Right now, everything in Provence literally seems to glow bluish-purple. The color of soft lavender bushes shimmering against a blue sky... rolling up balmy country days and the soulfulness of summer into one pretty package. But as I've come to realise through talking with both beauty industry ... Read More about The (many) beauty benefits of lavender: Ultra-easy DIY recipes included!
I have this curious way of imagining people as perfumes (yup, never claimed to be sane). So, what comes to mind with Michelle Pfeiffer? A smoky, slightly resinous fragrance, swirling with a dash of darkness, enveloped in an icy white fog. A creation that stands at the crossroads where White Oleander ... Read More about The Beauty Gypsy review: Michelle Pfeiffer’s Henry Rose perfumes
Today, in the middle of an awful day, I caught a whiff of 4711 – the simple eau de cologne that my grandmother-in-law used to wear every single day. And it made me feel calmer. More focussed. Less like the world was crashing around me. For a minute, it even made me smile... something that I have not ... Read More about On handling life and its pitchforks, one scented memory at a time
Embryolisse and La Roche-Posay sit at every pharmacy around the corner. Avène and Bioderma are possibly even more easily available Stateside than in France. Le Petit Marseillais and Lierac are present at Walgreens. French beauty, in short, is under threat of becoming almost generic. Surely, ... Read More about Secret files: 11 cult French beauty products you haven’t heard about a zillion times already!
A deliciously warm, sweet and slightly powdery mist rising from the cobblestones, flower stands spilling with freshly cut lilies, bustling cafés serving smoky teas, cozy boulangeries waking up the mornings with crusty baguettes, the rich wood and crystal interiors of Versailles, the endless eras of ... Read More about Meet the top 8 candles for firing up that Parisian je ne sais quoi!