Thursday, April 12, 2012



EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness

Over the years, I’ve reviewed many hotels, resorts, and spas. Along the way, I’ve also reviewed quite a number of related treatment products that were touted to perform one way and ended up as disappointments.

Many had aromas that were off-putting, cloying or irritating. Formulations were lackluster, or grainy, greasy or dry like sludge, while others never absorbed properly or left tacky residues. Those promising to immediate results were all hype. Many of the products were advertised as the latest best thing to fight or even reverse aging, with DNA related issues as a point of consideration conveniently not mentioned, or concealed in an obscure footnote in the product’s description. Excuse me, but I was always under the impression that the only way to stop the aging process was to die. Many of the products were touted as pure, natural, organic, or some other hype du jour; often, these products performed the least favorable with some having a shelf life comparable to batting an eye. Some were foisted on me for my imprimatur with a lead-in tag about celebrity-dom, as if the flash in the pan starlet, who gratuitously used a product for a few seconds, was the authoritarian voice on the subject matter.

Honest, simple, and uncomplicated is what I want in products I use on my skin. I don’t need to be dazzled, because quite frankly I’m not a dazzler nor am I impressed with this type of approach. I also don’t care to have my signs of aging reversed, as I’m proud of my DNA and how great I look after all those years of experience and wisdom-building. I’m just me…honest, simple, and uncomplicated with no hype!

That being said, I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a number of products intrinsic to the EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness program’s Natural Detox Retreat. Behind this extraordinary program and all of its products is Premchit Prateap Na Thalang. Following is a brief glimpse into this extraordinary woman’s background.

Premchit’s family has been growing, trading, studying, using, and dispensing indigenous plants of southern Thailand and traditional Siamese knowledge for beauty, medicinal, nutritional and perfumery benefits for more than 12 generations. For nearly 200 years Premchit’s family traded aromatic plants with the British East India Company, including Thao Thep Kasatri, heroine of the Battle of Thalang (Phuket) in 1785, who traded with Sir Francis Light whilst he was based in Thalang. Premchit’s mother and father passed their family’s wisdom and secrets to Premchit, who blends this with her international certification in aromatherapy and intuitive cosmetic, cuisine, perfume, scent and therapeutic skills, to create enjoyable and effective Ambrosias, Elixirs and Treatments for health and happiness.

Following are her own words, which underscore her impressive lineage and how it transcends her passion and commitment to the program and how the program custom-tailors retreats for others as a means of restoring and healing them in their quest for health and wellness.

Many people want to avoid or treat the chronic ailments of modern life in a way that is not only painless, but also convenient, effective, enjoyable, natural, private, and fits in with their own personal, work and life schedules”, said Premchit. I have designed my wellness retreats so guests have the convenience to start their retreat on any day of the year. Guests also have the flexibility to experience their retreat with any of my unique luxury resort partners and the privacy to do their retreat by themselves or with a friend or family member, as well as the enjoyment of combining their retreat with a holiday at an exotic destination, where the journey in retreat to wellness is a profound personal experience.

Product Information

Packaging, except the Body Cleansing Bars, are contained in a bio-photon energy-preserving violet glass bottle. This glass is impervious to light, which preserves the purity and stability of each ingredient, while maximizing formulation stability and ingredient efficacy.

It is important to note that the products are broken down into several categories (purification, nourishment, and rest). The categories conform to the individual detoxification and wellness programs. There are three retreats (detox, stress, and romance) and eight therapies (ambrosia, breath, elixir, meditation, movement, music, scent and treatment).

Product Profiles

· Products are natural, organic, naturally cultivated, naturally derived, wild, and pure

· Only the highest quality essential oils are used that are authentic, genuine, natural and pure

· Sustainability is key, including products that are managed and harvested on a sustainable basis, wild harvested or organically grown in their natural environment, affinity to respect and protect the intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples, direct benefit to disadvantaged and poor harvesters, farmers, and producers

· Ingredients don’t include any animal or animal by-products

· No testing was done on any animals

· No testing was done that included plant origins that are considered endangered (CITES, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)

· Formulations are 100% authentic, genuine, natural, organic, and pure botanicals and minerals

Why the products worked for me

· Aromas were subtle and calming

· Concentrated, so a little went a long way

· All formulations were non-irritating, with luxurious consistencies and were enjoyable to use

· Cleansing products were gentle and non-drying

· Moisturizing products were quickly absorbed, without leaving any tacky or greasy residue

· Hydration levels were maintained throughout the day

· Tisanes were enjoyable to consume, refreshing and calming

Guest Related

Following an initial consultation, guests select their course of retreat and therapy, the length of time for their experience, as well as which luxury resort partner for their experience; throughout their experience, follow-up consultations are also made with the guest. Upon arrival at their destination, guests are provided an exquisite silk bespoke keepsake box containing all of the ambrosias, elixirs, and products they’ll need throughout their experience.


Premchit Prateap Na Thalang created EXPERIENCE | PREMCHT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness and all of its transformative Ambrosias and Elixirs with “…loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity to nourish, preserve, and restore animals, people, plants, and the earth…”. She is an extraordinarily gifted person with an innovative approach that combines luxury and wellness for those who seek healing and restoration. You can email her at

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 addition to writing and reviewing, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker. She also serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa. She also serves as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz. You can email her at


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