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Product Spotlight: Lake & Skye

Courtney Somer is living proof that aromatherapeutic products do more than smell good. During a health crisis in her twenties, "I went from doctor to doctor for months and found my way reluctantly to a healer who solved my ongoing issue within the first 10 minutes of meeting him," she says. "I wanted more of whatever he was having and was led on a path of learning about healing for the past 15 years."

The result of her research is Lake & Skye, a new range of meticulously sourced (and chic) products that made their retail debut with Tetra. Somer—a fashion-industry veteran who now works as a yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist and is married to the influential restauranteur Taavo Somer—has gone to extreme lengths to produce what she calls "high vibe stuff": Flowers are sourced from a family that has been harvesting for decades in Oman; the frankincense comes from the gum of the Boswellia Sacra tree which grows in Somalia. Both are mixed with water from a waterfall in the Lao Valley on Maui before being distilled in hand-blown glass vessels by an expert in California. 

Though both scents serve as fresh, fragrant room sprays, Somer has plenty of other suggestions for their use. (Jasmine, after all, is said to be an antidepressant and aphrodisiac, among other things, while frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.) "I use them liberally whenever I need to clear some energy from my home or studio," she says. "I use them for moisture on my face and body after the shower, and as an all-over spray before heading out for the day or when I get home. I like to clear myself of all the craziness of the city. You could say I'm addicted."