In January 2014, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a stone’s throw from Monaco glamorous atmosphere and Cannes glittering Movie Festival, was born LEBON: a love story between Art & Natural Science Beauty.
I received a lovely gift from LeBon!
As I sit in my Grasse home, with all the beautiful gilded boxes and tubes strewn around, adorned with pop hues in an array of delicious flavours, I can only imagine and understand far too well why this historic provencal town also known as the birthplace of perfumery, inspired Stephanie, Art Historian - professional Photographer and her husband Richard, Pharmacist MD, Dermatology - Cosmetics Certified to create the Organic Collection.
This collection boasts of ethical and natural ingredients combined with delicious and exclusive perfumed natural notes from Grasse – France which are making LEBON Toothpastes so healthy and delicately tasty.
While I decided to take my time to sample each of the flavours in this gorgeous collection, upon opening the brown box I immediately took to my camera to click these beauties to share on the blog.
Eco friendly brand with wonderful heart!
They all contain Certified Organic Aloe Vera and Green Tea to naturally help protect gums and prevent tooth decay. LEBON Toothpastes are vegan and naturally sweetened with Stevia Rebaudiana. They also have a non-ending “free of” list: cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfates, fluoride, titanium dioxide…
Keep watching this space for more on the LE BON organic collection....
The snowy peak of Mont Blanc is the iconic emblem for the maison, the six-pointed snowcap representing the six glacier tongues of the snow-covered mountain. In existence since 1906, Mont Blanc, the company has been crafting collections for over a century for those that lead and are visionaries and are people of power that appreciate understated, reliable luxury.
Scent – EBLEM Intense for men
Year – 2014
Coriander, Clary sage, Cardamom
Frozen violet leaf, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Pomarose
Precious woods, Patchouli, Tonka bean, Suede
Mont Blanc Emblem Intense is stronger, deeper, more sensual and spicy version of the original. Though an under-rated fragrance, I find Emblem Intense to be quite something. With a strong opening abundant in aromatics such as green spiky coriander, sweet dry sage and balsamic cardamom, Emblem intense progresses to an intense heart that reveals the signature accord of crispy frosted violet leaves. Wrapped in fruity Pomarose ™, the warmth of the heart is enhanced with spicy notes of nutmeg and cinnamon bark.
The scent develops further into a smooth and elegant concoction of exquisite woods, finished nicely by tonka and suede and refined by Patchouli
Emblem Intense really stands true to the brand’s 100 year old heritage which has continuously evolved but never succumbed to sensational trends or fads, or resorted to swaying much further away from its strong and refined image. I find Emblem intense to be a scent that is rich, but not overtly oriental, balsamic enough just to tickle your sweet-tooth and very reliable.
An everyday scent that men of all ages could carry right from a board room to cocktail hour.
Comes in 100ml and 60ml variants
La Mer, famed for having a NASA scientist develop its original Crème De La Mer, that was initially developed to fight chemical burns but eventually gained cult following for its superior anti-ageing , moisturising and pore minimising effects, creates this powerful age-fighting serum that accelerates the natural renewal process of the skin. With its heavy promises and the brand's already excellent reputation for constantly delivering rich (on pocket too) though highly effective products, I was eager to eat my piece of the La Mer pie!
I have always been a firm believer in products that infuse marine ingredients, and since long contemplated buying the right product for my skin woes from La Mer. On a recent transit at an international airport before boarding my flight to my next destination I was engulfed in the fear that plagues all 20-somethings who discover those dreaded expression lines' for the first time....'smile lines', 'crows feet', 'under-eye lines' were traumatising me while I traumatised my husband who can barely notice any of these on my face at all! As we walked and I complained he pointed me in the La Mer direction - "Isn't this supposed to be the best for anti-ageing products?" I immediately leapt towards the lovely German woman at the counter.
Next moment, I was happily carrying a bag full of La Mer Sérum De La mer with a few extra samples thrown in by the lovely German, and I have to say my 'smile lines' seem to be diminishing but not my smile!
What is it - THE LIFTING INTENSIFIER part of the Serum De La Mer range for deep lines and wrinkles
What it contains - This targeted treatment's mesh-like matrix contains a Blue Algae Lift Ferment™ that promotes skin's natural collagen and elastin network, as well as the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth,™ the heart of La Mer's profound powers of transformation.
The Promise - It instantly tightens skin's surface and, over time, "trains" skin to maintain a smoother, firmer, more lifted appearance.
My verdict - After a week of use, I have already begun to notice 10-12% and my husband concurs. We are already planning to gift this wonder serum to my mother and mother in-law.
Downside - The only downer is that its is slightly drying, so use it on supple, well-moisturised skin to see great results. I recommend house any moisturiser that works well for you.
Comes in - Size: 1 oz. Price $330.00
The ideal man is a myth. His fragrance, a reality.
Guerlain decodes men’s aspirations and creates for them a concentrate of the ideal.
Top notes are citruses, rosemary, orange blossom and bitter orange; middle notes are almond and tonka bean; base notes are leather, cedar and vetiver.
L’Homme Ideal Eau De Toilette starts of with a zesty citrus accord that sets the tone for this scent. However, unlike its contemporaries that typically boast of either a perfect citrus cocktail evocative of the bright-sunny tropics, or an aqueaous-oceanic wave of fresh ozonic notes and warm salty facets that transport you to a boat braving the deep blue seas, or one that is abundant in rustic woody facets amplified with musk and made richer by amber, L’Homme Ideal travels an unchartered path by giving us a richly nuanced almondy gourmand scent for men.
This masculine scent takes a very different form 15 minutes in. The rich balsams and beautiful aromatics take center stage and a vision of crisply dressed men, charming with their clean-cut salt-peppered hair, liquor glistening in crystal glasses, well-humored chatter, masculinity with a metro-sexual edge, attractive enough both for women and even men.
"Perfumer’s secret…A transcendent almond from top notes to base notes, as an inspiration from Jicky.
The intelligence of a sparkling and perfectly fresh top note: citrus, rosemary, orange blossom.
The beauty of an incredibly sensual “amaretto” heart note based on an almond/tonka bean duo.
The strength of a woody leather base note, definitely masculine: Indian vetiver, cedar and leather given a contemporary interpretation. "Excerpt from Guerlain official website…
The amaretto heart which is intoxicatingly sweet develops further with a leathery edge, while vetiver lingers lightly in the background. The aromatic accords are fresh that help smooth out the gourmand sweetness , and leathery accords add loads of depth while cedar creates a woody balance.
Radical matte black lacquer side faces. A decidedly masculine, heavy cap that is also matte and borrows its guilloché detailing from the world of watchmaking.
Suited for men that fancy nice watches, suits and whiskey.
Wear if you are someone with a lot of confidence and charisma to maybe a cocktail party, or wear to an opening party of a fashion/art/design store...this will win you the attention of all the ladies and gents.
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