Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shop the Season: Kumani Essentials

Craig (formerly known as Intern Craig) rounds out his tour of bath, body and beauty products at The Holiday Shops

I’m always skeptical of new cosmetic brands. Often, the emphasis is placed on scent or packaging while the actual product lacks any nourishing qualities for the skin. Kumani Essentials is a diamond in the rough of the upstart cosmetic world.

The two-year-old company boasts a range of skin, hair, and body care all made with organic shea butter as the central ingredient. Kumani’s mission statement—beauty care that puts the caring first—is truly apparent when looking at the kind of lengths that the company goes through to produce the product. Kumani’s products are fair trade certified, parabens free, animal testing free, and use natural ingredients.

Yet, Kumani’s greatest trait is its actual product. The Shea Repair Reparative Hand & Body Lotion is sublime. There is minimal scent so the lotion is perfect for ladies with sensitive noses or men who don’t want to smell like a floral shop after moisturizing. Shea butter is famous for melting at body temperature and Kumani’s product is no different—there’s no greasy residue so you’re free to open jars or play Angry Birds on your iPhone.

If the hand and body lotion is any indication of the quality of Kumani’s other products, this should be a definite stop on your Bryant Park trip.

Kumani Essentials
Booth H07 in the 42nd Street allee  (map)

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

*Extended hours run December 15-30. Some shops may be open on Christmas Day.

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