HEALTH: Innovative Husband-Wife Team Behind Natural Appeal of ‘Australian Scent’

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Delightful and down-to-earth best describe the resourceful couple who created Australian Scent out of necessity, a wonderfully aromatic line of natural skin care products handmade in the Hudson Valley. I recently met Eddie and Megan Enriquez selling their 100 percent organically-crafted items among vendors at this year’s Grand Central Holiday Fair, which runs through Dec. 24. The couple’s booth, in the elegantly decorated Vanderbilt Hall, offers affordable, great smelling stocking stuffers and sparkly gift sets for anyone in search of a better alternative to skin and hair care products chock full of chemicals, parabens and other baddies for our body.

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EDDIE ENRIQUEZ (LEFT) GETS SOME CHRISTMAS HELP FROM AUSTRALIAN SCENT COLLEAGUE, SOL, AT GRAND CENTRAL’S HOLIDAY FAIR

Made in small batches, all Australian Scent products are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free and handmade from exotic pure extracts, essential oils, botanicals, nutrients and antioxidants. I’m a new believer upon trying the emollient-rich Balm of Gilead and rehydrating Kelp N’ Honey scrub. Everything smells wonderful, almost good enough to eat (be sure to sample the soothing lip gloss).

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Founded in Sydney, Australia, the company was destined for success when Aussie native Megan Enriquez literally took matters into her hands and formulated a healing, nutritional treatment for her husband’s Ezcema condition. Rather than relying on ineffective formulas touting not-so “natural” ingredients, she came up with the Balm of Gilead moisturizer, the extraordinary product that would become a No. 1 seller for Australian Scent. According to their Web site, within two weeks, her husband’s “incurable” condition had disappeared and “their elation sparked a drive that enabled them to create an entire line based on the same principles _ products that are not diluted with water, not whipped to volumize, entirely free of chemicals and as a result, powerful and effective.” In addition to skin and hair care products, the Australian Scent holiday booth at Grand Central carries olive oil soaps, candle sets, organic teas and other eco-friendly Christmas presents.

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Recommended:

Australian Scent: http://www.australianscent.com/

Grand Central Terminal: http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/

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