Pregnancy Body Care & Spa Treatments

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed the Basq NYC pregnancy body care products which featured in some of my recent posts and stories. I was given the opportunity to try out the range which has just launched in Irish and UK markets.

Basq NYC isn’t a new range, in fact it is an established best seller in the USA and available is in over 900 salons, spas across and select retailers. It also boasts an impressive list of celebrity fans who became vocal brand advocates during their pregnancies including Heidi Klum, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Angelina Jolie, Christy Burlington and Alysa Milano to name a few.

The brand has been brought to Europe by Blue Sky Products, an Irish based distribution company (other brands include REN and Kerstin Florian). Blue Sky were searching for a superior specialist range of maternity treatments and products to bring to the European market and Basq NYC ticked all their boxes.They wanted a range that focused on client experience and unique spa rituals in addition to offering a capsule range of retail products that will support the skin while offer comfort and a sense of luxury to expectant mothers during their pregnancy.

My Thoughts on Basq NYC

I’ve been using the products for the last couple of months and while I’ve don’t have the personal need for maternity specific skincare , I,  like millions of other people do have stretch marks and welcome any product which claims to help diminish them. It is fair to say that I am also skeptical of any product which claim to offer a solution to stretch marks so took my time trying Basq NYC out.

I used a combination of the Resilient Body Oil and Intensive Stretch Mark Butter for approximately 10 weeks and can understand why these products get a good write up. While they are never going to make my 10 year old stretch marks disappear, they did make them less noticeable and this made me very happy. One of the key messages in the Basq NYC blurb is that these products work best when used to prevent stretch marks and help minimise the appearance of existing marks and scars. Through daily use their key ingredients work to help growing bumps navigate the big stretch by working to  support and strengthen the elasticity of the skin. Key ingredients in the Intensive Body Butter include;  Algisium C, an algae which helps to diminish the appearance of stretch marks over time and also Darutoside, a blend of plant extracts that trigger collagen renewal proven in manufacturer testing to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch mark depth and length. There is also a sugar scrub in the range which is recommended to exfoliate the skin prior to applying the oils and butters in order to aid absorption, I used this for some blissful pedis and really loved it. Finally there is a Cooling Body Gel in the range that I am addicted to, I wish I had to hand (or foot) during my early career in retail, it is designed for aching limbs and muscles that are part and parcel of the pregnancy experience, but I think it will be a favourite among both men and women.

In total there are 8 body care products in the range and 5 unique spa rituals. I think BasqNYC is a good choice for salons and spas who are looking to undertake specialist training in the area of pregnancy massage, while also being able to offer their clients a retail range that can be recommended to expectant mothers to care for their skin and strengthen it during and after pregnancy. It is also a great add on range to offer your clients at key gifting seasons.

Basq NYC Key Info

Brand Name:  Basq NYC

Retail Price Range:  €25 – €37

Distributor: Blue Sky Products Ltd

USP: Taken from the Basq website

‘At basq NYC we believe in beauty that works and want you to have an amazing experience using our products. We deliver products with innovative design, decadent textures, and addictive aromas. We only use the highest quality ingredients, carefully selected to deliver results. We made it our mission to offer the best in maternity skin care by providing products free from questionable ingredients. No guess work by you – enjoy basq NYC products worry-free.’

Basq NYC Products

Skin Perfecting Sugar Scrub – available in Citrus or Lavender.

A must for Stretch Mark Prevention! When you want to prevent and repair stretch marks, exfoliation guarantees better results. An instant fix for dry, itchy and stretched skin.

Key ingredients include: Sugar, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Hazel Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Sunflower Oil, Tea Leaf Oil and Vitamin E.

Resilient Body Stretch Mark Oil – available in Citrus, Eucalyptus and Lavender

100% pure botanical oils blended for optimum stretch mark prevention and repair. Omegas, antioxidants and skin toners all in one beautiful blend. Available in Classic Eucalyptus, Lavender and Citrus.

Key Ingredients include: Hazel Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E.

Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter

Targeted treatment ingredients deliver visible results for the most effective stretch mark prevention and repair.

Key Ingredients include: Biopeptides, Darutoside, Algisium C, Borage Seed Oil, Jojabo Oil, Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter.

Mega Moisturising Cream – Fragrance Free

Ultra rich, packed with nutrients and absolutely fragrance free! This triple butter blend brings pure creamy moisture to sensitive, dry and stressed skin. Whipped with fortifying oils for better overall tone and resiliency.

Key Ingredients include: Illipe Butter, Shea Butter, Jojoba Butter, Borage Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil.

Cooling Body Bliss

A soothing, cooling wonder! This light textured gel helps reduce swelling in feet and legs, soothe pregnancy aches and cool overheated skin.

Key Ingredients include: Aloe Vera, Cucumber Extract, Green Tea Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Lavender, Sandalwood.

 Basq NYC Spa Treatments

BASQ IN THE MOMENT PREGNANCY MASSAGE

A customised indulgent full body massage using safe pre-natal techniques for Mum and Bump.

BASQ BABY BUMP TREATMENT

This treatment is designed to reinforce the skin with deep hydration and a mega dose of nourishment to support the tone and elasticity of Mums Bump.

BASQ TLC FOR MUM TO BE

A complete head to toe spa experience to include head, bump and lower legs. We rub and tickle every ache and pain away whilst improving the tone and elasticity of Mum’s skin.

BASQ SKIN BOOSTING BODY EXFOLIATION

An instant fix for dry, itchy and stretched skin. We guarantee Mum leaves with beautiful healthy glowing skin.

BASQ TIRED LEGS SOOTHER

Walk in, float out as the lower legs and feet are treated to an exfoliation & massage with luxurious salts and oils.

Basq NYC has launched in a number of spas and salons across Ireland and is launching into the UK market in April 2017. To find out more about the range and current stockists visit Basqnyc.co.uk. For trade enquiries contact BlueSkyProducts.ie

Editors Note: In the interest of transparency, since posting this article I have taken up a freelance consultancy role with Blue Sky Products. I work with a number of brands and beauty professionals in the UK and Ireland. These contracts do not influence my reviews or articles posted on BeautyEditPro.com. If you would like to find out more about my consultancy work, please click here.