Into The #SkinPantry with Colette Austin

 Mumbai based  indie  brand,The Skin Pantry has ben started by media professional Colette Austin who runs her own advertising and design agency. A carefully created range of butters, dews, drenches,clays and masks, The Skin Pantry’s delicious sounding menu  has its fair share of loyalists already . I swear by her  vanilla face drench  especially on flights…

DS & Durga’s Radio Bombay

It has been nominated in the best indie fragrance category at the New York Fragrance Foundation Awards. ( results out on 7th April ). I haven’t smelled it as yet but the name caught my fancy. Indie or niche fragrances are big and a new tribe of young perfumers is devising interesting and totally off…

Kama’s Organic Holi

Holi packs are big this season and I like Kama Ayurveda’s spin with a  thoughtfully  curated pack this Holi . Holi, the Indian festival of colours ( for my international followers  ) heralds the onset of spring. Thanks to the generous throw of coloured powders of uncertain provenance and dunkings in tubs of coloured water, it also signals mayhem…

Jahnvi Dameron- Nandan,Orhan Pamuk & The Perfume Library

Fragrance creator and curator Jahnvi Dameron -Nandan has a PhD in architecture and a passion for dance, but perfumes are her calling and she distills her creations like contemporary art. Abstractions, conceits, poetry, pain, obsession are all part of The Perfume Library‘s theatre of olfactory memories. “Dance transcends consciousness and perfumes do the same” , she…

Becca : the beauty of Light

At any age and especially in the selfie age , a little  bounce of light on the skin can amp up that dewy fresh look. At my age, my skin has segued gently into the category euphemistically called ‘mature skin’ so any brand offering luminosity which is not a headlight shine is a pleasure to…

10 things you may want to know about the new Aqua Di Gio 2015

1.Aqua di Gio Profumo s the third version of Armani’s iconic Aqua di Gio for men – the fragrance is so successful that they don’t tinker with it often. This is just the second time in twenty years. 2.A bottle of Aqua di Gio is sold every five seconds somewhere in the world. 3. The new…

2 million rose stem cells – a V day gift to yourself

Here’s a V-day recipe to enjoy. Take a specially created rose- the Lancôme rose (yes, there is a rose by that name) Cross breed it two thousand times over the years to yield the richest healthiest harvest of stem cells. Use a process called fermogenisis that extracts stem cells gently without traumatizing them because traumatized…

The Business of Beauty, the Business of Fashion

It used to be a fact universally acknowledged that when a fashion house wanted to beef up its bottom line it launched a fragrance or two or three.  Now it launches a make- up line or two or two hundred. At Milan Fashion Week, Gucci debuted its 200-piece beauty collection- a launch said to be…