Confession: I hate yoga. Still, if anyone were to change my mind, it would be Hannah Casey. She’s so non-wavy-gravy and down- to-earth (despite having taught the likes of Julia Roberts and Frédéric Fekkai), and during a recent office visit she did show me one easy stretch—on my back, with my legs up against the wall forming a right angle with my torso—that I now do every morning. The real reason for her visit, though, was to present Elmwood Herbal, her new line of teas (left) and coffees. Casey made her first tea for a client who complained of chronic arthritis, packing it with pain-easing herbs like cat’s claw and horsetail. It worked. But Casey’s also a coffee lover, so it wasn’t long before she was mixing herbs with her usual coffee beans to make Body Brew and Lovers’ Brew. “Frankly, they tasted terrible at first,” she says. “But I’ve perfected the recipes, and now they’re delicious.” (elmwoodherbal.com)
I’ve discovered three unusual hair products recently that have wowed me: When your style needs a little oomph, Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray lends a tough-girl feel to hair ($25; ulta.com)—think dry shampoo meets volumizer. And if your hair is blonde or light brown, Serge Normant’s Meta Blonde Reviving Shampoo & Conditioner adds a hint of subtle sheer gold pigments that stay embedded in your locks until the next shampooing ($26; spacenk.com). Frédéric Malle, meanwhile, has transformed his seductive tuberose-and-eucalyptus Carnal Flower perfume into something lighter—and with less alcohol—for the hair ($160; fredericmalle.com).
Saffron James Parfums just launched a range of scented oils—in coconut (left), tiare gardenia, and tamanu. Founder Kate Growney grew up in Hawaii slathering tamanu oil on herself. And now? “I coat my hair with it before I hit the beach to protect against sun and salt,” she says. ($48–$80; saffronjames.com)
I love testing new mascaras, because the results are instant. Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara (left) contains many natural waxes, along with conditioning rosemary extract, so it’s super gentle ($18; origins.com). It Cosmetics’ Hello Lashes has a little rounded-ball tip to coat those hard-to-reach inner lashes ($24; itcosmetics.com). And Orlane Volume Care Mascara is infused with a high-tech peptide meant to encourage lash growth. All I know is mine looked long, sleek, and clean ($35; bergdorfgoodman.com).
With so many excellent nail polish shades coming out this fall, my hands have been both busy and heavily decorated. My favorite from Maybelline’s new Color Show collection is a gray-aubergine mix called Silver Stunner ($4; maybelline.com); Mac has more than tripled its shade range, from 8 to 30, including Screaming Bright, a shimmery opaque gold ($16; maccosmetics.com); and Estée Lauder’s creative makeup director, Tom Pecheux, has gone très subversive with some to-die-for dark colors like the ones above, from left: Blue Blood, Caviar, Viper, and Bête Noir ($20 each; esteelauder.com).