Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on February 20, 2008
When it comes to skincare, Europeans know their ass from their elbow. Just take a look at 74- year-old Academy award winning actress, Sophia Loren, who recently posed semi-naked for the celebrated Pirelli calendar. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s illegal to sell cosmetics containing carcinogenic chemicals (such as petro-chemicals, phthalates and parabens) in Europe, while here in the U.S. it’s perfectly legal.
Turns out Sabrina Posillico, Founder and President of Healing Anthropology, was herself influenced by an Italian woman — her mother. Hailing from a tiny town in Italy, she would create natural remedies and herbal concoctions. “I remember her using rosemary infused olive oil on her skin and how amazing it smelled,” says Posillico, whose modeling career would take her around the world, where she amassed knowledge of beauty secrets and healing practices specific to each culture.
The results can be seen, smelt and felt in Healing Anthropology — hand-blended small batches of skincare, body care and baby care, which comes in recyclable packaging with soy-based ink labels.
But the joys of skincare are experiential, and the sampler pack allows one to test out all the products at a fraction of the price. Products include the Purifying Clay Exfoliant Mask with organic blue corn meal to slough away dead skin, organic calendula and rose petals to nourish and soothe and clay to rid the skin of impurities (which works wonders after a single application); the Rejuvenating Vitamin C solution, which offers a surge of antioxidants to fight enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles; the Rejuvenating Face Cream with emollient oils and natural antioxidants to give skin a succulent glow, all while smelling like the desert; the Rejuvenating Face and Body Mist with Vitamin C and Rosemary extract, perfect for keeping in your handbag; and finally, the Nourishing Body Cream, a mixture of emollient oils, orange blossom and mimosa flower.
The samples all come in an organic cotton drawstring bag that can be reused. So, don’t be afraid to indulge your inner European this spring and give your skin a natural treat.