Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur Staycation With The Body Shop Edelweiss
Strong and resilient. That’s how your skin will feel with the new Edelweiss range from The Body Shop. And part of being strong and resilient is by taking care of your own wellness and health. To illustrate this point, The Body Shop organised a Resilient Retreat at the Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur to experience Edelweiss for ourselves, where we also got to experience the newly revamped hotel, now known as Parkroyal Collection Kuala Lumpur.
The hotel really was the perfect location for the launch as the new Parkroyal Collection hotels have been designed with the environment and wellness in mind, just like the Edelweiss products! With a biophilic design (meaning a design that allows close interaction between humans and other forms of life in nature), the hotel features beautiful real-life greenery in every corner possible, a roof terrace and pool deck with even more greenery, and the eye-catching vertical garden on its façade.
The hotel also practices environmentally conscious operations including sustainable bathroom amenities, biodegradable packaging, and in their food-waste management system. In fact, you won’t find the usual complimentary bottles of water in your room as filtered drinking water comes straight from a dedicated tap in every guestroom. Wellness with a focus on sustainability: exactly what the Edelweiss launch by The Body Shop was all about.
Okay, let’s talk about the Edelweiss products first before we move on to our hotel review. For the uninitiated, The Body Shop is a skincare and body care company that has always had its roots in sustainability, fair trade and the environment. Its products are mostly 100% vegetarian (many are vegan), cruelty-free, and comes in sustainable packaging that have been recycled and can be further recycled after you’ve finished your product.
Of course, this is the same for the new Edelweiss range of skincare products. To start with, none of the individual products come in boxes. All the bottles are made from recycled plastic or glass, while also being recyclable. Ingredients for Edelweiss products are also harvested responsibly, are of 92% to 99% of natural origin, while the end product is 100% vegan and certified by the Vegan Society.
Farm-To-Face Wellness & Resilience
The Body Shop is committed to extracting the power of plants in harmony with nature, by working with knowledgeable, experienced botanists. In creating their products, strict ‘green chemistry’ principles are applied to ensure sustainability.
You see, the main ingredient in Edelweiss is, of course, the Edelweiss flower. Also known as the leontopodium nivale, this delicate flower can only be found in rocky, mountain terrains. It grows and, in fact, thrives in brutal alpine conditions of extreme wind, snow and rain, protecting and repairing itself with its own natural antioxidants that include the Leontopodic acid.
The properties of Edelweiss – the flower and the products, have also been shown to maintain skin barrier health, as well as smoothen the skin’s surface, helping you keep a radiantly fresh face, whatever your age2. Don’t be fooled by the flower’s delicate look, as the Edelweiss extract is an antioxidant that is actually 43% more powerful than Retinol, 60% stronger than Ferulic Acid, and has 5 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin E acetate. That’s why Edelweiss is said to be the beauty industry’s best-kept secret.
The Edelweiss Range From The Body Shop
So which product might be the one to replace your faves on your skincare shelf? The one to have is definitely the Daily Serum Concentrate, but we think you’ll love the other products in the line up as well.
- Edelweiss Daily Serum Concentrate 30ml/50ml (RM229/RM289) – this daily serum enriched with Leontopodic acid is quite light compared to other serums we’ve used. It absorbs very easily into your skin and has a light refreshing scent. The concentrate is clinically proven to help protect skin from pollution4 and helps skin appear smoother.
- Edelweiss Liquid Peel 100ml (RM139) – Exfoliate and gently peel environmental stressed skin twice a week, to help your skin feel clean and purified.
- Edelweiss Bouncy Jelly Mist 57ml (RM119) – Help refresh environmental-stressed skin on the go, with this lightweight gel mist which is also proven to help protect skin from the effects of blue light5. We see that many beauty enthusiast are very excited about this product, so there must be something to it!
- Edelweiss Eye Serum Concentrate 10ml (RM159) – When your eye contour needs some refreshing, this eye serum concentrate can help smooth the appearance of fine lines.
- Edelweiss Serum Concentrate Sheet Mask 21ml (RM42) – A bit pricey, but we’ve tested this out and it definitely helps perk up skin for the whole day after just 15 minutes of use! It really is like a boost of serum goodness for your skin.
- Edelweiss Cleansing Concentrate (RM105) – Clear, lightweight and refreshing, there’s nothing not to love about this cleansing concentrate.
- Edelweiss Intense Smoothing Cream 50ml (RM199) – Clinically proven to help protect from pollution6 and enriched with Edelweiss extract. This nourishing cream is perfect for drier skin types and helps skin to look re-energised and refreshed every day and night.
To ensure sustainability and longevity, Edelweiss is organically farmed and harvested by hand. It is carefully and respectfully cultivated in areas where the flower is not endangered to respect the Alpine biodiversity. It is then extracted using zero chemical waste, first through drying the plant, and then distilled using a renewable process. The video below provides a look into the farming of the flower.
To find out more about the Edelweiss range, do visit The Body Shop Malaysia or any of their stores.
Enjoying The Resilience Retreat At Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
It must be said that The Body Shop really went above and beyond to organise a real wellness retreat for us members of the media as well as social media influencers. From start to finish, we were treated like precious cargo, starting from a ride from 1Utama shopping centre in a ritzy Mercedes automobile (driven by the more adventurous among us media friends) right to the end after the 2-day staycation at Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur.
Located on Jalan Sultan Ismail in the Bukit Bintang Golden Triangle area, the hotel really is in a very strategic location, situated just down the street from the Lot 10 shopping centre. This mall recently had a popularity revival thanks to the opening of Japanese discount store Don Don Donki and several trendy food and beverage stores, and it’s a pleasure walking around the area from the hotel these days. Tip: Look out for the durian cafe at the corner of Lot 10 for all things durian-flavoured and durian-themed. We got to explore the area at night and the next day after check-out and it was really great friend with friends – and would be for families as well since it’s so easy to walk from the hotel to Jalan Bukit Bintang, the road where Lot 10, Pavilion, Fahrenheit 88 and Star Hill Gallery are all located.
