Early last fall Siobhan and I went to an event hosted by Tata Harper. At some point Siobhan turned to Tata and whispered, “Is it true that you’ve developed a love potion?”. My heart skipped a beat and all the other chatter faded away as I learned that come February, my pulse points would revel in a new Tata Harper blend.
The creation story behind the Love Potion is quite sweet. As told by Tata that evening in November, the Love Potion was inspired by a very pretty young lady who works at her laboratory. Despite all she had going for her, guys weren’t asking her out, so one of Tata’s chemists had an idea to create an aromatherapy blend that would help his colleague out in the love department. The seed was planted and the blend went into full development. Tata figured, what woman wouldn’t want a Love Potion? I have to agree.
Don’t let me mislead you. The Love Potion was created to do more than simply reel in the suitors. Its true purpose is to help you feel positive and radiant because as Tata knows, we’re most attractive to others when we are confident in our own unique beauty. The Love Potion was formulated with 10 aphrodisiac essential oils that are supposed to heighten sensuality, inspire an inner sense of beauty, and help you focus your body and mind on feelings of love and warmth. Judging by the essential oils included in the blend, I knew the Love Potion would do as promised as long as the composition of the fragrance was right.
I am an ardent fan of every Tata Harper aromatherapy treatment, but this new scent is more complex than the others. There are layers to discover, and they are well structured and balanced. Both sensual and energizing, the opening notes of jasmine, orange peel, grapefruit, and ylang ylang create a first impression that feels flirtatious, even tender, to my nose. The first moments are rich and sweet, though not cloying. It’s the headiness of the jasmine, the sugary ylang ylang, and enlivening spritz of the citrus at play. Then comes an undercurrent of a unique herbaceous aroma that again is rich and inviting — possibly the davana and cedarwood. This gives way to hints of soft dried grass and rose that get tangled in the timeless scent of sandalwood and frankincense, both of which dry down to a powdery puff of warmth with a faint floral finish.
To top it all off, the Love Potion is offered in two sizes: the standard 5ml green bottle with the roller ball top that can slip into the tiniest pocket or purse, and an ultra-feminine 10ml perfume bottle with a pink puffer that atomizes the blend with a glamorous flourish. Chic yet playful, the 10ml bottle comes with a tiny booklet that offers ideas on how to “inspire love every day” and includes a diagram that illustrates where you should apply the potion during moments of intimacy, ooh la la. If you really want to splurge, Tata Harper is offering a limited edition Love Potion gift set to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you live in New York City, lucky you, ABC Carpet and Home carries it, too. Remember, Tata’s fragrance comes from flowers, not chemicals, and that alone inspires love in my book. The Love Potion is a beautiful addition to the Tata Harper aromatherapy line.
As fate would have it, my purse was stolen one week ago today. I was out celebrating friendship and a birthday with my girlfriend at a posh little Vietnamese restaurant in one of the burgeoning areas of D.C., the 14th Street Corridor. Like seemingly every restaurant in D.C., there was an hour plus wait for a table so we sat at the spacious bar to have dinner. The bag I was carrying was a little crossbody number that can also be used as a clutch, and I tucked it right behind my back. At several points in the evening, I had a nervous thought about my purse being too exposed, but I rationalized that I was in a very nice place surrounded by nice looking people. Ha! Always listen to your intuition.
Oddly, before the theft my friend and I were having a conversation about loss and how to deal with it. This past year she was in an accident that totaled her car. Nobody was hurt, but the car had a lot of sentimental value to her and she was surprised by the grief and sense of loss she felt. She told me about a Mexican tradition for processing loss in which you write a letter to the thing you are grieving over and then burn it. This post is my own cathartic way of letting go. It’s my love letter to my purse and everything in it. Here we go…
The bag: I love a stylish purse, but it must be practical, too. The Hobo International Leanne crossbody is something I’ve carried for a couple of years now. I bought it before a trip to San Francisco for my friends’ wedding. It had a cool chain strap that you can tuck inside if you want to carry it like a clutch. It was compact but roomy enough for all my essentials. Mine was a tan leather that had acquired a fantastic patina from use.
