Holiday 2015: The Art Of Elegant Gift Giving

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As the Holiday season approaches, we start our list of who we will give to and what we will give. It’s an opportunity to express care and gratitude to our loved ones, family, friends and colleagues. We all want to master the art of elegant gift giving so that these celebratory moments are memorable. As our gift to you, here are some of our do’s and don’ts for gift giving.

6 Do’s 

  1. Express joy in your gift and always give with kindness.
  2. Select a gift with imagination and generosity.
  3. A successful gift speaks to the interests and hobbies of the recipient.
  4. When in doubt, seek advice from a relative, a friend or a colleague to help you.
  5. Wrap the gift with care, make it fun, exciting and appropriate.
  6. A gift is just that… a gift! The joy of giving is greater when no gift is expected in return.

6 Don’ts

  1. Praising the gift too much or discussing its price is a highly inappropriate gesture.
  2. Giving an ambiguous gift may lead to misinterpretation.
  3. Giving an awkwardly inappropriate gift may be hurtful: a bottle of wine to a recipient who does not drink is ill-advised for example.
  4. Offering a lavish gift unexpectedly may make someone feel uncomfortable or oblige them to feel they need to reciprocate.
  5. Arriving empty handed at a holiday event may offend your host – the gift doesn’t need to be extravagant, just thoughtful.
  6. Giving without care or consideration – believe it or not, people will know – take the time and effort to find a gift that has meaning for the recipient.



The Latest Passion of Carlos Huber: Arquiste Candles

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It was a cold January day in New York, at the beginning of last year, when I met Carlos for a drink to chat and catch up. We met at a local restaurant near his office and as he sat down, Carlos was so excited to let me smell what would eventually be Nanban, but he was even more excited to talk to me about a new project for Arquiste: candles.


Carlos’s passion for what he does is contagious. I listened as he told me his inspiration and his ideas as to why Arquiste was ready for candles. I forgot about it all until I was contacted about a month ago from an editor wanting to know if we would be carrying them. That goes without saying – anything that Carlos Huber and Arquiste does will be available at Etiket!

The state of my nervous system has deteriorated. During the day, I constantly experienced terrible tension and at night a poor sleep. Dad had cancer with severe pain, often he was unrestrained and rude. Xanax at helped me to relax a little, while not reducing my activity.


The candles arrived a few weeks ago and although I love them all, there is something about the candle Carlos created for the St. Regis Hotel. The St. Regis candle called, Caroline’s Four Hundred, makes me stop and smell it each time I am in the store. The candle is inspired by Caroline Astor, the matriarch of the hotel’s founding family and doyenne of New York’s Gilded Age society. Inspired by one of Mrs. Astor’s famous balls, it is a gorgeous mix of exotic woods, beautiful blooms, and there is a touch of champagne that seems to be floating there somewhere.

Mrs. Caroline Aster at one of her famous balls in New York.

The other three candles also feature fragrances that are inspired by historical places: Art Deco Velvet, Dark Galleon, and Mexican Baroque. These exquisite scents capture the olfactive experiences that set the stage for some of history’s most entrancing moments.

The packaging is perfect and makes a far more interesting gift than a bottle of champagne any day!

Simon Tooley,
Owner Etiket


The Best Makeup Gifts To Give And Receive This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is in full swing and we are just as excited about holiday makeup as we are about decking the halls!  From shimmering pots and lip gloss kits to bronzers and brush sets we have the most coveted makeup items that make for the perfect stocking stuffers!

Here is our list of The Best Makeup Gifts To Give And Receive This Holiday Season:


RMS Beauty: Living Luminizer: Give the gift of magically highlighted skin! This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow. A must have beauty product and RMS Beauty’s best seller!



Glo Minerals Colour Pop Gloss – Classics Elements Collection: The playful mix of richly-saturated tones in this limited edition Gloss Collection will illuminate the lips with striking lustre. Kit Includes: Gloss in pueblo, flamingo, taffy and plumberry


Vita Liberata Trystals Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing Powder:  Trystal3 Technology combines an instant pure mineral bronze colour with long lasting self tan results for a beautiful, natural – looking medium tan that lasts for days!


