FROM THE ARCHIVE: Just outside of Alicante, in eastern Spain, lies the Mediterranean seascape of Playa del Albir, an aquamarine bay cradled in a low mountain range. But look upward, and the epitome of health and relaxation awaits 350 metres above sea level within the white walls of SHA Wellness Clinic.
Close your eyes and inhale: the aroma is deceptively that of fresh brownie batter, ready for the oven.
In partnership with Baccarat, La Prairie Caviar Spectaculaire is a limited release of the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, set within a Baccarat crystal caviar server.
Perfumer Lyn Harris first became aware of her fondness for scents during childhood visits to her grandparent’s home in the Scottish Highlands. “They grew berries, fruits, and flowers in their walled garden,” she remembers.
When he answered his front door, Jean-Pierre LeBlanc found himself put on the spot, a camera on him, and a woman with an eight-on-a-scale-of-10—and rising—migraine standing before him. His orders, as given by the television reporter also in attendance, with a chronometer in her hands, was to heal the woman using only a blend of essential oils.
Founded in Italy in 1948, Proraso began as a single product: the eucalyptus-and-menthol-based miracle cream, crema miracolosa, that could be used both before (to soften the skin) and after (to calm irritation) shaving.
Mongolia may boast the best cashmere, and there’s a certain cache to wearing French perfume, but ask anyone with an awareness of the beauty industry where the world’s top skincare products come from and they will likely point to South Korea.
A revival in traditional ways and “simple living” is driving a voracious interest in the wild, the pristine, and the organic—three terms that are epitomized in Seaflora, a certified-organic skin-care line of seaweed-based products.
If you’ve ever owned a moisturizer emblazoned with an Aesop logo, chances are you spent a good deal of time marvelling at the store you found it in before picking up any products.