Jill's back...for a little while

Jill's back from the Netherlands for a visit, and she wants to see you! Join us on Thursday, July 11th for a party to welcome Jill home, hear about her European adventures and to celebrate the magic that is Jill Bucy Skincare! Stop by the spa any time between 4-6:30 to see Jill and enjoy light snacks and drinks. Additionally, there will be a 10-percent discount offered on products during the party. We'd love to see you there!

But that's not all! You can schedule an appointment with Jill, who will be back for a limited time in the spa on: July 9, 11, 16, 18 and 23. Call 206.283.9295 or email [email protected] to schedule your appointment! Spaces are filling quickly so call today!

Jill’s Amsterdam Chronicles

Amsterdam-bike-best-jobs-articleI may be across the world but I am still thinking of you all and your skin. Svetlana and I are going to make sure your skin remains beautiful, even in the cold winter weather. As I have been without a car and only a bike to get around, with no Svetlana to give me one of her wonderful soin lissant treatments, I noticed my skin looking dull and tired. So I did what any Biologique Recherche devotée would do.

I got out my trusted MC 110 and Masque Vivant and did an intensive treatment at home. Here’s what I did:

  • Cleanse
  • Swipe P50 over my face and neck
  • Apply a thick layer of Masque Vivant all over
  • Sit for 15 minutes
  • Add warm water and activate the masque’s enzymes
  • Leave on for five more minutes and rinse well
  • Apply a bit more MC 110 on the pad than usual. Press it into skin from neck upward and out, using more on any lines and around the eyes (also use a bit on the backs of hands)
  • Follow with a combination of serums to lock in the natural moisture factor
  • Add moisturizer and finishing serum

This isn’t a replacement to a treatment but it makes the skin glow between a French facial.



Jill raves about Stéphane Jaulin...again

Large_r0As many of you know, I have a “thing” for L’Appartment 217 and Stéphane Jaulin. To me, this is the perfect French spa. I have never been a fan of overly perfumed products and over-the-top décor in spas. I want true results and a clear idea of what the brand is. L’Appartment 217 was started by Stéphane Jaulin, who wanted to create an environment of wellness, peace, and relaxation. You start out with an alkaline green shot for balancing your pH, then a cup of detox tea, and you’re off to your treatment.

When I was there, I saw several Paris models who were sent twice a week from the agencies to have a treatment in the Iyashi Dome, a slimming and detoxifing ceramic cylinder inspired by the Japanese tradition of hot sand baths. They said it absolutely got rid of all cellulite. I love the Iyashi dome and can’t wait for my next treatment, which will only be three hours away from Amsterdam on the Thalys train.

I also love Stéphane’s two-hour facial treatment. It’s so relaxing: layers and layers of an amazing massage and you feel like you have been away for a very long time. Stéphane is so knowledgeable on alkalining your body. He’ll sit with you and give you a full treatment plan to take home with you.

When you go to Paris and visit L'Appartment 217, tell them Jill Bucy sent you. While I may not always be in the studio, I'll be seeking out the best of the best in the world of natural skincare!


Jill talks changes at JBS, introduces Dany Diop

As you may know, my husband’s job is taking our family to live in the Netherlands. As you can imagine, we’re excited to start this new adventure.  While I may not be directly giving the facial treatments, I will be supporting Reini and Jill Bucy Skincare by bringing you the most exciting treatments and ideas from Europe and beyond. Reini Greene and her team will be delivering the same wonderful, effective anti-aging treatments and bringing the spa to a whole new level of service.

This summer, I was lucky enough to meet a true guru in skincare: Dany Diop. Dany grew up in Paris and has been working in Amsterdam for 12 years. He has trained extensively with my two personal favorites in true Parisian skincare: Joëlle Ciocco and Dr. Allouche Sr. It was a truly amazing two-hour facial treatment and I saw my skin get better and better over the next two weeks. His spa will be a regular haunt for me once we move.

What’s this mean for you? Well, Dany and I are going to try and work together in some way and I plan on bringing his methods to our spa in Queen Anne. And if you find yourself in the Netherlands, book an appointment with Dany at his beautiful spa, a nice little walk down the canals in the Jordan.

I am missing you all already but eager to report back on my travels through the world of European skincare!


Biologique Recherche travel sizes available

Labor Day may have come and gone but travel goes on. To that end, we’re carrying handy, TSA-friendly sizes of your favorite Biologique Recherche treatments. Both P50 and the Lait VIP 02 Cleansing Milk are available in the studio. Stop by and pick up your essentials before your next business trip or weekend getaway! (They also are an excellent introduction to the products if you're looking to try them out.)

Keep your skin glowing as your vacation gets going

Mr_f748a19fb669f1 When traveling, make sure to take the essentials.  Cleanse with Lait U, balance with P50, and hydrate with your preferred Biologique moisturizer. Take a masque as well, since travel can dehydrate and dull your skin. The Masque Vivant is good for clearing up congestion and brightening the skin. The Masque VIP 02 is essential for hydrating and relieving puffiness, and its oxygenating properties restore radiance to stressed, asphyxiated skin after a long flight. The Masque VIP02 is also great for calming sunburn. You can put it in the refrigerator and apply a thick layer to the skin for serious soothing.


While on the plane, spritz your skin with the L'Eauxygenante every hour.  This will not only refresh your skin but help battle the dryness of cabin air.  If you can,  board the plane fresh-faced, without makeup. This will help the L'Eauxygenante to penetrate better. We even have travel sizes of the L'Eauxygenante available in the studio. (On that note, Biologique is FINALLY coming out with travel-sized containers of all the essentials. They are expected to arrive stateside this summer.)


