By Douglas Habecker Translated
by Ann Lee
6, GuanQian Rd.
Hours: 10 am- 9 pm
(opens 2 pm Mondays)
Credit cards accepted.
This shop, which opened last year right
next to Caves Bookstore, focuses on offering all-natural
beauty and health products custom-made with essential
oils, as well as various forms of massage. The parent
company, over 20 years old, is locally based but has
long-term experience in providing OEM products to reputable
brands, mostly in Italy. This groundbreaking shop markets
these products--including a facial line (like cleansers,
toners, creams, lotions, masks) and a body line (like
shampoo, bath oils, body creams), plus organic cleansers,
incense and perfume--under its own Azure brand. As Manager
Wei Chuang (who also speaks fluent English) points out,
what makes B.Hive unique is its ability to tailor-make
its products to individual female and male clients'
needs, based on a skin analysis. Just as good, customers
can bring back products and adjust formulas as needed.
This is possible because of the company's experience
in producing the basic ingredients--84 essential oils
such as violet, lime, neroli, lavendar, rose, angelica,
fennel, jasmine and mint--which are also sold individually
to customers, who can also take offered classes on mixing
their own facial and body products. Massage treatments
are available by reservation and include the NT$1,000
facial massage (90 minutes), whole-body massage and
others, which come with steam room sessions. Yoga and
massage classes are also offered.