Wednesday, February 06, 2013

tea with ken's apothecary

I was so glad to be invited to Kens Apothecary tea event at Botanical, Bangsar Village II. Kens Apothecary houses multiple cult power beauty and skincare labels like T.Leclerc, Annick Goutal, Dr Brandt, Dr Sebagh, Aesop, Laura Mercier. It was an event to showcase Diptyque (world-renowned French perfume house, home fragrance and body care) and Caudalie (French plant-based, mainly grapes, skincare formulated with scientific research).

I've always loved Diptyque. Their ability to conjure tantalizing scent blends and the charming story behind the creators of Diptyque is absolutely delightful! 

Diptyque: "The Diptyque story began in Paris at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion. Christiane Gautrot was an interior designer, Desmond Knox-Leet, a painter, and Yves Coueslant, a theater director and set designer. The first two collaborated designing fabrics and wallpaper for Liberty and Sanderson. They were joined by the third in 1961 and opened a shop to display their designs. Yves became the administrator and consultant; Desmond and Christiane were the artistic soul. Bit by bit, with finely honed taste, the trio transformed the site into a one-of-a-kind setting, a kind of stylish bazaar where one found surprising articles unmatched in Paris, mined and conveyed home by the trio over the course of their travels."

Diptyque has such complex bouquets.. I aspire to create such wonderful fragrances myself someday

When Christiane, Desmond and Yves named their shop Diptyque (after the two plates attached to a hinge) when they placed two windows between the door. The former lingerie shop grew into abit of a bazaar (prolly an Anthropologie of their era) selling items picked up during their travels like stone beer bottles, Dutch dolls and glass ornaments. After some successful initiatives with imported home fragrances, they decided to delve in the home fragrance business. Commissioning Jean-Claude Bullens, a Versailles perfume school graduate, to produce afew scented candles to match their fabric turned out to be a brilliant move apart from launching their Eau de Toilette. Soon Desmond's gravitation to blending scents became a serious episode in the Diptyque diary when he became the creative director for their fragrances Yves's travel inspired scent blends. The trio never looked back.

Diptyque: A duo of diptyque's iconic scents: Roses and Baies. From the delicate rose garden to the elegance of the English garden, Rose Duet takes you on a journey through a delightful garden.

Oh baby I'm soo getting you! 

Baies (berries) is my favourite scent and I've always loved rose so imagine my delight to find that Diptyque had cleverly combined both scents to reveal a sweet alluring scent of which is the Rose Duet :)

During the event we were encouraged to get acquainted with the products, get a mini manicure, mingle and have tea! The latter of which interested me the most especially since I ♥ Botanical. Goodness knows how much I love tea in elegant china! We were also given a brief introduction to Caudalie, the latest addition to the Kens Apothecary family.

Tea with Kens Apothecary serenaded with Diptyque Gardenia candles. Mornings like these makes me feel like Marie Antoinette.

Brands such as Caudalie motivate me. I've always prided *bisou* bonbon to be botanically driven and hope to see my label grow into something like this. Mathilde's commitments to 0% parabens and efforts to work with research scientists to continuously investigate and improve the products are amongst values that I personally identify very strongly with. As a fan of beauty products, I'm always game to try the new kid on the block to see if the shoe is as what they say. I've previously heard alot of Caudalie and this is a good opportunity to check the products out for myself. This could be wonderful inspiration to *bisou* bonbon as well. I do use grapeseed oil in afew of my products but maybe with newfound knowledge I can be more liberal with it :)

"I created Caudalie because I believe in beauty products that are not only effective, but also natural and luxurious. This is the essence of the brand, which I am committed to each and every day."
... Mathilde Thomas ...

Yummy vegetarian tea snack spread at Botanical. Oh Kens Apothecary you spoil us!

It was said that a professor (Prof Joseph Vercauteren: one of the world's specialist in polyphenols) paid a visit to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte vineyard in 1993 and thought they were mad to throw away the grape remains  "Do you know that you are throwing away treasures?"

Packed with polyphenols, resveratrol-oleyl (found in vine stalks), viniferine (found in vine sap), vinolevure (wine yeast extract) are among the anti-aging patent and active ingredients found in Caudalie products.




We were also informed that Caudalie's luxe spa (see above, images from Caudalie) may be making its way to Malaysia. Consider me first in line to try, s'il vous plait!

Image from Zuneta. We were told that post Victoria Beckham tweet, the product sold out the next day! Also now, a bottle of Beauty Elixir is sold every 15 mins (or something like that!). 

'Twas such a splendid affair and I had an immensely terrific time learning about Caudalie and experiencing Diptyque. Merci beaucoup Kens Apothecary!

My Caudalie haul

1. Tea Party favours:
- Caudalie nourishing body lotion
- Diptyque Eau Rose refreshing tissue
- L'Ombre dans L'eau Eau de Toilette
- 34 Eau de Toilette
- RM50 voucher

2. My purchase:
- Rose Duet candle with complimentary Roses mini candle worth RM116 (Valentine's edition) RM274
- Caudalie Vinexpert Night Infusion cream RM200
- Caudalie CNY pack RM220 (with miniature Toning Lotion, Vinoperfect Radiance serum,and Vinosource moisturizing sorbet with full size cult product Beauty Elixir worth RM160)

Kens Apothecary
Bangsar Village 2
Jalan Telawi Satu Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-22824352
1000 - 2200

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