Hotel Chocolat's Rabot 1745 Beauty Makes its US Debut

Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745 Beauty Makes it’s US Debut

Most people are not familiar with the history of chocolate or what it’s made from. We are one of the lucky few who are privy to this information because we were lucky enough to grow up on a beautiful island that boasts a cocoa plantation, St. Lucia. Today, years after we left this beautiful island (which has topped many must-travel lists), we come full circle to the Hotel Chocolat to help welcome their skincare brand, Rabot 1745, to the US.

Hotel Chocolat's Rabot 1745 Beauty Makes it's US Debut

Inspired by the wild beauty of St. Lucia, Rabot 1745 is a natural and sustainable bath & body range that is luxurious yet affordable. Born on the Rabot Estate in St. Lucia, a cocoa plantation owned by British chocolatier and sustainable cocoa grower Hotel Chocolat, Rabot 1745 Beauty uses sensorial ingredients sourced from the sustainable cocoa farming harvested on the estate. These skincare products make a great attempt at capturing the essence of the estate in a bottle. There’s so much to love from this great skincare brand. First, you’ll love the ingredients, which consist of avocado, wild honey, raw cacao, rosemary, shea, and cocoa butter, and mango; and the following oils: jojoba oil, mango seed oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil.

BODY SCRUBS

Hotel Chocolat's Rabot 1745 Beauty Makes its US DebutHotel Chocolat's Rabot 1745 Beauty Makes its US Debut

Rabot 1745’s gentle yet effective natural body scrubs are exactly what you need to exfoliate and polish your skin, revealing fresh and smooth skin. Choose their Coffee Body Scrub to revive your tired skin; the Sugar & Sour Orange Body Scrub to hydrate and leave your skin super smooth; the Salt & Lemongrass Body Scrub for a natural citrus exfoliation; and the Cacao, Almond & Coconut Three Shell Body Scrub to polish, exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

LIP SCRUBS AND BALMS

Natural lip scrubs and balms

We plan on using this moisturizing lip balm all winter long; we can’t wait to boast about how super soft our lips are. Your lips will appreciate being soothed, smooth and replenished thanks to these five balms and scrub. The Avocado & Lime Smile Reviver is a light exfoliating lip polish, while the Almond Chocolat, Wonder Balm, Coconut Chocolat, and Honey Chocolat lip balms keep your lips kissably soft.

HAND SCRUB

Skincare: Hand Scrub

Sometimes it’s not your body or lips that need a good exfoliation, your hands need love too. The Rabot 1745 Avocado & Sour Orange Hand Scrub is here to give that love thanks to its nourishing avocado and refreshing sour orange ingredients. The above are just some of the wonderful products available from Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745. Check out photos of some of the other products below.

The complete range of products includes shower gels & scrubs, hand washes, natural body butters, lotions, and creams, bath and body oils, body masks, fragrances, and body mists, candles, and diffusers. We haven’t tried these products yet but we hope to soon when the official US launch happens.

Island Style: Anitanja Jewelry Collection Launch

Have you ever been introduced to something that truly speaks to you? Something that can remind you of your favorite place, thing or person. That is what we felt when we attended a preview event for jewelry designer, Anitanja Lawaetz’s US collection launch. The Anitanja Jewelry Collection was inspired by the gorgeous island of St. Lucia, a place we hold very near and dear to our hearts. Her jewelry line features six collections, inspired by various aspects of St. Lucia, from the iconic Pitons, to the cocoa pods. Get ready to fall in love with the Seed Collection, Sea Fan Collection, Piton Collection, Medallion Collection (available in gold and silver), Drift Cone Collection, and Cocoa Collection.

Want to learn more about each collection, and the inspiration behind it? Keep reading on to find out more information below and see our interview with Anitanja Lawaetz:

Seed Collection – inspired by the wild seeds Anitanja discovered walking her family’s estate in St. Lucia, these pieces feature tiny, textured, “wild seeds” strung together with brass to create elegant necklaces and bracelets.

Sea Fan Collection – Anitanja perfectly captures the beauty and delicate, openwork design look of sea fan corals found in the Caribbean Sea. The filigree-esque texture is highlighted in gold, black and silver tones with CZ accents, white, or white pearls. Ee are particularly in love with this collection’s CZ Cuff Bracelet and the Gemstone Collar Necklace.

Piton Collection – capturing the iconic “twin” Pitons, St. Lucia’s volcanic peaks and the most recognizable landmark on the island, this collection celebrates the Pitons with its pyramid-shaped stones, a symbol that is also featured on St. Lucia’s flag. Onyx and green malachite give pieces in this collection the design element to capture the majesty and beauty of these iconic peaks. We love how the Piton Mountain 2-Stone Malachite Ring captures the lush green color and size difference.

Medallion Collection – also inspired by Sea Fan Coral but with more geometric details and a structured design, pieces from the Medallion collection boasts a more versatile appearance that keeps your look contemporary while still remaining quite polished. This collection is available in both silver and gold and is more high-end, so therefore is at a higher price point. Our favorite piece is the stunning statement Bibb Necklace.

