Monday, November 9, 2015

Marfa, Texas, with a
population of 1,981 and one traffic light, has been an unexpected nexus of
contemporary art for decades.
Now it's added another rarefied pursuit:
artisanal beauty and wellness products.
Inspired by the high desert, these
lines incorporate local ingredients into soaps, exfoliants, and moisturizers
suited to life in West Texas and beyond.
El Cosmico Liz Lambert's beloved hotel, where the rooms are trailers,
yurts, tepees, and tents, is expanding into beauty.
The ECPC Apothecary line,
created with herbalist Erin Lee Smith, has (4) plant-based oils and balms to
fight off dryness (from $35).
Lambert also worked with New York–based
D.S.
& Durga on a (1) fragrance.
With notes of pepper tree, sumac, and
mesquite, it's desert air in a bottle ($150).
Skin & Soul Suzi Gruschkus, the best massage therapist in town, makes
(2) shea-butter lotions inspired by the Chihuahuan desert that target tension
and respiratory problems.
Book a healing massage to try them at her holistic
center, or buy the products directly.
From $24.
Marfa Medicinals Ylana Frydman produces lip balms in scents like
grapefruit-geranium and peppermint-orange.
Her (3) desert salve, made with
local creosote, plus plantain, calendula, and lavender, helps heal cuts,
scars, dry lips, and cacti-induced wounds.
From $12.
Freda This boutique stocks a number of Marfa-made products.
Owner
Susannah Lipsey recommends (5) Starling Brand's emu facial oil for its
ability to soothe dry skin ($65).
For wilting hair, Jana La Brasca's line,
Dr.
J, makes a Landlocked Sea Spray ($25) that provides beachy waves.
And ANC
Herbal Alchemy's High Desert tincture ($25) combats mental fogginess brought
on by high elevation.
Marfa Brand Soap What started as a hobby in Ginger Griffice's kitchen
is now a full range of bars, including Ranch Road, inspired by the cult
fragrance Terre d'Hermès.
She also uses ingredients like Lapsang souchong
tea and yucca root.
$10.
Marfa, Texas, with a population of 1,981 and one traffic
light, has been an unexpected nexus of contemporary art for decades.
Now
it's added another rarefied pursuit: artisanal beauty and wellness
products.
See the spread, here.

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