Ever since Bee was born, I began to stretch great lengths to clear our home of toxins to the best of our ability. Organic fruits and veggies always, BPA-free everything, you know the drill. And then I started clearing myself of those same toxins (exhibit A) and I’m slowly but surely transitioning into this crazy person that has actual conversations about PVC.
I have no idea either.
But organic beauty and skincare have always been a source of tension for me. I’m a run-to-the-drugstore-at-the-last-minute kind of gal, and really, could I swallow budgeting hundreds of dollars on cake for my face? I couldn’t (except for this brand, which is truly all sorts of amazing). And then London-based designer Lauren Davies smacked me with The Alchemist Dressing Table: a beautiful interpretation of DIY organic, all-natural beauty.
I love when design opens our eyes to the truth – that the products we slather ourselves with were either created in nature, or in a laboratory, or in a gigantic factory, or in a pharmaceutical corporation’s conference room. Or hopefully, by hand, with love and great care.
She was inspired by ancient rituals, by the idea that make-up and skincare shouldn’t perhaps be a rushed process of “putting on our face” before heading out the door, but instead – an exercise in self-care. A moment in our day to slow and savor and honor the gift that is good health and full life.
Lauren calls her designs a “collection of analog tools” for the production of natural cosmetics at home. “I believe this could be the future of cosmetics for the modern woman who has a desire to be more in control of what she uses on her skin and the impact they have on the environment,” she writes. “The tools I’ve designed will enable women to forge a stronger connection to their personal beauty rituals and a more magical relationship with nature’s intricate mysteries.”
And while an alchemist dressing table in the home of today’s modern women might be a tall order, the idea that we can seek enjoyment – even inspiration – in our everyday beauty routines is not. Here’s to that second coat of polish. The extra dab of blush. Here’s to letting our signature scent linger a bit longer today. To breathing deeply and celebrating the face, body and skin we’re in, whether it’s wrinkled or freckled, stretched or worn.
Here’s to you, alchemists.
Image Credits: Jess Bonham
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