For the Wanderlust, Acca Kappa has You Covered! Your Hair & Body That Is…

I’m really not a fan of year-ends.

I mean, I like the festivities and I think the holiday mood buzzing in the air, along with carols and whatnots, is totally fun and lively but do you want to know why year-ends aren’t my preferred time of the year?

Because no one is ever around! Everyone is jet-setting all over the place which truly isn’t my business but when it does come to business and work, it’s impossible to get a hold of anyone!

Every email I send out (almost, every) is met with an autoreply and it so happens that year end periods are the busiest for me because a lot of things have to be finalized, produced and prepared for next year’s ad launches etc. Of course there’s always the option of preparing ahead of time but unfortunately those in the business know what it’s like. No matter how much you chase your media partners, things will only arrive on your table (or inbox) the day they (the vendors) are flying off.

Tsk!

But of course, if the roles were reversed or if my job itself isn’t so packed during this time of the year then maybe I would join the bulk of people holiday-ing right now, enjoying the whole festive mood and period of the end of year.

If I were jetting off to a beach holiday maybe, or even a return to the metropolitian city of Japan, the yummy food in Hong Kong or the rustic and lovely beaten streets of Bangkok then I think I would certainly love to lug this little fella along with me.

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It’s a given that unless I am going to Japan (solely due to my awesome hotel toilet amenities experience there), I almost always bring my own shampoo & conditioner.

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I can skip out on bringing the body wash sometimes but given the sensitivity of my skin right now I would feel a little safer bringing something I know would keep my skin clean yet still nicely hydrated and nourished at the same time.

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We all know how some hotels offer shower gels that strip your skin or worst yet, multipurpose bar soaps for handwashing and body washing. Eeps!

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The body lotion bottle in here is a little small for my liking – only because you know me and my tendency to slather myself up almost every waking moment – but I’m sure if you’re only slapping it on after the shower and in the mornings, it’s really more than enough!

I think, even for me it’s good enough to last a little over a 5 day vacation (who am I kidding, it’ll surely last that) but I’m paranoid that way.

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In short, if you’re flying off somewhere and are looking for a travel kit to meet your requirements of a nice Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel and Body Lotion, all in the same matchy matchy scent at that, then this Acca Kappa kit would certainly be a good one to look into.

It’s a little luxurious I’m assuming (I don’t have the price for this, I’m sorry!) given that their body lotion I had reviewed earlier costs S$50, I am assuming this may hover about there or just below.

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Though one assuring thing to know, given my experience with the brand at least, is that you would know that your skin and hair are in good hands because the last thing you would want, especially if you’re traveling to a whole different climate, is for your skin to feel itchy and dry or your hair to be all frizzy and static-y.

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That’s bound to upset a trip or at least cause some annoyance so, it’s better to pack safe and bring what you know would work!

If you’re not thinking to travel, you’ll be glad to know that you can get all these items at full size at the Takshimaya counter too!

As mentioned in my earlier post, White Moss (the scent featured here) is one of Acca Kappa’s best-sellers so it’s certainly worth a look!

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Initially I had a plan for a ‘pretend-holiday’ where I lugged this along to my parents place during the period that my in-laws are out of town but plans changed and I guess we’re staying home the whole way so… I’ll just have to find a way to utilize this little guy in another way in future!

Maybe to Seoul next year?

It’s just a thought… we’re still working on that one!

 

Thanks for reading!

Acca Kappa White Moss Travel Kit is available at Beautique, Takashimaya Level 3. I’m not too certain of the price.

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Acca Kappa’s Calycanthus Body Milk – Like Velvety Silk Carassing Your Legs… Seriously!

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Acca Kappa, wha?

If you’re one who is familiar with this brand then I salute you because prior to me receiving this nondescript bottle of body lotion, I had no idea about the heritage, history and products of this brand.

Except for the fact that the brand name is really cute – Acca Kappa. Alpaca, anyone?

 

But okay, jokes aside while the name is seemingly cute, the brand itself really isn’t aiming to portray that sort of an image because Acca Kappa is an age-old italian artisan brand.

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Starting their roots in something so foundational in the grooming environment – hair brushes – they have since branched out to create a whole myriad of products from Body Milk (mentioned later) to bath products, parfum / cologne, after-shave, homme ranges and much much more.

It’s crazy, the amount of stuff they have and the amount of heritage they have backing the brand (which you’ll see the minute you pop by their website), dating all the way back to 1869 when their founder Hermann Krull started on his journey to become one of the finest brush manufacturers of Italy.

