We generally steer clear from sales talk or pushy blog posts, but our recent annual Client Satisfaction survey sprung some surprising results: Our clients actually want to hear more about our treatments, products and seasonal offerings. So, here’s answering some of their wishes because this X’mas, our Christmas offerings are looking pretty fine.

1: Porcelain Triple Moisture Kit for the Thirsty

Christmas Offerings 1: Porcelain Triple Moisture Kit for the Thirsty

No matter what age you are, hydration remains the essential solid foundation for great skin – making this set of three essential hydrators an absolute prize. The deal clincher – it also comes with a complimentary limited-edition pouch.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel (1x 50ml)
– Balance – Hydraclear Gel (1x 50ml)
– Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel (1x 30ml)
– Porcelain Pouch (1x, Complimentary)
– Porcelain Aurelie tea (1x, 10g) * 

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good aloe gel that’s made up of 99% stabilized Aloe Vera
– Have pimples and who can’t find a good spot treatment that also hydrates while zapping zits and that also balances sebum and that also feels featherlight on skin and that also…
– Want a moisturizer that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, peach, mountain pepper, peony, lemon verbena, tea tree oil…
– Are men who need that extra bit of TLC post-shave
– Are all of the above

 

$269 (U.P. $350.50)

 

2: Ultimate Acne Busters Kit for the Zitty and Inflamed

Christmas Offerings 3: Ultimate Acne Busters Kit for the Zitty and InflamedOur favourite unisex kit.

Also the definitive SOS kit for acne-afflicted complexions, this bundle contains what Porcelain fans consider as the go-to stars when hormones go haywire, and acne rears its many ugly heads. Ridding skin of p.acnes bacteria and excess sebum while keeping hydration levels up is key.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel (1x 120ml) or Soothe – Hydro Cleanser (1x 120ml)
– Revive – Glycolic Toner (1x 120ml)
– Balance – Sebum Control Essence (2x 8ml)

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

Zit-prone people
– Have combination-oily skin, including and especially men who are more prone to these skin types
– Are in need of controlling excess shine
– Need a gentle, exfoliating toner that contains mild AHAs, and that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut, sage, cucumber, tea tree oil, soybean extracts…
– Who are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too

 

$149 (U.P. $200)

 

3: Prep & Revitalize Kit for the Dreary and Dull

Christmas Offerings 3: Prep & Revitalize Kit for the Dreary and Dull

Or, more warmly known as the essential kit for people who have plans pre-X’mas all the way till the New Year. Also the perfect complementary set to the above two kits.

Look radiant before that Christmas / New Year bash! Come off like you’ve had 8-hours’ sleep every night when you’ve been hopping from festive dinner to dinner!

Whether it’s revitalizing you need pre- and / or post-party, cure its hangover with mask after mask, and remember to drink more water.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Hydrocare – Bio-cellulose Mask (2x)
– Revitaleyes – Multi-Peptide Silk Mask (2x)
– Revive – Natural Skin Refiner (1x 50ml)
– Gold Dropper Bottle (1x 5ml)

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

– Party a lot
– Are very busy
– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good face mask that adheres well to their faces
– Suffer from tired, lined eyes
– Love value for money and serums in equal parts: this mask comes with 30ml of serum which you can squeeze into a 5ml dropper bottle we include with every set!
– Live for multiple-functional gadgets: The Natural Skin Refiner acts as an exfoliator-cum-mask
– Want a mask that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Are women, especially mothers, grandmothers, wives and daughters — show them it’s okay to take a break!
– Are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too

 

$99 (U.P. $198)

 

* Buy any 2 sets with a total value of over $200 and get 1x Porcelain pouch + 1x tin of Porcelain Aurelie tea. The Triple Moisture Kit automatically comes with one of both.

(Limited to 3 per person, while stocks last)

 

4: Just Aurelie.

You’ve met Aurelie.

PERFECT FOR:

– Grandparents
– Friends who love tea
– Friends who don’t know tea
– Everyone? Who doesn’t like tea? Even coffee lovers love tea

 

We’re all waiting for X’mas,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Rescue & Restore: 4 Steps to Restore Glow to Post-Holiday Skin | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Healthier Christmas Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy

 

or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

 

Have you met Aurelie? She’s the latest thing to hit our shelves this Christmas — a classy silver needle white tea speckled with gold dust, and an aromatic mix of neroli, bergamot, jasmine, peach and apricot thrown in for good measure. Whether it’s brewed in a pitcher or teapot? Elegance to the highest degree. With her light, refreshing scent and taste, it’s easy to fall in love with her as swiftly as we did with her name (which we decreed after having the first sip).

