David Pirrotta's Top 5 Picks This Spring
With COVID-19 vaccines in high gear, we’re seeing a new resurgence of hope, and I feel it too. After a recent ayahuasca journey, I found myself reconnected with the old me. I’ve always been a hippie at heart, a little New England boy who ran around the woods, got lost in the snow, played in the dirt. I recognize that part of me still reigns dominant, and is where my heart lies.
I realized that after 2+ decades in the beauty and skincare industry, I’ve lost sight of that earthly connection. I realized I needed to focus my support on discovering and uplifting completely sustainable brands who are doing it like no other. That means truly excellent formulas that are wildly effective, and not just hanging their hat on sustainability as a trend, but taking their time and doing it right. It’s this eco-minded reconnection that distills my absolute fav products for the season.
I’m a die-hard Wonder Valley fan and I can’t deny it, but this product really gets me excited. Mechanical exfoliation hasn’t been as popular as it used to be, and we get it. Liquid exfoliators are great. But this super delicate, super fine powder is such a treat. I use it every morning mixed with a little of the Wonder Valley oil cleanser and it’s such a gentle, deep, exfoliating cleanse.
The packaging for the exfoliator is Japanese-inspired, stunning, and recyclable. And, of course all the ingredients are totally clean and natural. Not only are her products amazing, but I have so much fun using them.
Ingredients is a brand near and dear to me. I am intimately acquainted with the founders and formulator. They are people I trust who have shepherded my career and aligned with my values about ingredient-and-eco-integrity in a profound way.
All of their products are top tier, for accessible prices. Their products have very high organic percentages compared to many brands that throw that word around. They’re plant-based, and instead of simple water, they use botanical hydrols. The packaging for Throat Spray is recyclable glass and the Nasal Spray is packaged with bag-in-can-non-aerosol which is crucial. Their boxes are composed of non-toxic inks printed on FSC paper.
I’m hyper-aware of my sinuses during the season of allergies, so I swear by these two products every single day after the shower to keep my breathing easy.
I adore this essence. It’s so hydrating, I almost don’t need anything over it in the warmer days to keep me dewy and refreshed. I have access to so many products at any given time, but really I’m a less is more guy. Don’t do more if you don’t need to, and this essence really locks things in for me. Their ingredient integrity scores them amazing on the INCI list— I just love what they are putting out into the market.
I have to admit, I’ve been pretty over face oils for a while now. I used to have an issue with cystic acne growing up, so oils I am wary of. Most of them just break me out or sit on top of my skin, and I mean, how many oils can one possibly have? I’ll tell you how many. One. This one.
The Ritual Serum is unparalleled. After I use the essence, if I need more moisture I dab this on and it penetrates my skin perfectly with no oily residue, it never breaks me out— in fact it helps clear breakouts— and the ingredients are all ethically, small-batch sourced. It’s rich in omegas and beautiful lipids, turmeric, minerals, and calming powerhouses like calendula and rosehip. And of course, the packaging is super sustainable.
This duo is so clean, and so sustainable from shipping to empty bottle. The packaging is all make from either recyclable or compostable materials from mushrooms, so I literally throw it in my garden after. Can you imagine? This has to be the future. We all need to get on this ride. Sandor is really creating incredible product, but their outlook on sustainability is bar none what everyone should be following.
Other packaging is 100% post industrial aluminum scrap, while inside, it’s all locally-sourced ingredients. It’s farm-to-medicine cabinet in its purest form, and my hair loves it.
Sustainability is luxury, when you think about the thoughtfulness behind it. Luxury becomes comfort. When you’re comfortable with yourself and your choices, you feel empowered. That’s the energy I’m taking with me into spring 2021.
Written by Nicole Lesmeister
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