SPACADET LAUNCHES SKIN CARE
Byline: Cassandra Chiacchio
NEW YORK — Jillian Write can spot a blemish a mile away. It’s understandable — after all, she is a clinical aesthetician, sole owner of the Glow Skin Care Spa located at 41 East 57th Street and owner of Spacadet.com, a three-year-old beauty e-tail site known for its eclectic niche offerings.
So what’s a clear-skin-loving girl to do? This month, Write has launched what she calls the “ultimate” products for oily/problem skin under the Spacadet name.
The line, geared toward women aged 22 to 35, features six products designed to minimize breakouts, normalize oil production, kill bacteria and improve overall health of the skin. To simplify the regime even more, each product is numbered for order of use and all feature explicit directions.
“These are products for a niche demographic — problem skin,” said the recently married Write, formerly Ratensperger, cautioning that some of the products might not be suitable for every skin type. “These are clinical skin care products for women who are aware of skin care, who know that their skin is freaking out and need help to control it.”
While the products are serious in nature — you won’t find any fancy smells here, she says — Write also wanted to make the collection both fun and approachable. The end result: colorful packaging emblazoned with the signature Spacadet cartoons and product names with a rap-themed edge.
The Spacadet collection includes Busta Grime, a camphor souffle cleanser with lavender and clove; Grand Masta Splash, a eucalyptus and AHA toner/exfoliant; Nuttin But A “B” Thang, a lightweight vitamin B cream with black currant and apple extracts; Sista Sludge, a pore-refining mask containing zinc; Holy Zit, an acne drying lotion containing glycolic, sulfuric and salicyclic acids that Write said will give Mario Badescu’s drying lotion a “run for his money,” and Booty 911, a glycolic and lavender serum that addresses a previously neglected area of skin: the derriere. “Booty 911 is my baby,” said Write. “I don’t care who you are, everybody has gotten a zit there on occasion.” Write, who was in a quandary when she realized the product name mirrored the date 9/11, decided to donate 5 percent of the net proceeds of Booty 911 to the Engine 22/Ladder 13 Family Fund. The firehouse, located on 85th Street and 3rd Avenue, lost nine firefighters Sept. 11. “My goal is to raise $9,000,” said Write.
The products are available on Spacadet.com, by calling 1-888-868-5477 and at the Glow Spa. Prices range from $22 for Busta Grime to $32 for Booty 911. Three of the products — Busta Grime, Grand Masta Splash and Nuttin But A “B” Thang — can be ordered together through Spacadet’s Zit Kit.
Industry sources expect the Spacadet line can reach first-year retail sales of $200,000. Write’s goal is ultimately to wholesale the line to specialty stores.