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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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Floral Fragrance, Five Ways


Maybe it’s the fact that the temperature in New York is expected to climb into the seventies today or that April’s blooms are making their first appearance, but spring is finally in the air—and so too is our seasonal lust for floral fragrances. While we’re typically devotees of rich gourmands and heady orientals, it’s rose and violet, jasmine and honeysuckle, gardenia and lily that we find ourselves in the mood for these days. You too? Here, our top five picks for perfect petal essences.

Chloé Eau de Parfum, Rosebud Edition

An oldie but a goodie, Chloé’s signature scent—which features notes of pink peony, freesia, magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose—has gotten a mini makeover for spring courtesy of a festive, limited-edition pink ribbon. It’s the little things that excite us.


Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Toit

The fourth flacon in Hermès’ Un Jardin series (previous scents were inspired by the Mediterranean, the Nile, and India), Sur Le Toit takes its sensory cues from a garden much closer to home: the one on the roof of the brand’s Parisian flagship. Its blooming magnolia, apple, and pear trees result in a luscious, fruit-tinged floral.


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