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Superyacht Stewardess

How to Take Care of an Orchid

Orchid Care Tips to Keep Them Alive and Healthy

As a Superyacht Stewardess, you will be required to take care of many flowers and plants onboard.

The orchid is a  humble yet exquisite flower and it will be right on top of the list of plants to take care of, as many superyacht interior designers and stewardesses just love them.

This may be because the beautiful orchid can compliment any colour scheme and it will bloom for weeks on end.

Caring for the delicate orchid flower may look like a challenging task, but taking care of Orchids is not that complicated, in fact, it’s quite easy. And Just because it’s different from traditional potted flowers, many stewardesses think that they are far too delicate to have on a yacht, however, in my experience, this simply is not the case.

But people are afraid of them. So, if you’re looking for the best orchid care there are a few important tips you need to know to help make it easier to care for the indoor plant.

What are Orchids?

Orchids are epiphytes or “air plants”. This means that the Orchid flower doesn’t grow in the dirt but rather by clinging on to tree barks and roots. They get most of their nutrients from detritus which gather around their roots.

Orchid flowers aren’t rooted in soils in the wild. So, if you want the best Orchid flowers these facts are important to consider. With the right care, Orchid flowers can blossom and live virtually forever.

Most Orchids die mainly because of overwatering due to the misconception that plants only need water to survive longer. This is, in fact, the opposite when it comes to Orchid flowers because, in the wild, they don’t sit in wet soil because the flowers’ roots will rot and die since it cannot absorb water and nutrients.

So, when it comes to Orchid flowers, the less the water the better.

Orchid Flower - Superyacht Stewardess

Orchids are tropical plants and need four things to thrive on the yacht, these are:
  1. Partial light
  2. Consistent watering
  3. Warm temperature
  4. Fertiliser
Watering tips

Place 2-5 ice cubes around the roots of the indoor plant at least once a week and allow them to melt into the pot.  Many stewardesses place the ice on the crown (on the top of the leaves in the centre).

This is a fundamental error because wone the ice melts, it can pool around the leaves which in turn will rot them over time.

To test if there is enough water in the soil, dip two fingers into the soil, pull them out, then rub the fingers together. If the soil is dry, then you can add more water, but if it’s moist, then there’s probably enough water for the Orchid flowers.

Temperature and Lighting Tips

Air conditioning can dry the soil, so it’s wise to keep checking from time to time to ensure proper moist levels.   Spraying the flower with water is bad since spraying the plant with water turns the flower brown and rot.

In case of dusty leaves use cotton wool dipped in milk to wipe the leaves. The leaves will feed on the milk and as a bonus, will make the leaves glossy.

Don’t place the Orchid flowers close to direct sunlight, a fan, or air conditioner. But once in a while, get them outside for some moments near the sunlight but not in direct sunlight, away from the air-conditioned yacht for a fresher flower.

Some Orchid flowers bloom in humid areas like restrooms.   Orchid flowers flourish in humid areas, like out in the sea or a bathroom. But remember that too much moisture with little air movement can make the Orchid flower vulnerable to rot. You must achieve a decent balance of airflow and humidity for optimum Orchid care.

Most orchids need moderate to warm temperature constantly. For the best Orchid Care, you should ensure the temperature doesn’t fall below 15 degrees Celsius. During the day, the best temperature for the indoor plants is between 22 to 25 degrees Celsius for the best Orchid Care.

Ceiling lights in the superyacht will undoubtedly not have enough light for the Orchid flower so you should place the plant near a window for natural sunlight but ensure the plant isn’t exposed to direct sunlight.

Other Orchid Care Tips

You should never let the Orchid flowers touch anything. If the Orchid flowers touch something like a wall, it completely harms the delicate flowers’ leaves and petals.

Orchid bark is most probably the best the best material to plant the Orchid flowers in. Remember that Orchids should not be planted inside the soil to avoid root rot and to allow the root to have enough oxygen to live.

Since some superyachts Orchids are potted in moss you should ensure the moss is dry before rewetting it since it’s so easy to over water the flowers in the moss. If you’re not sure, you can just go with bark instead.

Orchid plants can live for a long time but it depends on whether they have roots or not.

