I don’t think anyone will be surprised to hear me say that I am fascinated by luxury. This fascination is not, however, limited to an affection for its material aspects. In fact, I am much more curious about the history of luxury, it’s changing definition in the global marketplace and its cultural, economic, pop cultural, social and even political significance. Plenty of ink has been spilled on the subject (if you are interested, I highly recommend Dana Thomas’ in depth exploration of the subject, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster). The title of the book highlights one of the biggest issues with luxury: globalization and conglomeratization of the luxury industry has lowered the quality and standards, raised prices to unsustainable levels and has even created human rights abuses typically associated with fast fashion.
Gone are the days when green beauty was crunchy, modest and homespun. A discerning consumer is now spoiled for choice with luxurious and effective green skincare that easily rivals and even exceeds its conventional counterparts. From elegant packaging to impeccable formulae, green brands are raising the bar on luxury and quality. Still, even the most profligate of green beauty consumers like myself have a certain threshold of acceptability when it comes to the price of skincare. Which is why the arrival of the Vintner’s Daughter serum on the green beauty scene caused me to raise an incredulous eyebrow. It’s not that its price ($185) is particularly excessive when compared to traditional luxury skincare from the likes of La Prairie or Cle de Peau, where prices routinely pass the $500 mark, but it did seem higher that anything I had ever paid for even the most advanced of green beauty serums and oils. So when I was given the opportunity to give Vintners Daughter a try, I set out with a rigorous testing process to determine whether it is, in fact, worth it. After nearly two months of testing and with my sincerest apologies to your wallet, the answer is a resounding “yes”.
Hello, my darlings! I realize that I have been dreadfully remiss in updating this blog: to quote the immortal classic, Bad Boys 2, in my world, “s**t just got real” and I rather fell behind on my posts. It’s worth mentioning that I am far more diligent about updating Instagram and use it to feature quite a few new products and mini-review. So if you are not following me on there, you might want to give it a shot. Anyway, things are now back to (relatively) normal, so expect lots more in the immediate future. And now, without further ado, the long-promised part 2 of my Bottega Organica review. And tune in tomorrow for an interview with one of its brilliant and delightful creators.
If you read my last post about Bottega Organica, you may have guessed that I am more than a little enamored with the brand: from the science behind it to its ethos, and from the store design to the elegant look of its packaging, it ticks all of the boxes I expect from a high end brand and it quickly became a firm favorite. You can imagine my excitement then, when I learned that Bottega Organica was launching a line of creams! Truly excellent, perfectly-textured and highly active creams are not exactly the unicorns of green beauty, but they are pretty hard to come by nonetheless. Although I have my favorites, the playing field is not exactly crowded with perfect, and perfectly clean, creams, unlike with facial oils, especially since you might notice that out of the three favorites I mentioned, two do contain some slightly iffy ingredients.