Seoul and Paris may command the most attention, but of all the global beauty capitals, Stockholm is quietly—in true Scandi style—becoming the chicest of them all. It's not surprising. This a culture that places a high value on aesthetics, whether in the form of ultra-modern furniture or ridiculously good-looking actors. Here are the six Swede creations that have become staples in my routine:
Face Stockholm Galaxy Glitter in Tjugosju
I flirted with the idea of wearing glitter when I saw Lauren Mayberry, the forest-nymph-like lead singer of Scottish electro-pop band Chvrches, sporting it under her eyes at a festival this past summer. Then sparkles found their way onto pretty much every runway at the spring 2016 shows, so my mind was made up: It's my new Saturday night staple. And in my opinion, nobody does beautiful, unique-hued glitter (how stunning is this blue-green shade?) better than Face Stockholm, a makeup line that's been creating intensely-pigmented, incredibly wearable makeup since 1982.
Estelle & Thild Biodefense Multi-Action Youth Serum
Everything in this skincare line is made with naturally-derived and organic ingredients, many of which are native to Scandinavia, and made without any potential carcinogenic chemicals (parabens, pthalates, etc). I particularly love this antioxidant-infused serum, made with rosehip oil and white tea extract, which leaves my skin feeling immediately firmer and looking instantly brighter. Bonus: it smells like fresh apricots!
Byredo Rose of No Man's Land Eau de Parfum
A collaboration between Byredo founder (and all-around hot Swede) Ben Gorham and the supremely cool model Freja Beha Erichsen, this fragrance is the antithesis of the boring, stuffy concoctions the words "rose perfume" can bring to mind. Pink pepper gives the Turkish rose blend a kick, while papyrus and white amber add a warm, mysterious quality that sort of makes you want to hug yourself. And there's another reason it should make you feel good—named for the nurses on the front lines of WWI (often referred to as "roses of no-man's land"), a portion of the proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders.
Verso Super Eye Serum
Eye creams are tricky—if they are too thick, they can cause my under-eyes to implode with puffiness. If they are too thin, then I wonder if they're actually doing anything. This serum is the perfect solution—it's incredibly sheer, pats in quickly, and delivers a powerful dose of wrinkle-fighting Retinol 8, a proprietary, Vitamin A-derived molecule that boosts cell turnover and smooths lines without a hint of irritation (just a little tingle at first).
L:A Bruket No. 63 Salt Scrub/Rosemary/Lavender
This scrub smells really good, like some fancy organic garden, but I'd like to draw your attention to the packaging—it says "Saltskrubb" in big words, which for some reason I find completely irresistible. I've thought about inviting random friends over to shower just so I could impress them with my Nordic bathing jar. I may not have a dishwasher, but man do I have a great body scrub.
&Other Stories Cotton Care Flannel Body Lotion
I never used to wear body lotion. I guess my legs and arms just sort of handled moisturization on their own without needing an assist. But this lotion had me at the name flannel. It's spiked with cottonseed oil, smells like a basket of warm, crisp, white sheets, and leaves my skin feeling so silky without smothering it, I've actually started slathering it on morning and night just because. And if the product development team over at &Other Stories is reading this, could they please come out with a sheet spray that smells exactly like it?