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Ten years ago, when Josie Maran first learned about argan oil, she was on a modeling assignment in France. The then little-known Moroccan emollient did more than soothe her dry, irritated skin (an occupational hazard); it sparked a revelation and the 2007 launch of her brand, Josie Maran Cosmetics. Her goal was simple: to create a range of natural, effective, and luxurious beauty products. Having accomplished just that, this ecobeauty guru embraces life’s simple pleasures, whether at her L.A. home or her family’s rural Pennsylvania farm.
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Her Favorite Things
Homemade pizza is Maran’s guilty pleasure. “This pizza stone makes the best crust. Use your hands to knead the dough and a wine bottle to roll it out,” she says. Not only has she taken a pizza-making class, it’s become an activity when friends come over to visit. “I lay out the toppings and everyone designs their own and we grill them.” But when she ventures out for pie, Pace in Laurel Canyon is her go-to.
Pizza stone, by Emile Henry, $50, surlatable.com
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XXX Shine White Corn Whiskey
“We throw lots of parties at our Pennsylvania farm, always with s’mores and locally distilled alcohol on the menu,” she says.
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Clemence Rosegold Sunglasses
From the packaging of her products to her accessories, Maran favors the “chic, luxe, feminine appeal” of rose gold.
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The Essential Rumi (HarperOne)
“I find Rumi’s poetry so profound and impactful,” says Maran of the 13th-century Persian poet.
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Leilani Bishop Fragrance Oils
“These single-note scents are subtle and authentic,” says Maran.
$62 each, leilanibishop.com
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Certified Organic Tomato Seeds
“‘Indigo Rose’ tomatoes are the most beautiful fruit -- I even named my daughter Indi.”
$3 a pack, seattleseed.com
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Thalia Color-Blocked Dress
“Steven Alan dresses always have a twist.”
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Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream
“I have a love affair with Haagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream,” she confesses.
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“My mother, Roberta, makes these beautiful flag buntings that we use to decorate the exterior of the buildings on the farm,” she says.
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Josie Maran Argan Oil
This bottle of argan oil quickly became her best seller.
“We don’t have a no-no list of ingredients, we have a yes-yes list.” That includes using elements that are organic, paraben- and fragrance-free, recyclable, biodegradable, and PETA-approved. “It’s all about positive messaging, giving back and inspiring women to love themselves,” says Maran.
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Breaking Beauty Rules
“Use fingers instead of brushes; it’s more creative and less technical and you really can’t make a mistake," Maran says. "Don’t like the effect? Just blend it out.”
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