It’s here! My collection, Renee’s Blend for Lemongrass House (we just had a launch party a few days ago), and I’ve been asked about whether Renee’s Blend is available online, or overseas, or even where in Singapore, so here is all the information if you would like to purchase my collection.
OK first of all:
This morning, I woke up to a text from Sarafina, the GM of Lemongrass House, with the photo on the left, saying she has received the final products of my collection (read all about the journey here) and so I went to pick it up as soon as I could.
And I just had to show them to you right this instant because I am so so soooo excited. This photo really doesn’t do it any justice, they look so great in real life and I am so happy with how they turned out!
As you might know the scent is a blend of magnolia, grapefruit, papaya, coconut and vanilla and it came out really warm and comforting with a slight fresh sweetness to it – this can definitely pass for a unisex scent. Also, the formula is all naturally hand-made and is free of sulphates, dyes, perfumes, and parabens.
Lastly, the Renee’s Blend for Lemongrass House collection will be available very soon. I will update more as I go along. Do you like how it all came out? Let me know what you think. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Everyone, meet my new best friend, Florabotanica.
I’m seriously trying to calm myself down, because – finally! – THE Florabotanica Balenciaga perfume in Singapore!
I’ve been eagerly awaiting this fragrance by Balenciaga ever since I saw a sneak peak of the packaging earlier this year. I am so obsessed with the freaky, weird looking flower pattern; it’s just stunning.
And the bottle!
Best bottle design ever, don’t you think?
So as you can probably guess by now, I was in Phuket a few weeks ago because I will be launching my own collection with Lemongrass House.
I am creating my own “signature scent” to be put in a bath and body collection, Renee’s Blend for Lemongrass House. (I think I confused people and you thought it was a perfume but no, not now… or yet, perhaps?!).
The release date is still in the talks but for now we are looking for a December release and are planning a fun launch event where I will be inviting readers! Super stoked.
Here is the journey…
I arrived at the beautiful hotel, The Surin. Here are some shots – isn’t it stunning? I was in awe and couldn’t stop taking photos.
I stayed in a villa very close to the ocean – it was a little scary at night (I felt a little weird hearing the loud waves) but it was so nice to have the whole experience of living in a “hut” so to speak, so close to nature.
The meeting at Lemongrass House’ headquarters was the next day, so the first day was totally relaxing. This was a business trip, but it was very relaxing and I added 3 days to my business trip for a little holiday with my Dad, to celebrate semi-retiring! All I can say from my holiday is lazying by the beach and pool, eating a lot and hanging out in the bar, where I discovered that I loved watermelon juice.
I was very excited to visit the famous HQ, made out of recycled shipping containers. They are a HUGE brand not only in Thailand but also in the hotel industry. They supply to hundreds of 5-Star hotels around the world with all their shampoos, conditioners, body wash… whatever a guest would need. The hotel I was staying in, The Surin, used LGH products in their bathrooms and their spas, and it was a nice treat using it, I kept thinking; yeah this smells familiar. 🙂
The Headquarters in Thailand also seems like a really hot spot for shoppers. It was in the middle of the day, in the middle of the afternoon and there were so many people. It got even more crowded as the day went on, and I saw some people with baskets full of stuff; they seem to be stocking up! (I also stocked up on one of my all-time favorite LGH product, their amazing body lotions.) I’m sure you’ve seen the shops, but the HQ has so much more products and scent choices. Hundreds of products were lined up everywhere, I didn’t even know where to begin! There was a wider range of their massage oils, facial scrubs, cleansers, and even had lip balms which we don’t get here in Singapore. I had no idea they did facial products too, apparently they also supply their products for facial treatments in hotels.
Anyway, on to business. We stepped into one of the mixing rooms and was greeted by crazy amounts of essential oils… as a fragrance fanatic, I went a wee bit crazy taking photos of all of them! Bobby showing me all his favorites to try, and then me calling out what I liked: “Vanilla! Coconut! Magnolia! Citrus stuff!” and then testing them all. After sniffing pretty much everything (big exaggeration, but it was nice to smell things I’ve never smelt before, for example Moke flower, which I had never heard of); I decided on…
Vanilla, Chocolate Oil, Coconut, Papaya, Siam Magnolia and Pink Grapefruit. Bobby then went away to mix them and I enjoyed my holiday in Phuket a bit more. All I can say is: hanging by the beach and pool, tons of room service and being a regular at their bar.
Before I met Bobby again at LGH HQ a few days later, I got a complimentary massage at the hotel. Apparently the General Manager knows my blog! I bumped into him at the reception as I was leaving and he commented on a blog post I wrote, so cool! He’s from Italy and came out to Phuket to work at the hotel and loves it here.
In a nutshell? It was lovely. I believe you can go to the hotel just for its spa treatments. The hotel uses specially customized blends by Lemongrass House, so I choose “The Surin Blend”; which was really relaxing and calming. My therapist was very sweet and I was fully relaxed.
And then it was off to LGH HQ, where I finally got to see the samples!
Bobby told me he created 10 mixutres, and these were his favorite 3. He also told me to choose my favorite (without telling me his) and I chose #1; and lo and behold, that was his favorite as well! he said it was very sophisticated and everyone would love it. yay! I definitely do.
That was my second last day in Phuket, so the next day was once again a holiday. I hope you enjoyed looking at my journey, I can’t wait til the collection is out!
Ah, BB creams. Loved by so many… giving confused looks to so many.
And now with CC creams, the apparent “new generation” of BB creams, these BB creams, a huge fad in Asia, are now all over the world.
They are, in a nut-shell, a makeup foundation with a countless skin-care benefits; so it’s touted as a makeup and skincare all at one. They include whitening properties, sunscreen, anti-aging ingredients, skin soothing properties… you name it
But are BB creams worth the hype?
I’d say yes. A huge, fat YES.
I love tinted moisturizers, so if I can get one with a very high SPF, and other anti-aging benefits and skin benefits, why the heck not?
Some of the very first BB creams were ashy and gray, giving skin a mask-like, dull appearance (especially for those with darker skin tones), but today, BB creams have come leaps and bounds and are, in my opinion, a superstar product. Today, there are creams for every skintone, every skin concern, and every SPF imaginable.
So I want to ask – are BB cream worth all the hype? Do you use BB creams, and which ones are your favorites? Let me know your thoughts.