NotebookDecember 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Truffles, prized in the culinary world, are making their way into luxury skincare products. White truffle extract, said to restore skin's luminosity, is the key ingredient in Om Aroma & Co.'s new White Truffle Age-Defy Face Cream. The paraben-free cream contains a complex of seven vitamins, minerals, amino acids, peptides, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to combat the signs of aging. Three different formulas target oily complexions, normal/combination skin and dry/mature skin types. omaroma.com —L.A.
See Nick Arrojo, Vivienne Mackinder and Brad Johns at IBS NY April 27–29, 2008.
Don't be put off by the length. At nearly 1,600 pages, Live! From Montreux (A Publishing Co. Ltd., 2007) by Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs is a must for any jazz lover. Marc Balet of Mixed Business Group in New York City designed the book, but the piece de resistance is a pair of crimson, plastic hands that serve as bookends. You'll need them—there are four volumes in the $800, special-edition set. "The hands signify applause," Balet says. —K.D.
In Full Bloom
Bloom, a cosmetics line from Australia, has launched a range of skincare products made from natural ingredients. The eight products include Butterfingers Shea Butter Hand Cream, infused with sweet almond oil; Buff Off Apricot Kernel Face Scrub, with ground walnut shells to gently exfoliate; and Saving Face Multi Vitamin Face Cream, which has vitamins A, C and E, as well as shea butter and essential oils. With cute names and feminine packaging, these products are sure to enhance any daily skincare regimen. bloomcosmetics.com —N.P.
Aveda's Antoinette Beenders' Flapper tool is proof-positive of the old adage, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Unable to find a tool capable of molding Afro-textured hair into amazing shapes, she created the Flapper, which is actually a pair of lacy tights stretched over coat hangers that are pulled into a diamond shape. "This is my go-to tool when I need help achieving the most beautifully molded shapes," Beenders says. —K.D.