Greer's OC: Cruelty-free products at LUSH

British-based LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics just opened its first Orange County store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Vegetarians, vegans and those who stay away from preservatives and packaging can find cruelty-free skin- and hair-care products with cheeky names like, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Karma Soap, Lust Soap, and Friends With Benefits Massage Bar.

The famed Gorilla Perfume line is also available in nearly 20 scents, including Olive Branch, Silk Underwear, Yuzu & Coco and Rose Jam Perfume. Founded by Mark and Simon Constantine, the Gorilla Perfume collection focuses on quality perfumery rather than on marketing. Each scent was inspired by art, music, emotions, friends and stories.

Celebrate the store's grand opening party from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Guests will enjoy free treatments, refreshments and a gift with purchase of $65 or more. RSVP at For more information, call (949) 640-5657 or visit


Deep discounts at Seed

Seed People's Market at the Camp in Costa Mesa has extended its Patagonia sale.

All products from the Patagonia line are reduced by 30%. Also save on Arcteryx, Woolrich, Horny Toad, select shoes and more. Patagonia's outdoor clothing and gear are made of organic cotton. Some of its apparel is made from recycled soda bottles, and unused, worn-out garments are repurposed into polyester fabrics.

Seed People's Market is at 2937 Bristol St., #C101, Costa Mesa. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (714) 708-3377 or visit


Play to make its West Coast debut at SCR

"Elemeno Pea," a smart comedy about utter chaos and the rich behaving badly in Martha's Vineyard, makes its West Coast premiere at South Coast Repertory from Jan. 27 through Feb. 26.

The play centers around two polar opposite sisters, down-to-Earth Devon and status-seeking Simone, during a weekend trip gone wrong at a beachfront mansion. There's plenty of squabbling, jealousy, marital discord and, of course, comic relief.

"Elemeno Pea" marks the SoCal directorial debut of SCR Artistic Director Marc Masterson, who spearheaded the play's world premiere when he was at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky.

Tickets cost $20 to $68. To book tickets and find out about showtimes, go to call (714) 708-5555, or visit the box office at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Not your typical tattoo parlor

It's time to rethink tattoo parlors as the stereotypical seedy shop in a strip mall where you'd rather not be seen.

A group of established artists is changing the way people view tattoo shops at the new Living Art Gallery/Tattoo Lounge in San Clemente.

Appointments start with consultations and sketches. This is not a tattoo shop where you choose the unicorn/rainbow on page three. All tattoos are one-of-a-kind painterly creations, ranging from animation to fine art works. Tattooing costs start at $120 per hour.

Living Art Gallery will also host group art shows, including "The Panelists," a comic strip concept show curated by KRK Ryden, which opens on Jan. 21 and runs through Feb. 14.

"The Panelists" cleverly tells a comic book story by a group of accomplished artists, who were each given a story background and then created comic book art works. The story comes together on a panel.

Living Art Gallery/Tattoo Lounge is at 3107 South El Camino Real. It is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call (949) 294-6424, or visit

GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of, a free daily email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed and she can be contacted at

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