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Parisian pampering for body and mind

Skincare brand Sothys was founded in Paris in 1946 by Dr Hotz, a physician and biologist. It began as a beauty institute on the prestigious Faubourg Saint-Honore. Sothys was the name the Ancient Egyptians gave to the brightest star in the sky, which to them symbolised eternal beauty.

In 1966 the Mas family purchased the institute and chairman Bernard Mas decided to develop and expand its range.

Today, the third generation of the Mas family -- brothers Christian and Frederic -- oversee the company. The administrative headquarters, labs and production site are still located in the Correze region in France, while the salon still has its covetable address in Paris.

The products are only available through spas and salons and there are more than 20,000 worldwide in over 100 countries. The brand arrived here in Ireland in 1988.

The brand offers a complete care range with products for face, body, suncare, men and a full make-up line, with formulas that combine well-being and technology for a dual effect on body and mind. All the products are subjected to the rigorous quality standards applied in the pharmaceutical industry and contain minimum preservatives.

Sothys Body Programme was recently launched featuring six formulations of aromatic essences: Lemon & Petitgram, Cherry Blossom & Lotus, Raspberry & Jasmine Flower, Orange Blossom & Cedar Wood, Cinnamon & Ginger, and Vanilla & Sandalwood.

If you buy one product: The best-selling line is the cosmeceutical range Collagen Hyaluronique Anti-Ageing. Prices start at €42.40.

The fans: Actress Naomi Watts likes Sothys Morning Cleanser, while actress Uma Thurman is a fan of Sothys Purifying Beauty Milk.

Where to get it: Dublin salons include Pretty Exquisite, Delgany, call 01 287 3166, and Esthetique Health & Beauty in Dalkey, call 01 284 0393. For all stockists call Chleo Enterprises on 01 286 4770, www.chleo-enterprises.ie