It’s true:not all hand creams are created equal.And at this time of year,you need the best,given all the washing,gift-wrapping,sliding into mittens and gloves,and catching snowflakes that the season demands.Luckily,the hand care options are many,as are their delightful scents.Girly hand creams make great gifts for family and friends,but are also a nice treat for yourself.In fact,I keep a hand cream in my handbag at all times,along with a powder compact,moisturizer,lipstick,blotting paper,and eyeliner.Here are some to consider as gifts because they not only look good,but smell good as well:Hand Cream($30)
What I love about this brand is that it REALLY understand hand cream. The C&E Gar
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John Keats once wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” and that saying is true of Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Himalayan Blue collection. The packaging alone is something of a marvel and the prints and colors are reminiscent of the works of Joan Miró or Kandinsky in their playfulness.
There is something mystical and enigmatic about the entire thing too: what, after all is Himalayan Blue? Surely, it’s a place where there is great tranquility, but also with a quiet, calm glacial appeal. Hence the packaging and the array of blues (light and dark) and the nods of pale color—a tribute to an explorer’s quest for the mythical blue poppy.
Brand new in stores and online (the collection
There is nothing as nostalgic as a peppermint candy cane. The red and white striped sweet goes hand in hand with childhood holiday memories of Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and The Grinch. In addition to being a delectable edible, peppermint has many beauty and health benefits. A cross between watermint and spearmint, the oil from the peppermint plant can soothe aching feet as well as settle an upset tummy (perhaps suffering from too much holiday cheer!). Applying peppermint oil to your scalp not only makes your hair smell good, it promotes hair growth, increases blood circulation and adds gloss. And did you know that the menthol in peppermint is good for those of us with oily skin as it controls e
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Like most women, I’m a perfume connoisseur. I’ve loved perfume as long as I can remember, and find nothing more fun than traipsing through the makeup counters at a department store and trying all the scents on. While I admire women, such as my mom, who pick one fragrance and make it their signature, I just love too many perfumes to stick to one.
In my childhood years, I loved any perfume as long as it was sparkly and pink and fruity and sweet. However, as I’ve gotten older, let’s just say my tastes have refined a bit and the idea of heavy scents makes me gag. So when I got a hold of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Lily eau de toilette, I was instantly hooked. I love fresh, airy fragrances, and