WWB Ideal Find: “Erbe” and the Everlasting Beauty Secrets from Italian Culture

Feb 25, 2013 by

Erbe Veccia Farmicia in Italy/1600’s

Welcome to the first installment of “Ideal Finds”.  One way to be “comfortable in your own skin” is to align your consuming habits with your inner personal values.  As a conscious lifestyle consumer you want to know whether the brand authentically reflects the values you care about deeply.  It’s hard to identify authenticity in a commercial world of “image” and “spin”.  At “Ideal Finds” I’ll  help you get to know brands intimately who are authentic and true to the cultural ideals they are inspired by.  Hope you find “simpatico” with each of our featured companies but as I always say…follow your own inner GPS and be your own guru.


In addition to “Ideal Finds” you might enjoy perusing the “Trendscapes” category to follow the trends and influences shaping the world of beauty, health & wellness.  Wise inquiring minds want to know! Please CLICK the FOLLOW button on the right bottom of this post to be notified of WWB updates…

Truly Herself,

IDEAL FIND:  Erbe founded in 1988  (photo above Erbe Veccia Farmacia, Italy in the 1600’s)

FOUNDER:  Carmen Miraglia

AUTHENTIC DEDICATION: Italian Beauty Culture rooted in 16th and 17th century Aroma-Phytotherapy practice.

Lauroly Q: Welcome Carmen Miraglia. What a pleasure to have you here to talk about your company and ideals. The background story on how you got started with Erbe is so rich and filled with authenticity. Your products are truly an “ideal find” for those who haven’t discovered Erbe yet! You studied biology at Rome’s La Sapienza University and researched herbal alchemy dating back to the 16th century.  After working in your parents 18th Century pharmacy custom blending curative creams from essential oils you went on to develop products for major cosmetic companies. What motivated you to create your own line of phytocosmetics (phyto meaning plant based) called Erbe?

Carmen Miraglia: Growing up in Italy it was customary to be acquainted with the natural healing methods from the folk medicine, everyone knows that Chamomile soothes and Rosemary stimulates. These plants are our foundations applied in the everyday life, including beauty receipts used for centuries and improved overtime. As a former product developer, for other cosmetic companies, I became more and more disenchanted with this world of ordinary formulations with no functional activity but only for commercial purposes. I felt I had to go back to what I knew best, personalized natural formulations, ready to use receipts for beauty and personal hygiene, based on extremely pure ingredients and without additives or chemicals but no shelf life. They were classic preparations previously available only custom made in local pharmacies. Soon my small artisan activity became a business and started researching for the appropriated additives to incorporate in my formulations, without altering or diminishing the effects of the botanical ingredients but, enhancing their efficacy to convey and maintain the properties of our herbs, roots and flowers.

 Lauroly Q:  The inspiration for your line is so interesting. You studied the work of Italian herbalist, alchemists and physicians from celebrated ancient monasteries. How do you combine ancient alchemy with modern science? There are so many companies claiming “all natural” but we often find a natural herb like lavender listed last after a long list of chemicals. As former Marketing Director of the HBA Beauty show (tradeshow for cosmetic manufacturers) in New York, I talked to many product formulators who talked about the difficulty and challenges of natural product formulation.  Can you tell us how you address the challenges?

Carmen Miraglia: There are “chemicals” deriving from plants and “transformed” into a preservatives or antibacterial that may complete or enhance the functional activity of the plants. Essential oils, in their pure form and extracted in a safe way, are great preservatives and anti-oxidants, if we extract the active principal of the Lemon, we obtain the “ascorbic acid” used as a preservative and so on. Many plants, once they go under a transformation process may assume a fantasy name, we rigorously select the additives to incorporate in our products. The process of “transformation”, of vegetal origin ingredients, is fundamental to realize our line of products.



Lauroly Q: How do you insure quality in your production and manufacturing?

Carmen Miraglia: We rely on the work of family owned business for years who are determined to continue and maintain a traditional method of manufacturing passed on from generation to generation. We work very close for over 25 years now. Actually the new generation is more dedicated to quality, they have chosen to improve and grow with particular attention to quality and integrity. From our sources of the plants, their transformation and their employment, we control every aspect of production, including our packaging and designs. My suppliers, my graphic designer, my lab collaborators and I have formed a trustworthy team and by learning from each other, we create these products that are designed to be safe, functional and pleasant to use.

