Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Bath and Body Gifts From Philosophy, L’Occitane and Tocca

There are so many fantastic bath and body sets to give this time of year, it’s hard to choose just one! They are perfect for gifts for all of the ladies in your life — family members, friends, teachers, etc.

Below are a few picks from 3 of my favorite brands that create products with amazing fragrances:

Philosophy Iced Orchid Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($18 USD) — let the elegant fragrance of iced orchid transform your bath or shower into a ritual you’ll relish. the moisturizing, multi-tasking formula provides a rich, foaming lather to gently cleanse and condition, leaving skin and hair feeling soft, and lightly perfumed with the delicately exotic scent of iced orchid. Purchase at http://www.philosphy.com, Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s and QVC.

Philosophy sending holiday wishes ($20 USD) — philosophy sends its very best holiday wishes to you and yours. This set includes the brand’s indulgent holiday favorites designed to surprise and delight. Begin your day on a sweet note with spiced gingerbread cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath then pamper skin with sweet creamy frosting body lotion and treat your lips to some sugar sprinkles. Exclusive to Nordstrom.

Philosophy Candy Cane Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($18 USD) — give a holiday cheer—candy cane is here! this fan favorite is back to sweeten things up as only it can. the exhilarating scent of peppermint is sure to make spirits bright as the award-winning formula cleanses and conditions from head to toe, leaving skin soft and lightly scented. Purchase at http://www.philosphy.com, Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s and QVC.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hugs & Kisses ($20 USD) — Retrieved directly from the fruit of the African Shea tree, Shea Butter has natural benefits that protect and nourish dry and dehydrated skin. Acting as a barrier for skin, it helps to prevent moisture loss, which maintains optimum skin-hydration levels.
This set contains:
– Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm 0.4 oz.
– Shea Butter Hand Cream 1 oz.
– L’Occitane Holiday Box

L’Occitane Luxury Travel Set ($40 USD) — Composed with some of the most cherished scents and textures made famous by L’OCCITANE, this gift combines our best-selling body care products.
This set contains:
– Shea Extra Gentle Lavender Soap 3.5 oz.
– Almond Shower Oil 2.5 fl.oz
– Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.34 oz.
– Shea Butter Foot Cream 0.34 oz.
– Verbena Shower Gel 1 oz.
– Verbena Body Lotion 1 oz.
– Shea Extra Gentle Verbena Soap 1.7 oz.
– Aromachologie Shampoo 1.18 fl.oz
– Aromachologie Conditioner 1.18 fl.oz
– L’Occitane Holiday Pouch

Available at usa.loccitane.com

Tocca Crema Voloce Hand Cream Trio ($16 USD) — This trio of take-anywhere hand creams moisturizes your skin while draping you in beautiful fragrance. It makes the perfect little gift for yourself or someone you love. 1 oz. each.

Trio includes:

– Cleopatra: a mix of grapefruit and cucumber.

– Bianca: a mix of green tea and lemon.

– Simone: a mix of watermelon and frangipani.

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Travel Fragrance Set ($45 USD) — The perfect introduction to signature scents. Indulge in three of your favorite TOCCA fragrances in convenient, miniature form. The coffret features Stella, Florence and Cleopatra Eau de Parfums in three Old World-inspired, beautifully collectible bottles.

Purchase at http://www.nordstrom.com and other fine stores.

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide — Part 1, Bath And Body

I have been putting a Mother’s Day basket for my mom who lives in Oregon.  I love gathering beauty items that I think she will enjoy!

Since all mothers are different, I have a bunch of wonderfully scented bath and body products — I’m sure one will be perfect for your mother, grandmother, wife, girlfriend or girl friend.

Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Collection
Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Collection

Indulge in a fragrance that embodies ethereal beauty with the Temple Tree Jasmine collection from Thymes. The latest offering from their fragrance studio, Floral wisps layer the air with heady Temple Tree Blossoms and jamsine sambac, entwined with honeysuckle, ylang ylang and damask rose and steeped in silky coconut milk.

The following products are available, ranging in price from $5 – $33: Bar Soap, Bath Salt Envelope, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Candle, Cologne, Hand Cream, Hand Lotion, Hand Wash, Home Fragrance Mist and Sink Set.

