Beauty Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Soap and Paper Factory, Softlips, Skindinavia and Mary Kay

I have three daughters — so Santa has lots of stockings to stuff!  Beauty gifts are always a great idea for women of all ages!

My youngest daughter (10) loves the Softlips cube, my middle daughter (15) loves how the fragrance wand smells, my eldest (19) has fun with nail polish, the soaps and candle is perfect for my mother-in-law (not saying age!), and I would love the Skindinavia!!!

Which of these fab products would you love to give – or love for yourself?

The Soap and Paper Factory — This company has lots of fragrant, lovely packaged products that are perfect for stocking stuffing!  From soaps, hand creams, candles, plus lip butters and solid fragrances, there is something for everyone on your list!

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Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry
Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry

Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry ($3.49 USD) — This glass-like, cube-shaped lip balm in a light, fresh Pomegranate Blueberry flavor provides unprecedented, 5 in 1 lip care to  hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a subtle sheen.

Conveniently available at mass retailers, the cheerful-looking Seasonal Edition will make spirits bright for a limited time!

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. Our lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well!

Stuff this in her stocking and she will thank you!  One of the best makeup primers I have tried!

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Mary Kay At Play® Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio
Mary Kay At Play® Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio

Mary Kay At Play Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio ($15 USD) — For the perfect party shades to gift or keep, this triumphant trio nailed it! Mini Nail Lacquer Trio shades include Pink Hottie, Silver Sparkle and Inky Blue. Packaged in a ribboned box that’s ideal for gift-giving.

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Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand
Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand ($20 USD .25 fl. oz.) — Wishes come true with a wave of this wand – a clean, fresh fragrance that’s adorable as a stocking stuffer. Plus, it smells fantastic, just like the holidays!

  • Features cheerful, fruity notes like snow apple and citrus sparkle.
  • Warms the heart with floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk.
  • Easy on-the-go application and touch-ups.
  • Ideal for gift-giving – packaged in a decorative tube container.
  • Perfect for purses and travel bags.

Available at

Scents For The Home and For You!

I love to change personal and home scents for seasons, occasions and even moods.  I find that the right fragrance can set the scene for romance, a cozy night in or even a fun night out on the town!

I have received samples of these scents for my honest opinion.  While they might not be for everyone as fragrance is subjective, you might find one that you love!

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil

For your body: L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil ($36 USD): Highlight your look with Pivoine Flora Shimmering oil. With light touches on the forehead, cheeks and hair for an immediate highlighting effect. The shimmering oil will leave behind the delicate floral and green fragrance of Pivoine Flora.

What I think: This scent is a pretty, light floral that is a great transition fragrance into spring.  It is also romantic, a shimmery look for Valentine’s Day maybe…

L’Occitane products may be purchased at

Killer Queen by Katy Perry
Killer Queen by Katy Perry

For you: Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($60 3.4 oz) — Sexy. Royal. Radiant. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence.

  • Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Natural Jasmine Sambac, Rainbow Plumeria, Red Velvet Flower
  • Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline

What I think: A very sexy and sultry scent.  Perfect for romantic nights out and in!

Available at Macy’s and


Guess Night Eau de Toilette
Guess Night Eau de Toilette

For your man: Guess Night Eau de Toilette ($65 3.4 oz) — Confidence that owns the night… A sexy energy that can be felt the minute you walk into a room… Adrenaline created by the excitement and adventure of the night life. He doesn’t prepare for the night… he OWNS it!

  • Top notes: Hot pepper, Grapefruit, Elemi
  • Middle notes: Cedarwood, Geranium Fruit, Vetiver
  • Dry down: Black Vanilla, Parchouli, Labdanum

What I think: A spicy, sexy scent for him.  Hmm…maybe I should have made this a Valentine’s Day post?!  The fragrances so far have ben perfect for a romantic rendezvous.  This is perfect for the man who likes a spicier scent.

Available at Macy’s and

Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set
Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set

For your home: Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set ($18 USD) —

Mountain fresh and glowing, this scented votive candle set enhances any décor or makes an elegant hostess gift. Fills your home with  crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes seasonal celebrations, holidays and the winter solstice. Sized perfectly to refill our Frasier Fir Votive Candle glass.

Fragrance Notes: Siberian fir, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk

What I think:  These candles make me think of Oregon, where I grew up!  There aren’t as many evergreen trees in Missouri, so I love lighting these.  They are especially perfect for cold winter nights.

Available at




Bath and Body Works Fall Mini Candle

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle

I recently received a Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle in Black Pepper Bergamot ($3.50 USD) complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.  (Visit to learn more and leave a comment if you would like an invite to join.  I have a few left).

This is a highly fragranced candle exclusively developed and tested by a team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world’s best master perfumers.  Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance.

I usually like fresher scents for my home, but this is a nice fall fragrance.  It is spicy and warm.  It also lasts for a long time and is highly frangranced!

Check it out at and Bath and Body Works stores.


