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I recently bought a Group On offer to visit a new salon for three beauty treatments for a remarkably low price. The salon itself wasn't the best really when I got there, not to mention being kept waiting for over forty five minutes! However while sat in the waiting area I made sure I sampled practically every product on offer there. I fell in love with a product called Eau de Soin which is basically a refreshing mineral skin care water produced by a company called Payot. After leaving the salon I returned home and ordered a bottle of the product from the Feel Unique website.
The Payot brand wasn't one that I'd ever heard of before I visited the somewhat disappointing salon (the décor made it look like a brothel and I won't even mention the two girls that worked there but you get the general theme!) but I've since done my research. It's a French brand which was set up in Paris back in 1927 so it's been going for nearly one hundred years now. It was set up by Dr Nadia Payot whose philosophy towards skin care was "cleanse, nourish and stimulate." She trained beauty therapists on a range of body treatments as well as designing her own range of beauty products.
The modern day range encompasses products for skin care, body care, sun care, male care and a solution range too. The solution range is specially designed to deal with imperfections such as blemishes. The products are priced at the mid to high end of the market with a moisturiser costing around the £30 mark and a body scrub costing around the £20 mark. The Payot range also offers a range of body treatments which obviously use the Payot products but also use specialist techniques as designed by Dr Payot the her brand too. This seem to vary in price as decided by the beauty salon.
Eau de Soin comes in clear plastic bottle which simply has the brand name and the product name on the front of it. As someone once said "less is more" well in the case of this product I'd have to agree with them. The bottle looks exquisite and despite only being made from plastic with a silver lid, it also looks expensive too. The base and the top are the same width while the middle of the bottle goes inwards to make it stand out from your typical bottle. Inside is the Eau de Soin or the liquid which is clear in colour. The bottle is also housed in a lightly coloured cardboard box too.
It's advertised as a "refreshing skin care product which delicately nourishes, softens and scents the skin." In other words it's basically a liquid moisturising spray which leaves the skin with a delicious smell to it. Prior to using this I've always tended to use moisturising body butters, creams or lotions when moisturising my skin and hadn't used a liquid spray before. I presumed that the liquid would simply dry on the skin rather than being fully absorbed and so wasn't sure how moisturising it would actually be in comparison to lotions or how long the moisturising effect would actually last.
To apply the product you simply spray it onto the required areas, being careful not to hold the bottle too close to the skin in order to allow it to spread out over the skin. I tend to hold it about 15cm away before spraying it. After I've sprayed it on I always leave it a second or two and then gently rub it into my skin, this ensures an even coverage of the product and also reassures me that it's being absorbed by my skin rather than simply "drying" in the air. It's recommended for use all over your body too although I tend to use it on my arms and legs the most really and never my face.
So what are the benefits of using this? Well firstly the "oligo-mineral complex" re-mineralises, replenishes and rebalances the skin's metabolism. This is all a bit too scientific for me but my friend told me it means it doesn't just add moisture to your skin as most body lotions do; instead it adds just the right amount of moisture to ensure your skin doesn't turn greasy or become too overloaded. It also ensures that the skin is feeling energised and therefore looking at its very best as well. Secondly the birch sap moisturises and tones the skin to leave it feeling silky and soft.
The product is advertised as "creating an irresistible feeling of comfort and vitality, invigorating the body and mind." In my opinion it leaves my skin feeling very soft but the main reason I love it is due to the smell. The scent is so fresh, light and quite sweet that I no longer wear perfume but instead carry this around with me and apply it a couple of times a day. I've only been using it for a fortnight and already I've received numerous compliments on the scent of it, literally about six or seven people have commented on it already. It's far lighter than a perfume and really appealing.
When I came to try to buy the Payot Eau de Soin I found that it wasn't widely available, either on the high street or on the internet. In terms of where I live I found that the Payot range is stocked at a number of salons within a twenty mile radius of my house (you can use the search facility on the Payot website to find this). I opted to buy it online and found that it was available at Feel Unique and Look Fantastic, as well as a couple of smaller sites that I'd never used. I bought it from Feel Unique where it's priced at £24.30 for a 100ml bottle as this was the cheapest.
Arguably this product is far from cheap and it's certainly not your conventional moisturising product either. In terms of a moisturising product I'd give it three out of five stars as it does leave my skin feeling much softer, but the effects only last a couple of hours. In terms of a fragrance product I'd give it five out of five stars as the smell is absolutely divine and long lasting too, if I spray this in the morning there's still a very faint hint of it in the early evening which is really good. It's also not an overpowering fragrance, even when I first put it on it's still quite subtle.
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