Back to (beauty) basics

Photograph by Sebastian Flores.

Nordstrom is going au naturel.

The retailer — which anchors one end of The Westchester in White Plains — recently launched Nordstrom Naturale, a portion of its beauty department that is exclusively devoted to makeup, skincare and hair products that are free of additives, like parabens (preservatives), phthalates (plasticizers) and sulfates. All featured products are made from organic materials, like herbal extracts and basic minerals, to enhance natural beauty.

Existing Nordstrom brands include butter LONDON — nourishing cosmetics for the eyes, lips, face and nails — and Farmaesthetics, a skincare line infused with herbs, flowers, oils and grains cultivated from American farms. New to the store’s inventory is Raffaele Ruberto Skin, an organic skincare line with antiaging properties:

Butter LONDON’s Sheer Wisdom Lip Oil and Serum Shadow

Newest to the brand’s shelves are the creamy Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil and the weightless Sheer Wisdom Serum Shadow.

The lip oil offers a nourishing, deep-conditioning treatment thanks to its blend of amino acids and botanical leaves. With one quick application, its ingredients — which include Tahitian coconut oil, prickly pear seed oil, chia seed oil, cloudberry oil and green tea extract — activate to protect and rejuvenate. The oil is available in six neutral, sheer shades, including warm nude, soft pink, mauve, rose, cocoa and wine ($22).

The long-lasting serum eye shadow includes an antiaging peptide blend, which works to decrease wrinkles and smooth lids. To apply, simply shake, dab three dots onto each lid and blend the powder with your fingers for a crease-free, matte finish. The serum is also available in six neutral shades, including vanilla crème, cool pink, beige, mauve, warm taupe and rich brown ($24). 

Farmaesthetics’ Etheric Inhalation Oil Services

These aromatic essential oils can help ward off fatigue, improve the quality of sleep, uplift mood and promote relaxation. 

To use, apply two to three drops to your palm and rub together to warm and release the vapors, cup your nose and slowly breathe for 30 seconds. Or, try adding drops of oil into a warm bath, (carefully) onto a bedside lamp light bulb or into a small cloth.

Each of the oils, which have a certified shelf life of two years from the date they’re opened, is hypoallergenic, nonirritating and dermatologically tested. Options include Adrenal Support, Dreaming, Pick-Me-Up and Warming ($27 each or $96 for a set of four).

Raffaele Ruberto Skin’s R-LIFT Trio

Molecular biologist Raffaele Ruberto created a contouring, three-step skincare line to help reverse the top five signs of aging — loss of skin elasticity, fine lines and pores, uneven skin tone, redness and puffiness and lackluster complexion. 

Formula No. 9, a face and eye serum, works to lift and sculpt the jaw line and cheekbones, blur fine lines and pores, smooth uneven skin tones, erase under-eye puffiness and increase hydration ($90), while Formula No. 10, a neck and décolleté serum, is designed with the same purpose in mind, but for the neck area ($105). Formula No. 11, the crème, should be applied last to enhance overall results and further nourish the skin ($98). 

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