The phone: In 2010 I was stuck in bed for a few weeks recovering from a major surgery. My cell phone was all busted, so just before the surgery I ordered a new iPhone 4s. It was something to look forward to during a scary time, and when it arrived a few days after I was released from the hospital, it kept me pleasantly distracted from physical discomfort. Last year I cracked the screen, but it still worked and I didn’t see any reason to replace it.
The Makeup: Mostly lippies here, with a few additional items I always carry. This represents the best of my collection, items I’ve been slowly acquiring that had become my can’t-live-without staples. Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment, my first purchase from Eco Diva Beauty, I’ve been obsessed with its perfect rosy tint and unbelievable conditioning abilities. Worth every penny. W3LL People Nudist Colorbalm Stick #8 Poppy, also conditioning but with more of a pigmented, waxy finish. The color is bright and happy without being overdone. W3LL People Universalist Luminous Colorstick in Moonstoon Glow, my go-to illuminator that nourishes your skin while adding a subtle glow to cheeks and eyes. I bought both directly from W3ll People after sampling them. In case you don’t know, they have an excellent sample program, and the new packaging is truly an upgrade. Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in everyone’s favorite Bang Bang. This was my first Ilia purchase, which I ordered from NuboNau. It made me fall in love with the brand. When I’m going for a feminine yet edgy look, this bold lippie is what I grab. Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss in Peek A Boo, a nudish color that works on me when no other nudes do. Did you know that you can use Ilia’s lip conditioner and lip gloss as a blush? It works, and the color payoff and staying power is impressive. La Bella Figura Travel Therapy Botanical Mood, the most soothing and uplifting scent inlcudes blood orange, rose otto, and blue tansy. It is highly addictive, as Nicolle has attested. Fortune of all fortunes, I have an extra bottle at home. At least I wasn’t carrying LBF’s Positano Perfume Oil, my latest scent obsession. I purchased both scents directly from the lovely ladies at La Bella Figura.
Phew, that’s it. I’ve started to rebuild, but it will take some time. Yesterday I ordered two new Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners from Eco Diva Beauty in colors I’ve long wanted to try — Shell Shocked and Crimson and Clover. Sometimes you need a fresh start, even if you weren’t looking for one.
Happy Black Friday! We are so excited to bring you a special Friday Deal from the one and only Tata Harper! This special line is the total package in terms of natural skincare—pure and powerful natural ingredients, luxurious and effective formulations, and gorgeous packaging. What clean beauty lover doesn’t dream of visiting Tata’s organic farm in Vermont where she grows many of the ingredients for her small batch skincare line? Well let us bring the farm to you, wink wink.
Tata Harper is giving NMDL readers exclusive early access to their Friends & Family Sale! The offer is 15% off any order, plus a free “Be Adored Lip Treatment” with orders over $500. Just use the promotion code ADORED at checkout.
The promotion is available until 11:59 pm PST December 4, 2013. The normal, site-wide promotion begins on 12/2, but shop early with your exclusive NMDL access to nab limited edition treats and online exclusives like the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask. Through the holiday season all orders over $40 receive free shipping. In addition to the NMDL promotion, Tata Harper is featuring a Black Friday promotion that includes:
- Free Deluxe Repairative Moisturizer with any purchase over $100, code BFM
- Free Deluxe Rejuvenating Serum with any purchase over $250, code BFS
- Free Deluxe Boosted Contouring Serum with any purchase over $500, code BFB
Only 1 promotion code can be used on any order. The Black Friday promotion expires tonight at 11:59 pm PST.
So what do we recommend? Susannah can’t decide what she loves more—the Resurfacing Mask or the Limited Edition Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask. Siobhan (and most of us at NMDL) are obsessed with the Irritability Treatment, an aromatherapy roll-on that we wear like a perfume. And when Susannah splurged on the Be Adored lip treatment, included in her Makeup Monday post, she discovered the perfect rosy-tinted lip balm that she cannot live without. Don’t forget about the Regenerating Cleanser, another favorite of Siobhan’s. There are so many things to love! Try a sampling of the line with some of their gift and travel beauty sets.
