Tucked away from the crowds of Kensington Church Street, Embassy of Beauty is a pretty, cocooning sanctuary elegantly adorned in polished gold and white marble. As both a retail space and a skincare clinic, this chic space is the UK flagship of cult French favourite Biologique Recherche, a luxury skincare line known for its acute effectiveness and made from highly concentrated botanical, marine, and biological extracts.
Embassy of Beauty is staffed by a highly trained, elite team of Biologique Recherche therapists who deliver results-driven facials in a handful of warm, relaxing treatment rooms located on the lower level.
All Embassy of Beauty treatments are designed specifically for the client and start with a skin analysis from the therapist.
My expert skincare guru is Claudia, and she starts me off with a thorough cleanse with the hydrating and brightening Lait VIP O2, which is specifically designed for city dwellers as it protects the skin against pollution.
Many skincare products have notably artificial aromas, so I was surprised by the scent of the Biologique Recherche products. The scent is surprisingly organic and natural; there are clearly no added fragrances here. After my cleansing message, the skin-tingling Lotion P50W exfoliator is applied, followed by a combination of two masks, Masque VIP O2 and Masque Vivant. The potent Masque Vivant is a blend of yeast, cucumber, and lactic acid, and I could feel it working on my skin (also the smell is very strong). Throughout the facial, cold water is used to purify the skin between the steps, but a heated treatment table kept me warm and comfortable.
At the end of the relaxing treatment, I’m given an at-home “prescription” detailing which products I should use and how I should use them. Many of Biologique Recherche products can be used in combination with each other. For example, for my skin, Claudia recommends that I blend together two serums (three drops of Sérum A-Glyca plus three drops of Sérum Amniotique E.) for a perfect bespoke combination. You can combine up to four serums and all Biologique Recherche products can be purchased in-store or online.
Halfway through my treatment, my therapist Claudia holds up a mirror. She has focused first on the right side of my face, and it’s noticeably higher and tighter than the left side. My cheekbone is defined and my eye looks brighter against the sculpted contours of my eye socket. Once the treatment is complete on both sides, my face shines. My skin is visually brighter and tauter, and my facial bone structure is more pronounced. There is a little redness, but it fades away in less than 30 minutes, making this treatment a great, unintrusive option.