Available at www.thymes.com

Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Beautiful Day
Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Beautiful Day
The exclusive Beautiful Day fragrance makes you feel like you’re having the perfect spring day, full of carefree, delicious moments. The scent starts with a sparkle of sun-kissed apple and finishes with a dash of wild daisies & fresh pink peonies, for a truly bright fragrance that lasts all day!
  • Top Notes: Sun-kissed Apple, Dewy Pear, Sparkling Cassis
  • Mid Notes: Wild Daisies, Lily of the Valley, Fresh Pink Peony
  • Dry Notes: White Peach, Blonde Woods, Creamy

Signature Collection Beautiful Day just launched this April. The collection includes: Eau de Toilette ($29.50), Fine Fragrance Mist ($14), Body Lotion ($11), Shower Gel ($11), Triple Moisture Body Cream ($12.50), Shimmer Mist ($14), Swirl Gel Lotion ($14), 2-in-1 Superfruit Body Scrub +Wash ($14), Travel-Size Body Lotion ($5) and Travel- Size Fine Fragrance Mist ($6)

These are available at Bath & Body Workds Stores across the nation and at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon The Healthy Deodorant

Looking for a new spring scent? Search no further thanLavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon. Make an airy impression with this modern citrus blend of crisp lemon, fresh bamboo, lush watery fruits and pure Madagascar vanilla – sure to be the brand’s cleanest take on vanilla yet!

The Fresh Vanilla Lemon Collection Includes:

  • The Healthy Fragrance ($58): Unlike traditional fragrances, The Healthy Fragrance in Fresh Vanilla Lemon is beautifully made using pampering, natural ingredients.
  • The Healthy Deodorant ($18):A breakthrough in natural deodorants that delivers mighty protection against odor. For invigorating confidence, The Healthy Deodorant leaves behind a delicate trail of light citrus and powdery vanilla.
  • The Healthy Roller-Ball ($19):Housed in a slim, spill-proof bottle, this tote-able fragrance lets you dab on lemon goodness whenever you need a quick refresher. The perfect perfume pick-me-up!

Available at www.lavanila.com and at Sephora stores.

Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra
Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra

TOCCA has opened up the golden gates to deliver their heavenly hand scent. Introducing the new Crema da Mano Luxe, a naturally rich, perfectly scented hand cream housed in a timeless metal tube.

Capture the world in the palm of your hands with one of TOCCA’s signature fragrances and uncover your piece of heaven on earth with each of their coveted scents.

§ Be inspired by the Mediterranean withCleopatra’s grapefruit and cucumber

§ Enjoy “la dolce vita” with Stella’s Italian blood orange

§ Escape on a Corsican honeymoon withGiulietta’s pink tulip and green apple

§ Travel back in time to old-world Paris withFlorence’s bergamot and gardenia

§ Enjoy tea time in Italy with Bianca’s green tea and lemon

TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe (4 fl oz.) retail for $20 at Bluemercury and Sephora stores nationwide and online atwww.tocca.com and www.birchbox.com.

Kneipp’s Zen10 Gift Sets
Kneipp’s Zen10 Gift Sets

Kneipp “Zen10” Bath Collection ($44 USD). Each travel size bottle is sufficient for 2 bathing experiences. This set contains the complete Herbal Assortment!

Lavender, Eucalyptus, Pure Bliss, Rosemary, Melissa, Warm Embrace, Valerian & Hops, Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue, Juniper,Sensual Seduction.
Usage:
Fill  Tub, add Herbal Bath and mix gently. For 1-2 Baths. Water Temperature: 97-100 F/ 36-38 C. Bathing time: 15-20 minutes

Purchase at http://kneippus.com/zen-with-10.html

Laura Mercier  La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio
Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio

Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio ($65.00 USD) — A limited edition candle sampler that features three best-selling gourmande scents (Fresh Fig, Almond Coconut Milk and Crème de Pistache) in 2.5 glass votives, plus a convenient Portable Candle Carrier that’s great for travel. Indulge in the delicious luxury of your favorite scented candles while at home or on-the-go!

You can find these at www.lauramercier.com or in fine department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Tocca Candelina Collection in Florence
Tocca Candelina Collection in Florence

As much as we love the sweet-smelling scent of freshly cut flowers, the blossoms aromatic effect doesn’t last long enough. Keep mom’s home feeling fragrant with a TOCCA Candelina.