Lauroly Q: Okay we understand what makes Erbe so unique and special but let’s get to Italian culture. What botanical blends from nature did your ancient ancestors in Italy use?  And what is your best selling product?

Carmen Miraglia: Everyone knows Chamomile soothes, Rosemary stimulates, Mallow soothes if the gums are irritated, or Calendula cream helps if your skin is flaking dry. In Italy it is our everyday life, we always used natural remedies to cure minor ailments, mixing and blending mixtures of herbs for all kinds of needs. The association of various different herbs in one single product is the key to aim at various skin conditions. These associations and relative ratio of dosages is a precise science and this is what makes all ERBE’s Moisturizers the best appreciated products in our lines. Our skin care products contain a blend of truly precious essential oils and extracts, designed to target a wide range of skin conditions. Our blends contribute in enhancing the skin’s immune system, improve the appearance of dull skin, refresh and rejuvenate, while also delaying signs of aging.



Lauroly Closing: All I can say is Bellissimo! Carmen, thank you so much for sharing your Italian cultural wisdom and inspiring business story.  I should remind everyone that Erbe products are free of synthetic fragrances, animal products, waxes and colorants. You can find Erbe products at www.erbeitalianskincare.com

To learn more about Erbe and specifically phytotherapy you can contact info@erbeitalianskincare.com


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WWB’s CULTURE WISE: Tuning In or Tuning Out? The Wisdom to Know the Difference…

Feb 22, 2013 by


World Wise Beauty Trendscapes


I found the article below at a fun and smart site called “Foodie Underground”.  Bravo to the writer Anna Brones for saying what we all need to hear sometimes. “Good food doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be conscious”.

Technology can be “used” to make life easier allowing us more time to enjoy our real lives.  Right? GPS navigation helps me get from point A to point B without spending hours getting lost.   I can arrive on time and enjoy a wonderful meal and good conversation with real friends.  Definitely a good “tool” to use.  But when I saw the photo below I found it a little creepy.  I showed the same photo to a few friends and they said ” it’s no different than reading a paper while eating your cereal”.  I admitted it was a good point! It made me think the cultural question isn’t really about technology being good or bad but rather how do we want to use it and manage it in our lives? Are we “tuning in” by using technology or are we “tuning out”?  Maybe the answer is having the wisdom to know the difference.  What do you think ?

Truly Herself


by  on February 11, 2013 in FOOD

iphone noodle bowl

COLUMNIn our modern, technology filled world, we’re busy, and so we cut corners, but food shouldn’t be one of them.

Checking your iPhone during dinner is rude (well, unless you’re food porning it up… and even then, there are limits). But what’s worse? Making your iPhone your dinner partner.

That’s right food lovers, you can now buy a bowl for ramen that magically connects your iPhone so that you can surf and text and check your updates while you’re slurping down a bowl of hot noodle broth. Great! Why enjoy your meal when you could be reading your email?

In the midst of articles about farmers markets, CSAs and urban gardens, it’s discoveries like this that give me cause for concern, particularly about our future as a society. Not because hip food cities may soon be filled with ramen/iPhone bars (isn’t there an app that turns your phone into a set of chopsticks??), but because it’s an indicator of a larger cultural dilemma.

We live in a fast-paced world, where work is longer and meals are shorter. We trade the conference room for the dinner table, and soon eating is just another task in the day; something to be checked off of a to-do list.

We’re busy and so we cut corners, but food shouldn’t be one of them. Seeking out devices to replace the fact that we aren’t sitting around a table with family or friends is not only depressing, it’s a sign of the times: we live in a world where eating is an afterthought–something that we know we must do, just like we must wash the dishes and we must go to work.

But if we take the pleasure and ceremony out of eating, what are we left with? A world where good food isn’t honored and fast food is the norm. There’s a causal relationship between our high octane modern world and our path towards a public health epidemic: we don’t take time to eat, much less honor the process, gather with friends, celebrate the food in front of us and the company around us. Put an emphasis back on living life, and maybe food politics falls in place right behind.

We complain that dinner takes time and energy to prepare; but aren’t we lucky enough to be taking a moment to work with our hands and produce something that sustains us? Somewhere our relationship to food went askew – instead of flavor and sustenance we chose efficiency and in turn have created a system where taste is in fact the last criteria that is used in most food that is grown. Genetically modified tomatoes that grow into squares so that they pack better? Why not?

