Rituals Cosmetics and Earth Day

Today, Rituals Cosmetics announces its biggest investment yet to support the wellbeing of the planet by planting, protecting or restoring a tree for every refill sold. In collaboration with its partners, the brand aims to grow 5 million trees globally by the end of 2022. The initiative is part of Rituals’ bigger Clean, Conscious & Caring Strategy in which Rituals commits to reduce its environmental footprint. Rituals became a Certified B CorporationTM earlier this year, and this commitment marks another important step in Rituals’ continuous journey to sustainable wellbeing.

The United Nations defines trees to be key in reaching sustainable development goals. From cleaning the air that people breathe and promoting biodiversity to preventing soil erosion, there are numerous reasons why trees are fundamental to the planet’s existence. Moreover, forests are one of the largest carbon sinks in the world, as trees capture CO2 from the air, which makes them crucial in combating the climate crisis. Over the next year, Rituals will support multiple reforestation initiatives to help prevent climate change and mitigate its effects.

Supporting carbon capture via reforestation initiatives is part of the wider Clean, Conscious & Caring Strategy in which Rituals commits to reduce its environmental footprint. The wellbeing company has pledged to transition its personal care range to 90% natural origin ingredients by 2023, shift all of its packaging to 100% recyclable/refillable or made with recycled materials by 2025. In addition, Rituals aims to reduce its carbon footprint in line with the scale of reductions required by the Paris Climate Agreement. To accelerate its impact, Rituals now commits to growing 5 million trees.

Rituals aims to balance pampering its customers and help them take care of their wellbeing, while acting responsibly at the same time. The brand’s Refill Collections operate on that exact intersection by allowing customers to keep using beautiful, luxury products at home while being mindful of the planet too.

«Rituals is all about wellbeing – we value people’s personal wellbeing as much as the environmental wellbeing. With our refill movement we help our customers to make conscious decisions. In 2021 alone, we saved 434.138 kg in materials, thanks to our loyal customers choosing our wide range of eco-chic refills», explains Director of Innovation & Sustainability Niki Schilling. «Understanding the crucial role that trees play in the future of our planet, we introduced the Buy One Refill, Grow One Tree Program, to trigger proactive changes that support our environment

Throughout this year, Rituals will plant, protect or restore a tree for every refill sold. To encourage customers to join this refill movement, the beauty brand is offering customers a discount on any refill they buy throughout Earth Week.

To realize its commitment to growing 5 million trees by the end of 2022, Rituals will partner up with EARTHDAY.ORG and ClimatePartner and focus on planting, protecting and restoring mangroves in India and Kenya. Not only are mangroves one of the most important natural carbon sinks on the planet, but they are also a haven for diverse flora and fauna and the first line of defence for coastal areas from both ocean tides and cyclones that often impact these regions. The collective projects are supporting local communities and their livelihoods by building back the loss of tree cover from deforestation and protecting nearby forest reserves and natural preserves. Throughout the year, Rituals will be partnering up with additional organizations to support its reforestation initiatives.

Great initiative, shopping for a good cause.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rituals Cosmetics
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LA MER The Lip Polish

Meet LA MER‘s new The Lip Polish, a sensorial buffing balm that gently smooths and retextures the lips.

Formulated with Miracle Broth™ and a blend of sugar crystals, marine minerals and sea-sourced exfoliants, The Lip Polish deeply refines the lips – exfoliating, comforting and conditioning the surface for a perfectly plush pout. The Lip Detailing Wand boosts microcirculation and lips have a natural-looking rosy radiance.

You know that I am a huge fan of the brand and can absolutely recommend this new addition to the line that is available now for CHF 85.00. I use The Lip Polish continuously now to help prevent roughness.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © LA MER
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Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge

For nearly 20 years, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has worked hard to help empower women and girls beyond makeup. By partnering with non-profit organizations that fight for gender equality through education, the Pretty Powerful Fund continues to support the creation of new possibilities around the world. Since its launch in 2019, it has donated over $1 million.

So behind the new Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge stands more than just a makeup with a positive design, it represents the brand’s commitment to empowering women. This limited edition product brings together a creamy versatile formula with a new shade that adds a natural touch of color to cheeks and lips, making them look pretty rosy.