The beautifully housed, travel sized candles are the perfect small indulgence that go a long way! TOCCA Candelina retail for $20 each at Barneys, Blue Mercury, Candle Delirium and online at www.tocca.com.

AHAVA Color Me Hydrated
AHAVA Color Me Hydrated

AHAVA Color Me Hydrated set ($27 USD) — Soothe cracked, dry hands, renew soles, and provide skin with all day comfort and hydration with this limited edition body care set.  It includes Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream and Mineral Foot Cream.

Available Available at AHAVAUS.com

Enjoy!

Romantic Fragrance Gift Ideas For Her This Valentine’s Day!

Here are some more fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas!  I have been trying these great scents, and I am loving them.

TOCCA Violette is my new everyday scent, but I also love the sample of Jus d’Amour that I received.  They are both soft and floral, very pretty! And any Lavanila scent is so soft and pretty you can wear it all of the time!

If you haven’t tried Fame, it is so sexy and fun…really!  Great for date night!

Guess Girl is sweet and flirty and Heidi’s Klum’s new one called Surprise is very bright and sexy.

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum ($68 USD) — Choose a romantic floral scent like TOCCA’s Eau de Parfum Violette! This sweet yet sultry scent awakens the feeling of Springtime in Paris and the youthful spirit of first love.

Imagine springtime in Paris—the vibrant blooms along the Champs-Elysees awaken the youthful spirit of first love. Violette evokes the whirlwind romance between a young soldier on leave and a beautiful girl at the fragrance counter of Le Bon Marche in 1940s Paris. This fine fragrance is housed in an Italian-made glass bottle and a gold-leafed box, making it a luxurious gift for your love or an indulgent reward for oneself.

Notes:
Italian Bergamot, Ginger Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, African Violet, Bulgarian Rose, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Touch of Benzoin.

Available at www.bluemercury.com.

Jus D'Amour 2 Oz Spray

Jus D’Amour 2 Oz Spray ($90.00 USD) — A beautiful, grown-up comfort scent – and really, is there anyone who couldn’t use an extra dose of comfort right about now? Jus d’amour opens with coco palm – sweet, but not cupcake-topping sweet. This is a dark and dusky coco palm, and there is a brief moment when it meets the mysterious and green aqua leaf accord that makes us wonder if we might be headed someplace edgy. Then the most soothing, enveloping woods appear, and it is clear that the place we are headed is the coziest chair in the room, complete with a cashmere throw. We can feel the knots in our neck begin to unwind, as creamy Tahitian vanilla wraps itself around mesmerizing sandalwood. Even the lilting violets and jasmine snuggle into the tranquil blend instead of floating above it. Sophisticated and serene, with a warm, soft sweetness that takes the edge off a stressful day. Just what we needed.

Notes —  coco palm, aqua leaf accord, night-blooming jasmine, violet, Tahitian vanilla, sandalwood, cashmere woods

Available at jusdamour.com

Lady Gaga Fame

Embrace Lady Gaga Fame ($55 1.7 oz), the sultry, black eau de parfum. First of its kind in fluid technology, it is black like the soul of Fame but invisible once airborne. This black fluid exudes a lustful, floral, fruity essence for fabulous little monsters.

Enriched with tears of belladonna, a black veil of incense, and pulverized apricot, this fragrance may cause illicit fits of extravagance, unrivalled rushes of adoration, and prolonged moments of ecstasy and rapture.

Notes:  Belladonna, Incense, Apricot, Honey Drops, Tiger Orchidea, Jasmin Sambac.
GUESS Girl

GUESS Girl is the perfect sexy and irresistible fragrance for your ladies’ Valentine’s night out. Sensuous, captivating and fresh, GUESS Girl is a celebration of bold, beautiful women everywhere. This fragrance has top notes of Raspberry Nectar, Melon and Bergamot, combined with middle notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid, Provence Acacia Flower and Lily. Finished with base notes of Australian Sandalwood and Madagascar Vanilla, this fragrance will make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Price: 3.4 fl. oz. – $62 ; 1.7 fl. oz – $52 ;  1.0 fl. oz – $40

Available: GUESS retail stories, perfumery chains, department stores and www.guess.com

