Yves Rocher media launch at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

A couple of weeks ago, French skincare brand Yves Rocher invited me to their official launch at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. I didn't know quite what to expect because the invite requested me to proceed to a suite instead of a function room or restaurant where events are usually held. Well, I'm always up for something new!

The Luzon Suite was transformed into a foot spa and makeup paradise surrounded by Yves Rocher's products. There was a makeup artist who was only eager to give everyone a makeover, and an attendant who did an excellent job at giving a foot scrub, massage, and pedicure. I like that the atmosphere was very relaxed and intimate. The whole afternoon was also very educational as I got to learn more about the 50-year old French household name.

Getting a foot spa!

Yves Rocher was one of the first, if not the first, to produce beauty products consistently sourced from botanical ingredients. They did it waaay before it was trendy to be green, organic, natural, and animal cruelty-free! Each product is created with as little harmful chemicals and preservatives as possible, and are inspired by a particular plant in mind.

Face products

YR's best-selling product, Elixir 7.9 (P990)

All the ingredients are planted, harvested, and manufactured in Yves Rocher's farm in the village of La Gacilly, in France. Yves Rocher, the founder, was a small-time businessman in rural La Gacilly. He started a mail order business when he concocted a popular ointment based on the essence of a flower. The business grew, and after fifty years, La Gacilly became an economic hotspot as it provided jobs and livelihood for everyone in the area.

Yes, every single product is made in France! But don't worry, everything is very inexpensive. Most of the products are under P1,000, average of P700; the ones upwards that price points are the prestige skincare lines, but even they don't go beyond P1,700.

Hair products

Nail polishes, eyeshadows, foundations

Getting my lips done

YR has a staggering number of products for a woman's head-to-toe beauty needs and these products defy traditional age brackets. You could be a kid, teenager, mom, grandma, yet there will be something here for you.

Body care - lotions, washes, soaps

Foot products

As you can see, I got a little carried away with my write-up, but that's because I really love brands with a story. Extra points if they are too affordable to be true! You should really check out Yves Rocher sometime. Promise, you won't regret it. Their products make great gifts too because they're cheap yet classy (perfumes starting at P150! Crazy!). Definitely worth a trip to SM Southmall or SM North EDSA.

The women of Yves Rocher