Healthy skin is in. And paying attention to the quality of our skincare in 2020 goes way beyond looking at artificial additives and chemicals as consumers demand transparency on all levels. Bridging all things wellness and beauty is EN Salon—our newest obsession in skincare. The salon and spa are an extension of legacy brand Lenor Japan Co., Ltd., who has been in the industry for 20 years and is now sharing their striking expression of holistic skincare along the streets of Paris.
The space is made of our wildest spa dreams as it blends French architecture with a Japanese-forward aesthetic joined by a biophilic eco-design that informs your walk into the salon.
Debuting last spring, the modern and elegantly appointed EN beauty salon storefront and spa is located along the City of Lights’ uber-posh district in the 6th arrondissement and welcomes visitors into their exclusive world. The space is made of our wildest spa dreams as it blends French architecture with a Japanese-forward aesthetic joined by a biophilic eco-design that informs your walk into the salon.
Clients are taken through tranquil interiors that mimic the feel of a luxury wine cellar with touches of organic elements. Take note of the gilded columns evoking a specific regality we love to experience when visiting the charming city of Paris. Pair this chic vibe with white-brick archways and pendant light fixtures that illuminate your path as you traipse through EN salon’s three beauty treatment rooms spread across two floors.
The Paris-based architects at Archiee lent their creativity to this project in collaboration with the owner of EN to achieve a high-design aesthetic that glows from the inside out, a nod to EN Salon’s skincare line that aims to do the same.
Previously, ICONIC LIFE has covered farm-to-face beauty brands regarding the importance of mindfully sourcing skincare ingredients as well as honoring brands who are taking an eco-conscious approach to their entire supply chain, making it better for the planet and better for us. So when shopping for high-quality beauty products and treatments, it’s important to understand the ingredients infused into these balms and tinctures, including where the plants are harvested and the specific properties they contain.
At EN Salon, beauty happens from the inside out, taking clients on a journey of wellness specially curated for every client. By crafting bespoke skin treatments that use powerful plant extracts from Japan and other regions around the world, they can customize blends for your exact needs. Raw ingredients from Japan include green tea leaves or “matcha” as well as precious rock salts that are used in their scrubs, some of which are even sourced from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yakushima Island in the south of Japan.
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With more than 90 products all on gorgeous display along the pristine walls of the EN beauty salon, the brand carries a selection of lotions, scrubs and essential oil bottlings that are recommended to be used as an infusion in the aforementioned products. These rich oils range from tea tree to bergamot, jasmine and yuzu, among a selection of others that differ in potency and purpose.
EN Salon promotes natural beauty that can be achieved through these impressive collections. Their experienced aesthetician’s provide one-on-one guidance and are certified in Japan and France to provide an-depth consultation service that includes understanding your specific type of skin and your desired results. They believe that the skin is a foundation for our beauty and what we project into the world, so it’s important to not only indulge in a nourishing facial, but to build a sustainable skincare routine for long-lasting beauty and health.
They believe that the skin is a foundation for our beauty and what we project into the world, so it’s important to not only indulge in a nourishing facial, but to build a sustainable skincare routine for long-lasting beauty and health.
Let’s start with the brand’s Base Products, which are designed to be the foundation for each customers skincare solution including lotion and creams. Clients can choose from a range of Essences to add to these products for specialized effects depending on what needs to be achieved. EN Salon’s signature beauty products include serums for anti-aging, brightening and hydration.
When reading the labels, you will find such exclusive ingredients as dry collagen cubes, ginseng, retinol, melon placenta and cherry blossom. The brand’s Base Oils are made with extracts of squalene, jojoba and argan oil that can also be mixed with the base products.
Their line of scrubs is used for deep cleansing and include a sea mud in which grey marine clay is drawn from the seabed of Okinawa that is rich in microparticles that absorb excess sebum and help eliminate blackheads.
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In addition to these, EN Salon has a sumptuous beauty line of lotions to target a variety of skincare needs. A couple of standout lotions we love are Gettou, which is made from the Alpinia Zerembut plant, more commonly known as shell ginger, that contains polyphenols known for their astringent effect and can also be used as a natural sun-protectant. Their Hinoki Lotion is made from cypress that has been used for centuries in Japan as timber in temples and shrines. It is especially beneficial when used on the skin as the ingredient has many skin-purifying properties.
After an experiential EN Salon spa consultation to help client’s identify the most beneficial combination of serums, oils and exfoliating scrubs for their skin’s unique needs, they are taken to indulge in a “Linn” or “Sui” facial, which are the salon’s foundational treatments that can be modified to blend body massage and reflexology (a type of foot massage linked to overall health).
The shared mantra amongst the EN Salon staff is that this custom spa experience is one of self-alignment, so you always leave feeling informed, empowered and rejuvenated.
Other restorative treatments include a Himalayan salt scrub, back massage and deep-treatment facials that utilize use of the brand’s products. No matter what your skin and body require, there is care taken each step of the way to ensure everything from the pressure of the therapist’s hands to the scents infused in the room are catered to the client’s needs. The shared mantra amongst the EN Salon staff is that this custom spa experience is one of self-alignment, so you always leave feeling informed, empowered and rejuvenated.
From their minimalist gold-and-white aesthetic to the hand-curated Japanese serums and shiatsu massage techniques, this is not just your average spa day, but rather a journey of the five senses.
WHAT: Obtained from the root of Amorphophallus Konjac, or devil’s longue, konjac is a commodity that is normally cooked and consumed. In cosmetics, konjac is used in the form of a sponge yielding a soft exfoliation and ideal for the most sensitive of skin types.
WHY: Konjac is rich in glucomannan, a fiber capable of absorbing large volumes of water, and is a very valuable ally for moisturizing the skin. At EN, they have transformed konjac into a small grain scrub.
HOW: Designed to be used with EN’s Cleansing Balm, you can mix the product with a little water in the palm of your hand, then applied to the skin with light circular movements. This gentle scrub exfoliates, unclogs pores, and eliminates dead skin cells to leave skin feeling fresh and smooth for a purified complexion.