Splendid Evening With Biologique Recherche at Four Seasons' Spa
Holaaa Beautiful! How was your 2018 so far? I hope you had a great time 🌻✨
I am currently at Makassar (my first traveling trip in 2018-- yayy!), for those who unfamiliar where is the place, it is one of the biggest population city in Indonesia; located on the east-side of the country. Makassar has been one of my favorite city, since (believe it or not), I have been living in South Sulawesi for almost 6 years during my childhood time. I reaaally love the traditional cuisines (especially kapurung, this dish is made from sago starch and you eat it with refreshing-summery fish soup).
Alright, move from the food conversation. Today, I am going to write about different thing and I hope this is something that could be useful for you :') *fingers-crossed*
Since a while ago, I realized that I am still in the continuous process on how to make my life full of meanings. By, of course, looking and assessing what are my life-goals. It does not have to be difficult or complicated or serious and I realized over time that life-goals can be changed depends on my interest or passion at that time. Even though I also realized at some point I need to settle down and focus on what "I really love and can be applying to my future career" - so it is not just for fun.
Aside from skincare, I just noticed that I love to get beauty treatment as well. Whether it is a simple manicure-pedicure, waxing, hair treatment, eyelash treatment or even spa. I love them all and I did them regularly at least once a week. I love to try new services and new beauty treatment places and it is addictive! I guess I am not alone.
My current work is also kinda related to the beauty service industry. Currently, I am working in one of a start-up company in Jakarta and was lead the development of product marketing GO-GLAM (the product is similar as GlamSquad in the USA) back in 2015 and it was super challenging yet fun. Moving along, learn to run on-demand tech beauty product gave me insights from a professional point of view. It made me became more and more eager to try lots of new beauty treatment/services because the innovation is so fast in the beauty industry and you will never be bored with it. Starting this year, I have another goals or wish-lists. I want to experience and try natural/organic body or skin treatments.
I already tried a different kind of beauty treatment providers and places. However, I want to start moving to use all clean products for my entire body, not only skincare. So it is a totally-huge challenge for me since I doubt the products' ingredients used in a beauty treatment (I believe parabens family is still commonly being used in Indonesia *cry*).
Since then, I am looking for which places that provide treatments with at least natural (not vegan) and paraben-free. Then I found there is Biologique Recherche facial treatment launched in Jakarta already. I learned more about this product while my fellow blogger tries their signature lotion P50 and I read Biologique Recherche (BR) already paraben-free and contains mostly natural-active ingredients. After confident and learn more about BR's product ingredients, I would really like to give it a go.
But there is another thing that I need to consider. The BR facial treatment is only available in Jakarta at Four Seasons hotel. And I was like 😑😑😑 *poker face*. I know it is gonna be hella expensive, girls! hahahah. Moreover, I never get a beauty treatment like a madam or a famous public-figure at five-stars hotel before so practically I am nervous. Lots of questions pop into my mind before making the decision:
- "should I try it? 🤔🤔🤔"
- "will this treatment worth the price?"
- "what can I do better with Rp. 1.750.000 (around USD 130, for service, this is quite expensive in Indonesia)?"
- "if I decide to get this treatment, how should I dress? it is a five-stars hotel 😱"
Finally, after thinking about it over and over, I know I am going to regret it if I choose not to take the treatment. Afterall I am in the process to get clean beauty treatment and I am strongly committed to my body and so far this is my only choice. So be it.
🌿 BEFORE THE TREATMENT 🌿
A day before (Friday, January 26th) I called Four Seasons hotel and they connected me with their Spa-line. I made a reservation for the next day (Saturday, January 27th) at 15.00 PM. The receptionist was friendly and warm then asked me whether I am aware or not with BR's treatment products and procedures. This is how they describe the treatments according to FS website:
- BE FLAWLESS -
Banish uneven tones and the signs of pigmentation with this balancing facial. Following a gentle exfoliation to prepare the skin, your Biologique Recherche therapist will apply skin-brightening products, including the Masque Exfoliant P50 Visage and the Serum PIGM 400, to prevent future blemishes. Your complexion will look bright, rejuvenated and youthful.
90 Minutes - 1,750 IDR
- ABSOLUTE RADIANCE -
Biologique Recherche's hero product Masque VIP O2 is at the heart of this highly oxygenating, brightening treatment. Ideal for those living in polluted cities, suffering from skin damage or with sensitive, stressed skin, the journey of expert analysis, deep cleansing, stimulating massage and rich nourishing is profoundly moisturizing. Treatment results in uplifted, youthful skin glowing with radiance.
