Nice to see a man behind Parisian brand SAMPAR: and the man behind it is phytotherapist Patrick Sounigo.

Having worked with “the father of aromatherapy” Dr Jean Valnet, Sounigo launched SAMPAR as a “smart skincare” brand with its heart in aromatherapy and its “science bit” in nano-technology.  Designed as an urban skincare range to protect skin from the daily onslaughts of modern day (read: stressful!) life, SAMPAR combines plant power with aromatherapy and active, effective ingredients.

Sounigo’s trademark “Urban Advance Complex” designed using probiotic sugar extract, mint and shea butter is apparently in every SAMPAR product, and has been formulated to “shock” skin back to life at a cellular level.  The products work on pretty much all skin types and are paraben-free.

There’s an interesting Q&A with Patrick Sounigo on BEAUTY IN THE BAG where he talks about “phytoaromatics” and the philosophy behind the brand.

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We just spotted a FREE £30 value gift with purchase at Marks & Spencer’s this week, so if you already love the brand or feel like spring cleaning your bathroom cabinet, here are some of our picks from this rather lovely range.

The only thing we don’t like about the products we tried are the names/descriptions – as in Dew It Again and Winsome Body?  They sound a bit lost in translation   Winsome, lose some?

Extra marks though for the squeezy tube packaging (especially the clever brush-on overnight face mask – scroll down for more on that – which works like an intensely hydrating moisturiser,  smells very “pretty/feminine” (vague, we know, but…!)  and feels really comfortable on the skin.

But first up, the SHOWER GEL.  And never has “a little goes a long way” applied more to a shower product.

sampar shower gel

Reeeeally concentrated and hydrating, a little goes a long way…and we loved its gentle, refreshing spring-like scent

DEW IT AGAIN SHOWER GEL £18/150ml (Hypoallergenic, paraben and alcohol free)

What’s in it?

– Natural and pure essential oils (peppermint, myrtle, cajuput, lavender, rosemary, geranium) unlock body and mind with their purifying action.
– Vegetal and milk sugar extract reinforces the skin’s resident bacteria and protective layer.
– Urban Advance Complex, a powerful alliance of 3 active ingredients (shea butter serum, mint endorphin and probiotic sugar), acts as an anti-oxidant shield, neutralizing any cutaneous imbalances linked to pollution, strengthens the skin’s natural defenses and ‘shocks’ the skin back to life on a cellular level.

M&S say: ” 6 emancipating essential oils for a shower escape – Dew It Again Shower Gel does it every time! In addition to its purifying virtues, this urban advanced, enriched gel neutralises the effects of pollutants (lead and chorine) contained in tap water. Results: the skin is softened and soothed. Body and mind are reinvigorated.”

Because of its toxin-neutralising properties, might be a good one to take on holiday if you’re spending a lot of time in the pool?



dew mask


What’s in it?

– Smart Hydrating Complex mimics the skin’s hydrolipidic film, locking water within cutaneous cells and restoring the skin’s lasting moisturization.
– Hyaluronic Acid Capsules
 diffuse hydration in-depth, tonifying and replenishing the skin.
– Urban Advance Complex
, a powerful alliance of 3 active ingredients (shea butter serum, mint endorphin and probiotic sugar), acts as an anti-oxidant shield, neutralizing any cutaneous imbalances linked to pollution, strengthens the skin’s natural defenses and shocks the skin back to life on a cellular level.

How to use the Midnight Mask

In the evening, thoroughly cleanse the face and neck. Pop off the lid, place the tube in the ON position. Squeeze a small amount of product out which will “fill the brush” and, using the brush, paint on a thin layer over the whole face. If necessary, finish the application with hands. Rinse the brush with warm water and pat dry. Place the tube in the OFF position before putting the lid back on.Leave the mask on all night and rinse off in the morning.

Finally, here’s the FREE 3 piece Discovery Kit at M&S worth £30 – just buy ANY SAMPAR product and this little trio will wing its way to you, presumably until stocks last.



sampar gift

 Don’t forget to add code T234559G to your bag before you check out, to qualify for this offer.

What’s in the mini Discovery Gift?

1 x Foaming Cleanser, 1 x Foam Peel and 1 x Midnight Cream:

  • Daily dose foaming cleanser 15ml: Cleanses impurities, lifts away pollution particles make up
  • Restores perfect balance to combination and oily skin
  • Equalizing foam peel 15ml: detoxifies and renews the skin in 2 minutes
  • Exfoliates and transforms the epidermal layer in 2 minutes, freeing the skin of deeply rooted pollutants and toxins
  • Applied as a mask, it renews as a peel and effortlessly rinses off like a cleanser
  • So much to dew midnight cream 15 ml: restores long-lasting, perfect hydration and replenishes the skin


Glamour Shot, SAMPAR’s hero product, a transparent “foundation” to instantly correct/diminish wrinkles, pore appearance, redness and other imperfections.  Apply it over your moisturiser. Find it at M&S HERE

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