4 posts tagged "Patyka"
DAIKON / dye-kon / n / 1. Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus, also known as Chinese radish or white radish, a large, edible root that originated in the Mediterranean and was brought to China for cultivation around 500 B.C; / n / 2. A versatile piece of produce that boasts a mild flavor and is prepared raw or cooked in Asian cuisine; / n / 3. A natural digestive rich in vitamins A, C and E named for two Japanese words—”dai,” meaning large, and “kon,” meaning root; / n / 4. A vegetable that is referred to as dongchimi when pickled producing a ferment filtrate that kills most common pathogenic bacteria when used as a natural preservative in cosmetics, e.g., “Keep your favorite creams and salves fresh—and paraben-free—with daikon.”
Try it: Patyka Biokaliftin Intensive Moisturizing Mask with Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, $79, www.spiritbeautylounge.com.
Like most women, I suffer from seasonal skincare issues. Things got really bad last year (read: flaky, dry, taut skin that refused to take moisture or concealer), and I turned to a complex regimen of milk cleansers, face oils, and heavy creams to remedy the situation. It worked for a while, until the richness of the routine ended in pervasive break-outs. This year’s transition was significantly easier, mostly because I omitted a simple component of my daily skincare ritual that was actually doing more harm than good: water. Washing your face twice a day with tap water can actually strip your skin’s essential lipid barrier—which you need even more in winter’s drier months. Rather than remove my cleanser with plain old H20, I started taking it off with toner, an extremely French practice that works well with the extremely French new product line I started using about a month ago. You may remember Patyka, the Parisian natural skincare solution that made a name for itself at home and abroad with Ecocert formulas that combine plant-based actives with innovative biotechnologies. I’ve been a longtime fan and never really thought Patyka needed much in the way of improvement, but over the past year, it’s come under new management and entirely revamped its image. Patyka 2.0 boasts Art Deco-style packaging and the stellar Absolis line, a holistic range of daily face and body products that cater to different skin types. I’m currently swearing by the Rosewood Milk Cleanser, which contains shea butter, jojoba, and sesame oils to moisturize while it removes makeup and other debris. You can actually just massage the creamy lotion into your skin without rinsing, but I prefer to soak cotton pads in the accompanying alcohol-free Rose Face Toner and swipe them across my face for a super-soothing, fresh finish. The brand is calling its revamped collection “beauté remarquable” which, by my account, is a pretty accurate description.
The charming apothecary is alive and well in New York’s West Village—reaching beyond C.O. Bigelow’s monolithic Sixth Avenue digs and stretching down to Carmine Street, where the first stand-alone Patyka store in the United States recently opened its doors. Decorated with mostly earth tones, the 450-square-foot space is the visual embodiment of the French company’s commitment to making sophisticated organic products in a simple but luxurious way. Vintage and repurposed fixtures adorn the cabinets and oak tables display face care products, body oils, washes, fragrances, and more from all three of Patyka’s full lines. Stocking Biokaliftin, the most effective organic cosmeceuticals on
the market; its classic line of signature skincare products, which have been repackaged in PET instead of glass to minimize the company’s carbon footprint; and the new Green line, a diffusion (read: affordable) body and face line in which nothing exceeds $19, the store serves as both calming retail oasis and high-brow recycling depot: As part of Patyka’s commitment to sustainable beauty, there will be a redemption service for any/all empty bottles brought in.
Patyka is located at 33 Carmine Street, between Bleecker and Bedford streets
in New York City.
When you think of Europe’s noteworthy organic lines, names like Hauschka, Weleda, and Patyka usually come to mind. But perhaps it’s time to commit Lavera to your vernacular, the German company that was named “Greenest Beauty Brand in Europe” this past spring. Lavera, named after the Latin word for truth, was founded in 1987 and has grown to include more than 250 products—with organic makeup, hair care, sun care, and specialized skincare lines free of parabens and artificial fillers among its bounty. Fast becoming a favorite with Whole Foods Market regulars (ranking right up there with the pommes frites bar), the company debuts its antiaging collection this fall, introducing three different regimens meant to address preventative aging, premature aging, or mature skin, as well as a body line that provides a boost of youthful radiance where needed. Using nature to fight the natural ill effects of gravity. How’s that for German efficiency?
Photo: Courtesy of Lavera