Thursday, July 2, 2015

SUMMER LUXE


(Fashion Model Nina Leen, 1950)
As summer’s heat and humidity persists, lavish yourself with these indulgent products.  Whatever the season, you deserve to celebrate yourself with some extra care, and with the right mix of products that are indulgent.  In order for me to deem a product indulgent, not only does it have to be restorative, but it also must have a rich, luxuriant consistency that makes the skin feel like silk immediately upon contact.  The following products are perfect for whatever the summer season has in store for you.  Each of these indulgent CARITA PARIS and DECLÉOR PARIS products restore and nurture the delicate skin from the assaults of heat and humidity.  Enjoy!

~ CARITA PARIS ~


This luxurious brand owes its lineage to sisters Marie and Rosie Carita.  Seventy years ago, these two highly skilled and trained hairdressers began putting all of their talents into making women beautiful by opening their first beauty salon, Maison de Beauté Carita.  The two had a celebrated reputation for being the first to ever take into consideration their client’s face and features as part of a personalized coiffure; they also extended it to include their client’s makeup, and attire; it wasn’t unusual for them to also recommend beauty enhancements, including surgical procedures to their client.  Their passion for Haute Beauté made the Carita sisters innovators of their time for creating luxurious treatment products that delivered results for the face, body and hair that accentuated each woman’s unique beauty.  CARITA PARIS is a mainstay at leading hotels, resorts, salons, and spas worldwide.

~ Product Experiences ~



Fluide De Beauté 14 ~ Lover Courreges Edition ~ This special anniversary edition of their iconic product, first introduced in 1956, is a superior restorative and nourishing dry oil that’s ideal for dry to very dry face, hair and body.  Key ingredients include Hazelnut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamins A, E, and F, Carrot Extract, and Arnica Extract.  I primarily used this product on my face; all I needed was a small amount to deliver exceptional hydration; the oil was quickly absorbed and left no greasy or tacky residue; product was gentle and non-irritating; hydration levels were maintained throughout the day.  My skin appeared healthy and nourished; fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, and the texture appeared more even.  I also used the product on my hands and cuticles and loved how healthy and hydrated the dry areas felt.  The subtle citrus aroma was also enjoyable. 


Masque De Beauté 14 ~ Ultra-Repairing Balm Face Mask ~ This reparative facemask is ideal for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin.  Key ingredients include Vitamins D, E and F, Hazelnut Oil, Shea Butter, Wild Mango Butter, Mint Leaf Extract, and Tamarind Extract.  As soon as I used this product, I felt like my skin had been embraced with a deeply soothing and hydrating protective veil.  Once I removed the product after five minutes, my skin had a silky texture and was exceptionally hydrated; product was very gentle and non-irritating.  This product also had an enjoyable aroma of citrus.  http://www.caritadirect.com


                               
DECLÉOR PARIS ~


In 1974, visionary Solange Dessimoulie and a team of experts created DECLÉOR PARIS, a luxury aromatherapy skincare line of products that were based on natural plant extracts and pure essential oils.  This innovative combination of luxury skincare products and properties of nature and science have continued driving this innovative concept as a mainstay within the industry.  DECLÉOR PARIS remains an innovator in luxury aromatherapy-based products and treatments and has a major presence in resorts, hotels, salons, and spas worldwide.  A few years ago, I had the honor and privilege of meeting Mme. Dessimoulie at Spa Eastman (Quebec) and chatting with her a bit; she was conducting a two-day intensive training course for Canadian estheticians, and graciously invited me to sit in on them; the sessions were informative and she was very impressive.

~ Product Experience ~



Huile Sèche Satinante ~ Satin Softening Dry Oil ~This naturally formulated dry oil is ideally suited for all skin types; it restores and delivers exceptional hydration, and is a multi-use product for face, body, and hair.  Key ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Damascene Rose Oil, Frankincense Oil, Camellia oil and Vitamin E.  The product is preservative-free, paraben-free, and uses no mineral oil or synthetic colors.  I primarily used the product on my body, including hands and cuticles; the product was quickly absorbed, without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; it was also gentle and non-irritating; my skin’s texture was also improved and left silky.  Hydration levels were maintained throughout the day.  I also loved the subtle aroma of Frankincense.  http://www.decleorusa.com

~ In Closing ~

(Image from www.lovethispic.com)
Take care of yourself during this time when summer’s sun and over-exposure can damage the fragile skin.  Keep hydrated, wear sunscreen, and wear a nice wide-brimmed sun hat.  The hat will provide added protection from harmful rays, while also making a fashion statement.  And, as a reminder…

STAY HYDRATED ~ Water is best, plain or infused with fruits or veggies is next best.
BE SUN-SMART, SUN-SAFE ~ Avoid the sun as much as possible, and use products that protect.
LIGHTEN UP ~ Food choices, color palette, fragrance, and skin, body, and hair care products.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman


TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tripatini.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, “Terry’s Second Helpings”.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com, or terry.herman@gmail.com.
 
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

MORE SUMMER PRODUCT EXPERIENCES


 

As summer’s heat and humidity persists, consider the following products, which are perfect for après sun and water, and what ever else the season might have in store for you.  Enjoy!