Heidi Klum Surprise

Add an element of surprise to your date night withHeidi Klum’s new fragrance. Surprise! is a tantalizing fragrance that captures Heidi’s fearless spirit, sophisticated glamour and irrepressible sense of fun. Surprise! by Heidi Klum is a sexy floral fragrance that opens with a joyful burst of juicy mandarin extracts and spicy pink pepper for a luminous and dynamic top note.  At the heart, an ultra-feminine bouquet of rose petals and magnolia creates a refined radiance.  Finally, the magnetic drydown of benzoin and milk of sandalwood delivers a warm, sensual and unforgettable trail.
Price: 1.0 fl. oz. – $28

Available: Mass Retailers and Drugstores Nationwide 

Lavanila’s “I Love Lavanila”

This Valentine’s Day, say ‘I love you!’ with the “I Love Lavanila” gift set fromLavanila Laboratories. When it comes to selecting the perfect gift this v-day, look to these healthy beauty essentials. Each “I Love Lavanila” set features three Lavanila favorites –The Healthy Fragrance, Healthy Body Butter and Healthy Deodorant – in perfectly portable sizes for easy on-the-go application. Available in classic Pure Vanilla or crisp Vanilla Grapefruit, this set is perfect for gift giving (and gift getting).

Lavanila’s “I Love Lavanila” gift set can be purchased at Sephora, Sephora.com and Lavanila.com for $49.50.

Enjoy!

Gift The Gift of Beauty This Valentine’s Day!

Ready for Valentine’s Day?  If you aren’t and have a friend or a significant other to buy for, I have some fun gift ideas for you!  They are:

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette ($48 USD). This ultra-sheer, blendable and portable palette was inspired by Laura Mercier’s work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin.

The Bonne Mine Palette includes:

  • 1 Bronzer Veil
  • 2 Cheek Veils
  • 2 Glow Veils

100% of the profits from the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette are donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. What better way is there to show love for the important women in your life – your friends, sisters (and even yourself) – than with a gift that helps save women’s lives!

Available at LauraMercier.com

H2O Plus Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection

H2O Plus Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection ($65 USD) This four-piece collection of our best-selling spa favorites gently polishes and replenishes skin while an invigorating oceanside scent energizes the senses.  Sea Salt Body Wash is enriched with European sea salts to lather away impurities and exhilarate the senses.  Sea Salt Skin Smoother reveals healthy, glowing skin with exfoliating European sea salts, nourishing botanicals and soothing almond oil.  Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter intensely moisturizes and softens dry skin with a rich blend of shea butter and coconut oil.  Hand and Nail Cream intensely moisturizes with shea butter, silk proteins and vitamin E with an award-winning formula

Availability: www.h2oplus.com and H2O Plus Stores

TOCCA Delicato da Viaggio

Add an unexpected hint of romance with fragrant sheets! Available in Touch, Cleopatra, Stella and Florence scents, TOCCA’s Delicato da Viaggio ($22 USD) contains 4 (2 oz.) bottles of the brands cult laundry delicate wash to fit any mood this Valentine’s Day.

A gentle wash for fine fabrics, our laundry delicate wash is ideal for lingerie, silks, cashmeres and bed linens. Easy to use for hand-washing or machine washing on the delicate cycle. Experience TOCCA’s complete laundry delicate collection with this limited-edition, travel-friendly set. Each 2 oz bottle can wash up to 6 washes for hand washing and 3 for machine.

The Scents: Touch – Gardenia and Pomegranate

Cleopatra – Grapefruit and Cucumber

Stella – Italian Blood Orange

Florence – English Rose and Iris Root

Available at www.sephora.com.

LaLicious – Sugar Kiss Collection

LaLicious Sugar Kiss Collection — Bring a luscious spa experience home and kiss dry skin away this Valentine’s Day with LaLicious’ signature scent body butter, body oil, whipped body soap and scrub.  The Sugar Kiss Collection is a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla aroma leaving your skin smelling and feeling like love. The best part is the all-natural formulas, so you can be sure you’re giving your skin the best treatment it deserves.

Price: Sugar Kiss Body Butter – $25; Sugar Kiss Body Oil – $24; Whipped Body Soap – $18; Sugar Kiss Soufflé Scrub – $34 at www.lalicious.com and select retailers nationwide. 

Fab Beauty Gift Sets For Holiday Gifts

I love giving gifts of products that my friends or family would not purchase for themselves.  An eyeliner wardrobe, high-quality brushes, great skincare, fragrance and hair care — these are fun to get as gifts because they introduce you to something new and fabulous!

