In the head-spinning age of multistep skin-care routines and mic-drop makeup launches, The One is a space for minimalists to sound off on the single beauty product that’s found a longtime spot in their carefully curated routines.
Jean Prounis may be best known for her hand-wrought, 22-karat jewelry designs, but lately she’s turned her signature Greco-Roman-meets-Art Deco touch to adornments for the home. “I’d always wanted to do [an interiors collection], but it’s been marinating more while in lockdown,” the 27-year-old says over the phone from her top floor West Village apartment. Though she’s considered coasters and candle holders—and is even working on a forthcoming mirror—her first order of business was a brass incense holder (weighty enough to double as a paperweight), which she now fills with Shoyeido’s River Path incense.
“I really fell for the scent,” she recalls of the warm cinnamon and frankincense blend, which she first encountered at Alder & Co.’s Germantown, New York boutique—but she quickly realized that the russet-colored sticks offered her much more than just a pleasing aroma. “It’s a trigger to my brain to calm down,” says Prounis, who lights up the meditative Japanese incense early in the morning before she sets to work, or anytime she needs to slow down, be it while putting a kettle on the stove or washing her face. “It’s really brought some type of a grounding presence into my life these days.”
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River Path Incense