Photo: David Land
If there is such thing as "It" skincare, that honor would probably go to Tata Harper right now. These days, it seems every cool girl ever is mentioning Harper's line as a medicine cabinet staple. It makes sense, though: The products -- which are made by hand on her Vermont farm, with many of the organic ingredients sourced from the property -- are incredibly softening and glow-inducing.
Harper's products defy the norms most have come to expect from all-natural products (i.e. no crunchy, earthy smell). In fact, one of the most amazing things about the line is they way it smells. With ingredients like orange blossom, lavender, carrot oil, pomegranate enzymes and apricot seed, there's this added luxe feel, on top of being really nourishing for your skin.
We caught up with Harper -- who also has an apartment in New York -- to discuss everything from summer makeup to Colombian salsa (she's from the same city as Shakira) to her secrets for radiant skin.
Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia
Where do you live?: My home is on my farm in Vermont, however, I divide my time between the farm and New York City.
Astrological sign: LEO
Summer skincare regimen: During the summer I exfoliate my skin with the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser and my Clarisonic brush once a week. This helps to rid the skin of any congestion and gives it a deep cleanse. I use it from my chest to my forehead. After cleansing I use the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for weekly maintenance, which helps to remove dead skin cells and bring new ones to the surface for a beautiful healthy glow. This step is especially important throughout the summer months when you are out in the sun more often. Then I spritz my face with our Hydrating Floral Essence and apply the Rejuvenating Serum and Reparative Moisturizer and Restorative Eye Cream. The last step is my favorite. I use the Replenishing Nutrient Complex as it provides a final layer of protection for my skin. I carry it around in my purse and apply it many times during the day for a boost of nutrients. It's like your skin taking a vitamin pill....I love it!
Favorite artist: Jim Hodges
Last trip you went on: Palm Beach
Contents of your travel dop kit: When I travel my skin gets very dehydrated due to the air recirculation. Before I take off I always spray my Hydrating Floral Essence and lock the moisture in with the Replenishing Nutrient Complex.
Person/place/thing that's consistently inspiring you: The FUTURE is the most inspiring thing to me, the dream of a world where my children and grandchildren won't use or get close to the reach of industrial toxic chemicals.
Favorite flowers: I adore tulips.
Favorite jeans: I love Rag & Bone.
Summer makeup routine: In general I don't wear a lot of makeup, I look really bad with it on, which defeats the total purpose of using it in the first place. When I'm going out to an event and want some added glamour I have a pot of RMS Solar Eye Shadows that adds just a touch of sparkle and highlight. I love their Living Luminizer! It's great for the cheekbones and under the eyes. A little goes a long way. It just gives the slightest hint of glow without glitter or looking obvious. I like Kjaer Weiss lip gloss, it's silky (not sticky) and leaves your lips looking naturally gorgeous.
Favorite restaurant: AXE in Venice Beach and Sushi of Gari in NYC.
Perfume: My aromatic treatments are my choice of perfume lately. They are mood prescriptions and were not supposed to be perfumes but they smell sooo good and are so easy to carry that I end up using them throughout the day. I love products with multiple purposes.
Music you're loving right now: I don't stick to one genre of music. Right now I like listening to Adele and Joe Arroyo (Colombian Salsa).
Favorite thing about summer: The long days, so much to do.