Crabtree & Evelyn’s Men’s Collection

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Happy Father’s Day to all who are celebrating! I’m headed out with my folks later for hi-tea after an incredibly busy week – I’m so looking forward to that later :)

I usually gift my Dad fragrance, shirts or leather accessories for special occasions – he is allergic to fragranced products so skincare and shave balms are out of the question for him; he wears whatever fragrance or EDTs on his shirt pockets and collars instead. This sometimes makes gifting difficult for me. However, there are plenty of lovely gifting options available for men these days – the revamped Crabtree & Evenlyn Men’s Collection is one such option.

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Crabtree & Evelyn has re-launched the Men’s Collection with new names and new packaging. The 3 scent collections comprise complete bath, body and grooming products that contain quality ingredients to ensure superior fragrance, cleansing, moisturising and styling benefits.

I love that the Men’s Collection has been inspired by classic perfumery – among masculine fragrances, Sandalwood, Myrrh are 2 of my favourites, as well as Vetiver (how lovely if there was a Vetiver line!).

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Indian Sandalwood is a classic fragrance and revered by many for the longest time; the Indian province of Mysore in Karnataka is reputed to produce the best quality sandalwood (they have prized sandalwood forests which are the subject of intense scrutiny and security even). Sandalwood fragrances are loved for their rich, woody character. In the Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Collection, sandalwood is blended with notes of spicy cypress, bergamot, lavender and vetiver.

 

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Myrrh is the gathered “tears” of tree resin and once prized for its weight in gold. Myrrh, like sandalwood, is also one of the oldest known perfumery ingredients and its aroma was believed to carry prayers to gods, enhance meditation and purify the air. To date, the many in the South Asian continent use myrrh-scents for prayers (the Hindus refer to it as dhoop usually).

In the Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Collection, Myrrh is blended with sparkling verdant notes of bergamot, petitgrain, black pepper and cardamom.

 

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West Indian Lime is said to be unsurpassed in its captivating scent which is supposed to be bright and uplifting. In this collection, West Indian Lime is blended with a cocktail of zesting notes of fresh spices and woods.

In each line, here are the products available:

Cologne (100ml) – S$63

Hair & Body Wash (300ml) – S$30

Shave Cream (100gm) – S$28

After-shave Balm (100ml) – S$48

Triple Milled Soap (3 X 150gm) – S$38

Shave Soap in a Bowl (100gm) – S$43

Shave Soap Refill (100gm) – S$20

The next time you’re stumped as to what to gift male family and friends, you might want to check out Crabtree & Evelyn’s Men’s Collection – my personal pick is the Indian Sandalwood and Morroccan Myrrh lines!

Take care and thanks for stopping by!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Mother’s Day Gift Boxes & GWP (May-Jun 2014)

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Mother’s Day weekend is upon us and here are some gifting options from Crabtree & Evelyn.

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Crabtree & Evelyn has put together 2 types of customisable gift boxes.

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 Luxurious Gift Box – S$98 (worth S$196) – Eau de Toilette 100ml, Hand Wash 250ml, Hand Therapy 250g, Bath & Shower Gel 50ml, Body Lotion 50ml & Crabtree & Evelyn® Gift Box

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Petite Gift Box – S$38 (worth S$52) – Bath & Shower Gel 50ml, Body Lotion 50ml, Hand Therapy 25g x 2& petite Crabtree & Evelyn® Gift Box

The Petite Gift Box makes a really nice gift for aunts, friends and “just because gifts” given the attractive price. It’s also an awesome gift for those who travel frequently, given the travel-friendly-sizes and assortment of hand and bodycare products.

From now till 1 Jun 2014, Crabtree & Evelyn is running a couple of attractive promotions:

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Receive a Heritage Fragrance Notebook with purchase of a Limited Edition Heritage Fragrance

With a minimum spending of S$120 nett in a single receipt, receive a Crabtree & Evelyn® Mini Floral Body Care Set.

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For the first 100 customers who spend S$150 nett in a single receipt, they the Mini Floral Body Care set (picture above) as well as an additional 1-for-1 Buffet voucher for use at RISE® Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands Hotel lobby®, Tower 1.

