November 18 2012
On nights when no one else is home, I turn up my iTunes and close the bathroom blinds to shut out prying eyes. Soaped and rinsed, I massage a generous layer of Spa Trisara’s Lemongrass Body Mask (£12 for 150ml) right from my toes up to my décolleté. I push my flexibility to its limits so as not to miss a single spot. Then I reach for the tube of Spa Trisara Green Tea Face Mask (£12 for 150ml) to complete the coverage.
Caked in the white, mud-based body mask, I still manage to dance around to the iPod’s crooning strains – though I recently cut Adele from this playlist to keep even a single saltwater tear from washing away any of the seriously softening, redness-erasing face treatment. As the masks dry, the tropical scents of Thai vacations past permeate the woefully urban air around me.
What’s strange is that I am not usually a lotions and potions girl, and certainly not one given to such idiosyncratic beauty rituals. Ask my friend Dalia, the recipient of a lifetime’s worth of five-star-hotel bottles of fragrant shampoos and luscious elixirs that I have gathered on my travels, but feared were loaded with ingredients that my sensitive skin would visibly reject.
But Dalia’s luck ran out earlier this year when Bobby Duchowny, founder of Phuket’s Lemongrass House (purveyor of handmade, organic beauty botanicals) teamed up with Anthony Lark, general manager of the same island’s Trisara Resort, who is manly enough to admit his penchant for ambrosial scents and natural skin treatments. Together this dynamic duo concocted a range that includes Virgin Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion (£12 for 150ml) – a travel essential I deem worthy of sacrificing hand luggage to the hold for – and the Aloe Vera After Sun Gel (£12 for 150ml), the only such product I have ever trusted enough to rub onto my sunburn-prone cheekbones.
As I wash away Trisara’s restorative clays and dry off, I bask in my skin’s smoothness. As smooth as Thai silk, no less.