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For a long time, I only wore Un jardin sur le Nil by Hermès. A sparkling fragrance reminding of green mango and lotus flowers, waterfalls, a slow boat ride, hand tracing a line in the chilled water. I rediscovered the brand recently with their Eau d’orange verte, more intense, taking you by surprise, sweet on a woman’s skin, spicier on a man’s.
And then, I saw this bottle. Discreet seduction. Catches your eyes, draws you nearer. Un jardin sur le toît, reference to the urban garden situated on the roof of Hermès’ headquarters in Paris, Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Crystal curves, illuminated by this radiant green, the one seen on the first spring leaves, on in the French Venise Verte, between jade and celadon. Light but precise scent – pear, rose, basil, magniolia, cut grass, grapefruit. Ode to the seasons metamorphosis.
Have you noticed how tricky it is to find a good lip conditioner? Too creamy or even oily, too rich or not enough. When transparent they often make your lips paler. When glossy, it’s a little bit too much. Fruity, they make you lick again and again for the sugariness until it’s all gone. I have tried brand after brand, never totally convinced.
Caudalie seems to have found the perfect balance. A very light softness, a texture you will forget about but that really does the job, repairs beautifully, nourishes deeply, even if they’re at their driest. It discreetly makes your lips look slightly plumper too, innocently. The fragrance is very natural, an addictive hint of vanilla and I’d love to find a perfume that would hit that note as perfectly. The bonus point? 99.5% naturally-derived ingredients. On a very cold day, try it on your cheekbones too…
Golden letters, round and curled beautifully, Guerlain, like a secret code for elegance and beauty. Of all the luxurious brands, this one, to me, still has a soul. It means more than just fashion, it recreates the elegance of a past era where beauty was highlighted, not faked. The case reminds me of a pebble, polished by the waves, finding its place naturally in the warmth of your hand, monogrammed with transparent copper initials. It feels like opening a jewel box. Each time the same pleasure of discovering the meteorite effect, splashes of colours like an artist’s palette. Sun kissed petals. Guerlain describes these five hues as iridescent, a harmony. The fragrance is also a signature, poudre de riz enhanced with jasmine, bergamot, gardenia, ylang-ylang… Like holidays under the sun…
Dolce & Gabbana – the quintessence of dolce vita with excellence. Their fragrance Pour Elle has a timeless elegance, sensual, captivating. Let yourself be charmed by its clear notes of jasmine and neroli, sharpened by tangerine and orange blossom, finishing on a veil of sandalwood and vanilla. A crystalline scent that reveals itself at the slightest movement, at the base of the neck, on the wrist, like sweet words whispered to a lover.
A few months back, I got a small sample of this REN night cream. I was on automatic pilot when I opened it, reviewing mentally the to-do list for the following day. Rubbed a little between my fingers and its fragrance refocused me instantly. Was it? Yes, frankincense, the kind that evokes oriental far-away lands, Latin masses, The Thousand and One Nights, flying carpets, myrrh. Arabian, exotic, slightly smoky frankincense. I just had to go and buy it. At Liberty for that little extra touch of luxury.
Night creams are meant to have a richer texture, intense moisturising for a few hours sleep. Quite a comforting feeling but often slightly oily – I always wonder how much ends up being absorbed by my pillow. REN’s is quite seducing in its lightness – yes, your skin can breathe! It is hydrating of course, but its focus is more on smoothing fine lines, softening them. Ingredients include Calabrian oranges (for their vitamin C and Citroflavonoids, boosting the natural collagen of the skin), Frankincense and Boswellic Acid (to relax facial muscles), Camellia and Wheat Germ (to boost lipid content and restore). It’s more than just an enchanting fragrance, you see. Brilliant radiance guaranteed!
Garden memories, a whole collection of geraniums. Fire engine red, tender pink with a plum heart, apricot, pure white. As a child, I used to crush the petals on my nails, a natural dye for nail varnish when you are pretending to be a princess. But the perfume, you see, is not so much in the flower but in the leaf. Still today, I cannot walk past that plant without bruising a leaf and breathing in the fragrance. It simply strikes a chord with me, resonates almost. Floral, peppery, intense.
Aesop has succeeded to capture the essence perfectly, bottling it. A long note, a tonic that wakes you up, stays with you all day. They even added some mandarin and bergamot rind to make it zestier, tangy. To me, it’s pure vitamin C. I just have to open the bottle in the morning to feel alive again!
I am a real fan of beauty oils. Their rich, silky texture feels like pure luxury at the end of the day. I like them particularly as make-up removers, cleaning the skin gently, deeply yet respecting it. This one is another gem by Melvita and I have a couple of bottles in stock, that’s how much I use it! I recently incorporated avocados in healthy smoothies but hadn’t considered its beauty virtues: smoothing and anti-ageing, two words all women my age love to hear. Organic, as with all their products. Recommended for the eye contour – but I love it as a replacement of hand creams (especially after a gardening session) or any dry patch, elbows, shoulders, knees. It so easily absorbed and gives a plumpness back – I swear – instantly. The website even recommends it against stretch marks, says it all. Such a comfort-giving product. If I were to keep only one standby on my shelves, at the moment, this would be the one.
Paul & Joe stopped me right in my tracks, years back. Who could have resisted these adorable feline lipsticks, perfect for an Alice in Wonderland girl, even stamped miaou, French for meow? Or their nail varnishes in such vintage bottles? Clever idea to now propose choosing the case and lipstick separately. Beautiful design, often Asian inspired patterns to fall in love with, match to your handbag or even a dress for a special event – after all, make-up these days is the ultimate fashion accessory. And of course, the colours are so vibrant, with a creamy texture, a perfect coverage, like a caress on the lips. And next time, up to you to keep the same case or go for a limited edition one…
Paul & Joe Beauty
Etui ref CS
It catches your eye, this superb splash of colour, this vibrant orange. You get closer, touch the jewel-like box, appreciate its grain reminiscent of leather. You open it with care, revealing this dark green, mossy, almost emerald, round angles, one of those bottles that erases all others on a shelf.
A luxury cologne, very different from any you have tried before, more mysterious in a way, like a second skin. So refreshing, almost a seaside breeze, I first thought of L’Eau de Rochas, with maybe a little more mint. And then comes this green orange, zesty, both intense and juicy, first sharp then with a powdery, sweeter finish, like a caress. My heart usually goes more to spices but this one I have adopted instantly.
In the cologne collection, the tangerine version is rather seducing too, more complex. For a sweeter touch, go for the pink grapefruit. Usually all found on the men’s side but really to be shared.
Now that we have tried to make everyone smile at Christmas, how about a little treat, a reward for all that hard work? Caudalie designed these adorable handcreams for winter that are sure to give you your smile back. Faithful to their love for the benefits of all vineyard products, they found inspiration in the local château grape varieties, of the complexity of fragrances they reflect in a wine.
Go on. Fall for the charm of Miel de vigne, honeyed, woody, spicy just like a Cabernet. Or for the Feuille de cassis, a frozen summer moment, peppery and fruity leaf of blackcurrant, reminiscent of Merlot. Last but not least is the Sauvignon, recreated in Pamplemousse rose, juicy and zesty pink grapefruit.
In addition to these dancing perfumes, we loved the luxurious smooth texture, enriched with grape oil, avocado and shea butters. Perfect size too, ideal for handbags, silvery and elegant, super resistant.