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Guerlain harnesses flower power

January 28th, 2015
PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comWomen from the Sogetsu school of ikebana meet Guerlain's National Beauty and Fragrance Director, Marie Line Patry, center.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Women from the Sogetsu school of ikebana meet Guerlain's National Beauty and Fragrance Director, Marie Line Patry, center.

Neiman Marcus welcomed Guerlain National Beauty and Fragrance Director Marie Line Patry to the store Jan. 22, who shared the luxury skincare company's latest Orchidée Impériale and Blanc de Perle whitening products.

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Rich Cream.

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Rich Cream.

She was welcomed with a display of orchid arrangements created by women from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, in celebration of the flower that brings its healing, hydrating and whitening properties to the Orchidée Impériale line.

Botanists and green thumbs have long known of the orchid's ability to withstand severe weather conditions. They can also appear to be dead over seasons, but under the right conditions, bloom again. Guerlain's researchers found the Gold Orchid, Dendrobium chrysotoxum, a native of Myanmar, Nepal, Northern India, Thailand and China, to be extremely resilient.

This flower provides the Imperial Orchid Molecular Extract, or I.O.M.E. that prolongs cell fertility, and is at the heart of Orchidée Impériale skincare.

The event also marked the Hawaii launch of Blanc de Perle, available for the first time in the United States, after being used in Europe for a decade. This line targets dark spot-creating melanin to deliver a brightening effect on skin.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Drop Essence.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Drop Essence.

Priscilla Growney's ikebana arrangement.

Priscilla Growney's ikebana arrangement.

Joyce Tomonari with her ikebana arrangement, also shown below.

Joyce Tomonari with her ikebana arrangement, incorporating a gold-painted bowl fashioned from pine needles, also shown below.

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Linda Hamasaki with her arrangement, shown in more detail below.

Linda Hamasaki with her arrangement, shown in more detail below.

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After listening to Patry's talk, women were welcome to try the products, and one of the women who spent more than $1,000 reasoned, "If you go to a spa once, it's going to cost you $300. I can use the cream every day.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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