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Now that sounds like a good deal!

I’ve already gifted my Mom her Mother’s Day gift – this year, I got her a Dior mono eyeshadow in Mordoré which she absolutely adores – she only wears burnished gold shades on her eyes. She strictly told me no skincare, no lipsticks, no blush and now refuses to use any other brush apart from the Hakuhodo I gave her earlier – gifting is becoming tougher these days!

I hope you have a lovely time with your families and a beautiful week ahead. Take care!

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Filorga Aesthetic & Beauty Workshop (4th May 2014) – Event & Registration Details

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Laboratories FILORGA, the developer of medical devices for aesthetic doctors as well as topical cosmetic by-products for the last 30 years, is hosting an exclusive workshop to present their latest and bestselling treatments and products.

Endorsed in more than 54 countries by medicine and aesthetic surgery’s renowned specialists, Laboratories FILORGA is acclaimed as a cutaneous anti-ageing expert, using scientific research evolution to tackle aging skin concerns. For more details on the medi-cosmetique range and a review of the Filorga Foam Cleanser, you can check my earlier entry out HERE.

Filorga products used to be available in Sephora but I haven’t seen them on the shelves in a while – I could have missed them but I also received a couple of emails from readers looking for Filorga products. If you’re a fan of the brand or you are keen to try a new anti-aging line, here is an opportunity to get acquainted with the brand and attendees also stand a chance to purchase Filorga products at a special launch price.

Here are the event details:

Venue: Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre Meeting Room 333

Date: 4 May 2014

Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm

Tickets: $20 per person ; $15 per person for group of 2 or more

Plus! Receive door gifts worth $268.

At the workshop, the following topics will be covered:

- Understand world’s leading & latest anti-ageing aesthetic treatments.

-Filorga’s Combined Beauty therapies; Theory & Demonstrations

-Filorga’s non-invasive Combined Beauty treatments; Theory & Demonstrations

To register and pay for the event, please head to filorga.eventbrite.sg  or contact shan@mapletreemedia.com for further enquiries.

Have a beautiful week!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Collection – Photos, Details & Review

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Crabtree & Evelyn’s Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Collection recently had a makeover – the packaging and fragrance range have been updated and here’s a look at the new range.

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The Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy now comes in 16 different fragrances – the collection is truly extensive and it can be rather hard to choose just one. For years, one of my favourite Hand Therapy fragrances was Rosewater – that would be the first fragrance I’d choose for myself.

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This time, at the store, I wanted something a little different but it’s not easy to choose! The range now includes newer fragrances like English Honey & Peach Blossom, Somerset Meadow and the latest fragrance, Pear & Pink Magnolia.

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Apart from the myriad of fragrances to choose from, the one thing I appreciate most about the updated collection is the packaging.

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I really wasn’t a fan of the older packaging – it wasn’t the easiest to squeeze out every last bit of the hand cream from the metal tubes and the one thing I disliked the most was how messed up and dented the tube would look, even with the most genteel handling. Pop one into your handbag or makeup pouch and you’d almost be embarrassed to take out the battered looking tube in public (in my jam-packed makeup pouch, my Hand Therapy tubes looked like they’d been under a truck).

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The new packaging features a handy, soft-squeezy tube – this makes dispensing the cream much easier and the tube looks far more presentable even after continuous usage. I also really like the colours chosen for the packaging – the bright pop colours are very cheery-looking and also makes them easy to spot in a crowded bag or pouch. That said, I prefer the more elegant artwork on the older tubes.

I am currently using the English Honey& Peach Blossom fragrance – it is one of the newer fragrances under the Fruits and Botanicals range in Crabtree & Evelyn. The scent is really rather strong – the peachy-floral notes are subtle and the honey is the dominant fragrance. It is not very common and I know it sounds really odd but the scent makes me think of it as “nourishing”.

