#Barba Italiana now in the UK

#BarbaItaliana beard location

It’s arrived! The most exciting and innovative new professional men’s grooming range from Italy based on natural formulations and essential oils is now available to British guys. Vintage Hair Lounge is proud to announce that #Barba Italiana has forged a new distribution partnership with our sister company VHL Distribution, for England and Wales, and our very first stockist is Changes salon group new Barbers in Willen, Milton Keynes. This young dynamic brand combines the appeal and history of traditional barbering, which we love, and the forward thinking ethical sourcing and natural ingredients that the men’s grooming market has been thus far quite slow in adapting to.

#BarbaItaliana range

#Barba Italiana has created a complete range of products for the wellness of man. The styling range, made from Grapeseed and named after Italian wines, will be arriving in May, having only recently launched at Cosmoprof Bologna. The line also comprises product for the beard and for shaving, as well as outstanding shampoo and conditioning products for the hair, all named after Italian artists. The whole range is packed with essential oils. Those that have followed Vintage Hair Lounge for some time will know how much we love Davines, another natural based high quality hair brand made in Italy, and we continue to value the superior effects the Davines products produce for the kind of hairstyling work we do. #Barba Italiana will be a more than worthy complement to this range, offering a line that has put the man and his wellbeing at its centre.

We will be taking #Barba Italiana to the Wales Hair and Beauty Show in Cardiff on 8 May, and on to Barber Connect in Wales 26-27 June. Expect to see #Barba Italiana at Goodwood Revival too this year, as Vintage Hair Lounge hosts our own retail emporium alongside our hair and makeup salon.

We have now created our own UK based #Barba Italiana social media, so do follow and join in the discussions as the brand takes its first steps into the UK.




#Barba Italiana location shampoo

Salons and barbershops wishing to find out more about becoming a #Barba Italiana stockist in England and Wales should contact Sharon Holloway at VHL Distribution hello@vhldistribution.com, 023 8070 1383.

All images copyright #Barba Italiana.

Papier Poudré new campaign with Scarlett Luxe

Papier Poudré with Scarlette Luxe

One of the most exciting campaigns we have recently become involved with in 2016 involves the new distribution partnership between our sister company VHL Distribution and British heritage brand Papier Poudré, who still make pocket sized natural bamboo based powdered blotting papers just as they were, since launching in England as far back as 1903 in to London’s beauty conscious high society.


Papier Poudré archive


The iconic packaging, still in use today, features the painting and sketches of a mysterious lady in traditional 1790s style, proving that “vintage” packaging was in vogue even in Edwardian times. It is believed the lady may well be the French actress Elizabeth-Rachel Félix, who, whilst not born until 1821, was known on stage for a variety of powerful female roles set in all eras. Her name is certainly strongly associated with the term Rachel which has been in common usage for near on two hundred years to describe the colour of tan toned powders and cosmetics. The Papier Poudré range comprises powdered papers in three tones – White (translucent, for pale skin), Rose (gently tinted for medium complexions) and Rachel (tan tinted for warmer and darker skin tones). The trademark associated with Papier Poudré Lehcaresor also appears to spell RoseRachel backwards.

Our own interest in authentic vintage beauty products led us to team up with the brand in order to reach new vintage and makeup/beauty sectors in the UK, and who better to breathe life into this new campaign but National Vintage Awards UK Best Pinup model 2015 Scarlett Luxe, who we have worked with on a number of Vintage Hair Lounge projects. I immediately saw Scarlett’s potential for recreating the painting of the lady in Papier Poudré’s product archive, and was greatly influenced by the filmic styling of many a period movie from the delicate Girl with a Pearl Earring (featuring Scarlett Johansson) to the more eighties/punk interpretation of the iconic story of Marie Antoinette (featuring Kirsten Dunst). The style of our proposed new photoshoot with Scott Chalmers led us to work with the great British period costume house Cosprop and film wig dressers and supplier the Wigstore, in order to ensure that the imagery was in keeping with an authentic period style. One slightly radical touch however, was to create Scarlett’s period makeup with Eye of Horus Cosmetics, using their gold and copper metallic eyeliners on the brows and eyeline and their almost metallic ISIS pallet of eyeshadows of warm peachy tones. Scott’s beautiful photography captured the editorial style required for 21st century hair and makeup imagery, whilst retaining the classic filmic look and the painting style of the period.


