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The Dove Pop-Up Store Will Make You Wish You Were in Paris

Seriously cool and unique beauty treats await.
The Dove Pop-Up Store Will Make You Wish You Were in Paris
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Seriously cool and unique beauty treats await.

Together with blogger and Dove ambassador Saab Magalona-Baccaro, I was one of two Filipinas flown to Paris for the opening of the Dove pop-up store in Rue Saint Lazare. You might wonder what more a store filled with beauty bars and body wash would have to offer, but I can truly say that once you enter the boutique with its clean white interiors, an hour will simply not be enough.

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Saab and I were excited to tour the Dove pop-up store!

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First, find the tree trimmed with Christmas-tree- and stocking-shaped boxes. Open each one and you’ll discover it’s got a ready present  (a Dove product of your choosing) within. Already in a pretty package, it’s a quick gift to pick up and give.

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Here's what I got!

Second, another gift idea that you might also want to hoard for yourself, you can have your name or a message engraved on a Beauty Bar, and add hearts or other symbols for effect. And apart from the classic white, there are also three other variants available that smell delicious: a cream-colored vanilla and shea butter, a rose-hued fig with a sweet scent, and a blue bar with jasmine and coconut milk.

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Pick the Dove bar of your choice and then indicate what you want engraved on it!

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A peek at the engraving machine!

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Looking at the other custom Dove bars while waiting!

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Et voila! Our very own #ImAPreviewGirl Dove bar!

Third (and most fun experience in the room), you can customize a Body Wash, Body Lotion, Body Polish or Body Cream based on your skin’s needs and your preferred components. I opted for a bespoke Body Cream and here's how the process went.

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My checklist in French

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Samples of Dove products you can customize.

Step 1. Measure your moisture. They measured the moisture level of my skin to determine my skin type.

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Step 2. Choose a fragrance. I chose the fresh sweet scent of jasmine and peaches from a selection that included creamy vanilla and Moroccan spices with honey rose dew.

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Step 3. Choose a skin-benefiting, natural extract. Based on my skin's needs, coconut milk extract was recommended for me, but other options include grapefruit, apricot, cucumber, sweet almond oil, chamomile, and rose water blossom.

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Step 4. Add shimmer. Who doesn’t love a bit of shine on her limbs? I opted for rose gold, instead of pearl or gold, for its subtle bronzing effect.

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Step 5. Customize the label. You can have your beauty mantra written on the lid or give your concoction a fun name that’s very personal to you. In my case, I went with the latter and christened my pot “Lazy Girl’s Lovely Legs Lotion.”

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My complete customized Dove set!

    Whether you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the City of Lights before the pop-up’s last day on December 18, or if you have a friend who is in the area and will be kind enough to do you a beauty favor, there is much to be enthused about this unique Dove experience. Knowing how we all love putting a personal stamp on our products, I wouldn’t be surprised if the store pops up in the Philippines one day. If that happens, we’ll be first in line on opening day.

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