Here are some of my faves for the season:

 

tarte Eye Catchers 6-Piece SmolderEYES™ And Skinny SmolderEYES™ Collector’s Set ($39 USD) — A six-piece collection of full-size eyeliner favorites in universally flattering, must-have shades.

What it does:
These pure, powerful, and always-pretty smolderEYES™ liners glide on like butter and impart a precise line for a sleek look. Use the built-in smudger to go sultry and smoldering and enjoy the completely waterproof finish. Amazonian clay ensures longer wear, while nourishing lids, reducing surface oil, and improving overall texture. No matter how you wear these versatile shades, the rich pigments boast true, bold color.

This set contains:
– 5 x 0.056 oz SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Champagne, Gunmetal, Rainforest Black, Gold, Ash Violet
– 0.04 oz Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx

Visit www.tartecosmetics.com to learn more and purchase.

 

Deluxe Travel Brush Collection ($95 USD)

Everything you need for flawless makeup application with 9 travel-friendly professional tools in a chic carrier case.

Brush up on beauty this holiday season with Laura Mercier’s must-have Deluxe Travel Brush Collection for flawless makeup application.  Perfect for on-the-go, this sleek, chic brush case features a rigid, hard shell design with two pockets and a removable mesh pouch housing a combination of nine professional Brushes for face, cheeks, eyes and brows.

A $252.00 value. http://www.lauramercier.com

Josie Maran Argan 6-pc Moroccan Holiday Collection

Pampering to go. Whether you’re heading across the country or just to the gym, this Moroccan Holiday collection brings you perfectly portable, pure Argan oil-infused products. The six travel-sized formulas help you achieve healthy-looking, glowing hair and skin. From Josie Maran.
Includes:

  • 0.5-fl oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Oil Hair Serum
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Lotion
  • 2-fl oz Argan Oil  Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot
  • 1.9-fl oz Argan Cleansing Body Oil
  • Made in Morocco/USA

Purchase at www.qvc.com.

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio

Always a big hit for the holidays, TOCCA has introduced its newest Coffret Set in a festive green & gold with three new scents: Graciella, Violette and Giuletta. The fragrances are:

Giulietta: Green Apple, Pink Tulips, Vanilla Orchid, Amber

Graciella: Asian Pear, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang, Cashmere Musk

Violette: Italian Bergamot, African Violet, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood

Tocca Coffret Set retails for $45 at Sephora & Space NK stores nationwide and online at www.tocca.com.

TIGI

TIGI ELASTICATE DUO ($19.99) & RECHARGE DUO ($19.99) — Excite the adrenaline-junkie of the family with the latest from Bed Head. The NEW Elasticate Duo offers a supercharged formula for break-resistant hair while the NEW Recharge Duo eliminates the build-up of 2012 while adding high-octane shine Both NEW gift sets are available at a special holiday price.
Please visit www.tigiprofessional.com for a salon near you.  Feel free to reach out should you need hi-res images or product samples.

 

Shop For The Cure — Beauty Products That Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Looking to give to Breast Cancer Awareness and look pretty while you do it?  Invest in beauty products that are helping fight for the cure for breast cancer, like the ones featured here:

For the month of October 2011, Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator, will donate 10% of all product sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With the purchase of a Beautyblender product, not only will you be doing something great for others, but yourself as well! Try the Beautyblender Travel Kit, which retails for $23.95 and is available at http://www.beautyblender.net/.

Capturing small indulgences in a bottle, TOCCA’s Laundry Delicate Washes leave fine fabrics gently fragranced with intoxicating aromas reminiscent of timeless moments. Easy to use for hand-washing or in the washing machine on the delicate cycle, TOCCA’s gentle wash is deal for lingerie, hosiery, intimate apparel, silks, cashmeres and bed linens. TOCCA’s signature scents are now TSA-friendly, available in a portable and reusable bag, making it the ultimate travel companion. Each TOCCA Laundry Delicate (8 oz.) retails for $15.00 and TOCCA Laundry Travel Set (four 2 oz. bottles) retails for $22. All are available online at www.tocca.com. For the month of October 2011, TOCCA will be donating 15% of net proceeds from the sale of its Laundry Delicate line to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

If you purchase e.l.f. Cosmetics Glossy Gloss in Watermelon and Glitter Gloss in Twinkle Pink during the month of October, 100% of the sales goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.The high shine, pigmented Glossy Gloss delivers a beautiful sheen and a rich tint of color to your pout. The intense, show-stopping Glitter Gloss is infused with light-reflecting micropearls.  This non-sticky gloss illuminates lips with sheer brilliance and lots of color. Visit www.elfcosmetics.com to purchase one for $3.00 or both for $6.00.

