It may be snowing outside, but for David Raccuglia, founder of the beauty company Modern Organic Products, only a green New Year's Eve will do. He and his wife, Sally, a former makeup artist, invited a few friends to join them and their two daughters for a celebratory dinner prepared by one of the best chefs in the West, Kevin Taylor, using only the freshest organic ingredients. Don't expect health-food clichés: The menu, including poached salmon with asparagus and chanterelles, is as sophisticated as the settinga modernist, eco-conscious house in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado.
The Raccuglias are role models for sensible yet stylish ecological living. David, a 40-year-old former hairstylist, launched Modern Organic Products in 1998; the company sells hair-care items made almost entirely from organic ingredients. Available in salons and department stores like Barneys New York, MOP shampoos and conditioners sound like lunch for your hair: Basil, black beans, carrots, oranges and other fruits and vegetables, purchased from certified organic farmers, all make the ingredient list. The inspiration: traditional recipes for homemade beauty elixirs from the '30s, '40s and '50s, such as egg-white facial masks, cucumber eye pads and avocado hair conditioners.
"There's always been a link between what you eat and how you look," Raccuglia says to explain the philosophy behind both MOP and his own life. Once a strict vegetarian, he now includes fish, eggs and a little meat in his dietbut he tries to keep everything organic. His interests extend to Tibetan Buddhism: Raccuglia has traveled to Tibet and has self-published a book of photographs of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. Some of the portraits line the walls of his home.