Gazelli at Urban Retreat

Gazelli at Urban Retreat

I went for a great facial at Urban Retreat last week – it was the signature facial for Gazelli, a luxurious skincare brand from Azerbaijan. All of their products contain a special ingredient, a ‘White Healing Oil’ which has been sourced in Azerbaijan and adapted for cosmetic use by extracting the active components. The oil reportedly has repairing and regenerating properties that have been recognised in the medical world for centuries and is the ‘elixir’ upon which the range is based.

I think that Gazelli will be a very successful addition to Urban Retreat’s ranges – it’s not excessively priced, the ingredients are all locally sourced, and the packaging is fancy enough to make the range a viable gift option!

The facial was really lovely – I always enjoy visiting Urban Retreat in Harrods anyway, but going for a relaxing treatment is extra-nice! The treatment rooms are small but always at the perfect temperature, and there’s no clattering or chattering from outside – the retreat area is very hushed and professional. (I have mentioned before my dislike for ‘spas’ that are noisy, with therapists chin-wagging outside the door and people hoovering!)

So, my Gazelli facial. I was cleansed, peeled, moisturised, and whilst various things were happening to my face, my arms got the same treatment! I always think that if a facial is highly priced then there shouldn’t be any ‘gaps’ while the ‘mask works’ or you ‘drift away’. You’re paying to be treated, not to sleep! (Although if you fall asleep in the process, then all well and good.) So I was pleased to see that Gazelli and Mette, my facialist, had it all perfectly worked out that arms and hands were buffed and massaged whilst the face and neck were peeled and masked. It was a great system!

This is a good option for those with dull, dry skin – the formulas used, especially those in the professional range, were rich and luxurious. The exfoliating peel was extremely gentle, but really very effective – good for sloughing away dead skin without being abrasive.

I think that this facial will be a popular choice for those booking in for treatments – it’s reasonably lengthy, so you really get to relax properly, and the products used have a good balance of ‘science’ and ‘nature’, which seems to be the new beauty ‘holy grail’! You can have a look at Gazelli‘s products on Urban Retreat online here:

Those booking a facial at Harrods receive a complimentary Age-Repair cream worth £57. Telephone: +44 (0)207 893 8333

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  1. November 18, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    I’m a terrible sucker for lovely packaging – love this one, and it sounds quite nice for the skin as well:)

  2. November 19, 2011 / 4:01 am

    Hi this is sort of a random question but what are your top 5 drugstore makeup products that I can’t get in the States? My friend is leaving for London soon and can only think of Barry M polishes, Bourjois serum foundation and the sleek storm pallette :s

    • Ruth
      November 20, 2011 / 1:48 pm

      @Diane Boots No7 Tinted Moisturiser, MyFace cosmetics (anything by them, love them!), Rimmel Perfect Match Concealer, Rimmel Bronzer in Sun Light, Miners Matte Paint/Collection 2000 Cream Puff – both matte lip stains xx

  3. Gypsy
    November 19, 2011 / 8:01 am

    Hey Ruth!

    I just have a quick question, I live in the U.S., so you can only imagine the difficult time that I have trying to find a lot of the products mentioned in your blog, including this one. Are there maybe websites that carry beauty and cosmetic products that I can sift through to find some of the items you mention that are only exclusive to the UK? I really appreciate your help, thank you! :)

    • Ruth
      November 20, 2011 / 1:46 pm

      @Gypsy usually the stockists’ links that I provide ship worldwide. I’m pretty sure they do at Beautique, which is the link I’ve put on this page! xx

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