Connock London is one of Bath & Unwind’s favourite luxury body care brands. Their range of products is beautifully packaged and makes wonderful gifts, or to keep all to yourself as a treat. I spoke to founder Amanda Connock about what inspires her.
How did Connock London begin?
I grew up surrounded by the running of my parent’s company, A&E Connock, a supplier of speciality ingredients to the perfumery and cosmetics industry, so it feels like it was in the blood. Dad would travel in search of exotic ingredients and his passion had a huge influence on me.
I launched Connock London in September 2010, 6 years after Dad sadly passed away very suddenly. I wanted to create a range of products that was honest, luxurious and most importantly, effective.
Tell us about your first range of products…
The first collection was based on Hawaiian kukui oil, a very special oil with outstanding skin-conditioning properties. Dad was one of the first to introduce kukui oil to the UK cosmetics market over 25 years ago.
Each range is based on one main ingredient from a different part of the world – the first being Hawaiian kukui oil. There are so many wonderful ingredients out there with amazing heritage and cosmetic properties and I want to give them formulations and packaging that truly reflect their beauty. I personally select every ingredient used in the products to make sure it is of the highest quality and safety.
The bestselling product from this range is Kukui Oil Hydrating Body Lotion – everyone who tries it falls in love with the fragrance and the way it sinks straight into the skin without feeling greasy. My day wouldn’t be complete without using it. I can’t remember the last time I had dry skin and the fragrance is completely addictive!
How do you get a good work/life balance?
Work can be very addictive when you have your own business – almost an obsession, but it also gives you a lot more flexibility. I am much better in the mornings so I like to start early and have evenings to relax, enjoy a good meal and get lots of sleep!
What is the best beauty advice you’ve been given?
Wear sunscreen! I used to be out in the sun at any given opportunity but it is so ageing.
What’s in your handbag?
My essential items apart from the obvious, would be Kukui Oil Wonder Balm for keeping lips and cuticles hydrated when I’m out and about, tic-tacs, sunglasses and I always carry a notebook as I’m obsessed with making lists.
What are your favourite products on Bath & Unwind?
Essie Mademoiselle polish is such a flattering colour and makes my nails look glossy and healthy. Also, the Murad Firm & Tone Dietry Supplements – I took these for two months leading up to my wedding day and noticed a dramatic difference in skin tone.
Big thanks to Amanda Connock for the interview. Discover Connock London today.