Creams, Candles, and Cocoon Chairs: MONTECRISTO’s January Wishlist

Gwen Skin Lab Custom Facial

Gwen de la Costa first opened up shop—or, in this case, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van—in 2021 when she launched her mobile spa to bring custom facials right to your door. Scandi design meets serenity spa in the travelling Gwen Skin Lab, which builds upon de la Costa’s medical-aesthetics practice long honed in Vancouver. With years of experience at Beverly’s the Spa on 4th, Skoah, and Project Skin MD, she comes to the (heated) massage table with serious chops to offer exquisite custom facials using active ingredients—all while parked in front of your house. Have spa, will travel.

Louis Vuitton x Campana Cocoon Chair

In the Cocoon hanging chair, part of Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection, luxury Brazilian furniture house Campana combines leading-edge technology with LV’s leathercraft savoir faire. Lined with calfskin and trimmed in brass, the perforated fibreglass shell has a two-metre-long woven-leather suspension cord.

Take a seat in the limited-edition chair while browsing in Louis Vuitton’s newest—and largest—maison in Canada, inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. It features men’s and women’s leather goods, jewellery, and the iconic brand’s hardsided pieces. In the newly revamped and expanded space, art from across the world offers a stunning backdrop for the clothing and footwear collections. Admire a painting by Italian artist Isadora Capraro, a Hélène de Saint Lager coffee table, and a three-dimensional canvas by local artist Scott Sueme, who explores perception and colour.

Balmain Paris Hair Couture Héritage Collection

Studio 54 and disco hair weren’t yet in the fashion firmament in 1974 when Balmain Hair arrived on the scene with the finest handcrafted wigs. Conceived by wigmaker Dick Guliker in partnership with fashion designer Pierre Balmain (who aimed to go head-to-head with wig lines from Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin), these handmade hairpieces eventually evolved into hair extensions, then a line of premium natural shampoos and conditioners that remain the brand’s signature calling card today.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Balmain Paris Hair Couture introduces the Héritage 1974 Collection in Canada this month. Featuring non-greasy formulations suitable for all hair types, enduring aromas, and good-for-you ingredients that are also good for the planet, the new trio of unisex hair perfumes—Ginger 1974, Cardamom 1974, and Vetiver 1974—promises to leave all the other heavy, sticky fragrance sprays firmly in the past. Infused with silk protein and argan elixir, the new hair scents were crafted by Niche Fragrance Award-winning perfumer Cécile Zarokian and feature notes like white musk (Ginger 1974), bergamot (Cardamom 1974), and rose (Vetiver 1974).

Peter Thomas Roth Serum and Cream

With outdoor activities and frigid temperatures in the forecast, your skin needs some extra layering, too. This month, celebrity skin-care brand Peter Thomas Roth launches the Peptide Skinjection Amplified Wrinkle-Fix serum and Moisture Infusion cream, which work to reduce the appearance of expression lines and add moisture, thanks to hydrating cactus flower and squalane.

Roam The Brand Candles

Inspired by travel and nature, Roam The Brand is a new Vancouver-based luxury candle company with a commitment to sustainability and non-toxic premium ingredients. The candles are made with biodegradable, toxin-free, paraben-free coconut-apricot wax, and each one arrives in an elegant reusable ceramic vessel.

With the new subscription service, a Roam candle box filled with ceramic candles, four-ounce travel versions, and refills arrives at your door every month. From Lulworth, England (patchouli, clove, and lily), to Tofino (amber, cedarwood, and jasmine), each scent brings travel experiences home—or will inspire travel experiences there. Capturing the essence of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the adjacent green-hued glacial waters of Lake Beauvert, the Beauvert candle features notes of juniper berry, balsam fir, pine, and sage; recalling outdoor adventure and pristine wilderness long after you leave, this candle is available exclusively at the lodge.

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Post Date:

January 2, 2024