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Friday, 1 May 2015

An Introduction to Fresh: Sake perfume, Soy Cleanser and Black Tea Overnight Mask

I went along to the re-opening of the Fresh store in Marylebone last week, it has been a while since I was in there and I was thrilled at the new look, especially the sensorial bar, where you can experience all the scents in one place, and decide which one you like best.  The pale duck-egg tiles around the store also add a certain something special to the experience too - I think I know how I want my next bathroom decorating!

The store is devoted to gifting, either buying beautiful things for yourself, or buying gorgeous presents for other people, and you'll notice an entire wall of these beautiful gift boxes right behind the till, which I think looks beautiful.  I was sent away with a gift box of my own which contained the following:

The cult Fresh Soy Cleanser, Sake eau de parfum, Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, and Seaberry Skin Nutrition booster.  I've tried them all (except the booster, which I'm going to be trialling soon) and thought I'd pass on my thoughts so far.  I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of the Soy Cleanser, as I found it incredibly drying on my skin - it's a foaming gel, ideal for some people, but not for me, alas - I've passed this one along to Mr Lippie, and I'll let you know who he gets on with it.  I've had better results from the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask:

It seems that if you call something an "overnight mask" instead of a night cream, I'll be more inclined to use it, but it does strike me that many overnight masks are just rich night creams re-branded as "masks".  That said, this is a nice one, scented with roses,  you apply it to freshly cleaned skin, right before bed.  I partially rub it in, leaving a trace of it on my skin, and it's all absorbed by morning.  I have found my skin is plumper and  beautifully moisturised the next day, so mask or night cream, I'll be using this once or twice a week till it is gone.

I fell a little bit in love with Fresh Sake, I have to admit.  Described on the Sensorial Bar as a fruity floral, this is a gingery, grapefruity osmanthus-filled take on a fruity floral, which was a far cry from the strawberry/vanilla monstrosity I'd imagined I was about to smell when I sniffed it.

 It's a cute bottle, too. Admittedly, I cant smell Fresh Sake in much detail (my fault, not the fragrance's), but it's a slightly prickly, quite different take on fruit and flowers and when I wear it, I can't help sniffing constantly at myself.  I can smell a touch of peach, possibly, and some generic white flowers but mostly it's a fresh (as opposed to Fresh) scent, which I enjoy wearing a great deal.

It has been a bit of a pain trying to purchase Fresh products in the UK up until now, with them having only one retail outlet, and no real online presence at all over here, but I'm assured that Fresh are launching a proper UK-based website which will carry all their lines later this year.  Keep your eyes peeled.  Personally, I'll be popping back to the shop for their rightly-famous lip treatments, and some of the Sake bathing products ...

The Fine Print: PR Samples.

The Even Finer Print: We're not featuring full fragrance reviews on Get Lippie at the moment owing to illness - please see The Parosmia Diaries for more.

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