Stella von Senger reveals her home spa routine and recommends the best beauty products like Susanne Kaufmann, BINU Beauty and Tata Harper
Ever since I became a mother, it feels like I only get as far as brushing my teeth in the morning. Even taking a shower sometimes has to go to the end of my list. A long morning beauty routine – well, at the moment, that’s not even something to talk about.
That’s why I organize proper home spa time in the evenings, because as soon as my kid is in bed I can hardly hold myself back from doing something to pamper myself and my skin. This is what an absolutely perfect “me, myself, and I” evening looks like for me right now:
If, once again, it’s been one of those “didn’t make it to the shower” mornings, I head for the tub in the evening – and at the moment, I’m alternating between the Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk by Weleda, Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence by Dr.Hauschka, Witch Hazel Bath by Susanne Kaufmann, or the Coconut Milk Bath Soak by Herbivore Botanicals. All of them save on the cream afterwards because they make your skin so velvety soft. The lavender varieties get deployed on extra stressful days.
Eye make-up remover, Cleanser, Soap
If I had eye make-up on that day (which is seldom the case), then I use the Your Eyes Only Gentle Make-Up Remover by R.L. Linden & Co. Otherwise, I wash my face with the Refreshing Cleanser by Tata Harper, which is for sensitive skin and smells unbelievably good, like fresh grapefruit. Or I use the Calendula Facial Soap by Binu Beauty with the help of a Konjac Sponge. The Binu soap has coarse bits in it, which I find really helpful as an ersatz exfoliator when my skin is a little less than clear. I also have the feeling that the Konjac Sponge stimulates circulation to my face and helps the skin regenerate itself.
When my skin is really bad, I reach for the Deep Detox Tightening Mask by Magicstripes – it’s never let me down. I also turn to the Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu, my secret weapon that lets me walk out the door the same evening with clearer skin. I find the cooling effect of the mask’s clay particles really pleasant. After consuming a bit too much alcohol, I grab the Deep Cleanse Antioxidant Masque by Mukti Organics. This organic option has the not-too-obtrusive (and actually rather pleasant) scent of Australian Kakadu plum.
Creme & Toner
Currently, as a cream I’m using Face Fluid Line F by Susanne Kaufmann. But sometimes I don’t use cream at all, opting instead to spray my face with the Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist Toner by Mukti Organics. Every now and then, I need to let my skin completely breathe.
In the best case, my sheets are freshly washed. I stumbled into the Le Labo store in New York recently and fell head over heels in love with the the scent of Santal 33 – and ultimately still didn’t buy it. The perfume really does come with a hefty price tag. Back in Berlin, however, I was annoyed about it and indulged myself with a bottle of the Santal 33 Detergent by The Laundress & Le Labo. I say “indulged” with a purchase of laundry detergent because, at €50, it’s still somehow completely excessive and also landed me in a teensy quarrel with my husband. But what can I say – it was worth it. I use this detergent exclusively for my bed linen and even just hanging the freshly washed sheets up to dry leaves me reveling on a cloud of Santal 33.
Now that it’s winter, I’m finding nothing nicer than a hot water bottle in bed. It warms my pillows or the area down around my feet and makes getting into bed even cozier. I’m the owner of one of the fantastically beautiful ones by Holistic Silk with a velvet cover in mint green. I haven’t come across a nicer one and it’s so soft! And to add to all that warmth, I also almost always make a fresh ginger and lemon tea, or a cup of Evening Tea by Susanne Kaufmann.
Lavender Sprays, Oil & Sleeping Masks
If I need a full recharge – and I don’t forget to do it – I spray my pillows with the Sleep Therapy Lavender Pillow Mist by Primavera, rub a drop of Kiss the Moon’s Calm After Dark Face Oil behind my ears, and pull a shade over my eyes with a velvet eye mask (also by Holistic Silk). It’s filled with lavender and gives off a calming scent the whole night through. I’ve been addicted to sleeping masks since I took my first long-haul flight (that I remember) to India, back when I was 17. I think between the gentle pressure on the eyes and the complete darkness, I relax even more deeply.
P.S. Of course, I don’t manage all of this every night. But every once in a while, I do, and then my batteries are really fully recharged again.
By the way, there’s nothing in our bedroom except for the bed – the Superoblong Bed by Cappellini with a salmon-colored linen cover and the Cork Family Model C stool by Vitra. There’s a wall hanging from Tunisia over the bed and a kilim next to it, both of which I bought through Berberlin. I endlessly enjoy having a bedroom in which nothing but sleeping happens. No work, no TV, no closet. Just us and the daily sunset.
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Stella von Senger und Etterlin was born and raised in Berlin. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Make-Up for Theatre and Film at August Everding University in Munich in 2013. After living in Paris and New York, she travelled around the world before pursuing her Masters of Special Effects SFX in Los Angeles. Along the way, she’s been doing hair and make-up for magazines such as Vogue, L'officiel, Qvest, Stern Mode, Condé Nast Traveller, and many more. She and her family have just recently moved back to Berlin.