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Debbie Thomas – Luxury facial, Knightsbridge

Debbie Thomas Beauty - 305 Brompton Rd, London, SW3 2DY

Having visited Debbie Thomas Beauty last year for a manicure and pedicure I returned to meet the great lady herself. As with all industries there are names and brands that just creep up on one. For several years I have been increasing hearing about this person, but never met…don’t worry we are not going off into a Sherlock Holmes adventure…

As mentioned I visited the salon last year, but did not meet Debbie…and then things changed… finally the meet was arranged …”dramatic isn’t it” …

One winters evening, having walked the short distance from South Kensington tube I entered the door of Hari’s salon…

Debbie Thomas Beauty - 305 Brompton Rd, London, SW3 2DY

…..a smile from the receptionist and up the windy stairs to the salon where I am told I will meet Debbie Thomas… I sit patiently and talk with the receptionist …check my blusher ….NO NO NO…or maybe, I do, you know how mens make-up is becoming more popular! I hear the voice from the other side of the door…then the door opens tentatively. I walk in and then we meet

“Hello Debbie” …

“Hello Michael” …

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Debbie Thomas Beauty – www.gentlemansbutler.com

On a serious note Debbie is really one of the most acclaimed facialists’ and skin care experts you could meet. She is very well presented, easy to talk to, welcoming without being OTT and as I was going to find out really knows her stuff.

If however I was continuing with my film angle it might be a cross between a sci-fi and a James Bond movie as Debbie is definitely a fan of a gadget or two.

When you walk into her all white treatment room, you really feel like you are in mission control as you are surrounded by technology.

As I lay down to start my treatment I was a little surprised but totally calm as Debbie gives across such a confident aura. In fact I think she is one of those people that can juggle 25 things without showing any sign of being out of control.

As we started to converse about the industry, techniques, procedures and so on I started to realise that not only is she good but she cares and has a passion for her job.

So what’s different about Debbie….I have said she is calm, knowledgeable and welcoming but I think one of her USP’s is she creates a bespoke treatment for you, not what is written on a piece of paper, but a treatment she devises for you.

In thinking about this some more I believe her salon would be perfect for many men. Its discrete, friendly, lacks fuss, is professional and yes they have lots of gadgets.

Debbie Thomas Beauty - www.gentlemansbutler.com

Debbie Thomas Beauty – www.gentlemansbutler.com

I had my skin appraisal, discussed my worries and then just relaxed.

Here are the main aspects to my treatment

-        Skinceuticals Gel Peel

-        Hydradermabrasion (hydrafacial) – men will like this…

-        Extractions

-        Redness Neutraliser. Skinceuticals

-        Red light (healing)

-        Valmont exfoliating mask

-        Massage

I hope you get the chance to visit her salon at some point as I have a feeling you will be very …calmly impressed … I was, and I look forward to visiting again in the future, and don’t forget you are in excellent shopping and restaurant territory if you need an excuse.

 

www.debbiethomas.co.uk

Bookings: 020 7581 5211

email: info@debbiethomas.co.uk

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Debbie Thomas – Knightsbridge Luxury manicure & pedicure

Having lunch with your girlfriend in The Waltons……. shopping in Knightsbridge…….need a little TLC…..need some grooming….. want some privacy…..

For some years I have increasingly been hearing the name Debbie Thomas, but it was only recently that I went to experience.

Set upstairs at Hari’s hairdressers on Brompton Road, just 5 minutes walk from South Kensington tube.

Debbie Thomas Beauty - 305 Brompton Rd, London, SW3 2DY

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Debbie Thomas Beauty – www.gentlemansbutler.com

As soon as you enter 305 Brompton Road you will be met by several friendly receptionists. In a funny way it always reminds me of Sex and The City as there is a friendly, informal feel but set with a high end setting. I found the place very welcoming. Then it’s upstairs to the second floor where you will find three smallish rooms centred on a reception area. If you are wanting acres of marble and mirrors this is not for you, however bit by bit you will notice that they seem to have a very loyal following and a rather star studded clientele. Often in life people in the know want expertise and seclusion. This is just that kind of place.

I was visiting to have a luxury manicure & pedicure. Daisy would be doing my pedicure and Lucy my manicure. Sat on the treatment bed, coffee in hand and a pile of magazines …. mmmm yes it is “Sex and The City” but this time for gents….well why should all you girls have the fun. Firstly Gentlemen need looking after just as much, and some might say more … oh how cruel are you!!!

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Debbie Thomas Beauty – www.gentlemansbutler.com

Cutting & shaping the nails (choosing from round or square, I’m rounded), tidying the cuticles and pushing back, feeding the cuticles, softening the skin with a scrub, a mask for the back of the hands and feet and then the paraffin wax, something I really love as they will be left nourished and softened, fantastic particularly for the winter months.

Finally a nourishing cream will soften, protect and nourish. You can finish off your nails three ways, au naturel, buffed (giving a healthy shine) or with a polish. For some time I have been moving towards having a polish. Here I used an Essie light pink on my toes, I can feel men up and down the countries fainting! What it does is make the nail look healthy and does not look out of place and for my hands a clear shine.