Per-fékt Liquid Lash Curler: An easy alternative to traditional eyelash curler for a wide, eye opening look. Infused with Keratrix for all day curl, lash extending fibers add length and volume, while a multi-coiled custom curved brush quickly gives your lashes the curl and thickness that you dream of.

glo brush



Glo Minerals Petite Brush Set – Classic Elements Collection: The perfect gift for the makeup maven on the go! Glo Minerals exclusive, limited edition Petite Brush Set includes: Powder, Blush, Eye Blender, Dual Ended Angled Eye & Eyeliner/Brow Brushes.


The Best Fragrance Gifts To Give And Receive This Holiday Season

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The gift of fragrance is timeless, luxurious and intimate. We usually buy perfume for someone we feel very close to like family members and very close friends. What makes fragrance such a cherished gift is its ability to defines us by our individual style and influence our mood. For most people, fragrance is not an everyday purchase, so giving the perfect perfume gift can be a very lavish gesture. From our go-to perfumes and gift sets to solid perfumes and discovery sets, you are sure to find something special for any and everyone on your list!

Here are the fragrance gifts that are topping our list this holiday season:

blenheim bouquet gift set

Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Gift Set: Created in 1902 and taking its name from Blenheim Palace the seat of one of England’s most respected bloodlines, Blenheim Bouquet is a bracing mix of citrus oils, spices and woods. Set includes: Eau de Toilette 50ml, Shave Cream 50ml, Aftershave Balm 50ml.

l'artisan parfumeur gift set


L’Artisan Parfumeur Discovery Gift Set: Let him or her discover their next signature scent among these six fragrances from an iconic Parisian perfume house.

The discovery set (6x 5ml) includes:

Caligna: luminous and aromatic, this perfume evokes the fragrant landscapes of Grasse, the spiritual home of French perfumery, in the south of France.

La Chasse aux Papillons: imagine chasing butterflies in the French country side, surrounded by white flowers. A floral fragrance reminiscent of childhood memories, perfect for sunny days.

L’Eau d’Ambre Extrême: a mysterious oriental elixir. This rich and velvety fragrance, has delicate wafts of golden amber and spices.

Mûre et Musc Extrême: red fruit notes enfold themselves around the iconic blackberry and musk accord. Elegant and sophisticated, this fragrance embodies Parisian chic.

Rose Privée: sparkling and sophisticated, Rose Privée is a floral fragrance of unusual beauty. It captures the rare and iconic May Rose in a contemporary way.

Timbuktu: this fragrance is inspired by master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour’s trip to Mali, where he witnessed a Wusulan ritual used by generations of West African women to scent their hair and skin. A mysterious fragrance that embodies the Sahara combined with French savoir faire.

Jasmin Angelique

Atelier Cologne Ecrin Voyage Jasmin Angelique (30ml + Soap + Leather Case): Genuine pure perfume, the Cologne Absolue is a cologne of character celebrating the magical freshness and elegance of citruses. Very high concentration of natural essential oils ensures an exceptional lasting power. With Collection “Matières”, Atelier Cologne reinvents the mythical essences of perfumery. Following vanilla, amber, rose, vetiver and patchouli, a new facet of jasmine from Egypt is revealed with the unexpected use of hesperides. Jasmin Angélique tells a new story, the one of a mysterious path to a secret garden where two lovers meet again surrounded by fresh, airy and sensual jasmine in bloom. Set includes: Handcrafted leather cap, refillable Cologne Absolue 30 ml (1 fl.oz) travel spray and vegetable-based hard-milled soap.

Amouage Memoir

Amouage Memoir Body Cream: Containing active ingredients such as algae, glycerin, aloe vera, shea butter and cacao butter, this luxurious body cream is an intensive treatment for the skin, promoting immediate firming. The Body Cream tones and hydrates the entire body and restores lost suppleness, leaving the skin soft , velvety and beautifully scented with the notes of Memoir.
Top notes: Mandarin, Cardamom, Absinth, Pink Pepper
Heart notes: Pepper, Clove Bud, Opulent White Blossoms, Rose, Jasmine, Precious Dark Wood, Frankincense
Base notes: Styrax, Oakmoss, Castoreum, Leather, Labdanum, Fenugreek, Musk



