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New In: Candles | Frassai

Frassai Bebel
The Story

FRASSAÏ is a modern luxury jewelry and fragrance house born in the heart of Buenos Aires. With a sensorial approach to design, each piece is conceived to evoke the senses. The fine scented candles will transport you into an olfactive journey through places, memories and time. As part of the house’s sustainable approach, all jewelry is handcrafted locally and in small quantities. They utilize recycled materials whenever possible.

The Founder

Natalia Outeda, founder of FRASSAÏ, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At an early age she relocated to New York, where she worked alongside a renowned floral designer and later followed a career in the fine fragrance industry, developing fragrances for major international brands. Upon returning to her hometown in 2012, she began a new path as a jewelry designer, constantly fueled by a passion for travel and the arts. As a natural extension of her jewelry line, she developed her collection of scented candles, reflecting her passion and vision of perfumery.

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(Frassai Bebel Candle, $60)

DETAILS

  • Burn time: 50-60 hours
  • Wax: vegetal blend
  • No animal derived products are used in FRASSAÏ’s candles
  • Made in USA
  • Fragrance Notes: Peony Duchesse de Nemours, D’Anjou pear, guava, ylang-ylang Mohéli, Star Magnolia, sandalwood, musks

It’s the perfect blend of subtle florals and a whisper of fruits, it’s a great aroma to unwind too.

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A Scent of Sweden: Svensk Co

Svensk Co

Always intrigued by the Scandinavian simplicity and having lived there, Sofia wanted to grow a product line that had both the best raw materials and a modern and sleek design. And that’s how Svensk Co was born. As she expands her product line she holds that initial goal close to her heart. Sofia lives in San Francisco where she handcrafts each candle with love.

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(Svensk Co Sommarang Candle, $38)

Sommarang is swedish for, ‘Summer’ Meadows. And that’s the perfect way to describe the scent with a mixture of sweet floral lavender, and rejuvenating rosemary essential oils. It’s a perfect treat to light for kitchen and even bathroom.

Svensk Co candles contain the finest soy wax which burns cleaner and stronger than other waxes. Each candle is hand-poured, blended with signature mixes of essential oils and sealed with 100% natural cork stopper. The candles are then packaged in our hand screen-printed muslin bags.

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A Modern Design Project in the South of France

Quiet House in France

On a small plot of land, sandwiched between a vineyard shed, a driveway, and a main street, the Quiet House is a project by Artelabo in a village in the south of France. With its tight locale, along with consistent winds, the design proved a challenge and consisted of creating privacy among the chaos. That led to a home that turned inward and to the incredible valley views below.

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What are your thoughts on the design of this house? Too modern? Let us know in the comments below!
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How To Stress Less: Add Salt

Terra Luna Bath Soak

(Terra Luna Saturn, $25.50 | Terra Luna UFO Bath, $25.50)

Sometimes to get calm and centered, you need a little extra help. Terra Luna Beauty has you covered with their crave worthy bath soaks.

If that spin class has you feeling beat, soothe sore muscles by sprinkling your bath with Terra Luna Bath Soaks. They come in a range of scents from clove and orange that together produce a comforting effect, to grapefruit and ylang ylang oils that melts away anxiety and confusion. These luxurious soaks do double duty by softening skin with dehydrated coconut milk and drawing toxins out of your body with a mixture of salts, clays, and mustard seed.

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Trending: K-Beauty COSRX

CosRx

(COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule, $28 | COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, $22)

COSRX, which stands for cosmetics + RD (prescription), it’s a Korean based brand that creates its products directly from the needs and feedback of their very dedicated customers. It has gained cult status and it seems like nearly every skincare blogger has singing its high praises.

The packaging design of all the COSRX products is simple, minimal and similar. They all come in a white cardboard box with a black area where the product name is written in. The rest of the cardboard box contains detailed descriptions in English and Korean.

COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule claims to heal damaged skin while nourishing it with moisture and nutrients. Ideal for dry and rough skin types, this silky hydrator increases skin softness and suppleness, leaving skin radiant, plump, and dewy. It contains black bee propolis. So what exactly is propolis and why would you put it on your skin? Bees make propolis, which they use to glue the materials of their hives together, by mixing beeswax and other secretions with resins from the buds of conifer and poplar trees. Those resins have natural germicidal properties. In skincare, propolis’s antiviral and antimicrobial action provides wonderful benefits for acneic skin as well as those of us who deal with a lot of environmental pollution. It forms a barrier just like how bees use it, and is very nutritious with antioxidants and vitamins, hence it’s growing popularity in skin care.

