As much as we love fragrances, we can think of more pleasant things to do than trawl a perfume-laden beauty hall. Enter British perfumer Michael Boadi’s newest enterprise, a sprawling boutique set within a Georgian townhouse in Mayfair that eschews the traditional perfume counter mould. The sophisticated space is home to Boadi’s comprehensive Illuminum fragrance collection, including a newly created Haute Perfume range, which utilises rare and exquisite ingredients. For those who are especially particular, Boadi will also offer bespoke fragrance services, created over a course of four weeks.
Bumble & Bumble has bestowed its infallible magic over the humble hairpin. The forward-thinking haircare brand has launched a tin, in the likeness of those frequently spotted backstage, filled with a 50-strong assortment of hair and bobby pins in eye-catching white. Each easy-access box also comes with a smartly illustrated guide including hairpin trivia and a selection of manageable hairstyles that can be easily re-created for all manner of occasions.
There is nothing that pleases us more than a multi-tasking product. Hailing from Vancouver, Ilia recently made its debut on the beauty market with six lip conditioners that function as a lipstick, balm and gloss all-in-one. Armed with a sustainable ethos that extends from its all-natural formula to the recycled aluminium packaging of each tube, Ilia’s wares are available in a spectrum of versatile shades, offering buildable colour intensity with each application.
While putting together our recent Territories’ issue, we chanced upon the UAE-based Camel Milk Soap Company, which creates bars of soap made from camel soap as one might have expected. Camel milk, a traditional folk remedy, is a unique composite of natural acids that plumps collagen while being gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Apart from naturally reducing skin inflammations, it all moisturises and cleanse all at once.
Quintessentially British fragrance house Jo Malone has been slowly but surely pumping fresh air into its collections. Under the creative direction of James Gager, who also oversees MAC and La Mer, the brand has upped its fashion credo by harnessing the talents of Tim Walker for its campaign images and even tweaking its signature packaging. For this festive season, the house has put out a Roasted Chestnut candle - an evocative assemblage of smoky and gourmand notes - dressed in red tissue paper and finished with a red cotton ribbon.
Given the historical entwinement of France and Vietnam, it’s only natural that an Indochinese-inspired beauty line has emerged from the banks of Paris. Bi Mat Cay has adapted traditional Vietnamese beauty and well-being recipes into a collection of balms for urban usage; its camphor and clove-infused Miracle Balm targets pains and headaches, while the Skin Balm contains green tea extract and juniper to heal cuts and irritations. A pair of creams has been newly added to the mix - a warming menthol massage cream to soothe the body and an avocado-infused emulsion that hydrates and softens the skin.
Balms, starting from €6 and creams, starting from €12.90, all by Bi Mat Cay, www.bimatcay.com Writer: Pei-Ru Keh
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