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Gourmet: From food to cosmetics

Gourmet, a French word which stands for an elaborate preparation and presentation of food, culinarily rich and exotic, served in small delicate portions. Published in 1825, The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin mentions ‘gourmet’ for the first time. This ‘haute cuisine’ was not for the common man, but for the ‘gourmand’ a counterpart of the ‘sommelier’.

What exactly does gourmet connote today? It can be defined as exotic, unique, unconventional and may be unimaginable too. Gourmet concepts are moving rapidly towards the cosmetic industry. Exotic ingredients and unimaginable formats come together to offer unusual sensorials. Cosmetics designed just for your skin type and look from local and fresh ingredients! A Cacao Face Soap by Hermann Gourmet Cosmetics from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, denoting local fauna on its packaging. Carrot Face Food from Gourmet Body Treats, USA, claims to ‘hydrate and repair skin damage’ by use of natural and organic ingredients sourced from local farmers.


(Left) Carrot Face Food from Gourmet Body Treats (https://gourmetbodytreats.com/collections/skincare/products/carrot-face-food) and (Right) Cacao Face Soap from Hermann Gourmet Cosmetics (http://www.hermanncosmetics.com/store/p53/Cacao_Face_Soap_.html)

So, what are the pros and cons? Made in small batches and well sourced ingredients, you are bound to find a product that suits your skin type and meets specific needs. The obvious con is the price compared to conventional mass-produced cosmetics. They are bound to be expensive due to their exclusivity. The second deficiency may be the lack of safety data on the natural materials. Lastly, these exotic herbs may be unique to certain parts of the globe, so it is important to know if the manufacturing practices have any impact on biodiversity.

Overall, for consumers with requirements for skin care products specific to their skin types, gourmet could be the way ahead. The balance between benefits and cost would be the driving factors.

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