During a packed fashion month in the four major fashion capitals, there’s little time for extensive afternoon shopping or making discoveries on the street or in the shops. But we still looked around a bit – especially in the beauty department. The result: four products that we want to wander directly into our Berlin bathrooms.
A while ago someone told me that the Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh has been touted as the “best cleansing product of all time.” However, I only believed it when the product in an inconspicuously packaged tube passed into my possession from Sephora on 5th Avenue and was tested that very night.
The slightly milky gel smells of fresh, juicy cucumber, foams just right and leaves behind velvety, clean skin. The formula with soy protein (gives the skin elasticity), rose water, cucumber extract (soothes) and borage oil (moisturizes) removes dirt and mascara (!) – and nurtures at the same time. And it does it so well, there’s no feeling of tightening or dryness that I’ll sometimes forget to follow with a cream or serum. After a few weeks my travel size was finished. Luckily, the long awaited resupply came in the big tube.
A little history: Jane Ainscough inherited a full box of old, beautiful brushes from her mother, June. Fascinated by their integrity and beauty she located the original manufactures and founded the label in her mother’s name. She’s been producing high-quality brushes ever since. The Tortoise Brush Small has a discreet brown-grey pattern. The bristles are a combination of badger and black plastic and strong enough to detangle stubborn or fine hair, massage the scalp and ensure that the sebum (produced by the scalp) reaches the tips – the basis for shiny, healthy hair, so they say. The small brush fits perfectly in a purse or luggage and brings a mane tousled by the London rain back in form.
The best toothpaste far and wide comes from Italy. Not from Milan, but Florence, where, since 1958 Marvis Dentifricio has been manufactured with the same recipe and in wonderful timeless packaging. The silver and colorfully shimmering tubes are at their best next to any sink – now mine as well. Seven flavors make up the fixed range, including ginger, cinnamon or sweet licorice. I opted for classic Whitening Mint. I’m curious as to whether the minty fresh tasting paste will keep my just whitened (expertly by a dentist) teeth beaming in perpetuity. In addition to sodium fluoride for cavity protection and mint oil for the fresh taste, this variant also includes bleaching properties designed to prevent unsightly stains. Supposedly, it takes care of Giorgio Armani’s radiant smile and will hopefully take care of mine even longer.
There are a lot of good things that come from Paris: fashion, croissants, Baudelaire, handsome men and scents. For example, from the house Diptyque. This French company has been writing perfume history since 1961: Legendary notes such as Figuier or Philosykos scent men’s and women’s bodies alike and fill (in candle form) living rooms worldwide. The brand’s simple black and white logo decorates without being intrusive. In contrast, the new limited Collection 34, named after Diptyque’s first store address 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, reveals a colorful design: perfume comes in bright flacons and candles in a marbled green-gray. I was particularly impressed with La Prouveresse Fig, cypress, autumn leaves … it reminds me of unmade beds in Parisian attic apartments. Maybe it simply smells like a lost love, the kind you like to think of but would never return to.
Translation: Alicia Reuter
Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.