9 posts tagged "Linda Rodin"
Skincare oil maven Linda Rodin proved her fragrance chops back in 2012, when she released Rodin Olio Lusso, a heady, jasmine-laden number created alongside Brooklyn favorites D.S. & Durga. Now the silver-haired style star (who recently posed for The Row’s Pre-Fall lookbook) aims to do it again with a second scent, Bis. An homage to Rodin’s mother, it’s a blend of another era, and shares plenty of DNA with classic, “big” floral perfumes of the mid-20th century. Bis is unapologetically feminine but decidedly comforting and unfussy—a pared-back answer to its predecessors. Sparkling bergamot and lemon top notes give way to a slightly powdery, delicate heart of orris, jasmine, rose de mai, and green violets, before dissolving into a sheer, cashmere-like base of ambergris, white musk, and creamy tonka. While Rodin may have had Mom in mind, I was hard-pressed not to think of Grace Kelly (cliché though it may be), recumbent on some exotic shore. And that’s no sophomore slump.
Available in May, Rodin Bis, $290; oliolusso.com
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.