4 posts tagged "Nuxe"
Long before botanical oils became everyday staples in pharmacies, Aliza Jabès, founder of the French skincare brand Nuxe, had the brilliant idea to blend together six different essential oils—sweet almond, camellia, and hazelnut, among them—into one fantastic dry formula. Called Huile Prodigieuse, the rare, multipurpose elixir made its debut in the early nineties, and quickly became a cultish favorite among Europeans who religiously dabbed it on their faces, bodies, and even hair for a restorative fix. The fact that the oil smelled heavenly—like freshly picked florals and juicy fruits—also added to the appeal, as the concoction climbed the ranks to become an international beauty best seller. Which is why twenty years later, Jabès decided to bottle the scent as a stand-alone fragrance. “When I launched the oil, I just wanted it to smell delicious. I wanted it to smell like summer. That was my brief to the perfumer,” she says. So naturally, Jabès tapped that same nose, Serge Majoullier, to design this matching eau. But surprisingly, the task proved more difficult than she anticipated. “Using the exact same ingredients in the oil didn’t work—the scent didn’t smell the same without the oil base,” she explains. So instead, Majoullier had to reinvent the essence of the original with a new cast of ingredients. “He took a lot of mineral-based notes, such as bergamot, but used very little orange blossom, where in the oil he had a lot. Then he worked in more citrus head notes with mandarin and added new florals, like gardenia,” she says. The resulting blend, Prodigieux le Parfum, captures the spirit of its predecessor but with an effortless, relaxed air that doesn’t reveal any of the tinkering involved in its creation. In other words: It’s destined to be another French classic.
The cult of French pharmacy skincare product devotees is already vast and continually growing its ranks, thanks to the pioneering ways of many a makeup artist, model, and editor singing the products’ praises back home. Thus, items like Créaline cleanser, the watery wonder that removes all traces of makeup; Avibon, a.k.a. Retin-A light; and the dense, intensely hydrating Embryolisse Miracle Cream have gained favor far beyond their French birthplace. And chief among the favorite pharmacy exports, Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse, a dry oil with a multitude of purposes: part face moisturizer, part hair smoother, part body glow inducer. Though Nuxe, the two-decade-old natural skincare line founded by Aliza Jabès in the early nineties, has plenty more goodness for beauty Francophiles to appreciate, the oil remains the hero. Here, the woman who dreamed up Nuxe shares some of her own beauty favorites just in time for Paris fashion week.
THE MANI MECCA: OPI Nail Bar
“I always go to the OPI Nail Bar in the famous and so chic French department store Le Bon Marché. They are the best. I love Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow for my pedicure, and Essie Mademoiselle or Chanel beige 515 for my manicure.”
Nail Bar OPI at Le Bon Marché, 24 rue de Sèvres, www.lebonmarche.com.
THE MASSAGE: Spa Nuxe
“When I need to feel deeply relaxed, body and mind, I go for a Watsu session in the pool of our Spa Nuxe. It’s a unique experience based on the therapeutic properties of hot water and Shiatsu massage, all while [submerged]. And the luxurious spa, located in the historic center of Paris, is the ideal place to escape after a busy day.”
Spa NUXE, 32-34 rue Montorgueil, www.nuxe.com/spa-nuxe-32-34-montorgueil.
THE GROCERY SPOT: Naturalia
“I’ve always preferred a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, cereals, and seeds, so my favorite place to shop is Naturalia. I love to [peruse] their large selection of organic products.”
Naturalia, 11 rue Montorgueil, www.naturalia.fr.
THE COIFF PRESERVER: Leonor Greyl
“I like going to the Leonor Greyl Institute for their personalized and tailor-made treatments like the Hair Spa. They use natural formulas and relaxing techniques that help restore natural beauty and health to my hair in just one hour.”
Leonor Greyl Institute, 15 rue Tronchet, www.leonorgreyl.com.
THE DE-STRESS DESTINATION: Corsica
“When I travel for pleasure, I often choose a spa vacation to ensure my holiday is 100 percent Zen. I’m particularly fond of the south of Corsica—it’s wild and precious with breathtaking landscapes, and the local people have a true generosity. My favorite spot is the Hotel Don Cesar in Porto Vecchio. The magical green setting is perfect, and I can enjoy nature and complete serenity.”
Hotel Don Cesar, rue du Commandant Quilici, Porto Vecchio, www.hoteldoncesar.com.
THE FITNESS REGIMEN: Jogging
“It helps me de-stress and it’s the easiest sport to practice when you constantly travel like I do. I just need my running shoes and a light outfit and I’m off. Running also always allows me to discover each city in an original way.”
