Jean Godfrey-June is our beauty director, but her enthusiasms are many.
Receiving emails from icons is the rare thrill that doesn’t fade. You scroll back to the email, hover your cursor over it, and the thrill spikes through you all over again: It’s impossible to believe, yet here is incontrovertible proof that this person did, in fact, email me.
Behnaz Sarafpour emailed me, and I still cannot get over it. Even as I spritz her two new inventions—water perfumes—into my hair.
The Iranian-born fashion designer, who’s dressed everyone from GP to Michelle Obama, is famous for her exquisite, understated, supremely modern take on femininity. Everything she makes is special, beautifully considered—and, it should be noted, organic and sustainable.
She swept into the office on a particularly freezing day, looking stunning in wool knit and red lipstick; her skin is that kind of clear where makeup is beside the point. She smelled, tellingly, like springtime.
The boxes alone were so pretty, I knew I would love what was inside. But I didn’t understand how much I was going to love them: Light, pure distillations of gorgeous, fresh-picked roses on the one hand, and orange flowers on the other. You can spritz them on like perfume, or all over, when you step out of the shower. Or on the sheets before bed. Or, for the longest-lasting, most charming option, in your hair.
“The secret about spraying it in your hair,” Sarafpour leaned over with a big smile, “is that you think it’s faded, and then you step in a warm shower, and this cloud of scent blooms up all around you. It’s incredible.”