Best Bets of June
Not every guy can be a superhero, but at least he can smell like one this summer. Diesel Only the Brave has introduced a limited-edition fragrance to coincide with Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. Each fist-shaped bottle is clad in Iron Man’s trademark red and gold, and the box is wrapped in strips from the original Iron Man Marvel Comics. $67.50 at department stores and Diesel boutiques.
While it may be too warm for sweaters, you can wear cashmere all summer with Donna Karan Cosmetics’ new Ultimate Cashmere Body Collection, due in stores this season. The lightly scented line includes a hydrating body-misting spray that provides eight hours of moisture, and a cream for shoulders, neck, and décolletage that reduces discolorations. Body Misting Spray, $45; Ultimate Body Treatment Crème, $60, for a limited time at select department stores.
It took being laid off from her auto-industry job for Oneita Porter to make use of her B.F.A. in sculpture by starting a new career in jewelry design. Porter’s contemporary collection, which ranges from pebble-inspired necklaces to linear earrings, is handmade at her studio in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center. The sterling-silver pieces are inspired by art and nature. Mod-Blossoms pendant, $60; grrldog.com, grrldog.etsy.com.
Whether used only for display or as a functional serving platter, this multi-colored plate is sure to turn heads. Made of vibrant fused glass by West Bloomfield Township artist Dani Katsir, the plate’s sections have a winsome puzzle-piece appearance that’s ever-changing. As the artist has said: “In every type of light and shade, from every angle, a glass object is constantly transforming.” $165, at the Biddle Gallery, 2840 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-281-4779, biddlegallery.com.
If NASA engineers can put a man on the moon, a NASA brain can do what Reebok has pledged: tone the derrières and legs of female earthlings. Using technology invented by former NASA engineer Bill McInnis, the EasyTone sneaker offers a “balancing pod system in the sole of the shoe,” which makes the wearer generate up to 28 percent more muscle activation than ordinary sneakers. Hour Detroit tested it and gives two thumbs up. $100, at Foot Locker stores or Reebok.com/women. .
Protect your skin with a sunscreen as natural as the beach beneath your bod. Soleo Organics’ all-natural sunscreen is a healthful, biodegradable alternative to synthetic varieties. Its water-resistant formula, fortified with botanical extracts, offers protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. The moisturizing blend contains no chemical ray-absorbers, titanium dioxide, or synthetic preservatives. At Green Baby, Rochester; 248-650-0700; shop.utterlyorganic.com, Grosse Pointe; also soleousa.com.