Food is one of the few moments in the day where we can disconnect. Remove ourselves from our digital lives and appreciate something physical and tangible. An all-senses affair. If we want to change the world of food, maybe we need to start thinking about our own interactions with it first. Are we present? Are making something or merely hitting the “warm up” button? Do we make time for food or is it an afterthought?

A good friend emailed me in reference to last week’s column where I said that cooking is our thirty minutes a day to disconnect from everything else and merely commit to the creation of a single thing:

“My face fell at the idea of spending a mere 30 minutes cooking each day. Try as I might I spend far more than 30 minutes preparing food each day. I’d better start working towards more efficiency in the kitchen. All those hours add up in a hurry. And what did you do with your life, Mrs. Bryan?”

I responded simply by saying  “If all you did in your life, Mrs. Bryan, was spend time in the kitchen making amazing things and being aware of your surroundings, I would say that that is a life well lived.”

Good food doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be conscious. If not, we risk a world in which real food disappears, and that is a world that is certainly not conducive to living well.

This is the latest installment of Anna Brones’ weekly column at EcoSalon: Foodie Underground, an exploration of what’s new and different in the underground movement, and how we make the topic of good food more accessible to everyone. More musings on the topic can be found at www.foodieunderground.com.

Photo Credit: MisoSoupDesign

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WWB CULTURE WISE: Wellness Culture–Give ME Something More!

Feb 19, 2013 by





Over the last twenty years the main purpose of  spas was to spoil, pamper and indulge you, but today we need so much MORE than that! Yes, times they are a changin and what has changed so dramatically is our culture and expectation of the spa experience.  Savvy, wiser, and armed with access to the worldwide Internet, we have become the wellness consumer.  And our mantra is “Give me something more”

Living in a fast paced world fueled by our powerful stress hormones our wellness needs go beyond pampering.  Now we need to restore, refuel and refresh because we are going to live forever! Or aspire to anyway 😉  Functioning at optimum levels for longevity is the new dawning of wellness culture.  The key drivers of wellness culture are everlasting beauty & longevity, energy & stress management & preventative health and wellness.  Just go to your local book store and observe the numerous book titles on:

How can we learn how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle?  The  answers are different for each of us! Advanced health science and research has confirmed there is no one wellness modality for all.  Today we can seek to enhance and improve our personal wellness lifestyle through blending a variety of wellness applications and healing modalities often embraced by cultures other than our own.  Take a look at all your options…

  • Yoga 
  • Tai Chi 
  • Detoxifying Body Scrubs 
  • Cooking Lessons and Nutritional Counseling 
  • Stress Management and Reduction Therapies like Meditation 
  • Aromatherapy 
  • Reflexology 
  • Wellness/Life Coaching

You can also choose to be a conscious consumer and pamper yourself with the most unique, authentic, exotic, natural, organic and eco-conscious personal care products available. That’s right…give me something more! Make sure to refer to the following guides on how to find quality personal care products which fit your personal values. www.safecosmetics.org,www.choosewiser.com,www.ewg.org/skindeep,www.goodguide.org

Wellness Culture Today…Individuality with a Local & Global Mindset

So what is wellness culture? Wellness culture is defined and reflected through our “global and local community” which is becoming more blended every day.  You need only look to the spa industry to see how global influences blend with local traditions.  For example, the traditional Swedish massage is just one of the many types of massages one can enjoy in the twenty first century spa.  Today you can enjoy a cornucopia of “indigenous treatments” highlighting unique local ingredients and therapeutic traditions. What is your fancy? Shall it be a Finnish Sauna, a Greek Herbal Bath or a Japanese Salt Steam Bath?  You may have to travel to Spa Resorts to experience some of these creative therapies but don’t forget your local Day Spa.

Wellness Culture crosses all socio-economic borders.  You don’t need to travel far to experience exotic treatments.  Hot Stone Therapy, Ayurveda, and Thai Massage are now commonly offered on your local Day Spa menu and all have been inspired by ancient cultures across the globe. These are just some of the influences shaping wellness culture but whether you go to a spa establishment or not you can still live a healthy lifestyle through your own individual habits and mindset. Wellness culture is cultivated by you!


