Princess Diana, these days still remembered thanks to the Netflix series The Crown (the second part from December 14) in which her final story in the post-divorce from Charles and her death in Paris under the Alma bridge chased by paparazzi while she was in the car with Dodi Al-Fayed is at the center of the sixth season - had a dedicated cream: Gorgeous, with a curious story to tell. One of the most beloved skincare products of all time, with hundreds of five-star reviews online, the moisturizing face cream from the British brand of fresh and home-made cosmetics Lush, holds a decidedly regal backstory.
The cream was born from the meeting between Princess Diana and Mark Constantine, CEO and co-founder of Lush. Dating back to 1986, Mark Constantine ran the company Constantine & Weir and made contract products for brands such as The Body Shop, a pioneering natural skincare brand. Princess Diana spoke at length with Mark about the use of fresh face masks and was enchanted by his mustache, going so far as to ask what the secret was to curing them. Mark's friendship with Princess Diana's makeup artist and his alleged allergy to the mineral oils contained in some cosmetic products, such as foundations, provided the inspiration and led to the creation of a totally mineral oil-free moisturizer, made using only the best ingredients worthy of a princess. In addition to supplying products to The Body Shop, the company Constantine & Weir also supplied other companies, one of which sold skincare products to Princess Diana. The company was eventually sold, but Mark retained the rights to the precious formula of the mineral oil-free moisturizer he created. Mark and Princess Diana never met again and years later the cream was launched by Lush under the name of Gorgeous, a literally wonderful cream thanks to the perfect mix of fresh ingredients and cold-pressed oils. Still today, one of the cult products.
The Gorgeous Formulation
It is a fast-absorbing treatment that brightens and firms the skin. Handmade in small batches and produced fresh in Factory Lush, it contains the highest quality cold-pressed oils from avocados and olives, fresh fruit juices and delicate flower extracts. The refreshing water of organic orange blossom honey creates a rich and nourishing base: 10% organic extra virgin olive oil is added to this to improve the skin's resistance to external stressors, avocado oil to promote elasticity, and extra virgin coconut oil to support the skin barrier. Cold-pressed grapeseed and evening primrose oils are rich in linoleic acid, an important ally to help the outer layers of the skin protect themselves, stay hydrated and perform their important functions. Cold pressing the oils is the best method to preserve the wonderful bioactive components of the raw material during the process that turns it into an oil suitable for use on the skin.
A cream that's good for your skin and the planet: it contains organic jojoba oil from Peru, purchased from a conscious company that is committed to ensuring the well-being of employees and using environmentally friendly methods to collect the jojoba seeds that have fallen from the plants, which are pressed to obtain our magnificent oil. Organic extra virgin coconut oil from Nias, Indonesia, is purchased from a supplier who donates 10% of the profits to a foundation that funds education and physical and mental health services (e.g. a local dentist) for children in Nias.
Fun fact: Gorgeous is the 4,328th formula out of a total of nearly 10,000 formulas made by Mark Constantine and Helen Ambrosen, co-founders of Lush. The name comes from the time when the inventors tested the final formula. They exclaimed, "Oh, it's gorgeous!"
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