The Ultimate Advent Calendars

There are advent calendars and then there those supersized, super-luxe advent calendars, full of the best in makeup, hair and skincare or even filled with surprises for intimate pleasures. It’s what self-gifting was made for…

Consider them the ultimate, carefully curated «best of» – and everything you need to take you through the holiday season. Click on the highlighted description to find out more… I personally love the small sized products as they are great for travelling.

LoL, Sandra

The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar by Harrods
Housed in a beautiful navy blue coffret which will serve as a keepsake for years to come, it’s packed to the rafters with twenty five miniature and full size favourites from the famous Harrods Beauty Halls.

icon25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar by Net-à-Porter Beauty
Counting down 25 days, its drawers are packed with a slew of goodies picked especially by Net-à-Porter’s team of Beauty Buyers.

iconGlittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Advent Calendar by Charlotte Tilbury
 Filled with hero products to get you through the party season and beyond.

10 Day Balmain Advent Calendar by Balmain Hair Couture
Balmain Paris Hair Couture brings back the joy of opening advent calendars with this grown-up version featuring 10 haircare products.

icon 12 Days of Red Carpet Advent Calendar by Rodial
This round-up of miniatures will ensure your skin is looking refreshed and radiant in time for the big day.

Beauty Advent Calendar by Acqua di Parma
Featuring a miniature version of the signature scent Colonia, it also includes Blu Mediterraneo, Le Nobili and Signature of the Sun miniatures.
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12 Days of Glowing Renewalicon by La Mer (coming soon)
Featuring 12 mini La Mer products from the popular Renewal Oil and Treatment Lotion to two 15ml mini moisturisers in the Soft Cream and original Creme de la Mer Moisturising Cream.
In Switzerland available from October 21, 2019 for CHF 440.

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Townhouse advent calendar by Jo Malone London (coming soon)
As always, the calendar is filled to the brim with sweet-smelling products, with 24 doors containing small vials of perfume (9ml), candles and body lotion.
In Switzerland available from October 28, 2019 for CHF 490.

Deluxe Advent Calendar by Amorana
In Switzerland available now for CHF 479.90 – for intimate pleasures.

Photos: Courtesy of the Brandsicon

Hello Kitty by OPI for Christmas 2019

In 2016, two icons partnered to create one unforgettable collection, the Hello Kitty Collection by OPI. The collection became an instant favorite –the most talked about OPI collection of all time with the most searched for shade ever, Let’s Be Friends!

Due to huge demand, these two icons are saying Let’s Be Friends again! With this collection, Hello Kitty celebrates her 45th anniversary. Born from the Japanese «omotenashi» tradition of gift giving, the pop culture icon will celebrate by offering fans the ultimate in holiday gifting. The 2019 OPI Hello Kitty Collection includes 12 signature shades plus three festive glitters, ranging from frosty whites and pinks to deep velvety hues and lots of sparkles.

Inspired by the first collection, best-selling shade Let’s Be Friends!, a powdery pink, will make its return.

Sanrio’s beloved character inspires a range of colors from those evoking frosty landscapes to warm pink sparkles (Let’s Be Friends, Glitter to My Heart, A Hush of Blush, Let’s Celebrate!). Classic reds, rich golds and shimmering pewter (All About the Bows, A Kiss on the Chic, Many Celebrations to Go!, Isn’t She Iconic!) pay homage to the signature Hello Kitty bow while being perfect for the season. Blues and purples in the collection vary from icy hues to deep velvet tones (Pile on the Sprinkles, Hello Pretty, Let Love Sparkle, My Favorite Gal Pal). Additionally, three playful and festive holiday glitters are sure to be the life of the party (Glitter All the Way, Born to Sparkle, Dream in Glitter).

All 15 Hello Kitty Collection shades will be available in classic Nail Lacquer (CHF 19.90), long-wear Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) and GelColor formulas.

The Hello Kitty by OPI collection will be available from today in Switzerland for at least 3 months.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: Courtesy of OPI

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Gentle Oil

This November, CHANEL is expanding LES EXCLUSIFS collection with the GENTLE OIL (Huile Douce), a delicate and sensorial oil for the hair and body that you shouldn’t miss and I will tell you why. In the cold season, our skin and hair are both suffering from the dry and freezing temperatures. Oil seals in moisture and adds extra nourishment.