Stila Positive and Pretty Palette ($14.00)  Get empowered in pink with this limited-edition palette featuring four award-winning Eye Shadows, a Cheek Color and a Highlighter. A mirror is included for on-the-go application and a detailed face chart offers how-to tips and tricks. A total of 10% of proceeds will go to a variety of BCA charities, one of which is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Available at www.stilacosmetics.

Redken Shape Up Your Style ($17.50).  Redken is proud to announce it’s helping support the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes a Redken rough paste 12 working material and a mini version of Redken quick dry 18 instant finishing spray, available now in salons. In conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Redken will make a flat $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in support of their mission to find the cures for breast cancer.  Visit www.redken.com for more information.

Pureology PureVolume Collection ($39.00)  joins the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes PureologyPureVolume Shampoo, HairCondition and BlowDryAmplifier. It is currently available in participating salons nationwide!I n conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Pureology will make a $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in support of their mission to end breast cancer forever.  Learn more at www.pureology.com.  Enjoy!

Sunscreen For Both Moms And Children

Of course, mom’s and kids can use the same sunscreen, but below are two brands that make specific sunscreens — one makes pastel colored sunscreens that smell like bubblegum the other creates wipes that smell like Italian blood orange.  They are:

Sunbow Sunscreen Spray ($9.99) — SPF 30,  Provides a non Oxybenzoate formula with Homosalate (Organic Compound),         Antioxidant protection, Continuous hydration, Bubblegum fragrance, and are available in SpongeBob SquarePants (yellow formulas) and Dora the Explorer (pink and blue formulas) packaging.

Sunbow Sun Stick ($7.99)  — SPF 45, Antioxidant protection, Continuous hydration, Bubble gum fragrance, SpongeBob  SquarePants (yellow formula) and Dora the Explorer (pink formulas). Sunbow products are available at www.sunbowsunscreen.com and www.drugstore.com.

The coveted gentle, physical-based formula of TOCCA’s SPF 30+ Multipack protects against UVA and UVB rays while leaving your skin glistening and delicately fragranced in TOCCA’s classic Italian blood orange scent, Stella.  With ten Towelettes to a pack, it is perfect for individual use or to share among less sun savvy friends. (Retails for $24 at www.tocca.com.)

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last-minute gift for Dad? Get him something that will make him smell, feel or look fantastic with one of these great beauty gift ideas:

L’Occitane Verdon Adventurer Set ($55.00 USD) — The L’Occitane Verdon range is inspired by the refreshing waters and rocky gorges of the Verdon Valley in Haute Provence. This bold set includes the Verdon Pure Face Wash, Outdoor Moisturizer SPF 30, Energy Roll-On and Fresh Shower Water – it’s sure to inspire your dad’s dynamic disposition. Purchase at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Let Dad unwind with the TOCCA candle in 007 ($38.00 USD). The rich leathery aroma is based on the distinctive combination of the interior of an Aston Martin and a dry Martini, in the “Bond-esque” tradition. You can find this at http://www.tocca.com/store or Sephora stores near you.

A woody-spicy, fresh and masculine fragrance, McGraw by Tim McGraw opens with a bright note of Bergamot that blends with spicy and sweet notes of freshly grated Nutmeg for a vibrant and exhilarating experience. The heart is lush, rich and crisp with Lavender wrapped in earthen Moss. It finishes with soulful and sensual notes of Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood blended with a touch of aged Whisky—perfect for the classic man. Available at most drugstores and mass retailers

Price Range: 0.5 fl oz ($18); 1.0 fl oz ($24.50); 1.7 fl oz ($31.50)

Whether he enjoys playing sports or is traveling on business, the Gray Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($149.00 USD) fits easily inside any gym or carry-on bag. It will also leave him with the smoothest shave! The Mia uses gentle oscillation to clear pores and cleanses so effectively that shavings products absorb better into the skin. Participants in a Clarisonic clinical study reported a closer shave, increased comfort, reduction in irritation and fewer razor bumps. He will wonder how he lived without it!

