Here is a sneak preview of my Casaviva India interview with the uber-glam model, author, beauty expert and designer India Hicks, who is inevitably linked to this country given her pedigree as Lord Mountbatten’s granddaughter. She is currently revelling in her role as spokesperson for Crabtree & Evelyn, who also encouraged her to develop her own home and body line called India Hicks Island Living, based on the indigenous knowledge she has garnered over a decade of living full time on an island in the Bahamas.
You don’t wear make-up. Is that your flawless skin secret?
I have my mother to thank for good skin! However, I do believe plenty of sleep, water and cleansing help maintain my skin’s appearance.
How do you keep in such good shape?
I run for an hour every evening on the beach with my two dogs but I run slowly. I went to Gordonstoun School so I’ve always been very active.
What triggered the line for Crabtree & Evelyn?
I had written two books: Island Life – an interiors book on the houses we developed; and Island Beauty – focusing on beauty and well being. When Crabtree & Evelyn asked me to be their brand spokesperson and do my own line, it seemed like a natural flow on from there.
So the products reflect your island lifestyle?
The packaging is reminiscent of our house and guest houses – all wood, paper and straw and very neutral tones with a sudden flash of colour. And all the products involve flowers and plants indigenous to the Caribbean.
Which products fit effortlessly into your island routine?
After the kids wake me at six I want to just get up and go. I’ll shower using the shower gel before taking the boys to school in the golf cart. I also have very dry skin so the rich body cream is perfect. Plus I run every day so the bath salts, which are full of Epsom salts, sooth my muscles in my evening bath.
Not being a big scent wearer, was it difficult creating a fragrance?
I knew I wanted a light and uplifting scent but I didn’t know the language fragrance houses use, so I explained using colours saying things like: ‘I don’t like purple but cream and white appeal to me.’ I’ve ended up with exactly what I wanted: A clean, white scent that I can wear day and night. It’s based on the amazing looking Spider Lily that grows on the island.
Do you have a favourite product?
The body polish, which looks like the pink sand from the island and gives your skin a healthy glow. I also love the scented candle for travelling because the fragrance reminds me of the island breeze that comes off the ocean onto the terrace.
Any travel beauty tips?
When flying I always moisturise; not just my face, but my whole body. I am never without lip salve and drink lots and lots of water.