Papier Poudré with Scarlett Luxe


Does the Papier Poudré brand still have relevance today? It certainly does. Not only are many generations familiar the products, Papier Poudré has also inspired a whole modern industry of blotting paper type products designed to remove excess oils from the face whatever your age or gender. But Papier Poudré still have an enduring and unique product, perfect for everyday use, and a kit essential for makeup artists everywhere, particularly for on-set touch-ups for both male and female actors and models and for brides, where repeatedly overloading with face powder could create a deterioration in the appearance of the face on camera.

Papier Poudré will feature at their first UK Beauty show with Vintage Hair Lounge and VHL Distribution at the Wales Hair and Beauty Show in Cardiff on 8 May.

All images by Scott Chalmers Photography.  Hair and makeup by Sharon Holloway at Vintage Hair Lounge.

Féret Parfumeur, Bienvenue!

Feret Parfumeur at Victor Hugo

If you are looking for high quality nostalgia skincare products, look no further than Féret Parfumeur, the newest addition to our classic retail collection and UK distribution via our sister company VHL Distribution.

This iconic French brand has been making its signature products since 1865 and 1878 respectively, and we are honoured to be presenting them to what will undoubtedly become new fans in the UK.

On 5 December 2015 we were lucky enough for our UK launch to be hosted by Southampton’s authentic French café Boulangerie Victor Hugo, situated at the heart of the French Quarter, where the city’s long international trading history still leaves its mark on the local community and geography to this day.

Feret Parfumeur boxes

We were joined by local model Jade Hargood aka Avant Garde model and our very own Scott Chalmers to take this wonderful opportunity to create some new UK based product and lifestyle images of the brand in an amazing atmospheric location. The results are stunning and we look forward to sharing with you more of Scott’s photos from the day in the coming weeks and months.

Bloc Hyalin is a 100% natural finest alum bloc, known for centuries as an effective aid before and after shaving and as a natural anti-perspirant and deodrant. The astringent and anti-bacterial properties of Potassium Alum lend the block to many uses.

Hyalomiel, or Hyalin Jelly, is a moisturising and refreshing daily treatment for hands and feet, made with organic French honey and scented with rose powder.

Le Baume, a soothing multi-use balm made with organic French honey, Dandelion and scented with rose powder, will be joining the collection in the UK very soon.

We once again offer our thanks to Victor Hugo’s for all their support for us and this very special collection.

Hyalin collection

All images by Scott Chalmers

Hair and makeup for Jade, by Vintage Hair Lounge

Vintage Hair Lounge and Bésame Cosmetics at Vintage Nostalgia Show 2015

Vintage Nostalgia Show

Vintage Nostalgia Show is without doubt one of the best family friendly vintage summer festivals to visit this year.

Launched in 2012 this unique event has become one of our favourite events of the year, as Vintage Hair Lounge hosts the only on-site vintage hair and makeup salon with our own team of Vintage Hair Lounge trained hair stylists and makeup artists.

 Vintage Hair Lounge marquee

 Vintage Nostalgia Show

 Show images from 2012 by Harry Pearson.

The salon is extremely busy throughout the weekend, so pre-booking is advised. Drop us an email at enquiries@vintagehairlounge.com for booking information and up to date availability of appointments.

We are also thrilled to be overseeing the show sponsorship by Bésame Cosmetics this year, and styling our Bésame Europe models Raven Brookes (who features in the sponsorship imagery above) and Hanna Wickstrand, known as Honey B’Zarre, who is joining us from Finland for the weekend.

Clothes Show - Raven Brookes

 Clothes Show - Honey B'Zarre

Photos of Raven Brookes and Honey B’Zarre (with Jacquie from Frilly Chantilly) by Paul Jones

Our Vintage Hair Lounge and Bésame Cosmetics team will be staying on site this year, as we try a bit of “glamping” and get involved in the show in lots of new fun ways!

Follow all our preparations for Vintage Nostalgia Show on our special Facebook event page here.