60 Minutes - 1,250 IDR
90 Minutes - 1,750 IDR
120 Minutes - 2,150 IDR
- SECOND SKIN -
This intensely anti-aging facial by French skincare brand Biologique Recherche is a results-driven treatment that uses cutting-edge technology to visibly wind back the years for a beautifully refreshed complexion. The machine-led therapy stimulates the production of collagen to lift and smooth maturing skin, and when taken in a series, offers a non-invasive alternative to Botox and fillers.
60 Minutes - 5,650 IDR
90 Minutes - 7,750 IDR
120 Minutes - 9,250 IDR
I said I already read a little bit of them and would like to try "Be Flawless" treatment (this treatment use the infamous P50 lotion). The receptionist said that she will write down my request, however, she also stated on the treatment time my BR therapist will assess my skin's condition and will recommend the right treatment to improve my skin's condition.
Let's step back a bit. So what is exactly Lotion P50? Lotion P50 is a gentle-chemical exfoliator for skin. Made from combinations of hydroxy acids; AHA, BHA and PHA. To those who are still unfamiliar with acids, AHA or alpha hydroxy acids, is the type of acids that are derived from fruits, nuts, milk or sugars. The most common type of AHA are:
- Glycolic acid (derived from sugars) is degreasing and is effective for controlling sebum production.
- Malic acid (derived from apples) is hydrating, soothing and increases tissue respiration.
- Tartaric acid (derived from grapes) is antioxidant.
- Mandelic acid (derived from bitter almonds) helps control pigment.
- Citric acid (derived from citrus fruits and corn) is anti-aging, brightening and increases epidermal thickness.
- Lactic acid (derived from milk and sugars) is antimicrobial, hydrating, inhibits pigment and adjusts pH.
BHA or beta hydroxy acid is also commonly known as salicylic acid, is derived from willow tree bark, wintergreen oil or sweet birch. BHA is able to penetrate the oils in the skin and clear out follicles of excess debris and skin cells, making it especially effective in for skin conditions with acne.
PHA or polyhydroxy acid is the most gentle type in the acids family due to their larger molecule size. PHA provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits as well as assist with exfoliation. Some common PHA are:
- Lactobionic acid (derived from lactose found in cow’s milk) is a humectant, antioxidant and soothing.
- Galactose is a sugar utilized in glycosaminoglycan and collagen synthesis, and cell migration, which may enhance wound healing.
- Gluconic acid (a naturally occurring ingredient in cells), also known as gluconolactone in skin care products, is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory while possessing AHA properties.
Quoting from BR's website, this is how they describe their P50 lotions ingredients:
All Lotions P50 contain a potent combination of AHA, BHA and PHA exfoliants: lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid and gluconolactone, to act as a chemical exfoliator. As its name indicates, the Lotions P50 gently renews the skin over 50 days – ‘P’ stands for peeling and ‘50’ stands for 50 days – which represents about two epidermal cycles, for a gentle yet effective exfoliating process.
🌿 DURING THE TREATMENT 🌿
Finally, Saturday came and I arrived at FS hotel around 10 mins before the treatment (by the way I went with a very casual clothes. Jeans, shirt, a light cardigan. And turns out it is totally fine, no-one is judging you there 😅). FS' Jakarta Spa is known as "The Spa" and located on the upper floor of the hotel. When I arrived at The Spa, I was warmly greeted by the concierge spa staff at spa lobby and she showed me the way to my private treatment room. All the treatment at FS will be done at private room (not a communal room like my usual facial at Erha), and it has 8 private treatment rooms and 2 private VIP treatment rooms. As for the interior, for spa lobby and aisle, FS decorate it with dark-gold color palette and make it looks luxurious and professional. I feel The Spa vibe was so quiet and kinda serious.
When I entered my private room, I was so excited because it is so spacious with inside bath-tub and private changing room/bathroom. I changed my clothes with a spa kimono and keep my bag inside the cabinet. Not long after that, my BR therapist, Ms. Iik, came and asked me to fill out skin analysis form. When she saw the form, she asked what are my biggest skincare concerns and take a closer look on my skin's condition.
I told her I want to prevent fine lines and dryness is my biggest challenge. She also noticed my skin started to have pigmentation, dark spots and deep-eye bags during the analysis. She then recommends me to try the "Be Flawless" treatment (yayy! just like I wanted!). Before we started the treatment, she explained the step by step and introduce me with the products that will be used during my treatment. She also says that for all BR treatments in FS, there will be no comedo extraction like a normal or basic facial, it will be focusing on serum and products application. The reason is all BR products contain a strong exfoliation, which will make the skin 'tingle' and extraction cannot be done to avoid negative reaction after the treatment.
