Good enough to eat

When it comes to fragrance and skincare, botanical elements continue to be a hot trend. And they are certainly key factors in the products we recently sampled from Beauty Made in Italy, a program sponsored by the Italian government and Cosmetica Italia to promote these products in the American market. 

Perlier, an anti-aging skincare line, is all about the active ingredients in honey, flowers, plants and fruit. The luscious Shea Butter & Pure Pear Rich Body Cream features 25% shea butter that is enriched with pear  extract to moisturize the skin, while the equally luscious Shea Butter & Cotton Blossom Rich Body Cream uses 25% shea butter and cotton blossom extract to give the skin a velvety texture and a crisp linen scent. One colleague who tried the pear body cream said she was captivated by its sweet, creamy fragrance. “Forget applying it,” she said. “I could just eat it.”

And speaking of eating, who doesn’t enjoy the pungent taste of truffles? (We’re talking the rare mushroom-like superfood that graces eggs or pasta, not the chocolates, although those are great, too.) 

Founded in 1952, Skin&Co Roma is a family-owned beauty business in Umbria with a passion for truffles. On the Skin&Co truffle farm, the family harvests the luxurious black winter truffle used in its skincare products. Sabatino Tartufi Truffles is another division of this family business, selling truffles globally since 1911. This dedication to truffles and the land has led beauty mavens like Oprah Winfrey to visit the family farms every year. 

Try the Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream, with sweet almond oil, perfect for those who want to cleanse their skin gently and hydrate as well. Skin&Co’s newest product, the Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist, is designed to rebalance the skin’s pH level, tighten pores and set your makeup. It lets you glow and go. 

Jusbox is a line of cutting-edge fragrances — founded by the underground brother-sister duo known as V-Monkeys, who have created fragrances for such international fashion brands as CoSTUME NATIONAL — that is cleverly inspired by music. In Dominique Ropion’s Feather Supreme, mandarin, bergamot and apple joins rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, patchouli heart, labdanum and musk in a dance of soulfulness and strength. Think “the Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Like that vocal powerhouse, the powdery, intoxicating Feather Supreme commands R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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