Review: 001 Facial at Fortnum & Mason

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the importance of taking a bit of time just for yourself. If, like me, you struggle to switch off and relax in the middle of a busy week, then a relaxing 001 facial could be just the thing for you. There are times when we need a little help to unwind, particularly during the hectic run-up to Christmas.

Towards the end of an exhausting week of concerts and meetings, I found myself in Fortnum and Mason, scrambling through hundreds of Christmas shoppers. Tired and laden with bags, I wandered hopelessly around the cosmetics department until I was rescued by a smiling and friendly shop assistant. “I have a facial booked with Chloe”, I explained. She escorted me across the shop floor to a secret door.

For the next hour, I relaxed for the first time in weeks. If you love a natural, botanical skin product like I do (I’m a big fan of Aesop’s skincare products), then you will love the 001 Skincare range. Their products are all formulated and manufactured in the UK, and they smell incredible. The bespoke facial massage left me feeling relaxed and invigorated, while the deep exfoliation smoothed and sculpted my skin. I don’t normally appreciate the power of a deep exfoliation but I can’t remember the last time my face felt so smooth. The shoulder and head massage was an added bonus which helped to relieve the serious tension in my shoulders. Despite my tiredness, my skin was fresh and glowing afterwards.

After an hour of pampering and relaxation, I reluctantly emerged into the sparkling lights of Piccadilly, wondering why the most enjoyable experiences always have to end so soon.

001 Signature Sculpt & Lift Facial costs £65 for 55 minutes and runs every Thursday 11.00 – 7.00.

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Review by Harriet Thompson