As fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg once said, “When you open the door to a hotel…there’s luxury, there’s whimsy” – and if you’ve been lucky enough to stay in a classy hotel, you will no doubt agree.
But, for many of us, upon opening the door, it’s the hotel bathrooms that matter. More importantly, luxurious products that can be taken home to serve as a sensory memory aid.
Now there’s a way to get a slice of high-end hotel life for a fraction of the price. Hoteliers – most recently the chic private club Soho House with the launch of Soho Skin – sell their bathroom beauty products directly to the public. But which ones will give you five star skin? We check them, without registering…
We all love opening the door of a hotel bathroom to fabulous luxury products. FEMAIL finds out which hotel beauty products really give you luxury skin
SO-SO OF SOHO HOUSE
Soho Skin (spacenk.com/uk)
Soho House recently launched Soho Skin, its own line of bathroom beauty products. He is described as “offering solutions tailored to the way members of Soho House live their lives”
Soho Skin launched last month. It’s described as ‘providing solutions tailored to the way members of Soho House live their lives’, whatever that means – is that the implication that by spending £76 on the Soho Skin Renewal Serum you can join the club?
All ten products appear generic, the smell and texture are cheap, and Soho Skin Concentrate which promises to “restore energy and regenerate the structure of the skin” is only found in three products.
Verdict: A puzzle that Soho House did not wait to create an extraordinary collection.
FABRIC MASKS SUITABLE FOR STARS
Aman x 111Skin (shopaman.com)
Aman is one of the most luxurious hotel groups in the world. And an 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond facial will set you back £240 at the Harley Street Clinic.
But to bring a taste of both to the real world, they’ve collaborated to create the limited edition Aman x 111Skin Nourishing Gold Algae Face Mask (£135 for five) and Eye Mask (£105 for eight).
Created by plastic surgeon Yannis Alexandrides, 111Skin got away with the sheet mask category. They are a must have for celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Margot Robbie and Jennifer Aniston as they brighten, lift, plump and infuse the skin.
Verdict: The masks nourished my skin and calmed the redness on a rainy fall day, leaving me feeling fabulous.
SKIN SECRETS OF A SPECIAL HEIRESS
Irene Forte (ireneforte skincare.co.uk)
Irene Forte may be an heiress to the hotel, but any resemblance to Paris Hilton ends there. The 33-year-old daughter of hospitality legend Rocco has created her range of treatments for hotel spas such as The Balmoral in Edinburgh, based on the concept of natura e scienza: nature and science.
It proved so successful that Irene launched the 30-plus product range at retail and now has an annual turnover of £3million. Highlighting clinical trials of the ingredient Myoxinol, which features prominently in the best-selling Hibiscus night cream (£140), Irene says the results showed “a 12% reduction in deep forehead wrinkles and results continued to improve even at three months, showing that it was not just a superficial moisturizing effect”.
Verdict: These are scrumptious – but if £140 for a 50ml night cream is off the budget, the Pistachio Face Mask (£39 for 50ml) could be a good entry point into this range and will give you a burst of rich girl.
SHOP BODY BUTTER ON THE BUDGET
The Newt in Somerset (shop.thenewtinsomerset.com/uk)
The Newt in Somerset uses handpicked ingredients from the estate – 1847 Sage has a deliciously earthy scent
Given that a stay costs nearly £800 at the Newt, I assumed the price of the hotel’s body treatments would reflect this. But blow me, I had to check the prices three times because this excellent range of high quality capsules has a body butter for £10 and a hand and body cream for £15.
Based on its quality and luxury hotel provenance, I was expecting four times the price. With many hand-picked ingredients from the field – 1847 Sage has a deliciously earthy scent; 1934 Rose has a lingering romantic aroma while 1757 Heliotrope (all £10) has soft purple flowers with bitter almonds – it’s a delicious and surprisingly inexpensive brand.
Verdict: Luxury body care at an affordable price? Consider your Christmas shopping complete. My hands now look like those of someone who has never worked a day in their life!
Heckfield Place Wildsmith Skin (wildsmithskin.com)
Wildsmith Skin from Heckfield Place in Hampshire not only has the perfect texture and scent, it also proves that the botanical ingredients, some sourced from the 400 acre estate
With a facial setting set to cost you upwards of £95, Heckfield Place in Hampshire may be out of reach for a spa treatment, let alone an overnight stay (rooms from £450).
However, the spa’s stunning, multi-award-winning Wildsmith Skin range not only has the perfect texture and scent, it also proves that the botanical ingredients, some of which come from the 400-acre estate, can, when properly formulated, have an incomparable effect. efficiency.
Wildsmith Skin has spent thousands on independent clinical trials; The Active Repair copper peptide cream (£100) tested showed 95% of women had increased collagen levels, while the new time-released pre-serum drops (£48) showed reduced pigmentation spots by 67%.
Verdict: When naturalness meets clinical proof. These “radical botanicals” deliver real skin care with real results.