PARIS IS A CITY OF HIDDEN DELIGHTS. I AM OFTEN DISCOVERING SOME PLACE WONDERFUL, “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”.
I love a secret but I love a surprise even more.
Paris is a treasure for what hides up cobbled alleyways, in charming courtyards and behind closed doors. Those massive wooden doors with their secret codes are home to many a private world.
Early in the summer Paris shared a secret or two with me.
I have long been a fan of Darphin skincare since my life-changing trip in 1999. This was the year when France and I became inseparable. I should thank Darphin.
I started using the cleanser and have never looked back. Darphin is its own French secret. A small beauty brand, with a strong and loyal following, that until recently was mostly known only to French women.
I want to share this treasure with you.
First, let’s talk Paris.
I know a visit to Paris is more about walking, soaking up the exquisite scene and people watching. Then it is museums, restaurants and a little or a lot of shopping. There is one other idea I have for you.
Take some time for you and experience French beauty first hand.
Last month, I went to Institut Darphin on rue Saint Honoré.
This was my first encounter and in all the years I have visited Paris and been a fan of this skincare I was not aware of their Institut. By the way, Institut is a very formal word for this beautifully delicious Parisian enclave.
This “behind closed doors” sanctuary is perfection to not only treat you but also to experience pampering in the French way. Institut Darphin is not like a hotel spa; the focus is very much about you and your skin. Is it relaxing? 150%. Did I learn more about my skin and what is required to keep it hydrated and in good shape? Absolutely.
And afterwards, I looked like a new person. Truly, ask the girls I was travelling with. I needed pampering and the truth is we all need to be pampered and never more so when we are on the road.
I wanted to tell you because so often we grab an hour to relax at the spa in our hotel, which is all very beneficial, but an hour or two at Institut Darphin is another world and a whole other league.
If you have an upcoming visit to Paris, add this to your list and treat yourself.
Let me know when you will be there; I need no excuse. Let’s make it a girls day out with lunch at Lou Lou’s. xv
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350 Rue Saint Honoré,
75001 Paris, France
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