The season’s new beauty products and treatments can transport you across the oceans and beyond, our guest editor, beauty guru, Bella Blissett reports
Bella Blissett, guest editor and MO beauty contributor
Of all the many things one associates with December – twinkling lights, trumpeting carols, reams of ribbon and long, white beards – it’s beauty, I would argue, that provides the true conduit to Christmas. Just as the story and very nature of the festivities stretch far and wide over centuries and oceans, beauty also has the power to take us on a journey around the world and back in time.
Jo Malone’s Roasted Chestnut Deluxe Candle, at a supersized 600g, conjures childhood memories by the fire, where milk and biscuits sat waiting for Father Christmas and Rudolf to arrive. First launched in 2011 and back by popular demand, it will flicker fragrantly among the books on your coffee table when you welcome guests or simply enjoy a peaceful, cosy night at home on your own.
For those in search of eternal youth and that oft-promised ‘glow’, hop across the Channel to Paris, where Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, master perfumer to Emperor Napolean III and Queen Victoria, founded Maison Guerlain in 1828. Some 150 years of scent expertise later, Guerlain launched Les Météorites – a pot of violet-perfumed powder pearls that lend the skin a wonderful luminosity. This year, they’ve created Météorites Flocons Enchantés – a snowball-shaped pot that opens to reveal a soft powder puff, with beige and champagne pearls nestled below to illuminate the face with golden radiance.
Let your gaze drift upwards to the twinkling night sky, and beauty can lead you on a journey into unchartered galaxies. Roads Supernova Eau de Parfum is a heady whirl of petitgrain, cognac, ginger, cardamom and amber, inspired by the explosion of energy when a supernova outshines the rest of the galaxy. Mist it onto your skin and dream of untold worlds.
Mandarin Oriental, too, can take you to all corners of the globe, where beauty rituals reflect native culture and traditions. For those seeking sanctuary from the social carousel that is the festive period, head to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. Here, the Tropical Rainforest treatment will transport you to exotic lands. During two hours of utter bliss, the ancient arts of Malaysian healing – including an Asli massage, using aromatic oils made from local herbs – will ease away all manner of 21st-century stress. So whatever you’re wishing for this season, be it traditional, inter-galactic, or tropical, let beauty guide you on your adventures. Merry Christmas!