With an elegant and sensual touch, the GENTLE OIL is pure luxury and embellishes the skin and hair while leaving a discreet, fresh and citrusy trail with floral notes of jasmine against a backdrop of white musks, making itself discreet and gives a voice to the fragrance of your choice in perfect harmony. It moisturizes the skin, thus prolonging and intensifying the scent of each LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL creation, or needless to say any other perfume you love wearing, while remaining true to the fragrance.

The light, caressing texture of the GENTLE OIL envelops the skin in a silky satiny veil. Its formula boasting 80% ingredients of natural origin is extremely compatible with the skin, instantly absorbing upon application without leaving an oily film. To heighten the pleasure, I recommend mixing a few drops into your favorite body cream, in my case the FRESH BODY CREAM by CHANEL. The GENTLE OIL can also be applied on hair (down the length of the hair before shampooing or on dry ends as a finishing touch) leaving it softer, shinier and suppler. The bottle is iconic and beautiful, decorating every bathroom shelf by itself.

LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL GENTLE OIL Body & Hair will be available as 250ml bottle for CHF 190.00 from beginning of November 2019.

In Switzerland at the CHANEL Boutiques in Zurich and Geneva, at  CHANEL Parfums & Beauté at Bongénie in Geneva and CHANEL Space Parfums at Jelmoli in Zurich and Manor in Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL and © Sandra Bauknecht 

Bobbi Brown Luxe Shine Intense Lipstick

Bobbi Brown‘s newest addition to the Luxe Lip Collection delivers shine-amplified color with the brand’s iconic dimensional shine magnifier complex and a sculpted, voluptuous look. With hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this emollient-rich lipstick glides luxuriously onto lips and hydrates instantly and over time.

Available in those beautiful shades below:
Bare Truth/ Soft pink mauve
Bold Honey/ Mid-tone brown nude
Trailblazer/ A neutral pink brown
Claret/ A burnt red
Passion Flower/ A mid-tone berry
Power Lily/ A pink lilac
Paris Pink/ A yellow pink
Red Stiletto/ A bright blue red
Supernova/ A burnt orange red
Wild Poppy/ A coral orange
Showstopper/ A pink nectar
Desert Sun/ A neutral coral
Night Spell/ A rich purple plum

In stores now for CHF 50.00 each.
TO SHOP BOBBI BROWN ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown
@BobbiBrown #BobbiBrownCH #luxeshineintense

Karl Lagerfeld x L’Oréal Paris

The two iconic Parisian brands are joining forces to introduce a makeup collection like no other. KARL LAGERFELD and L’Oreal Paris are pleased to announce an unprecedented collection of beauty products, featuring feminine shades with a sophisticated, rock-chic touch. It is one of the last projects of Karl Lagerfeld‘s life as the makeup collection was initiated by him before his passing on February 19.

Another homage to the couturier and connected by their Parisian heritage, both KARL LAGERFELD and L’Oreal Paris share a vision based on elegance, style and relentless innovation. As Karl once said, «Tomorrow I could be the opposite of what I am today» — which is also the idea this collaboration invites women to explore.

The striking campaign was inspired by Karl’s most iconic quotes. It features the inimitable Helen Mirren, Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kedebe, Ming Xi, Luma Grothe, Louise Bourgoin and Soo Joo Park.

Eyeshadow Palette – CHF 23.90
Eyeliner Matte Signature – CHF 20.90
Mascara – CHF 23.90
Highlighter Duo Compact – CHF 23.90
Colour Riche Lipsticks – CHF 21.90

In Switzerland, the limited edition Karl Lagerfeld x L’Oréal Paris collection will be in stores end of October 2019, exclusively at Manor.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © L’Oréal

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Is Back Forever

There is one thing I truly dislike about limited edition fragrances, if you end up loving it, you’re doomed to never have it again. But sometimes you get lucky as a brand hears what the customers wish for and brings back an in-demand product.

It’s happened with other fragrance houses before, and now, with Jo Malone London, it’s happening again. In 2018, the brand released the English Fields collection, for the previous post click here please, which had five limited edition colognes that used cereals and grains as the main focus. Part of the collection was Poppy & Barley, a soft, cheerful and inviting floral scent, that was the most well-received. It captures the scent of succulent cereal fields, where fresh flowers grow alongside golden harvest grains. Opening with vibrant poppies, this fragrance is topped with juicy blackcurrants and balanced with a hint of rose. It’s grounded with a woody barley base, evoking an English meadow.

