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New at The Gilded Girl: The three latest fragrances from venerable fragrance house (and customer favorite) Berdoues.
We love Berdoues' unique and beautiful fragrances (and their amazing bottles) and we know you do too. That's why we are so excited to announce that The Gilded Girl will be introducing the three newest fragrances from their Collection Grand Crus.
Hoja de Cuba - A fragrance of warm tobacco.
The fragrance trail of the aromas combines with the candour of the origins of this Grand Cru to reveal the singular beauty and sweet scent of Cuban tobacco fields.
It is expressed through the Allspice berry from Jamaica heightened by a blend of Tobacco from Turkey and Vetiver from Haiti.
Peng Lai - A mythical and floral fragrance
Berdoues' perfumers have put time on hold with their fragrant interpretation of the Chinese legend. The tale of PÉNG LÁI, tells of the mythic island where the goddess of flowers, He Xiangu, sojourned. This Grand Cru invites you to daydream and reveals one of China's most precious flowers, the Osmanthus.
The delicacy of China captured in a glass bottle.
Maasai Mara - The authenticity of a warm, spicy perfume.
A spicy blend with subtle honeyed notes, our perfumers encapsulated a journey to the heart of Africa’s untamed Massai Mara lands.
Maasaï Mara generously asserts its personality and beckons you to discover unspoilt nature.
The gorgeous 100ml bottles are a STEAL at $85.
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One of the most common skin care questions that I am asked is "What does a toner do and do I need one?". My professional opinion is that toners are a "nice to have, not a need to have."
Up until a few decades ago, skin care tended to be more alkaline. This is a problem because your skin is actually slightly acidic (it should have a pH of around 5.5). This acidity is known as the skin's acid mantle. The acid mantle is made up of sebum (oil and fat) excreted from the skin's sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat. When the acid mantle is disturbed, the body becomes more susceptible to environmental stressors, bacteria, viral invaders, etc. It used to be that washing your face would absolutely destroy this layer of protection. The body does rebuild it, but it takes around a half an hour.
Enter toners. Toners were slightly acidic, so spraying them onto your skin instantly restored the acid mantle, thus restoring skin's protective coating.
These days, skin care tends to be pH balanced. This means it won't destroy the acid mantle. As a result, the toner is unnecessary from a therapeutic standpoint.
That said, toners can be a great pick me up mid day. They can help add additional biologics and active ingredients to the skin. They can also help remove any traces of make-up that your cleanser missed.
If you are interested in including toners into your daily regimen, there are a few things to look for:
1) Alcohol-free - Alcohol is terrible for the skin as it dries it out and can cause cracking and peeling. Avoid it at all costs.
2) Hyaluronic Acid - This is a great ingredient to include in your toner. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant. Each molecule holds 1000x its weight in water. A great time to use this would be on a flight.
3) Hydrasols - Floral and herbal waters that are created from plants. They have some of the properties of essential oils but are not nearly as strong. But the right ones can be a nice addition to your skin care routine. Use rose if you are dry or concerned with aging, witch hazel if you're oily, cornflower if you're oily, jasmine if you're sensitive.
Please come and see Liz with any questions you might have regarding toners and whether one would be right for your regimen!
Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, and Sulfates, while not AS dangerous as "the big three" ingredients, are all known allergens, which means that they really have no place coming in contact with your skin and nail bed.
Finally, the concerns over the use of parabens is well-documented, with there being some concern over its potentially carcinogenic properties.
The nail polish industry has taken notice and listened to you, the consumer, when you said ENOUGH of these ingredients. One shouldn't have to choose between poison and pretty, polished nails. But can you make quality polishes without these ingredients?
Enter Smith & Cult. This cutting edge beauty brand, beloved by beauty editors everywhere, creates it's polishes without any of these harmful ingredients, without sacrificing pigment and without sacrificing wear. They release new colors each season, so they have the in-trend colors, as well as the classics. In addition, the unique glass bottles with their hammered metal tops are perfectly delectable and look amazing on any vanity.
Not convinced? Swing by the shop and test them for yourself. Trust us. You'll wonder why nail polish brands didn't come up with a formulation like this sooner.
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