Cranberry sauce – the tangy essence of every holiday dinner. But these bright red berries are also loaded with omega fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, which make them ideal for health and beauty products.
Cranberries grow in bogs throughout the cool regions of the northern hemisphere. The fruit is a berry that is initially white, but turns a deep red when fully ripe. Most cranberries are marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities. Here’s a holiday roundup of fabulous products for you to use for yourself or for stocking stuffers.
A IS FOR ARCONA
Arcona Cranberry Tone is a three-in-one cranberry-based product that cleanses, tones and hydrates – infusing skin with protective antioxidants to leave it refreshed. The phyto-nutrients and fatty acids found in the berries are ideal for every type of skin. Check out their whole line of berry-based products. $32 at www.arcona.com.
GET YOUR SPARKLE ON
Find good cheer in a bottle of philosophy Sparkling Cranberry – a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath – all in one holiday-themed bottle. The effervescent cranberry- scented formula cleanses and lifts your spirit. Use on hair and body for holiday bliss. $16 at www.nordstrom.com.
GET YOUR JOLLIES
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Gift Set is a great idea for those special people in your life. The four-piece set features the delicious tart scent of cranberries and includes super silky hand cream, rich foaming bath & shower gel, exfoliating body scrub and hydrating body butter – all packed in a bright red box. $30 at www.sephora.com.
FRESH & ULTRA SATISFYING
Seaberry Restorative Body Cream from Fresh is a blend of seaberry oil, cranberry seed oil, and sal seed butter to restore, protect and soften the skin. Vitamin E works to maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. Sea lavender and jojoba seed oil hydrate and nourish – a winning combination! Comes in a handy pump bottle. $28.50 at www.fresh.com.
THE G SPOT
Ange ou Demon Le Secret from Givenchy has a fresh and fruity theme based on cranberry, green tea, white peony, jasmine and white musk. This ultra light scent rates high marks from hundreds of users and we think you’ll like it, too. $53 at www.givenchybeauty.com.
Bath & Body Works Cranberry Kiss is a special limited edition holiday flavor to add a touch of pink rose shimmer and sweet cranberry flavor for those unexpected mistletoe encounters. This flirty festive gloss is the perfect stocking stuffer. B&BW special offer of buy 2 and get 1 free nets one for you, too! $8 at B&BW nationwide.
YES, YES NANETTE
Nanette Lepore Eau de Parfum Spray comes in an innovative bottle and makes an ideal gift for any girly-girl in your social circle. The light and whimsical scent is filled with charm and glee. Warm and delicate, the fragrance features white peach and white cranberry juices, magenta nectar, black currant, orange jasmine and velvet violate. Rates 5 stars and makes a wonderful present anytime. $38 at www.sephora.com.
B IS FOR BODY BUTTER
Count on Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Body Butter to get rid of dry skin. The delectable blend of antioxidant-rich cranberry seed and pomegranate oils, along with hydrating cocoa and jojoba butters melts into your skin leaving it soft, supple and seriously smooth. $13 nationwide.
MAKE YOUR SKIN GLOW
Pangea Organics Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean & Cranberry Facial Scrub is a gentle double-action exfoliant for all skin types. Raw, ground-up adzuki bean, an ancient Japanese beauty secret, exfoliates and tightens pores. Both cranberry seed and geranium oil offer skin-brightening attributes, which assist with reducing hyper-pigmentation and post-inflammatory acne for radiant skin. $16 at www.sephora.com.
SPA GIFT SET
Give the Aquaterra Sugared Cranberry Bath and Body Spa Gift Set — the ideal gift for mom or sis. This handsomely wrapped package captures the spirit of the holidays and contains foaming bubble bath, shower gel, body lotion and more. Each of the products in this holiday basket is made with the sweet yet tart fragrance of sugared cranberries. It’s tied with a ribbon and includes a personalized gift message from you. $24.99 at http://www.funromanticgifts.com/.
KISS ME QUICK
Get into the spirit of the holidays with Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick. The pure satiny radiance of this pigmented lipstick saturates lips while protecting them from the sun and winter winds. Hydrates through the day and draws men to your warmth and charm by night. The cranberry color is ideal for the festive season. $30 at www.sephora.com.
THE ULTIMATE SKIN SOOTHER
Derma-E Skin Care Complete E Cranberry Crème is an extra-rich moisturizing crème that blends vitamin E with the omega fatty acids in cranberry extract to help heal and condition dry, itchy or damaged skin. Use on face, neck and hands morning and night. Can be worn under make-up to hydrate throughout the day. $22.99 at www.justbeautysupplies.com