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Not that he knew he would become an artisan and exquisite brand but while I know of Acca Kappa from it’s body pampering side of things, I was told (by the sales assistant at Takashimaya) that most tourists recognize Acca Kappa for their brushes and if they were to zoom in to the counter, the first thing they ask for would be to see the range of hair brushes.

Which is mighty extensive, mind you!

Now, I don’t want to start on a history lesson because if this brand piques your interest, it’s always best to head down to Takashimaya (level 3) and give it a look, taking time to carefully browse their entire range of bath products and more.

Though just to steer you in the direction of where this entry is heading, it was in 1980 (many decades later) that Acca Kappa decided to shift the focus of their business a little and start on luxury bath and beauty products.

At that point, bathing and pampering oneself in luxurious cream baths, lotions and all were a huge thing especially amongst those of the higher social class, hence that move continued to bring the brand awareness and prestige, all the way to this date where those familiar with the brand’s rich heritage will feel a strong connection to its deep artisan roots.

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That all said and done, let’s move on to explore the body products that they have.

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I’ve given their counter at Takashimaya a few rounds and exploration and I have to say that the whole vibe of the brand is a minimalistic approach – soft, gentle and quiet but don’t undermine that daintiness for something mild because the products are an absolute joy to use and what they claim to do, they do it darn well.

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Minding my language and keeping this post as poised as I can now…

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The white moss range – one of their best sellers!

Acca Kappa’s range has grown to the point that they have a good amount of ranges to cater to different needs – invigorating scents to refresh you, calming scents to soothe you, and the relatively neutral scents just for your pleasure to use.

Of the lot, I am showcasing their Calycanthus scent here.

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Calycanthus, unbeknown to me prior to this, is a flower available in many colors but the one featured here is in yellow. These flowers are famed for their beautiful scent that fills  the air during spring time.

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To me, this flower smells vaguely familiar – almost like Jasmine but more floral without the ‘tinge’ that Jasmine has that some people dislike about it. It’s got a slightly green edge to it to keep from being a heady sweet floral but overall, it’s an absolutely beautiful scent.

I had no idea why I have never heard of this flower before because I am definitely down for anything Calycanthus right now. I kid you not, if florals with a tinge of ‘green’ to it is something that you might enjoy then this scent is perfect for you.

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What’s more, the Acca Kappa Body Milks have this ability to keep your skin scented well into the wear of the lotion. It isn’t an overpowering presence but if you occasionally wave your arm (assuming you have it there) infront of your face or if someone were to smell your skin, they’ll detect that soft scent playing on the surface. Almost like you just smell really good all the time.

I think that’s quite awesome.

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So the whole ‘aesthetic’ part of the Body Milk aside, I want to add that beyond this simple and relatively ‘plain’ looking bottle is a lotion that glides on the skin in a watery and cool way (as in the sensation, unless you apply your lotion cooly that is…), before settling down to a fairly soft and smooth texture that seems to make it feel like your caressing your skin with silk.

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Given the initial watery texture, I figured this may be a light-wearing body lotion but boy was I wrong.

So wrong.

Once you start spreading this bad boy on your skin it clings and seems to seep into your skin instantaneously.

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I know of lotions that supposedly do that and once you’re done with your routine, yes your skin is free of the tact but it hardly feels quenched either.

Or that could just be me and the perpetual dry spell my skin is facing.

Though what I noticed after using Acca Kappa’s (Calycanthus) Body Milk, scent-aside, is that my skin seems to feel softer, smoother, and hydrated almost immediately. The product sinks in extremely quick but yet it seems to linger around in the skin for a bit to keep it moisturized, plumped and smoother to the touch.

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It’s quite amazing and an experience I’ve never felt with any other body creams which is saying a lot if you know my penchant for going through body lotions like water and always using a zillion and one bottles to see which can placate my skin.

All in all I am pleasantly surprised and very very pleased with how Acca Kappa’s Body Milk has worked out for me and what’s more, effective hydrating and skin softening abilities aside, it smells oh-so-wonderful!

I’ve been using this Calycanthus one so much the whole time I’ve had it and I think I’m even considering getting another bottle (in a different scent – maybe Rose!) once I’m out. I can’t bear to be without this bottle of awesome right now.

I’m really glad I got introduced to it else I would have just passed it off as another body lotion from yet another brand.

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If you’re huge on skin hydration or have perpetually parched skin, like me, or just prefer your body lotions to sink in and get their job done without a trail of tact then this little bugger might be for you!

Acca Kappa’s Body Milk retail for S$50 a bottle (approx 250ml).

Acca Kappa is available at Takashimaya (level 3), Beautique

Thank you for reading!

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