Official countdown: It?s exactly one month to Memorial Day weekend. Time to step up your skincare game. Since a hearty exfoliator and ultra-light cream are givens, here are a few more necessities--of course, all handmade locally--to have at the ready.
Protect Forget the chemical-laden, eye-stinging sunscreens of yesteryear: EiR Surf Mud ($20) is a much more soothing, natural option. This buttery balm was originally made for surfers (complete with zinc oxide), so you know it?s legit. But for those inevitably missed spots (blast you, back of the ears), keep the Cooling Butter ($20) around just in case.
Refresh As the temps rise, so does our awareness of personal?aroma. Keep a mini rollerball fragrance in your purse, like Joya Composition No. 6 Roll-On Parfum ($28), for an on-the-go refresher. Thanks to a cocktail of Fujian cypress, juniper, cedarwood and saffron, it?s crisp enough for abrasive summer days in the city but sweet enough for date night.
Repel The urban mosquito is no urban legend. Meow Meow Tweet?s All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent ($18) protects skin with plant-based ingredients and won?t make you smell like, well, bug spray. Pairs well with picnics in the park and rooftop bars.