ARQUISTE Parfumeur Caroline’s Four Hundred Candle: Inspired by one of the most splendid balls held by Caroline Astor, the matriarch of the hotel’s founding family and doyenne of New York’s Gilded Age society, Caroline’s Four Hundred takes its name from the 400 notable guests that represented the highest echelons of New York society. The scent captures at once the actual flowers used around her residence, the exotic woods of the ballroom, the potted palms and apple blossoms that lined the hallways, and the light crisp essence of champagne wafting through the crowds. With notes of rich American Beauty roses – her favorite flower – green stems, white lilies and the delicate sweetness of quince, apple and cherry blossom, Caroline’s Four Hundred, embraces all of the blooms that actually adorned her ballroom on that unforgettable evening in 1900.

Caroline’s Four Hundred, the St. Regis fragrance, is featured at all St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world.

Notes include: American Beauty rosses, hyacinth, white lilies, green stems and delicate quince, apple and cherry blossom.

l'artisan parfumeur

L’Artisan Parfumeur La Boule de Provence: La Boule de Provence is a unique design object and is entirely handcrafted by artisans near to Paris. Fresh and aromatic, and inspired by the nature of Provence, this scent is carried by currents of air and magnified by heat in the room.


Antica Farmacista Black Label Champagne Home Diffuser: The Home Ambiance Fragrances utilize antique inspired apothecary bottles, filled with fragrance, to permeate the air through the bottles’ open neck and white birch reeds that are inserted to further diffuse the scent.

Fragrance: A crisp, citrus infused fragrance evoking sparkle and complexity. Top notes of Satsuma citrus balance with subtle floral notes of muguet. Apricot and passionfruit complement the sweetness of sugared black currant.


The Best Beauty Gifts To Give And Receive this Holiday Season

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We have rounded up the best beauty gifts to give and receive this holiday season for everyone on your list. From your mom and your best friend to your secret Santa and favourite teacher! Impress those special few on your list with these luxe finds and maybe even treat yourself!

Clarisonic Mia2 Cleansing System – Special Edition Keith Haring – Love: The skin cleansing device on everyone’s list! Give the gift of beautifully transformed skin in just 60 seconds.  The sonic method pairs products that work on the skin’s surface with technology that goes beneath to beautifully transform skin’s texture, reducing the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, for skin that is softer, smoother and more radiant.


VivierSkin Signature Anti-Aging Program: This gorgeous kit is the perfect gift for the person on your list who is serious about anti-aging skin care. The kit contains full sizes of the following products: HEXAX, Refreshing Toner, Platiné Peptide CR Eye Crème, C E PEPTIDES, Retinol 1.0% Night Complex, Daily Moisturizing Cream et Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.

paiPai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – Limited Edition Holiday: A drop or two of this miracle Rosehip serum is the ultimate skin multi-tasker to help reveal bright, plump, younger-than-ever skin. Just the thing to start a new year off with!

gloGlo Minerals Spectrum Shadow Mix – Classic Elements Collection: Four gorgouse shades for the classic, neutral and risk-taker type.

SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Kit – CE Ferulic + Resveratrol BE: Give the gift of beautiful, younger looking skin! Kit includes:

CE Ferulic 15ml –  A powerful daytime antioxidant proven to provide 8x advanced environmental protection by neutralizing UV rays, infrared, and pollution-induced free radicals.
Resveratrol BE 15ml: Nightime antioxidant concentrate boosts skin’s own internal antioxidant defense system to help repair and prevent accumulated damage.

consonantConsonant Gym & Travel Kit: Organic & Natural skin care essentials for the gym or a weekend getaway, all in cute travel bag! Kit contents: Natural Foaming Face Wash 50ml, Organic Body Lotion and Body Wash 99ml, Natural Lip Conditioner, Gym and Travel Bag. All products are Pure Unscented.


