Leeds Corn Exchange is famed for its abundance of independent stores, but this one is a little different to the others…
Benz and Blanc is one of the latest additions to the Corn Exchange. It’s a cosmetics store, but they don’t just give you lovely products to take home, they also offer a series of treatments to help you look and feel great. They do everything from skincare products to teeth whitening – and whatever you choose, it’s all organic, natural, vegan and animal cruelty free.
It’s the brainchild of Paul De La Cruz, “After 12 years in luxury retail I wanted to stand on my own feet and offer something I am passionate about. I have been on the receiving end of terrible service and have always found it hard to find find premium, organic and safe products and services, especially in Leeds, so I decided to do it myself.”
You might be surprised by what you find inside. They’ve got biodegradable toothbrushes made with bamboo, alongside organic coconut mouthwashes infused with charcoal – and if you’re looking for skincare, you can’t go far wrong with their collection from all-natural cosmetics company Meraki.
It’s all about quality products, made with natural ingredients here, and that’s as true for their treatments as it is their products. They already offer Diamond Whites, a safe peroxide-free teeth whitening service, which you can have done in their little Corn Exchange store. It takes about an hour, and is surprisingly simple – you simply bite down on a tray of whitening solution and then sit back and relax while the UV light is applied.
They also offer INSTAsmile clip-on veneers, which are exactly what they sound like – a non-intrusive and surprisingly affordable way to cover chipped, crooked or discoloured teeth. They’re custom-made specially for you and you can start the process at Benz and Blanc.
For now, they’re the only treatments they’re offering, but they’re looking into adding a series of new treatments, including natural face lift facials and safe LED light therapy facials, which they hope to have in time for those Christmas party preparations.
It’s a little bit different to anything else on offer in the Corn Exchange, but they still feel an affinity with their neighbours, as Paul explained, “Leeds Corn Exchange embodies what Benz and Blanc are passionate about. Independence, community and transparency – we are honest and open about what we do, who we work with and what goes in to everything we offer.”
Benz & Blanc, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.