What is your idea of true, ethical luxury in a frenetic world?
For me, it would be time to still mind and body and float away for a precious hour or so at the incomparable Silver Pearl Holistic Spa, high above the glossy fashion emporia on Bond Street: I would choose their signature and blissfully nurturing organic facial using the precious antioxidant properties of green and white Ocha tea from the Ocha anti-ageing range from Pinks Boutique.
Not only is the facial a wonderful and effective meditative treat; Silver Pearl is a registered charity and offers an exciting new approach to beauty. Every time a paying customer has a facial or massage, the money goes to fund a beauty treatment for a cancer patient. They also have the best therapists – compassionate, kind and so different from the run of the mill beauty salon that doesn’t leave you yearning to return. They also offer the best organic leg and bikini wax in town.
Pinks Boutique and Silver Pearl are my two great discoveries for 2009! I’ve searched high and low for a certified organic spa range and couldn’t find one. Now Kirstie Allen and her partner, Luke Sherriff have surpassed all my expectations with their intensely aromatic and wonderfully effective beauty elixirs – inspired by their exciting adventures in Indonesia.
The couple met at Oxford University. Luke wanted to find a cure for malaria and Kirstie was an historian with a special interest in South Asia. Later she would discover a flair for business and opened the Pinks Training Academy to train beauty therapists. Pinks Boutique was born after Luke went on a strict organic diet as part of his professional rugby training and was amazed by the difference it made to his fitness and health.
I like their passion to be the best at what they do, and their determination to bring complete transparency to the beauty world. All the products in the Pinks Boutique stable are carefully formulated and handmade in a converted barn just outside Melton Mowbray. The moisturiser and serum are lovely to use, with lingering, mood altering aromas of neroli, ylang ylang and sweet orange; but what really impresses, is every product in the spa collection carries certification from The Soil Association. This is the gold standard for organic beauty in the UK, and a guarantee of quality, ethics and transparency.
I’ve been using the brilliantly hydrating Ocha toner and moisturiser for a month now and I won’t be going back to my old organic brand. Together with a hydrating cleansing balm, I find this is all I need to keep my skin wonderfully silky, plump and luminous all day long. My new beauty ritual has also had a very pleasing side effect, for it has cleared up a very painful little patch of eczema on my hairline that had been troubling me for months.
Now how many moisturisers have the ability to work such unexpected little miracles?