Korres Jasmine Shower Gel ~ quick body product review

Korres Jasmine Shower Gel

I’m always on the lookout for great shower gels in my favorite floral fragrances — and that’s especially true now that I’m running out of two of my favorite Lush gels, Rose Jam (gosh, I do hope Lush brings back Rose Jam!) and Flying Fox.

Flying Fox, for those of you who haven’t tried it, is jasmine, and jasmine in a big way. It’s sweet and strong, and I can often smell it in the hallway outside my bathroom hours after I used it, although it doesn’t linger on skin to speak of. Every other jasmine shower gel I’ve tried smells positively wimpy in comparison, but I recently got a bottle of Korres Jasmine to test,1 and it’s a possible contender…

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation ~ scented body product review

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation

Rituals is a Dutch bath-and-body company founded in 2000, but since it only began selling its products in the United States about six months ago — first at Barneys, then in a Rituals storefront in New York’s SoHo neighborhood — I didn’t have the chance to try them until this winter. The Rituals product line is extensive, so I started with one of its best-selling products: Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, a new twist on an everyday shower item, available in six scents.

Whereas most shower-friendly body cleansers are thick liquids sold in bottles with flip-tops or pump dispensers, Rituals’ shower gel is packaged in a metal canister like a shaving product. It acts like a shaving product, too, turning from a stream of translucent gel into a fluffy, foamy lather when it hits a damp washcloth or a mesh puff. (I prefer the latter for all my shower needs.) I’m not sure what the benefit of this foaming technology is; maybe it’s just a gimmick? As a body product, this gel-foam is effective and seems gentle on the skin, but I wouldn’t be recommending it if I didn’t enjoy the fragrances, too…

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Valentine’s Day fragrance gifts 2014

A few gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, in case anyone is in need of (scented) inspiration. Do feel free to comment and tell us what present you’d most like to get!

Diptyque + Macon & Lesquoy brooch

From Diptyque, a brooch you can scent with your favorite fragrance: “Our new hand embroidered Rose brooch was developed in partnership with jewelry designers, Macon & Lesquoy. Perfume the ceramic drop and enjoy your fragrance all day long.” $55 at Diptyque

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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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