Thursday, 27 November 2014

Brand Discovery: Huygens, Paris

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to Paris with the lovely ladies at Birchbox to learn more about some of their favourite Parisian brands that are stocked on the Birchbox website. One of the stops on our trip was a little apothecary-style boutique that is home to Huygens. I'd never heard of the brand before, and was instantly intrigued by the pretty blue facade.
Their unique, unpretentious approach to aromatherapy is quite charming... 
They talk you through all of their aromatherapy oil blends, finding out both what you want to get from your products, what you like and what you don't like. They are then able to mix each individual blend with any of their bath, body, hair or skin care products (all of which are also formulated with 97-100% natural ingredients) to create your own bespoke selection right there in the shop.
Aside from the concept, the products themselves really are lovely (hence the delay in putting this post up, I've been giving them all a good road test!) The facial exfoliating cream is possibly my favourite. This is the one product I came away with that you can't actually personalise the scent of, it has a gentle citrus scent and the thick, luxurious formula leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft and rejuvenated but not stripped.
My other favourite is the bath oil, which I personalised with their 'Hercule' oil blend. The scent fills my entire hallway and has an utterly relaxing affect with it's notes of rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender (perfect for bedtime!) The founder Daan also recommended that I try their shampoo personalised with Hercule for my sensitive, irritable scalp and it's working really nicely for my hair. 

The personalisation process...
Finally, I also adore their Verveine scent. It's quite strong but something about it is sweeter than similar products I've tried before and I find it really uplifting. As Huygens is still a baby brand, they can only be found in the UK via the Birchbox website. Birchbox currently only stock a selection of their products, but seeing as it's such a gorgeous brand, I have a feeling that may well change in the future! You can take a look at Huygens' own website here, and if you happen to be in Paris any time soon, I would thoroughly recommend paying their delightful little shop a visit at 24 Rue du Temple!
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  1. Perfumed article... To bad I didn't went Birchbox's store when I was living in France(this happened for 1 year with my Erasmus grant). Next time for sure will pass by :) nice post Fleur
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  2. I was in Paris last weekend, gutted I hadn't heard about the brand then! Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

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  3. To visit this shop would be a really good reason to travel to Paris :)
    Lovely greetings from Bavaria, Rena www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  4. lovely post and great photos :)

    emily xxx

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  5. It all looks so lovely! Such nice photos Fleur :) x

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  6. Looked amazing :) great photographs!

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    xx

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  7. I have not heard about these brand until now, but it looks lovely.

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  8. That sounds great. I love customized smells.

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  9. I've never heard of the brand, but I like the way it looks and that they use natural ingredients!! =D

    xoRosie
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  10. Jealous of your Paris trip! Lovely photos, the shop looks so cool x
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  11. I am in love with the packaging!! :)xx

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  12. I´m liking the Art Noveau-ish font on the rather low-key looking bottle or flacon as one might say.

    Great tip Fleur. ;)

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  13. This looks so incredible, and it all looks so pretty and quaint! I might go to Paris just to go here!

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  14. I'm going to paris next week!

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  15. These sound so amazing. I love using this type of product and I especially love the idea of blending aromatherapy oils.

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  16. oh wow this brand sounds amazing! definitely need to check them out :)

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  17. I like how these products are tailored to you and very personal. The scents you describe sound very relaxing and calming - a bit like what you'd smell in a spa. Very unique

    Emma x


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  18. I love the laboratory / medicine esque feel to the brand! :) Lovely post.
    Ellie,xx
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  19. I've never heard of the brand either, but I'd definitely love to try it!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  20. It looks lovely!
    Hopefully I can get some for myself!

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  21. Everything sounds incredible! I hadn't heard of this brand until I saw the vlogs either, but it is definitely one to try.

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  22. Looks super nice! x

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  23. Looks lovely! I've been meaning to try some new products :)

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  24. This is such a lovely concept and the packaging is lovely. It's a shame they're only available in the UK :(
    - lana (lana-sultana.blogspot.com)

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  25. wow amazing

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  26. interesting brand


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  27. this post was so interesting!!! I really wish I could go to that store! It sounds so cool and uniquely awesome :)
    <3 Katie
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  28. amazing blog post fleur

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  29. What a great experience - I would love to play around with different oils to make my own unique products. Great post Fleur xx
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  30. This looks very interesting! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

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  31. They look and sound lovely. Would make a lovely Xmas gift xox

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  32. Would love to take a visit! :D

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  33. I saw this brand in Paris and it intrigued me! I adore the packaging x
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  34. It looks amazing! :)

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  35. Wow. First of, love the packaging, love the personalised scents, love the pictures..everything! I will definitely pay the visit, if I'm ever in Paris.. :)

    Karin, Baloon's Life

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  36. They look fantastic, but i daren't ask the price!

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  37. I wish i could go to Paris! Great post.

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  38. I'm going to Paris in April so I'll be sure to check this brand out :)
    Anjna Harish

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  39. Sounds like a lovely little brand! Thanks for sharing your experience, Fleur!
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  40. I saw this product being mentioned on YT too, I think Marzia was chatting about it.
    Paris is wonderful this time of year, so any excuse for me to visit then I will *packs case* :D
    Thanks for sharing you blog piccies are always fab and I love reading your posts.

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  41. It all looks lovely! <3

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  42. The packaging looks great!

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  43. This store looks amazing! I love seeing brands who take so much pride in their work and have a passion that almost exudes out of their products :)

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  44. I'll check out the shop when I go to Paris next year in February ! :)

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  45. This looks lovely! Would love to visit Paris! :)

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