Looking for a lovely natural perfume that lasts all day? Atelier Cologne’s newest scent, Clementine California, is definitely a fragrance that I’m happy to let linger. It smells of sunshine, summer and California dreaming – a sparkling sweet citrus cocktail of mandarin and clementine, with notes of juniper and vetiver to keep things interesting. Atelier Cologne uses no synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, GMOs or animal-derived ingredients, and it really shows in the quality of their creations.
Clementine California costs $650-1,600 for 30-200ml; available at Atelier Cologne boutiques in IFC, Central and Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. www.ateliercologne.com
Spring In Your Step
Mong Kok probably isn’t many people’s first port of call for relaxation in Hong Kong… but those people probably haven’t visited Chuan Spa, an oasis of calm in the Cordis hotel. They’ve got an excellent pampering deal on right now: the “Spring Package” includes a one-hour lymphatic body massage, a one-hour Thalgo facial, access to the hotel’s swimming pool (pictured), heat and water facilities and fitness studio, and a glass of sparkling wine to top it all off. It costs $1,600 (plus 10% service charge) and runs until April 30.
41/F, Cordis Hong Kong, Langham Place, 555 Shanghai St.,
Mong Kok, 3552-3510, www.chuanspa.com.hk.
Lipstick sales across the world are soaring – making the timing pretty perfect for Lipstick Queen’s first Hong Kong solo counter in FACESSS Harbour City. Created by lipstick obsessive Poppy King, this brand knows its speciality and isn’t afraid to stick to it, creating vivid and vibrant lip products made from non-harmful waxes, oils and pigments in every shade under the sun. Just launched are its pigment-packed Cupid’s Bow jumbo pencils, which work like a lipstick and lip-liner in one. Also worth checking out for the fun factor is the bestselling Frog Prince lippie – its emerald green colour reacts with your lips to create a flattering pink shade that’s different for every wearer. All hail the Lipstick Queen!
Lipsticks cost $220; available at FACESSS Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. www.lipstickqueen.com.
Indie beauty brands are really rocking right now, and the latest to cross my radar is Singapore-based WANT. This minimalist, cruelty-free line is formulated from pure botanical oils and minerals, and is free from synthetic ingredients, preservatives, colours and fragrances. The brand also contributes to women’s cooperatives in Bali, Indonesia and Benin. Hero products include their Beet This honey cleanser, the Ginger Face scrub mask, and the super moisturising face oil. Shipping to Hong Kong is free for orders over $272 (that’s SGD50 in case you’re wondering why it’s such a random number).
Prices range from $49-376, with the full Natural Beauty Kit available for $812. www.wantskincare.com.