By popular demand, Poppy & Barley will now be part of the brand’s permanent collection as both a cologne and a body and hand wash. And whether you’re already a fan of the fragrance or want to know what the fuss is about, it is available in Switzerland now at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva, Globus Lausanne und at Hyazinth in Basel.

30ml Cologne 30ml / CHF 72.00 – 100ml / CHF 135.- CHF 250ml
Body & Hand Wash 250ml / CHF 47.00

Fragrance Combining™
Poppy & Barley with Honeysuckle & Davana  – vivid and floral
Poppy & Barley with Wood Sage & Sea Salt – for a mineral freshness
Poppy & Barley with Myrrhe & Tonka – warm, gourmand and opulent (my favorite)

TO SHOP POPPY & BARLEY ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: @JoMaloneLondon #PoppyAndBarley
(The fragrance was sent to me as a press sample).

A Contest to Win the Next (Re)Generation

Ladies and gentlemen, the next (re)generation is here and this is your chance to win youth in a bottle for three months!

Personally speaking, my beauty secret has always been the use of serums. I swear on them as they target the skin’s natural metabolism and strengthen every treatment. As I am constantly travelling and deprived of sleep, chronic inflammation – caused by outside stressors, such as pollution, UV light, and others – can be one of the reasons skin prematurely shows the typical signs of aging. As the LA MER research department discovered, through decreasing inflammation, you can effectively preserve the pre-existing collagen and elastin already found in your skin.

Therefore a decade after the launch of the beloved Regenerating Serum and inspired by breakthrough discoveries, LA MER re-engineers its cult-favorite with advanced science, new sea-sourced actives, and an added dose of Miracle Broth™ to accelerate skin’s natural renewal process. The new Regenerating Serum is formulated with plant stem cells, lightweight and quick-absorbing. With a new Metabolic Ferment, it helps skin activate collagen and boost the elastin production while reducing the appearance of evident fine lines, wrinkles and pores. This super-charged serum is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

Like the rest of LA MER’s skincare line, the new Regenerating Serum is incredibly easy to use, too. To release key ingredients, shake gently and sweep 1 to 2 pumps over face and neck morning and evening. Follow with your LA MER moisturizer.

In stores now for CHF 390.00 (30ml).

While not exactly a budget buy, the new formula offers up cutting-edge ingredients from LA MER and it is absolutely worth the try. Great news is that five lucky readers get the chance to try the new Regenerating Serum for three months!

To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «LA MER NEW REGENERATING SERUM» to . All entries must be received until October 6, 2019. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules. The winner has to have a Swiss address. Good luck!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © LA MER and © Sandra Bauknecht
@LaMer #LoveLaMer

Elementals – Perfume with a Purpose

Last Thursday, I was invited by Marionnaud to an intimate press lunch at George Bar & Grill in Zurich to discover exclusive perfumes by renowned and new brands that enrich the Marionnaud portfolio. Among those beautiful novelties, I found one niche fragrance house that has truly impressed me: ELEMENTALS, a collection of active perfumes, created according to the ancient chinese theory of the five elements, water, wood, fire, earth and metal, that create a connection and inspire a heightened sense of well-being. Only the most noble essential oils have been macerated in organic alcohol to transmit the beauty and energetic poser of each element in its natural state.

At lunch with Deana Wyland-Fries, Founder of ELEMENTALS

The brain behind the brand is Canadian-born and German-based Deana Wyland-Fries, feng shui consultant, teacher and master in Chinese horoscopes turned alchemist. She has lived on and traveled five continents, speaks five languages fluently and shares the memories of her journeys through the visualization of scent. ELEMENTALS is the quintessence of 20 years of experience along with 10 years of research and development. The result is a yet unseen marriage of ancient wisdom and the art of perfumery, with the sole purpose of enhancing the life force within you.

