Lauren Hutton's Diary of Brazil

The style icon’s latest project is all about going green - and giving back.

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August 27, 2008 12:00 AM
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Lauren Hutton's Brazil Diary

MADE IT!
I arrive in the middle of the night in the port city of Manaus, after a 10- hour flight from Miami. Love these ferry towns, full of rough-and-tumble Paul Bunyan types. After a rest, I take a boat down the Amazon, the wildest river in the world, to see the kinds of plants I'm using in my makeup palette. I spot orchids, zillions of palm trees, lily pads. Black vultures soar overhead, and pink river dolphins play in the water below. Raindrops as big as tablespoons start falling.
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Lauren Hutton's Brazil Diary

WILD THINGS
I meet all kinds of critters, like a marvelous poisonous spider. (I stay behind her when taking pictures because I've heard that spiders can't jump backward!) I also hang out with a monkey who is missing a leg. The ranger says it's because he lost a fight with an alligator. Doesn't slow him down one bit. The wildlife here is under threat from deforestation - the massive chopping down of trees - and conservationists are fighting to preserve the land.
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Lauren Hutton's Brazil Diary

NUTTY TREES
I decide to get up close and personal with the Brazil-nut trees, which have giant pods - the size of soccer balls - that hold a bunch of hard-shell seeds we know as Brazil nuts. One falling pod can crush your head! The trees grow across South America, and their nuts are chock-full of oils that protect and enhance your skin.
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Lauren Hutton's Brazil Diary

YES, I'M A JUNGLE-HEAD
I take the ferry from one mythical jungle town to another, visiting beautiful little guava farms and passion-fruit vineyards. The whole farming process is very basic and eco-friendly, and the farmers here are real gents. I had an incredible time. It's always fun in the jungle: You're young there - you're 5 years old again.