~ Products for Face, Body and Hair ~



Ilike Organic Skin Care Carotene Essentials Rich Moisturizer ~ This beautiful new all-natural and organic cruelty-free product not only delivers restorative hydration, but Carotene Essentials Rich Moisturizer also delivers immediate and visible luminosity to the skin.  The creamy texture provides ideal protection and restoration après sun and water.  Key ingredients include Sorb Apple, Carrot, Cantaloupe, Calendula, Corn Germ Oil, Carotene (Provitamin A), and Vitamins A, B, C, E and K.  I loved how the improvement to my skin had a cumulative affect; levels of hydration were maintained throughout the day, fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, and my skin appeared healthy and glowing; the product absorbed quickly without leaving any residue.  http://www.szepelet.com



Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion and LipDrink Lip Balm, Blush ~ What better way to celebrate the summer season than to have glowing skin and luscious lips?  A favorite mineral makeup line for many, Jane Iredale celebrates the season with her Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion, which imparts shimmer and hydration to all skin tones.  Key ingredients include botanical Extracts, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Aloe.  Ideal for face and body, this product adds just the right amount of warming glow to leave skin looking radiant, while restoring hydration levels and smoothing the appearance of skin.  I loved how this left my face with just the right amount of glow on my cheeks and eyelids.  Another “ode” to summer includes her new colors for LipDrink Lip Balm in Buff and Crush.  Key ingredients include, an SPF 15, Botanical Extracts, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Green Tea Extract, and Lemon Peel Oil.  I used the new color Crush, a luscious berry color; my lips were color-primed, drenched in moisturizer, and protected from the sun.  https://janeiredale.com



Peter Coppola Legacy Keratin Concept ~ Peter Coppola is regarded as the “Godfather of Keratin”, and has developed the first consumer-based Keratin Smoothing Treatment product line that’s free of formaldehyde and aldehyde, and formulated with restorative Keratin and anti-aging Ceramide.  Prior to this new line, if a person wanted a Keratin treatment, they’d have to go to a salon.  The new product line, suitable for all hair types, restores shine, while improving texture, smoothness, and volume.  The line includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-Frizz Cream, Blow Out Spray, and Hairspray.  I have fine, oily, fairly straight hair that’s all naturally gray; I also don’t use any conditioner or styling products.  I tried the Shampoo for nearly two weeks and found that it weighted my hair down and left it limp.  Based on my experience, hair type and texture, I feel these products are better suited for those with hair that’s frizzy or curly, permed or colored, and damaged, over-processed or over-styled.  These products are available at qualified salons that feature Peter Coppola treatments and products.  https://www.petercoppola.com



Rituals Cosmetics Fortune Oil, Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood Nourishing Shower Oil ~ This is the perfect product for the shower.  Those who spend a bit too much time outdoors will especially enjoy this après sun and water.  Not only did it gently cleanse, but it also left my skin feeling silky, while imparting a lovely subtle aroma.  Key ingredients include Orange and Cedarwood Oil, and Soy and Castor Oil.  Gently cleansed my skin, while leaving it silky smooth and hydrated, without feeling greasy or tacky; the beautiful aroma was subtle and uplifting.  https://us.rituals.com/en-us/home



SoapBox Lotions Bataua Fruit Sensitive Rejuvenation, Coconut Intense Hydration, and Argan Nourishing Moisture ~ These lotions hydrate beautifully with restorative ingredients like Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Olive Fruit Oil and Shea Butter.  In addition to these restorative ingredients, the individual blends I tried also included Bataua Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil, and Argan Oil, respectively.  The Bataua Fruit Oil has a fresh-picked fruity aroma; the Coconut Oil has a just-cracked coconut aroma; and, the Argan Oil has a subtle fresh aroma.  This company’s mission is to provide a month’s supply of clean water to a community (in cooperation with their partner Splash).  Each bottle of lotion has a “Hope Code” on it and consumers can go to the website and enter the code to see where their  purchase donation went to further the cause for clean water.  https://www.soapboxsoaps.com

~ Oral Care ~



ClōSys Oral Care ~ Just what your mouth has been hoping for…an oral care line that’s pH balanced and free of sulfates, triclosan and alcohol; it’s also ideal for sensitive teeth.  The line takes care of all the oral care needs with Toothpaste (fluoride and non-fluoride), Oral Rinse, Oral Spray, Brushes, and Tongue Cleaner.  While I enjoyed using the products, especially the Toothpaste, my acute sense of smell detected the faint aroma of chlorine in the Oral Rinse; Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide is one of the ingredients in the Oral Rinse.  For those always on-the-go, there’s a handy Trial Size Kit, which includes Toothpaste, Oral Rinse, Oral Drops, and Oral Spray; all sizes are TSA-compliant.  https://closys.com

~ In Closing ~

(Image from www.boardwalk-style.com)
Take care of yourself during this time when summer’s sun and over-exposure can damage the fragile skin.  Keep hydrated, wear sunscreen, and consider wearing a nice wide-brimmed sun hat.  The hat will provide added protection from harmful rays, while also making a fashion statement.  And, as a reminder…

STAY HYDRATED ~ Water is best, plain or infused with fruits or veggies is next best.
BE SUN-SMART, SUN-SAFE ~ Avoid the sun as much as possible, and use products that protect.
LIGHTEN UP ~ Food choices, color palette, fragrance, and skin, body, and hair care products.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tripatini.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Please note that the "Comment Section" has been disabled.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, “Terry’s Second Helpings”.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com, or terry.herman@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo credit from www.bboed.org; all other photo credits as represented by the specific brand.)