It’s not everyday that a hair salon launches a fragrance range. Shampoo and conditioner? Yes, maybe. But the prettiest candles, hand cream and scent wands… not so much. But that’s where The Chapel, an award-winning boutique chain of hair salons based in Islington, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and, the uber-glam Swiss resort of Verbier, stands apart from the others.
Since 2001, founder Amanda Dicker has approached her business as one that not just attends hair concerns, but something which also addresses our lifestyle. “As a working mother, I’ve learnt that to give our best on behalf of others it’s vital we take time for ourselves,” she says.
“Making the most of our all-too-brief opportunities to rest and revitalise has become crucial to maintaining wellbeing in an increasingly demanding world, that’s why I’ve come up with the new luxury collection – to help create small moments of reflection, in or out of the salon.”
With three scents reflecting differing times of day – dawn, daytime and dusk – the products are beautifully designed and fragranced. Oparus, for instance, is the ‘dawn’ scent and blends exotic florals, citrus blossom and warm earthy tones for an uplifting aroma that beautifully fragrances a room.
Perfect for a treat during the day, is The Chapel Hand Cream, £16. Rich and sumptuous, it sinks in like a dream and immediately hydrates and leaves skin feeling supple. Formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter and allantoin, it works to leave hands smoother and the senses refreshed.
“Dot cream onto the fingers and thumb of one hand and, as you do so, think of five things to be grateful for that day. As you gently rub in the cream, cup hands to face to breathe in the uplifting aroma,” advises Amanda.
The Mellifera scent is all about capturing the height of a summer’s day. The scent is heady and lasts throughout the day – like a blooming bouquet of flowers, there’s mown hay, red apple, blueberry and blackberry top notes, middle notes of lavender, freesia, white rose, lily of the valley, tuberose and golden acacia honey, finished with a base of patchouli, moss and vanilla.
Not only is The Chapel’s The Candle, £65, beautifully decorated in a ceramic pot whimsically embossed with fauna, birds and bees with intricate gold blocking (this is one to reuse as a pot for pens or make-up brushes), but it also gives 80 hours of burn time, so is great value for money.
Take a moment by lighting it and reflect on the day that’s been.
The Oparus fragrance is a gentle blend of black pepper, bergamot and lime top notes, middle notes of jasmine, passion flower, geranium, orange blossom, lily of the valley and rhubarb, finished with base notes of white amber, white musk and sandalwood.
Also available are Pulse Point Fragrance Wands (£28) with all three products available in the three scents, including Noctula – a fragrance to evoke the hour between sunset and darkness, and which uses lemon and sweet mandarin, middle notes of clove, rose, geranium, English violet, lavender, lily, jasmine and beetroot, and base notes of amyris, courmarin, patchouli, black musk, cedarwood, sandalwood and vanilla to finish.
Whether it’s early morning birdsong, the sweet aromas of a meadow under a blazing sun, or dewy scents at the turning down of the day – The Chapel’s collection of candles, hand creams and fragrance wands ooze modern-day appeal and old-time sensibility. Pause. Reflect. As the advert says, you’re worth it.
The Chapel luxury fragrance collection is available from The Chapel online and from Islington, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Verbier salons.