March 29 2011
My current favourite spa is the one at the recently opened Brooklands Hotel Surrey – it’s just up the road from where I live and has become a kind of home from home (there’s also a fine brasserie, while the décor is stylishly 1920s/30s inspired). The spa (the BSPA) has a spectacularly located hot tub on the roof terrace, overlooking the adjacent racetrack (the original home of English motor racing); for me, though, the big discovery has been the facial products used by the spa: Lubatti.
While most of us have heard of Jo Malone, her sister Tracey Malone has quietly built up her own skincare business. Their mother Eileen was a well-known facialist in the 1970s who gained her skills and knowledge while working for Madame Lubatti, a London-based skincare expert who treated the likes of Vivien Leigh with her flower- and plant-based beauty recipes. Eileen Malone in turn passed those secrets down to Tracey, who has now launched the Lubatti skincare collection using Madame Lubatti’s recipes.
It’s a formidable pedigree, but there’s nothing big or showy about these products: Tracey’s Lubatti skincare range is low-key and well-edited. There are no silly promises or high-falutin’ claims, just beautifully fragranced, great-feeling products.
As a result, I have come to listen to and respect the advice of the BSPA therapists. My facialist was plainly shocked, for instance, that I don’t use a toner, and haven’t done since my teenage days, but I’m now convinced that I should start again, to combat pore-enlarged skin and prevent future congestion. And when the Lubatti Clear Skin Tonic smells gorgeously like a heady bouquet of roses, not to mention the associated images of old-school Hollywood icons such as Vivien Leigh, the arguments in favour of using it become compelling. I’ve used it ever since.
Rose Clear Skin Tonic, £24.50 for 200ml.