ALL NAT­U­RAL BEAUTY

A decade af­ter found­ing aro­mather­apy brand Mt. Sap­ola, Ch­eryl Gan has turned it into Hyssess, a beauty la­bel based on es­sen­tial oils. Karen Tee sniffs out what this lo­cal beauty in­dus­try go-get­ter is into be­sides oils and scents.

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Ch­eryl Gan of es­sen­tial oil-based beauty brand Hysses shares her faves.

LAT­EST BEAUTY OB­SES­SION

“Flo­ral mists. I’ve tested 25 dif­fer­ent hy­drosol sam­ples from our lab and my skin feels re­ally soft af­ter us­ing them, so I’ll be us­ing them in my daily rou­tine when we launch them within the next few months. We have in­gre­di­ents like hyaluronic acid for hy­dra­tion, and vi­ta­min E to fight free rad­i­cals. We’re also adding skin-friendly es­sen­tial oils, in­clud­ing calm­ing laven­der, an­tiox­i­dant rose and oil­bal­anc­ing rose­mary.”

SIG­NA­TURE SCENT

“As I work with scents and es­sen­tial oils all the time, I avoid us­ing per­fume on week­days. Some­times on week­ends, I lather on body oils or ap­ply nat­u­ral per­fumes. My favourite is Hysses Jas­mine Body Oil and nat­u­ral per­fumes from Le Labo – it has lovely solid per­fumes and oils.”

FAVOURITE ES­SEN­TIAL OIL

“Jas­mine. It’s ex­tremely calm­ing and (the scent is) slightly in­tox­i­cat­ing to me.”

MAKEUP MUST-HAVES

“I have very light eye­brows so draw­ing them in is a must. I pre­fer pen­cils with crayon-like tex­tures, like the ones from Ur­ban De­cay, as they’re easy to ap­ply. I also love BB creams for their added skin­care ben­e­fits like ul­tra-mois­tur­is­ing in­gre­di­ents, with a sheer for­mula for colour cor­rec­tion. Right now, I’m us­ing Shi­seido Anessa Face Sun­screen BB.”

NIGHT-TIME BEAUTY RIT­UAL

“I al­ways use Bio­derma Sen­si­bio H2O mi­cel­lar cleans­ing water and Liz Earle In­stant Boost Skin Tonic toner be­fore I go to bed, so that I wake up look­ing fresh.”

GO-TO BEAUTY GURU

“My trusted free­lance makeup artist and hair­styl­ist Can­nice Teo. She has a good eye, so I never end up with bad con­tour­ing or the wrong shade of foun­da­tion or blush, which can re­ally show up in photos. She also does a great job of keep­ing my stub­bornly straight hair curled for the whole day.”

REC­OM­MENDED DES­TI­NA­TION SPA

“Kayu­ma­nis Nusa Dua Pri­vate Villa & Spa in Bali. The spa team is in­cred­i­ble and the en­vi­ron­ment is so re­lax­ing, I can spend hours there.”

MUST-VISIT BEAUTY HAUNT

“Bite Lip Lab in Soho, New York. I made a cus­tomised luxury lip­stick for a friend there, and it was such a fun ex­pe­ri­ence choos­ing the shade and scent. I re­gret not mak­ing one for my­self.”

SE­CRET BEAUTY HACK

“Mix a little bit of pep­per­mint oil into your lip gloss to give an in­stant plump­ing, full-lip ef­fect. It feels cool­ing and looks great.”

Ch­eryl Gan, founder of Hysses, is a cer­ti­fied ther­a­pist and holds cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in herbal medicine and holis­tic heal­ing.

The ex­otic es­sen­tial oils are sourced glob­ally, but all prod­ucts are for­mu­lated and made in Sin­ga­pore.

Her se­cret to a plump pout: a dab of pep­per­mint oil in lip gloss

Her must-haves in­clude Le Labo’s solid per­fumes (above right) and Ur­ban De­cay’s “soft” brow pen­cils (be­low).

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