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!
Ever felt envious of someone who has boxes overflowing with free samples of the hottest foundations, mascaras, perfumes and moisturisers (great for trying out a product, perfect for touch-ups and unbeatable for travelling) when you can't even get a measly mini-bottle of toner with a ... Read More about How to score the best beauty samples… every time!
Do you know that Listerine made cigarettes to counter bad breath? That Nivea's distinctive blue color is protected worldwide? That Shiseido also makes ice cream? That Vaseline was used for baking? That Ponds cream was called "cold" because it was the world's first moisturiser that did not require ... Read More about 17 beauty products that have been around for more than 100 years!