Alighting from our Mercedes, we checked into our beautiful rooms to find a welcome pack from The Body Shop waiting for us inside. It was filled with key Edelweiss products that we all couldn’t wait to try out that night. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the room I stayed in.
The interior decoration was refreshing and also calming at the same time, with gorgeous wallpapers featuring floral illustrations, wood laminated walls and welcome touches like the couch and table on the corner.
True to its promise, the hotel really does put into place sustainability practices including refillable body wash, shampoo and conditioner on the wall (less plastic waste from individual bottles), recycle bins with separations for different types of waste, and see that slim tap on the left side of the sink? Drinkable water comes straight out from the tap!
After some refreshing, we went down to dinner at Thyme on the lower level – one flight down from the lobby. A portion of the restaurant was already beautifully decorated with Edelweiss products and fresh flowers that I was told was sponsored by florists, Fleur Floristry. Apparently the welcome box we got in the room was also arranged by the same florist.
Looking at the dinner menu, it seems that our meal would be a 100% vegan one. Wah! Just like Edelweiss! Some of us were sceptical if we’d enjoy the food, but all of us were pleasantly surprised at how delicious and very filling it was!
During dinner, while waiting for the next course to come, we were free to explore and test out the various Edelweiss products on display in an adjacent dining space within the restaurant. The Body Shop staff were on hand to help explain about each product and how to apply them and this was a great touch to add to the event. It was definitely helpful and informational and gave us more things to do other than eat and gossip!
Just before dessert was brought out (i.e. while some of us was struggling to finish the vegan schnitzel just because we were already so full), the Head of Marketing for The Body Shop Malaysia, Eena Houzyama, gave a few words and introduced three of their “Leading Lights” (inspiring individuals that embody The Body Shop values) featured in the Edelweiss campaign. Dr Mukhlis Idris shared about how he beat cancer after coming so close to giving up; singer Poovaa shared about staying resilient while waiting out the various Movement Control Orders imposed by the government that essentially cut of her source of income as an entrepreneur; while last but definitely not least, Nur Ashikeen Iqbal shared how she bounced back from losing the use of both of her legs following an accident, making lemonade with lemons. FYI, Nur Ashikeen, also known as Kimi, is Miss Malaysia Wheelchair World 2018, and will representing Malaysia at the World level in Mexico in October 2022.
After the scrumptious dinner, hobnobbing with social media stars and celebrities like Sarah Lian, Allisya Tahir, Linora Low, Fiqrie Dahari, Mikhaela Maria and Shivani Balraj of Pen My Blog, we were full and ready to explore Bukit Bintang at night and/or go to sleep. However, The Body Shop had one more treat for us for the evening. We adjourned to the Wellness level on Level 6 for a relaxing Sound Bath session with Sarah Lian and just sound-bathed our stress and anxiety away for the night (thank you bosses, for letting me cover this event!). The sounds of the bowls with the optimum temperature set by the hotel inside the wellness studio was really sleep-inducing, and I went back to my hotel room after the session all relaxed and had the best sleep in a long time!
Speaking of sleep, it’s worth noting how comfy the bed was! It was really hard trying to wake up the next day but wake up I did to get some breakfast at the Level 6 lounge exclusive for Club Room guests. If you’re used to buffet breakfasts at the regular hotel restaurant and don’t go to the Club Lounge due to the smaller selection often offered, you’ll love how the breakfast selection at Parkroyal Collection Kuala Lumpur’s Club Lounge is just as extensive as it must be downstairs at Thyme. From local delicacies to English breakfast staples to a salad bar with enough ingredients to make your own club sandwich after a pre-breakfast swim, and a coffee machine that makes whatever you want (limited only by the buttons on said machine haha), you can definitely fill up enough to fuel you until a late lunch later on.
As for us, we couldn’t really eat that much as apparently The Body Shop had one last activity for us: Laughter Yoga! So as it turns out, laughing for 15 minutes burns about 50 calories, so theoretically you can burn 200 calories in one hour. The question is, can you laugh for a full 1 hour? Anyway, it was a really fun Laughter Yoga session as the instructor, Laughing Karen, made us laugh while going through some semi-exercise motions.
We ended the session really high on happiness, paired with friendship and camaraderie with everyone who attended the session, and it can safely be said that The Body Shop pulled of a really awesome wellness retreat during this city staycation.
After Laughter Yoga, we had some time for a swim in the pool that we had been eyeing from inside the wellness studio, and just soak in the city vibes lounging poolside. Again, the location of the hotel is just great for exploring Bukit Bintang and the rest of Kuala Lumpur, that you don’t waste time and energy walking around before getting to a destination or attraction around there, so we had a great time exploring the Golden Triangle of Bukit Bintang after checking out, with our luggage safely stored with the concierge before we come back to pick ’em up later.
*Disclaimer: Gadabout editor Zurien Onn is employed in a certain capacity at The Body Shop Malaysia, however the opinions of the writer’s are her own (except the part about Fleur Floristry – Zurien made her out that in because they so graciously sponsored).
Alea began her career as a Corporate Communications Executive before becoming a full-time content writer. Her recent projects include crafting articles for Convergence e-magazine by Malaysia Airports and Tropicana Magazine. She loves exploring various cultures around the world and be inspired by the beauty of nature. At Gadabout, Alea’s main goal is to make the readers’ days better through fun and interesting articles on travel and lifestyle.