A practical fun fact: Aurelie comes high in antioxidants and polyphenols (great for anti-inflammation), reduces cholesterol levels and helps with digestion.

Aurelie — Porcelain’s Bespoke Silver Needle White Tea

AURELIE — PORCELAIN’S BESPOKE SILVER NEEDLE WHITE TEA

Silver Needle is the holy grail in the world of white tea, with distinctive straight needle-like buds and tips that are usually covered in a fine, white downy hair. Beautiful — and also expensive.

The reason for the almost exorbitant price tag? The harvesting process is tedious, time-consuming and requires utmost care. Only young, unopened tea buds can be plucked. At the time of harvesting, the stems are picked as well to prevent damage to the delicate buds, and only at the factory are these removed. Due to this intensive and painstaking SOP, even the most expert tea gatherer can only pick about 500g each day. And after processing, only 100g is left.

So… Who Made Aurelie?

Our dear friends at Gryphon Tea.

So… Why Aurelie?

They understand our mission for healthiness from within. We are first and foremost a skincare provider, but we don’t believe that good skin starts and ends with just good skincare habits. Clear, radiant skin is a culmination of not just that, but a holistic sum of parts, including your diet, lifestyle, sleeping habits, etc.

And the only thing we love more than hydration is antioxidants. These protect against free radicals which damage our skin by destroying skin cells, DNA, and collagen production… in other words, they cause visible ageing: wrinkles, sagging, and roughness.

We always advocate eating your water — so why not eat your antioxidants, too?

Brewing Aurelie, A Silver Needle White Tea Cold

HOW TO BREW THE TEA: COLD & HOT

Brewing Aurelie Hot

Water temperature:      75ºC – 80ºC (167ºF – 176ºF)
Quantity:                         1.5 – 2 tsp / cup (250ml or 8oz)
Steeping Time:               3 – 5 minutes
Rebrew allowed:            Yes
Tea ware:                         Glass teapot

Directions

  1. Heat water and pour some into your teapot and cups to warm them.
    Cold tea ware will cool your tea’s temperature too much and spoil the perfect brew.
  2. Tip 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of silver needle tea leaves per cup (250ml or 8oz) into the teapot and pour the hot water (75ºC – 80ºC (167ºF – 176ºF) in.
  3. Steep around 3 to 5 minutes for the perfect infusion. We suggest a glass teapot precisely to watch the buds dance around with the gold dust — it’s a more than pretty sight!
    White tea takes longer to infuse due to its delicate nature. If you prefer an even subtler taste, infuse it for a shorter time.
  4. Silver needle buds may be re-infused up to thrice. With each additional time, you might need to add a minute to the steeping time. Experiment and have fun!

Brewing Aurelie Cold

Water temperature:      Room temperature / Cold
Quantity:                         2 – 3 tsp / cup (250ml or 8oz)
Steeping Time:               4 – 10 hours
Rebrew allowed:            Yes
Tea ware:                         Ice-cold glass

Directions

  1. Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of tea into cold water
    For cold brews, we usually recommend 1.5x the usual amount of leaves used for hot brews
  2. Leave in the fridge overnight and wake to a super refreshing brew the next day!

Just casually dropping our X’mas kits in this post too. But more on that later.

 

Stay true,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

#JargonBreakdown: What Are Free Radicals?

#GetYourGlowOn: 5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas

or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

 

Christmas is almost here and after the past hectic few weeks, you’re kicking yourself now for not spending enough time on your skin? Getting your skin glowing and fabulous doesn’t always necessarily mean you should spend a large part of your time and paycheck for a facial or the latest skincare product. It’s time to turn that frown into a smile and dull-looking skin to bright-looking, ‘cos we’ve got you covered!

Here are 5 quick and easy ways to get your skin to #GetYourGlowOn and boost dull-looking skin to look ready for any party you have lined up ahead (remember to avoid some foods to keep your skin clear):

#1: Pamper Yourself With A Mask

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #1: Pamper Yourself With A Mask

No time for a spa treatment? Take a breather and indulge yourself in a relaxing mask treatment! Try out some of these facial masks if you find yourself too busy for a facial treatment at the spa:

Strawberry Mask

Super loaded with vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl acids, salicylic acid, strawberries can save your skin from many disorders including acne, blackheads/white heads, oily skin, dry skin and more.

Grind a few strawberries along with some water and simply apply on your face. Apply and leave it being washing off after 15-20 minutes, and voila, luscious-looking skin!