Wellness Trinity


With advances in health science, we now can reject the “sickness model” dominating the last century and embrace healthy lifestyle and preventive personal care through integrated wellness modalities.  Putting it simply our health and wellness lifestyle is like an À la Carte menu. We can pick and choose what is best for us.  Creating your own individualized health map is the next wave of wellness culture. The holistic approach to beauty, health and wellness respects the whole person and acknowledges the trinity of mind, body and spirit. Ultimately, your beauty, health and wellness is cultivated from the inside…out.

If you are interested in nurturing the complete trinity of wellness (Mind, Body, Spirit) consider the wonderful world of wellness retreats. Serving a broad broad range of needs ( addiction retreats, meditation retreats, writers retreats) in the personal development and spiritual areas, wellness retreats can assist in positive personal change. You can reconnect to your true self, learn and practice methods to better yourself and your life, take time for reflection and rejuvenate your spirit. Don’t you feel great already?!

Customizing your wellness plan and individualizing your wellness lifestyle is the growing trend in wellness culture. You’re in charge!  But make no mistake about what all this means. You are shaping wellness culture and the culture you value is shaping you.  Remember what’s new and what’s next doesn’t always equate to what matters to you.  Cultivate your own personal wellness values and your inner GPS will guide you safely.

Wishing you WELL…

Truly Herself


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From Ancient Culture to Modern Medicine…Chocolate’s Worldly Secrets

Feb 15, 2013 by



Valentines Day has come and gone but now that box of chocolates is sitting there tempting you. Or did you eat it all in one night?! What is it about chocolate that tempts and delights us? Especially women? If there are two things I love learning about from a socio-cultural perspective it is chocolate and wine.  I can’t indulge in too much of either but maybe this is the “healthy epicurean’s secret”.  As Epicurus the ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism said ” Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.” 




Chocolate is not only a delicious treat but also has nutritional and therapeutic properties which we are hearing a lot about lately.  Is this an invitation to eat more chocolate sweets? Not quite! Check out Dr. Mao’s ( my favorite wellness guide and doctor) pros and cons overview to reap the benefits of chocolate and not the pounds!

Here is my cheat sheet: to reap the full health benefits, you need to choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate, as the milk may prevent the body from absorbing the antioxidants. Go for chocolate with at least 72% cocoa, and make sure that it doesn’t contain any partially hydrogenated fat.

Now that we covered the important healthy facts about chocolate let’s take a quick world tour of how the little cacao bean became beloved by the world in the form of chocolate.

Truly Herself


From Bean to Beverage, from Beverage to Confectionery, Chocolate Travels the World…

Did you know the ancient Olmec people occupying an area of tropical forests south of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico were responsible for cultivating the cacao tree from which chocolate is derived? Many historians are certain now that the Olmec people and not the Aztec’s were the true founders. Later the Mayans believed (understandably!) the tree  belonged to the God’s and the pods growing from the tree were their gifts to man. The “drink of the gods” was created and it was a much more bitter brew than the hot chocolate we know today.  After the demise of the Mayan culture the Aztecs developed their own concoction called Xocolatl from cacao beans and traded the beans with the Spanish colonist. Oh how I do go on…

This story and history of this magical bean gets better but I am writing a blog and will have to share my secret to sounding like a chocolate guru!  The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Chocolate  is the best comprehensive and illustrative book on chocolate you will find. And yes it is filled with recipes! Let’s do a quick world tour from the book with a few comments from me sprinkled in …


Spain: The Spanish like their chocolate thick–so thick that a spoon will stand up on it and it can almost be classified as a food rather than a drink. There are “chocolaterias” all over the cities in Spain and historically they associated their chocolate drinks as stimulants like coffee and tea.  A traditional time to take the beverage is in the morning with freshly cooked “churos” a fried dough.  Don’t be jealous we have Starbucks!


Italy: The Italians like their chocolate sweet and nutty. Yes think Perugia chocolate! The theory is chocolate was brought to Italy as “medicine” through the convents and monasteries. But Italians were the most creative with their chocolate usage in culinary dishes. Liver dipped in Chocolate ( wish I thought of that when I had to eat Liver as a child!) Chocolate Soup and Candied Fruit were just some imaginative uses. Mangia!

