Beauty Passport: Our 13 Favorite Imports

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Sweden

Ref Silver Shampoo ($18; click to purchase)

 

Is it any surprise that a hair company based in Sweden knows what blondes need? This violet-based shampoo neutralizes unwanted brassy tones in color-treated or naturally light locks.

REF

Spain


Natura Bisse Honey Body Refiner ($105; click to purchase)

 

This decadent exfoliator sloughs off dead skin with pure crystallized honey and leaves skin scented with a hint of Spanish magnolia. De-lish.

Neiman Marcus

Korea

Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask ($39; click to purchase)

 

Infused with medicinal Korean herbs, this blackhead-blasting treatment brightens and clarifies troubled skin in just 10 minutes.

Bergdorf Goodman

Hungary

Omorovicza Gold Sugar Scrub ($90; click to purchase)

 

Suitable for sensitive types, this rejuvenating body treatment contains fair-trade golden cane sugar, apricot kernel oil and small (real) gold particles to transform rough, sun-mottled skin.

Omorovicza

France

Leonor Greyl Huile de Magnolia ($47; click to purchase)

 

While the French company Leonor Greyl is heralded for its hair products, this magnolia-scented face and body oil is a best seller and medicine-cabinet must-have for chic French women.

Leonor Greyl

Japan

KohGenDo Aqua Foundation ($55; click to purchase)

 

This creamy (but not cakey) foundation provides sheer coverage while keeping skin hydrated with powerhouse Japanese ingredients like seawater and white birch sap.

Koghendo

The Amazon Rain Forest

Rahua Hair Elixir ($175; click to purchase)

 

This superconcentrated restorative oil harvested from the Quechua-Shuar tribe in the Amazon (a group known for thick, healthy tresses) works wonders on even über-fried hair.

Rahua

Greece

Korres Aftersun Yoghurt Gel ($24; click to purchase)

 

Inspired by an old Greek tradition of applying yogurt to sun-scorched skin, this gel contains actual stabilized live yogurt to soothe overexposed areas.

Korres

Australia

Hissy Fit Handy Work Hand Cream ($22; click to purchase)

 

Aussies know about the importance of sun exposure. This everyday hand lotion boasts SPF 30, moisturizing properties and a refreshing citrus-mint scent.

Hissyfit

Germany

Weleda Skin Food ($18; click to purchase)

 

A blend of sunflower seeds and flowers makes this all natural cream the perfect salve for rough elbows, hands and feet.

Welda

Lithuania

Juozas Statkevicius Eau de Parfum ($180; click to purchase)

 

Crafted by a Lithuanian fashion designer, this incense-based scent (with top notes of patchouli, musk and jasmine) has gained a cult following among those craving a dramatic, sultry scent.

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Italy

i Profumi di Firenze Brezza di Mare ($99; click to purchase)

 

Perfumer Alessandro Morsiani is said to have spent one year crafting this fresh scent to replicate the Mediterranean morning air along the Sicilian coast.

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Denmark

ko denmark Organic Jasmine and Neroli Body Wash ($34; click to purchase)

 

This organic beauty line focuses on the oils of two of the most expensive-to-use flowers: jasmine and neroli. The result: skin that is both hydrated and beautifully scented.

 

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First Published January 27, 2011

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