What’s a flashpacker to do when it comes to toting your trusted toiletries? Let’s face it: losing your beauty bounty to a TSA agent is not an option. Here’s how to avoid starting your journey on the wrong (albeit well-pedicured) foot.
Pack the essentials (moisturizer, SPF, key makeup) and leave the rest up to your hotel. The world’s chicest hotel brands are increasingly aligning themselves with the most luxurious lifestyle products — chief among them, beauty and skincare goodies.
As a native Aussie, I’m eager to sample the latest collaboration between Sydney’s boutique Medusa Hotel and Aesop, a Melbourne-based brand that champions botanical ingredients for squeaky clean skin and hair treatment. I love the packaging (brown glass pharmaceutical-style bottles) and swear by the Tuberose Lip Heal, perfect for the long-haul flight, and the Violet Leaf Hair Balm which, quite frankly, makes your hair smell like it’s coming up roses (or violets, technically).
My nearest and dearest know that Hermès products are my go-to gifts — I can wax poetic about their bold cuffs and sumptuous cashmere throws — so it’s only fitting the company’s bath products are ideal for successful self-pampering. Its newest line, Un Jardin Sur Le Nile, which smells sweet and tangy like tropical green mango, is currently stocked at the Westin Paris, close to the iconic Place Vendôme — very appropriate given the French brand’s vaunted heritage. The Eden Rock in St. Barths and Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires carry other celebrated Hermès perfumed lotions and hair care products, perfect for pampering on the go.
Thompson Hotels (located all over New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and now a trans-Atlantic addition in Belgravia, a London district) is stocked with REN products, a leading skincare line that features nourishing holistic ingredients. I’m a fan of the gorgeous-smelling Neroli & Grapefruit Body Cream, which is deeply hydrating, especially after combatting the stale airport air. Its active ingredients (shea butter, jojoba oil) readily absorb into the skin, so that even when I’m out enjoying non-detoxifying cocktails at The Scotch, I still feel spa-quality rejuvenated.
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