THE SKINCARE MUSTS
“I have a deep connection to my first product, Huile Prodigieuse. I call it my cosmetics baby. This oil makes everything better, from hair to toes—it is my desert island product. For the face I put some drops in my daily cream to nourish and protect my skin, then on the body I apply it in circular movements to hydrate. After washing my hair I put some drops in my conditioner, then leave it on for ten minutes for a soft and shiny finish. I also use Nuxellence Jeunesse, an innovative antiaging creation that helps maintain a daily radiance.”
Available at www.nuxe.com.
THE MAKEUP ROUTINE
“I like makeup to be chic but natural. The best foundation is from By Terry; it really provides even coverage and the most perfect finish. For lips, I love By Terry Terrybly in Hot Cranberry, and for my eyes I create a smoky eye look with By Terry Terrybly Brown Stellar liner and the new Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.”
THE HAIR LINE OF CHOICE: Davines
“Davines has been my favorite product line for a long time. I follow their philosophy—it’s not only respectful to the environment but effective for my hair.”
Available at www.davines.com.
Beauty Nostalgia is a 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: Misha Anderson, co-founder of Woodley & Bunny salon and apothecaries.
The Product: “I took my first trip to Paris in the late eighties, when I was in high school. While there, I was introduced to the concept of the French pharmacy. It was like being in a candy store with all of these exotic brands and lotions and potions I had never seen before. I was at that age when this was a dazzling, sexy experience, when discovery was a prize, when you notice everything, because your senses are not jaded with the overload of years and wisdom. A product that really caught my eye was the square shimmering bottle of NUXE’s Huile Prodigieuse Or. It’s this thick oil with glimmer and gold—and I had to buy it. The only issue was that I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with it. I ended up using it on my face, my hair, my body—I actually worried that I might be using it ‘wrong.’ I did not speak French, and the directions in English were vague. I thought it might be a tanning oil, because what else could it be? What else were you supposed to do with an oil but induce a tan? I was traveling to the French Riviera in the next days, lying on a towel next to the sea, with the idea of being a bronze goddess. [Huile Prodigieuse] was a step above my Ban de Soleil. I felt rich, in every sense.When I got back to the States, I showed everyone this newly won ‘trophy,’ and every time I went back to Europe after that, I brought back something new, and was loaded down with requests from all of my friends. The experience completely inspired my idea for Woodley & Bunny’s apothecary in the late nineties. It’s about supplying not just my friends but any beauty junkie with the delectable experience of trying something new or exotic, with that sense of luxury. It feels like sharing a secret. I don’t have the original bottle of Huile Prodigieuse anymore, but at one point, we sold NUXE at Woodley & Bunny and I got to look at the bottle every day.”
Dear Air France,
Thank you for losing my luggage on that one-hour, direct flight from Milan to Paris. Really, thank you. Having left me without any of my skincare or haircare products—no Morrocanoil Hair Treatment; no Oribe Supershine Light; no travel-sized bottles of NYR Organic’s Rose Facial Wash and Rose Water; no Sonya Dakar Fade Away; no Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Balm; no Clé de Peau Wrinkle Correcting concentrate; no Crème de la Mer!—I was forced to make my pilgrimage to the Paris pharmacie a little earlier than planned this season, and for that, I am thankful. Seeing as how the Monoprix near my hotel was only open for another 30 minutes when I arrived, I tried to get the most functionality out of the fewest products possible to hold me over until—God willing—my bags are returned to me. How’s that going, by the way? Regardless, I’ve included my haul report for S/S 2013 below—with a few helpful additions courtesy of some of Beauty Counter’s friends in high places—for you to have on record:
First stop: Bioderma’s Crealine TS H20 Solution Micellaire. They sell this multitasking cleansing water in the States now, albeit selectively, but seeing Diane Kendal and Lucia Pieroni’s jumbo bottles of the impurity-eliminating wash backstage over the past week was reminder enough that I needed to re-up my supply—lost luggage or otherwise.
As I wear more makeup at the shows than in normal life, toner alone won’t wipe away a day’s worth of foundation, mascara, and the occasional cheek contour. Having grown an affinity for rose-scented products courtesy of my mini NYR Organics bottles that are no more (see paragraph above), I was immediately drawn to Nuxe’s Melting Cleansing Face & Eyes Gel with Rose Petals. The idea of a cleanser melting into my skin rather than stripping it bare of essential oils is obviously appealing and this one does just that, while also boasting a subtle floral aroma.
My skin is parched from all the flying, and while I typically use a day and night moisturizer, I sought out a single, medium-to-heavy alternative in Uriage’s AquaPrecis Intense Nutrition Balm. I discovered this line on my very first pharmacie trip a few seasons ago and was immediately hooked; the amazingly nourishing texture of this thermal water-infused salve only helped secure the bond. Diane Kruger is also a fan of the brand that was recently bought by PUIG (and will hopefully start U.S. distribution in the not so distant future), so…there’s that.