The beauty industry is full of products to suit virtually any need from acne to aging, and cellulite to stretch marks, all promising to “fix” whatever self decided “problem” you may be having. I’ve been in this industry since 2004, and I’ve had the privilege to work with lines that provide beautiful ingredients and results.
Over time I’ve been asked one question repeatedly, “Do organic products ‘work’?”
The short answer is “Yes,” but not all organics are created equal. The bottom line is that just as a person may have a food allergy, a person may have a topical allergy even if something is “organic”. No — products are not going to make you look 20 years old if you are 60. That said, fillers don’t either.
Some products are labeled as “organic” but the ingredients don’t live up to the claim. You have to read your labels carefully, just as you would with food. As you learn about your product ingredients you also should learn about what the organic products are doing for your skin. Acquiring that knowledge takes time, and fortunately, I found someone who does this for you.
I found myself with half an hour to kill and wandered in to a “pop up” store on Columbus Avenue, NYC called ‘Savor Beauty’. My initial thought was: “great — more products” but now, I’m so glad I walked in and explored this product line more.
Angela Jia KIM
“In a New York Minute…”
During my visit I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, Angela Jia Kim. She told me that Savor offers one-minute rituals inspired by her Korean mother and aunts, who treated their skin with the utmost care, “I grew up watching my mom and aunts care for their skin like expensive silk, using an extensive layering ritual with exotic ingredients.”
Angela, a former concert pianist, wanted to offer people the opportunity to use natural products to nourish the skin AND yield results “in a New York Minute”. Evidence-based Results has been a hot topic in the beauty industry. Organic lines do work to nourish and treat the skin but Savor takes it a step further incorporating decadent ingredients.
I’m not just talking about just oats and lemons topically applied to the skin. The Savor line uses champagne, truffles and caviar, and frankly that sounds ‘fantabulous’ to me.
Champagne contains polyphenols, which help reduce inflammation in the skin, truffles contain fatty acids to help hydrate the skin and caviar has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to hydrate and prevent cellular inflammation, in case you wondered.
Savor Beauty’s organic products are produced in the Catskills, New York State. They are harvested, packaged and shipped worldwide, in small batches. That’s right, Upstate New York is where these beautiful ingredients come from and to your skin.
Dollars & Scents
Savor hires women through a program called Dollars & Scents, which benefits women who are re-transitioning into the work force after taking time to raise children. As a woman who took some time off to raise her son and had terrible fears of not being marketable, this alone, intrigued me about the line.
I purchased a product called, ‘Vapour Aura Multi-Use Stick’ ($36 for 1oz.) from ‘Eros’, NYC. This product has not left my side since I got it. Not only is the color gorgeous, (I use it on my lips) but it is long lasting and “Oh, so hydrating !” Containing beeswax, sunflower seed oil and lotus leaf extract, I could not have found a better way to keep my lips hydrated this winter.
A few weeks later I decided I’d take a look on their website and I purchased the ‘Pumpkin Renew Serum’ ($64 for 1oz.). The pumpkin seed reduces fine lines while the rosehip seed reduces pigmentation. I use this serum three times weekly as a moisturizer in the day and I can not be happier with the results.
I’ve learned that not only do they have a Spa at 327 West 11th Street in New York City but that they are opening one soon on the Upper West Side.
Review to follow….
Definitely check this line out and keep them on your radar. This up and comer is a great force in the beauty industry and growing fast!
For more information visit Savor Beauty website [CLICK]
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.