8 posts tagged "Linda Rodin"
I’ve always thought of a bar of soap as this old-fashioned thing that sat on the side of my grandmother’s sink (she was faithful to a cake of Dove for decades), but Linda Rodin has changed my point of view. Her newly launched bath bar, like my grandma’s go-to, is simple and white—but the weightiness of this rectangle makes it feel especially luxe. After you lather up, it leaves behind the same delicate scent of jasmine and neroli as the brand’s cult-favorite face and body oils (Olio Lusso). And unlike most versions of this beauty classic, the glycerin and essential oils infused into the formula left my skin as hydrated and silky as the liquid wash I’ve been loyal to for years. When it comes to getting clean, I may be changing camps.
Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Linda Rodin, stylist and founder of Rodin
The Product: “I started wearing Le De Givenchy fragrance when I was about 18 years old. Up until that point I had worn L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, which was every girl’s fragrance in my high school in Roslyn, Long Island. Then, I became aware of Audrey Hepburn and everything changed. I found out that she wore a Givenchy fragrance—it was not Le De, but that’s what I found and I fell in love with it. It was by Givenchy and that was good enough for me! I have no idea how I afforded it at the time. I probably used up all my babysitting money. The bottle was so beautiful. It was very plain, just a tall rectangle with rounded shoulders and a gold top. The scent was light, fresh, airy, and evocative. It made me feel so chic, sophisticated, and grown up. I would watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s time after time and imagine that I smelled just like Audrey in that film. The fragrance [bottle] was discontinued, but I still have [one] from about 40 years ago that I’ve kept. When I open it—there is hardly any perfume inside—I get a flood of wonderful memories and a whiff of my youth.” —As told to Kari Molvar
By all accounts, Linda Rodin’s Olio Lusso is an undisputed hit. The jasmine-heavy, skin-quenching elixir that is a backstage staple amongst makeup artists and models has become a cult favorite since it launched in 2008—so much so that Rodin partnered with hair stylist Bob Recine on a version of the fluid for parched strands two years later. And while the former editor-turned-stylist and beauty entrepreneur is pretty happy with her homespun product, there is one thing about it that has always irked her. “When I was making the oils, I found the scent intoxicating, but it didn’t last.” Rodin recently got an opportunity to address this issue when she crossed paths with D.S. and Durga’s David and Kavi Moltz. “It was serendipity,” she says of her chance encounter with the perfumers, with whom she has partnered on a fragrance that has a similar scent composition to her beloved complexion booster. Comprised of 22 percent jasmine, you have to be a real lover of the sensual white flower to get into this flacon. But if you are, a delectable blend of neroli, bergamot, lily of the valley and musk is your reward in the form of a heavily concentrated formula—that lasts and lasts. Problem, solved.
$220, available May 1 at www.barneys.com.
Linda Rodin was having a rough moment last fall. The stylish skincare pro’s hands were intensely dry and chapped from the weather, and while she’d normally turn to her Rodin Olio Lusso face or body oil for her moisturizing needs, the former model was in the mood for something with a bit less slip. So, Rodin decided to concoct a new elixir to solve her dilemma. Introducing Rodin Crema, a rich hand and body cream that boasts the same blend of powerful moisturizers, healing agents, and antioxidants as her original Olio Lusso body oil, now formulated with a creamy base. The emollient texture makes it ideal for dabbing on dry areas like lips, cuticles, and legs—and since it sinks in quickly and leaves a soft but matte finish behind, there’s no stick factor, making pulling on a pair of jeans post-application a much easier experience. While the price tag might be a bit steep—$80 for a single tube—we found that a little goes a long way. One application in the morning kept our skin silky smooth all day long—no re-upping necessary.
Rodin Crema, $80, available mid-November at www.oliolusso.com.
In the case of the famous faces that makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift is known for tending to—like, say, supermodels Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr—the canvas is pretty phenomenal to begin with. But even those of us whose cheekbones don’t pay the bills can benefit from Swift’s beauty wisdom, much of which is gathered into the products she creates for her line, RMS Beauty. A few years back, Swift began experiencing health problems due to toxic levels of heavy metals in her blood, which were caused, as it turned out, by exposure to lots of nasty stuff in cosmetics over two decades as a makeup artist. And thus was born the idea for RMS Beauty, which is based entirely on pure, raw, and organic principles. For the uninitiated out there, we prescribe a combination of the “un” cover-up, Living Luminizer, and raw coconut cream; prepare to get hooked fast. Here, the avowed naturalist with the round-the-clock radiant complexion shares some of her own favorite beautifying people, places, and products.
The Morning Ritual: Organic Green Juice
“Every morning I get up and make four to six cups of my own organic green juice. No matter how tight my morning schedule may be, I’m sure to always do my juice. If I am away, I use a powder version by Health Force Nutritionals called Vitamineral Green.”
Available at Live Live, 261 East 10th St., NYC, (212) 505-5504, www.live-live.com.
The Beauty Routine
“I attribute my nice skin to never having used soap. My skin regime is raw coconut oil and a filtered water system (both shower and sink). I have now packaged the oil for my line RMS Beauty; it’s called Raw Coconut Cream. To this day it is one of my best sellers and is effective even for acne-prone skin due to its natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. I also use my far-infrared sauna at home to help detoxify the whole body.”
Available at www.rmsbeauty.com
The Facial: Ildi Pekar
“When I need to relax, nothing feels better than having a facial. I go to Ildi Pekar, who is genius. She has an abundance of knowledge and is doing some groundbreaking procedures with stem cell therapy.”
Ildi Pekar, 315 Madison Ave. #2600, NYC, (212) 682-6080.
The Doctor: Dr. Manganaro
“We all know that everything around us is getting more polluted (air, water, food), and our bodies are being over-burdened. Most of us just concentrate on the outsides of our bodies, but I also believe we need to concentrate on the inside. I try to eat as much raw food as possible (hard while shooting) and also go to Dr. Manganaro to get a complete inner-body overhaul by cleansing out toxins and heavy metals. It completely protects the system long term and nothing will make you feel better.”
Dr. Manganaro, Manhattan Advanced Medicine, 333 E. 57th St., Suite 1B, NYC, (212) 421-0886, www.manhattanadvancedmedicine.com
The Escape: The Bahamas
“I’m so very fortunate with my job to get to travel all over the world to some extremely unique locations, but nothing beats the pink sand, warm sun, and blue ocean of Harbor Island, in the Bahamas. I love to stay in my own private little bungalow at the Pink Sands Hotel—there’s no place better.”
Pink Sands Hotel, Bahamas, www.pinksandsresort.com
The Makeup: RMS Beauty and Shu Uemura
“Some people think makeup artists love to play with makeup, but for myself I’m a complete minimalist. I use my RMS Beauty “un” cover-up in #22 and #33 as a contour, and I never forget my Living Luminizer on my eyelids and cheekbones. If I’m feeling wild, I will use a Shu Uemura red lipstick and mascara.”
The Scent: Rodin Olio Lusso
“I like Linda Rodin’s Olio Lusso, which I add on my pulse points behind my ears and neck and on my wrists. Just that subtle hint of jasmine is so nice.”
Available at www.oliolusso.com
“My favorite places to eat in New York City are places that are organic or raw. My favorites are Pure Food & Wine and ABC Kitchen. I love the falafel from Pure Food & Wine and the crab toast at ABC Kitchen is a winner. Angelica’s Kitchen is another great, healthy place but more casual.”