I’ve been in the Netherlands just over a month now, and now that we’ve settled in, I’ve started to explore some of the makeup and beauty retailers here, and I wanted to share some of them with you.
I discovered Skins Cosmetics in my quest for a good sulfate-free shampoo here in Rotterdam. My scalp has been reacting horribly to a number of drugstore and health food store shampoo brands and I was getting desperate for some relief. Skins Cosmetics stocks O&M, an Australian haircare brand I am familiar with, and I thought it was my best chance to find something to soothe my inflamed scalp.
Stepping into the Skins Cosmetics concept store felt almost like stepping into an ultra-modern apothecary. The walls are lined with beautifully packaged lotions, potions, perfumes and candles with a very artisinal feel. Skins Cosmetics defines themselves as a high-end retailer of niche brands that have achieved cult status on an international level, and although they stock many brands I am unfamiliar with, I immediately recognised their large displays of Diptyque, Aesop, Laura Mercier and Ellis Faas.
I was greeted (in English, no less – she heard me talking to my daughter!) by a really lovely sales assistant. When I told her I was looking for a sulfate-free shampoo, and that I had a very sensitive scalp, she happily furnished me with a couple of samples, with no pressure at all to buy.
When I returned to purchase the shampoo and conditioner I liked the best, I asked to try one of the foundations they stocked. I was correctly colour matched (that almost never happens for me – most retail makeup artists struggle to match me to an appropriate foundation shade) and given a generous pot of foundation – enough for a week or two. I was given some perfume and skincare samples as well, and treated like a friend throughout the whole experience.
My positive experience was only reinforced by the fact that I had my children with me both times I visited the store, and not only was I treated well, they were both acknowledged by the staff, and also treated well – a rarity at makeup stores and counters.
*This is in no way a sponsored post. This article was written before Skins Cosmetics even knew I existed. I asked and received permission to photograph the store after all the experiences I mentioned in this article, so I was given absolutely no special treatment.