What Tata Harper products do you love? What’s going in your shopping cart?
I’ve become a true mask enthusiast over the last few years. I love the variations you find in natural skincare and the range of purposes they serve. Most of the masks I use are a blend of clays, spices, and herbs that give me the classic mud-mask look. (Think Osmia or May Lindstrom.) Let’s just say I don’t walk out of the house to get the mail in one of these masks. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, which dries to a clear paper-thin finish, is a total departure from many of the masks I use. It’s what I grab when I want a gentle, nourishing treatment that also packs a pore cleansing punch.
Tata Harper recently launched a limited edition, seasonal version of this cult classic—the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask. So which one should you try?
Let me tell you a little about both. The main active ingredients in the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask are aloe vera, white willow bark extract, pink clay, pomegranate enzymes, beet extract, and witch hazel. Lots to love there, right? This combination hydrates, repairs, exfoliates, calms redness, and prevent breakouts. The Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask builds off the stellar ingredient list of the original with a seasonal twist—wild plum blossom extract, of course! Plucked from a small organic farm in Missouri, the wild plum blossoms were harvested and distilled on the same day. This special ingredient is a natural humectant that provides intense hydration and helps plump the skin. In addition, the pink clay from the original is replaced by purple French clay that’s high in minerals like magnesium to help detoxify pores without stripping the skin.
Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is recommended for all skin types, once a week, for oil and blemish control. Though I don’t really have blemishes to treat, it really brightens my skin tone, calms the redness I’m prone to, and minimizes my pores. The Resurfacing Mask is so gentle and weightless that when I first tried it, I wasn’t convinced it was going to perform. Wrong! I love the way my skin looks afterward. Seriously, I used this while visiting my grandmother, and the first moment she saw me—without even knowing I’d just used this mask—she put her hands to her cheeks and declared, “Oh your skin looks so pretty!” Now that’s instant results!
Both masks are the gentlest I’ve ever used. They share a unique jelly-like texture that is soothing. It doesn’t cause your face to tighten very much when it dries, so it’s comfortable to wear for a long period of time. In fact, I practically forget I have it on. You’re supposed to smear on a thick layer and let it rest for 20-30 minutes, but I always go longer than that. It can also be used as a spot treatment overnight. I like to rinse the mask off in the shower, damping my face a bit and massaging the mask back into its original gel texture. Then I let it sit some more while I do my thing in the shower. It rinses clean, and you’re left with a baby soft, glowing face.
The Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask is said to deliver the benefits of a glycolic peel without the redness, irritation, or downtime. Does it? Indeed. While the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask has the same resurfacing and oil-controlling results as the original, it is definitely more hydrating. Since it doesn’t pull at my skin at all, I can sleep in it all night without noticing. I’d recommend it for anyone, especially during cold weather, but I’d recommend it for those with dry skin over the original Resurfacing Mask. The same seasonal ingredients that give the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask its potency also make it a very limited edition release. Only 600 masks were produced!
If you want to scoop one up, perhaps you should wait until Friday and check back with us for a little Tata Harper surprise, hint hint.
Burrrrr. Sounds cold up in Vermont. Warm up with this great routine from a lovely esthetician, Elizabeth. In addition to the Tata Harper products (Vermont love!), we’re intrigued by the other local items Elizabeth has found. Enjoy!
City: Montpelier, Vermont
Current Weather: Winter is setting in… below 30 degrees every day, windy, 5 in. of snow on the ground already
Skin: Combination, oily t-zone, dehydrated cheeks, sometimes hormonal breakouts, super sensitive!
Hair: Fine, straight, long…naturally ombre’d because I am growing out the bleach in the ends of my hair
Favorite Star: Cindy Crawford
Each Morning I begin each day by drinking as much water as I can. I fill up a 32oz glass milk bottle and carry it around with me while I get myself together for the day.