Perfume Review: Ex Idolo Ryder EDP

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Let’s talk about sex…. appeal. What is sexy to you? For me, it’s the ability to be scent-sational. Whether it be a man or a woman, how they carry themselves and how they smell top my list of attractive qualities. If I think back to all of my boyfriends (there are not that many – I tend to go for the long haul when it comes to relationships), I remember their scents, and when I catch a whiff of that scent, I am transported back in time. Ahhh, good memories of my high-school boyfriend and his smell – Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue…. or worse, Malizia Uomo. Ouch! It was a long time ago and we were young. Enough said. The point is, smell plays a huge role in sexual attraction, we all know that.

I tend to gravitate towards colognes, it’s no secret. I love that fresh citrus smell! Clean, sometimes soapy and just incredibly up-lifting. A good cologne can brighten my day and change my mood instantaneously. So, these are the scents that I wear. But what about him? Am I attracted to a man that smells like me? Not so much. I actually prefer something on the other end of the spectrum, a bit sweeter and spicier, for the simple reason that it evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. If a man can make me feel warm and comfortable, he’s in! Oh, and a really good vanilla fragrance on a man (my favourite: ARQUISTE Parfumeur The Architects Club) is simply heaven!

Enter Ex Idolo’s newest fragrance – Ryder. I was very excited about this one, because if it was anything like its predecessor Thirty-Three (a thirty-three year old oud), I would be in love again. Matthew Zhuk (creator and founder of Ex Idolo) was kind enough to send me a sample well before the actual launch. My first thought: Wow! This is a gorgeous follow up to Thirty-Three and definitely easier to wear for me! Slightly resinous, dark and aged, Ryder is exactly what I imagine a members club of days past to smell like. Leather, smoke, booze and dry wood. Sweet pipe tobacco with a side of Cognac gives way to spicy Omani Frankincense, followed by creamy vanilla and amber. This is a spicy, candy-coated, but not overly cloying fragrance that is as deep as it is mysterious. The kind of remarkably complex aromatic tobacco scent that just doesn’t come along very often, and one that is incredibly sexy. Sillage is average and longevity is beyond excellent!

After the divorce I started to experience some sexual problems. There was nobody to get acquainted with and I decided to pick up a girl, but it didn’t work out. She advised me to buy Cialis. I called that girl, she arrived and we had an upper class sex.

Ryder reminds me of Oliban by Keiko Mecheri, which is a scent that an old boyfriend of mine wore… it was magic on him! This was exactly his style – sweet, sexy, a bit rough around the edges and somewhat mysterious. I bet he would love Ryder as much as I do. I will have to send him a “It’s been a while…” text at some point soon. 😉

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor


Olfactive Family: Woody

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like Ex Idolo Ryder EDP, you may also like ARQUISTE Anima Dulcis and Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin.

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

Perfume Review: Tauer Perfumes PHI Une rose de Kandahar

  Although launched in 2013, Tauer Perfumes PHI-une rose de Kandahar is a new addition ...

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Although launched in 2013, Tauer Perfumes PHI-une rose de Kandahar is a new addition to our Tauer collection. The reason is because the rose oil used in this fragrance comes from Afghanistan’s rose region, Nangarhar and is in limited production, making this Tauer fragrance a rare gem and not guaranteed to be available all the time. Luckily we recently received a few bottles and the sample orders for this one have been flying out the door!

Like most Tauer fragrances, this one is unlike anything else you have ever smelled before. If you love rose perfumes, you are in for a real treat because it doesn’t get any better than this! A blend of sweet rose and fruit with a lavish side of tobacco. PHI-une rose de Kandahar is soft, velvety and very well-balanced. There is absolutely no trace of powdery ‘old lady’ rose here. On the contrary, this is a modern and very easy to wear fragrance. At first whiff I can smell true rose, hinted with dried apricots, almond (which smells more like marzipan) and fresh bergamot. As it begins to settle, I can smell spicy tobacco, creamy tonka, vanilla, and refreshing notes of grassy vetiver. Throughout all this, the rose notes remains true and strong to the end, continuously complimented by its surrounding notes. In the drydown we are left with a warm suede-like musk. Super sexy with excellent sillage.

In general, the night was stormy and lasted until the morning). Viagra at is really a great drug! I can’t say anything about the side effects. It’s very individual and depends on the general state of health. You can try it a few times and get both pleasure and joy straight out. Personally, I’ll continue to take it.

