New to market

New to market
From left to right: Polaar Icy Magic roll-on eye serum, Royal Apothic Cutting Garden Eau De Parfum and Arcona Cranberry Gommage scrub.


Arctic explorer Daniel Kurbiel was looking for skincare products that would protect his skin from the extreme climate, when the Frenchman figured that the answer could be found in the Arctic plants.

The hardy flora can survive months without sunlight, temperatures that can go down to -45 deg C, as well as winds that blow at 220kmh.

So in 2006, Mr Kurbiel co-founded Polaar, a range of skincare products made with the extracts of Arctic flora. These include the Siberian ginseng, Arctic cotton, the Siberian olive tree and Arctic raspberry.

The brand is now available in Asia for the first time, and is stocked at Sasa stores.

Prices start from $23 for a tub of moisturising cream.

OUR PICK: The Icy Magic roll-on eye serum ($48, photo 1). The roller-ball applicator is icy cold - even when it has not been left in the refrigerator - and helps to soothe puffiness and reduce the appearance of dark eye circles.

Made with Siberian ginseng, peptides and pro-vitamin B5, the product also promises to lengthen and thicken lashes.


Launched in 2006 by designer Sean O'Mara, the American beauty brand is popular for its perfume and home fragrances. The range also includes handcreams and bodycare products.

Mr O'Mara was inspired to start the brand after he found an old apothecary manual in an antique shop. Today, the formulas are based on some of the recipes in that 1800s manual.

Royal Apothic is available at Weekends, VivoCity B1-10. Prices start from $24.90 for a tube of hand cream.

OUR PICK: Cutting Garden EDP ($69.90, photo 2). A beautiful floral bouquet of gardenia, rose, star jasmine, lily of the valley, iris and tuberose.


Based in Los Angeles, the brand was founded in 1989 by Ms Arcona Devan. It is known for its eco-friendly, preservative-free formulas which contain cold-pressed ingredients, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants.

Its celebrity fans include actresses Katherine Heigl and Natalie Portman, singer Lisa Marie Presley and stylist Rachel Zoe.

The stars also turn to the brand's signature oxygen facials before they hit the red carpet. The facial services may not be available here, but you can now get your hands on the products at Sephora for a home treatment.

Prices start from $36 for a bottle of spot treatment.

OUR PICK: Cranberry Grommage ($60, photo 3). A scrub with a delicious berry scent, it is bottled with raspberry and cranberry enzymes to exfoliate and deep cleanse the skin.

This article was first published on June 5, 2015.
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