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Valmont launches 'Essence of Bees' with focus on sustainability

Valmont Essence of Bees Collection

If you read my blog, you know I'm more than a little obsessed with the luxury skincare brand, Valmont.  As a TV personality, my face is important... and mine goes through a lot.  I wear loads of makeup every day, then scrub it all off every night.  Not to mention, the awful sun damage from my reckless youth.  So, it's worth it for me to spend the extra money taking care of my skin.

Valmont Essence of Bees Cure Majestueuse

Valmont is based in medical research so their products penetrate deeper and work with your body to renew and repair.  If you try the line, you immediately see and feel the difference.  In September, Valmont is adding a new trio of products to their l'Elixir des Glaciers collection.  It's called the Essence of Bees and I was lucky enough to try it before it hits the stores!!!

Valmont Essence of Bees Serum Majestueux

I thought Valmont was luxurious before, but this collection blew my mind.  I felt like a princess opening the oversized black and gold box.  The copper-toned bottles inside are nothing short of Hollywood glamour.  If you really want to splurge, Valmont's artistic director, Didier Guillon even created an 18 carat gold-plated sheath inspired by a honeycomb!

What's inside is also special.  The formula contains honey, propolis and royal jelly.  Honey is a moisturizer and skin repairer, while propolis is coveted for its purifying virtues.  Royal jelly is the most precious of the hive's products and helps with inflammation.  I've tried inexpensive products with these ingredients before, but had no clue how powerful they can be.  The cheap creams and lotions at the drug store don't do these ingredients justice.

Valmont Essence of Bees Masque Majestueux

Not only are the products good for your skin, but they're good for mother nature, too.  With this launch, Valmont is saving bees in Switzerland and investing in 50 beehives to sustainably use for their products going forward.  During the month of September, for every purchase of Essence of Bees, Valmont will donate $10 to the Pollinator Partnership to support the health of bees in North America.  I can definitely get behind (or should I say bee-hind) that!

Essence of Bees includes the Cure Majestueuse Votre Visage ($350), Masque Majestueux Votre Visage ($425) and Serum Majestueux Vos Yeux ($390), available at Saks 5th Avenue and at Valmont's online boutique.

A taste of historic New Orleans for your Christmas wish list

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever: Living Legacies and the Story of Old New Orleans You don't have to live in New Orleans to get a bit of the Big Easy under your Christmas tree.  Check out this gorgeous new book from the folks who run the historic Hermann-Grima and Gallier properties!

Photographer and author Kerri McCaffety recounts the days of antebellum New Orleans through glossy photos and some pretty scandalous accounts.  You may recognize her photography from one of my other favorite books... Bryan Batt's Big, Easy Style (yes, THAT Bryan Batt).

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever explores the worlds of those who lived in the noteworthy Hermann-Grima and Gallier homes, including the founding families, enslaved workers, Free People of Color craftsmen, ladies of The Christian Woman’s Exchange and residents of the 20th century rooming house... as well as the staff who keep the properties running today.

If you want a peek inside what life was like for the wealthiest families of the 19th century living in New Orleans' French Quarter, this is it!

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever retails for $45 and is available at bookstores throughout New Orleans, at the Hermann-Grima gift shop, online at Barnes and Noble and on the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses website.

 

Background:

Built in 1831 by Samuel Hermann, a German-Jewish immigrant who quickly amassed (and lost) his fortune in the commodities market, the Hermann-Grima House, located at 820 Saint Louis Street, is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. Generations of New Orleans’ notable Grima family resided on the property from the 1840s until the 1920s.

The Gallier House at 1132 Royal Street was designed and built in 1857 by James Gallier, Jr., one of the most prominent architects of 19th century New Orleans.

The Woman’s Exchange purchased the Hermann-Grima House in 1924 and acquired the Gallier House in 1996. Their mission is to continue the legacy of the Christian Woman’s Exchange, established in 1881, by restoring and maintaining the houses, and interpreting their contribution to and place in New Orleans.