Glade Expressions® Collection

Glade Expressions® Collection

I received coupons for Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist and Oil Diffuser from BzzAgent ( complimentary for review.  Have you heard of this line from Glade?  Here are the details:

The Glade Expressions® Collection is inspired by art and designed to be left out on display. These authentic, easy-to-use home fragrance products release scents that open up note by note, filling your home with lightly layered fragrances and inviting life in. The breakthrough line includes two unique, refillable products:

Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist comes in a chic holder that blends with your décor for a burst of fragrance that’s always out and available. Simply squeeze to release a long-lasting, light mist of fragrance; then refill the holder with your favorite true-to-life scent.

The Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser releases authentic and exotic fragrances without having to plug it in or find batteries. The trendy holder matches décor perfectly – and is also refillable – making it an effective, stylish option for layering true-to-life fragrances in all of your living spaces.

With four inspiring fragrances to freshen your air, modern holders that complement your (already fabulous) decorating sense and the opportunity to refill scents at your convenience, why not invite the Glade Expressions® Collection into your home before the next round of guests? Your inner hostess knows this is a no-brainer.

The scents available are:

Cotton & Italian Mandarin – Open your home with the bright, breezy blend of cotton and sparkling citrus, honeydew and sandalwood*.

Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice – A ripe, spicy blend of sweet pears and crisp apple with a dash of cinnamon and clove that warms and invigorates.

Lavender & Juniper Berry – Lush lavender blends with fresh juniper berry, eucalyptus and rose to relax the senses and open your home.

Pineapple & Mangosteen – Evoke a tropical paradise with the blend of freshly cut pineapples and hint of tangy mangosteen, creamy coconut and passionflower.

I have the mist in Cotton & Italian Mandarin and the oil diffuser in Lavender & Juniper Berry and I want to try the other two fragrances as well.  I love the Cotton & Italian Mandarin the most and use the spray all over my house.

I have been using the oil diffuser for about a week.  The first few days, the scent was rather weak, but now I can really smell the Lavender & Juniper Berry in the room that I have it in.  It is a very comforting and homey scent.

The unique, refillable Glade Expressions® Oil diffuser can found at most grocery stores and mass retailers. The stylish Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist can be found at most grocery stores and mass retailers, as well as in some drug stores.



Does Your House Smell Like The Holidays? No? Try One Of These Home Fragrances!

Warm up your space with a spicy holiday home fragrance. The products below will make your house smell festive and inviting.
Slatkin & Co. Wallflowers® Pluggable Home Fragrance Starter ($8.50 USD) — Green Tree Night Light — This night-light emits a soft, glowing light. Pair with your favorite Wallflowers Fragrance Bulb (sold separately) to fill an entire room with fragrance.  Purchase at

Soap and Paper Factory Tin Candles ($18 USD) — This line of hand poured 100% pure soy candles are housed in beautifully printed vessels (that are totally eco-friendly and made in the USA) that are actual needlepoints created specifically for this line. Perfect for bedroom, bathroom, home or office, these nature-inspired fragrances are relaxing and wholesome. Approximately 55 hour burn. Available in Spiced Clove, Balsam, Burnt Vanilla, and Warm Amber. Perfect holiday scents.  Available at

Thymes Frasier Fir Pinecone Reed Diffuser ($38 USD) This holiday season, spread your favorite home fragrance in  a festive, eco-friendly way. Evoking Frasier Fir’s forest inspiration, this  pinecone-shaped diffuser enhances any décor. Fill the 3-inch-tall bronze  receptacle with the fragrant oil; reeds layer the air with fresh-cut fragrance. The aromatic snap of crisp Siberian fir needles, heartening cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood form a refreshing bed of crisp, just-cut forest fragrance. Undertones of rich  floral musk deepen and soften the resinous woody notes, for a scent that’s mountain fresh, yet cozy and comforting.  Enjoy!

NEST Fragrances Project Art Collection Creates Fantastic Fall Candles

Legendary home fragrance expert Laura Slatkin is renowned for her sophisticated scents and luxe design, infusing her signature aesthetic into every NEST Fragrances collection. Now she introduces PROJECT ART by NEST Fragrances, a new collection that brings Slatkin’s extensive expertise to everyday fragrance consumers, making superior scents and sophisticated packaging accessible to everyone. Along with PROJECT ART scented candles, NEST Fragrances will simultaneously launch coordinating home fragrance and personal care products with the introduction of the PROJECT ART Reed Diffuser and Liquid Hand Soap and Hand Lotion.

Featuring the work of several world-renowned photographers noted for their still-life artwork, PROJECT ART’s product labels and packaging display stylized, vibrant color photographs of various flowers, fruits, herbs and food against crisp, white backgrounds. While PROJECT ART began as an internal company project name, Slatkin soon realized that the phrase underscored
what she set out to achieve when developing her latest collection.

“ I am extremely excited to introduce a breathtakingly beautiful new brand, PROJECT ART by NEST Fragrances,” said Slatkin. “ PROJECT ART is an important new home fragrance collection consisting of 12 outstanding core fragrances. PROJECT ART combines the art of home fragrance with the art of sophisticated packaging – an expertise I have perfected over the last two decades. PROJECT ART is a truly unique home fragrance collection; I am very proud to finally bring this collection to fruition!”