At the end of the day you choose the finishing touch you like.

I think www.debbiethomas.co.uk is a real gem, somewhere people in the know like, fortunately I am now a little more in the know with paws to match.

Bookings: 020 7581 5211

web: email: info@debbiethomas.co.uk

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Debbie Thomas pedicure – www.gentlemansbutler.com

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Ajala Spa London: Hammam & Massage: Grooming: Luxury blog

Ajala Spa – “Luxury Grooming” “Grooming for City Gentlemen”

 

  • Reviewers name – Michael Grenville
  • Title – Editor of Gentlemans Butler, luxury blog and lifestyle service provider
  • Occupation – Editor and Consultant
  • Review description – Luxury Gentlemans Grooming – Body Cleanse & Massage

    Ajala Spa London Reception - www.gentlemansbutler.com

    Ajala Spa London Reception – www.gentlemansbutler.com

  • Location – St Pauls, London
  • Date – 7th December 2012

 

Ajala Spa London - Entrance - www.gentlemansbutler.com

Ajala Spa London – Entrance – www.gentlemansbutler.com

Ajala Spa, St. Paul’s is located within the 5-star Grange St. Paul’s hotel which stands in the shadow of London’s beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Spa has a modern health club feel and anyone working in the City should put this in their diary.

The extensive spa facilities include an 18m swimming pool, , sauna, steam room and specialist thermal suites including a traditional Turkish Hammam and Laconium.

Ajala St Pauls London Swimming Pool - www.gentlemansbutler.com

Ajala St Pauls London Swimming Pool – www.gentlemansbutler.com

 

The Ajala Spa St. Paul’s also features a unique Sun Therapy Lounge, which safely replicates natural sunlight to leave you with a naturally radiant glow all year round.

 

1 – Standard of Service – Though the Spa offers a lot the changing rooms could be better and on my visit the treatment room was a little cold though the therapists are both friendly and proficient.

Ajala London - Treatment Room - www.gentlemansbutler.com

Ajala London – Treatment Room – www.gentlemansbutler.com

 

2 – Description of Product/Service

 

Changed and then was taken though the swimming pool area to The Hammam. Several times through the treatment one needs to take a shower where one has to walk out of the treatment room and use the shower for the swimming pool. Not any issue except privacy.

 

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Ajala Spa Pool – www.gentlemansbutler.com

Hammam: The Hammam Ritual begins with cleansing. Whilst you lay on the traditional flat stone bed, the therapist washes way impurities using authentic black olive soap.  This is followed by ‘purification’ a 20 minute steam to help open your pores.  The steam session over, the therapist then uses a kese, rough massaging mitt and Hammam scrub to exfoliate and further cleanse the skin. Mineral rich mud is then applied all over the body to draw out impurities, these and the mud are then gently rinsed away under a warm shower and the skin is soothed, smoothed and polished with a generous application of perfumed oil and shea butter. My therapist was genuinely nurturing.

 

After my treatment my skin felt fantastic and was taken through to their relaxation area to have tea and wait for my massage. I had opted for the 90 minute version, which I believe delivers significantly more than the standard 60 minute version.

 

Ajala Spa Relaxation Lounge

Ajala Spa Relaxation Lounge

Deep Tissue Massage: This specialist massage is designed to release pain and tension in tight, stressed and aching limbs. Rich warm oils are generously applied to stretched muscles, whilst expert cross-fibre muscle techniques are used to disperse the buildup of lactic acid.

 

3 – Suitability for Gentlemen – In many ways Gentleman friendly as it feels like

4 – Comfort – 70%

5 – The Luxury/Pamper Factor – Very soft skin after the Hammam

6 – Above and beyond the call of duty – NA

7 – Punctuality/Duration – On time

8 – Value for Money – Average

9 – Gentlemans Butlers Rating – 75%

10 – Gentlemans Butler suggestions – NA

 

Ajala Spa London - www.gentlemansbutler.com

Ajala Spa London – www.gentlemansbutler.com

Ajala Spa

10 Godliman Street, London EC4V 5AJ

020 7074 1010

www.ajalaspa.com

 

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One to one service where we advise and/or undertake the buying of gifts and services for a client

 

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Carter & Bond:Shave: Grooming: Luxury blog: Gentlemans Butler

Carter & Bond – “Luxury Gentlemans Grooming”

Carter & Bond – www.gentlemansbutler.com – Luxury Gentlemans Grooming

  • Reviewers name – Michael Grenville
  • Title – Editor of Gentlemans Butler, luxury blog and lifestyle services provider
  • Occupation – Editor and Consultant
  • Review description – Visited Carter & Bond for a Hot Towel Wet Shave and Haircut
  • Location – W11 (near Holland Park)
  • Date – 05 September 2012

I will precurse my review with saying that the location of Carter & Bond is not normal, in that they are not in a parade of shops or in a high street. Those with a more adventurous heart will be pleasantly pleased. They are based in west London close to Holland Park. I visited them one sunny morning in September to find a rather sleepy studio complex. A buzz on the door and I was met by Joe Cotton, a smart man who could happily be mistaken for a graphic designer from Hoxton. We chatted and immediately started talking about the location and the name, in many ways the origins coming from a similar place. Joe had been in the army, tanks, and had found problems with shaving in the field and so set about putting together a solution, Carter & Bond are purveyors of the finest shaving products. The name I thought sounded like an old family motto but in fact was inspired by two of his favourite films Get Carter and James Bond. The whole experience, the slightly spy like entry, the name, the modern speakeasy feel was all starting to make perfect sense.