Meanwhile, don't forget to drink lots of water no matter where your travels take you. Happy trails!


When you land, take a loooooong Alkabath to combat jet lag.  With these tips, you’ll be radiant and relaxed wherever your travels take you.



Jill raves about a Paris treasure


Thumb_01 SjaulinI’ve had the most incredible three weeks in Paris, hunting down the latest treatments and products. I’ll be heading back to the States today but I wanted to share a particularly mind-blowing experience.

After hearing amazing things about him, I couldn’t wait for my treatments with Stephane Jaulin at L’Appartement 217.  And with good reason. I walked into the beautiful spa, which is feng shui-ed out but thoroughly Parisian at the same time. Stephane must have put 40 different products on my skin (I lost count somewhere around 20), and then started working pressure points on my legs. Stephane takes a holistic approach to his treatments, working on not only the face but the entire body, and the experience was fantastique. I also went into an Iyashi Dôme, a ceramic chamber (think spa version of an MRI machine) that uses heat to eliminate the metals, substances, and fats in the body that cause weight gain and allergies. I was blissed out and felt clean and healthy.

Even with a booked schedule, I had to go back to Stephane for another treatment before I left France. I’m hooked, and am bringing back a suitcase full of supplements and food products to keep the health benefits going. My treatments at L’Appartement 217 were nothing like anything I’ve experienced in the U.S. Of course, my mind is busy plotting ways to bring this experience, the product lines, and perhaps even Stephane himself (to train the staff) to the spa in the future. 

Stay tuned for more news on L’Appartement 217, as well as other treatments and products I discovered in my travels through Paris. This trip has been life-changing and I can't wait to share more with you in the upcoming weeks.




Jill's off to Paris!

Postcard Jill is jetting off to Paris this weekend to ferret out the latest French  treatments and products. She’ll be sending notes from the road but here’s a sneak peek of her itinerary.

Aside from meeting up with top executives at Biologique Recherche, she’ll be meeting with Anne Sémonin at Hôtel le Bristol and L'Appartement 217 for a few “cult” treatments—an anti-aging oxygen facial, infrared treatment, and ayurvedic massage. Then she’s off to Leonor Greyl (remember, we carry these transformational products in the spa) for the signature scalp facial. Jealous? Well, there’s more. She’s going to try to meet with Joelle Ciocco (creator of the Epidermology® Method, an authentic study that evaluates the skin’s nutritional requirements, thereby establishing the right kind of cosmetic products for the skin) to look at her work and check out yet another spa specializing in facials.

She’ll also check out the latest cellulite machines at Cellusonic and hit the Maison&Objet gift show before leaving the country. Nous sommes fatigués just thinking about it all.

All of the treatments Jill is investigating use true French methods and include very specific massage techniques that work on lifting the muscles, draining toxins, and bringing microcirculation to the surface.


Beauty on vacation


Taryn’s not the only one jetting off to exotic locales. Jill just got back from a warm-weather family vacation and offered up a few beauty tips. 

"I always bring along Masque Vivant. When I’ve been in the water and wearing sunscreen for a couple of days, I use this to have a pretty glow without all the buildup. If you’re like me, your skin feels almost asphyxiated after a repeated sunscreen use. The masque is a digestive enzyme so it goes at dead tissue and sunscreen build-up. And it won’t take away your tan!”

“I also bring along the Heel Repair Cream from Jessica. You know when you go from regular shoes to sandals and your heels get really dry? (Cracked heels can indicate a deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids) Well, I put this balm by the bed and use it to keep my heels soft. Whether you’re going on a beach vacation or just transitioning from spring to summer, this is a great product to use to keep your feet from looking dry and feeling cracked.”

And this is a truly brilliant idea: Jill gets her eyebrows and lashes tinted before she goes on vacation. The darker tint frames her face and gives it definition without having to wear makeup. Let’s face it, when we’re on vacation, the last thing we want to do is slap on makeup. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to look good.

And for those long plane flights? Use a serum and a rich cream—this not only moisturizes but protects your skin from the bad air on the plane—and forego most of your makeup. You’ll find that mascara and lip gloss go a long way. You’ll arrive at your destination with glowing skin.

Taryn offers up tips for a destination wedding

Beach-theme-aerialBefore Taryn skipped town to get hitched on a tropical island, she offered up a few tips for a destination wedding. 

  • Pack your toiletries in small containers and double pack everything (Ziploc within a Ziploc, for example); bottles and jars could explode in your suitcase.
  • Don’t pack all of your stuff in your one suitcase. Instead, pack half of your belongings in your suitcase and half in your fiancé’s luggage, and instruct him to do the same. And make sure you split up the types of things you’re packing, so you have a bit of everything in each bag (in other words, don’t put all of your undies in one suitcase in the event it’s lost).
  • Do everything you can to carry your dress on the plane. Some airlines allow you to carry your dress on, in addition to your allotted carry-on and personal item. If it’s not a poufy meringue of a dress, put it in a garment bag and ask a flight attendant to hang it in the first-class closet when you board the plane. 
  • Don’t worry! The reason you’re jetting off to a destination wedding is to avoid all of the hoopla a giant wedding in your hometown might generate. Put on some sunscreen, take off your shoes, and get married on the beach.