With the aroma of gingerbread men in the air, now is a good time to round up some beauty products made with this lovely smelling plant. While ginger, whose name derives from the Old English gingifere, produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers, it’s the root – young ginger rhizomes – that is coveted for cooking and medicinal purposes. They can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea – a common folk remedy for colds – as well as ginger ale and ginger beer for stomach settlers. Because of its aromatic properties, ginger is found in a variety of fragrant and delightful beauty products like those listed below.
I use Bath & Body Works Orange & Ginger Aromatherapy Energy Body Lotion after my morning shower. The zesty combination of orange and ginger sharpens my senses and releases tension so I start the day fresh and renewed. The creamy and nourishing lotion is filled with botanicals and minerals to leave skin soft and supple. $13 at Bath & Body Works nationwide. Watch for buy 2 get 1 free specials.
Soak away your blues in Healing Garden Cream Bubble Bath With Ginger. This great-smelling product nourishes and soothes while you relax in a tub of hot water. A handful goes a long way since it’s enriched with Herbal-Nutrient Complex containing orange blossom and white ginger, as well as vitamins A, C and E. $5.72 at www.amazon.com.
Your loofah loves it and you will, too. Burt’s Bees Citrus & Ginger Root Body Wash contains essential citrus oils and ginger root extract to product a natural plant-based cleansing formula. It invigorates skin, leaving you feeling fresh and clean with a lovely sweet orange scent. $8 at www.burtsbees.com.
Roger & Gallet Ginger Fragrant Water sparkles with the subtle blend of the Orient. Flowers, musk and ginger, along with neroli and bergamot undertones, make this lightly scented splash-on fragrance a winner. $49 at www.caswellmassey.com.
Go ahead, splurge. You’re worth it. Trish McEvoy’s 6 Mandarin & Ginger Lily Body Lotion is worth every penny. Infused with conditioning and skin nourishing ingredients, this lightweight body lotion keeps your epidermis silky smooth and smelling delightful. $45 at www.nordstrom.com.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s Super 3-Minute Facial with Ginger delivers intense, tingling hydration while renewing skin for an afterglow that will last. Made with ginger, this golden root stimulates skin for a quick boost of radiance in three minutes flat. This fast facial leaves skin glowing. $50 at www.Sephora.com.
GET IN THE SPIRIT
Get into the holiday mood with Philosophy’s Gingerbread House. This foaming twosome of spice-scented bubble bath and shower gel duo is packed in a holiday-inspired gingerbread house gift box. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer – and buy one for yourself, too. Infused with the aroma of spice, this set nourishes body and soul and the affordable price makes it super nice for everybody on your list! $12 at www.Sephora.com.
This unique and invigorating sea salt scrub energizes the senses while it exfoliates the body. Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is an exotic trio of nourishing oils infused with ginger and lime to boost the metabolism while the sea salt cleanses and stimulates. Apply in circular motions to damp skin. Not for pregnant women. $60 at www.nordstrom.com.
TAKE A BREAK
Relax and unwind with Marc Jacobs Ginger Splash. This new vibrant fragrance will entice you to indulge in the simple pleasures of life. Notes include ginger, nutmeg, cognac oil, geranium bourbon, rhubarb, sandalwood, amber and musk. This limited edition is $68 at www.nordstrom.com.
Hair guru Paul Mitchell has created a sensational new scent – Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream Rinse. This professional salon hair care product is 100 percent genuine and flavored with the enticing aroma of wild ginger. Pair this up with PM Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo and KeraTriplex Treatment. $22.99 at www.Amazon.com.
Get that holiday glow with Revlon ColorStay Makeup in Rich Ginger. This liquid foundation covers raccoon eyes and blemishes for an overall complexion boost. It provides medium to full coverage with a semi-matte finish and lasts 16 hours without retouching using the patented ColorStay technology. Oil and fragrance-free. $12.79 nationwide.
Keep lips ultra-hydrated all day and night with L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour. This Ginger Spice lipstick is packed with Omega 3, conditioning vitamin E and moisturizing argan oil to keep lips soft, smooth and supple when winter winds blow. Sold nationwide for about $7.
For come-kiss-me-quick lips try Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine Ginger Lip Gloss. Break out the smiles with this low-cost, highly popular lip shine. Easy to apply and fun to wear, Sally Hansen is the queen of affordable makeup. Only $1.89 nationwide.