Thursday, July 2, 2015


(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!


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.


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.

~ In Closing ~

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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, or

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