 

1 – Standard of Service – (friendly, ease, cleanliness, punctuality, did they listen) – Excellent. I was made coffee, good coffee, the room was empty though the door open, some music and an introduction to Mustapha, old school professional and friendly. He was Moroccan so we chatted about the Arab world, a place familiar to me as I had worked for the largest Pan Arab TV network MBC.

2 – Description of Product/Service – (information and quality of service, ingredients) –

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CARTER and BOND De Luxe Hot & Cold Towel Wet Shave

STEP 1

Baxter of California Facial Scrub (made with food grade Almond Oil and smelling good enough to eat!) is applied to the face along with the creamy Baxter Daily Facial Wash. When combined the result is a gentle but highly effective exfoliating cleanser that rids the face of impurities whilst helping to soften stubble, making it easier to shave. Using this cleansing cocktail the Barber carries out a facial massage for two to three minutes.

STEP 2

The first hot towel is then applied. Both hot and cold towels that we use are lightly scented with Agua de Colonia, the classic citrus scent from Madrid’s oldest fragrance house. The effect of heat and moisture in the hot towel serve to open the pores and further soften the beard as well as to relax the client. After approximately a minute the hot towel is removed and whilst doing so the Barber carefully cleanses the face of residue scrub and cleanser.

STEP 3

The incredible Proraso Pre Shave Cream is then applied to the face and gently massaged into the beard. This magical cream, first launched in 1926 and made with Eucalyptus and Menthol, acts as a shave ‘undercoat’ to assist in razor glide whilst reducing the chance of nicks and cuts. The invigorating effect on both the skin and the senses is highly refreshing. The Barber then generates a profuse lather in the old fashioned manner using shaving cream, brush, piping hot water and a shaving mug. This lather is then liberally applied to the beard area and vigorously worked in with the brush so that the hairs are thoroughly coated. The Barber actually combines two shaving creams: Proraso for its rich lather and Baxter of California for its creaminess and hydrating qualities.

STEP 4

The Barber then goes to work with an open razor getting closer than you might have thought possible (but holding back where there are signs of skin sensitivity). If the skin allows he will re-lather and carry out a second shave going against the grain. The comfort of the shave is every bit as important as the closeness in our view – this is after a pampering experience to be enjoyed – so he will tailor the shave to the customer’s skin. The more often a client visits and the better he gets to know his face, the closer the shave he will be able to give.

STEP 5

Baxter of California Clay mask is then applied to the just shave face. This cooling and soothing mask is first worked into the face in another stimulating facial massage before being left in place for several minutes to draw out impurities. Another hot towel is then applied before being used to clean away the mask. Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner, a mild and refreshing astringent, is then wiped over the face with cotton wool as the final facial cleansing step.

STEP 6

Baxter of California Under Eye Complex is now applied to the eye area. A (very) cold towel is then applied briskly to the face to close the pores and wake the client up from his doze! This is then followed by Baxter’s After Shave Balm which continues the cooling and soothing process whilst also restoring much needed hydration to the face. If the customer has very dry skin and the After Shave Balm is quickly absorbed then Baxter’s Oil Free Moisturiser may also be applied to give longer lasting hydration.

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3 – Suitability for Gentlemen -  Absolutely, different and very cool in a bespoke way.

4 – Comfort? – (Seats, heating/aircon, noise) – Comfortable, warm, quiet but in an old school way, not uptown luxury with knobs on…..

5 – The Luxury/Pamper Factor – Simply the barber…a true pro

6 – Above and beyond the call of duty? – (did they go out of their way to make me feel special or do anything beyond the job to make a difference) – Not applicable

7 – Punctuality/Duration – Perfect

8 – Value for Money – Very reasonable

9 – Gentlemans Butlers Rating – 80%

10 – Gentlemans Butler suggestions – Make the buzzer on the outside clearer

www.carterandbond.com

 

Gentlemen’s Butler offers 2 services

 

  • TAYLOR MADE

One to one service where we advise and/or undertake the buying of gifts and services for a client

 

  • THE GENTLEMAN’S BUTLER CREST

Become a Gentlemen’s Butler brand which will have our full endorsement, which recognises the companies and products class and status.

 

For more information on either please ring +44 (0)20 8780 5234 or info@gentlemansbutler.com

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