Availability:Nordstrom

Hope your Dad, husband and/or all of the other awesome dads in your life enjoy the day!

Sweet-Smelling Bath and Body Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25.00

Still searching for the perfect bath and body gift but want to spend under $25.00? The three sets and products featured smell fantastic and won’t make your wallet cry when you open it. Enjoy!

Tocca Hand Cream Set ($18.00 USD) — TOCCA’s ultra-luxurious travel-sized hand cream is now available in a trio set featuring Cleopatra (grapefruit cucumber), Stella (blood orange) and Florence (Orris Rose). 3 x 2 fl. oz. The paraben-free rich hand cream is blended with natural nutrients like Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil. Aloe, Chamomile and Shea Butter add the perfect moisturizing touch that absorbs quickly into the skin. I love all three scents, they are so fresh and pretty that it is hard to choose a favorite. This is a perfect gift for the very feminine lady on your list. Visit www.tocca.com to purchase.

CND Scentsations Sparkling Champagne Gift Duo ($23.00 USD) Who says you can only break out the bubbly when celebrating an occasion? Bring that same cheer to your daily beauty routine with this wash and lotion duo of CND’s seasonal Sparkling Champagne fragrance. Prettily boxed, the set includes two 8.3 fl oz bottles plus a FREE purse hook. The scent is so yummy and is perfect for any lady who likes a little fun in her bath products. CND has other fab gifts that include a hand cream set with Cranberry, Sparkling Champagne, and Black Cherry and Nutmeg.  Visit www.cnd.com for locations of a salon near you.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Vanilla Verbena Collection ($13-$16 at www.bathandbodyworks.com) has the perfect products to gift to your loved ones this holiday season. The collection includes a Body Lotion, Body Wash & Foam Bath, Body Mist, Body Scrub, and Massage Oil. The whole collection soothes the body, mind and spirit with a pampering blend of aromatherapy essential oils. The tension-relieving collection makes the ideal gift for overworked friends and family—or a holiday indulgence for you.

Candle Gift Ideas For The Holidays

A beautifully scented candle makes a perfect gift for the holidays. A pretty votive can be a great stocking stuffer and a larger luxury candle is a perfect hostess gift or a gift for a favorite neighbor. Here are some of my favorites: 

Nest Holiday Votive Candle ($14.00 USD) combines holiday traditional scents such as mandarin orange, pine, cinnamon and eucalyptus. It is boxed is in a pretty red velvet box. Approximate burn time: 15+ hours. Other details are:

  • Net weight: 2.3 oz.
  • Soy blend wax.
  • encased in a shiny decorative gold votive glass

Check out www.neimanmarcus.com to purchase

TOCCA Brigitte Candle ($34.00 USD) — The Sephora website describes this new scent as, “Brigitte channels the essence of screen siren Brigitte Bardot—an icon of glamorous, free-spirited class. Tocca’s newest fine fragrance invites you into Brigitte’s bike ride in the south of France. The intoxicating scent of the Marseilles spice market mingles with ginger, then folds in the essence of Moroccan Rose petals, blending chic, old-world European style with whimsical and exotic intrigue. Brigitte’s loveliness is deliciously textured—sweet top notes of Rhubarb and Papaya bloom into middle notes of Iris and Saffron. Her depth shines through bottom notes of Sandalwood and Musk.”

Notes: Ginger, Rhubarb, Papaya, Moroccan Rose, Iris, Saffron, Sandalwood, Musk, Pannetone Accord. Visit www.tocca.com to purchase

Soap and Paper Factory Patch NYC Stag Candle ($32.00 USD) — This vintage inspired collection of artisan scented candles are crafted by hand. They are 100% pure soy and have a 75 hour burn time. The notes ar {siberian fir, cilantro, citrus, raspberry  and scent is described as, “fresh as a brisk morning walk in the woods, cozy as an evening by a roaring fire, a festive scent for celebrating the season”.

This is a perfect scent for the holidays, especially for those of us who have a fake tree! It will make us feel like we have brought a little bit of the indoors inside. Visit www.soapandpaperfactory.com to learn more and to purchase.