Good luck with taking care of the of the beautiful Orchid flowers, and hopefully, you feel more confident when handling these amazing flowers.

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Jo Loves and Le Labo Product Review

Superyacht luxury product reviews

Well, what a lovely surprise, I’ve just received some Jo Loves & Le Labo Christmas Cheer. The beautiful Ruth from Superyacht luxury sent me some delicious luxury beauty products to reviews for you all.

Now before I start off, I would like to say that  I fall into the 35-45 year old demographic and my skin is typically dry and very sensitive.

Further,  I am not paid to review these products, and the opinions are solely mine.

From joloves.com: “Jo loves was created by Jo Malone.  Jo Malone MBE has been described as an ‘English scent maverick’ and the woman responsible for creating some of the world’s most loved fragrances.

Originally a facial therapist, Jo fell in love with fragrance while working from her discreet skin care clinic which she set up from her London home.

Discovering an instinctual talent for creating scented products by hand in her kitchen, word of her exceptional potions quickly spread and soon Jo was unable to keep up with demand.

From these artisan beginnings, Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London, which gained cult status around the world. In 1999, Jo sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006.” www.joloves.com.

A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future. – Coco Chanel

Before I give you my opinion here is what jo loves has to say about their product:

A luxurious foaming gel for hands and body, designed to be used every day as a hand wash or shower gel to gently cleanse and scent your skin.

In my opinion, the product and packaging present elegantly and would sit nicely in the bathroom on board any superyacht.  Further, the soap offers a delicate and familiar fragrance which is reminiscent of a bygone era.

Jo Loves Pomelo  Hand & body cleanser 200ml.

I was happy to find that the soap didn’t dry out my sensitive skin, and I will happily continue to use this product.

On a less constructive note, I could not find an ingredients list, so I’m really not sure what I was putting on my body, which is something that I always consider when choosing beauty products.

 

La Labo – Santal 33

Moving onto the La Labo – Santal 33, I received the 60ml hotel size body lotion which is packaged in a standard bottle.

Without doing any research on this product, in my opinion, this product oozes masculinity. Just think of the Marlboro man mixed with an American retro Barba shop, and then you will find this delightful elixir.

Sure enough, when I did look to see the who, what, where, why and how behind this product, I found the whole website is geared towards the male consumer.  

Some other reviews disagree and have stated that this range spans ages and genders. The founders themselves have said that “We never thought about who was going to wear it regarding gender at Le Labo. We are more thinking of the souls — perfumery has to be sexual to me — it has to create an attraction, an addiction.”

For me, this is a man’s fragrance, and there are many other beautiful scents out there that will appeal to your female guests.

So if you are looking for a gender-neutral product for the guest bathrooms then perhaps this product isn’t for you. If you are looking for his and her line, then I would recommend this range for him.

The lotion goes on with ease, and it is far from greasy, The fragrance was not to my liking, but my husband found it quite nice. The scent does stay on the skin for a while, but some people do not mind that either.

On the positive Le Labo claim to be “Plant-based, genderless, claimless, cruelty-free”.

Free of any promise other than making you feel good while using it”. Which is a massive plus in my book. Further, I did find the ingredients to Santal 33  which are:

“Enriched with vitamin E, vitamin A, aloe vera, coconut and olive oil, this paraben-free hand and body lotion perfumes, softens, and smoothes your skin”. For better results, have someone else apply it to you… gotta love the sexy marketing tactics here)

 

 

 

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How to set up a luxury dinner on the beach

As a Superyacht stewardess, providing excellence in service is just what you do and providing a luxury dining experience on the sand is one way, which will create lasting memories for your guests.

Your guests are probably used to dining in luxury so it is your job to provide them with beautiful experiences, something that they just can’t do at home.

Before you start gathering everything you need, consider what you want from the dining experience for your guests. It could be the sight of the sun setting on the horizon, the evening breeze, or the view of stars and the moon late in the night.

Having the best possible moment for your guests in mind will help you find the perfect location. This could range from the sandy stretches with a graceful touch, to rocky ocean shores and to a place where the last rays of the sun are most visible as they disappear into the horizon.

The logistics of setting up a luxury dinner on the beach from a yacht can be a little bit of a challenge. However,  remember you are professional superyacht crew, and making magical moments for your guests comes naturally to you.

