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)
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.
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.
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.
BVLGARI: Eau Parfumeé au the’ bleu – Product Review
Last week the lovely people at the Moncada Hispania Boutique asked me if I would like to review the new, BVLGARI Eau Parfumeé au the’ bleu range that BVLGARI has recently launched.
“Yes.. Of course, ” I said.
I mean… who would l love to get their hands on this amazing product.
Now, I know most of you would have heard about this brand before, but this is the first time I actually took the time to find out exactly who and what BVLGARI is/are. So off I went to the internet to do a little poking around…
About the company: “BVLGARI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbulɡari]) is an Italian jewellery and luxury goods brand that produces and markets several product lines including jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories, and hotels”
The company was founded in 1884 and is owned by the French multinational luxury group LVMH who incidentally also own another 70 luxury subsidiaries. So it really is no surprise to find out that this luxury brand conglomerate operates on a colossal scale with profits soaring into the billions (source: https://www.lvmh.com/group).
EAU PARFUMÉE AU THÉ BLEU Here is what BVLGARI have to say about the fragrance:
“Inspired by the finest Chinese Oolong Tea, an airy luxury Eau de Cologne for men and women. A precious fragrance with floral and aromatic tones, a new sensation of Renaissance for the body and the mind”. (Source: http://www.bulgari.com/en-us/products/47370-e.html)
Finally, here is the long awaited product review that I promised to write for the lovely Ruth Laver from Super Yacht Luxury who sent me these delicious beauty products to review… way back in March 2013, (Gasp!! Has it been that long!!)
This product review is written for the benefit of every super yacht stewardess, who is looking to up-grade their guest toiletries, or looking for something that is luxurious yet still organic. A real treat for every super yacht guest.
Let’s talk about the Temple Spa Range:
I popped over to the Temple Spa website to see what these products were all about and I was delighted to find that Temple Spa products are made from natural ingredients designed to pamper you with reduced chemicals and no animal derivatives. Below is a little blurb that I have taken from their website: http://www.templespa.com/
“YOUR BODY IS A LIVING TEMPLE HONOUR IT, ENJOY YOUR LIFE & LIVE IT TO THE FULL”
Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that seeks to beautifully fuse product, philosophy and spa. Our passion is professional-standard skin care and body care, aromatherapy and spa treatments that replenish, revive, renew and love to treat people very well.
Inspired by the ancient word ‘temple’, which describes the body as a sacred place and a precious house; and ‘spa, which is a space for health, beauty and relaxation and conjures up a sense of absolute comfort and joy. Uniting these words together, our hope is that Temple Spa becomes a metaphor for looking after skin, body and soul. Your space, your spa.
The soul of Temple Spa is about well-being. Not hope in a bottle or believing that life’s problems can disappear at the mere whiff of an essential oil – but by offering a range of divine preparations and treatments aimed at busy people, the over-stressed and those that love the very best in skin care.”
Temple Spa “All Talk” Lip Balm.
This is a lovely rich lip balm that can soothe even the most cracked sore lips. It is full of natural plant extracts, vitamins and botanicals. To top it off it has a really nice fruit flavour to it. I generally have dry skin and my lips have certainly had a beating over the years, growing up on the beach and then spending years at sea. This lip balm is a little wonder.
The Good: Love the richness of this product with the fruity flavour.
The bad: Need to re-apply often (but that is not such a bad thing).
I give this product 5 stars.
Let’s talk about “balance Me” beauty products.
Well, let me start off by saying that I am in love with balance ME…
I was introduced to this product a few years ago by my “Yoga Enthused, Tree Hugging, Organic Loving and oh so POSH” friend and I am thrilled that Super Yacht Luxury has chosen this product to sell to the Super Yacht Industry…
balance Me: Radiance face Oil:
“Radiance face oil. Highly emollient yet super-absorbent, our 100% natural powerfully active face oil with Amazonian buriti nut oil, Roman chamomile, yarrow and benzoin feeds skin lacking in lustre with a rich, replenishing blend of skin-boosting and smoothing ingredients. Suitable for all skin types, including combination complexions” (www.balanceme.co.uk.)
This is a super product… As I mentioned earlier, I tend to have dry and sensitive skin. I just used a little oil under my normal moisturizer and voila… Radiant looking skin without the oily look…. I also used it on the back of my hands.oh and it smells good too.
The Good: Smells good, moisturizes well, and doesn’t leave your skin looking like a mini oil slick.
The Bad: Ummmmm .. Nope can’t think of any.
This product gets 5 stars.
balance Me: wonder eye cream:
“Wonder eye cream
A triple-action eye cream to help revitalise weary eyes, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines with super hydrating hyaluronic acid to help brighten and smooth the delicate skin around the eyes”www.balanceme.co.uk.
This is a lovely product that just oozes luxury. It copes well with the changing weather here in the Netherlands and I’m sure it will cope well in the warmer climates too.
It’s a refreshing eye cream that is made from lots of delicious natural ingredients and essential oils. Perfect for putting dabbing around your eyes.
The Good: Simply lovely
The Bad: I haven’t used it long enough to see any real changes… It just feels really nice around my eyes.
I give this product 4 stars, only because I haven’t used it long enough to see the real benefits.
Balancing Face Moisturiser:
moisture-rich face cream
“A sophisticated, high performance, deeply hydrating daily moisturiser formulated with anti-oxidant Arctic cloudberry and a bespoke blend of exquisite rose oils that leaves the perfect ‘slip’ finish on your complexion. Ideally suited for normal to dry/sensitive skins”
This is where the raving begins. This product is simply lovely…, especially for my skin. My skin felt well balanced and well moisturised.
The Good: A fantastic product, perfect for everyday use.
The Bad: None
This product gets 5 stars.
So overall, Ruth sent me some really nice beauty products. Both Temple Spa and Balance Me offer world-class products, which would suit all of your guest’s needs.
I personally love the ‘balance me’ products over the ‘Temple spa’ products, purely because no parabens, sulphates, petroleum, mineral oils, silicones, pegs, propylene glycol, artificial fragrances or colours are used in their products, therefore it suits my dry sensitive skin better.
However, I would like to point out that this is my personal choice. I believe all of these products would be a suitable addition to any superyacht, and I’m sure your guests will love them as much as me.