Press onto the apples of cheeks with fingertips, blending out toward the hairline. Dab onto lips with fingertips or a lip brush. Available online for CHF 44.00.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
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Les Eaux de CHANEL Paris – Paris

Inspired by the places that were significant to Gabrielle Chanel during her lifetime, LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection features six fresh fragrances that offer an escape and invite you on a journey.

«I was inspired by the destinations that have a strong connection to CHANEL. Each of them has left its mark on one of these fragrances» explains Olivier Polge, CHANEL’s In-House Perfumer-Creator.

Seemingly simple at first, LES EAUX DE CHANEL leaves a fragrance trail that gradually reveals their extraordinary complexity. Each composition is part of the same olfactory score that has resonated through every CHANEL fragrance since the creation of N°5 in 1921.
Having followed the paths of PARIS-BIARRITZ, PARIS-DEAUVILLE and PARIS-VENISE in 2018, enjoyed a sunny getaway with PARIS-RIVIERA in 2019, and set off on an adventure to the Scottish moors with PARIS-ÉDIMBOURG in 2021, CHANEL has dreamed up a new journey in 2022: PARIS-PARIS.

Some trips we take in real life, others we dream about. Those offered by LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection allow us to do both: they take place in our imaginations, as a stationary form of travel.

An active, revitalizing getaway in Southwest France, with an ocean view. A burst of grapefruit and mandarin, drenched with an aquatic note and a lily-of-the-valley accord and escorted by vetiver, all of which lend the fragrance an invigorating quality.

A stroll along the coast of Normandy, surrounded by the sharp green of the tall grass. Invigorating orange peel and basil give way to a softer accord of rose and jasmine and a patchouli base.

An evocation of both the baroque city and the Orient Express route, cushioned in comfort. Berry, iris, and geranium notes are warmed up by the softness of cedar, leaving a warm, enveloping fragrance trail.

A radiant, floral fragrance par excellence. A sunny escape to the Côte d’Azur. Mediterranean jasmine and neroli, as brilliant as a ray of sunlight, are infused with the freshness of orange peel and petitgrain before giving way to a subtle sandalwood and benzoin base.

A woody, aromatic fragrance. An immersive ramble through the rugged Scottish countryside that is vividly fresh. Crisp, intense, aromatic notes of juniper berry and cypress are paired with warm tones including cedar and vetiver, which impart their smoky, slightly peaty qualities.

Photo François Kollar © Ministry of Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

A vibrant olfactory journey imbued with freshness and lightness.
To experience PARIS-PARIS is to find oneself in Gabrielle Chanel’s Paris, a timeless city full of life, authentic character, and modern spirit. It is the Paris of our dreams, one that has been idealized through fleeting images. The allure and inimitable style of the Parisian women. A leisurely morning spent at the terrace of a Parisian café. A fresh, spicy rose with natural, elegant charm.

«With PARIS-PARIS, I created a sparkling floral composition inspired by the effortless elegance of Parisian womenOlivier Polge

To embody the essence of this new destination, Olivier Polge chose to use Damascena rose, a rose full of character that reveals a multitude of facets, which are bolstered by fresh citrus accents and heightened by the sharpness of pink peppercorn extract and an elegant patchouli base.

PARIS-PARIS is housed in the same refined, curved bottle as the other fragrances in LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection. While quite sophisticated in composition, it simultaneously echoes the lightness of the fragrances created by Olivier Polge. It is crafted from high-quality materials that are used in their simplest form. The thin, lightweight glass bottle reveals a rose-colored fragrance inspired by the glistening stone facades of Parisian buildings in the early morning sun. It is topped with a black bio-based cap engraved with a double C. The corrugated cardboard packaging, which is usually not visible, has been transformed into a pared-back sleeve that lacks a laminated or gloss finish, making it easier to recycle.

PARIS-PARIS is available as an enveloping mist that offers lavish, generous fragrance application, which makes using fragrance throughout the day even more enjoyable.

