The camellia flower is synonymous with Chanel. It’s the minimalist white flower that you see on accessories, prints and even engraved on buttons and was the flower that Gabrielle Chanel’s lover, Boy Capel presented to her. It doesn’t have a smell but it does, it turns out, have some magical skincare properties.
Chanel’s skincare lab created its camellia-extract ‘Camellia Alba PFA’ (stick with me) a while ago. It’s a mainstay of the Hydra Beauty skincare line, of which the cult water-gel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum is one of my Holy Grail products.
Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for the annual rose beauty roundup. I really like subtle rose fragrances in skincare and slightly stronger ones in my body oils and potions. There are studies that show rose oil can have numerous therapeutic effects, from analgesic to physiological; for me it’s definitely up there with lavender as a calming, comforting scent. Here are a few of my rose beauty wants and recs…
SUMMER FRIDAYS In the spirit of transporting myself into a summer mindset, Summer Fridays has added a rose R&R Mask (£46, below) to its capsule product line-up. (more…)
Not sure why I never saw this coming. Hermès is building out its beauty offer with skincare and make-up due to launch in 2020. It already has a great line of ancillary scented bath products – soaps, shower gels, body balms – which are so beautifully giftable and serve as perfect entry portals to one of the last true luxury fashion brands.
‘Obviously, we hope to have the biggest scope possible. We are trying to do it humbly and cautiously, because it’s a big market that’s already full of strong players, and therefore we have to find our place in it,” said Hermès chief executive officer, Axel Dumas. It’s certainly a crowded place but Hermès is planning a slowly-slowly strategy with limited availability to start with, mostly in its own stores. (more…)