5 Self-Care Essentials Bond No.9’s Laurice Rahmé Swears By


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New York is the face of beauty company Bond No.9, which bills itself as the city’s first perfumery to be run by a founder, Laurice Rahmé. The brand was born shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, a time when the city literally smelled like a war zone.

“The inspiration for Bond is a sad story. We are a downtown business so when 9/11 happened we had a bad smell in the neighborhood for a few months, so bad that the shops and restaurants were started to close,” says Rahmé. BAZAAR.com of the creation of Bond No.9. “It just motivated me to make New York smell good again. I asked a number of great French perfumers that I know to create a perfume for each neighborhood in New York. Twenty years later, we have 80 neighborhoods with their own scents – in a candle, cream or some kind of beauty product – and every year we add two or three more.”

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Although Rahmé does not consider herself a perfumer, she works with different experts around the world to develop unique fragrances for her brand. “They were happy at the time to do something for the city,” she says of the perfumers who helped launch Bond No.9. “So everyone dedicated a scent – ​​one for Harlem, one for Chinatown, one for Little Italy. We had all this talent that was happy to do something for New York at the time, and they still do. “

BAZAAR.com catches up with Rahmé to learn more about his Holy Grail beauty routine, his deep love and longtime practice of yoga, and the personal renaissance of bold makeup. Here’s a short list of personal care favorites that the beauty founder returns to time and time again.

What are you reading these days?

Right now it’s Plague, Where Plague, by Albert Camus. Reading the novel, it’s exactly a – this century – description of what’s happening with COVID right now. Sad story. It takes place at the beginning of the century in North Africa, then it went to many other countries.


What are some of your favorite bath and/or shower products?

As I’m half French and half Lebanese, I use olive oil, but it doesn’t have much smell, so I mix it with lavender. There’s nothing better than olive oil for your hair and skin – I know it sounds a bit simple, but if you mix it up, it’s fabulous.

I’m 72 now, and as I get older I need richer skincare, so I started using La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Cream, which I’ve been using for seven years now.

Skin Caviar Luxury Cream

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What beauty or self-care products do you regularly use to combat zoom fatigue?

When I wear La Prairie’s Skin Caviar cream, I always feel like my skin feels supple and hydrated in front of the camera, so it’s definitely one of my favorites.

Do you ever light a candle or an incense stick to decompress? If so, what are some of your favorites?

The Scent of Peace has been our best selling fragrance for many years and is very relaxing. With everything going on in the world, I use Peace candles a lot.

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Scented Candle The Scent of Peace

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What’s the last beauty product you put on today?

The last beauty product I put on was probably my La Prairie foundation. I also really like using Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzer – it looks like you’ve tanned on the beach and it’s a very soft powder that doesn’t dry out.

Are you into bold makeup, no makeup, or no makeup right now, and why?

I always wear bold makeup, but for the past two years, because we’ve been wearing masks, I just wasn’t ready to wear makeup again. But lately, since we’re a little more free now, I did some daring make-up again, because I missed it so much. And I’m sure I’m not the only one; we women miss our lipstick.

What’s the last fitness class you streamed or took in person?

I have been doing Ashtanga yoga for 20 years, and this morning I just finished my last class; I use a home instructor and do it twice a week.

What self-care tip would you recommend to our readers?

I’ve been mediating for 25 years, so I relish it, and you can do it anywhere it’s quiet. This includes lots of deep breathing, which is very relaxing. It is very important to breathe deeply. And one of the side effects of COVID is it really affects your lungs, right? So I always recommend effective relaxation and deep breathing – you can’t get better than that.


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