beauty

L’Objet launches ‘Apothecaire’ beauty



Apothecary by L'Objet

2016 has been the year of diversification. Magazines pivoting into events, fashion bloggers transitioning into travel and lifestyle and, um, tableware brands dipping a toe into beauty. That last one sums up a new direction for L’Objet, best known for stunning desk and homewares and a frequent appearer on my Pinterest.

That said, it’s not too much of a jump from home decor to candles (which launched a year ago) to the newest arrival, a bath and beauty sub-brand called Apothecaire. Featuring five products in three scents, there’s a room fragrance (that you can spray on yourself), a hand and body wash, a tablet soap, a hand and body lotion and bath salts. The bottles are made from UV-blocking black violet glass and the natural ingredients are designed to ‘nourish the body and lifts the spirits’.

L'Objet Bois Sauvage Soap

And they do! I like what founder Elad Yifrach said about his candles, “it makes you want to dip a finger in the wax and apply it on yourself”. And the same goes for the Apothecaire products. At the launch at The Conran Shop, we all dived in, smearing ourselves with aromatic body lotion and inhaling the bath salts (I promise you, the spicy citrus Bois Sauvage scent needs to come with a health warning, it’s intoxicating). The Cote Maquis room spray is my favourite though. It’s so good, I’m having trouble leaving the house…

Bois Sauvage room spray

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IMAGES: L’Objet
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CALVIN KLEIN, H&M, COMMUNITY CLOTHING, ZOEVA, FREDERIC MALLE



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. FIRST LOOK AT RAF SIMONS FOR CALVIN KLEIN
raf simons for calvin klein creates drama with a dan flavin in store installation
Here’s a first look at what RS for CK will look like. It’s a Dan Flavin installation at the Calvin Klein store in Manhattan, which suggests that Raf is going to go full throttle on the art-ification of fashion. Well of course he is. It’s an area ripe for exploration and if anyone can do it with integrity it’s him. In other news, he’ll be showing the Calvin Klein AW17 menswear and womenswear together at NYFW in February. And he’ll show his own Raf Simons menswear collection there as well.


2. WATCH WES ANDERSON’S H&M AD

H&M is winning the Christmas ad campaign wars for me. The Wes Anderson directed short has all the Wes hallmarks, the trainscape, the window panorama, the pistachio green colour scheme and the regimented choreography. Ok the ending is a bit awkward but that’s Wes for ya. In other news, I just saw this Wes Anderson Amex ad from 2009, he’s a cute actor too…


3. COMMUNITY CLOTHING GETS SUSTAINABLE FASHION RIGHT

Community Clothing
Bravo Patrick Grant for creating Community Clothing, a unisex, conscious clothing company with fashion credentials and a decent price point. All made in Britain. Yep, it can be done. Their Instagram is pretty cool too. Read more here


4. ZOEVA AT CULT BEAUTY

Zoeva makeup brushes
Good news for Zoeva enthusiasts. You can now buy Zoeva makeup brushes at Cult Beauty. Click here and below for my most-used favourites…


5. FREDERIC MALLE PICKS

Valextra Frederic Malle pochette
The Selfridges candle and perfume hall has had a boost now that it opens onto the new accessories hall. I passed through last week and spent a good half hour dousing myself in Frederic Malle scents and unguents. The Une Rose body butter is the best body butter I have ever felt, smelt and seen. The Lipstick Rose EDP is a sweet and heady potion that dries down to a softer powdery violet, and I love the leather perfume pochettes made in collaboration with Valextra (£240).

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Calvin Klein, Community Clothing, Disneyrollergirl x 2
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Gift guide: tree trinkets



This Works beauty crackers

This is a very quick heads up on some of the affordable luxury beauty trinkets that are still available for the holiday season. To me, these beauty crackers and tree trinkets are no-brainers as they tend to be cult items and best selling people pleasers. Plus they come in at around £10-£20 which clearly means it would be rude not to buy yourself a little something for your troubles.

I can personally vouch for the Eve Lom Kiss Mix lip balm, the Caudalie Divine Oil, the Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower oil and the This Works sleep stuff. I use and love them all.

This round-up wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Jo Malone London cracker. It’s not pictured because it’s sold out on all my affiliates, but you can probably pick one up in store or on the Jo Malone London website. These are slightly more pricy at £36 but they’re such a lovely treat and do contact three miniature products (the deets are here). As expected, the crackers are selling out fast at JML (as well as the Orange Bitters cologne and candle, and the advent calendar – no surprise there) so get yours sooner rather  than later if you have a JML fan to buy for.

NOW CLICK BELOW TO SHOP THE POST…

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IMAGE: This Works
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Cosy night in with Perfumer H



Perfumer H Orange Leaf
When it’s cold, dark and damp, there’s nothing more I want to do than cosy up by a fire, burrow under a blanket and surround myself with scented candles. I’m engrossed in Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ and it’s the first time in ages I’ve been this absorbed in a book, it’s perfect for this time of year. (I tried The Girls in the summer and gave up after 50 pages.)

The most sensorial candles around right now are Perfumer H’s delicious offerings, in hand-blown jewel-coloured glass by Michael Ruh. They look good, they feel great and the smells are so nostalgic and comforting (I love Marmalade). They’re eco too, you can go in and get refills once you’ve used them all up.

The perfumes are equally lovely and beautifully presented in apothecary-style bottles that can be stamped with initials to personalise. Your perfume comes with smaller atomisers and a funnel, and as with the candle, when you’ve finished your bottle, you can get a refill (or just keep it and use as a vase).

I’m wearing Orange Leaf at the moment, a gently citrussy homage to the orange tree. The other new scents for autumn from Perfumer H are Ink (it initially smells of actual ink and then develops into something sweet and sultry), Rain Cloud, Patchouli H and Musk ( a very sophisticated cedar wood spiked musk).

Perfumer H Orange Leaf
Perfumer H Orange Leaf
Perfumer H Orange Leaf Stephen King On Writing
Perfumer H Orange Leaf Stephen King On Writing

And if you’re a cosy, mimimalist hygge (oops I said the H word) kinda girl, there’s a new candle collab just landed from Perfumer H and Cereal magazine. Called ‘Evening’, it’s a woody, wintry candle in a limited edition of 100, available from the Perfumer H store.

Read more about Perfumer H here

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Perfume, Orange Leaf by Perfumer H; Pen by Parker; Book, On Writing by Stephen King
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