I confess I’m a bit of a mask addict. It’s not because my skin is awful, but rather because I’m such a sucker for packaging, so anything promising an instant glow or effortless pick-me-up draws me in—and that’s doubly true if it’s French.
Take Diptyque, for example. The iconic brand best known for its visually exciting, perfectly scented candles is breaking into skincare, and no one could be happier than I am. I’ve been a long and loyal fan of the luxury fragrance line since the sophisticated Do Son was launched in 2005. Now, in addition to the extensive range of home fragrances and body care produced in northern France, comes a diverse, five-piece collection of basics, including a facial water, boosting powder, balm, clay, and lotion. Using plant distillation and all-natural ingredients (such as floral waxes and rice powders), the products are steeped with Damask rose and created under the watchful direction of two cosmetic formulation experts who are known for their raw material selection.
My favorite pick is the (needless to say) beautifully packaged Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay ($65) that sits as pretty on my vanity table as it does on my skin. It’s basically a clay mask for dummies. Unlike those old-school goopy mud masks, which can absorb your natural oils and deplete precious moisture in the process of cleaning your skin of impurities, Diptqyue Exfoliating Clay doesn’t dry or crack. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy its double-duty action: marble, rice, and oat powders gently polish the skin while the kaolin frees pores of pollution and excess skin cream left behind from the week’s moisturing. Finally, the apricot kernel oil leaves skin feeling superbly soft, extremely hydrated, and wholly pampered. This is ideal for a Sunday night ritual, revamping the face with a faint but charming violet scent, and prepping it for the mélange of moisturizers, sunscreens, and BB creams that I’ll be layering on during the week.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.