LES EAUX DE CHANEL PARIS-PARIS Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur 125 ml CHF 160.-
LES EAUX DE CHANEL PARIS-PARIS Lait pour le Corps Flacon 200 ml CHF 68.-

Available starting in the beginning of May 2022.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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Charles Aellen Company

A quick stop in Zurich before heading off to Boston to go to my hair dresser CHARLES AELLEN COMPANY who had just moved location. The new interior is even more breathtaking than its previous one. From a Parisian apartment style interior, it has now more an urban cool New York vibe with always the best floral decoration. I love the atmosphere, the location in the city center and the great music.

Charles Aellen Company
Sihlstrasse 37
CH – 8001 Zurich

+41 44 201 78 10

I only go to the hair dresser twice a year to get my ends cut and to do a deep nourishing SHU UEMURA or ORIBE treatment. Luckily, I don’t have grey hair yet and leave my hair color all natural.

My dream team: Charles to the left, Nathanael to the right.

However, I can recommend Charles and his team for every treatment or cut you can imagine. They are very advanced, always looking for the newest releases or hair trends. They have been working with celebrities worldwide and been constantly booked for photo shoots or during fashion weeks.

Now available at CHARLES AELLEN is the the famous K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask. K18Peptide™ is the patented molecular breakthrough clinically proven to reverse hair damage from: bleach + color, chemical services, and heat in just 4 minutes.

This mask doesn’t just make hair feel healthier, it actually reverses the damage with some pretty powerful bond-repairing science. How does it work? The K18 bioactive peptide is recognized as a natural building block by hair – the perfect, very welcome puzzle piece to reconnect broken keratin chains in the inner-most layers of hair, post heat and chemical services. When you use it, skip the conditioner, put this in towel-dried hair for four minutes, and watch miracles happen.

With my new hair cut I am off to Boston, hopefully leaving all this crazy snow behind…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Get Healthy Hair While You Sleep

A product that dramatically repairs your hair (yes, even those pesky split ends!) to reveal a stronger, shinier and sleeker mane — all while you sleep? Well that sounds almost too good to be true! Luckily for us, with the Aveda Botanical Repair™ Strengthening Overnight Serum, that dream is about to become a reality.

Supercharged with the same bond-building prowess that Aveda’s Botanical Repair line has become so beloved for, expect big things from this lightweight hair serum.

Botanical Repair™ Strengthening Shampoo CHF 44
Botanical Repair™ Strengthening Conditioner CHF 45
Botanical Repair™ Intensive Strengthening Leave-In Treatment CHF 45
Botanical Repair™ Intensive Strengthening Masque Light CHF 54
Botanical Repair™ Intensive Strengthening Masque Rich CHF 72

Now there is a new addition: A leave-in treatment that works overnight, the Botanical Repair™ Strengthening Overnight Serum strengthens hair from the inside out, repairing damage and creating an invisible veil that prevents any future breakage in the process.

So how is it done? Well, this lightweight formula is absorbed deep into the cortex of the hair shaft, drenching strands in moisture and nourishment quickly and effectively. That hydration is delivered courtesy of a cocktail of reparative oils: avocado oil, sunflower seed oil and castor oil. It reduces the appearance of split ends by 84% powered by Nangai oil. With a more manageable, shiny and strong mane, prepare yourself for a good hair day, every day.

Apply to lengths and ends at bedtime, do not rinse. In morning style as usual. The texture is not sticky and it is an easy to use product. Use as often as desired. The Aveda Botanical Repair™ Strengthening Overnight Serum is available now for CHF 50. It is suitable for all hair types and textures, 99% naturally derived, 100% vegan and cruelty free.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Aveda, Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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CHANEL The Comprehensive Eye Treatment

Following yesterday’s post about my beloved CHANEL SUBLIMAGE duo for the perfect complexion, the Maison launches another really amazing new product in the beginning of April: CHANEL SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUXthe comprehensive eye treatment.

Our eyes speak a thousand words. They can communicate our emotions in the space of an instant.
Joy, love, sadness, compassion, surprise… It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul.
But the singularity of each individual’s eyes is also the product of a subtle, harmonious equation
between the eyebrows, eyelids and eyelashes, all of which help make them unique.

