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THE 411: Naturopathica’s Barbara Close


Barbara_resizeViewing the kitchen as a modern-day apothecary—full of natural, from-the-earth ingredients that can heal the skin and restore the body—is a concept that Barbara Close got behind early on, when she founded her healing-arts center in East Hampton, New York, more than fifteen years ago. Trained as an herbalist and clinical aesthetician, Close subscribes to the back-to-basics philosophy that most ailments, everything from muscle aches to migraines, can be cured with ancient, forever-ago cures and good clean living. “Nature always provides deep replenishment,” she says. “A walk in the woods or a swim in the ocean un-tethers the mind and rejuvenates the senses.” So when she launched Naturopathica in 1995, it was as much about putting forth a collection of high-performance products that fused plants with science as it was developing a mind-body treatment spa where those formulations could be put into rotation. Now Close’s signature blue bottles and transformative spa are mainstays among the holistic-minded—so much so that she opened a second branch of the spa this summer for guests of the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. Here, the Long Island resident, who lives on the outermost tip in Orient, shares her favorite natural-leaning discoveries.

The Skincare Hero: Plant Stem Cells
“Our Plant Stem Cell Serum, which is the featured product of our Natural Face Lift Facial, is a super-concentrated dose of extracts designed to prevent the breakdown of collagen. We use this serum with ultrasonic and micro-current technology, and the results—plumper, firmer skin—are immediate.”

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The Dermatologist: A Trusted Local
“I go see Dr. Hennessey, my dermatologist, once a year. He looks over my skin for the better part of an hour, searching for any suspicious moles. I’ve had several friends who have had skin cancer, and this is the most important skincare appointment you can make.”

Hennessey Dermatology, 386 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, (631) 537-6020

The Personal Trainer: A Four-Legged Friend
“My horse, Wallace. I’m not great with any type of organized training program. I think fitness should be about having fun. I ride to the beach and gallop along the water.”

The Healer: Judy Gee
“She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbologist, and she’s an amazing practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine in NYC. She is my quick fix when my neck goes out or I need to reset my digestive clock from too much excess.”

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Naturopathica Serves Up An Ace


In the spirit of Wimbledon, I’ve been playing more tennis on the courts near my apartment. While I won’t be breaking records like Serena Williams anytime soon (13 Grand Slam singles titles!), I have been dealing with some pro-muscle soreness. To soothe the aches and pains, I’ve been taking lots of steamy showers and liberally applying Naturopathica’s Arnica Muscle Gel, a minty wonder from the Eco-certified holistic skin and body care range created by natural beauty pioneer Barbara Close (cousin of Glenn). The gel contains an organic blend of arnica, cooling menthol, and body-repairing magnesium to help dissolve stiffness in overworked muscles. It functions a bit like Bengay, but unlike that thick sports cream, this has a lightweight texture that absorbs easily without leaving a sticky residue or toothpaste-like aroma on your skin. I like to rub it into my quads, calves, and forearms, and then beg my fiancé to do my back and shoulders. If you don’t have an S.O. or personal trainer to take on those duties, treat yourself to the Body Melt Back Therapy service at Naturopathica’s Holistic Health Spa in East Hampton. An aesthetician works generous amounts of Arnica Muscle Gel into sore spots, using various massage techniques and warm towels to release tension and undo knots before finishing up with an added bonus scalp massage.

Photo: Courtesy of Naturopathica

Checking In At Merge, The Anti-Hotel Spa


When pampering impresario Margaret Lora was tapped to create the new Merge Spa at the Hilton hotel in midtown, she knew what it wouldn’t be: a “lone hotel spa on the eighth floor.” Instead, Lora, the former director of the revered Ajune Spa, positioned the 4,5000-square-foot relaxation destination on the ground floor—with its own entrance—to give it its own identity. Her next order of business was to strip away the bland hotel decor, wrapping the interior in dark wood, edging the rooms with low-lying leather furniture, and injecting a few measured splashes of lavender and sage here and there. The spa takes its name from its ethos, the “merging of science and nature,” and its menu is designed for the modern breed of sybarite who not only wants the latest wrinkle-fighting gizmo, but also the simplicity of a paraben-free night cream. Symbols on the menu cleverly indicate if a particular service is more science-driven (a chemical peel with high-tech Skinceuticals products, say), nature-oriented (an aromatherapy massage with pure Naturopathica oils), or a combination of both. Its Ultimate Merge Facial is an impressive mash-up that features the reparative powers of a highly trained dermatologist and Mother Nature. The 90-minute skin overhaul begins with a plant-based mask, followed by a round of orbital dermabrasion to exfoliate away dead cells. LED light therapy combined with microcurrent stimulation to hydrate and plump the skin from within completes the experience. Next week, Lora will unveil the spa’s summer menu, which features beauty services like glycolic pedicures, scalp treatments to cleanse salt- and chlorine-drenched strands, and bikini grooming with six different types of wax to choose from. Extraneous hairs, beware.

Photo: Courtesy of Merge Spa

A Skin Saver For Booze Hounds


KUDZU / (koohd-zoo) / n. / 1. Also known as Pueraria lobata, a coarse, high-climbing perennial vine with a huge root native to Eastern Asia, covering parts of southern Japan and southeast China; / n. / 2. Considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, with a host of remedial properties, including an ability to curb alcoholism and cure hangovers; / n. / 3. A plant extract that assists in the production of amino acids, which guard against the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, e.g., “Put the bottle down and reduce the visible signs of aging with kudzu.”

Try it: Naturopathica Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex with Kudzu, $58,

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