COUTURE SKIN CARE FROM SCO

Byline: Kerry Diamond

NEW YORK — Don’t walk down Mulberry Street too quickly or you’ll breeze right past the newest name in customized skin care: SCO.
The company officially launches today with the opening of an intimate, 385-square-foot boutique in NoLIta.
SCO, which stands for Skin Care Options, was founded two years ago by Theresa Ma, a woman with a passion for perfect skin.
“I’m obsessed with skin care,” said Ma, who quit her job at her family’s garment manufacturing company in Brooklyn to develop SCO. “I always want to try every new skin care ingredient, but I always go back to the same two products.”
SCO was born because Ma — who has not one, but three dermatologists — thought it would be terrific to customize her favorite products based on what her skin needed at a particular time or season.
The result is 18 items, from cleansers, toners and eye creams to face masks and body products. Everything except Oil Free Face Shield SPF 30 can be customized with up to three infusions chosen from a menu of 22 ingredients. The list includes algae, almond oil, aloe vera, avocado oil, bergamot, caffeine, calendula, chamomile, cucumber, gingko biloba, green tea, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, papaya, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, soy and vitamins A, E and C.
Ma is using pharmaceutical grade infusions. “They are expensive, but they are the highest grade of ingredients that you can use,” she explained.
“I went that route because with the pharmaceutical grade, there is more control when they are being manufactured and there is a lot of testing behind each batch.”
Ma will help customers choose the infusions that are right for them based on their skin care concerns and needs. The products will be custom-blended on the spot.
SCO’s prices are higher than those for most department store skin care lines. A 2-oz. container of the sunscreen is $40; the hydrating face mask is $82 for 3 ounces; the 6.7-oz. body wash is $110, and the 1-oz. antioxidant booster is $150. Prices include as many as three infusions.
“The amount of infusion I’m putting in each product is quite high,” Ma said. I don’t want anything that is just there in a trace amount.”
All the products come in amber-colored plastic containers with a label featuring the customer’s name, the date the product was created and its expiration date. Samples of each product will be available at the store.
The Mulberry Street boutique is the only location where SCO will be sold. The company’s Web site, scocare.com, is strictly informational.