Papaya Mask

Papaya is a beta-carotene-rich food filled with powerful enzymes and phytochemicals that are good for skin. The enzymes slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles by combating free radicals. Papain, an enzyme contained in the papaya, has skin-lightening properties and can reduce the visibility of blemishes and acne scars. Together with alpha hydroxy acids, papain acts as a gentle exfoliator that dissolves inactive protein and dead skin cells. Applying papaya topically to skin will soften your skin, leaving it smooth and supple.

Apply either the pulp of a fresh papaya or use papaya juice to massage your face for 15 minutes, then rinse off for fresher and brighter skin.

Porcelain Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask

Containing Sodium Hyaluronate and Ceramide, this mask provides intense moisturisation for the skin and also clarifies the skin with its natural enzymes to prevent signs of premature ageing. Its oil-free formula also fights free radicals and boosts collagen production as it contains a powerful blend of natural ingredients like litchi seed, cactus and fig fruit extracts. Just sit back and apply the mask onto cleansed skin and leave it on for 20 minutes before removing.

 

#2: Take A Cold Shower

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #2: Take A Cold Shower

Many may dread this, but taking a cold shower instead of a hot one does provide some health benefits! Not only does it relieve stress, it also tightens your pores, preventing clogging as it “seals” the pores in the skin and scalp. Plus, it’s much more hydrating than taking a hot shower!

If you’re having problems adjusting to showering in the cold, take a lukewarm shower first before switching to cold water for the last few minutes!

 

#3: Dig Deep, Exfoliate

Probably the best and most effective way to boost your skin’s healthful appearance is by exfoliating. The outermost layer of our skin – amidst the several layers – is actually dead, and dead skin cells found in this layer protect the healthy cells underneath. Thus, removing these dead skin cells reveals a better complexion and ensures that it gets clearer over time.

An average person would require exfoliation of up to two times a week. After cleansing, exfoliate to remove all traces of grime and stubborn makeup. Exfoliating is also best done at night.

For a less-harsh ala non-abrasive exfoliant, consider the Revive, Natural Skin Refiner. Using natural enzymes instead of harsh beads, the Natural Skin Refiner contains a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin as you massage it onto skin to boost micro-circulation and soften dead skin cells. Say hello to fresh and supple skin!

 

#4: Lather On Some More Moisturiser

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #4: Lather On More Moisturiser

After exfoliation, the skin is better prepared to absorb most out of your moisturiser, hence it is absolutely essential to your skin with the hydration it needs to look healthy. Without moisturising, the skin may become dry and this dryness may lead to itching, dry patches and other skin problems.

Moisturise with Porcelain Balance, Hydraclear Gel

The Hydraclear Gel keeps acne at bay through 4 key ways. It combats bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, hydrates, and regulates levels and skin pH levels. It’s also suitable for all skin types, including dull-looking skin!

 

#5: Give Yourself A Facial Massage

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #5: Give Yourself A Facial Massage

You know what they say, the eyes are the window to your soul. But, they can also be an obvious indicator of issues, i.e staying up to complete a season on Netflix 😉

If your eyes are looking puffy and you want to put the sparkle back in them, try this tip which costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time. Simply use your ring fingers to press gently on the orbital bone. Move from the inner to the outer corner of your eyes. Repeat this two to three times.

This neat massage stimulates circulation around the eye area and also helps to minimize any fine lines you may have.

 


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

 

 

 

There are two types of people in the world: Hoarders and Chuckers. Hoarders are your one-stop shop whenever you need something completely random (newspaper clippings from 1999, anyone?), simply because they keep anything and everything. Chuckers are those who, well, probably have the tidiest, most minimalist homes because they do what they do best: declutter and throw things away.

I’m quite possibly a Hoarder, but even I’ve reached my limit. A fellow Hoarder friend couldn’t stop raving about a book by Kondo, which led me to Google it myself. I found more than just Kondo, and have compiled a quick cheat sheet on some tips that actually worked (for me)! Anyone wants in on Project Decluttering in time for the New Year? Read on!

TIP 1: SORT BY TYPE, NOT BY ROOM.

The most useful thing I got out of Kondo was: Start sorting through the same kind of items first, rather than going through the bedroom, then the living room… Meaning, if you’re going to start with clothes, pull those out from every nook and cranny of the house (not just from your wardrobe) – and start categorizing!

I started with my bags because they’re pretty much all in the same place, and that made it easier for me to start the decluttering process. Which brings me to the next tip!

TIP 2: START EASY

That means leaving those sentimental gifts, love letters and even functional items for later. Begin sorting through things that you can make a snappy decision about first. When things move fast at the start, you build a sort of momentum that keeps you going with Project Declutter.

