New Religion: A Pontif Perfume? Carmelite Skin Cream?
Religion isn’t oftentimes linked with the beauty and cosmetics realm, but it seems piety is trending and the spiritual set is inspired to get into the game.
First up to the fashion pulpit is the Pope. It seems the self-proclaimed “nose,” Silvana Casoli has added another famous name to his list of “celebrity” inspired scents (Antonio Bandaras, Madonna, Sting)… Pope Benedict XVI. The Italian perfumier received the commission from the Vatican itself and is keeping details under tight wraps per the Pope‘s request.
“I love speaking of my work,” said Casoli, “but this time I can’t. I am very devoted to the Holy Father.”
She did hint that the scent would be inspired by the pope’s love of “nature” and that she used a blend of fragrances from lime-wood, verbena and grass. And while the eau de cologne will reflect the Pope’s “love of forests and animals, as well as peace and tranquility,” it will not be available to the masses. The scent is strictly for Pope Benedict XVI himself.
No worries though, your beauty routine needn’t suffer without a spiritual touch. It seems a group of Carmelite monks from Massachusettes have launched an entrepreneurial line of skin care products for women.
Included in their Easamine Premiere Collection skincare range is a gel cleanser, an eye creme, night and day creams, cleanser, a toner, there’s even a product simply called “revitalizing”–all containing adenosine, which is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. The products are priced between $26 and $298 (for a 5-piece Premiere Collection set), and while they won’t save your soul, they’ll certainly do a little something to put you in the “Big Guys” good graces… all proceeds go to charity. Amen.