How to set up a luxury dinner on the beach.

You will need to consider the following items when planning this dinner.

Lighting:

Lighting is an essential factor because you will not have a power source. Candles, hurricane lamps and tiki lamps are a great way to add ambience and practical lighting to this remote area.

Dinner candles are selected depending on your preferences. The most common candle styles include those that are 100% beeswax, bayberry tapers, colonettes, dollars, tapers and Aristas.

The candles could be patterned, coloured, and preferably non-scented (you don’t want this messing with the delicious menu that the chef has prepared).

Other essential factors included when setting candles are holders and warmers. Choose your most preferred warmer from a list of Aurora pewter, hurricane black, hurricane oil, hurricane rustic brown and the brushed bronze.

The Furniture:

This is a tricky one because you will need somewhere to store this furniture. And as we all know, space on a superyacht is a precious commodity. Therefore, the obvious statement here to make is that the furniture must be able to fold away.

The chairs should be strong, firm to the ground, padded to improve comfort, meticulously neat, heroically arranged and not make screeching sounds due to movements. great choices when purchasing the furniture would be a royal palm beach solid wood chair, Moseley, fine view, parsons, Caravella, Chastain side chair or Aubrey.

Attractive chairs welcome you to the table and make the mealtimes more inviting the above image clearly demonstrates this point nicely.

The dinner tables should be stable to the ground and large enough to accommodate your guest’s needs comfortably. Linen should cover the entire table and add to the attractiveness of it. The colours and patterns of the soft material should blend perfectly.

The menu:

Your chef is probably very good at what she/he does. However, the challenge here will be to create a menu that is up to standard, but with limited resources. I mean the tender runs back and forth to the yacht’s galley would be a real mood killer.

Therefore the foods, drinks and music should blend excellently with the location and as best you can with the resources that you have available to you.

The crew:

You are going to have to ask the deck department to help you with achieving a luxury dinner on the beach. First, you may need them to scout out a super romantic location. You will also need them to help you to carry all of the items your need ashore. Moreover, finally, you will need help setting up this romantic dinner.

Set the service tables away from the guests, make sure you have adequate lighting and make sure the chef has as much help as possible.

The crew demonstrate a  degree of confidence, maintain physical and verbal neatness, be attentive, fast acting and approachable. Lastly, A sparkling smile and a sharp eye will help you gauge the right level of service for this unique location.

The sand may brush off and the salt may wash away, but the memories will last forever.

A luxurious dinner on the beach

Image via Strada

 

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Bamford Geranium Collection Product Review

Superyacht toiletries

Here at The Stewardess Bible, we love offering genuine reviews of the superyacht amenities that we receive.

It’s been a long time since I wrote a product review, but last month the good people at MH Boutique sent me these glorious Bamford products to review.

I would also like to state that I was not paid for this review, and all opinions of the products which I reviewed are solely mine.

I was sent a broad range of the Geranium collection to review, and I was not disappointed.

Here is what Bamford had to say about the collection:

Herbaceous heart notes of Egyptian Geranium and twin lavenders, with spicy vanilla hints of Tonka, lifted by peppermint and blue gum eucalyptus. Uplifts mood and promotes inner harmony.

 

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These products have been made with naturally sourced and certified organic ingredients that nourish and re-energise body and soul.

The range is also certified by the soil association which means that the ingredients are organic and are free from parabens artificial colourings, mineral oils and synthetic fragrances.

This is great news for me as I fall into the 35-45-year-old age group. My skin is super sensitive, dry and damage from years spent on yachts and in the sun.

I always struggle to find products which will do what they say, and quite often I find myself with a red, painful rash after using products which claim to be safe for sensitive skin.

I was a little apprehensive about trying new products for this reason, however, with the Bamford body range I was happily surprised.

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I received the Bamford hotel amenities in a white muslin bag. The products themselves will sit handsomely in Superyacht cabin. The products are available in 50ml and 100ml sizes.

The soaps were mild and the body lotion was moisture-rich, without feeling greasy.

The Botanic pillow mist and the body splash have the most inviting fragrances, without being overbearing and the heart shaped soap and the rosemary candle are simply divine.

