Shopping for organic skincare in Central just got a whole lot easier, with the recent opening of Peony Skincare, right on Cochrane Street. A haven of natural skincare, with mellow vibes and armchairs for lounging, it carries more than 20 organic, chemical-free beauty brands mostly from the US, all of which contain no preservatives or parabens. You’ll find niche labels including UMA face oils, Violets are Blue and HollyBeth Organics, to name just a few. What’s unique about this place though is that it also offers organic facials in a cozy treatment room to the left as you walk in.
303 Winning House, 10-16 Cochrane St., Central, 2177-7881, www.peonyskincarehk.com.
Sponge On, Sponge Off
Whether you’ve got a big date or a presentation to ace, sometimes a gal just needs her hair and makeup game on point. Enter Sponge, a new hair and beauty service that comes to your home, office or event to offer blowouts, hair styling and makeups in a variety of looks, from sleek blowouts to smoky eyes; power lipstick to chic updos. Just hit the website and book from two hours in advance up to one month before you desired appointment, making Sponge a lifesaver for when you just can’t wing that eyeliner. Hairdos are $330-$440, makeup is $440 and eyelash extensions are $1,300-$1,800, with more services coming soon. Right now the service is available in Central, Sheung Wan and the Mid-Levels.
It’s the Business
Co-working spaces just got a whole lot healthier with the launch of Garage Collective in Sai Ying Pun. This immense, 8,000-square-food co-working and events space has your wellbeing in mind, with a pet-friendly policy that lets you bring your pooch to work with you, a vegetarian cafe, and an all-round philosophy of friendly collaboration, eco-awareness and health-consciousness. With 14 private offices, 21 private desks and 30 hot desks, it has ample room and facilities for startups of all sizes.
158A Connaught Rd. West, Sai Ying Pun, 3952-7400, thegaragesociety.com.
Stone Cold Fox
Looking to simplify your skincare routine? Snow Fox is a brand-new home-grown skincare brand that was originally formulated for hypersensitive skin. Free from parabens, SLS, pthalates, petroleum and other synthetics, the organic formula is designed to be powerful but gentle and non-drying, offering a deep clean without stripping the skin of its natural oils. The cleansing mousse and detox mask are made with peppermint oil, a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial that leaves skin feeling refreshed and pleasantly tingly, while the all-day defense cream is infused with jojoba, macadamia oil and ginseng, which contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The entire set is $1,000 and is available at Hair Corner, 1/F, Duke of Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington St., Central, 2522-3311, with more retailers to be announced soon. www.snowfoxskincare.com.
We’ve Got Beautegrity
The demand for organic skincare just keeps getting stronger, and now Beautegrity has entered the market, with a mission to source brands that are all-natural, organic and fully transparent in their ingredient list and production process. Set up by ex-financier Emily Chang, the lineup includes Taiwanese brands Mon Bon Bon and Greenvines; Green Pharmacy from Poland, and Akar Skin, a Tibetan-inspired brand that uses plants that have been wild-harvested from the Tibetan Plateau.
Shop online at beautegrity.com.