Last week, Neiman Marcus invited me in to the store to experience a morning facial with Sisley-Paris. I walked in hurriedly, politely asking the beauty counter ladies to point me in the direction of the brand “that sounded like the place in Italy.” (That would be Sicily.) Obviously, prior to this experience, I had no knowledge of this worldwide mega-brand that brings in almost a billion dollars in revenue annually.
After my one-hour scheduled facial turned into two hours + of asking about products and walking out with some goodies of my own, I now understand why. It’s safe to say that I attach myself to the brands that tell stories I want to be a part of. The family that founded Sisley-Paris has all of the elements of intrigue for my personal taste, that make me want to put myself into their narrative as a consumer.
The patriarch of the French family who created Sisley-Paris, Hubert d’Ornano, is the heir to Lancôme. His grandfather Guillaume co-founded the company in 1935. This makes Hubert a skincare royal (not to mention that he is also actually a Count). In 1976 d’Ornano launched Sisley-Paris, the private skin care and fragrance company that is helmed by both he and his wife Isabelle d’Ornano. Their children Philippe and Christine currently run the company day-to-day, and have helped their parents lead Sisley’s expansion from one store in Paris to their products being sold in 90 countries worldwide. (Source for this info: Forbes.)
Maybe it’s just because I’m reading the book The Paris Wife right now, but visions of living the über glamorous Parisian life fill my head when I think about using this skincare line. And I haven’t even been to Paris (yet).
Now, transitioning from history to product, because this is a wellness post after all…
Upon arrival to the Sisley counter I was greeted by the glowingly beautiful Denae Schenker, who was about to administer my facial experience. I gave her my usual story about skin troubles and needing to even out skin tone and reduce redness, and yadda yadda yadda. Once on the table, I closed my eyes, but I could hear Denae rubbing something on her hands. She held them over my nose and gently said “now breathe in…” Aaaaand boom. I was transported into a trance of fragrant relaxation and the busyness of my thoughts immediately came to a halt. These products all. smelled. amazing.
What is Sisley’s secret? Phytocosmetology.
Phytocosmetology is the concept at the center of Sisley’s creations and relates to using the best plant-based extracts in order to create the best cosmetics.
Denae spoke about these plant-based products with such passion- something you don’t always find. I could tell she lived this brand, and I could see in her face that she was a daily user. She had an ethereal glow to her that, as the kids say these days, is “goals.” I was in heaven. Denae talked me through every step of the facial- from sluffing off dead skin (this helps reduce redness from acne remnants), to toning, to moisturizing, to massage, and more. The products felt like a soft breath of fresh air on my skin- as if an exotic goddess that smells of the best of Earth’s natural fragrances just breathed life onto my face. Sounds hyperbolic, I know…but you just have to try the products for yourself.
I have reviewed experiences with other product lines before that have been basically unaffordable for me, and probably most other young working ladies. The Sisley products range much more affordably. Of course, the cult anti-aging product that flies off the shelves, the Sisleya Extra- Rich Cream, retails at 1.6 oz for $490 (pictured below). However, the products that Denae recommended to me for my skincare needs are in the $65-$165 range. These are certainly more attainable and a regimen that I can build on over the coming months and years.
I did end up purchasing the Phyto-Teint Eclat Oil-Free Foundation. Sisley prides its makeup products on how they take care of your skin rather than harm it, and I feel it with this foundation. It is light, smells amazing, covers me well, and it feels and looks like I don’t have anything on. I highly recommend it. Here are images of the other products that I have been sampling. I see a big difference in my skin, after only one week. We have been flying quite a bit recently, and the eye contour mask has saved me. I hydrate plenty, but even so, my eyes tend to get dark and baggy. Per Denae’s recommendation, I put the eye cream on before flight and after flight, and I looked fresh as a daisy.
After completely changing my diet last year to cut out as much processed food as possible, I see how my body responds to the natural nutrients I consume daily. I try and avoid using or eating anything with harmful chemicals, and I am always searching for products to help me live well and feel well. I am thrilled I was introduced to Sisley, because now I can focus on making my skin well, too.
So, ladies (or gentlemen!), ask your loved ones to stuff your stocking with one or two of these Sisley products. You just may become a convert, like me.
Thank you to Neiman Marcus San Antonio for sponsoring this post, and for the special morning with Sisley!