Drift Cone Collection – just as rocks gets their smooth texture in the rivers, drift wood gets distinctive shapes and textures from the waves of the sea. Drift cones are ample on the shores of St. Lucia and this collection captures the characteristics of an these unidentified seed cones. Black cultured freshwater pearls and ridged texture and groove patterns add luxury and edginess to these pieces. We love the 2-Tone Gemstone Cuff Bracelet, the Bronze Bangle Bracelet, and the 2-Tone Gemstone Drop Earrings.

Cocoa Collection – no we’re not talking chocolate diamonds; this collection celebrates both aspects of the cacao pod, the whole pod itself and the floral-esque shape that is seen when the pod is cut vertically…..these segmented pieces are the cross-sections. One look at the stunning Cocoa Pod Gemstone Drop Earrings or Gemstone Drop 8″ Bracelet and you’ll be in love.

We had the pleasure of talking to Anitanja about her stunning current collection, life on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, and the inspiration for her upcoming collections. Enjoy our interview below:

Pieces from the Anitanja Jewelry Collection can be purchased directly from her website,  www.anitanja.com, as well as on HSN.com.

WHIT Spring 2013 Collection

With soca music playing in the background, free-flowing Vita Coco Coconut water and models holding Birds of Paradise, designer Whitney Pozgay whisked attendees to the enchanting island of St. Lucia, her recent honeymoon location. Whitney, who was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona reconnected with nature on her honeymoon, something which was quite evident in her beautiful use of vibrant flora and fauna prints

I found myself gravitate to her bold prints, in particular, the Banana Tree Leaf print designed by friend and artist Jemme Aldridge. A tropical which were shown in two sizes in the clothing and the Osborn & WHIT footwear collaboration

The collection also features clean and modern asymmetrical shapes, cool cabana stripes, sporty elements and tropical brights.

Check out designer, Whitney Pozgay in her button-down tunic featuring the smaller Banana leaf print below

John Legend to Headline Saint Lucia Jazz Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Grammy-award winning multi-Platinum artist John Legend will headline this year’s Saint Lucia Jazz Festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of entertaining locals and people from around the world. What better way to enjoy the romantic songs of John Legend than surrounded by clear blue waters, a gorgeous sky, breathtaking views and gorgeous weather.

 

From April 30 to May 8, 2011, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be comprised of an international roster of renowned musicians from various genres including jazz, R&B, pop, soul and world music who herald from the US, UK, France, Africa and Saint Lucia. The festival will feature multiple complementary daily shows of acoustic, new age, jazz, soul, reggae, and R&B sounds held in a variety of locations and venues around the island – Jazz on the Square in Castries and Jazz in the South at locations in Vieux Fort and Laborie.


Headliners will perform at the main stage performances which will be held at Pigeon Island National Park and Gaiety in Rodney Bay, the island’s epicenter of musical entertainment, featuring local clubs, lounges and restaurants. Along with John Legend, this year’s musical acts include:

Trey Songz – The highly acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter Trey Songz debuted his first recording album in 2005 with I Gotta Make It followed by Trey Day (2007). His third album, Ready, was released in 2009 while his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released in September 2010, all garnering him multiple BET and Grammy award nominations, including winning the 2010 BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist.

Ledisi – Singer/songwriter Ledisi returns to the jazz festival stage sharing highlights from her Grammy nominated albums Lost & Found and Turn Me Loose.

Regina Carter – American jazz violinist, Regina Carter, lauded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, will share African folk tunes from her newest album, Reverse Thread.

Bad Ass Brass  – Formed in 2008, the band takes its influence from the sounds of traditional New Orleans brass bands but adds its own unique twist. The group won the opportunity to play at this year’s jazz festival through a Facebook contest in the UK hosted by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

Maceo Parker – American funk and jazz saxophonist, who had a long term association with the late, great James Brown, will get the audience dancing with hits from his latest album Roots &Grooves, which won a Jammie for best Jazz Album in 2009.

Saint Lucian Collective – An ensemble of Saint Lucian’s jazz icons who will perform a mélange of sweet pulsating Caribbean beats.

“As the leading and longest running jazz event in the Caribbean, year after year we welcome thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe to our legendary island to celebrate the premier voices in the music industry,” said Saint Lucia Tourist Board Director of Tourism Louis Lewis. “We’re thrilled to be marking our 20th anniversary with another sensational lineup. Combined with our world-class resorts, unique activities, exotic cuisine, unspoiled nature and warm people, this is still the best party in the Caribbean.”

