Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

Body lotions are the unsung heroines of the fragrance world, hydrating and softening skin while artfully imparting perfume. These luxurious, multi-tasking concoctions come in your favorite brand, are as rich as fresh cream, and have an aroma every bit as heady as their spray cousins. In winter, this is simply a smart way to wear fragrance. Here’s a roundup of the most notable, and why.

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Kenzo’s Pearly Poppy Cream is, in a word, is delicious. It’s not a sugary, overly sweet blend; instead, it’s a well-balanced mélange of what smells like milky powdered flowers…or heaven. It’s appropriate for day, evening and bedtime — it’s good all around the clock and in all climates. The fragrance in this blend will convert even the hardest-to-please noses. Visit www.nordstrom.com.

Akhassa, named after the ancient Siamese fifth element that balances earth, fire, water and air, offers body lotions in tropical Thai scents such as Tangerine Leaf, Bitter Lime, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang. Environmentally kind, socially responsible, and supportive of Thailand’s One Village initiative, this is a green line you can really love. www.akhassaUSA.com

Makari de Suisse offers an array of luxurious lotions in amazing scents, each one seemingly better than the last. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I’ll try: my three favorite were the Rosemary with aloe vera and apricot oil, the Cucumber with oat meal and aloe vera, and the Grapefruit with avocado oil and aloe vera. This is a truly notable line. Available at www.makari.com.

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Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile Luminous Body Cream is an ultra feminine emulsion that combines vivid iris with star anise, pure ylang-ylang, warm oakmoss, vanilla and amber crystals. Take note for off-the-shoulder occasions: its pearlescent glow adds a touch of iridescence to the skin. Available at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bigelow’s Pharmacy, and Neiman Marcus stores.

Fresh’s Lychee Sugar Body Lotion leaves skin feeling cashmere soft and shimmering. It smells delicate and clean, and is intriguing enough to tempt multiple sniffs. The therapeutic qualities of brown sugar, lychee and mango are harnessed in this unique blend that softens and scents. Available at Fresh boutiques and Sephora stores.

Another timeless classic is available in lotion form: Prada. Every bit as smoky and enticing as the spray fragrance, this body lotion lingers in a thrilling fashion. You simply can’t go wrong with Prada in any form. This lotion will work well in both daytime and evening due to its sophisticated fragrance, though you may want to double dab for evening. Available at Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom stores.

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Perfect Veil body lotion, from Creative Scentualization founder Sarah Horowitz-Thran, is a warm and sensual fragrant cream that captures the scent of clean skin. Lemon and bergamot mingle with a variety of musks, including Egyptian and Tunisian, as well as vanilla and sandalwood. Truly a masterpiece; available at www.creativescent.com

Armani Code for Women Body Lotion is a must-have for those who love the spray version of this distinctive fragrance. Orange flower, ginger, and a honey-sandalwood accord render this alluring lotion a weapon of seduction, and skin is all the smoother for wearing it. Available at Nordstrom stores.

Bath & Body Works has rolled out a sweet-smelling antidote for dry winter skin: Ile De Tahiti’s Fei Banana, Monoi De Tahiti and Inu Body Lotion. Transport yourself to lush tropics with centuries-old Tahitian beauty secret. Monoi De Tahiti is a mixture of coconut oil and tiare flower, long used to hydrate skin. Inu body lotion is a meld of tamanu nut and monoi oil — tamanu nut is noted for its skin-healing properties, and monoi is a mixture of coconut oil and tiare flower. Fei Banana is as warm and welcoming an an island embrace. It’s an exotic recipe of lychee, passion fruit and fresh banana, gardenia, jasmine and native vanilla. Available at Bath and Body Works stores.

Originally published February 2007
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