A relaxing morning

haikko spaIt’s been snowing non-stop and it’s freezing outside. I forgot, that after Christmas the actual Winter arrives. Well, it’s here and it’s full on. Now don’t get me wrong – I love it. Especially on these cold snow-stormy days it’s relaxing to just take a moment and enjoy some good company, good food and learn about the latest beauty news.

Today I waded my way through the snow to a warm bus, which took me to Hotel Haikko Manor & Spa. Recently they took a new cosmetics line in their spa and I got to hear more about that. They also told us about their new Green Key certificate and how they’ve made their hotel more eco-friendly.

ekopharma helsinki

The cosmetics line that’s now new at their spa is EkoPharma Helsinki. It’s actually a professional cosmetics line, that I used to use both professionally (in a salon, where customers loved it!) and personally. I like that the line is made in Helsinki, the products contain Finnish berries and that they are suitable for sensitive skin. And that they’re organic, as the name suggests.

So naturally I already knew the products and that my skin liked them. But what was exciting was, that I got to make my own lotions! The lotion base was ready, but I got to choose my own active substance, that I added to the lotions. The two lotions that are suitable for my skin are the Herukka (=Blackcurrant) cream and the Vadelma (=Raspberry) cream.

self made lotions ekopharma

  • My self-made Herukka cream contains:
    • Hyaluronic acid – ’cause who doesn’t love a good old hyaluronic acid, right?
    • Blackcurrant extract – which is an antioxidant, that soothes and protects the skin. All that sounds heaven to my skin right now.
    • Oat extract – which soothes and moisturizes. Who knew oat was good for you externally too, huh?
  • My self-made Vadelma cream contains:
    • Raspberry extract – which moisturizes and nourishes the skin and contains vitamin C
    • Betaine – apparently it’s made from sugar beet and it’s a good humectant!
    • Natural raspberry scent – the only scent I added, ’cause apparently I love raspberry

I’m excited to try my unique lotions. Let’s see if they help – since my skin has been going crazy lately. But hey, what’ new. It’s been dry and sensitive. I basically just want to drown my face in lotion. And have some champagne in that Spa-room, I took that picture of. And since we’re on the subject, I would love a sunny holiday, a new car and… well, that’s it for now.

Thank you Hotel Haikko Manor & Spa, EkoPharma Helsinki & Marsaana PR for the lovely morning. It did me good.

How was your day? Have you ever made lotions yourself?

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  1. Olga

    It sounds really exciting but relaxing at the same time!!! I’ve never made my own lotion but the ones you’ve made sound really good!

    Olga from Myme

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Yeah that about sums it up. 😀 I’ve now tried both of the lotions once and so far so good!

  2. Salka

    Oma päiväni sisälsi ihan jäätävässä lumitihkusateessa asemalle rämpimistä, valehtelematta en ole koskaan ollut tilanteessa jossa kasvoille sataa viistosti märkää lunta – mulla oli junaan päästessä kasvot toispuoleisesti märät 😀 Itsetehdyt kasvovoiteet kuulostavat ihanilta!

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Voih, kuulostaa tutulta. 😀 Turha ehkä näillä säillä panostaa meikkiin tai esim kiharoihin (myönnän, että munkin tukka saattoi kärsiä vähän eilen). Joo noi voiteet vaikuttaa ihanilta <3 tietysti helppo onnistua, kun Ekopharman valmiit hyvät voidepohjat alla.

  3. Laura

    Umm can I take a dip in that bath? Looks absolutely divine, I’m so in the need of some relaxation and TLC. I’m happy to discover more Finnish eco brands! I wonder if Hilla spa is selling this line, I’ve seen similar packaging on their window display?

    Have a lovely day ihana Charlotta!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Haha – my thoughts exactly. I’m excited to try more Finnish brands as well! All the resellers can be found here: http://naviter.fi/etusivu/jalleenmyyjat/ and apparently there’s one called Hilla, maybe it’s that?

      Thank you for commenting and have a lovely day too <3

  4. Amy

    I want to go to a Finnish spa on a snowy day, sounds perfect!


    1. Charlotta Takkula

      The contrast is nice between the cold weather and the warm spa. 🙂


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