By  on December 12, 2008

From orchids to mushrooms to algae, beauty finds inspiration in the black magic of the natural world.

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Black Orchis Body Cream

Tom Ford’s new body cream is heavy on hedonistic indulgence: Housed in an Art Deco–inspired glass jar, it’s rich in texture with a lush scent that includes black orchid, vanilla, black truffle, incense, balsam and sandalwood. ($85; Bloomingdale’s, Saks)

Le Soin Noir Complete Beauty-Renewal Skincare Cream

A rare black algae extract, taken from the depths of the ocean and said to be rich in fatty acids, makes this twice-a-day inky-hued cream a powerful wrinkle fighter. The rich moisturizer claims to act as a barrier against environmental damage. ($360; Sephora,

Targeted Bio-Brightening Face Serum

Using songyi mushroom and licorice root, this cosmeceutical serum tackles hyperpigmentation, scars and rosacea. Working together, the mushroom and licorice root are said to calm the reactive skin cells that cause excessive pigmentation and offer a natural alternative to synthetic bleachers. ($75;

Sweet Black tea and Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer

A purist product if there ever was one. Juara’s paraben-free, oil-free, fragrance-free moisturizer uses the antioxidant properties of fermented sweet black tea to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and ginger to purify skin and eliminate excess oil. ($48;

Phyto-Black Lift Renewing Night Cream

Shu Uemura’s new night cream has a black seaweed derivative to boost skin cell turnover and Omega 6–rich black evening primrose oil to encourage skin’s hydration. While you sleep, the dynamic duo purportedly renews the complexion. ($150;

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