In the shower…
Generally, I shower in the morning but only wash my hair every few days. Every few washes I begin with a locally made, rose petal infused apple cider vinegar rinse that I pour through my wet hair and let sit for a few minutes to work it’s magic. This is clarifying, purifying and toning for the scalp…it also makes your shampoo work so much better! Next, I shampoo with either Phyto Volume Shampoo, Rahua Volumizing Shampoo or Pureology Volume Shampoo. When that is rinsed out I condition with either Pureology Hydrate Conditioner or John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Conditioner mixed with the John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler. My hair is very fine but because the ends were bleached, they still need a super hydrating conditioner. I then twist my conditioner-hair on top of my head and clip it while I go through the rest of my routine.
Next I wash my body with either Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Wash or Collective Well Being’s Charcoal Body Wash… and I ALWAYS use exfoliating gloves and scrub scrub scrub… I cannot seem to remember to use a body brush before showering, though I love the ritual, so instead I go to town with my exfoliating gloves! I rinse off, rinse out my conditioner, rinse my hands off and begin my facial cleanse. I use Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream on most days, occasionally I use May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt for when it is very cold outside and I feel that my skin needs the circulatory boost from May’s product. If I am having a hormonal breakout I will use Arcona’s Raspberry Gommage. Though I rotate cleansers, I always treat my skin in the same way. I am an esthetician and believe that we should treat our skin as if it is silk. I never ever scrub my face, I press my cleanser into my skin beginning at the forehead and working my way down with very gentle pressure. This stimulates the lymphatic system to begin to flow, thus purifying your skin from the inside while on the outside your skin is being cleansed without being irritated. I rinse off my cleanser and my shower is done.
Outside the shower…
While my hair is wrapped in a towel, I spritz a facial toner on. I LOVE to experiment here. I use Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying toner, Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence, a locally made Raw Honey toner or Arcona’s Mineral Magic. If I am having a breakout, I will dab on Arcona’s Tabula Rasa. Works wonders! While my face is still damp, I go for a facial oil. Oil is FANTASTIC for oily skin. My favorite’s are Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil, May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew and a locally made oil that is choc full of sea buckthorn, tamanu and so many floral essential oil’s it smells like you just stuck your head into a bouquet of jasmine blossoms. I apply a dab of Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum around my eyes… if I use it all over my face I tend to breakout but it’s an incredible eye cream on its own. Because the weather in VT is so harsh, I use a day cream over my facial oil. In the winter I use Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, amazing at soothing broken capillaries! In the summer I use Dr. Hauschka’s Melissa Day Cream (heavenly lemon balm scent) or Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer. For the body I use Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil (great for toning!) and then I use Lunaroma’s Bergamot Vetiver Body Butter where I tend to get extra dry…so arms, knees, feet, hands. Then I toss on a robe and do my hair, I put on a robe so that my hair doesn’t fall into my lemongrass oil on my back. I spritz Rahua’s Volumizing Spray into my roots, followed by John Masters Sea Salt Spray. In the winter I HAVE to blow dry or my hair would be icicles when I went outside so I do but in the summer it’s a benefit of fine hair that you can roll your windows down in your car on the way to work and your hair is dry in minutes!
For makeup I generally just curl my eyelashes with Trish McEvoy’s eyelash curler…its my absolute favorite! And then I use a few coats of Dr. Hauschka’s Volume Mascara. If I’m feeling fancy I will use Dr. Hauschka’s translucent bronze concentrate as an actual bronzer and swirl it onto cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin and neck with a stippling brush. I will follow with RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Smile on both lips and cheeks…and if I’m REALLY going for it I will use RMS Beauty eyeshadow in Seduce and Dr. Hauschka’s eyeliner pencil in 04 (charcoal brown)…smudging it right up into the upper lash line to make my eyelashes look super thick and dark.
Once all this is done, I try really hard to drink a green smoothie or a green juice. It’s incredible what it can do for your skin, especially if you are consistent! But if I don’t have the time, I’ll finish my morning routine with a giant cup of Teacup Botanicals’ Nourish vitamin and mineral tea. So delicious, so good for you and keeps me warm when I have to brave the blustery weather outside my door!