«Feng shui is the study of humans and the environment in time and space. Using scent to enhance energy in the context of feng shui and Chinese astrology did not occur to me until one fateful day in my garden in Dubai. I had just eaten a tangerine and absent-mindedly picked a kumquat blossom. I squeezed the two together and inhaled the scent. It was at this moment that I realized that I had created pure Wood Chi. It suddenly hit me. I wanted to use the power of scent to balance the elemental constellation in my client’s horoscopes!» – Deana Wyland-Fries

That was the beginning of a fascinating new journey and 10 years later, in September 2018, the lifestyle brand ELEMENTALS was born that is transforming the perfume landscape by taking the physical and emotional attributes of the elements into consideration using rare woods, florals, herbs and spices to create perfumes that are not only divine, but also envelope the individual in an immediate sense of well-being.

The ancient theory of the five elementswater, wood, fire, earth and metal – is fundamental to feng shui, as well as and Chinese horoscopes, traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. Each direction of the compass, every hour, every minute, each organ in the human body as well as our emotions can be allocated to an element. What’s more, each individual is born with an element that governs his or her life. It is the constellation of the elements and their intricate relationship of growth, depletion and conflict that governs our lives. If our self-element suffers an imbalance within this constellation, so do we. We become stressed and off balance. We can, however, alleviate that imbalance by introducing the element that we need into our lives.

Deana states: «The secret to happiness, health and success is maintaining a perfect balance of the elements both around and within us. The olfactory is the strongest of our five senses as it is intrinsically linked to the brain. There are many tools we can apply to enhance the elemental balance in our bodies and our lives. My experience has shown that there is no faster way to enhance a person’s energy or sense of well-being than through the beauty of fragrance

Throughout our lives, we are instinctively drawn to the elements that are key to our well-being. This is the fundamental premise for choosing your ELEMENTALS fragrance. ELEMENTALS are not about which element you are. They are about what element you need at present. Deana asked us to smell the five fragrances and to choose our favorite one. Without her telling, she afterwards made an analysis taking our birth date and hour into consideration. It was absolutely fascinating how the choice each of us made was linked to the element missing.

Personally speaking, I was really blown away as Deana told me I am a rare five element child, meaning I have all five elements in balance and can choose. The scent I was most drawn to was Earth which made sense for me at the moment. I am a balanced individual with all five elements present within me but different circumstances bring out their different properties.

So let’s get started and let me introduce you to the five fragrances. The smelling part you have to do yourself at Marionnaud. Listen to your body, it will show you what it needs! By the way, ELEMENTALS are gender neutral.

EARTH

Earth is central to everything. Under the right conditions, Earth gives us all that we need to nourish our body and soul.
ELEMENTALS Earth is a warm embrace that transports us to a calm, healing and balanced space. A nurturing and soothing fusion that cocoons and grounds body, mind and soul.
Heaven notes: Acanthus Flower, Chamomille, Mimosa, Immortelle, Maté
Human notes: Broom, YIang YIang, Beeswax, Nagarmotha
Earth notes: Ambregis, Guaiacum, Silver Birch, Sandalwood
Eau de Parfum – Made in France – 100ml – € 155 / CHF 179

WATER

Water is essential to all life on Earth and represents the height of Yin Energy.
ELEMENTALS Water conjures up the clarity and freshness of a mountain stream gushing through the hills after the first melt of snow. An uplifting yet calming blend of herbs and spices combined with florals and aquatic notes that nourish the soul.
Heaven notes: Black pepper, Wormwood, Angelica root
Human notes: Lavender, Clary Sage, Violet
Earth notes: Ambregis, Seaweed
Eau de Parfum – Made in France – 100ml – € 155 / CHF 179

WOOD

Wood represents Spring and the rising Energy of the East. It is about growth and creativity.
ELEMENTALS Wood awakens your senses like a walk inthe woods on a sunny Spring morning. Precious woods are combined with bold florals and uplifting citrus notes to kickstart your Chi !
Heaven notes: Bergamot, Cedar, Grapefruit
Human notes: Iris root, Tagetes, Geranium
Earth notes: Patchouli, Palosanto, Guaiacum
Eau de Parfum – Made in France – 100ml – € 155 / CHF 179

FIRE

Fire is the pinnacle of Yang Energy. It is about power and passion. It is sensual, fickle and explosive.
ELEMENTALS Fire is a warm spicy blend of naturals that ignite your sensuality and gently caress the soul. Splashes of Ginger and Bitter Orange combined with luscious blossoms, energizing spices and rare woods awaken your spirit.
Heaven notes: Pink Pepper, Ginger, Bitter Orange and a touch of Cinnamon
Human notes: Rose Otto, Neroli, Geranium, Cloves
Earth notes: Cistus, Frankinsence, Hysopus Oil
Eau de Parfum – Made in France – 100ml – € 155 / CHF 179