TIP 3: HOLD IT. DO YOU FEEL A SPARK OF JOY?

Kondo suggests picking each item up and then asking yourself the fundamental question: Does it spark joy? Do you feel instantaneous delight, right then and there – and not a minute later, not after you’ve talked yourself into it, but at that precise moment? Yes? It’s a keeper. No? Chuck it.

TIP 4: DON’T LET GUILT BE THE REASON.

More importantly, don’t keep something because you feel guilty about getting rid of it. Did someone spend a lot of money on that wallet? Did you, and then never used it? I felt the same guilt too, but then I asked myself: Why should I hold onto something that I know I’ll eventually throw out 5 years down, for the same reason I want to now? You can make it easier on yourself and try heeding Kondo’s whacky advice of thanking the item out loud, and then just let it go.

TIP 5: DON’T KEEP IT IF YOU WON’T BUY IT NOW.

I’m a grave offender of keeping clothes from more than 10 years back. It’s a mixture of holding onto the familiar and a “wear it till you wear it out” mentality. To make things easier on myself (and my wardrobe), I made a pact to give each old piece of clothing a last lease of life, a final wear – before removing it from my closet permanently. While still a WIP, I’ve thrown three articles so far… and that’s still progress!

A FINAL TIP?

Don’t just depend on this article – everyone’s unique, and different things work for one person to the next. That’s why there are so many resources out there for you to figure out what truly works for you when decluttering. Take the time to figure which is the right method for you.

THEN JUST START!

P.S. If you’re looking to declutter your space for a period for whatever reason, consider Spaceship – a local storage solutions provider.
P.P.S Done clearing your home for the new year? Scoot here for more reading on getting party-ready skin!

Stay True,

 

 

 

 

Christmas is coming – there’s only one thing we’re more excited about than the presents… The scrumptious, mouth-watering food! We’ve rounded up 5 delicious recipes for you to cook up a storm before the Christmas dinner party – your guests will be left wanting more, we promise.


A Brightening Christmas Tree Salad

Lend your dining table a burst of colour with this Christmas tree salad!

With pomegranates, pecans, oranges and fresh chard, it’s an explosion of textures and flavours in your mouth. This vibrant salad also ensures you get added boosts of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, Vitamin C, fiber and good fats.

Healthy has never tasted this good!

 

A Heartwarming Parsnip and Apple Soup

Credits: Lauren Caris

Christmas is never Christmas without some decent, heartwarming soup.

Who cares about the humidity in Singapore? Nobody’s going to complain about the heat with a soup this pretty and that leaves you with a warm feeling in your tummy.

The sweetness of apple and parsnip are tempered with the savoury blend of onion, garlic, vegetable stock and a dusting of curry powder, resulting well-balanced flavours overall. Cook Lauren Caris spiced things up and opted to top the soup off with black lentils and vegetable crisps, but you can still do the traditional croutons if you so wish!

The best thing for you busy people? You can make this soup in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days before the dinner.

 

ROAST. BEEF.

We truly intended to start healthy, but did you REALLY think we’d just go completely clean on you?

It’s Christmas – bring on the juicy roast meat and happiness!

This recipe by Olivia throws together a bunch of simple, easy-to-reach ingredients like mushrooms, garlic, rosemary and ground pepper, but turns out a dish that smells mouth-watering while it’s still cooking, and that looks like hours were put into it (well, it does take about 2 hours… but two-thirds of those are spent in the oven)!

Nothing really beats roast beef except roast beef with sautéed mushrooms. Any leftovers would make a mean breakfast the day after too, but don’t make him a sandwich.

Alternative: Consider this brilliant turkey recipe if you really prefer leaner meat for Christmas!

 

Snow Coconut Balls

Remember how we were gushing about how coconuts are wonder fruits that can help with skincare, haircare, and even promoting hormonal balance?

We’re bringing them back with this recipe by Tamara Novakovic – yummy coconut balls that are probably the closest thing that anyone in Singapore can get to snow this Christmas.

Alternative: Try a healthier take on the classic chocolate cake with this recipe if you’re still looking to stay healthy!

 

The Classic Eggnog

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without eggnog.

This recipe delivers Christmas in a cup: warm, wholesome sweetness for the perfect close to a laughter-filled night with loved ones. Replace the milk with coconut milk or almond milk for an even healthier take on the eggnog, and do without the heavy cream. Skip on the alcohol for a kid-friendly version, and help yourself to a cup – but just one.

Alternative: For the lactose-intolerant, opt for this equally yummy, dairy-free version, or try this twist on the classic eggnog for those who really love their pudding and desserts.