The Byredo Love Affair

The Byredo Love Affair

 

This post is dedicated to my love for all things Byredo.  The brand Byredo is created by Swedish Ben Gorham – who started developing a project revolving around smell and memory – called Byredo – which is short for By Redolence – meaning reminiscent of.

The principles behind this project was to use personal memories to get people to think of ideas or a memory – and smell is a way to evoke these memories.  The brand Byredo was established in 2006.

I discovered Byredo while I was in London last year.  Fell in love with Blanche – which reminded me of fresh cleaned clothes. Since then I have collected a few more scents which I discovered along the way – made much easier with the introduction of the niche brand to Escentials in Singapore late last year (Nov 2015).

For me, the attraction of these scents is the unique factor – they are not your usual basic Gucci, CK, Marc Jacobs, DKNY perfumes.  The price is slightly prohibitive – a 50ml bottle costs S$182, while the 100ml is around S$280+.  The shower shampoo is S$70+, the candle S$115 (around the same as Diptyque), the hand cream S$90+.  They are more pricey than my Jo Malone, hitting around the same as my Chanel Les Exclusifs per ml price breakdown.  Some of the scents are quite in your face, and definitely out of my league, but yet I manage to discover more and more that appeal to me – which is a dangerous thing!

Let me go through each of the scents I own in order of which I got them but before I go on, you need to check out the Byredo website for a feel of the whole branding and aesthetics – very minimalist and painfully chic – the font, the description, the visuals.. everything.  * main perfume description taken from Fragrantica because I am terrible at explaining scents. 

  1. Blanche – introduced in 2009. The perfume is dedicated to white colour. It is airy and simple in its structure, but captures thoughts about a certain person who inspired the creator with its innocence.The perfume opens with white roses, pink pepper and aldehydes. A heart includes violet, neroli and peony. A base is enriched with blond wood, sandalwood and musk.  I love this scent so much that I am starting on my second bottle (I am always out of luck when it comes to getting the 100ml one it is always OOS), and on occasion I layer it with the matching shower shampoo. 
  2. Bal d’Afrique is inspired by Paris in the late 20ćs and its infatuation with African culture, art, music and dance. A mix of the Parisian avant-gardism and African culture shaped a unique and vibrant expression. The intense life, the excess and euphoria is illustrated by Bal dćAfrique’s Neroli, African marigold and Moroccan cedarwood.” Top notes includes: bergamot, lemon, neroli, African marigold, Bucchu Middle notes includes: violet, jasmine and cyclamen Base is composed of black amber, musk, vetiver, moroccan cedarwood.   I find this a tad too floral for me, though it is not your typical floral scent.  This is a very accessible introduction to Byredo scents, besides Blanche and Gypsy Water (which is too citrusy for me).
  3. Sunday Cologne – is a woody aromatic fragrance for women and men. Sunday Cologne was launched in 2011. Top notes are cardamom, bergamot and star anise; middle notes are lavender, geranium and incense; base notes are vetiver, patchouli and oak moss.  This is quite a spicy masculine scent for me fresh, and clean.  I like to use this on casual days, and also when I am wearing something more ‘girly’ for the contrast.  It is also a very light scent, not overpowering at all. 
  4. Encens Chembur is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women and men. Chembur was launched in 2008. The fragrance features bergamot, amalfi lemon, ginger, incense, nutmeg, french labdanum, amber, musk and elemi resin.  This is my latest fave, at first this is very spicy like Sunday Colgne but it dries down to a rather sweet oriental note.  I find the transformation very interesting and appealing, it makes me want to catch a whiff of it as I move about! 

The extras – Candles, Hand Cream, Shower Gel

I have Loose Lips – which is a lipstick scented candle, mine is in the LE valentine’s day pink version, and it smells like rose at first, then the middle notes are violet and cherry, and the base is rice powder and orris butter.

(Isn’t the names of everything just so perfect?)

Suede hand and nail cream is a thick rich cream that is not sticky at all.  I like to apply this on my arms before I go to sleep at night.  It smells almost like Blanche but much lighter and fresh.

Top: Bergamot, Fresh Aldehydes, Pear
Heart: Lily of the Valley, Violet
Base: Crisp Amber, Soft Musks, Velvet Plum

Other quirky stuff you need to check out / and I mean smell them —- which I didn’t buy, but you just to to smell it to believe it:

The LIBRARY SCENT – Bibliotheque Candle 

The End of the World Plastic Scent – Apocalytpic Candle 

The Burnt Out – Loveless Candle 

Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thank you for reading!!

