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7 posts tagged "One Love Organics"

De-Puff Piece

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FENNEL / phen-uhl / n / 1. Also known as Foeniculum vulgare, an upright-branching perennial native to Southern Europe but also found in parts of China, India, and Turkey; / n / 2. Seeds with an anise flavor that are frequently used in cooking and chewed as a breath freshener; / n / 3. A vegetal stalk that Prometheus used to steal fire from the gods in Greek mythology; / n / 4. An essential oil often used in skincare products for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, e.g., “Reduce puffiness and breathe easy with fennel.”

Try It: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balmwith organic fennel extract, $48, www.oneloveorganics.com.

Photo: Courtesy of One Love Organics

Beauty By Design

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Like the real-estate landscape in Williamsburg, the increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood’s retail scene is exploding. Boutique after cool boutique seems to be cropping up off the main Bedford Avenue drag, offering up everything from wall-to-wall denim and designer duds to salvaged furniture and “funky” eyeglasses. Caitlin Mociun’s beat at her eponymous concept shop is jewelry—make that jewelry and ceramics. And sculpture. And bags. “It’s all part of a comprehensive lifestyle that I’m promoting,” says the RISD-trained textile designer who dabbled in a fledgling fashion business before turning her attention to baubles two years ago. “It’s nice to make something that has longevity. It feels more sustainable,” she explains of the creative shift, which turned curatorial last March. Following a stint in a pop-up space in downtown Brooklyn, Mociun realized that her wide-ranging taste had more mass appeal than she previously thought. “People liked the same weird shit that I like,” she says of the experience’s takeaway, which prompted her to open a space of her own. The beautiful, white-walled Wythe Avenue venue now houses delicate rings, necklaces, and the like from Wwake, as well as Mociun’s own line, not to mention earthenware from Shino Takeda and Robert Blue, artwork from Genesis Onasis and Katie Krantz, bags from Doug Johnson and Baggu—and the most recent addition to the Mociun lifestyle brand: beauty.

“If you really wanted, you could buy your whole bathroom here,” she says of the purposefully edited selection of soaps and candles from small-batch Brooklyn purveyor Saipua; body care from Aesop, the Australian apothecary company that actually sought her out to stock its array of creams and salves; fragrances from MCMC; extraordinary and hard to come by haircare from Beverly Hills-based Rare El’ements; and, starting this month, One Love Organics skincare. “For me, it’s about finding smaller, more artisanal brands that don’t have a huge array of stuff to pick from,” Mociun explains of her buying process, which also includes an extensive round of “testing” on a diverse group of friends. “I’m open to other things,” she divulges of the prospect of including a makeup brand in the mix going forward—and maybe some additional skincare lines to keep the neighborhood’s increasingly expanding consumer base excited. “They’re building four apartment buildings around the store right now that will accommodate four thousand people,” she points out—at least some of whom, we imagine, will be excited to find an organic, multipurpose skin balm with cold-pressed plant oils, mango butter, and chia-seed extracts just a few doors down.

Mociun, 224 Wythe Ave., NYC, (718) 387-3731.

Photo: Courtesy of Mociun

One Love’s Chia Pet

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First things first: We like a foamy face wash—specifically the way they don’t require a lot of scrubbing action to do their job well. The fact that zealously slathering on layers of airy white froth also somehow provides the same satisfaction as playing with our father’s can of Barbasol as a kid (what, you didn’t do that too?) certainly doesn’t hurt. One Love Organics’ latest cleanser is of the foaming variety, and suffice it to say, we’re into it. The product’s star ingredient is the brand’s signature, supercritical chia seed oil, which is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (30 percent more than most other super fruits) and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Combined with soothing rosemary extract and olive, jojoba, and coconut oils, the super light wonder is well-suited for those with reactive skin—not to mention finicky noses: It is entirely fragrance-free.

$28, oneloveorganics.com.

Photo: Courtesy of One Love Organics

One Love’s Early Riser

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While we usually prefer to reserve fragrance for our pulse points, a subtly scented skincare product never fails to woo us. Linda Rodin’s exceptional, jasmine-heavy Olio Lusso immediately comes to mind but others have struck our fancy, including One Love Organic’s latest concoction. The niche-brand-that-could’s new Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster is an aromatic gem: a blend of lemon, ylang ylang and peppermint essential oils, plus organic sweet mint and wild raspberry leaf, it is quite literally a breath of fresh air—and it feels good too! A lightweight anti-inflammatory salve, it’s packed with polypeptides, which give your complexion a dose of moisture and a natural-looking radiant glow. The label designates the elixir for morning use—and we have certainly been enjoying a few drops of it beneath our AM moisturizer—but it also happens to be just as lovely when used a nighttime treatment; the scent has an almost calming effect, which should be a welcomed piece of news for those of you who, like us, are facing non-stop fashion week action for the next seven days. We bid you good luck—and good skin.

Photo: Courtesy of One Love Organics

Natural Beauty From The Great White North

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The rise of the green beauty movement has paved the way for a number of industry-changing advancements over the past ten years, resulting in a boom in recyclable packaging, responsible ingredient sourcing, and organic grooming products formulated without the use of toxic, potentially harmful additives. Luckily, how we go about obtaining these often niche, hard-to-find lines has also been revolutionized. On the heels of Melissa Christenson’s Zaega.com, the 100 percent wind-powered site that exclusively stocks “healthy” beauty products, comes British Columbia’s Hip Apotheca. “We mostly look for brands that suit our beliefs, so natural ingredients that are beneficial to the environment and very safe for human beings,” Michelle Ng, the Vancouver-based destination’s buyer and marketing director, explains of the multi-brand venue that features a lot of lesser-known lines that Ng feels “deserve a spotlight.” Scotch Naturals nail polish, Figs and Rouge multipurpose balms, One Love Organics, Adara coconut oil and Antipodes, a relatively new range in North America that Ng reports is already receiving some great feedback from customers, are just a few of the brands you can expect to find at the newly launched Web venture. So, where does Ng discover most of her unique inventory? “Etsy—and I watch a whole lot of YouTube,” the California native says of the “haul videos” she’s been frequenting of late. “It lets me know what people are buying. Then I work around that to find brands that are doing the same thing but are natural and organic.” There are currently ten core brands offered on the site that also features the Hip Channel, which streams how-to videos and demos to introduce customers to new products. Ng will stock about 20 brands by year’s end. As an added bonus, the Canadian company has a warehouse right across the border so international shipping rates aren’t an issue. “We’d really hate for people in the U.S. to have to pay customs,” Ng says. This just in: Customer service is not in fact dead.