Thursday, June 16, I was a mama who lunched, got her nails done and had a facial at the day spa, Free Persephone in Paris.
I might be living in Paris, but believe me I don’t do this everyday, how I wish I did!
She hosted the day to bring together English-speaking, expat mamas from across Paris for a special treat. Just to remind us, though it’s tough being a mum, tough being a mum living in a different country, we’re awesome. Thanks Claudette I love you!
Hanging out with the goddess of spring
Free Persephone is Paris’ first fragrance day spa, producing it’s own, in-house perfume blends, I’ve fallen for ‘Bloomsbury Darling’ which has neroli, juniper berry, white musk and an infusion of tea – guess I am missing England!
The spa is bright, fresh and spring-like, filled with fresh-cut flowers, and even though there was a torrential downpour outside, I just didn’t care; I was surrounded by beauty and loveliness. And even better it’s only a few minutes from Le Bon Marche, my favourite department store here in Paris.
The spa has a tea salon, where you can enjoy a selection of fragrant, organic teas. They’ve thought of everything!
It offers a range of treatments from manicures through to full body massages, prices start at eight euros for a French polish to 150 euros for a personalised body care treatment.
A botanical garden for your face
We were treated to a facial workshop to introduce us to the boutique, skin care brand, Odaites. Created by three sisters, one is a chemist and the other a pharmacist. The skin care range is based on traditional, family recipes brought to life through the Odiates brand.
There is a small product line of cleanser, cream, mask and serum all containing date sap, cold-pressed, extra virgin oils – prickly pear, apricot and jojoba, as well as essential oil blends of neroli, rosemary and aloe vera. It’s a botanical garden for your face.
I’m won over by the serum and the mask, both made my skin, roughened up by the Paris pollution and hard water, soft and rejuvenated.
These products are stocked in selected pharmacies across Paris and the Zen Pharmacy, Knightsbridge, London.
I have new hands!
I very rarely do my nails. I always scuff my new nail polish, and within a day my nails are chipped making me think, why bother.
It was sheer pleasure to have a manicure, nails filed, hands massaged and moisturised, then nails delicately applied with polish. The result, new hands!
It’s all about love
And because this is Paris, a poetry reading rounded off our day! I wafted home to the words of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and Lord Byron ringing through my ears. Only in Paris!
66 Boulevard Raspail
Tel: +33 1 42 22 13 04
Metro line 12, Rennes