Green scene: looking good the natural way
Put your best face forward with the latest organic skincare from around the world.
There’s no denying we all want to look our best. But more and more, we want to feel good about how we achieve that goal. For some that means avoiding potentially toxic ingredients and opting for sustainable ones. For others, it means simplifying their lives and getting closer to nature. Whatever your reason, there is now a brand or product to suit all your skincare (and ethical) needs. Here are just a few of the latest ones making a splash in Hong Kong.
1. Elemental Herbology Facials at Mandarin Spa
Just in time for the change of seasons, Mandarin Spa has introduced a series of facials with British holistic skincare brand Elemental Herbology. The treatments draw on traditional Chinese medicine and the five elements, with each facial customised to the client’s element (wood, fire, earth, metal or water). All include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, mask and massage. Available in 60-minute (HK$1,200) and 90-minute (HK$1,700) versions, at Mandarin Spa (2825 8888)
Hong Kong’s newest botanical skincare brand, Exsicata, hails all the way from Brazil. Founder Adriane Semmer is a plant biologist who has done extensive research on plant genetics and plant biotechnology. Her high-performance products use natural and organic ingredients from across the South American nation, including Brazilian ginseng, acai extract and Amazonian white clay. Highlights include the Foaming Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Mask and Skin Firming Cellulite Reducing Body Cream. Available from Vero Amore (3152 2350)
3. Canvas Perfect White Renew
A bit closer to home, this Australian newcomer harnesses the power of certified organic botanicals and herbal extracts. Besides a full range of skin and body care, Canvas stocks essential oils to treat common skin and health ailments. It latest launch is the Perfect White Renew collection, designed to reverse the signs of sun damage. Products include a cleansing oil (HK$580), clay mask (HK$780), eye treatment (HK$865) and beauty balm (HK$665). Available at Canvas boutiques in Times Square (2506 3339), Plaza Hollywood (2337 0399) and Sino Plaza (2523 9799), and online at www.canvasbeauty.com.hk
4. Dr Jackson’s Natural Products
Based on the wisdom of traditional healers and the pioneering research of a British pharmacognosist (one who studies medicines from natural products), this innovative brand is set to become a fashion-pack favourite thanks to its partnership with Net-a-Porter. Exclusive items at the online store include two skin creams and the 100 per cent organic Coconut Melt (HK$121) for skin and hair. Until March 26, enjoy a Dr Jackson’s Natural Products Afternoon Tea (HK$290 for one, HK$530 for two) at Café Gray Deluxe and receive a special gift set and 10 per cent off voucher for beauty products at Net-a-Porter. Available at Net-a-Porter
5. Thann Eden Breeze Collection
Bangkok-based Thann looks to be taking over the natural skincare world, with more than 10 points of sale in Hong Kong and upcoming store openings everywhere from New York to Mongolia. Much of the botanical-based brand is inspired by aromatherapy, with collections such as Aromatic Wood and Oriental Essence among the top sellers. The newest body care collection is Eden Breeze, which features the romantic and soothing scents of rose and jasmine. Included in the collection are a shower gel (HK$270), body scrub (HK$400), body oil spray (HK$390) and body butter (HK$730). Available at Thann stores (see website for store list) and online.
6. Absolution Le Sérum Anti-Soif
French brand Absolution is known for certified organic, made-to-measure skincare products with a modern twist. Its latest serum (HK$430) boasts a blend of aloe vera, floral extracts and essential oils to provide up to eight hours of continuous moisture. The multipurpose product also promises to tighten pores, stimulate microcirculation and calm reactive skin. Available at 10/10 Space (3595 1152) and 10/10 Hope (3419 6772)
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