For more information on the Bamford hotel amenities, please contact MH Boutique.

If I tried to find any negative elements to these products, then I would have to say the fragrance. At first, I thought the aroma, was a little overbearing when I open the box, as I was hit with a gush of delicious geranium smells, which could possibly be too much in a guests cabin.

That said,  the fragrances are organic, they don’t smell artificial and it does uplift you… so, In my opinion, it’s not such a big deal.

The last point that I would like to mention again is that Bamford is a certified member of the soil association which just makes my heart sing.  Below is a little excerpt is taken from their website, which explains what they do:

The Soil Association, its standards and activities, and the practice of organic farmers are all based on a set of internationally recognised principles. These principles are the roots from which organic agriculture grows and develops. They express the contribution that organic agriculture can make to the world, and a vision to improve all agriculture in a global context.

Agriculture is one of humankind’s most basic activities because all people need to nourish themselves daily. History, culture and community values are embedded in agriculture.

The principles apply to agriculture in the broadest sense, including the way people tend soils, water, plants and animals in order to produce, prepare and distribute food and other goods. They concern the way people interact with living landscapes, relate to one another and shape the legacy of future generations.You can read more here: www.soilassociation.org

In conclusion, Bamford products are truly wonderful.  I am super impressed with their philosophy, and staying true to their mission statement:

Bamford is a way of life. We create beautiful clothing and body & Skincare products that are natural and artisan made.

 

 

 

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. “Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.”

Things you SHOULD clean with vinegar:

As a general rule, to make up a vinegar cleaning solution, simply add ½ cup vinegar to 2 cups of water. Place it in a spray bottle and you are good to go.

  • Removes tea and coffee stains on porcelain
  • Removes water marks on the glass
  • Removes grime and sticky stuff off scissor
  • Restores rug fibres
  • Freshens most fabrics
  • Removes waxy residue of wooden furniture
    Removes candle wax
    Mixed with a ½ cup of baking soda, unclogs, and deodorizes drains
    Shines chrome and stainless steel
    Place a bowl of water and vinegar into the microwave for a steam clean
    Mixed with baking soda, deodorises the refrigerator
    Shines ceramic tiles
    Removes calcium and mineral deposits from shower heads
    Helps to fight mould and mildew
    Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine for soft fabric
    Mixed with baking soda, removes sweat stains from around collars and underarms
    Freshens up musty cupboards
    Kills some bacteria and germs
    Wash your fruits and vegetables to kill pesticides

Things you SHOULD NOT clean with vinegar:

The most glaringly obvious things that you should not clean with vinegar is granite and marble tops. This material is a very durable and resistant material which is commonly used in bathrooms, pantries, and floors on board superyachts.

The stone would normally have a sealed finish on it, however, due to the porous nature of these natural stones, you want to stay away from citrus and vinegar based cleaning solutions because it can etch away at and put the stone. Instead, use warm soapy water and a microfibre cloth to clean the beautiful stonework.

Smart screens:

By cleaning your smartphone tablet, or Crestron multimedia screen with vinegar, you can actually remove the oleophobic coating. Instead, keep the touchscreen free of dirt and dust.

You can clean the screen by using a non-abrasive cloth with any non-ammonia cleaning solution applied directly to the cloth (do not spray the screen directly).
Cleaning with Vinegar

The Steam Iron:

I know you would love to pour some vinegar directly into your steam iron, but in fact, this can damage the inner workings of your iron, and it may lead to more black stuff being spat out.

Instead, READ the manual and use the self-cleaning function. Further, many modern steam irons will come with an anti-scale cartridge to remove the scale deposits inside the iron.

These tablets will prolong the life your steam iron.

The same applies to the coffee machine. I know there is a lot of recommendations all over the internet about cleaning your coffee machine with a vinegar solution. However, depending on the machine, the boilers are typically made from steel or aluminium, which vinegar can corrode.

Any waxed surface. As mentioned above, vinegar is a mild acid, so it makes sense that it would strip away any waxy residue, leaving the surface dull.

Lastly, does not mix bleach and vinegar. Both of these substances are powerful cleaning agents in their own rights, however, mixing the 2 can create a dangerous gas.