on style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am

I'm looking for a sonic jewellery cleanser. Here's hoping you can help.

Sound Advice, Pok Fu Lam

The Dictator rules: Sure. And while you're at it, why don't we find more contraptions to clutter your house and make everything in your life more complicated than it needs to be. There are so many ways to clean your jewellery that don't require 'gelectrosonic technology'. That said, if it will keep you from using toothpaste as per the old wives tale, then so be it. Also, keep in mind this technique isn't suitable for all jewellery and could be detrimental to (that means bad for) certain pieces, especially soft or porous stones and pearls.

Now you've had your lecture, we can tell you we've seen the Connoisseurs Sonic Jewellery Bath (HK$190) at Seibu (Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2971 3800). It comes with a clear plastic mini tank and carousel with suspension hooks so you don't have to place your hands in the chemicals. Even better, it's small and battery operated, so you can take it with you wherever you go (although cleaning your heirlooms at the bus stop is not advisable).

Cyberspace reveals other models are available overseas, but good luck getting them shipped here

with all those chemical cleaners in the box.

My friend in Russia recently wore an outstanding outfit and said it was a cheap Moschino brand. Does such a thing exist?

Moschino Cherry, Discovery Bay

The Dictator: Oh, the things I could say about all that! But I will hold my tongue for once ... except to laugh at your confusion. There is a label called Moschino Cheap and Chic. It's a diffusion line launched in 1988, five years after designer Franco Moschino started the Moschino Couture line, but it's not exactly cheap by outlet standards.

The look is whimsical, colourful and, at times, cartoonish - young and fun. Seibu (level 2, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2971 3872) has a corner dedicated to the line. It's also sold at Moschino boutiques, including the one in The Landmark (shop 201, Central, tel: 2525 4706). Now, could we clear up one more thing? It's pronounced: MOSS-KEE-NO. Say it with me: MOSS-KEE-NO. And don't forget it.

I am looking for a shampoo and a conditioner made with jojoba oil. I used to use Crabtree & Evelyn but it has not stocked the product since March.

Hey Jo(joba), South Horizons

The Dictator: How do you know it's the jojoba that works for you? Do you even know what jojoba is?

(A plant, not an animal, whose wax or oil is used in cosmetics products or as a carrier oil.) We looked

and found the jojoba oil conditioner (HK$115) at Crabtree & Evelyn (shop GW3226, The Gateway, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2735 6683) as well as 50ml travel-sized bottles of the conditioner and the shampoo in a gift set (HK$895). For those who don't know it, Crabtree & Evelyn's jojoba hair products contain oil obtained from the first pressing of the seeds. French brand Phyto has a Phytojoba line, which includes Phytojoba Intense hydrating shampoo (HK$120; Watsons stores, tel: 2608 8383) and a hydrating mask (HK$250). Honestly, once you start reading the ingredients, you'll find a few haircare products include the stuff. Other brands to look for are Paul Mitchell, Jason Natural and Nature's Gate. Just read the label, my friend.