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You will spot glycerin and hyaluronic acid as moisturizing ingredients, too. Also, the Cassa Obtusifolia Seed Extract has skin conditioning properties, as well as panthenol. If you’re new to ampoules, the consistency will be thick when applied and dry down to slightly tacky. But it makes for a cost effective layer-able moisturizer!

This is COSRX most talked about product: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. Do you have visible pores? Then you probably know the constant struggle of trying to keep them clean so that they’ll look smaller and less noticeable, especially on the cheeks and in the T-zone. Primers and makeup can work wonders to hide them, but the goal is to have great skin.

Ingredients

Salix Alba, (Willow) Bark, Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan, Gum Ethyl Hexanediol

What do they do?

1. Betain Salicylate is the BHA portion of this toner and comes in a concentration of 4% (which is equivalent to a 2% salicylic acid).

2. Niacinimide is a form of vitamin B3 that can do everything from reduce pores and fine lines while promoting smooth, even skin tone and texture. Miracle ingredient people!

3. Sodium hyaluronate has the ability to boost skin’s moisture content, reduce inflammation and reduce moisture loss to keep skin hydrated.

One thing I really appreciate about COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is the way it feels after application. BHAs can be quite drying, this hydrates and exfoliates yet dries down within minutes and feels just hydrating enough to prevent tightness or discomfort without leaving any discernible residue behind.

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It isn’t greasy or slimy and is only slightly thicker than water.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone with acne, blackheads, enlarged or clogged pores, or those with dry skin that are looking for an effective yet gentle acid exfoliating toner. 

COSRX has several alcohol-free toners for different skin conditions, as well as cleansers, moisturizers and treatments.

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Product Of The Day: Priori Lash Recovery Serum

Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum

(Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum, $99)

There’s a secret we want to let you in on: you should be using a lash and brown conditioner daily. Wearing mascara (and not to mention curling) seven days a week can leave your lashes in desperate need of moisture.

One product that is clinically tested to enhance lashes in just two weeks is, Priori Skincare’s Lash Recovery Serum.

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(Priori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum, $99)

This technological breakthrough formula contains a triple lipopeptide complex which are special proteins, and vitamin E to create a fuller, thicker and more voluminous looking lashes and brows. In addition green tea juice, and hyaluronic acid add moisture so you will be left with velvety smooth lashes in no time.

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(Piori Skincare Lash Recovery Serum 3, $99)

 

You can purchase the serum HERE or:

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A New Rose Fragrance That’s Anything But ‘Grandma’ | Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn Rrose Fragrance

(Ellis Brooklyn Rrose Eau De Parfum, $100)

Ellis Brooklyn is a line of fragrances in the form of body lotions, created by New York Times beauty columnist Bee Shapiro. I was intrigued as soon as I heard about them because the scents were developed with famous “nose” Jerome Epinette – the perfumer behind my all-time favorite Byredo perfumes. Ellis Brooklyn marries natural, artisanal formulas with the finest French fragrances.

Rrose is a fresh and dewy rose scent with petals of centifolia roses that sparkle with a peony bouquet and Sicilian lemon, all above a seductive base of spring musks and cashmere woods dry down.

Rrose has moderate sillage and above-average staying power. There’s nothing to dislike about Rrose, and if you’re a fan of fragrances like Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede and you want something longer-lasting, this could be worth a sniff. It’s feminine and romantic without being cloying and sweet. And Rrose does not contain parabens, phthalates and the cap is biodegradable and contains no petrochemicals, so that’s a definite plus!

Ellis Brooklyn Rrose Body Milk
(Ellis Brooklyn Rrose Body Milk, $55)

Remember in junior high when a new Bath & Body Works body lotion scent would come out and you would have to run out and try it? That’s what Ellis Brooklyn has done with the Excellent Body Milks. These body milks are not your average scented body lotions: they’re luxury fragrances combined with a natural, elegant lotion. Infused with organic aloe leaf juice to soothe and calm, and organic oils like sunflower, coconut, and jojoba to nourish and moisturize, they leave your skin soft and hydrated – not to mention smelling divine.

If you’re wondering, what the hell is a body milk?, you know, versus say the traditional lotion or cream or butter, it’s a lightweight, non-greasy formula that melts straight into your skin. Meaning, you don’t have to rub for days for the product to be absorbed. The Rrose Body Milk has the same great fragrance as the Rrose Eau De Parfum, and it makes it perfect for layering in the morning to keep the fragrance lasting all night. 

