Duchess Marden

BATD ON Mar 06, 2009 AT 10:39 am

Duchess Marden

Duchess Marden

With spring already underway, we all want to look like bronzed goddesses long before summer looks start to grace runways. But every woman should have glowing skin, tanned or not. Marla Steuer has given us the perfect solution, with two new fabulously organic products from her infamous line, Duchess Marden. Products work on virtually every skin type, and each is free of harsh petrochemicals or anything artificial. Don’t confuse natural with simplistic though, rose scents will captivate your senses as the formulas hydrate and brighten your skin tone. The incorporation of jojoba beads makes skin velvety to the touch and clean, inside and out. Says Marla, founder, “We have bombarded our skin with so many pore-clogging ingredients that we need to give our skin a break, and return to simple purity.” Her two new remedies for Duchess make it easy to do so, I have already been using the Face Crème  and Rosewater spray toner.

Hydrating Mask

Hydrating Mask

For Marla Steuer, who grew up in Ohio and studied international marketing, launching her own business was simple. The how-to process, however, was lengthy. After a short time working for a media company, Steuer spent months travelling through Southeast Asia and India, before stumbling upon rosewater in Rajasthan. When Steuer first used rosewater on her own skin, it was “reminiscent of that first sip of fresh-squeezed orange juice”, she recalls. She used it daily after cleansing, then brought back bottles for her family and friends. Duchess Marden officially began in 2005 at her mother’s urging, and since then this entrepreneur has made bank with her pampering products. In the organics-obsessed beauty scene, Duchess is one of very few lines that truly boasts no preservatives. And it’s rare for a line that is so new to be exploding, but Steuer’s “start to finish body-care system” is definitely something to rave about.

Enzyme Exfoliant

Enzyme Exfoliant

Here are the new Top Two (and a must-have):

Hydrating Masque
Derived from pure, natural based elements, this masque is unlike anything you’ve tried before. Made of rose water, aloe vera gel, glycerine, and extracts from exotic Indian herbs, it firms, lifts and tightens your skin, no Botox included. Just simply apply to your dry skin and leave on for ten minutes before rinsing to feel (and look) completely refreshed.

Available now for $52

Enzyme Exfoliant
This little clutch-friendly bottle is as close to ten years younger as you can possibly imagine. Along with deeply and gently scrubbing to release unwanted buildup, it reduces aging with antioxidants like leaf juices and fruit, rosemary, and pumpkin extracts. After cleansing (for added boost, use the Hydrating Masque) apply a tiny dab to your dampened face, and massage in a circular motion. Rinse and dry as normal, follow with Duchess toner to tighten pores.

Face Creme

Face Creme

Available now for $44

Face Crème
I am loving this cream at the moment, it absorbs instantly, smells divine and keeps my dry winter skin feeling hydrated all day. I was recommended by new favourite facialist Nuz Shugaa to help eliminate dark spots – she says it works, and I believe her! This crème restores and dramatically increases the natural water content in skin, dramatically decreasing lines and wrinkles. Mushroom extract is used to actively remove dark spots and wrinkles, eliminating hyper-pigmentation. It’s hard to believe that such a luxe creation can moisturize solely with organic shea butter, apricot oil, and hydrolyzed oat protein, but your cleansed skin won’t lie. Restore your skin, there’s no time like the present. Apply morning and night for amazing results.

Available now for $60

Buy online at www.puresha.com

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