Seven by Love + Toast

Love + Toast Rollerball Perfumes

Love + Toast is a Margot Elena Wells brand. If you shop in the US, chances are that you’ve seen one of her products somewhere — she’s also responsible for Lollia, Tokyo Milk, Library of Flowers and Apotheke: M, brands which pretty much cover the price and distribution scale from Neiman Marcus to Walgreens. All of the lines feature scented products in whimsical packaging, although Love + Toast is easily the cutesiest of them all. It’s geared a bit younger than its siblings, and has prices to match: many of the products can be had for $15 or less. Love + Toast emphasizes the use of natural materials (the brand’s tag line is “natural, not neutral”) but does not appear to make any “100% natural” claims. A portion of the brand’s proceeds goes to Girls, Inc., “a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving confidence to girls.”

Jessica reviewed two of the hand creams back in 2010: Mandarin Tea and Pomme Poivre. Today, I’m reviewing seven items, including two of the brand’s rollerball fragrances (Juniper Gin and Candied Citron), another hand cream (Sugar Grapefruit), three lip butters (Coconut Lime, Fizzy Ginger and Rose Sorbet) and a lip balm (Gin & Lime)…

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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 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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Scented Lip Balms: A Round-Up for Winter 2013

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We often discuss “niche perfumery,” but what about niche toiletries? Lip balm, for example. Who doesn’t own a lip balm of some kind? It might just be a basic ChapStick or Blistex picked up at the drugstore. On the other hand, it might be a lip-care item with a carefully honed image (and a matching scent), designed to appeal to a very specific user group. Here’s a selection of quirky lip balms that have caught my attention over the past few months.

For the traditionalist-with-a-twist: Burt’s Bees Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry and Dark Chocolate. This new iteration has the same ideal consistency as the original Beeswax formula, with natural flavoring from extracts of antioxidant-rich (and tasty) blueberries and dark powdered cocoa…

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Fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day 2013, part 1

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, 12 May. Don’t procrastinate! Here are a few early gift ideas.

Annick Goutal Les Colognes Discovery Set

From Annick Goutal, a Les Colognes Discovery Set: “Annick Goutal twists the olfactory architecture of three representative in-house creations with temperance, timelessness, and intimacy offering three vibrant infusing but discrete colognes.” 50 ml each of Eau d’Hadrien, Vétiver and Néroli, $175 at Neiman Marcus

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