Holiday 2010 Luxury Green Gift Guide
Escape to Tunisia – Dar HI Spa
Located in Nefta, a tiny village at the foot of an oasis in Southern Tunisia, the Dar HI Spa Retreat is the creation of parisian designer, Matali Cresset in partnership with Patrick Elouarghi and Philippe Chapelet with a goal to encourage a more sustainable form of tourism.
Only a 2+ hr flight from Paris or Milan, the Dar HI is nestled on the edge of the golden dunes of the Sahara, whisking you to a seemingly remote mystical land of exotic natural beauty where reflection and rejuvenation are inescapable.
Sustainable from its inception, the Dar HI was built with the collaboration of local artisans and local supplies. The result is 17 independent units, in harmony with its natural surroundings and each with their own unique breathtaking views of the palm grove and desert.
The resort also features a restaurant that serves organic foods from its own organic garden, and spa treatments including a thermal pool with water from the hot springs of the desert, massage including traditional arab massage, a traditional hammam, and body care products including clay and salt based products representing regional traditional essences with therapeutic values.
A perfect getaway after a season of celebration!
(€340 or approx. $450 US/night)
Jewels – Alberto Parada Fine Jewelry
Nowhere is the allure of jewels as apparent as with Alberto Parada jewelry. The combination of color, form, and lines blend seamlessly together to create mesmerizing fluid pieces of wearable art that are as much a joy to look at as they are to wear. A self-taught designer, Alberto gets his inspiration, particularly where colors are concerned, from his many travels to South America.
All Alberto Parada jewelry is handcrafted in the USA and is created with recycled 18 Karat Gold and ethically sourced precious stones. A leading innovator not only in “green” jewelry, but all fine jewelry!
Tulipan ring 18K white gold w/ citrine $1595 US
Cassam ring 18: yellow gold w/ blue topaz $2595 US
Perfume – Organic Glam Collection
The Organic Pharmacy has launched its Organic Perfume collection called Organic Glam. 100% natural, 85% organic, this beautifully packaged modern collection leaves out all of the toxins from conventional fragrances using only the finest and rare organic essential oils to provide a depth and mystery that could never be achieved with synthetics. The collection currently includes four scents, Citron, Oriental Blossom, Jasmine and Oud.
(£110.00 or approx $172 US / 100 ml)
Olsen Haus – Hampton Shoe (Recycled Faux Suede)
A picture is worth a thousand words. Sophisticated glamor, this shoe will take you through the holiday season in high style. A classic neutral tone combined with gold detailing means a shoe suitable for almost any occasion. Olsen Haus was founded on the principle of universal truth: respect for all beings and is committed to 100% animal free /cruelty free functional goods and, as can readily bee seen, places a high premium on style. Materials used in its designs include recycled television film waste turned into ultra suede material, recycled plastic bottles, natural cork, wood, linen, cotton braid and rope
Juicy Couture – Choose Green Peony Sunglasses
Choose Juicy, Choose Green: Juicy Couture is making sure it’s not left behind when it comes to producing greener products with the introduction of its signature Choose Green Sunglasses line. The line includes three different styles, Peony, Jasmine and Fern. The frames are made with 55% bio-based renewable plant material and the temple treatments are made from sustainable and rapidly renewable bamboo. The glasses come in an organic canvas pouch printed with soy inks and the Juicy Couture logo is featured on the left temple. A touch of Chic during the cold winter months!