 

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Fave Accessories: Everyday Silver

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Just a quick post dedicated to my everyday silver accessories.  I wear them almost everyday, regardless of my outfit.  Tee and shorts, work clothes, going out clothes… everything and everywhere.  They are pretty understated, and I have a couple of them forever and ever.  I  Here’s a quick breakdown:

  1. Tiffany & Co Bead Bracelet – I think I bought this at least 10 years ago.  Sometimes I hang a heart charm on it, but I have been wearing it plain.  The more worn it is, the more I love it.
  2. Tiffany & Co Mesh Ring – Again, another OG piece from T&Co, this has lasted me well and they have a stiff version of this mesh ring which is quite awful, but this bendy one is really a classic.  It fits me on both my middle and ring fingers as it tends to expand ever so slightly.
  3. Chanel Cuff Ring – this is my latest addition, it is only a few days old but the whole reason why I picked it is because it goes with my other staples – it is something that I would wear everyday and not have to worry about being too careful with getting it scratched or something.

What are your daily accessories?

 

CHANEL x Pedder on Scotts

CHANEL x Pedder on Scotts

Welcome to CHANEL Airlines!  And with that I would like to share with my ‘flight’ to view and shop the Chanel SS 2016 collection last week.  Lots of photos I took, but first, the story behind this installation:

The punchy and playful CHANEL Spring-Summer 2016 mise-en-scene will be transported from Paris to the hip concept store Pedder on Scotts in Singapore, from March 24 – April 3, 2016. The CHANEL x Pedder on Scotts pop-up marks the first time the Parisian House has partnered with a multi-brand space on Singaporean scene.

Inspired by the design codes of an airport terminal, the CHANEL installation sees Pedder on Scotts’s expansive corner windows and façade blanketed with iconic double C’s, cast in the airline graphics seen throughout the Spring-Summer 2016 collection. Inside the store, the journey continues: customers will arrive via escalator to the CHANEL Airlines ‘takeover’ of the first-floor corridors, where a fun-filled shopping journey passes a conveyor belt, laden with the new luggage and leather goods collection, and booths manned by mannequins decked out as stewards and stewardesses.

Graphic and modern, the luggage works back with the motifs – the tri-colour palette, aeroplane print and arrow signs – that Karl Lagerfeld humorously employs throughout the Ready-to-Wear. For street-smart frequent flyers who like to transit in style, comfort and elegance combine this season: diaphanous skirts are layered atop breezy pants, while patterned knit top-and-pant combos offer a chic take on in-fight leisure wear.

The Spring-Summer 2016 wedge sandals, which mirror the laid-back ease of the season, are also on show, as are a selection of J12 and Première watches, including the latest J12 Mirror and Première Rock Pop. A limited offering of CHANEL beauty products – Rouge Coco Stylo in ‘Histoire’ and Le Duo Vernis Longue Tenue, in vibrant Vernis ‘Rouge Essentiel’ alongside the vivid blue hue, Vernis ‘Marinière’ – further enhance the colours of the collection, in a final salute to the CHANEL Airlines theme.

CHANEL x Pedder on Scotts runs from March 24 – April 3, 2016.

PEDDER ON SCOTTS

LEVEL 2 SCOTTS SQUARE

6 SCOTTS ROAD

SINGAPORE 228209

Opening hours

10 AM to 9 PM

Skincare Chat: All About Cleansing

Skincare Chat: All About Cleansing

Hi hi!

I shall discuss several cleansers which I am trying out, mostly new discoveries and they range from all sorts of cleansers – makeup removers, foaming cleansers, cleansing water, cleansing balms, exfoliating cleansers, cleansing gadgets, you name it… I think I have all grounds covered here.

The act of cleansing your face is as important, if not more important than putting on makeup, or applying skincare products afterwards.  At the end of a long day, there is nothing better than washing off the dirt, pollutants, makeup products off your face, so that your skin can ‘breathe’ freely, and ready to receive the goodness of your skincare products.  There is no point in piling on expensive skincare products if your skin is not properly washed.  I also believe that makeup products in general, do not clog pores or skin.  It is the lack of proper cleansing that causes pore clogging.

The Gadgets:

Some of us like to use gadgets to help in the cleansing process, and in the market, there is a range of electronics to help you with that – most notably, the Clarisonic and also the FOREO cleansers (link to my FOREO review here)  The new Foreo Luna 2 (S$299) has a larger touch points to allow for a deeper cleanse and 12 different settings to enhance your cleansing.  Like I mentioned before,  it is a thorough cleanse, and it is gentle enough for everyday use (esp if you find the Clarisonic system a bit too harsh).

Another ‘gadget’ that I have tried out is the Magic Eraser (S$30) – this is a tad gimmicky if you ask me – a washcloth that claims to remove your makeup just by wiping your face with the cloth and water.  The secret of this magic eraser lies in the weave of the fabric which picks up all traces of makeup on the face.  I use the cloth damp, and rub in a circular motion to remove my makeup.  I find that I have to go over a few times, and honestly, the idea of going soap-less and foam-less, is a bit unsettling for me. So I followed up with a foaming face wash anyway.  But if you are very sensitive to chemicals found in soaps, or you really are curious to try this out, why not?