PROJECT ART candles are crafted using NEST Fragrances’ proprietary, cosmetic-grade wax blend, formulated with the finest ingredients available. The fragrance is blended throughout the candle to ensure that the scent will infuse a room or environment until the candle is extinguished.

The PROJECT ART by NEST Candles Includes:

Scented Candle, 22 oz., $24.99
Single Votive Candle, 4 oz., $9.99

Available in Apple, Cinnamon Spice, Juliette Rose, Lavender & Sage, Lemon Verbena, Mint Leaves & Lime, Orange Kumquat, Pear,
Pumpkin, Tulip Garden, Winter Forest, Vanilla Glaze, and two holiday fragrances, Holiday and Peppermint Twist.

What I think: I have tested the Cinnamon Spice candle, which is a perfect Fall scent. The 22 oz candle will last a long time, and the twin wicks help warm up the whole candle and scents the air completely.

PROJECT ART by NEST Fragrances are now available for purchase at select and Hallmark stores in September 2010. For more  information, visit NEST can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

New Summer Fragrances from Antica Farmacista

Antica Farmacista Ala Moana Fragrances

I like to change my home scents every season. In the Summer, the heat makes me long for light scents that are beachy, tropical and or fruity.  Antica Farmacista, a luxury brand of home and personal fragrances have delivered two new Summer collections; Ala Moana and Lemon, Verbena & Cedar.  Their notes are:  

Ala Moana — Night-blooming jasmine, plumeria, tuberose and gardenia and notes of citrus.     

Lemon, Verbena & Cedar — lemon, orange, lemongrass, Italian Verbena, white florals, and cedarwood.   

The line is available in:  

Home Ambiance Fragrance250 ml$62
Home Ambiance Fragrance500 ml$92
Room and Linen Spray100 ml$28
Perfume (Ala Moana only)50 ml$62
Body Lotion (Ala Moana only)10 oz$25
Bath & Shower Wash
(Ala Moana only)10 oz$23
Hand Wash (Ala Moana only)10 oz$23  

I have tried the Ala Moana Hand Wash, and it reminds me of my honeymoon in Hawaii many years ago. The scent of the flowers takes me away every time I wash my hands!  Very nice!    

Antica Farmacista Summer 2010 products will be available at, Nordstrom,, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Takashimaya

Thymes Indigenous Home Fragrance Collection

Looking for new home fragrances for fall and the holiday season? Thyme’s Indigenous collection has a large assortment of original fragrances rooted in diverse cultures, exotic locales and native ingredients.  The collection includes candles, diffusers and home fragrance mists. The scents are: Oolong Cassis, Malagasy Vanille, Neroli Blossom, Tamarind Lychee, Anjou Vert, Blue Lotus, Verbena Bamboo and White Persimmon.

I was lucky enough to try the Tamarind Lychee Home Fragrance Mist ($17.00) and the Tamarind Lychee Votive Candle ($11.00). The Thymes website describes this scent as, “A place where refreshing white grapefruit, tamarind, lychee blossom and zest of yuzu are warmed with aromatic ginger and smooth, creamy coconut milk to awaken and invigorate the senses.”   The fragrance is very refreshing and fills the air with spicy citrus. The mist is surprisingly long lasting, although I haven’t got to use it much since my teenager has stolen it! The candle is made of high quality food grade paraffin which is touted to impart the truest scents.

Visit www.thymes.comto check out he Indigenous collection as well as all of their other lovely scents. Enjoy!

Apothia Perfumes and Home Fragrances

Apothia is a stylish perfume and home fragrance line that creates high end fresh and luxe scents. They offer four main personal fragrances. Below are the descriptions as posted on the website:

L ($80.00 50 ml) – Precious and perfectly aged Orris is celebrated at the heart of this unique, feminine fragrance, with soft touches of green violet leaf for tingle, sultry Angelica, earthy musks and woods for nuzzle.

IF  ($80.00 50 ml) A dazzling bouquet of white flowers, IF blooms with top notes of zesty grapefruit and sparkling yuzu, ending in a deep romantic drydown.

Velvet Rope ($80.00 50 ml) Velvet Rope Eau de Parfum, inspired by an icy cold, dry vanilla martini spiked with absolute jasmine and a twist of grapefruit. Pure white musk heats up the background of this super-sexy scent.

Pearl ($80.00 50 ml) Pearl is a simple, precious, polished work of art with hints of shiso leaf, plum blossom, peony, orris and warm golden amber, parallel to the formation of the pearl – a natural quality gem – small, precious and perfectly polished by nature.

My favorite of these perfumes is pearl, because it dries to a warm, sensual scent. They are all very lovely and boast unusual fragrance combinations.

Apothia also creates home aromatics including candles, diffusers and hand and body wash.  They carry eleven scents including Bronzed, Juiced, Verde and Wave, the one I tried that is a blend of white grapefruit, mandarin, yuzu with hints of driftwood and seagrass. It is very light and refreshing on a hot summer day.

You can purchase these scents at and  Enjoy