As I mentioned in my last post, I was recently on a quick trip over to one of my favourite cities, Paris, with skincare brand Darphin. I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t overly familiar with the brand beforehand – I’d not ever really tried their products, but I’m always keen to learn something new. This is especially true when it involves getting to know a brand properly by visiting their home turf.
This was exactly what happened when we met with Global Communications Director, Caroline. Her passion for Darphin and for her city was totally infectious. Not only did we get a good look at some of the brand’s latest launches, but also a little look at some of their favourite haunts in Paris too. I thought I’d share them with you!
The Darphin Institute has been at this spot in Paris since the 1950s. With the brand specialising in botanical ingredients, we were greeted to a greenhouse full of citrus scents, and of course, their two new hero products, the and .
I’m no Caroline Hirons so not in the best position to talk about the benefits of Darphin’s ingredients and the effect they have on the skin, but since I’ve started using them I’ve definitely seen some sort of improvement, to the point that my husband even thought to point out that my skin was looking good. And I’m not sure he’s ever said that before!
The new Lumière Essentielle collection is all about making skin regain it’s natural glow. Both the serum and gel cream are unique formulations including oil, so don’t have the textures of regular serums or creams. It’s a wonderful way for anyone still unsure about using oils on their face to dip their toes in and feel it’s benefits.
Now, enough with the face cream, and onward with Darphin’s favourite places in Paris…
It’s official, this hotel is my new favourite in Paris! As I visit fairly regularly, I’m often asked which hotels I like the most in the city, and I’ve never really had an answer that I’m quite as sure about as . Darphin knew what they were doing when they booked us in here!
It’s a fairly new hotel, but is already the place to stay, and I understand why with it’s impeccably Instagrammable interior. The colours, the furnishings, the breakfast – it’s all spot on!
28 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001
I’ve had my eye on t-shirts for a while, so I couldn’t have been happier that it was a stop on Caroline’s tour. They specialise in classic pieces, all embroidered with words, phrases or icons. I even had a custom number (you can decide what you’d like embroidered too!) in my shopping basket at one point, but was keen to see them in real life before ordering.
I ended up picking out both a sweatshirt and t-shirt here – they are just too cute to leave behind.
24 Rue de Poitou, 75003
If you like dainty pieces of fine jewellery like me, then you’ll love . So dainty in fact that my camera lens wouldn’t have been able to shoot a decent picture, so you’ll have to make do with a picture of their shop interior instead.
When you walk in you’ll be able to watch them crafting their jewellery right in front of you, that is if you can take your eyes off of the selection of stacking rings – take a look on their site, you’ll see what I mean!
53 Rue Charlot, 75003
If I didn’t already have an overflowing collection of crockery, then I could have done some serious damage at on Rue St Honore. You’ve probably seen their bits stocked in shops elsewhere (Liberty has a selection of their beautiful candles), but visiting their shop is a must if you’re in the area.
It’s filled top to bottom with beautiful crockery. I was particularly taken by some gold-rimmed cups and saucers that I definitely didn’t need.
173 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001
I love a good stationery/bits and bobs shop. Everything here is colourful, patterned and a little bit quirky. As usual, I picked up notebooks that I really don’t need and put them back down again.
One thing I did pick up (and purchase!) however was a set of iron-on patches in the shape of a hotdog and fries. If you haven’t seen Macon & Lesquoy embroidery before then you HAVE to look – their patches are absolutely amazing and something I’m rather tempted to start collecting.