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In greek mythology there was a water goddess named Amphitrite. According to the legend, Amphitrite was a Nereid nymph, daughter of Nereus (the god of the Mediterranean Sea) and she will then become queen of the seas/goddess of water after marrying the sea god, Poseidon. She initially rejects Poseidon running away from him and hiding in the depths of the sea. He sends 2 dolphins looking for her to convinge her to become his consort. The dolphins successfully woo her and Amphitrite is crowned as queen of the seas. As a reward, Poseidon gives the dolphins a place among the stars and that is how the Dolphin or Delphinus constellation appears.
Amphitrite is not the only emblematic figure linked to the water mythology — she is probably the most stately female presence.Water appears in many different aspects, as a symbol of life, metamorphosis and immortality: when Achiles’ mother gave birth to him, she submerges him the Styx river to make him invincible (the heel is the only part of him that doesn’t get submerged and we all know how that turned out #longliveBradPitt). Narcissus, another hero of Greek mythology falls in love with himself one day as he glances at his reflection in the water. The legend says that in his attempt to look at himself closer, he falls and drowns, his body morphing into a daffodil by the magic powers of the water.
Another myth says that Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty) was born from seafoam and the blood of Uranus (her name comes from the greek word aphrós – seafoam). And the list of myths and stories built around water can carry on endlessly. Which is natural when we think that the human being can’t survive without liquids for more than 3 or 4 days and that most civilizations were born on waterfronts.
…bringing this story a couple of thousand year ahead, water has stopped being just fuel for life for a long time now. Today we have hydraulic energy, water navigation, and numerous technological processes that would not be possible without water. We also have the Mineral 89 gel from Vichy.
Mineral 89 is the result of over 100 detailed pharmaceutical tests, named based on the obscene huge amount of Vichy thermal water: 89%. All of the Vichy products contain this thermal water as a base, this water coming from the heart of the volcanic region of Auvergn (4000 metres deep), the only difference being that Mineral 89 contains about 4 times more thermal water than the rest of the Vichy products, plus natural hyaluronic acid. What I find cool is that, in spite of the huge thermal water percentage, the product only has 11 ingredients. No fragrance, no alcohol, it’s the first gel booster with a fortifying and replenishing effect that strengthens the natural skin barrier in order to protect it from the damaging effects of pollution, stress and fatigue (I don’t think Amphitrite had these issues but I certainly do).
I’ve been using the product since May, for a month and a half now, and I’ve come to the following conclusions:
- it’s perfect for people with oily skin (but not exclusively, I think it can work for someone with dry skin as well): it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling after applying, but absorbs completely into the skin making it a perfect base for applying makeup on top
- excellent light and fresh texture for the heat wave that is upon us
- hydrates the skin perfectly in spite of its fast absorbing texture
- my skin looks more radiant
- clever pump packaging for clumsy people like me that can’t get the dosage right
I think Amphitrite is at the beach, but I bet Narcissus ordered 2 cases of it. Just in case.