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Texture-wise, the Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is silky and emollient – it is rich without feeling greasy and heavy and sinks into thirsty skin very fast. I liked that my palms felt supple and soft but there wasn’t any residue. That’s one of my peeves with heavy hand creams – once you’ve got some on, you can’t touch your face or adjust your hair lest some of the “moisturiser” transfers  – with fine hair like mine, the last I need is added grease. I also noticed that my hands still felt soft and moisturised after a couple of hand-washes, leaving me to think that it penetrates deeply rather than just surface-conditioning. I now use it on my feet too :)

The star ingredients of the Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil to moisturise and soften hands while Myrrh helps condition cuticles and nails.

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The award-winning Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy bagged another 2 awards this year – it was the unanimous choice for best hand treatment voted by both readers and editors at the Her World Beauty Awards 2014.

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Crabtree & Evelyn’s Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is available in 3 sizes:

  • S$13.00 (25g)
  • S$33.00 (100g)
  • S$65.00 (250g pump bottles) - available in Rosewater, Lavender, Iris, Lily, Summer Hill, Citron Honey & Coriander, Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed, Gardener’s and La Source.

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With so many fragrance choices, pretty and convenient packaging and an award-winning formula, you know you are in good hands (I need at least one pun, yes?) with the Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy. The petite 25gm tubes are convenient to pop into your handbags and pouches and at S$13, they make great stocking-stuffers and “just because” gifts for girlfriends and moms. They’re really hard not to like.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Take care and have a lovely week ahead!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Jo Malone – Floral Box Workshop Details

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For Mother’s Day 2014, Jo Malone is organising a floral box workshop on 9 May 2014 at The Loft, SEVIIN @ Tangs. Indulge in an afternoon of putting together your own floral creation while experiencing Jo Malone’s newest Limited Edition fragrance, Silk Blossom. I’ve had a whiff of Silk Blossom already and if you like elegant floral fragrances, Silk Blossom is easy to wear and pleasing on the nose. Contact the Jo Malone Boutiques for more details on the Floral Box Workshop.

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 Have Fun!

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil – Photos, Details & Review

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The Body Shop recently added a new product to its bestselling Vitamin E range – the new Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil (S$42.90).

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Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil is a technical innovation that combines the power of a serum with the indulgence of an oil to replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight

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It is formulated to replenish and recharge skin for a well-rested, radiant complexion. According to The Body Shop, they created the serum-in-oil texture as a serum can deliver strong skincare enhancements to a normal skincare regime but when blended with a potent combination of skin-loving oils, the result is a product that delivers even greater skincare benefits with a more pleasurable and absorbing texture.

Here is a snapshot of The Body Shop’s findings on test panel of 126 women who tried out the Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil

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The star ingredient in the Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil is Wheatgerm Oil – wheatgerm is the nutrient-rich core of the wheat seed.

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In addition to wheatgerm oil, the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil contains other Community Fair-Trade sourced oils such as Jojoba, Sunflower, Soya, Sesame and Marula, making it a powerpacked formula. One of my favourite things about brands like The Body Shop (and others like Clarins and L’Occitane) is their committment to a sustainable development business ethic, where Community Fair Trade, biodynamism and eco-consciousness figure strongly. As a consumer, you are purchasing not just a product but contributing to society-at-large.

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Here is the ingredients list for your reference:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil/Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Benzyl Benzoate (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Anisyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).

The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil is a permanent product in the Vitamin E range but can be easily integrated into any skincare regime.

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I love the Vitamin E range for one reason – the scent. It is one of the few product ranges that comes close to the gorgeous scent of Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Oil and Lotion which I absolutely adore. To me, that and baby powder scents are the most comforting of all scents. The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil is no different – the same pleasing scent.

The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil is packaged in a pink opaque glass bottle and fitted with a dropper. I like this feature because it allows me to control the amount of product I dispense.

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And trust me, with this texture, you’d definitely want more control – the serum-in-oil has the texture of a very light, fluid oil. The runny texture is great for spreading and absorbing easily into skin.