With temperatures continuing to drop, I think PHI-une rose de Kandahar makes for the perfect season to wear this masterpiece! Wear it any time of day, but I think it will shine bright in the evening hours.

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor



Olfactive Family: Floral

HEAD NOTES: Phi starts with a rich fruity line of apricot. An all natural apricot extract with its surprising richness enchants and blends into a cinnamon line and hints of bitter almond, softened by bergamot essential oil.

HEART NOTES: These spices lead over to voluptuous roses in the fragrance heart: Extremely rare rose essential oil with its unique scent of spices, plums and flower petals blends into rose absolute from Bulgaria and hints of Bourbon geranium. The rose petals melt on the skin into a dark tobacco fond, built around an amazing absolute of dried tobacco leaves.

BASE NOTES: The animalic, leathery and woody tobacco opens the ground for a generously dosed layer of patchouli in the base of Phi. Here, woody and gourmand notes melt into hints of animalic lines. Vetiver, vanilla and tonka add richness and brilliance. A generous dose of exclusive musk and amber gris round the body of the fragrance and encircle the roses.

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like Tauer Perfumes PHI-un rose de Kandahar, you may also like Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme and Amouage Lyric Man and Woman.

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

Tried, Tested, True: SkinCeuticals Multi-Corrective Metacell Renewal B3

  As a beauty editor, I have tested product after product after product. Some I ...

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As a beauty editor, I have tested product after product after product. Some I LOVE, some I like and some I just don’t quite understand. That being said, I am always up for a test-drive! I’m now in my early thirties and it seems now that more and more products are launching in the last year that are targeted to my age group. Makes sense, as us thirty-somethings are still hanging on to the tail end of the youthful glow of our twenties and just starting to see the effects of sun damage and early signs of aging.

Every age has different skin care needs. Ideally, anti-aging efforts should start very early, but skin at thirty years of age has a different anti-aging focus than skin at fifty. A fifty-year-old is likely experiencing the start of sagging skin, so products formulated to promote lifting, firming and and increased collagen production makes perfect sense, whereas a thirty-year-old may start to see the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

Anti-aging products and skin care regimens are becoming increasingly specialized in terms of age and this is the same with regards to active ingredients. For those of us in our 30s who are starting to see our first wrinkles (“expression” wrinkles, caused by repeated muscular contraction), it is important to look for products with targeted ingredients that help to treat early signs of aging, and at best fight against further development, ingredients that are not too aggressive in terms of correction, but more so in terms of prevention.



SkinCeuticals is addressing the needs of thirty-something skin with their latest launch, Metacell Renewal B3, a treatment for those with “early photoaging” (sun damage). This emulsion formulation delivers a high concentration of 5% niacinamide combined with 2.5% tightening tri-peptide concentrate and 15% glycerin to help improve the look of early photoaging. While signs of photoaging appear at different intensities according to skin biology, lifestyle, geography, sun protection behaviour, and skincare regimen, they have a multiplicative effect, creating a prematurely-aged appearance. Metacell Renewal B3 is a comprehensive daily corrective moisturizer that visibly corrects the appearance of early photoaging to re-clarify skin, reduce wrinkles, re-tighten surface elasticity, and even skin tone.

That’s an impressive list of benefits, especially when you consider these results could be seen in a little as three months! I have been using Metacell Renewal B3 for a little over a month now and I have seen great improvements already. To begin with, I was going through a terrible phase with my skin prior to use. Slight acne on my forhead and uneven skin tone and texture had suddenly plagued my almost flawless skin. I couldn’t figure out what was happening. Was this part of the skin aging process? Likely, but of course other factors must be taken into consideration such as, seasonal change (summer to fall), diet, environment etc,. Although fine lines and wrinkles are not yet present on my skin, I was eager to treat my uneven skin tone and the sun damage that was starting to surface.

I took the Cialis tablets at the beginning in 1x 10 mg for effect about 3-4 days, bought at A weekend means sex tablets, so to speak. But only every few weeks. After that, my doctor advised me to take the 5 mg variant daily to ensure a permanent recall of the erection.

