If you live on a tropical island like Singapore, it probably wouldn’t matter if summer were here or not. Except for the amazing sales in the stories.
That said, everyone’s imagination needs to be transported these days. When many countries’ borders are on lockdown, the pleasure of travel is becoming a fuzzy memory.
I imagine Aesop’s new Citrus Melange Body Cleanser must be what the lemons of the Mediterranean Amalfi Coast must smell like in Summer. Fresh, breezy and a hint of herbaceous deliciousness. I’ve never been to the Amalfi Coast but I can imagine the salty sea breeze.
Containing petitgrain, lemon rind and grapefruit rind, Aesop’s low-foaming cleanser turns your shower experience into a daydreaming session.
Pair it with the Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel (grapefruit rind, pantheon, witch hazel) to cool hot skin, and smell fresh and earthy.
The South Koreans have always been known for their innovative cosmetics.
Afterall, Amorepacific invented the BB cushion and single-handedly launched an entirely new category for the global beauty industry.
Now with Mamonde, it has possibly launched a world-first gel-textured toner.
Unlike your usual watery toner, the Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner is viscous. Lightweight and refreshing, it disappears into the skin with a few gentle rubbing movements. And the formula leaves the skin lightly hydrated, softer and ready to receive serums and moisturisers.
On hot days, place this in the fridge before application to soothe skin.
This toner completes the hydrating Floral Hydro range for oily/ combination skin.
The main ingredient in this line: the narcissus with its long-lasting blooms. An extract from the narcissus bulb supposedly improves the moisturisation levels and circulation in the skin.
For best results, use the toner with the bestselling Floral Hydro cream, a relatively heavy-textured gel cream that envelops skin in a layer of moisture.
Complete the beauty routine with one of Mamonde’s wide selection of pulpy and squishy sheet masks, such as the First Energy Firming Mask with Honeysuckle to keep skin supple and brighter.
Catching a whiff of this range of ultra-feminine, powdery, full-bodied white floral scents is always a pleasure.
In the world of mass-produced brand-name perfumes, Chloe always holds its own.
Its signature floral-soapiness is distinct.
This new olfactory cocktail – Chloe Fleur de Parfum – is a fresher, more floral (the notes evoke pink roses maybe) youthful, and brighter version of the beloved Chloe Eau de Parfum.
How Chloe describes this perfume: “A tender floral blend. Chloé Fleur de Parfum is a generous bouquet exclusively composed of the most tender and quintessential part of flowers, their hearts. The fundamental note comes from the rose heart. The heart of verbena flower adds a fresh and luminous verdant dimension while the heart of cherry blossom diffuses milky almond notes. Tender. Modern. Feminine.”
Clarins’ new Treatment Essence lotions are good fun.
They come in three different textures to treat various skin types.
The Super Restorative Treatment Essence Smoothness (red bottle) is for mature skin, or those with dull and tired skin. It is blended with pueraria lobata extract which nourishes while firming the skin. Ginseng and green coffee extracts are also added to re-energize the skin and boost its radiance. This product also has exfoliating properties to gently sweep away dead skin cells on the surface for smoother skin. The viscous texture of the lotion keeps skin extra supple; I have to say this my favourite of the three (although my skin is not that mature…)
The Multi-Active Treatment Essence Vitality(the pink bottle) works particularly well for those who are under 25, and prefer something lightweight. This milky lotion leaves a satiny-matte finish on the skin. It is refreshing, smoothening, and helps to keep skin lightly hydrated. It contains teasel extract, and acerola seed extract to boost skin radiance and cell rejuvenation.
While the Extra-Firming Treatment Essence Bounciness (peach-coloured bottle) works best on those with fine lines and drier skin. Suitable for treating the early signs of ageing, it is formulated with lemon thyme and green banana extracts to support the skin structure, for a firmer visage. It softens and plumps up the skin with hyaluronic acid too. Lightweight, this formula also leaves skin with a satiny-matte finish.
Don’t know how to use a treatment essence lotion? Here’s how:
These lotions are created to soften the skin; so it supposedly better absorbs the serums and creams you apply afterwards.
So after cleansing, swiping skin with the lotion should be the first step of your skincare routine. Or you could just gently pat the lotion onto skin.
Now, Clarins has also been quick to pick up on the latest South Korean beauty trend: the masking lotion.
To help you turn its treatment essences into masks, Clarins has come up with complementary sheet masks.
There are two kinds to choose from:
The Sachet-Masque: These ready-to-soak sheet masks come in a re-sealable packet. Pour in the lotion, then seal the packet. Press sachet to thoroughly soak mask, and then remove mask from packet. Apply on face, and leave for 10 mins. Spread the remaining lotion in the packet on as well.
Due to its viscous texture, the Super Restorative Treatment Essence is best used with the Sachet-Masque (in a packet).
The Capsule-Masque: Pour the lotion into the capsule, which contains a dry tablet. Leave the tablet to soak up the essence for about three to five minutes. When the tablet puffs up into a squishy blob, unfold it and you get an essence-soaked sheet mask.
Best used with the watery Multi-Active and Extra Firming lotions.
The masks are thin; but they do not tear easily while soaking up the right amount of essence for a comforting masking session.