I've been taking ginkgo biloba every day for almost six months now. It's meant to enhance memory and concentration and, thanks to my double-air sign status, I should have been taking it for years. I'm constantly losing things (cell phone, contacts, food (yes, food)) but this year has been smooth sailing. Do I owe it all to gingko biloba? Who knows but taking Asian root supplements is definitely not a bad thing. If anything, I feel as if it's working... haven't misplaced my Blackberry yet and I can put names to faces without that awkward pause.

So I was surprised when, arriving in St. Tropez, France, I discovered I had left my toiletry kit at home. This is a first for me, and probably a borderline crisis. My organic face wash! My shampoos! My serums and grooming creams and body lotions! I never knew tragedy could strike in St. Tropez, but apparently it happens.

Luckily, I checked in at the Byblos, one of the most iconic hotels in the area. It's here where Mick Jagger proposed to Bianca and Brigitte Bardot was made famous. It has the only full-service spa in St. Tropez, operated by Sisley Cosmetics, a fancy brand based out of Paris. Thankfully, there was a welcome amenity kit sitting in my room when I arrived, chockfull of nicely-sized samples.

Of the items included, the crisis situation for me was the face wash. I had just taken a long, sleepy, overnight flight and needed some facial action. Immediately I tried out the sample Lyslait: Cleansing Milk with White Lily. I definitely prefer clear gels as I have oily skin but what can I say? I had no choice. Overall, I think it would be best for women as they have thinner skin than men.

After application, I didn't feel overly stripped and it didn't leave me incredibly dry. It makes your face feel soft. In fact, the active ingredients basically calms, soothes and softens, including: orange blossom, white lily, woodmallow, linden, sunflower and vitamin E.

Of course, I was suspicious. Were these the only ingredients in the product? After all, their whole product range includes ingredients other than pure botanicals. So I sent them an email, asking for the complete list of ingredients. Their response was the ingredients list below. I questioned further (I am a journalist who needs answers), asking if it was 100% organic, to which they replied with a one-liner: "it's all natural but not organic."

Knowing how the French are (they call everything organic or all natural), I'm calling their bluff. Lucky for them, I actually don't mind the face wash... for now, that is, until I get home to my favorite products.


Orange Blossom, Lily (white), Woodmallow, Linden, Sunflower, Vitamine E