Best of NYC

By Kim Taylor

You can set sail for Tanzania to savor a global bounty of beauty-boosting booty, or you can read on from the comfort of your home, office, or local café. Beauty News NYC has gathered products from far and wide to sate your curiosity, pique your interest, and permit your beauty to shine – wherever you may be on the globe.

Swiss Delight
Juvena of Switzerland celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and it has much to celebrate. This brand has consistently been on the forefront of science and medicine since it replaced cold cream in the ’50s with more lightweight, effective moisturizer. Its latest line, Juvedical, fuses coenzyme Q10 with maritime sugar in its Q10 Plus Energy Complex line. This line will give you the zest to hike the Alps and to look gorgeous while banking. ($20 – $58). Juvena’s Renewing Serum will correct and renew uneven skin and clear up redness and irritation. ($125). Juvena products are available at Nordstrom, CO Bigelows, Bendels, and Sephora stores.

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South African Oog Gel
Keep your eye area wrinkle-free with Environ’s C-Quence Eye Gel, which contains vitamins A,C, E and peptides, along with rosemary and soy extracts. This thin gel from Cape Town is very discreet and ideal for maintenance as well as for desperate repair. It’s small size renders it purse-friendly, and a dab goes a long way. Keep your oogs on this entire Environ line at www.environ.co.za ($30)

Greek Euphoria
Apivita’s Euphoria Bath Line combines white chocolate, vanilla and white tea with essential oils of grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, ylang-ylang and bergamot to nurture the skin and satisfy the senses. Create your own euphoria by soaking in this gentle, cleansing bath foam. A Greek delight available only through www.purebeauty.com ($18)

Ingenuity from Ireland
Seal-on-blotters for shaving nicks save the day (and your legs), and seem like one of those obvious “why didn’t I think of that?” new inventions. Now available in the U.K., they’ll soon be available for purchase in the U.S. to keep your bloody legs looking great. Say goodbye to toilet paper blobs and hello to Seal-On’s micro-dispersed oxidized cellulose gel for quick healing. www.seal-on.com ($5)

Davines for Divine Tresses
Italian tress-masters usher in a roots Renaissance with this simplicity-based natural hair care line. This five-product line features herbs, flowers, and fruits from the Mediterranean in transparent, recyclable packages that help us remember that simple is elegant, and simple is healthy. The Davines products are divided into five lines: MOMO (ultra-moisturizing), NOUNOU (colored hair), DEDE (fine, stressed hair), SOLU (all hair types), and REST (damaged and brittle, for salon use only). Ingredients utilized in Davines products are barley, tomato, olives, carrot, mineral salt, grape extract, chestnut milk, cherry oil, milk thistle, and walnut extract. These are good enough to eat, so you feel as though you’re actually feeding your hair. ($14 -$20) www.davines.com or call 1-866-DAVINES

Farm Fresh from Israel
The ultra-fresh and aromatic soaps and lotions offered by Jerusalem’s Noveya are made solely from refreshing botanical extracts, restorative organic whole plant leaves, herbs, and fruits – with no unnatural fillers. Noveya’s Seven Species soap series features ingredients from the Israeli region combined with beeswax, honey, goat’s milk, palm, coconut and Israeli virgin olive oil. Soaps are $6.50 each. Also rich and wonderful is Noveya’s facial lotion, in either pomegranate or etrog ($24). Memorable gift sets are beautifully arranged, and arrive in a handmade wooden box ($80). Feed your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy. Order at www.noveya-nature.com

Princess of Monaco
Biotherm’s Eau Vitamine E and Lait Corporel are so overripe with intoxicating orange flavor that you would guess they hailed from Spain’s Seville instead of Monaco, home to gracious princesses. The Lait Corporal, an anti-drying body milk, strikes a lovely chord with a bitter orange fragrance and a smooth silkiness. ($22). If you love citrus, the hydrating, vitamin E-drenched Eau Vitamine E fragrance mist is subtle enough not to be overwhelming, yet strong enough to uplift. ($36). For these and other Biotherm beautifiers, visit www.biotherm-usa.com

Enliven Skin with Dead Sea Minerals
The Mineral Aromatics hand cream, body cream, and hair conditioning treatment from Israel all have a curious softening effect, which could be attributed to healthful minerals and salt from the Dead Sea. These products also smell like a field of lavender on a sunny day, and retain their clean aroma longer than most. Mineral Aromatics offers spa products at affordable prices: hand cream is $7, body lotion is $10, and conditioner is $6. For the full spectrum of this solid 28-product unisex line, check out www.kkcosmetics.com

