Beauty Notes: A Fresh-Fruit Mask from Tata Harper

the Colombia native and beauty entrepreneur talks to us about starting her own line, the secret behind her glow (hint: We think her Vermont surroundings have something to do with it) and gives us a DIY fresh-fruit face mask that will have you dreaming of summer…

How did growing up in Colombia affect your attitude toward beauty?
I grew up in a house with a lot of women, including my two sisters, mother and grandmother—and sharing beauty rituals was a way for us to spend time together. On Saturday mornings, we would make homemade beauty concoctions and do skin and hair masks…

What inspired you to create your own line of natural products?
After a family member of mine became ill, I was inspired to purge my home and beauty closet of ingredients that I couldn’t trust. I started swapping everything out for natural, nontoxic alternatives, but I couldn’t find a replacement for my high-performance anti-aging skin care. It didn’t exist, so I realized I had to create it myself.

Why did you decide to manufacture your products in Vermont?
Most beauty companies don’t manufacture their own products, so what we’re doing is pretty unusual. With 100 percent natural products, we’re dealing with very delicate ingredients that need extra care. We source natural ingredients from around the world, as well as our own farm in Vermont, and create our products by hand in small batches.

Is there any one product you swear by?
The Elixir Vitae serum. It works wonders for my skin.

Beauty icons?
Christy Turlington and Carolyn Murphy.
To shop our assortment of Tata Harper, click here.

A Moment with…Ursa Major®

we chatted with former New Yorkers Emily and Oliver of men’s grooming
line (and In Good Company partner) Ursa Major about life in Stowe,
Vermont, and their powder-day strategy…
What’s topping our wish list…
“A waffle-maker and the J.Crew sequin Etta pumps. (OMG, who
doesn’t want these shoes?!)”—Emily

“A good pair of binoculars and a pair of Fair Isle camp socks.”—Oliver

How to survive a Vermont winter…
“Get your blood moving with an outdoor activity. We’re partial to
back-country and cross-country skiing.”

“Layer up on wool and stock plenty of wood for the fire.”

“Drink ‘Oli’s hot chocolate’—a mix of good chocolate, organic milk,
Stroh Rum and maple syrup.”

The Bees Knees in Morrisville is a great place to go to warm up: they’ve got
live music every night and the menu focuses on local and organic produce.
Emily gets the tofu burrito and I get the Boyden beef burger.”

On a powder day we…

“Head straight to our favorite lines in the woods with our friends in tow.
(George, our tripawd bulldog, stays at home.)”

The biggest misconception about men’s grooming products…
“Guys are quick to say, ‘I don’t need that.’  The truth is, most men could
really benefit from a simple daily skin care regimen.”


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