The Clarifying & Scrubbing:

I tested out the trio of Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Forma Clay Trio (S$37) and these remind me of the Glamglow Supermud cleansing foam.  They are a hybrid of a clay mask, as well as foaming up to cleanse your skin.  I like that you get a trio of clay cleansers to suit your skin needs.  They all have this instant brightening effect which I enjoy, and I find them very nice to use after removing your makeup.

Speaking of GlamGlow, I have been using the PowerCleanse (S$59) – which is a mud and oil cleanser, which gently foams upon contact with water.  This is a nice cleanser, but not one which I often reach for (which I think I have mentioned before in my last skincare update) I prefer the original supermud cleanser.  I just don’t feel like it is doing  much for me, but my younger sis loves it.

The next cleanser I want to mention is the Arcona Cranberry Gommage (S$60), which is quite an intensive scrubbing product.  It contains cranberry enzymes, and is supposed to unclog and minimise pores, leaving the skin visibly clearer and more refined.  It is also quite well-received in the beauty world, having won awards etc.  I find the beads in this scrub very very dense and fine, almost like a sandpaper effect upon contact with the skin.  It is not unpleasant, but if you are not a regular scrubber like me, the sensation can take some getting used to. The scent is pretty awesome though.  And I have to say, I did notice instant improvement of my skin and the effect lasts for a couple of days – smooth and clear skin texture!  Really quite nice!

The Gentle Ones 

I also tested out products from Estelle & Thild, an organic skincare line from Stockholm.  Everything smells so good from this line – I started with using the Biocleanse Radiance Micro Polish – a bit more gentle than the Arcona one – followed by the Deep Cleansing Detox Mask – which is a clay mask – quite soothing, and not the ‘sucking your pores clean’ type of clay mask.  And finally the Biocleanse Silky Soft Cleansing Milk (S$36) – which is a very gentle non foaming makeup remover – well, I use it to remove makeup, but I think you can also use it in the mornings to refresh your skin for the day.

For Anti-Aging (including Balms)

I have been loving the new Shu Uemua ultime8 intensive cleansing balm – it is one of my top fave as far as cleansing balms are concerned.  It smells great, didn’t break me out, and best of all, I don’t have to use any sponge or washcloth with it.  It emulsifies away nicely, taking off all my makeup and dirt.  I have made a huge dent in this tub, and it is worth every penny.  I think I actually prefer this to their iconic cleansing oils now!

Another cleansing balm I have tried is the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Cleansing Butter (S$103).  It feels a bit like the Shu Uemura balm, but a tad richer, and you do need to use a cloth or the Konjac sponge that comes along with it.  It is infused with pure 24k gold, and is a solid to oil cleanser that melts away makeup and impurities.  I think this is good for dry skin, as it is very hydrating. This is really nice, but if I have to choose a balm, I would go for the Shu Uemura one.

Finally, we have products from the brand Algenist – and I have love everything that I tried from this brand, their cleansing balm (which comes in a tube) and  their anti-wrinkle cream, and this Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser (S$55) is no exception. It is a foaming cleanser which contains Alguronic Acid and Microalgae oil to minimise the appearance of fine lines leading to supple skin.

Everyday Basics

I love my tube of Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser – it is a very foamy clean cleanser – I love this for my double cleansing routine.  It is a very good everyday cleanser, it leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped, there is no scent no complicated features.. just a good clean plain cleanser.  I cannot recommend this enough.

On lazy days, you can’t go wrong with a cleansing water – I usually do this in my room with a wad of cotton pads.  Then I head straight to the shower and wash up before I go to bed.  The Sephora brand Triple Action Cleansing Water (S$28) removes makeup and leaves the skin clean and soft to touch.  It doesn’t require rinsing, so it is good when you just want to get it over with.  I find this just as effective as the Bioderma cleansing water, but a tad stinging around the eyes.  But to remove face and brow makeup (which is what I use everyday) it is superb.

In a Nutshell – My top recommendations

  1. Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
  2. Shu Uemura ultime8 intensive cleansing balm
  3. Arcona Cranberry Gommage
  4. Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser
  5. Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Forma Clay Trio

You can get most of the products I mentioned here from Sephora stores or Sephora SG online – click here  [disclaimer – this is not any sort of affiliate link]    

Disclaimer – most of the products mentioned here are kindly sent by Sephora for my own trial, I am only featuring the products which I would like to mention on the blog along with my own collection of cleansing products that I am using at the moment.  This is also part of Sephora’s #cleanupyouract cleansing campaign which features (of course) the array of cleansing products they have online and in store.

 

I hope you find this entry helpful, and thank you for reading!