Boxwalla Beauty Box ~ scented body product reviews

Boxwalla Beauty Box

If you’re as interested in cosmetics as you are in fragrance, you’ve no doubt become aware of the “subscription box” craze of the past five years or so. It usually works like this: you subscribe by filling out a questionnaire about your tastes, and for a monthly fee you’re sent a box of trial-sized products purportedly chosen to fit your profile. Everyone loves getting surprises in the mail, right? I’ve joined two or three of these subscription brands in the past, and for a while I enjoyed receiving my packages; as the months ticked by, however, I ended up owning too many items that I just never used (bright coral lipsticks! sparkly highlighting powders!) so I unsubscribed.

More recently, variations on the subscription theme have emerged — several fragrance clubs, for example, and now Boxwalla, a service that “curates” boxes in four categories: Beauty, Food, Film and Books. The Beauty box promises to offer “luxurious and effective products to nourish your skin and body,” all made in the United States with non-toxic and cruelty-free ingredients. I’ve just tried Boxwalla’s December Beauty box, which seemed to have a “winter comfort” motif, and — unlike some of the cosmetics subscription services I’ve tried —it was an all-around success for me…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2015, part 3

Our 2015 series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance items. Do comment if you have any fabulous suggestions of your own! Coming up on Sunday: gift ideas for men.

Tocca Pondicherry candle

From Tocca, the John Robshaw collection, featuring handmade ceramic candles with lids. Available in a number of scents, designs and colors; shown is Pondicherry (“An old French colonial outpost in India, Pondicherry paints its mansions in fantastic alizarin pinks and cadmium yellows. I love exploring Goubert Market for its baskets of vetyver, garland flowers, black currants and pamplemousse.”) 270g (55 hour burn time), $60 each at Beautyhabit

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The giant in the forest of tree-shaped automotive air fresheners

Little Trees, the giant in the forest of tree-shaped automotive air fresheners, trounced a small rival in a trademark suit in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday. A jury found that the other company, Exotica Fresheners Company, had infringed on Little Trees’ trademark with the look of its product.

— The payout:  $52,000. Read more at Familiar Tree Prevails in Car-Scent Trademark Suit at The New York Times, and do see Angie's review of the Car-Freshner Little Trees.

Cire Trudon Merida Arquiste candle ~ home fragrance review

guava branch and Charlotte of Belgium

Ah, inspiration! Cire Trudon, in collaboration with Arquiste, created the Mérida* candle to memorialize “…a balmy night described by Empress Carlota of Mexico on her visit to the city of Mérida, Yucatán, in 1865.” Empress Carlota (also known as Charlotte of Belgium) arrived in Mexico as an invader (though we must cast more blame in the direction of her hubby, Archduke Maximilian of Austria/Emperor Maximilian I, and Napoleon III — the instigator of the French invasion of Mexico in 1861 and the one with the daft idea to install Europeans, Carlota and Max, on the “throne” of Mexico. More history later; first, the Mérida candle.

Mérida is an homage to guava. Once a year, I make a large batch of guava jelly for a friend’s birthday present…

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