I think Gilchrist&Soames are best known for being luxury skincare products of the hotel world. I rarely see their products in shop windows, and rather more prestigious Spa’s and expensive hotels.
Little did I know, until one of their bath products landed on my door step, in my monthly Birchbox, that you could purchase their stuff for home use, and they actually had quite an impressive collection on offer.
When I was emailed about reviewing a few of their products, I was sent the *London Collection. For me, these are the products that spring to mind, when someone mentions Gilchrist&Soames. The packaging has to be a favourite of mine, so classic, and minimalistic, yet the sort of range you get out for show, when the guests came over to stay,
I was lucky enough to get quite a few travel sized products, so what better way to test them out, than acting as if I was on a weekend away. So I ditched my Loreal shampoo, and my shower gel, even my cleansers for the weekend, and used the whole range.
Now my hair is longer than the average person by quite a bit, so I think I got about two uses out of the Shampoo, and Conditioner. Luckily there was an extra Conditioning Shampoo treatment, but to be honest, they washed my hair well, and I could actually get away with going two days with out washing with these products, (I’m usually reaching for the dry shampoo otherwise) so even for my hair, they lasted a long weekend.
I was a little hesitant at first about using the facial soap, and it did dry out my skin, as I expected, but for a weekend it hardly did my skin any damage, and I just slapped on a little bit more moisturiser. I sometimes actually prefer using a soap to a shower gel, as I feel you get a more squeeky clean feeling, (Do you know what I mean?) so although I had the two, I opted for the soap more, which of course is still going. The body lotion is light, and absorbs quickly in to the skin, surprisingly keeping the skin well hydrated, as my usual ‘go to’ moisturisers tend to be quite thick, and heavy.
Gilchrist&Soames London collection, is ideal for those who travel a lot, but I think some of their gift sets/collections would be perfect for Christmas presents. I would even be tempted to buy the full size versions, for when people come to stay, (Or the Shampoo and Conditioner for myself). The products are and look sophisticated, and if I was to go away with the Boyfriend he would quite happily use these as well. No overpowering fruity smells, or masculine scents, a ideal balance between the two, (A unisex range you may say), and to me each product has the same scent.
Reading a little bit more in to the Background of Gilchrist&Soames, I was impressed to see that they are against animal testing, (Which is quite rare in the beauty industry), I liked hearing about their English heritage for nearly 40years, and that one of their first products in the luxury hospitality market was candles, now I can’t seem to find any on their website, (So maybe they are no longer around) but I bet they smelt nice.
What do you think of Gilchrist&Soames? Have you used any of their products? or tried any other collections?
Lots of love,