By Lauren Flaum

During these sweltering summer months keeping cool in the city can be about as difficult a task as owning that hot new Bottega Veneta bag on the waitlist at Saks, or securing an appointment with the ever-popular pedicurist Ludmilla at the John Barrett Salon.

No, I can’t get you that appointment, but I do have some good news. I’ve found a simple solution to this heated issue that won’t break the bank and doesn’t require a personal cooling system from the Sharper Image. Say goodbye to sticky thighs and sweaty feet.

I’m talking about scented talcum powder, a fabulous way to stay fresh and dry in this sizzling city. Beat the heat in style by sprinkling some under your arms, between your thighs, a little on your neck – wherever.

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Santa Maria Novella offers a lightly scented talc that won’t interfere with your favorite fragrance. This Nolita boutique makes their extra fine “Talborina” right on the premises, and its old world formula is sure to please. Each scent comes in its own pretty floral container, ensuring it’ll look just as good on display in your bathroom as it will feel on your skin. SMN offers their body powder for $36 in a variety of scents, including Iris, Gardenia, Vetiver, Menthol, and their two most popular: Pomegranate and Rose. Visit this Italian Profumo Farmaceutica at 285 Lafayette St. or on the web at

Uptown girls don’t despair. Floris London will cater to your scented talcum powder needs on the Upper East Side. Floris has added oh-so-wonderful aloe vera to their finely milled absorbing powder, helping to soothe while lightly scenting skin. Made in England, the pastel-colored ackaging and ultra-floral scents of these talcs will help you complete your bouquet of beauty. Floris offers up several scents priced at $20, including Lilly of the Valley, Florissa, Edwardian Bouquet, and their most beloved fragrance, Seringa. Check out their boutique at 703 Madison Ave. or on the web at

Originally published August 2006
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