Loto Del Sur: The Colombian Brand You Need in Your Beauty Cupboard
*This is the February edition of the Beauty Cupboard monthly series. Every month I feature a beauty brand from around the world that I'm loving.
Nothing makes me happier than discovering a new beauty brand on my travels. It's just so much fun to have a play with new beauty products that are infused with local customs, local ingredients and even scents unique to that given part of the world. You can discover unheard of fragrances or beauty-enhancing ingredients you never knew existed.
This doesn't happen every single time I hit the road, but when it does, it feels like I've literally struck gold.
This is exactly what happened in the back alleys of Cartagena, Colombia, where I stumbled across Loto Del Sur, a shop that caught my eye with its glorious interiors. As soon as I spotted it, I dragged my poor unassuming friend inside and, after what I suspect may have actually been a few hours later, we walked out with a bagful of beauty goodies.
This beautiful shop has a modern yet oh-so-very Parisian aesthetic. You feel like you've stepped into your (very wealthy) grandmother's bathroom, where you can sip refreshing hibiscus tea whilst you have a nose around all her beauty cupboards. The products are so beautifully curated along the shop's wooden shelves that I dare anyone who enters not to buy them all.
Loto del Sur sells a range of product lines from delicious candles for the home to natural vegetable soaps to stunning body care that includes silky body oils and exfoliating body scrubs. I even wanted to snatch up a scent in the brand's mencare line. Plus, Loto del Sur's Colombian details are divine. I picked up Bálsamo Milagroso, a luxurious lip balm, in the Limonada de Coco scent, which is based on the traditional coconut and lime smoothie you find throughout Colombia, particularly along the Caribbean coast. The candles have notes of jasmine from the Andes and verbena direct from Argentina.
I also picked up an aromatic body mist in the brand's Mimosa y Tangerina scent - something light, refreshing and perfect for the road. Admittedly, I've had to decant it from its glass packaging but I'm devouring it so it gets lighter by the day!
Let's just say it took all my willpower to walk out of Loto Del Sur with just these few items so that I could continue my life (and blog) as a backpacker.
Unfortunately, Loto Del Sur doesn't have a major digital presence which surprises me given the sophistication of the brand. However, there are multiple shops in Bogota alongside the one I visited in Cartagena. You can also follow the brand on Instagram and Facebook. Go and check them out and harass them into opening an online shop. But until then you'll just have to settle for booking a trip to Colombia and popping into the bricks-in-mortar shops.
What can I say? I'm an enabler.
Happy travels, my fellow beauty lovers!
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