Luxe travel grooming products for fall [classic article]

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Well-heeled travelers don’t change anything in their routine from how they live at home. For them, it’s not about beauty and grooming lifestyle with mass-market products from the drug-store every time they hop on a plane . . . after all, they’re always on the go! I was hosted to experience a number of products that will take you beautifully into fall and also, “resort”.

For decades and decades, the Beautiful People who sailed the seas — even before the Jet Age — flocked to Erno Laszo for skin care consultations and ultra-exclusive products. Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O, even the Duchess of Windsor, all relied on “Dr. Laszlo” for products and techniques to keep their skin clear. It seems that cleansing is regaining ground as crucial step in skincare: don’t worry about “anti aging” until you have a clean slate.

Most people — everyone but the oiliest skin — will start with Phelytl Pre-Cleansing Oil. It takes off your makeup and buffers your skin against cleansers, hard water, etc. You won’t be oily, because then you follow it with . . .

The cornerstone of Erno Laszlo, the elegant soubriquet, “The little black soap”: Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. It won’t count against your 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag in its full size, though the company does have travel sizes of many of its products. As to the soap, you don’t use it like any other soap you’ve used: there’s a whole special technique . . . it involves filling up your wash basin with water and washing out of that. For those of you who don’t have ladies’ maids to ensure that your sink is pristine at all times, get out a big, deep salad bowl.

Light Controlling Lotion will then cut through any residue, briskly. It does have alcohol in it, so keep it away from your eyes and mouth. Certainly, those with breakouts will be refreshed.

Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm is appropriate for all skin types. Even in its elegantly packaged full size with a scooper, it’s sized for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags, though there is a specific sample tube. It’s a gel-creme consistency that strengthens and reduces irritation in your skin . . . you can use it from head to toe. Tamanu oil and glycosaminoglycans promote healing and collegen production.


When you’re jet-lagged, mint grooming products feel especially revitalizing. Mint is also considered a unisex fragrance. Tammy Fender products, cult favorites of Hollywood, is organic and 100% organic. Purifying Cleansing Gel with Spearmint & Alfalfa is a bracing, refreshing cleanser. Pick up a little plastic bottle at the dollar store if you need it for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags. These days, artisan and handmade are extra desireable in products. Soap & Paper Factory is exactly that! Their Mint Julep Lip Butter is enriched with shea butter, lanolin and beeswax, no petrochemicals. The mint in their butter isn’t astringent or burning — think the gentle mint of a classic stick of chewing gum. As simply packaged as it is, there are still hidden luxe touches: a hinge opening, so you never drop the lid on an airplane floor while everyone’s sleeping and a built-in mirror in the lid!

Globe-trotting models and other beautiful people have always brought back exotic beauty potions for themselves and lucky friends. Phytoceane is one of those luxurious, efficacious French products that you can now buy stateside! Fluide Dermo-Softness Fluid is very sheer, light, absorbable. But doesn’t mean it’s not working hard! You’ll feel the soothing, anti-irritation results without feeling sweaty, greasy. It won’t interfere with application of cosmetics. combines moisturizing and soothing ingredients including laboratory-cultivated “gems of the sea” to curb the skin’s inflammatory response and bathe it with moisture and minerals. Allantoin, vitamin B5 and coralline extract help heal, protect and soften the skin.


Many sun products seem to be more about the fruity scent and not so much about true sun protection. Sun Bum doesn’t play with protecting you from aging and skin cancer! Sun Bum sunscreens are tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation. The SCF is internationally recognized as the educational leader to the public and medical communities related to skin cancer prevention.

Cool Down is an easy-to-spread, comforting lotion to moisturize burned, dehydrated skin. The tube size is perfect for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags! Shine On is a hair oil you can use at the beach for its UV protection — but they do tell you that you need separate coverage for your scalp. It’s light and won’t leach color from your hair, which many oils can do. It’s enriched with with pure coconut oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and banana leaf. It will help your hair from tangling with the surf!

Fashion models, socialites and royal highnesses from around the world adore Philip B. He’s been creating the most exquisite hair care products for decades; indeed, he wrote a book on how you can recreate many of his recipes at home, Blended Beauty. Let’s face it, some of the things you need for grooming, you’re not going to be able to make. Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo is one of them! It includes proven medicinal treatment ingredients, but also has the natural elements that Philip B. is famous for: aloe vera (for soothing) sage and juniper berry. The scent has a New Mexico type of fragrance, but with a sharper note of tea-tree on top. Your scalp will feel soothed and refreshed, but I’d still suggest using a good conditioner afterwards. You can get it in a size for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags.

Susan Posnick is a skin care line found in upscale boutiques and department stores. It was created by a makeup artist who herself was diagnosed with skin cancer. In her career, she did the makeup for such celebs as Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, Rene Russo, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Phil Collins and Mary Kay (Ash). She was determined to create products that were convenient, gave the results VIPs expect, plus also gave natural mineral sun protection. COLORFLO Bronzer is in an easy to pack plastic tube that has a built-in brush — it won’t count against your 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag! The bronzer has a lighter tone and a bit of sheen. There is a certain segment of jet-setters who likes to claim they’re not wearing makeup and just apply “a little bronzer”. Perfect! There’s also the rest of us who desperately need something quick and easy to fix our face while traveling. Also perfect! I’d suggest keeping the container box, as it houses important instructions for opening, refilling and cleaning the device.

Josie Maran is a super-model who discovered the amazing results of argan oil while on a photo shoot in France. An elderly woman appeared anything but; Moran learned that she kept her youthful looks with the use of argan oil. The Argan Enlightenment Illuminating Wand is perfect for highlighting your face and body. It’s in the perfect shade for glamorous selfies: not too white, not too pink. It couldn’t be easier to use — just touch it on!

If you’ve been looking at any celebrities lately, you know the focus is on lips, lips, lips! Mally Roncal has served as a makeup artist for the biggest pop stars/models/actresses in the business and her Mally Beauty company creates the products divas want and need. Instant Impact Lipstick Duo is higly pigmented, yet moist: you’ll look terrific in travel selfies in any light. With two complimentary colors that have pointed color bullets, you’ll be able to control placement and create highlights and contours for extra shape to your lips. If the colors weren’t so highly pigmented, your artistry/camoflage would be apparent. Now, it’s your secret!

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