To keep the eyes sparkling and ensure they retain their expression, the area around them requires
special care, as it is the most delicate part of the face and the skin is very thin. Our eyes are also
in continual movement and constantly under strain from the light emitted by our screens as well
as fatigue and pollution. To protect this sensitive area from an ever-increasing number of external
stressors, CHANEL has developed a comprehensive skincare treatment for 2022: SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX. A serum that reframes the eye area.

L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX joins CHANEL’s most precious skincare line: SUBLIMAGE.
It is tailored to cater individuals of all ages, at every step of the skincare ritual. The epitome of luxury, combines pleasure with efficacy, enhancing one’s beauty and helping set the stage to address skin aging. SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX was born from this holistic approach, which provides a comprehensive solution for the eye area. It restores the under-eye area in three key ways: SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX helps skin rejuvenate itself, illuminates the eyes by reducing the appearance of dark circles, and leaves the eyelashes and eyebrows visibly denser.

L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX has a fine, lightweight texture that sets it apart: this exceptional gel-emulsion is a sensorial delight to use. Its fragrance-free formula absorbs into the skin instantly without leaving behind a greasy film, for smooth, generous application. It delivers an intense feeling of freshness.

The eyebrows and eyelashes both play an integral role in framing the eyes. The denser they are, the better they highlight the contrasts of the face. L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX is formulated with an active ingredient for under-eye care that also helps improve lash and brow density, a first for CHANEL. The intensity of the gaze is restored.

SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX encompasses all the anti-aging expertise of
SUBLIMAGE. It harnesses the power of two botanical jewels sourced from the House’s open-sky laboratories; true centers of production and experimentation, it is here that CHANEL creates its signature, exceptionally effective active ingredients with the utmost respect for nature.
L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX is enriched with Polyfractioned Vanilla Planifolia, a oneof- a-kind variety of vanilla grown in Madagascar that has become the SUBLIMAGE line’s star ingredient due to its unparalleled wealth of active components. The formula helps smooth the eye area (+15%)*; wrinkles and fine lines are less visible (-20%)*. The eyelids and under-eye area have a firmer appearance. SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX helps rejuvenate skin. The formula also contains solidago, an active ingredient known for its extraordinary redensifying properties. The eye area appears firmer.

SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX helps visibly reduce dark circles for a luminous eye area and a well-rested appearance. After one month of use, the eye area looks brighter** and smoother*** thanks to CHANEL’s signature complex. Under-eye bags appear diminished.

Available for CHF 308.- (15ml).

LoL, Sandra

Skin stays moisturized for up to 8 hours.****
*Clinical evaluation of 41 to 44 women after one month of use.
**Clinical evaluation of 20 to 22 women after one month of use.
***Clinical evaluation of 41 to 44 women after one month of use.
****Instrumental evaluation of 20 women, 8 hours after application.
Photos: © CHANEL, © Sandra Bauknecht
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The Perfect Complexion

A few days ago, I showed you my beloved combination when you are looking for just a bit of glow. Today, I would like to present you my absolute favorite when you are looking for more coverage. This exceptional duo leaves skin looking beautifully radiant and flawlessly eventoned, while also delivering intense comfort. I have been looking quite a while for such a result and tested a lot of products after my longtime favorite make-up got discontinued, this duo is absolutely worth the investment, you’ll shine head to toe. Thank me after! Here you go …

Ultimate Radiance-Enhancing Priming Moisturizer
3 x 15 ml CHF 280.-

A 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer and illuminator that perfects the look of skin and preps for foundation. Imperfections appear visibly diminished and pores look minimized. The complexion has a more radiant appearance, even without makeup.

Key Ingredients
Intense Vanilla Planifolia Water, a potent antioxidant, helps shield skin from free radicals and reduces the appearance of dullness caused by oxidative stress. Hyaluronic acid offers exceptional hydrating benefits, while a marine extract refines the look of skin texture. Pearlescent particles add a touch of luminosity.

How To Apply
Use as a daily moisturizer, as a base for makeup or on targeted areas for a subtle glow. Follow with the foundation for a sublime finish.

