Gift Ideas: The Best Body Products

Gift Ideas: The Best Body Products

A luxe body product is always a great gift for the beauty junkie in your life, as we are more likely to buy a bottle of Olay at the drugstore for ourselves while hoarding our deluxe make up and perfume. A splurge on a body product is a luxury we reserve for gifts and they are always welcome! Here are some great ideas for someone who could use some pampering wrapped up with a bow:

Lancome’s Body Milk Accord 3 Roses is a gorgeous and rich body milk, gently scented with roses and full of skin quenching and beautifying ingredients. Scented with the classic Lancome rose accords and full of rose-y goodness, this is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Lancome, soft roses and body lotion.

Lancome Lait Corps Fraicheur $46

Why not elevate the everyday washing of our hands to something scented & luxe? Jo Malone’s new Blackberry & Bay line has a fresh, clean & unisex scent to wash away the grime of the day and the most stubborn cooking odours. Plus the bottle of hand wash just looks fab on the kitchen or bathroom counter. Buying info here.

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay $50

 

Chanel just released a gorgeous cream to accompany their Exclusive line of perfumes, their Fresh Body Creme is “Subtly scented to flatter any fragrance in the LES EXCLUSIFS Collection, this exquisitely soft, light cream envelops the skin with pure luxury. The sumptuous cream is perfect for layering, for the ultimate LES EXCLUSIFS experience. Presented in a beautiful coffret.” So I can’t really say it any better than Chanel- doesn’t that sound gorgeous? My opinion- this cream would work with ANY Chanel perfume. So if you have a Chanel lover in the house, this cream is a must have! Available at select Chanel counters, boutiques and online.

Chanel Fresh Body Creme $130

 

 It wouldn’t be a luxury body product post with La Mer! If someone you know deserves the ultimate pampering product from head to toe, then why not splurge on the legendary La Mer Body Creme? Full of the famous La Mer goodness, “Like a seaweed wrap in a jar, this rich cream saturates skin in a wave of long-lasting hydration. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, it helps break the cycle of dryness and dehydration to give skin a new softness and suppleness. …” Well. Sounds perfect to me! Available at La Mer counters in department stores, Holt Renfrew in Canada.

La Mer Body Creme, starting at $160

 

Don’t know where to start? Then allow me to suggest the ultimate pampering gift from New York’s premiere fragrance and skincare experts at MIN New York. MIN New York offers a Bespoke Concierge Consultation – a one on one  complimentary session  to select the perfect fragrance, gift(s) or grooming tool for you with house experts Chad Murawczyk or Mindy Yang. A bespoke profile is set up for you during your visit or phone call, and the cost of this session can be redeemed for the product(s) of your choice. Chad & Mindy have made it their mission to search the world for the finest in elegant beauty, grooming and fragrance – you can give the gift of their expertise and a choice of some the most gorgeous products you can lay your hands on. Forget a gift card. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

MIN New York Bespoke Concierge Consultation $95

 

Next up will be fragrant gift ideas of perfume and cologne…

Mysterious Perfume: A Lab On Fire’s L’Anonyme

Mysterious Perfume: A Lab On Fire’s L’Anonyme

 

I like perfumes that take a chance. They try to step outside of the box, either in the actual scent (which can be risky) or in design, style, distribution or what have you. The name A Lab On Fire conjures up a dramatic mental picture for me, and makes me think about the process of perfumery. It is a very small perfume house, with 3 scents, each designed by “the brightest talents in the industry”.  They have three scents, and if you like to step outside the perfume box, I really suggest you give these a try. I love the modern aesthetic of the packaging and the pitch. Elegant, I’d call it.

L’Anonyme (the anonymous) is what I would call a soft woodsy scent, with soft & sexy musk base that I could almost describe as mouth watering. That doesn’t mean it is foody or gourmande, rather,  it plays tricks on your senses. I find some musk molecules can make me wonder if I am indeed sniffing or tasting a fragrance. The Lab on Fire website describes it as “deep, unique” and “an enigma”. I have to say, I almost prefer this to a laundry list of perfume notes. Yes, maybe there are notes of woods, suede, bergamot and geranium, but tossing those notes around doesn’t really help to describe this scent.

