesy of Klorane