METAL

Metal is the clear, crisp, yet sometimes unsettling air of Autumn. It is a time of year when we look inward and reflect. Metal is about wisdom, true leadership and introspection.
ELEMENTALS Metal sparkles with the brilliance of courage, strength and inner wisdom. An innovative marriage of pungent herbs and spices, infused with a hint of Birch Tar that melts into a sea of white blossoms, revealing a bold olfactory experience that is both regal and divine.
Heaven notes: Coriander, Cardamon, Fennel, Birch Tar
Human notes: Casablanca Lily, Tuberose, Jasmine
Earth notes: White Musk, Silver Birch
Eau de Parfum – Made in France – 100ml – € 155 / CHF 179

«I have three treasures that I guard and hold dear: 
The first is love;
The second is contentment;
The third is humbleness.
Only the loving are courageous;
Only the content are magnanimous;
Only the humble are capable of commanding.»
Lao Tze – from the Tao Te Ching

A new addition to the five ELEMENTALS collection is QUIAN.
The I Ching – otherwise known as the Book of Change uses Hexagrams to speak to us about the quality of time, space and movement. The 15th Hexagram is one the most beautiful of the I Ching. It is comprised of the earth trigram on top and the mountain trigram below. It speaks of finding the treasure within through cultivating humility.
Qian envelopes you in a beautiful, comforting and harmonious blanket of love, contentment and humility expressed through the power of simple, yet noble florals, resins and spices.
Heaven notes: Bergamot, Cypress, Violet Leaves, Saffron
Human notes: Rose Otto, Tolu, Labdanum, Nutmeg, Pink Pepper
Earth notesAganwood, Nagarmotha, Frangipani, Peru Absolute
Qian – Eau de Parfum – Made in France – 100ml – € 189 / CHF 219

Thank you to Marionnaud and my friends for this crazy journey last Thursday!

At ELEMENTALS, ethics, sustainability, integrity and purity of intent at the core of its operation. All packaging is hand made from virgin fibre in Europe by a small family manufacture in Germany. Only the finest raw materials are used macerated in organic alcohol to allow the purity and power of the elements to shine through. ELEMENTALS are gender neutral, vegan, cruelty free, phthalate free, humankind and bee friendly.

 ELEMENTALS Home and ELEMENTALS Spa are currently in the pipeline… stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Marionnaud / ELEMENTALS and  © Sandra Bauknecht

At the SISLEY Paris Press Conference

September is always the «beauty month» – each week several brands host a press event to present their newest launches. Let me get started with one of my favorites, the press conference of  SISLEY Paris at Ynox in Zurich. The perfect location to indulge in the fall novelties that you definitely should not miss as well as yesterday’s must-have sandals… .

At the press conference with SISLEY National Make-up Artist David Hahmeyer and SISLEY General Manager Switzerland Florence Maraval.

Arty visuals, a strong statement with the signature zebra stripes, modern but not vulgar – the new SISLEY products are young, easy to use with professional results. Let me get started with the new foundation, the first one under CHF 100, that is available from now.

PHYTO-TEINT ULTRA ÉCLAT – an «augmented» version of the brand’s famous phyto-teint éclat foundation. More radiance, more shades, more skincare: that is the promise of this new foundation that now addresses every skin tone and comes in 14 shades (good to know: the shades with a plus have a warm undertone compared to the ones with normal numbers).

The new PHYTO-TEINT ULTRA ÉCLAT is formulated with a radiance-activating complex that combines minerals (zinc, copper, and magnesium) to give the skin a breath of fresh air. Radiance is boosted, skin is luminous, fresh, and flawless thanks to the oil-free formula which perfectly crosses make-up with skincare. It stays fresh and clear even in hot or humid weather. Skin imperfections and wrinkles fade.

Price: CHF 90.00 / 30 ml
In stores now.

