Cult of Beauty

P50 by Biologique Recherche, the highly coveted product line out of Paris, finds a home at the Spa at The Peninsula—and has Chicagoans lining up for the spa's new Healthy Glow facial.

By Karina Heinrich

Portrait by LX MGMT

June 14, 2019 10:00 AM

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Biologique Recherche has grown from Paris’ best kept skin secret to a worldwide cult favorite among beauty insiders. The catch? Its spa-professional products are bound by strict retail exclusivity, making them hard to get your hands on—until now. Luckily for Chicagoans, The Spa at The Peninsula Chicago is now one of the few elite retailers in the country to offer Biologique Recherche’s results-oriented product line and personalized facial treatments on-site.

And the buzz is all about Biologique Recherche’s P50 toner. Just short of being labeled the fountain of youth, it takes only one use to turn skeptics into devoted brand believers. Thousands of online reviews read the same: “The P50 toner is a godsend, a skin game-changer, a miracle product.”

I can attest that the results from a single treatment are not only visible, but astonishing. And it’s all about the ingredients. The Biologique Recherche methodology has a reputation for astounding effectiveness, boasting a clinical approach to skincare that uses intentionally pure, raw ingredients (all of which contain high concentrations of active ingredients and are perfume-free), as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures, including being micro-brewed (or cold-formulated) at the Biologique Recherche laboratories in Paris.

Health coach Karina Heinrich at the Spa at The Peninsula Chicago

During my visit to The Spa at The Peninsula Chicago, I opted for the Healthy Glow Facial (60 minutes/$215 Fri.-Sun.; $200 Mon.-Thurs.), an intensive and hyper-hydrating treatment that began with an in-depth analysis of my skin followed by a deep cleansing and an exfoliation using P50. A personalized, instant facelift-worthy massage is also incorporated, along with the application of a customized mix of Biologique Recherche’s anti-aging serums and face masks. The result is visibly restored, smoother- and younger-looking skin.

Needless to say, I bought and took home more than my fair share of the coveted serums and creams selected by my aesthetician—and am officially a card-carrying member of the P50 cult. Alas, we can’t turn back the clock, but Biologique Recherche is the next best thing.

The Spa at The Peninsula Chicago is located at 108 E. Superior St. (on the 19th and 20th floors of the hotel), 312.573.6860.


Karina Heinrich is an international certified integrative nutritionist and accountability health coach who achieves unmatched success in helping clients reach optimal wellness and weight loss through her breakthrough nutrition movement, The Karina Method. @thekarinamethod