The Year of the Dragon is upon us with all its good tidings and fortune. Unlike the fearful dragon of western mythology, the dragon in Chinese tradition is believed to be divine and people born under its sign are regarded as innovative, passionate, confident and fearless. Considered the most favorable zodiac sign in Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes good fortune and intense power.
Even if you weren’t fortunate to be born in The Year of the Dragon you can share in its good fortune with beauty products inspired by this mythical symbol. Many contain the curious sounding Dragon’s Blood, which is actually derived from a tree found in the Amazon Rain Forest.
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum ($58) – This eye treatment features the mysterious Dragon’s Blood, a unique ingredient that helps fight fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. A dark resin that “bleeds” from the Croton Lechleri Tree found in the Amazon Rain Forest, Dragon’s Blood extract has been a native secret for centuries, treasured for its ability to accelerate repair and reduce the appearance of inflammation. Combined with other potent ingredients, Dragon’s Blood helps skin appear resurfaced, regenerated renewed and repaired.
Cartier Le Baiser du Dragon ($100) – Olfactively neither a floral nor an oriental fragrance, you might say that this dragon namesake has two heads. A feminine scent, Le Baiser follows its own unique olfactive path – a feminine woody vetiver scent. Notes include bitter almond, neroli blossom, gardenia, cedarwood, iris, vetiver, patchouli, amber and benzoin.
Lush Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb ($5.95) – A mystical bomb that fizzes into long sparkly tangerine colored curls in the bath and crackles with the fiery exuberance of a real dragon. Drop one of these baby dragons into the bath for a serious morning wake-up call or an evening’s out energizer. It’s refreshing sherbet scent of lemon and bergamot features invigorating citrus oils.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel ($95) – An anti-aging gel that helps to define contours and plump sagging skin by forming a second-skin film around the face. Dragon’s Blood is included to fight free radical damage and stimulate cell regeneration, while its anti-inflammatory properties soothe, repair and reduce redness.
Zum Dragon’s Blood Zum Rub ($9.50) – No dragons were harmed in the making of this mystical product. This magical moisturizer infuses Dragon’s Blood with organic sunflower oil to create a deep penetrating balm for dry, scaly skin. Use it on cracked heels, split cuticles, dry elbows, hands or anywhere on your body calling out for intense moisturization.
Jack Black Dragon Performance Remedy Dragon Ice Relief & Recovery Balm ($22) Share the dragon’s good fortune with the men in your life. This balm is formulated to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with strains, bruises, sprains, simple backaches and even arthritis. It features the inflammation fighting benefits of Dragon’s Blood.