France: The French prefer dark and intensely flavored chocolate ( think Michel Cluizel). Also quick to fall under “chocolate’s spell” France recognized chocolate for its therapeutic properties. French doctors at one time believed chocolate was beneficial for chronic illnesses and broken hearts. The French historian Bonaventure d’Argonne said the Cardinal of Lyon drank chocolate “to calm his spleen and appease his rage and foul temper”.  Ha! This explains why I kept chocolates on my office desk! Meetings are far more tolerable and less “foul’! Marie Antoinette was also very fond of chocolate.  Chocolate was thought of as powerful aphrodisiac and the royalty of her time threw fashionable parties called  “chocolate du roi”.  It was the ultimate chic to be invited.  Anyone for a chocolate fondue party or maybe too 1990’s for you? lol

Germany & Austria: Both countries like their chocolate smooth and filled with the finest ingredients (think Fedora). Champagne Truffles anyone?! After the late mid-seventeenth century, chocolate was making an appearance in all the principal cities of Europe. Germany was late to the party and regarded Chocolate as medicine. You mainly found it in their apothecaries.  It eventually made its way into fashionable society. Among Germany’s confirmed Chocoholics was the famous poet Goethe who was reputed to have found the beverage a source of inspiration and drank it well into his old age. Very wise…

United States of America: On a mass level we love our sweet milk chocolate ( think Hershey’s Bar) but  our taste palates have evolved to embrace a cornucopia of chocolate treats (think Ghirardelli). True to our democratic and capitalistic ideals, we market chocolate to the masses not just the elite! In America there was an emphasis on wholesomeness rather than sophistication. Thomas Jefferson was quoted saying” The superiority of chocolate both for health and nourishment will soon give it the preference over tea and coffee in America which it has for Spain”.  A trend forecast not entirely accurate!

Enjoy your Chocolate and remember there is a difference between being a healthy epicurean and a glutten! If you don’t eat too much in one sitting you can enjoy chocolate all year round in moderation.  Some nutritional experts today even recommend a cup of cocoa to start your day every day but that would be the real unsweetened cocoa powder! Add a little cinnamon and you are good to go…




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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of them All? Our WWB Icon and the Author of “The Beauty Experiment” Cracks the Question…

Feb 11, 2013 by

The Beauty Experiment


Phoebe Baker Hyde--WWB Icon and author of “The Beauty Experiment” holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of California, Irvine.    

Featured Book:The Beauty Experiment” How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the Word Without Concealer and Learned to Love the Real Me     


Welcome Phoebe!  Thanks so much for joining me here at World Wise Beauty.  Kudos to you for being brave enough to do the beauty experiment and brave enough to write about it! Brave might sound like a strong word for giving up lipstick but your experiment was much more than just giving up beauty products. You really gave up  things that defined your “feminine identity” as you were taught to believe by the cultural mores of today.  “The Beauty Experiment” included everything from not shaving your legs and arm pits ( no no in American culture), to not wearing jewelry, to cutting your long hair off, and to not buying fashionable clothes.  Stepping out from the cultural norm is no easy task and it takes courage to not “follow the herd” in any culture. We applaud you!  Congratulations you are officially now a World Wise Beauty Icon.

Lauroly Q:  Ok Phoebe, let’s start with a juicy detail. What was the one product most challenging for you to give up? If you could take only one beauty product with you to an island you would never leave, what would it be? I personally would want take my Burt’s Bee Lip Shimmer! Oh no! That was my first product plug!  lol

Phoebe Baker Hyde:  Before my experiment, I would have said under-eye concealer.  I felt I needed it to simply look normal, healthy, and alert.  But without it I was forced to address root causes. The dark circles stemmed from sleep-deprivation as a new mom, something I had to work hard and creatively to fix.  My own social anxiety stemmed from a pretty ancient assumption that women and girls have to smile and look pretty even when we don’t feel that way.  Certianly taking good care of ourselves helps us feel better, but self-care has far more definitions that slapping on the artificial quick-fix  of concealer.  It was hard, but good, to let that go.  

World Wise Beauty Icon

If marooned on a desert island I’d absolutely want to take a 4ft x 3ft (or so) piece of hand-woven or batik-printed fabric with me—to use as a skirt, a dress, a scarf, a backpack , a shade, a blanket, and a tent. In my travels I’ve seen women from Guatemala to Cameroon to Bali use this marvelous piece of female technology in ways that are always both practical and decorative. Check out my textile collection on Pinterest!

