Haute Secrets Boston: Beauty Guru Jen Rizzo

Creating a best selling anti-aging cream had been a dream of Jen Rizzo until she met up with Volition Beauty, the online collaboration platform that allowed her to create her own beauty product. The Neroli Complete Crème, which is designed to soften and rejuvenate the skin, also supports skin renewal, helps protect from free radical damage, all while helping correct moisture balance.

“Community is all of us, women, getting together to hear our ideas and help each other as we know what we need,” she said. “We are the ones in this society that have to worry more about aging. and how we look. There is always a quest for the next best thing and who knows better than us. I wanted to come up with something for dry, older skin that really works. Ideally, it would be made with more natural ingredients that are already found in our bodies. It is important that it is something we could see and benefit from.”

Jen RizzoPhoto Credit: Jen Rizzo

We caught up recently with Rizzo to find out what she loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: Weymouth, MA
How long in Boston:  31 years 
Neighborhood: Randolph 
Occupation: Entrepreneur (& Beauty Enthusiast)
Favorite Restaurant: Veggie Galaxy
Best Sushi: o ya restaurant  
Best Italian: Giacomo’s Ristorante 
Best dessert: Vegan Ice Cream at FoMu 
Best place for a romantic date: Salem Ferry 
Best Sunday Brunch Sal’s Pizza 
Best place for a power business meeting: Abbondanza Ristorante
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Westin Copley Place
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Bodega. When you walk in the front part of the store, it’s disguised as a convenience store/Newbury Comics.
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Twentieth Century Ltd has a nice mix of vintage and antique pieces.
Best Spa: Toscana European Day Spa 
Favorite Charity Event: Black Cat Rescue 
Favorite Cultural Event: North End Italian feasts and festivals 
Favorite Cultural Institution: Italian Cultural Center  
Best Steakhouse:  Boston Chops 
Best Pizza: Galleria Umberto 
Best Lunch:  Boston Chowda Co.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Turnstyle Cycle. Their spin bikes tilt. The place is like a club for sweat.
Best Massage: Bliss Spa 
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Boston Party Bus Limo 
Best Museum/Exhibit: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Describe Boston in three words: Wicked Good Chowda 
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: House of Seven Gables 
All-around favorite spot in Boston:  Tunnel Nightclub Boston. Talk about “wow factor”.  The discreet entrance is marked by frosted windows and hides a mirrored private elevator and modern staircase that descends below ground. 
Best Aspect of Boston: Clam chowder and seafood, plus our own Boston English!