Before becoming a model known for bringing environmental awareness and sustainability to the fashion world, Summer Rayne Oakes studied the effects of toxic sludge at Cornell.
That’s not a bad background for investigating beauty-product labels, which Oakes came to do for her book, Style, Naturally, a gorgeously illustrated guide to sustainable fashion and beauty choices. For the research, she tested many of the cleanest (and most effective) beauty products available.
We asked Oakes, who’s also now a contributing editor to the about-to-launch ABOVE Magazine, to share those she loved enough to add to her beauty bag.
1. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($33) This is by far one of my favorite products, and I’m reminded of it every time I fly, since I take it with me whenever I travel. A little spritz of the soothing mist immediately wakes up my skin and eyes after long, dry flights. It also brings back fond memories for me: I used to make rosewater from a recipe I found in an old Rodale Herb Book when I was a young girl. But admittedly it was never as nice as Jurlique’s version.
2. Duchess Marden Damascena Face Crème ($60) I met the founder of Duchess Marden, Marla, while researching great products for my book. I absolutely fell in love with her whole line, but I specifically enjoy the Face Crème. As my friend has said, “It’s as if angelic ingénues have descended from the heavens and planted rose-petaled kisses upon your cheeks.”