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Kombucha, More Than Just A Drink For Hippies


KOMBUCHA / (kam-boo-chuh) / n. / 1. / A fermented beverage that originated in China, in which a culture of yeast and other microorganisms is grown in a blend of tea and water, creating a nutrient-filled fizzy drink; / n. / 2. / A pungent liquid that smells of vinegar and has been imbibed for over 2,000
years for medicinal purposes that range from digestive issues to hair loss; / n. / 3. / a newfound cure-all for latter-day tree-huggers, with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits; / n. / 4./ A natural UV shield that, when applied topically, can minimize the visible signs of aging, tighten pores, and help create uniform skin tone; e.g., “Whether you drink it up or rub it in, kombucha is good for your body and skin.”

Try it: EmerginC Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser, $34,

Kombucha for Your Face


The first time I drank kombucha, I was pretty grossed out. The palate-jarring taste, the almost acidic smell, and don’t forget those random little chunks of fermentation floating around on the surface. But much like so many other things in life that I found initially unappealing—bras, bikini waxes, boys—I soon grew to love the odd-scented tea that boosts my energy and curbs my inevitable late-afternoon sugar cravings. So when I heard that kombucha would be taking center stage in emerginC’s new natural skincare line Scientific Organics, I was intrigued. After all, this is the brand that did amazing things for vitamin C (the emerginC Vitamin C Serum has been a wildly popular best seller since its 1996 release). And I’m happy to report that they’ve achieved similar amazingness with my beloved kombucha. The fermented tea happens to boast a lengthy list of skincare benefits: It’s a natural sun protector, skin-tone refiner, hydrator, and fine-line fighter; it features antibacterial and antioxidant properties; and it’s soothing for conditions like rosacea and eczema, to boot. It’s present in each of the five new Scientific Organics
products—our favorites being the gentle gel Kombucha Cleanser and the Phytocell Detox mask, which also uses grape stem cells, algae, and green clay. Definitely nothing here to be grossed out about.

emerginC Scientific Organics is available at

Twiggy Takes Her Wrinkles In Stride; The Fancification Of Drugstores Rages On; And More…


Twiggy is embracing a “getting old gracefully” mantra, publicly swearing off Botox while adhering to a time-tested skincare regimen that includes a “heavy, thick English cream” and “popping a packet of frozen peas” under her eyes to reduce bags. However, she does admit to being open to some youth-enhancing procedures, extreme Photoshopping, we gather, chief among them.[Stylelist]

As anyone who has been into a Duane Reade recently can attest, drugstores are upping their game. On-site makeup consultants, eyebrow bars, and niche product ranges are just a few of the things you can expect to find at your local purveyor of toothpaste and other such necessities. Fancy department stores, be afraid. [WSJ]

The beauty industry’s ever-growing green movement now mandates that it’s not only what’s on the inside that counts. Prepare yourself for a “sustainable packaging” onslaught, one that will hopefully include more of those boxes embedded with seeds that sprout when planted. Love them. [NYT]

File this under things that will likely be making its way to an infomercial near you soon: the “bumkini” is a bra for your posterior designed to be worn under pants to provide the kind of derriere that could’ve earned you a spot on the Prada Fall runway. Curves are in, don’t you know? [Daily Mail]

If the vinegar smell proliferating out of the bulk vats at the Whole Foods Market on Bowery hasn’t already tipped you off, fermented kombucha tea has become a wildly popular beverage to soothe what ails ya—from boosting your immune system to better digestion and everything in between. Never mind the fizzy sour taste. That’s how you know it’s working. [NYT]

Photo: Joel Ryan / AP Photo