LES PHYTO-OMBRES – long lasting radiant eyeshadows that will blow you away. They are packed with pigments and feature «light reflecting» mother-of-pearl, and they come in various finishes that can be combined in infinite ways to give your eyes radiance and depth. A new collection of twenty luminous, intense, magnetic shades, half-powder, half-cream, these eyeshadows blend seamlessly with the skin thanks to a gelled sugar and a film‑forming polymer that give them a smooth, melting, creamy texture.  Folds and fine lines on the eyelid are visually reduced rather than accentuated.

The make-up lasts all day and into the night 20 radiant shades, 4 colour families (the nudes, the smoky, the arty, the glows) and 5 finishes for multi-faceted possibilities: matt, satin, metallic, luminous, glitter. All the shades complement and echo each other so they can be worn alone, in combination, or on top of one another. The tailor-made result catches light or electrifies the eyes depending on the mood, time of day, or season.

Price: CHF 48.00 each
Launch Date: November 4, 2019

VELVET SLEEPING MASK WITH SAFFRON FLOWERS – SOS comfort intense repair. This nourishing mask supports dry, or occasionally dehydrated skin, in the repair process. Enveloping the skin in softness, it instantly soothes and provides necessary nutrition and hydration to particularly vulnerable skin.

Used as a sleeping mask, it optimizes the nocturnal repair of the skin. Upon awaking, the skin has recovered. Regenerated, the skin is more resistant, softer and more radiant. Apply 1 to 2 times a week. As SOS mask, it immediately calms irritations and relieves sensations of discomfort. The soothes skin is once again smooth, soft and supple.

Price: CHF 128.00 CHF / 60ml
Launch Date: October 7, 2019

TO SHOP SISLEY PARIS ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © SISLEY Paris

Abahna – The Ceremony of Bathing

«A daily bathing ceremony is one of life’s simplest luxuries. It is a chance to prepare yourself for the day ahead or reflect on the day just gone.» – Claire Croft (founder)

Today, I would like to introduce you to Abahna, a beautiful British brand that is now available exclusively at Marionnaud in Switzerland and that celebrates the ceremony of bathing. Something that has become very important to me. During the last months I had such a crazy schedule that I had this feeling of being literally crushed under a heavy pile of work. I wondered if I was just spinning my wheels, or if it was even worth it. I decided it is time for a change, to look at my own personal time management.

To counterbalance my busy social life as well as all my travels, I knew that I needed to allow myself some me-time to recharge my energy. Since a few weeks, I start my day with a book and leave my laptop unopened while having my first cup of coffee. In the evening, I light a scented candle, take my book and indulge in a bath without checking my iPhone at all. This helps me to clear my mind so I can focus on my actual goals that I would like to achieve in the near future.

Following the idea that bathing could be both rewarding and therapeutic, Claire Croft founded Abahna in 2005, inspired by exotic bathing ceremonies and spas that she experienced during her travels to India and the Far East. Influenced by the world’s many and varied bathing traditions, Abahna borrows from «nahana» (Urdu for to have a bath), the Russian «banya» and the Portuguese «banho». Her focus is on the product formulations and also on the packaging aesthetics. Therefore she carefully works with English suppliers who meet her high standards.

Let me introduce you little further to the ceremony of bathing as throughout the ages it has involved so much more than just getting clean. In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the purifying properties of water were revered with sacred practices, while across Asia and Africa special ceremonies honoured its life-giving powers. And still today, Japanese onsen, Moroccan hammam and Scandinavian sauna are steeped in elaborate bathing customs.

In all of these traditions, aromatic oils and natural extracts have been used for health, beauty and emotional wellbeing. Divinely scented and brimming with therapeutic qualities, these ritual preparations are the inspiration behind the Abahna collection.

Claire Croft designed every beautifully packaged product with these rich traditions in mind – from exotically scented soaps, foams and creams to natural wax candles and room diffusers – so that you can enjoy the benefits of your own sumptuous, multi-sensory bathing experience. Before you let the ceremony begin, please read those bathing do’s and don’ts.

  • Don’t soak for longer than 20 minutes at a time – extended wallowing can dry out skin and zap energy.
  • Don’t soak for longer than 3 minutes in a cold bath.
  • Always wait until at least 40 minutes after eating before bathing.
  • Bathing more than twice a day is not recommended, as it can strip your skin of its natural oils.
  • Try to avoid having a really hot bath just before bed as it increases your heart rate which can make it hard to sleep.

And now enjoy your bath and some you-time. Abahna products make also beautiful gifts.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Abahna