As far as I'm concerned, the island of Nevis is the most Caribbean: there are no streetlights, no casinos, no crazy screaming kids, no Starbucks and no crowded beaches. It's as if time stopped here about a hundred years ago as it's completely unspoiled and unexploited, "old school" for lack of a better term. The handful of plantations and estates are approximately 300 years old (!) and have been preserved, gutted out and transformed into fantastic accommodations. Because the island caters to the affluent traveler, you can expect some really amazing service, cuisine and spas.
One of my favorite inns was Montpelier, a Relais & Chateau property. It sprawled more than 90 acres and sported incredible views of Nevis Peak (the dormant volcano) and surroundings. At a luxury resort, you can only expect luxury bathroom amenities. I wasn't surprised to find all the contemporary rooms stocked with Elemis.
Elemis seems to be following me everywhere I go. It's provided in spa locker rooms at high-end resorts, public washrooms and areas... wherever ! The most common product I find is the Vitamin Rich Body Lotion ($46), which I use every once in a while so I thought I might actually stop to see if it's actually good for my skin.
First off, it's very thin (almost runny) so reapplication, I found, is necessary throughout the day. It doesn't absorb as much as I want it to. It's actually packed with minerals and vitamins, the most prominent being carrot (antioxidant) and milk protein (quite responsible for the thinness) that gives the skin gloss (along with the coconut, wheat germ and sweet almond oils). But it doesn't retain it after a few hours. This is fine because it's not a miracle moisturizer and unless you're really looking for something to battle dehydrated skin, it does work fine. What I really like is the scent: a soft, buttery mash of almond and coconut. Because I have pretty dry skin (this I know from a masseur who once told me "your skin is thirsty" and you bet I'll never forget that!), I need something a little more hydrating. Otherwise, this moisturizer is quite fine for someone whose skin had enough moisture to drink.
Water (Aqua), Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Calcium Caseinate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Milk Protein (Lactis Proteinum), Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Ceteareth 20, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Ethoxydiglycol, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Coumarin, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.www.timetospa.com