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(Ellis Brooklyn Rrose Body Milk, $55)

The gorgeous green bottles are made from recycled, lead-free glass and FSC-certified, Green Seal certified paper stock. The company also offsets its carbon footprint through carbon-neutral shipping. You can purchase both products on Sephora and:

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An Effective All Natural Retinoid Alternative | Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

(Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, $77)

Ask any dermatologist what the gold standard is for anti-aging treatment and prevention, and you’ll receive one resounding answer: retinol. As we age, our skin-cell turnover rates slow down, paving the way for wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness. Retinol (or its more potent prescription form, retinoid) is a vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell regeneration rates for a fresher, smoother surface.

However, like many wonder products, retinol can come at a high price—many users experience skin irritation, dryness, sensitivity to sunlight, blistering, and redness due to the harsh concentration of enzymes in most retinol creams. Some also notice that after several years of use, retinol stops being effective, leaving their skin duller and looking more wrinkled than before. Retinol creams have even been linked to abnormal fetal development, and are not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Holistic skincare brand Kypris create products that are made with organic, wildcrafted, and sustainably procured ingredients. There’s something mystical about the brand’s supercharged skincare – these products are as natural as can be, yet there’s powerful science behind them. The Moonlight Catalyst Serum, for example, uses herbal ingredients to mimic the brightening effects of retinol, but with none of the redness or peeling. Fermented pumpkin enzymes encourage cellular renewal, while biometric EGF – a vegan, non-GM peptide of epidermal growth factor – works to plump fine lines as neroli calms the skin.

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(Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, $77)

The gel texture of Moonlight Catalyst slides onto the skin and dries to a perfect, moisturizing finish. Your skin never feels heavy, oily or tacky — just perfectly quenched and ready for rest.

After a good night’s sleep, you wake to find my skin looking the way KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst promises: Refined and renewed. It’s the look of a beautifully resurfaced skin that has fewer visible pores and a smooth appearance.

KyprisBeauty.com

 

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Go Buy Now: Replace Your Hand Cream & Facial Oil With Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist Hand Cream

It’s pretty remarkable to reflect on how much the natural beauty market has transformed over the past five years—namely that five years ago, the market was a fraction of what it is today. You can walk into any Sephora, Target, or even Walgreens and find a green beauty product you’ll love. Now brands like Grown Alchemist are raising the bar with smart packaging, chic, and downright covetable products.

Grown Alchemist is founded by Keston and Jeremy Muijs and is based in North Melbourne, Australia. Grown Alchemist are the new generation of organic skin, body, and haircare formulations. Natural technologies and transformative botanical ingredients—including collagen- and elastin-boosting actives, advanced peptides, hyaluronic acid, and powerful antioxidants—make it not only preferable but also possible to achieve real beauty results without harmful chemicals. Grown Alchemist motto is: “Regenerating beauty with superior results,” and I couldn’t agree more. Le Petit Mondea’s favorite GA picks are the lightly-scented Persian Rose hand cream that immediately absorbs without feeling greasy, and the Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil that includes bio active nutrients to stimulate the natural process of renewal and regeneration- it reduces wrinkles naturally!

Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Serum
(Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Facial Oil, $44)

Grown Alchemist’s ultra-clean formulas don’t just look (and smell) great. By marrying quality-sourced, highly potent plant-based ingredients they made it their M.O. to prove that natural products actually work better than synthetic-laden formulas. The hand cream does what it claims to do, it deeply hydrates without being heavy or leaving my hands greasy so I can move on to the next thing. Plus the scent is amazing, it’s light, floral, and not at all overpowering. The Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil has an uplifting aroma, it also absorbs well without leaving my face shiny. I like using a product that’s natural/botanical that prevents wrinkles, in the long-term I know I’m doing something great for my skin.

 

GrownAlchemist.com 
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Found: A Spring-Ready Automatic Watch

Grayton Watches

(Grayton Watches Women’s Rose Gold Watch, $265)

Who: Remi Chabrat had spent 25 years in the watch business before founding Grayton Watches. The NYC creative team designed Grayton automatic watches, in a simple yet efficient way, making the choice of accessible luxury by selecting the best components. The watches are assembled in the owned factory of China where quality inspections are performed during all stages of the watch manufacturing process.

What: A women’s automatic 36mm white face dial and rose gold bracelet watch.

Why: The Grayton watch stands out from the rest of other standard chunky timepieces by the more dainty effect of the skinny bracelet strap. It’s fashionable and chic, a perfect spring accessory.

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(Grayton Watches Women’s Rose Gold Watch, $265)

 

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