Then, after she done explaining about the products and treatment procedures, my "Be Flawless" treatment started. I asked to be seated to get a foot treatment. My foot being massaged and soaked with warm water. They are using a basin with lots of small marbles in the bottom of the basin and I totally enjoyed it. It feels relaxing! The massaged last for around 5 minutes. During this step, FS already prepared a welcome drink for me as well. The welcome drink was a non-sugar cold Rosella Tea. Then, I headed to the treatment bed while Ms. Iik prepared all the products and equipment. Here are the steps of the treatment:
- Dry and light hand and foot massage. This process lasts for around 15 minutes.
- Initialization Stage (Cleansing): Lait U application.
I feel sooo relaxed while my skin cleansed. The Lait U cleanser has a light-milky texture and made of hazelnut oil, sweet almond oil, and wheat germ extract to soften and add an extra antioxidant. My therapist used two-pieces of damp and hygiene sponge to remove the cleanser.
- Initialization Stage (Exfoliate): Lotion P50 application.
It is the moment of truth. Lotion P50 is the star product from BR that everyone said as "Jesus in a bottle". No kidding. P50 has three different types for different skin conditions. In this treatment, my therapist applied Lotion P50W since I have a quite sensitive skin. She applied the lotion with a cotton round and I started to feel the tingling sensation. The tingling sensation still bearable, and when I take a look, my face looked so red like a heated machine especially on the cheek area.
- Initialization Stage (Mask): Masque VIP O2 application
To tone down the burning effect from Lotion P50, my therapist applied the VIP O2 mask for calming and soothing effect. The mask contains cucumber extract, white clay, and fatty acids. The mask was left for around 20 minutes.
- Treatment Stage (Serum 1): Oligo-Protéines Marines serum
Then after the mask, my first serum application came. I was so excited with this process as I cannot wait to feel and see the results. Oligo Marines serum made from pure advanced algae extract to reduce dark circle under eyes. Turns out, for all BRs serum, it cannot be poured and have a contact with skin directly. My therapist uses a medical grade injection tools to get the serum and spray it to a soft muslin cloth before put the cloth on my eyes. The serum sits for around 15 minutes.
- Treatment Stage (Serum 2): PIGM400
While my eyes rested, Ms. Iik started to apply the targeted serum and was using PIG400 to prevent dark spots. She is using some kind of cooling beauty tool to make the serum absorbed quickly.
- Treatment Stage (Essential Cream): Marine Elastine cream
After the serums application done, my therapist started to apply BRs intensive cream series with a face-massage. During my treatment, I got the Crème ADN Elastine Marine Collagène Marin to make skin more supple made from yeast extract, salmon extract and marine-collagen.
- Treatment Stage (Specific Cream): PIGM400 cream
After the first cream, I also got another cream application. PIGM400 cream made from soybeans extract, wasabi extract and vitamin E to help brightens the skin.
- Treatment Stage (Finishing Serum): Fluide VIP O2 serum
After the creams application, my therapist applied finishing serum made of witch hazel extract and silk extract to soothe and regenerating the dull-skin.
🌿 AFTER THE TREATMENT 🌿
After the treatment is done, I notice that my skin became more plump, slightly glowing and my smile-line is less visible (however, the post-treatment glow was already gone by the time when I went to sleep). Then I changed my clothes, and my therapist showed me the way to get the post-treatment ginger drink at The Spa's lounge area. The lounge is round, with lots of modern beauty-pods for you to relax and chill. I spent for around 15 minutes at the lounge and proceed into payment. The "Be Flawless" treatment fee costed for Rp. 1.750.000, but it was the basic price without tax. After tax and service (if I am not mistaken the tax was 20%-21%), and the total with tax costed around Rp. 2.000.000.
That was a lot of money, I know 😅😅😅. Please also bear in mind the price that I paid was not included with 'gratuity-fee' or tips to my therapist. Usually, the tips should be ~10% from the service cost, so you can do the math :')
Personally, I am not planning to make this treatment consistent each month. Perhaps I will come back again once in a blue-moon as I'd rather buy the P50 lotion product for longer monthly usage or buy more skincare products with those amount of money. Turns out, The Spa at Four Seasons also sell BR's products in Jakarta (not only the facial services) as they are the only official distributor here. The P50 lotion series size 150ml are ranging from Rp. 900,000 and up, not including the tax.
If you are interested to try chemical exfoliation and is a new exfoliator user, I would recommend you to try gentler products instead such as Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA, contains 5.25% of AHA. If you would like to try something stronger, then you could try Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Baby Facial , contains 25% AHA & 2% BHA before jump to BR's P50 Lotion 🤗
I hope you enjoyed my first clean beauty service review with Biologique Recherche, and happy exfoliating! 😍💚✨
Overall Treatment Experience
Ambiance: 🌟🌟🌟( a bit serious for me)
Spa Staff Attitude: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (very warm, friendly and informative)
Therapist Attitude & Skills: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (honest, informative and friendly)
Price: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (if all of the products used combined, and I should buy it for my self it will be more expensive than the treatment price)