Lauroly Q:  You happened to be living in Hong Kong when you started The Beauty Experiment and this must have made things even more interesting.  What do you think is different about Asian beauty culture and feminine ideals versus American culture and the ideals you grew up with? Was there a vast difference in the reaction to your experiment while in Hong Kong versus America? Or is beauty culture becoming globally homogenized? 

Phoebe Baker Hyde: I think there are two very interesting opposing views of femaleness in China: one is that women are valued as an essential component of a workforce and manufacturing base. There is great equality, if not opportunity or worker protection. In the growing middle class, however, as it aspires to be like the wealthier, westernized society in Hong Kong and other international Asian cities,

there is a very clear advertising angle that urges women to be little-girlish, forever youthful, ethereal, cute, carrying a purse with a big, shiny designer label and with skin bleached by all kinds of whiteners. It’s a very different perfected femaleness than the pilates-toned, sun-bronzed, athlete-models that we often see in the US, or the glamazons that menace us from billboards with black eye-makeup and power-hungry scowls.

I think the fact that I wasn’t hitting any of these ideals helped me begin my experiment. And people’s reactions varied more according to someone’s age and personal status than where they were from. Professional women were annoyed by me doing something they felt they couldn’t or wouldn’t risk, stay-at-home or work-at-home caregivers barely noticed, my mother and mother-in-law wondered if I had a screw loose. I was tired and lonely—wasn’t pampering what I needed? In a way it was, but I also needed to take a look at my relationship, my professional aspirations, my personal finances, my own expectations of myself as a mother etc. I was at a crossroads where all the other things had to come first.

Lauroly Q:  For those who haven’t read the book yet we should share your experiment wasn’t for a scientific paper or your thesis on cultural anthropology.  This was a deeply personal experiment for you. What was the real catalyst for starting this experiment of “less is more”?

Phoebe Baker Hyde:  The decision took me somewhat by surprise, but in retrospect I think internal pressure had been building. We all have moments when we think: “What on earth and I doing here?” In the book I talk about the fancy red dress I bought for my husband’s work party. I’d hung so many hopes on it making me feel great, and then it didn’t– and my baby daughter was watching me sulk. It was a tipping point.

Lauroly Q:  The tagline for World Wise Beauty is “comfortable in your own skin”.  I struggled with many of the same issues you did but perhaps through different experiences.  I don’t think there is a woman I know who doesn’t struggle with the inside/outside conflict.  The journey to a healthy sense of self and positive self image is challenging for a woman.  It’s challenging because we are still “objectified” and judged by our appearance.  It is hard to step back or detach from the “culture” we live in and not care about our appearance at all.  What did you learn from your experiment and how do you feel about  yourself today?

Phoebe Baker Hyde: On a concrete level, I did a lot of research on cosmetics and garment manufacturing and used it to invent some very practical tools to help me be mindful about buying new socks or moisturizer. These are all in the book but one empowering tip I can share is to write your own “must-have” list of wardrobe essentials for the life you actually live, not the life glossy magazines suggest you can have if you just go out and buy a fitted pencil skirt and perfect ballet flats. (Neither of which I own! They don’t work for me at all!) Today I live in a gray area between the consumerist excess of beauty anxiety and the Spartan  habits of my year-long beauty cleanse, and it’s a happy, flexible and principled place.

Lauroly Q: My last but very important question. The test of  your experiment and it’s lesson learned would be how hard or how easy it is to answer the following question.  What is the one feature ( or more) you love about your appearance without any products or adornments?

Phoebe Baker Hyde:  My skin! The answer just pops into my head. I think it’s because after years of hormone turmoil and too much tanning and stinging sunscreens and concealer that sweated off, I’ve finally come to love the coloring I really have.  It’s very very fair and freckled—but I look good in off-white and coral and my sensitivity to sun gives me an opportunity to wear fun hats in every season.

Thanks so much for this opportunity to share with you Laura!

Lauroly Closing:  I hope you read Phoebe’s brave funny book ” The Beauty Experiment” and become inspired to conduct your own beauty experiment.  Phoebe isn’t against any one particular beauty practice of the moment.  Her goal was to strip away all things that became masks–preventing her to connect authentically with others and perhaps most importantly with herself.  

Phoebe is a true World Wise Beauty Icon.  She reminds us there is no better feeling than being “comfortable in your own skin” in a true literal sense.  I feel so relaxed just thinking about her daughter growing up comfortable and confident with Phoebe as her example.  Good Luck Hattie! You’re in good hands…

Truly Herself,




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