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When you step into Atmosphere Essentials, admiring the boutique's Victorian-style decor, intoxicating array of make-your-own perfumes, and the pictures of beloved family members on the wall, you probably wouldn't guess that the cottage's cozy interior is also home to a high-tech laboratory. That’s where owner Antonio Sciortino creates his natural home and body products, a talent handed down to him by his Palermo-born ancestors. According to StatenIslandLifestyle.com, Sciortino's grandmother began making natural skincare remedies to help cope during difficult, post-war times. The innovative on-site lab allows him to share his family secrets and 15 years of research on a broader scale. Therein, his team produces 100% certified-organic formulas made with botanicals and essential oils, which are then blended into soy candles, lotions, and eco-friendly baseball-mitt softener.
In the upper echelons of the intimate spa and hair salon, massage therapists and aestheticians use the line in a variety of relaxing spa treatments. As documented by Fox News, some of Sciortino's products have also been inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's natural beauty and penchant for aromatherapy.