Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 7

Our second-to-last holiday gift post for 2013 focuses on budget options and stocking stuffers. Next: luxury, coming up on Sunday.

If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products, Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets, Part 3: home fragrance, Part 4: gifts for men, Part 5: teas & sweets and Part 6: more travel sizes & coffrets.

More shopping ideas: see the Winter Holiday Shopping Guide at Chemist in the Bottle.

Yves Rocher Hammam Beauty Ritual Duo

From Yves Rocher’s Hammam collection, a “Beauty Ritual Duo” with soap (scented with jasmine, rose and fruits) and Nourishing Argan Balm (scented with orange blossom). Normally $48, currently on sale for $25 at Yves Rocher

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 6

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with more travel sizes and coffrets, plus a couple solid perfumes and one more fragrance subscription program. There are two more posts to go: budget options / stocking stuffers and luxury items.

If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products, Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets, Part 3: home fragrance, Part 4: gifts for men and Part 5: teas & sweets.

More shopping ideas: see the Scented Hound’s Gift Guide.

Hermès L'Ambre des Merveilles coffret

From Hermès, a gift set in the L’Ambre des Merveilles fragrance, with 15 and 100 ml bottles of Eau de parfum plus Perfumed body lotion and Perfumed shower and bath gel. $149 at Hermès

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — take your pick. Whether you’re shopping or not, it never hurts to look, right? As we usually do, we’re kicking off this year’s string of holiday gift posts with a bunch o’ scented bath & body products. More to come over the next few weeks!

More holiday shopping ideas: check out EauMG’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties.

 

Escentric Molecules Body Washes

From Escentric Molecules, Body Washes in the brand’s 01, 02 and 03 fragrances: “…the main ingredient is Energen. This in conjunction with the fragrance helps give the product an unprecedented four-in-one action; each wash is simultaneously energising, moisturising, cleansing and fragrancing.” At Barneys, $45 each for 200 ml…

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Vitabath Moisturizing Body Wash and Hydrating Lotion ~ scented body product reviews

Vitabath Moisturizing Body Wash and Hydrating Lotion

The original Vitabath Bath & Shower Geleé is such a familiar item, standing there in its clover-green label on the drugstore shelf, that we might not even really see it anymore. It’s a classic that’s worth keeping in mind, however, and now Vitabath offers a new range of fragranced bath and body products in four scent families: Fruit Fanatic, Spa Day, In Bloom and Cupcake Couture. I’ll probably pass on that last one, just because I’m not really a fan of dessert-y body products, but some of the fruit scents sound fun (especially Wild Red Cherry and Pomegranate & Blood Orange), and I’ve enjoyed sampling a few items from the In Bloom and Spa Day lines.

Since this has been a sticky, hot month or so, I’ve been reaching for cool, greenish scents, and Vitabath’s Spa Day collection offers several. I like Citron Leaves, a bright-and-light blend of verbena and lemongrass that gives an instant sense of refreshment. Green Tea & Sage is clean and herbal, with just a faint hint of something musky-woodsy beneath its smooth tea notes…

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Lulah Peony & Tamarind Ginger ~ scented body product reviews

Lulah Peony

Lulah is a new “fashion-fragrance brand” from Thymes. It’s aimed at a younger female shopper than the original Thymes line, and it offers “a fresh, flirty, fun assortment of strikingly luxe aromatics and skin-enhancing ingredients.” The Lulah line includes body wash, body lotion, body mist and hand cream, all available in four scents: Peony, Magnolia Fig, Vanilla Orchid, Citron, and Tamarind Ginger.

I’ve sniffed all five scents and I’ve sampled Peony and Tamarind Ginger in the Body Lotion and Body Mist, and I can see how Thymes has tweaked its approach to fragranced body products for young women in their teens and early twenties. Overall, these scents seem brighter and often sweeter than some of my “regular” Thymes favorites (like Filigree or Moonflower or Azur), but they’re nicely done, and their various “personalities” are presented in a lively way on the Lulah website.

Peony (shown at top) is the “pretty” one of the group…

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