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Areias do Seixo: Awesome Eco-luxury Hotel in Portugal

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Before exploring the beautiful cliffs and beaches near the Areias do Seixo, 

I have tea with a friend in the large lounge-dining room of the hotel (pictures 1, 2 & 3). I really like how light brings rhythm in the big hall, drawing shadows, chiaroscuro. The view of the nearby ocean (photo 7). Decoration: a successful mix of raw concrete, antique objects, the omnipresence of wood, cabinet of curiosities and ultra modern structure. The whole creates an unique world really contemporary and poetic. We are in the Costa de Prata, under an incredible blue sky, but I can also feel a little elsewhere, Morocco, Scandinavia … nomadic setting.

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In the evening I meet Gonçalvo Alves, 

co-owner of the Areias do Seixo with Marta Fonseca who are a couple of travelers, from Torres Vedras: 

– We wanted a big house where people meet to share simple things. We also had a real interest in ecology and sustainable development. We wanted something beautiful and very simple in hippie chic spirit, the best of luxury. We worked with the architect Vasco Vieira and designer Rosarinho Gabriel to create a unique place dedicated to people who are in love.

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How the Areias do Seixo is it an eco-friendly hotel? 

– We have a green cover on the roof to balance temperature. To consume less, geothermal underfloor heating and thirty solar panels for electricity and heating. We use compost to fertilize our garden and vegetable garden. Products of the restaurant are from organic agriculture and most of them are from the region, including wine. 

Ninety percent of people who work at the hotel are locals. It becomes common to worry about the environment in Portugal. Our great-great grandparents were very green and sustainable. And Portuguese remained very authentic, very attached to their roots. We draw our knowledge among the ancients. We apply the rule of the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle.

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés. 

What would you like your guests to take away from their experience of Areias do Seixo ?

– Some say they have redesigned their life and relationship to the environment after their stay here. It’s wonderful for us because it is our passion !

Obrigada to Gonçalvo Alves, Marta Fonseca and all the team !


Areias do Seixo – Charme Hotel

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My friend and I were guests of the Areias do Seixo hotel and as always these opinions are mine.

My dry hair routine: four oils tested

Time to test some handpicked products over several months,

here is my dry hair routine: four oils tested. As most of you has already known, I love testing new oils to soften and nourish my really dry hair. Mostly 100% natural oils. Leaving mineral oils, additive… even if I sometimes use some, if I can avoid them, I avoid them. So I found two fantastic oils, which I became totally addicted : Regenerating Plant With Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil of Christophe Robin (picture 1) and Huile Solaire Merveilleuse Bio Evoa.

The first oil is a creation of the famous Parisian colorist, Christophe Robin. He selected “several 100% plant oils that complement one another, resulting in a deep and lasting rejuvenation.” An impressive list of Eco Cert certified ingredients: Prickly pear seed oil (antioxidant and moisturizing), rice bran oil (antioxidant and protective), sweet almond oil (nourishing and softening) and Inula flower (from the coast of Brittany) “which protects and revives the pigments in natural or colored hair.” Paraben, silicone, SLS, colorant free. With its super light texture (quite liquid) and delicious subtle fragrance, this oil is a must we take pleasure to apply and smell. I apply it every two days, strand by strand, no need to put a lot. The hair becomes really silky. As soon as I washed and rinsed my hair, I put a little oil throughout hair before untangle and tie in a bun to let it dry. The next day the result is stunning.

Indeed just as visible and palpable with Huile Solaire Merveilleuse Bio Evoa I discovered last summer during the Roxy Pro in Biarritz. Although this dry oil (quite thick) is “more rustic” than Christophe Robin’s oil. Its rich texture is not unpleasant and I like its vanilla scent.  This 100% organic oil is composed of organic safflower oil (moisturizes, nourishes), essential oil Pachouli (regenerative), Vanilla (fragrance), organic Apricot kernel oil (nourishing, moisturizing). Paraben-free and without PEG and nanoparticles, it respects the coral and the ocean. I use this oil for oil bath to repair or as a relaxing after shampoo once or twice a week. After the shampoo, I only rinse the hair that remains shiny and incredibly soft and supple for several days. I recommend you to test it this summer. My advice: I always apply any oils on slightly damp hair.

I also tested Rosazucena, Rosa Mosqueta Pure Oil from Panatagonia:

“Argentina, the 42nd parallel, the Pre-Cordillera of the Andes” … The traveler in me could not ask for more! Go around the world with my various tests of products (LOL). This rare oil obtained by cold-pressing, repairs the skin (acne marks, stretch marks, scars …). I always start from the principle that what is good for the skin, is good for the hair. And I tested this oil very focused on my mane. First point, as I have a lot of hair, I had to use it quite a lot each time. The pot containing only 20 ml, I could not do more than 2-3 oil baths. To stretch the texture, I had to wet my hair more than usual. The combination of oil and wet hair is not very successful at the moment: the stickiness of hair is  not very sexy. Against by the aftermath of the oil bath, the locks are superb, smooth and relaxed. Do not use this oil to style hair, but only as a treatment to nourish and sheathe the structure of the hair (which seems inflated, as boosted after the oil bath).What a pity that I could not make it last another month test!

On the other hand, I had a huge disappointment with Essence Absolue, Nourishing Protective Oil of Shu Emura, based on camellia oil. I can not read the oil’s ingredients on the package. Course I understood there was camellia oil, but what else? Never mind, I was quite excited to test the famous Shu Emura oil. We are all conditioned by the “supposed to be” great selection products of women’s magazines! No comment! Well I found this oil NOTHING especially: the smell (neither good nor bad, nor simply present) and the texture (yes it is an oil and that’s it!). After 2-3 uses (where I used a lot of product), my hair was even drier and more brittle than usual. In short, this is a VERY DISAPPOINTING oil and NOT AT ALL  FOR my very dry hair!

Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2013, tous droits réservés.

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