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Here are some suggestions from The Body Shop on how you can use the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil:

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  1. Apply after cleansing and toning, on its own as part of your night time regime.
  2. Mix with a night cream. Scoop out a small amount of your night cream into the palm of your hand. Gently blend together with a few drops of your Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil and apply over the face.
  3. Use occasionally as a boosting treatment
  4. Apply to targeted areas to combat dryness

I know this is a skincare product but I’ll admit something – I LOVE using this on my limbs. My arms and legs tend to get dry (my legs especially can get a little scaly) with depilation and exposure to the sun. I like to exfoliate my skin with a loofah or an exfoliating skin sponge (or The Body Shop’s scrubby gloves which I’m currently out of) in the shower. After patting dry, I apply a couple of drops of the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil on my arms and legs and massage it in. I do this a couple of times a week just before bed and scaly limbs no more! This is my most favourite way to use the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. A plus – the scent relaxes me, helping me sleep better.

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If you have the opportunity, check this out – face oils are really in vogue at the moment and several brands are releasing potent formulas. These face oils (I like the ones from Aesop and Clarins and I’m trialing another from Jurlique soon) often have a very emollient, light texture and absorb into skin very fast, leaving no trace of grease behind – just soft, hydrated skin. This assurance coming from me – an oily-skinned person with an aversion to any kind of product residue.  The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, with its nourishing formula and cozy scent makes this one of the nicest products I’ve tried from the brand in a while. Try it and you might love it too.

Take Care and Thanks for stopping by!

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Lush Easter Goodies – Photos, Details & A Hello :)

Hello everyone :)

The blog’s been quiet for a bit – I’ve been swamped with work and while lectures are mostly over, there’s a tonne more grading and some paperwork to be done. My room is half packed so that’s another headache. I’m getting back into things and will be posting regularly from this week onwards.

It’s April and this is the Easter Hols weekend (where did Jan, Feb and March go pls?) and a cute little surprise from Lush brightened my day.

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This box of Easter goodies was such a delight to open – everything together had a little sweet, buttery, subtly orangey scent wafting out of the box. A little like orange-carrot juice – a little different from the usually candy-esque, sweet sweet scents that several Lush products bear.

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Carrot Soap – This has a real refreshing carrot-orange scent, just like juice – the fragrance comes from buchu, lemon and bergamot essential oils. The deeper orange part of the soap is formulated with carrot seed oil while the lighter “leaping bunny” shape in the centre is packed with skin-softening Fair Trade Cocoa Butter.

 

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Golden Egg Bath Bomb – The phrase “Glitter Bomb” was invented for this – there is so much golden foil glitter on this, it’s insane. I have glitter all over me and my camera is now sparkling away :) I’ve heard that if you don’t like glitter in your bath, you can just rinse off the glitter before popping it into your tub. The Golden Egg is a bath melt and bath ballistic combined – the Golden Egg sinks to the bottom of the tub as the outer layer melts away and then it floats back up and fizzes around as the inner layer (which is the ballistic bit) comes in contact with the water. This leaves you with a tub-full of toffee-caramel scented golden water.

 

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Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bar – Swish around these reusable bubble bars in your tub as you desire and keep the remainder for your subsequent baths. I love how these really look like carrots – the orange is the perfect shade! Like Carrot Soap, these are citrus scented with Lemon, Bergamot and Buchu (which has anti-inflammatory properties) for an uplifting, refreshing bath.

 

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Brightside Bubble Bar – This floral-citrus bubble bar is not Limited Edition as far as I remember but this is the first time I’ve paid any attention to it at all. Orange and lemon scents are exactly my faves but the addition of Gardenia to the Bergamot, Tangerine and Mandarin essential oils in this bubble bar make this more appealing. I also love how it looks like a slice of Swiss Roll (I have an incredible craving for cake that has not dissipated in the last month but there is no cake in sight, alas).

 

I rarely use the tub at home – for one, I slipped in the tub and hit my head once and I’m still a little worried about a repeat. I also feel that filling up the tub uses tooooo much water (it’s rather extravagant ya?). Instead of using my Lush bath bombs for a bath, I use them for a relaxing foot-soak – I fill a basin with warm (bordering on hot) water, break off a chunk of the bubble bar / ballistic and pop it in – soaking the feet once a week or a fortnight even helps relieve a tired back and just makes me feel so much better. The essential oils and skin-loving ingredients also soften skin on the feet so it’s a real treat. If you have some lying around, try it – your tired feet and legs will love you for it!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a bright, happy week ahead!

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