The talented and handsome Olivier Polge…

The perfumer, Olivier Polge, most recently known for his Balenciaga scents (Paris and Florabotanica), really knows his way around a perfume. Amazing to me that he could create the baroque confection known as Flowerbomb and then use his magic on this minimalist and elegant scent. But, he also created Dior Homme, which is one of best woodsy iris scents out there. Seriously, so elegant. And I suppose I can detect a hint or shadow of  the Dior Homme impression here, without it being identifiably masculine. L’Anonyme could be worn by a man or a woman, easily. There is something so delicious about the woodsy notes – I had my nose buried in my arm while the dry down of the scent progressed. The dry down on the skin is simply beautiful. Soft, clean yet sexy- that is the magic of those musk molecules. I love L’Anonyme- it is everything I wanted Escentric Molecule 01 to be and more. If one could describe a perfume as urban and otherwordly at the same time, L’Anonyme would be that perfume.

I got my A Lab On Fire L’Anonyme from MIN New York

Sweet Sexy Tuberose: Heely Bubblegum Chic vs Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia

Sweet Sexy Tuberose: Heely Bubblegum Chic vs Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia

 

Every time I spritzed on Heeley’s Bubblegum Chic, the intense heady top notes reminded me of another perfume I knew I had in my collection. No, not the ass-kicking-take-no-prisoners tuberose of Fracas. It was definitely something more velvety and smooth. Bubblegum Chic is sold as a jasmine perfume, but I have to say the jasmine takes a back seat to the tuberose. Not surprising, as tuberose rarely takes a back seat to any other note in perfume. Such a diva, that flower.

Almost as soon as I took the cap off my Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia I knew this was the one. Gorgeous, creamy and bewitching, ELPC Tuberose Gardenia is my favourite tuberose perfume. It just sings on the skin, wafts gently all day long, weaving slowly in and out of tuberose and then gardenia notes. It is a mostly green scent, I’d say. I read a review awhile back that said EL PC Tuberose Gardenia was more about the “perfume of a flower” vs “a flower” – could not have said it better myself. It is like the heady air around the flowers – heavy, moist and sweet. The gardenia note takes the floral aspect and makes it headier and greener, but the sweet tuberose is always there. In true Estee Lauder perfume fashion, the concentration of perfume, even in the eau de parfum, is high, and the lasting power incredible. The parfum is divine, as are all the parfums/extraits in her Private Collection series. Seriously, smell them all if you can.

Estee Lauder diva who would LOVE Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia

These perfumes start out quite similarly, but the heart and drydown is where the differences start to show. Something to love in both of them…

Frenchy blowing a sweet bubble….

Heeley Bubblegum Chic Extrait de Parfum takes that initial heady blast of sweet tuberose and takes in a different direction with sweet, watery fruity notes. I don’t get bubblegum exactly, although if you said it was Strawberry Bubblicious, or maybe Watermelon Bubblicious, then I would say yes! This fruity candy is a perfectly complimentary note to the tuberose. It makes the tuberose ethereal and fairy like – like a tuberose dream rather than a garden overflowing with the perfume of ripe tuberose flowers. I say strawberry because I do detect that note, but I also get a melon note, albeit a sweet watery melon. The jasmine note gently whispers thoughout the drydown and it’s progression is soft and dreamy. The perfume is softer than the Estee Lauder, and wears closer to the skin, while still being a sexy whisper of tuberose. I’d say this is the perfect tuberose scent for the tuberose phobic, as the soft yummy fruity notes make this a lovely and wearable scent. “Chic” is an appropriate name as well. As is the case with all Heeley perfumes, this perfume is elegant and refined, even with the word “Bubblegum” alongside it. Not surprising from the company that makes the most heavenly and ethereal incense perfume I’ve ever sniffed, Cardinal.

So, does one win? No way! I love them both, and both have a place in my collection. Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia when I am feeling like a diva, and Heeley Bubblegum Chic when I feel more ladylike than man-eater.


Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia is available online and at select Estee Lauder counters. Heeley Bubblebum Chic is available online at Heeley and online and in person from MIN New York.