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Posted by 08.23.14

The Dead Sea is aptly named: no organisms survive inside its alluring waters.

But the gorgeous powers of its healing waters, its cooling, sticky mud, and its powerful minerals are as legendary as Greek myths, and it’s little wonder that brands like AHAVA, and also lesser-known brands like Avani, Swisa and Seacret (to name only a few) are returning time and again to harvest its properties.

We have been huge fans of AHAVA.  Their wonderful Tropical Pineapple and White Peach collection (a breath of summer in your shower) debuted a few months ago. Now, they have introduced two new youth-boosting super serums we’re super excited about: the Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate for both eye and body.

These two brown-colored glass bottles look and feel very high end, like they belong in a luxurious apothecary (the dropper in the eye cream also adds to this feeling).

Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate ($50): For those who have despaired about finding the perfect eye concentrate that erases dark circles as swiftly as a Ferrari on a race track, this is your product. It is triple-charged silky-fine and lightweight and filled with Persian Silk and Sigesbeckia Orientalis extracts that strengthen the dermis layer and fight fatigue as promptly as an overnight FedEx delivery.

In clinical trials, 81% of women tested (36) reported that the eye area looked refreshed.

After using it under the eye area for two days, my dark circles (which I firmly believed are genetic and irreversible) had disappeared. This is a superb product.

Dead Sea Osmoter Serum Body Concentrate Tone & Texture Correcting Serum ($45): A serum filled with Dead Sea minerals for the body? Yes, we’ll take two please. Filled with brown algae extract which prevents dark spots and brightens skin, as well as Argan and Monoi Tahitian oils and Vitamin C as well as alpha hydroxy acid, this is a powerhouse of a bottle that also tightens skin.

While it is too early to tell of the results in this body serum, the texture is delicious and cooling and for the price, stock up with two.

Visit Aire Ancient Baths  in New York City and get a delicious soak in one of their many pools, and top off the experience with the new AHAVA products.




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Posted by 08.18.14

Urban Decay’s popular Naked eye palette, which launched a few years ago, contains far from the usual boring nude eye shadows. Since then, the brand’s Naked foundation has grown into my personal favorite, and every item under the Naked umbrella (including the Naked 2 palette) is worth collecting.

Urban Decay co-founder Wende Zomnir next focused on creating a bit of magic for her body to help her feel more confident about the skin she was born in. Hence the Urban Decay Naked Skin Body Balm ($32), a hefty, bronze-colored tube filled with a deliciously light, non-greasy, and illuminating formula that works on all skin tones, from pale white to dark.

Zomnir wanted not only a quick fix (she disliked her “sagging knees”) but also skin luminosity. Ingredients include Vitasource™ and dGlyage®, which firm skin, improve elasticity, and fight wrinkles, while watermelon extract protects against daily stress. There are hydration components to this body balm too: antioxidant-rich green tea extract and soothing vitamin E as well as Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide) help improve skin elasticity.

I loved everything about this: the concept, the look and feel, and the result on my skin. Stretch marks temporarily disappear and the body glows like a pearl. Plus, the more you use it, the better your skin becomes, and it also has a tightening effect and blurs flaws. The light diffusing spheres make your skin look as though it’s been professionally retouched. And just a little bit goes a long way too.

The brand also introduced two new BB creams for the face: Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm ($34) and Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm ($34), which are formulated to blur flaws and hide imperfections. With so many beauty balms in the market today, it’s getting a bit crowded, but the body balm still stands out.


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Posted by 06.23.14

As part of its existing Mineral Botanic range (which includes Hibiscus & Fig, Lotus & Chestnut, and Honeysuckle & Lavender), AHAVA has just launched its Tropical Pineapple & White Peach collection.

The most summery of all the Mineral Botanic scents, Tropical Pineapple & White Peach is as juicy as a ripened, fleshy piece of fruit but without hitting you hard on the nose. It’s subtle, wearable, washable—and it’s about as summery as a beach ball. Like the other scent ranges, this collection has a triumvirate of products: Velvet Cream Wash, Velvet Body Lotion, and Rich Body Butter.

I tried the Velvet Cream Wash and loved the mother-of-pearl color and lush suds when washing my body: it lathered up well without harsh detergent ingredients, and the smell was more white peach than tropical pineapple (a good thing because it shows that the scent balance was just right; too much pineapple would have made the wash to acidic). Dead sea minerals, of course, have a starring role in all AHAVA products, and this new line bows to the tradition.

The Tropical Pineapple & White Peach Velvet Cream Wash ($23) is infused with macadamia and sunflower oils, and is skin thirst quencher (compared to many other body washes in the market, this is gentle and even the fragrance is not overpowering). The Body Lotion ($26) contains shea butter, aloe vera, and palm oil in a light textured formulation. The Rich Body Butter ($28) contains a concentration of soothing shea and peach butters.

If you compare many of the other body washes in the market, the AHAVA version is pricier (Herbal Essences’, for example, is around $4; Dove body washes retail for around $8). But the ingredients are a great quality and we know the healing properties of the Dead Sea (these minerals also calm irritated skin and are good for eczema sufferers as well). If you’re in the market for a slightly pricey but more luxurious alternative to your daily body wash, I highly recommend this.





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