See below for performance schedule (click on image below to enlarge). For a full concert schedule, festival tickets and updates, visit the official Saint Lucia Jazz website, www.stluciajazz.org for more detailed festivities for the Main Stage, Jazz on the Grill, Jazz on the Pier, Jazz in the South, Jazz Rhythms at Rodney Bay Mall, and Tea Time Jazz

Several resorts on the island will be celebrating the jazz festival with great deals and special packages. See below for the vast choices:

Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn
5-Night/6-Days Jazz Package
  •  Accommodations for two in a Superior Room
  •  Caribbean buffet breakfast daily
  •  Three-course dinner at Trios Restaurant (valid one night only)
  •  One day sail to Soufriere with complementary drinks and snorkel at Anse Cochon
  •  US$10.00 coupon, per person, redeemable at Treasure Bay Casino
  •  Complimentary transfers (one-way) from Bay Gardens Hotel to Pigeon Island Landmark for Main Stage Jazz Performance
  •  Bay Gardens Resorts’ Jazz Souvenir
  •   Rates: starting at US$990 based on double occupancy and includes all taxes
  •   Book by: May 8, 2011
  •   Travel April 30 through May 31, 2011
Visit baygardensresorts.com for more information
C’est La Vie
Springtime Jazz
  • 4th night free
  • Includes breakfast, concierge, butler service
  • Travel May 1 through May 20, 2011
Visit www.villacestlavie.com for more information
Cotton Bay Village
Jazz on the Beach
  • Five nights accommodations
  • All meals included
  • All beverages by the glass included
  • One complementary spa treatment per adult
  • One ticket to the Jazz concert of choice per adult
  • Rates: starting at US$1010
  • Book by: April 30, 2011
  • Travel for any five night stay between April 30 to May 8, 2011
Visit www.cottonbayvillage.com for more information
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
Jazz Sulphur Jamboree
  • Spend seven nights or more and receive complementary tickets for two to Jazz in the North
  • Round trip transfer to Jazz Festival venue
Visit fonddouxestate.com for more information
Habitat Terrace
All That Jazz
  • Includes breakfast, t-shirt, and round-trip shuttle arrangements to the Jazz venue of choice
  • Book by: April 1, 2011
  • Travel April 30 through May 8, 2011
Visit www.habitatterrace.com for more information
Harmony Suites
Jazz Special
  • Receive 15% off rates
Visit www.harmonysuites.com for more information
Juliette’s Lodge Hotel
Just Jazz Special 2011
  • Special rates for the following accommodations:
    • Single occupancy US$55 per room per night plus taxes (max 1 person per)
    • Double occupancy US$65 per room per night plus taxes (max 2 people per)
    • Family room two beds US$90 per room per night plus taxes (max 4 people per)
    • Two bedroom apartment US$125 per room per night plux taxes (max 4 people per)
  • Single, double and family room rates are inclusive of continental breakfast per person
  • Book by: April 15, 2011
  • Travel April 24 through May 16, 2011
Visit www.julietteslodge.com for more information
Mango Beach Inn
Jazz Fans – Beat the Traffic
  • Travel by boat from Marigot Bay to Pigeon Island
  • 10% discount off normal rates
  • Travel April 30 through May 8, 2011
Visit www.mangobeachmarigot.com for more information
Marina Haven Villa
Jazz Special
  • Stay seven nights and pay US$180 per night per villa
  • Complementary arrival airport transfer
  • Book by April 30, 2011 

Visit http://bensconcierge.com/villa for more information

Stonefield Villa Estate Resort & Spa
Enjoy the south of the Island and still Jazz in the North
  • Water taxi roundtrip to Castries
  • Complementary beverage on route to Jazz Festival
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Ocean view villa and pool
  • Rates: starting at US$450 per couple inclusive of taxes
  • Book by: April 30, 2011
  • Travel April 1 through May 31, 2011
Visit www.StonefieldResort.com for more information
The Downtown Hotel
Fun in the Sun
  • Special rates for the following accommodations:
    • Deluxe Downtown View US$65
    • Sea/Piton View US$75
    • Royal Suites US$85
    • Soufriere Suites US$95
    • Family Suites US$110
    • Rates are subject to 18% tax
  • Book by: April 30, 2011
  • Travel through May 8, 2011
Visit www.thedowntownhotel.net for more information 
Village Inn & Spa
Jazz Special
  • 15% off rates
  • Breakfast daily
  • Complementary golf
  • Complementary spa treatment (conditions apply)
Check out the Village Inn St. Lucia for more information
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Jazz it Up!
  • Althurium Lily Suites
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Round trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Rates: starting at US$465 per night double occupancy includes taxes and service charges
  • Travel through May 9, 2011
Visit www.windjammer-landing.com for more information
Zamacà Saint Lucia Bed & Breakfast
Concord of Sweet Sounds and Colors of the Caribbean
  • Stay five nights and enjoy the sixth night free
  • Stay 12 nights and pay for ten
  • Upon check-out, receive a gift certificate for credit on next trip to Zamacà Saint Lucia Bed & Breakfast
  • Breakfast is included in rate
  • Rates: starting at US$112.10 per night per double occupancy
  • Book by: April 10, 2011
  • Travel April 28 through May 10, 2011*
  • *Extension of stay upon request
Visit www.zamaca.com for more information

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia; its product offerings and resort vacation packages, visit www.saintlucianow.com.

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties.