Gentleman’s luxury home styling & beauty guide
This month we start bringing you more, reflecting the way you think rather than the way business sells. Springtime in London at Gentlemans Butler is about bringing in the new: cleansing you, your home and mind and bringing news for your diary about forthcoming luxury events for Gentlemen.
1. THE GENTLEMANS BEDROOM: Luxury Bedding- : The Statistics about the length of time we spend in bed are overwhelming. If you really want to live life at its best the aesthetics and comfort of your bedroom and bed are critical. How often do you hear about visits to a hotel …..how wonderful the bed was…oh I wish my bedroom was like this. We are very pleased to recommend Fou Furnishings – They look fantastic, feel divine and are organic.
Fou furnishings is an award winning specialist in luxury organic bed and bath linens, crafted for homes, hotels, holiday villas, spas and yachts. Bed linens are available online and mail order at www.foufurnishings.com in thread counts up to 600 and combine classic style with innovative design, crafted from Egyptian cotton; in the time honoured tradition of bedding which has graced the world’s finest homes and hotels. One of only a few linen companies in the UK certified by the Soil Association to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the gold standard for organic textiles.
All linens are made from certified organic cottons and crafted by certified organic producers. All the company’s linens have also been specified to five-star hotel standards and are independently tested for performance as well as being certified organic. The award winning organic linens brand has been established since 2008 and has a strong and growing reputation in the luxury organic linens market for the quality, craftsmanship and original design of its luxury organic linens.
For luxury bedding, Egyptian cotton bedding is renowned for its quality and softness. For ultimate luxury and richness in your bed linen, choose Elisabetta, Egyptian organic cotton bedding, made exclusively for www.foufurnishings.com in Italy from a very high 475 thread count sateen, finished with two rows of satin stitching. Award winning too, Elisabetta Egyptian cotton bedding was a ‘Highly Commended’ finalist, Best Organic Textile Product 2011.
Crafted in the time honoured tradition of bedding which has graced the world’s top homes and hotels. The difference lies in the very high thread count sateen weave and special attention to finishing which gives Elisabetta Egyptian bedding its luxurious satin lustre and handle.
This Egyptian bedding was woven, dyed, finished and manufactured in Chieri, a centre for the Italian cotton textile industry since the 13th century. The organic cotton fibre used for this product is long staple Egyptian organic cotton. The dye used to colour the fabric is of vegetable origin and all products used in the finishing process are biodegradable and (Global Organic Textile Standard) GOTS certified.
Elisabetta is available in double, king size and super king size Egyptian cotton duvet cover with matching Egyptian sheets and pillow cases. Custom bedding sizes and monogramming are available for personalised linens. The duvet cover closure is without buttons and uses an internal border. Organic cotton and craftsmanship have been combined to create luxurious Egyptian cotton sateen organic bedding in 475 thread count which offers beautiful lasting quality and softness. Complete the look with the beautifully crafted ‘Boutis’ organic cotton bedspread and cushion cover.
To view, visit: https://www.foufurnishings.com
- GENTLEMANS GROOMING: Revitalise your face with a Skinceuticals, City Recovery Facial Treatment at London’s famous Refinery Spa situated opposite Claridges. Entering The Refinery is really like visiting your private members club. As you enter a smile greats you, your coat taken – you can have a chat or go and sit in the clients area with a television, newspapers and bowl of sweets. Its just for men. My therapist was equally upbeat with a more informal feel that many female salons. As I got ready the music that played was equally original. All of this gives the Spa a feel conducive for Luxury Gentlemens Grooming.
CLEANSING – Skin is steamed to open the pores and enable deep cleansing, whilst stimulating the blood flow to increase tissue oxygenation and nourishment. Skin is thoroughly cleansed with SkinCeuticals Simply Clean, or Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel is skin is acneic, especially concentrating on areas of congestion and using facial brush to remove congesting dead skin cells and sebum.
EXTRACTIONS – to ease commedones from the skin. SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Solution is applied to the areas where extractions are performed – an antiseptic solution, containing Salicylic Acid which will further aid in the removal of congestion.
EXFOLIATION – SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque is applied to the skin – it contains Kaolin and Bentonite to draw out impurities, zinc which is healing and a 5% AHA blend to exfoliate. This is removed with tepid water and Simply Clean (cleanser).
COLD COMPRESSION – to cool and calm the skin and close pores.
DIRECT HIGH FREQUENCY TREATMENT MACHINE – Bathes skin in oxygen molecules and stimulates blood flow, plus helps to close pores, refine a coarse textured skin and has an antiseptic effect for skin prone to breakouts. Intensifies healing and drying out effect on papules and pustules.
REHYDRATION – For deep hydration, the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque is applied and absorbed by the skin whilst a lymphatic drainage massage is undertaken by the therapist to improve waste removal and puffiness and pressure point massage to relax.
CALMING – The antioxidant therapy is incorporated with the application of the SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Firming Masque and a dose of the new Phloretin CF Gel and AOX+ Eye Gel to help correct visible signs of ageing, prevent against future environmental damage and increase collagen production.
SKIN PROTECTION – The treatment concludes with the application of a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen – either SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral Defense or Ultra Facial Defense – and a recommended prescription of at-home SkinCeuticals products which includes daily use of the Phloretin CF Gel and Sheer Mineral UV Defense or Ultra Facial Defense sunscreens.
Skinceuticals is not frilly or celebrity driven but a highly professional and advanced beauty company. It is less often that I really feel and see the difference from a treatment. If you are after results this is one for the diary.
Skinceuticals COSMECEUTICAL OF THE YEAR – SKINCEUTICALS – BRONZE AWARD – the Aesthetic Awards 2011
www.the-refinery.com – Mayfair, Central London
- FRAGRANCE: Something soothing for your home: Spring is the season of rebirth and choosing your rooms scent and possibly experimenting with something new is a great way to do this. As one gets older, yes I know those horrible words, life offers the chance of doing things a little differently. Run yourself a hot bath or sit in your favourite chair and light a candle. When your place is all tidy and spruced this very basic but highly invigorating practise lets you unwind. Play some music, read a book, have a bath, look out of the window or just do nothing and enjoy the moment. Irish owned Max Benjamin, is run by two brothers Mark and David Van den Bergh. Named after their ten year old nephews, Max and Ben, who are the sons of their sister Orla, they have been producing high quality fragranced candles since the early 1990’s. The collection has evolved over the years from the original Oberg range of hand poured pillar candles into what is now an international brand which currently includes 15 fragrances of luxury natural wax candles. Creating a Max Benjamin fragrance is an art in blending the finest selection of oils to lovingly fashion each product.
These aromas all have holistic properties designed to destress, relax and calm your mind. Choose from our aroma collection of floral, fruit, herb, citrus, woody and spice to create various ambiences your home…..The blend of wax used in our Max Benjamin Candles is from 100% natural resources. It contains no paraffin – a petrolium based product. It is also biodegradable and is a renewable and sustainable resource. When you light a Max Benjamin 100% Natural Wax Scented Candle you can enjoy the unique atmosphere each fragrance brings without feeling you are causing any harm to the environment. Max Benjamin is stocked nationwide in John Lewis, in Fortnum and Mason in London and online at www.maxbenjamin.co.uk Choose from a wide sewlection including Lemongrass & Ginger, Lavender, Mimosa, Jasmine and many more
- HEALTH – Slendertone –
Watch this space. This week I started our 1 month trial and was lucky enough to meet with Slendertone’s celebrity fitness panel. So far very easy to use. So far this machine is very easy to use. You can be lazy and just lie down and close your eyes or read or take active exercise at the same time which delivers better results. I have found I starting to see results already.