La Ragazza Di Firenze
The luscious La Ragazza line is made with vitamin E and virgin olive oil from Tuscany, and includes soaps, sugar scrubs, body sorbet, cold cream, room spray, and olive oil body mist. ($9 – $28). These products are packaged with whimsical 1950s-style graphics, too. Did you know the olive oil produced in Tuscany is the only olive oil officially certified by the Italian government? La Dolce Vita, baby! Check out these olive-based gems at www.ragazza.firenze.com

Japanese Inventiveness
Boscia’s facial blotting tissues, in green tea or lavender, are further proof of the inventiveness of the Japanese. Finely woven linen sheets absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup ($9), thus leaving you fresh and without any unsightly “nose shine.” The Boscia Detox Mask is a seriously deep- cleaning clay mask with peppermint and lavender to refine pores ($20). See the whole amazing line at www.boscia.net

Savor the Rainforest
A rich palm nut oil extracted from the tropical Ojon tree in the remote rainforests of Honduras is the key ingredient in the Ojon hair care line. The Miskito Indians live in the same region and are nicknamed “the people of beautiful hair.” Give your own tresses the same stunning gloss and healthy sheen by using the weekly restorative hair treatment cream ($55), hydrating shampoo ($18), and conditioner ($22). Available at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, or at www.ojonhaircare.com

Latin American Frizz Fighters
Until recently, Pantene’s Extra Liso shampoo, conditioner, intensive treatment cream, and combing cream was only available south of the border, but can now be found across the U.S. These are taming, “anti-frizz,” straightening products that deliver buckets of hydration and seal in moisture. Very affordable at $4 for 13 oz. Log on to www.pantene.com

Scientific Instituto Ganassini
Based in stylish Milan, we have access to the Instituto Ganassini, Italy’s most popular cosmeceutical line. Their Rilastil stretch mark cream is the #1-selling body skincare product in Italy ($96), and their face and neck toning cream is the #2 best-selling face skincare product in Italy ($86). Order a batch of Bella Italia for your skin on www.GanassiniUSA.com

Home Sweet Home
In America, some prairie girls owe their fresh, flawless complexion to Urban Cowgirl’s Tea Tree Oil Foundation, which battles breakouts, heals trouble spots, and glides on with a natural feel ($18). Whether you’re queen of the rodeo or of Rodeo Drive, this will help conceal your skin secrets when in the limelight. Available at www.urbancowgirl.com

Beautiful Color from Brasilia
Ever wonder what you’d look like as a fiery redhead? Surya Henna powders and creams allow you to temporarily color your hair, or naturally touch up your color, for 12 to 15 washings with the cream and 20 to 30 washings with the powder. No peroxide, ammonia, paraben, heavy metals, or anything else with an “ick” factor. This line can also be used on chemically treated hair, and is great for pregnant women. Order at www.suryahenna.com.br or call 1-877-99 SURYA. Check out Surya’s temporary henna tattoos online too.

Icelandic Solutions
As though Bjork weren’t enough, Iceland now offers a tingling, refreshing line of skin care solutions called Skyn, cleverly infused with Icelandic glacial waters. Most intriguing is the 5 Day Detox Kit for stressed skin, which comes in an ice-blue plastic carrier and includes a glacial face wash, arctic face mist, quenching lotion, and oxygen infusion night cream. Perfect for traveling, and for those cool layovers in cold countries ($55). Available at Sephora stores and www.skynICELAND.com

Ayurvedic India
Body Bistro’s Orange and Sandalwood Cleansing Milk for tridosha skin (meaning: all types) restores balance to the skin, hydrating where necessary and toning down the oily shine when necessary too. Organic botanicals, orange blossom, coriander seed, and oils from sesame seeds, avocadoes, and sunflowers leave skin luminous and cleansed. ($25) This is the type of cleanser you can use without worry each morning and night. www.bodybistro.com

Jah, Kneipp It
Germany’s Kneipp Classic bath collection has more than a century of satisfied users as testimony to its fabulousness. The collection is based on nine prime herb and plant blends for the most beneficial results. Spruce, rosemary, melissa, juniper, valerian & hops, wildflower, and orange & linden blossom round out the body wash and bath collections ($15-$25). Available at Nordstrom, Bath & Body Works, or www.Kneipp.com or call 1-800-937-4372

Originally published April 2005
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