COOL SHOWER Two months ago, females islandwide went gaga over the launch of H&M’s beauty line, which carries over 700 products. But the boys can get in on the action too. Besides cosmetics, a range of bath and body care products is also available to pamper tired souls after a long day. While the Conscious line focuses on sustainability – with packaging made from recyclable materials – we are putting our money down on the Premium range. Stars include the Intuition Body Scrub, which buffs and revitalises the skin with green tea and apricot seed; as well as the Revelation Body Oil, which leaves skin feeling supple and smooth, thanks to a blend of rosemary leaf extract, and moringa and argan oils. Available at H&M Orchard Building.
JASON LEE What started as wedding favours quickly laid the way for the birth of home-grown fragrance brand, SIX. Founder Jason Lee – who test-drove the popularity of his scents at his own nuptials – had spent four years at Givaudan as management associate. First launched in July, SIX offers three perfume variants (inspired by Lee’s travels), and is now introducing SIX Air, a range of fragrances for reed diffusers and water-based air purifiers. We sit down with the head honcho to talk shop.
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What sparked your passion for fragrances? The time at Givaudan fostered my passion and interest in the world of fine fragrance creation. We were required to evaluate numerous fragrances in different formats (fine fragrance, fragrances for skincare and the home) day in day out. What seems to be a work requirement to perform fine fragrance store checks gradually became a desire to satisfy personal curiosity.
Most oud scents can be overly woody and heady but not this looker right here. Creamier than the usual, Armani’s Eau De Nuit Oud is a powdery rose-oud combo that has just the right amount of sophistication and strength. Housed in a sleek black flacon, it features cardamom and bergamot with a dash of tonka bean and saffron – making it a mysterious and captivating scent. Patchouli accords a sweet, warm vibe, while the measured dose of oud keeps things light and day-appropriate. $159 (100ml), available at leading departmental stores.
You launched the brand with three scents. Are you working on any new ones? Yes, I am. I am at the stage where I am making olfactive sense of my inspirations. Maybe my new scents will also be inspired by travel destinations, or not. Let’s see! Tell us more about SIX Air. SIX Air was born after many customers requested for our unique scents to be used in their homes. I’m also glad to have received positive feedback about how my customers’ guests were impressed when they entered homes scented with SIX Air. SIX started as a means for you to capture memories and the essence of a place in time. If you were to ‘bottle’ the party spirit for JUICE, what would the scent be like? I would imagine an aromatic fragrance that opens with spicy iris, very slightly sweetened with honey, leading on to hints of tobacco and whiskey, before coming to a well-balanced base of vetiver, cedar and the impalpable voluptuousness of benzoin. This unisex scent paints an urbanite who is sophisticated and discerning; evoking style in the most unassuming way. City-proud, media-literate, trend-sensitive, and culturally-aware.
We know charcoal as a great filter and dirt puller. So when it came to giving our hair and scalp a thorough clean, the black hero was naturally our first choice. Enter Hask’s Charcoal Purifying haircare collection. Comprising a shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment, the series uses carefully sourced charcoal citrus oils and leaves behind sulfates, parabens, alcohol, and phthalates. When used in tandem, we found our hair deeply cleaned wihout feeling squeaky to the touch. The Deep Conditioning treatment also ensured our mop is silky, shiny and fresh-smelling. From $4.90 to $16.90, available at Guardian.
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$60 (250ml), available at scentbysix.com.