Medhatter Loves Stenders, the “gardener of feelings”
What comes to mind when we mention Latvia? You wouldn’t be wrong to think of lavender fields and scenic beauty but this Northern country is also the birth place for Stenders known for luxurious bath and beauty products. Obsessed about nature inspired brands, our aspiring beauty blogger, Ms Sequina jumped at the chance to sample the Rose Skincare Line.
What is interesting about Stenders is its love for Northern nature. There is a strong sense of patriotism in the way that founders started the brand. Founded by Jānis Bērziņš in 2011, Latvia and Northern beauty remains a key source of their brand inspiration.
As expressed by Founder Mr Jānis Bērziņš, “Forest, meadows and the depths of the Baltic Sea – nature is full of valuable ingredients. It has inspired and allowed us to create cosmetics, which is rooted in northern tradition and nursed by knowing experts. We know how to entice the secrets of beauty from plants, flowers and water, how to make unusual and effective combinations of these ingredients to give your body and spirit the cosmetics they need.”
Read on for our review where Medhatter writer, Sequina takes you into an enchanting rose garden bath fantasy with the Stenders Rose Bath Line.
It was my first encounter with STENDERS and I was deeply fascinated by the beauty of the product packaging and the beauty of northern Europe. Packaging in pink labels and bottles, the products evoked a sense of romanticism and enchantment – like an invitation to enter a beautiful rose garden. Their brand philosophy is akin to the quote “I feel like I’ve stepped into a secret garden, full of the scents and colours of nature. I’m touching, trying to sense the products, to capture how it makes me feel, until I find something that speaks to me at that moment.”
Their main line comprises products for bath and shower, and body care pampering. They also have a wide range of handcrafted soaps, bath bubble balls as well as cosmetics.
Like most girls, I love the rose scent and trying new beauty products, so I was thrilled to be able to sample the STENDERS products. Over the past two weeks, I have been using the STENDERS Rose Salt Scrub as well as the Rose Sauna Honey product. As advised, I used the Rose Salt Scrub first to prep my skin for the rich Rose Sauna Honey.
Trained by my mother to follow a three step beauty routine, I use a scrub once a week to deeply cleanse my skin. Containing nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, sweet almond and jojoba oil, the polished salt crystals had a gentle peeling effect. I loved how the rose petals were added to the scrub. As I have super dry skin, using the STENDERS Rose Salt Scrub has really helped moisturize my skin, making it softer and smoother.
After rinsing off the salt scrub, I tried the Rose Sauna Honey.
The Rose Sauna Honey consists of 99% pure natural honey from the flowers of northern meadows smelt delicious. Its description reads that it provides deep skin purification and softening effect, helping to discharge toxins and cleanse pores. As I was longing for a nice foot soak, I scooped out two spoonfuls (a bit too greedy) into a small basin of warm water. I waited for about fifteen minutes to allow the solid honey melted and liquefied in the water. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, honey is said to promote cell regeneration. I was enticed by the idea of having my dry feet looking smooth and velvety as a golden drop of honey. A bouquet of rose and sandalwood aromas filled up my entire living bath and living room making it quite an exquisite sensation to my otherwise very mundane bathing ritual. Nice yummy feeling feet at last!
I have been using the rose line for two weeks now and love how my skin has become smoother and more radiant. I would definitely recommend STENDERS products for those who love smelling like a million dollar rose. dry skin. Did you know? It takes 3500 kg of flowers to make just 1 litre of rose essential oil.
The Rose Salt Scrub costs USD$19.43 while the Rose Sauna Honey is USD$18.28. But wait a few more weeks before you start working out shipping fees. The good news is that STENDERS will be opening soon in Singapore at Plaza Singapura.
If you enjoy pampering yourself with nature-inspired cosmetics with natural plants and flowers, Stenders will be perfect for adding multitude of sensations to your bath and shower ritual.
Stay tuned for information as their grand opening in Singapore is coming to you soon! As the Gardener of Feelings, STENDERS boutiques in 200 stores worldwide are all styled like secret gardens where fantasies come true.