My current skin care regimen is as follows:

Cleanse with SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel
Apply SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense and wait a few minutes. I alternate this with a Vitamin C+E serum.
Apply my eye cream.
Apply a small amount of SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 to my face, chest and neck.
Finish with SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense

Cleanse with SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel
Apply my eye cream.
Apply a small amount of SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 to my face, chest and neck.

In just over a month, the acne on my forehead has cleared and my even skin tone has returned. My skin looks and feels tighter and refreshed. I usually do not use SkinCeuticals moisturizers, as I had yet to find one that worked well with my skin until now. Skinceuticals, I am now a fan!

Important to note: Sun protection at any and every age is very important, especially when combined with the use of antioxidants serums, which can help neutralize toxins and help detoxify the skin. This is something I believe in strongly! When it comes to protection, you cannot never start early enough.

SHOP SkinCeuticals

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor

The Etiket Questionnaire: Sarah Brown, Founder of Pai Skincare

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Pai Skincare is a London based brand producing 100% certified organic plant based topical skin care products designed especially for people who suffer from sensitive and allergy-prone skin. The inspiration behind the line came from founder Sarah Brown’s own experience with sever skin allergies. When the doctors told her that her only hope was to take high dose anti-histamine tablets daily, she was determined to find a better solution and after years of research and development, Pai Skincare was born.

From conception to creation, all ingredients are sourced, hand picked and tested by a devoted team of sensitive skin care experts. Today Pai Skincare manufactures all of its products in-house at their headquarters in West London which includes their own Research & Development lab and manufacturing facility.

Meet Sarah Brown, the woman behind the brand in The Etiket Questionnaire!

A good day starts with… hearty breakfast

I feel great when I… make someone laugh.

I never leave the house without… keys. So I can get back in!

The next guilty pleasure purchase is… jam doughnuts (what can I say…I’m heavily pregnant). 

The place I always come back to is… Chiswick House park (my sanctuary in London).

My personal style can be described as… comfortable and a bit irregular.

The skin care product I can’t live without is… our Geranium & Thistle Day Cream.

When I travel, I always make sure that I… pack a sleep eye mask. I can’t sleep in rooms with flimsy curtains!

When I want to relax, I need… music. 

When I have a bad day I always… have a good rant followed by a glass of red wine (present time excepted…see question 4).

I find inspiration in… obscure day to day things.

My go-to gift… books. They are lovely to own and every house should have a wall of them.

I would never want to miss out on… time with my two year old.

In my fridge, I always have… mayonnaise.  

On my night table I keep… a notepad – for night time brain dumps when I can’t sleep.

My perfect weekend is… a long lie-in. Ideally two.  

My most inspiring travel moment was when… I saw the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina one day and the Iguazu Falls the next. Both mind blowing and showed nature at its most monumentally powerful.

The inspiration behind Pai Skincare is… my own challenging skin and how rubbish it made me feel.

If I had to lose one of my five senses it would be… smell, but then I wouldn’t be able to taste anything either. So that unfairly eliminates two. Impossible question!

The one question I want to be asked in interviews is…  Where does Pai get its name? It means ‘goodness’ in Maori. My Mum is a kiwi so it’s my little tribute to her and perfectly sums up everything we’re trying to do and be as a brand.

Discover Pai Skincare at Etiket!

Find The Perfect Formula For Your Skin Type: Cleansers

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From gels and creams to oils and lotions, the formulation of your skin care products can determine results. We all have preferences, yet your favourite foaming cleanser may not be beneficial for your skin type. Each kind of formula has specific benefits for select skin types and concerns. Not sure what cleanser is right for you? Read on, consider the formulation and it will all make sense.

Milks & Lotions

Cleansers that are labeled as “milks” and “lotions” are best for normal, dry, combination and sensitive skin. These types of cleansers are your most gentle options as they contain lower amounts of oils and emollients, giving them a light and moisturizing feel with little to no residue. These cleansers tend to be water based formulas and do not contain sulfates which foam. Because there is no foaming action, you will be left with softer more supple looking skin after cleansing.


Our Top Pick: Alyria’s Hydrating Milk Cleanser washes away impurities and dissolves all traces of make-up while preserving the skin’s protective barrier. It’s pH is ideal for even the most sensitive skin. Regular use will leave skin hydrated and soft.


