When you hear the word 'PLATINUM', what would normally be the first thing that comes to your mind? Jewelery? Very rare and expensive element? Or may be the platinum-containing chemotherapeutic agents used in treatment of certain aggressive forms of cancers? CisPLATIN, CarboPLATIN, OxaliPLATIN, sounds strange to some but I have great interest in these words, as complicated as they may sound! The suffix '-PLATIN' indicates platinum in the chemotherapeutic agents.
OK, you must be wondering what exactly Vonvon wants to say in this post, right? Just a few more questions, and I'll tell you. ;) Have you heard of gold being used in cosmetics and skincare? Yes, I'm sure most of us, Stila fanatics, especially in Malaysia and anywhere except in the USA, have been yearning to own Stila's newest Summer Collection called Indian Summer with its 24kt Golden Noir Smudge Pot and the 24kt lip gloss. Gold in skincare, gold facial, anyone?
And what about platinum in skincare? Has anyone heard of it? May be some of you have, but I had not until one afternoon a few weeks ago....
I had received an email and sms from Miu (thank you so much, Miu dear!) informing me of a luxury skincare workshop, La Prairie,
So that afternoon, I went to Pavilion KL - 7th Heaven on the 7th floor to be exact, where many luxury salons and spas were located. I walked into the lobby and saw Christine (a girl from Stila) among the many people there whom I didn't know. She came up to greet me, checked my name against their guest list and ushered me into a platinum-themed room aptly named Platinum Room where the workshop was to be held. The room had platinum-colored wall and decor, even the table cloths and bows tied to the back of the chairs were platinum-colored!
The table cloth is platinum-colored too with beautiful fresh lily as the centrepiece.
Alright, I'll just give you a short introduction to the brand and what the workshop was about.
La Prairie is a luxury Swiss skincare brand, which boasts of skincare products made from some very fine and expensive ingredients, such as caviar and gold. This workshop was held to launch its latest addition to their luxurious skincare line, made from the expensive, precious and rare metal - the PLATINUM.
"Skincare for the privileged few"
We were given a video introduction to the new product, called PLATINUM RARE. In the video, they talked about the Platinum as an element and metal, the process of its extraction from its ore, how the colloidal complex of Platinum acts as an anti-aging agent and of course, revealing the jar of the precious 'thousand-dollar cream' and I mean it literally!
After the video presentation, Melissa Teng, brand manager of La Prairie in Malaysia, invited us, in small groups to test out the Cellular Cream Platinum Rare in a cosy area behind the stage area. While the guest-of-honour, Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng, and her friends, were sampling the cream, the rest of us were treated to afternoon tea of fine finger food and refreshing lemongrass drink from The Loaf.
After savouring the delicious sweets, we got to test out the 'thousand-dollar cream'.
Cellular Cream Platinum Rare - Review
The cream was housed in an ancient geometric-designed silver-colored container inside a huge transparent acrylic jar. It comes with a silver-colored spatula and at the top of its handle has the ancient symbol of Platinum and a Swarovski crystal embedded in it in gold color.
This cream has a medium-light texture which spreads easily when applied even though it does take a little while before it is fully absorbed leaving a slight sticky but moisturised feel to the touch. After its application, I noticed a glow to the back of my hand where the cream was applied. According to Melissa, the glow was actually imparted by the nanoparticles of platinum and it has a slow time-release property which means that after a few hours (and probably after hand-washing??), the effect of moisturisation will continue to be felt.
It has a subtle fresh floral-like fragrance which fades after application.
The function of this cream is of course, for moisturization with anti-aging properties.
And since it's a platinum-containing product, it does come with a hefty price tag, as you know platinum jewelery is always much more expensive than gold jewelery. Take a guess, anyone?
At the end of the workshop, we were given a door gift and it contained a 2ml sample of the Cellular Cream Platinum Rare and the beautiful silver and gold spatula with the Swarovski crystal and some samples of La Prairie products.
Just some ramblings.....
Well, I would love to try this product but honestly was taken aback by its sky-high price tag. However, if I had continued to work and may be train as an oncologist, may be now I would have no problem whipping out my Platinum plastic to purchase this wonder Platinum cream? Or may be I should go for an interview with Sanofi-Aventis or Bristol-Myers Squibb to be their sales rep with chemotherapeutic drugs portfolio because I'm sure the commission from selling Oxaliplatin or any -PLATINs might be enough to buy myself a jar of this Platinum cream. :P
Yes, yes.....we all can day-dream.........after all, day-dreaming is free! ;))