Ultimate Radiance-Generating Serum Foundation
40 ml with brush CHF 165.-
Available shades in Switzerland : B10 / BR12 / B20 (mine) / BR22 / B30 / B40

An exquisite foundation with an unprecedented serum-like texture that melts into skin and instantly creates a smoother, more radiant-looking complexion. Day after day, skin maintains a luminous appearance.

Key Ingredients
Infused with Vanilla Planifolia—the signature ingredient of SUBLIMAGE—along with soothing Vanilla Enfleurage Oil and light-reflecting mica, this sensorial formula moisturizes and plumps the look of skin. Antioxidants help protect against external aggressors. Includes a deluxe brush for seamless, customizable coverage.

How To Apply
Dispense a drop of foundation on the back of your hand and dip the brush into the product. Dab onto each cheek, forehead, chin and neck, then smooth over your face from the center outward to blend. Use the tip of the brush to build targeted coverage where desired.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL, © Sandra Bauknecht / Nadia Krawiecka
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Just A Bit Of Glow

A dear friend of mine asked me for advice as her favorite skin perfector had been discontinued. For her,  it was important that the product(s) delivered light coverage, sheer complexion, and a beautiful glow. Immediately, I thought of this unbeatable combination that I love to use as well, especially in the summer.

SISLEY Phyto Hydra Teint Beautifying Tinted Moisturizer SPF15icon

What it is: A tinted moisturizer that combines the effectiveness of a daily skin care product with a veil of color, all in one. Available in three shades, I wear Teint 2.

What it does: Its fresh, glide-on, very light texture melts into your skin to deliver a natural, perfecting result and a bare-skin effect. It contains a healthy skin ingredient cocktail to help even, correct and illuminate your skin while a beauty booster complex provides hydration and perfection to skin. Day after day, your skin’s texture appears more refined and your complexion’s radiance is boosted.

How to use: Apply using your fingertips or a fluid foundation brush, using light strokes all over the face.

DR. BARBARA STURM Glow Dropsicon

What it is: A skin care formula designed to make your complexion glow, providing deep hydration, nourishment and pore refinement.

What it does: The potent anti-aging compounds in Glow Drops perfect skin quality and health, while the long-term glow comes from ingredients like purslane, bisorta root, rosa canina and sweet almond oil.

How to use: Use as a finisher to your skin care regimen and as a touchup throughout the day. Place a pipette length of formula in the palm of your hand and spread over your face, eye area and neck, gently patting in. Apply following your moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow, over your makeup or combine with your preferred skin care regimen.

I hope you will like them as much as I do.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: ©Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of the Brands
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Jo Malone London – Blossoms Collection

A Sardinian summer
Time slows on sunbathed shores. Waves wash over golden sands. As lazy days drift into breezy evenings, a Sardinian love story blossoms. Discover the new JO MALONE LONDON Blossoms collection with two limited edition scents encapsulating an Italian summer.

Inspired by a chance discovery along the coast, Sea Daffodil is a solar floral fragrance, radiant with ylang ylang and rooted in warm vanilla entwined with creamy sandalwood.

Bitter Mandarin captures the spirit of a Mediterranean summer evening: a carefree buzz in the air. Citrus trees line Italian streets and ice-filled glasses clink with a bitter citrus spritz. Vibrant mandarin is deepened with a warm amber note and a pinch of precious orris for an addictive zesty allure.

These scents are joined by Silk Blossom, returning in a cologne and diffuser to tempt the senses.

Completing the line-up is an Orange Blossom Hair Mist and a Nectarine Blossom & Honey Diffuser. The lightweight hair mist is formulated with natural argan oil and pro vitamin B5 to help give hair a healthy shine while the diffuser can be used to energise the air with a playful, fruity fragrance.

The collection includes
Sea Daffodil Cologne
Bitter Mandarin Cologne
Silk Blossom Cologne
Orange Blossom Hair Mist
Silk Blossom Diffuser
Nectarine Blossom & Honey Diffuser

Available online at jomalone.com and in Jo Malone London stores from March 2022.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Jo Malone London 
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