Oil cleansers are particularly good for dry and dehydrated skin as they do not strip the skin of natural oils. These kind of cleansers work with the principle that oil dissolves oil. They do not get sudsy, however, when using them, add a bit of water and you will get an emulsification that thoroughly cleans the skin and leaves it feeling smooth, clean and hydrated.


Our Top Pick: Environ’s B-Active Range Sebuprep is a multifunctional pre-cleanser that helps to dissolve excess surface oils and assists in removing environmental impurities. It leaves the skin looking soft and hydrated while assisting to visibly reduce excessive shine. Excellent for acne-prone skin!


Water-based gel cleansers are best for oily, combination and acne-prone skin as they do not contain any emollients or other ingredients that will contribute any more oil to the skin. These types of cleansers are not moisturizing, so it is important to follow with a good moisturizer. Those with dry skin should avoid gel cleansers.


Our Top Pick: Obagi’s C Gel Cleanser removes makeup, excess sebum and impurities, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. This cleanser treats and prepares the skin for optimal effectiveness of the Obagi-C System.


Cream cleansers are best for normal, dry, dehydrated and aging skin as they are thicker in formulation and contain oils and other moisturizing ingredients that work to deposit moisture into the skin to combat dryness. Skin will feel ultra soft after using cream cleansers.


Our Top Pick: RMS Beauty’s Raw Coconut Cream is touted as one of the best makeup removers! It easily removes even the most stubborn mascara with ease. This multitasking product can be used as a facial cleanser and skin moisturizer.


Of all the cleansers, foam cleansers tend to be the most drying and are therefor best for very oily and sometimes acne-prone skin. These cleansers will eliminate that greasy feeling that those with oily skin tend to feel and will be left with a squeaky clean feeling. However, foam cleansers dry up the oil on the out layer only. It’s very important to follow with an appropriate moisturizer when using this type of cleanser.


Our Top Pick: Consonant’s Organic Foaming Face Wash is a gentle yet effective cleanser, packed with nourishing botanicals like teatree oil and grapeseed oil to help hydrate skin, eliminate uneven skin tones and fight blemishes. pH balanced, you don’t need a toner.


Perfume Review: Monsillage Vol 870 YUL-CDG EDT

A new fragrance line has arrived at Etiket and we could not be more excited! ...

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A new fragrance line has arrived at Etiket and we could not be more excited! Perhaps it’s because this is a brand made in our own city of Montreal! Monsillage takes a personal approach to perfume, associating past memories of travel, characters and real-life stories experienced by perfumer and creator Isabelle Michaude. When I first sampled the line, I was immediately drawn to Vol 870 YUL- CDG, for many reasons. One, I love anything to do with travel, planes, airports etc,.  Also, I have traveled this route a few times and have fond memories of my time spent in The City Of Light – sights, smells, food… Reminiscing about past travel can easily transport me back to some of the most inspiring moments of my life and scent memories are certainly no exception! Even just a hint of a scent can strike a chord with a memory or place.

Now, on to the juice – a one way ticket to Paris!

What’s interesting about Monsillage fragrances is that they all smell very different from sniffer stick to the skin. I would urge you to try samples, take them home and wear them to get the most accurate scent. When I first smelled Vol 870 YUL-CDG on paper, I wasn’t moved… on my skin however, I am head over heels in love… take off! Soft, feminine and so unique with opening notes of ylang-ylang and balsam fir that’s slightly sweet, with hints of woods, fruit and musk. As this fragrance comes to “a landing”,  it becomes a lovely warm, musky skin scent with very good longevity and sillage. Perfectly balanced and very easy to wear any time of year.

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor


Monsillage Vol 870 YUL-CDG EDT

Main Notes: Ylang-ylang, balsam fir, cedar, leather, apricot, musk

Olfactive Family: Woody Aromatic

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like Monsillage Vol 870 YUL-CDG EDT, you may also like: Dame Perfumery Cassis, Rose & Sandalwood and Amouage Reflection Woman.

Discover these fragrances and many more! At Etiket we offer samples of all fragrances that we carry including complimentary shipping to anywhere in Canada!

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

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