By Kim Taylor

Marc Jacobs renders April’s downpours as stylish with his three new Splash fragrances: Rain, Grass and Cotton. Each Splash evokes the spring and summer pleasure of an impromptu rainfall and the ensuing scents that follow. These “eaux fraiches” are light enough for men or women, can be worn day or night, and are subtle enough for outright splashing. The bottles are enormous – this spirit of generosity makes it very tempting to immerse yourself in any of these three fragrances. Grass is comprised of snow peas, wildflowers, white muguet, soft woods and dewy musks. Here is a sun-splashed garden, bottled. Rain blends wet cut grass, wild strawberry, Clementine, cypress, passion flower and white orchid. Cotton is a comforting mix of cotton flower, lavadin, lily of the valley, blonde woods, white suede, musk and sandalwood. This trio debuts this month at department store perfume counters and at Marc Jacobs boutiques; you can also visit

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Creative Universe has given us something we can wear to celebrate the rain: Mare, a fresh, clean scent as invigorating as an ocean breeze. Sea and sand with linger in your memory as you trudge through downpours, uplifting your spirits and transporting you to your own private island. Featured on Sex & the City, this aquatic gem blends sea salt, ginger lily and avocado. Truly unique! Available at

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What could be more fitting for April than Walk in the Rain by Bare Escentuals? This light, refreshing body wash also comes in a body lotion and eau de perfume, all of which hydrate and nourish with botanicals, vitamins and plant-based moisturizers. Soften up in April – stop by a Bare Escentuals boutique for your Walk in the Rain, or call 1-800-227-3990.

Eau VitamineE from Biotherm comes in perfumed foaming shower form in addition to the fragrance bottle, and delivers the same sunny, “oranges in Seville” scent along with vitamin E and skin-soothing moisturizers. Available at or at Bigelow’s Pharmacy.

Glospa presents three shower gels so amazing that you’ll never want to leave the water. Glospa’s citrus-lavender blend is soothing and aromatic, green tea & jasmine is fresh and floral, and honey sugar butter is as warm as a comforting hug. Check out the extended line of Glospa products at

Premier USA utilizes the Dead Sea to bring you its Aromatic Soap Milk & Honey and Relaxing Aromatic Moisturizing Liquid Soap. New to America, this line is environmentally-friendly and additive-free. In addition to their heavenly aromatic liquid soaps, this line also offers shampoos, spa products such as mineral and mud body treatments, men’s products, foot and hand creams, skin serums and toners, masks and moisturizers. Welcome this innovative, award-winning new line by visiting

Eucalyptus oil wicks can be inserted into your steam bath or home sauna to provide an ultra-fresh, aromatic effect. If you don’t have a steam bath at home, check out the Mr. Steam system at and consider how much sweeter life would be, and perhaps even steamier, if only you did have one.

Originally published April 2006
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