A Winter in Paris

Organic-obsessed fiends, take note. Nestled deep within the hipster heart of West Hollywood is a glorious find – The Detox Market. While supersized beauty cyberstores are popping up on both coasts, it seems the organic space has too few options to shop from, which makes this trailblazing boutique a thrilling stop.

When in LA, you simply must make a cameo to peruse the scrupulously well-curated selection of niche organic products that you might not even be able to find elsewhere. Sure you’ll find the regulars like Olie Biologique and Soapwalla, but my pick is Odacité – an ultra-luxurious brand that actually formulates the oils and products upon order to ensure the botanical potency of the antioxidants and vitamins. If that isn’t the purest in form of luxury, I’m not sure what is…

Valérie Grandury is a breast cancer survivor turned beauty entrepreneur who founded Odacité after gravitating towards the deep world of detox. In her renewed passion for all things chemical-free, she turned to raw foods to heal the innards, became a wellness coach to expand the mind, and experimented with healing plants and oils for the senses. The result is an exclusive brand of preservative-free products, which are shipped straight from the lab to your door. What arrived at mine? A Winter in Paris ($149).

This isn’t a face oil for the masses. Contrary, the well-loved private collection serum was actually created for private Parisian client and now shared with the few connoisseurs who are so unlike the mainstream and seek out the unique as opposed to labels. Here you’ll find a blend of Green Tea Camellia Seed, Moringa, Baobab, Pequi, and Marula oils.

The greatness of Marula - which has shot to acclaim this year - seems to be winning out Argan, but the  combination of the other oils shows the finest technical execution that is internally logical. The perks from each oil include:
  • Green Tea Camellia Seed: the geishas trusted in the collagen-rich oil to restore skin’s pH and keep it flawless
  • Moringa: brings over 92 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants, which were appreciated by the Egyptians long back before oils were en vogue
  • Baobab: Africans trusted in the Omegas 3, 6, & 9 and Vitamins A, D, and E to preserve skin’s elasticity
  • Pequi: indigenous to Brazil, the oil is super rich in Vitamin A, which helps with cell turnover and healing
Nothing is contrived about the airtight, sealed bottle. Enjoy the casual immediacy of a fresh Geranium wafting atop skin from 2-3 drops of the oil, which adds to the tender and daily chore of moisturizing. I think Winter in Paris is so good that it’s making me re-think my huilelust for infused varieties. Lightweight in feel, the serum provides the perfect edge of organic and indulgence.

Another reason to love the brand? They make the only Jasmine/Mimosa Body Scrub that I know of…and now love even more.

Price: $$$$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight Viscosity