What would you like to find under your Christmas tree this year?
Me, a black pair of flat suede boots, Jensen Ackles and Alexander Skarsgard wrapped in nothing but a bow, and the House of Roger And Gallet (£25.00).
I first set eyes on this beauty at the Omniya event organized by the lovely Hayley of London Beauty Queen, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. How could you not be too? The box is shaped like a palace. And, like all palaces, it’s full of treasures inside.
The House of Roger And Gallet contains Fleur d’Osmanthus Uplifting Fresh Shower Gel, Gingembre Rouge Energising Sorbet Body Lotion, Créme Sublime Hands & Nail Cream, and Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraiche Fragrance. Can you think of a more luxurious, perfect introduction to the brand? Me neither.
So, let’s take a closer look at each of the gems inside, shall we?
Fleur d’Osmanthus Fresh Shower Gel is an invigorating treat for the skin. Its gentle formula produces a light leather that cleanses skin, leaving it both clean and soft.
It’s free of the usual cleansing suspects, such as sodium lauryl sulfate or its close cousin sodium laureth sulfate. Instead, it uses a mix of coco-betaine, disodium cocoyl glutamate, and sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, which are considered to be very mild surfactants. What does this mean? Even those of you with sensitive skin can use it without fear. It won’t irritate you.
The smell is lovely. If you like citrusy scents. If not, what’s wrong with you? I’m serious. I’m a sucker for anything citrusy, so of course I’m in love with this. The zesty, refreshing aroma of citrus fruits dominates the entire composition, while the quieter, subtler scent of the osmanthus flower only makes a brief appearance. But, who cares about it? Citrus is what we really crave, ladies, isn’t it?
The Lait Sorbet Corps Dynamisant Gingembre Rouge is my least fave of the lot, which sucks because it comes in a bright pink tube. How can you not like something that comes in pink? *sighs*
Ok, I do like it. Just not for me. What’s the problem? The scent. It’s very fruity and sweety, which is just the type of smell I can’t stand. At least, the zesty ginger note adds a spicy touch to the composition, preventing it from smelling too teeny bopper. Too bad I don’t like ginger all that much. If you do, though, you’ll love this.
The lightweight, almost whipped texture spreads easily on the skin and absorbs in seconds, and is surprisingly moisturizing enough for my uber-parched skin. I was sure I’d have to reapply it after just 3 or 4 hours, but nope.
The Lait Sorbet keeps my skin soft and smooth for almost the entire day. I thank glycerin, a humectant that attracts water from the environemnt into the skin, and olive oil, which binds moisture in, for that.
This combination is very moisturizing (although not as much as my beloved body butters, of course). I love the formula so much I’m now thinking of getting another Lait Sorbet, but one with a, for me, more pleasant scent. I’m pretty sure they have one with citrus…
The Creme Sublime Bois D’Orange Hand & Nail SPF 15 is, on the other hand, my fave of the lot. The scent alone is amazing. The sparkliness of oranges, the bitterness of the orange tree leaves, the freshness of just cut woods… I’m transported to an orange orchard every time I wear it.
The texture of the cream is on the thick side, but it absorbs quickly and, mostly importantly, doesn’t leave any greasiness behind. Thanks to glycerin, which attracts and binds water into my skin, it keeps my hands soft and hydrated for hours on end.
It also prevents my hands from becoming all chapped, and keeps them protected from UV rays. The mix of avobenzone, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl salicylate also provides broad spectrum protection, keeping our mittens safe and soft all year round. What more could we ask from a hand cream?
Fleur De Figuier is one of those scents that makes a bad first impression, but later conquers you with its lovely charm.
The first accord, a blend of grapefuit, mandarin, and caraway (often used to replace bergamot), is more fruity sweet than sparkling citrusy. You know how much I love my citrus fruits by now, so you can imagine how disappointing this opening was for me.
But, 10 minutes later, Fleur De Figuier and I got over our differences, and started getting along just fine. The heart has a green vibe to it. The figs aren’t ripe yet, and they’re surrounded by a dozen of slightly bitter fig leaves and blossoming fig flowers that create a gorgeous, sweet and lush bouquet.
The base is made up of cedarwood soaked in fig milk. Creamy and sensual, it’s joined by a sultry white musk note. It’s Francis Kurkdjian’s signature, and adds a lovely, musky touch to the composition.
My only complaint is that it lasts only about six hours on the skin. *sighs* But, sillage is good. Fleur De Figuier is by no means a loud fragrance, but it’s not so subtle you’re left wondering if you forgot to spritz on fragrance in the morning.
The House Of Roger And Gallet would make a great present for just about anyone. Including yourself. You can even keep the box, and use the products as stocking stuffers for four friends. That way, everyone’s happy. 🙂
If, instead, you’re in the mood for a Christmas cracker, Roger and Gallet has got you covered as well. They have released three.
Each one of them hoses a beauty duo: a best-selling Hand & Nail Cream (Fleur de Figuier, Fleur d’Osmanthus, and Creme Sublime) and a handbag sized scent to keep you beautifully scented throughout the Christmas season.
Mine contained the Creme Sublime, which is available in the House of Roger and Gallet as well, so I won’t say anything more about it. As for the handbag sized scent, it was missing from my press sample, so I can’t say anything about it. 🙁
But I’m sure the crackers on sale contain both, so don’t let this put you off. These crackers would make some amazing sticking stuffers. Or tree ornaments. Or table settings. They’re so cute, they can be used to decorate pretty much anything!
Fleur D’Osmanthus Fresh Shower Gel Ingredients
Water, Coco-Betaine, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, PEG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Limonene, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.
Lait Sorbet Corps Dynamisant Gingembre Rouge Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myrystate, Olea Europea Oil / Olive Fruit Oil, Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Persea Gratissima Oil / Avocado Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Liminanthes Alba Seed Oil / Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl, 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Zea Mays Oil / Corn Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Passiflora Edulis Oil / Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil / Rice Bran Oil, Mica, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Linalool, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract / Ginger Root Extract, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Citronellol.
Creme Sublime Bois D’Orange Hand & Nail Cream SPF 15 Ingredients
Water, Octocrylene, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Fragrance, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate-60, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Stearate, Steary Alcohol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Ceteareth-20, Panthenol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Limonene, Argania Spinosa Oil / Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil / Evening Primrose Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: the House Of Roger And Gallet contains some of the brand’s best-selling products; the Fleur d’Osmanthus Uplifting Fresh Shower Gel cleanses skin without drying it out; the Gingembre Rouge Energising Sorbet Body Lotion is very moisturizing and leaves skin soft and hydrated for hours; the Créme Sublime Hands & Nail Cream hydrates and protects nails and hands without leaving a greasy residue behind; the Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraiche Fragrance is a lovely fruity floral blend with just the right sillage; all the products smell lovely; the Christmas crackers, which house a hand cream and handbag sized scents, can be used both as decorations and stocking stuffers.
Cons: the Gimgembre Rouge and Fleur de Figuier scents may be too sweet for some people; the Fleur de Figuier fragrance only lasts six hours on the skin.
Summary: the perfect introduction to the brand, the House of Roger And Gallet features everything you need to keep your skin clean, moisturized, and smelling gorgeous all through the festive season (and beyond). The Christmas crackers contain a hand cream and small fragrance. Beautifully packaged, they can be used to decorate both your Christmas tree and table.
Price & Availability: House Of Roger And Gallet, £25.00; Christmas Crackers, £6.00 each, at Escentual.
Rating: House Of Roger And Gallet: 4.5/5, Christmas crackers: 4/5.