I’ve never been one for novelty beauty products, but I’m starting to warm up to them. After incorporating more Korean and Japanese products to my regimen, I’m starting to think that those fruit-shaped containers and jelly-like moisturizers are actually… kinda cute. But the goods aren’t limited to Asia. French makeup artist, Laura Mercier, has come up with a special body lotion like Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme (full size at USD 60) that’s almost good enough to eat.
Quick Specs: full size at 12 OZ. / 300g ; made in USA
The one I have is actually a deluxe sample size. Those three items in the photo above were part of a prize set I won from Rustan’s. The full-size version of the souffle actually belongs in a big glass jar that reminds me of artisanal jam.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Isocetyl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Isododecane, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polysorbate 60, Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Sorbic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Honey (Mel), Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, BHT, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Retinyl Palmitate, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Honey (Mel) Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene. May Contain (+/-): CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6).
Five Things About Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme:
- I only have the small size, but I’ve seen and held the full-sized containers at the Laura Mercier counter. They are luxurious. Imagine having hefty glass jars adorn your bathroom counter. It brings to mind a five-star hotel. However, that which makes it pretty also makes it impractical for travel.
- Apparently, not all vanilla scents are created equal. I’ve tried vanilla body sprays in the past, but there’s something about ambre vanilla that makes it grown-up. It has notes of coconut, brown sugar, and heliotrope, aside from the ambre and sandalwood base notes. It has a warm and sensual vibe, not just a vanilla birthday cake smell.
- While the scent is already unmistakably gourmand, it’s the texture that furthers the dessert-related association. The light, whipped moisturizing creme reminds me of creme patissiere aka pastry cream aka cream puff filling. It’s rich and light at the same time, but also non-greasy and not as thick as body butter.
- It doesn’t linger too long, but I don’t really use it during the day. It’s more of a comforting before-bed lotion.
Verdict: It’s a luxurious treat for the skin that captures the sensual confidence of Laura Mercier products. Don’t plan on taking it everywhere with you as the bottle is heavy, but then again it is made for a home-spa experience in the first place.
*Photo of full-size container taken from Laura Mercier official website.