Ever since we opened the first Kens Apothecary store 20 years ago in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve been ardent champions of niche beauty products that are innovative, effective and gentle on the skin.
These are the beauty products and brands that you won’t find splashed on giant billboards or in online video ads.
Yet brands like Dr. Sebagh, Malin + Goetz and Eve Lom (to name just a few) have a legion of loyal fans who have discovered products that deliver on its promises.
Below, we look at 9 award-winning beauty products that live up to the hype — all of which are available right here in Malaysia at Kens Apothecary.
What it does: A face mist made with natural ingredients that gives skin an instant boost of radiance, tightens pores and sets make-up.
Claim to fame: Best Face Mist winner at the Nylon Beauty Awards and used by celebrity makeup artists including Sir John, whose clients include Beyonce and Karlie Kloss.
Popular Malaysian actress Elfira Loy, known for her immaculate complexion and impressive acting chops, is a Caudalie devotee and uses the full range including the Beauty Elixir.
What it does: A gel version of Eve Lom’s famed balm cleanser, this cult favourite is blended with 4 aromatic plant oils and transforms into a milky balm-like texture when massaged onto wet skin. It removes makeup and impurities while leaving skin soft and hydrated.
Claim to fame: Best Balm Cleanser winner at the Harper’s Bazaar ‘Best of the Best’ Awards. A gel-balm consistency that reaps the benefits of the original Eve Lom Cleanser famously hailed as “the best cleanser in the world” by Vogue UK.
What it does: This alluring unisex fragrance features a woody scent derived from patchouli oil and pays tribute to the 1960s when the earthy scent changed the world. Far from being harsh, its sophistication is uplifted further by violet leaf and sage.
Claim to fame: Best Unisex Scent at the Harper’s Bazaar Fragrance Awards 2018.
What it does: Formulated with natural peppermint extract and amino acids, this clarifying shampoo is gentle enough for frequent use on all hair and scalp types. It promises a deep cleanse that conditions the scalp without leaving residue or build-up.
Claim to fame: A favourite among beauty editors at both men and women’s magazines. It won Reader’s Choice at Details magazine’s Grooming Awards and impressed several editors and readers at Allure magazine.
What it does: A gentle exfoliating serum packed with AHAs from botanical extracts and retinol to visibly refine skin texture, increase cell turnover and boost radiance.
Claim to fame: Winner at the Woman & Home A-List Beauty Awards. User reviews credit it for giving them a lovely glow in the morning when used the night before. Other reviewers say it’s luxurious to use and clarifies without irritating sensitive skin.
What it does: A non-greasy calming serum applied before moisturiser, this rose treatment hydrates, replenishes and protects skin, including irritated and very sensitive skin.
Claim to fame: Best Face Serum winner at the British Tatler Beauty Awards, where it won praises for its ability to soothe redness, rashes and flare-ups. The serum also has Elle Macpherson in its fan club; the supermodel cites it as the only thing that keeps her skin hydrated on flights.
What it does: A rose and neroli scented face mist that purifies and hydrates, and is suitable for all skin types. Free from synthetic fragrance, spritz it on after cleansing the face to instantly hydrate the skin or use it in the middle of the day to perk up the skin and senses.
Claim to fame: Omorovicza’s patented Healing Concentrate that was formulated with a Hungarian Nobel Prize-winning laboratory delivers nourishing minerals to the skin. It was also named Editor’s Choice in the Beauty Shortlist Awards.
Malaysian entrepreneur, yoga instructor and society belle Datin Dian Lee is a long-time Omorovicza user (and her radiant glowing skin certainly shows it!).
What it does: A leave-in hair mist that creates beachy waves and texture. Especially great for fine hair and can be used on wet or dry locks.
Claim to fame: Best Texturiser award by Marie Claire magazine. A favourite among celebrity hairstylists, including Emma Stone’s hairstylist Mara Roszak, who says “It won’t weigh down fine hair or make it crunchy.”
What it does: An exquisite fragrance filled with the sweet notes of tuberose, orange blossom, Turkish rose, and ylang ylang. Not too overpowering or cloying, this perfume is a wonderfully indulgent touch of self-care and can be worn during the day at the office or social events.
Claim to fame: Winner of the Harper’s Bazaar Fragrance Award for Best Floriental Scent in 2017.
We always recommend a patch test if you’re concerned about introducing new products to your routine. Come by to KENSapothecary stores and try out a product to see how your skin will react.
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