Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mastiha Face Cream Dreams: mastihashop, New York

Mastiha: the magical resin born in the Greek island of Chios. It's a flavor I've grown up with, eating mastiha  taffy spoon sweet since I can remember. The resin is more than just a delicate, floral pine flavor. It has been long used for its therapeutic attributes, known to cleanse the skin, making it radiant and refreshed. The essential oil derived from mastiha offers significant antimicrobial and healing properties. The mastihashop, an entity Chios Mastiha Growers Association, is the embassy for Chios Mastiha throughout the world, hosting products and flavors from the Eastern Mediterranean. Currently there is only one mastihashop in the United States, which is in New York (trust me, I am begging them to come out West).

Being an avid lover of mastiha and its comprehensive uses, The mastihashop NY recently sent me some Mastiha and Gentian face cream to try.  The luxurious cream made by Korres in cooperation with Chios Mastiha Growers, combines mastiha oil, gentian, arnica, pine, juniper and achillea extracts with avocado, jojoba and macadamia nut oils resulting in a refreshed face and soft skin. The cream actually increases the supply of oxygen to the cells, revitalizing the skin and enhancing it natural defenses. Just the smell of it alone, makes my face glow and my lips part into a smile. Ps. if you're wondering what Gentian is, it's alpine flower responsible for the major flavor in bitters.

After a few days of use, my skin has felt extremely invigorated, not to mention clearer. I am extremely happy with this face cream - I use it at night and in the morning - and my skin feels more supple than normal. Did I mention the smell of mastiha is incredibly intoxicating? Although mastihashop in New York's Lower East Side is a little far away, I can still order their complex variety of mastiha goodies online (which is my preferred way of shopping, anyway).

145 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002


Dewi said...

We can never had enough cream :)

Helen said...

These products sounds dreamy! I love the smell and taste of mastiha spoon sweet.

I saw this particular line of Mastiha face creams in Athens a few years ago (2004) in a Hondos retail store. I was so tempted to buy a jar or two but never did as I had a full suitcase of clothes, lingerie and shoes (3 pairs to be exact) from my shopping spree in Athens. Athens is a mecca for awesome shoes, as you may already know.

I am contemplating going to Greece this upcoming summer so if I do, I will be picking up a jar (or two) of this face cream. Or I can also shop for it on-line. Thanks for the reminder :)

Banana Wonder said...

Elra - cream for life!

Helen - I know what you mean, I have moved on from Mastiha spoon sweet to mastiha ice cream now that I've become an "adult" hehe.
Oh, the Hondos center, I can get lost in there :) And, yes, I know what you mean about the shoes. It's torture for me because they never have my size, and if I ever inquire I sorta get treated like some freak-a-zoid. :) I'm used to it, though! I will be in Greece this summer too!

JustinM said...

This sounds like something my better half would love!

Joyti said...

I really like how the cream looks, all fluffy-soft. Somehow makes it seems like it would be better for your skin if its nice-looking itself.
I'm not familiar with mastiha, but I'm going to try to get my hands on some.

Banana Wonder said...

Justin - I'm sure she would!

Indie.Tea - I think you would really like it considering your love for exotic spices and flavors. You should order some crystals from the mastihashop!!

Helen said...

Anna, Mastiha ice cream sounds like a great flavour to try! Do you have a recipe for it? I laughed out loud upon hearing of your challenges to find shoes in your size (no offense) as it reminded me of my husband's experience trying to shop for shoes in a size 12, triple D width, a practically non-existent shoe size!

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - I don't have a recipe for mastiha ice cream, but I'm thinking you'd just throw in some ground mastiha to the mix? I'd like to do a frozen-yogurt mastiha thing, and I just got some kidoni which I'd like to have with it. Coming over for dessert?

JustinM said...

Anna - I don't know if you're into nail polish but Elizabeth is giving away a bottle of Chanel on her blog . (I have no use for it so I'm just passing this along to people I like.)