Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

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Decleor Arome Spa Tonic Tonifying Body Treatment: This fragrant mist with plant extract and essential oils is a simple spray to soften and energize your skin-which also happens to smell green, fresh, and clean. Essential oils soften and calm the skin, ginseng revitalizes and vitamins heal and replenish. The fragrance’s top notes include rhubarb accord-delightful!-and bergamot, mandarin, orange, ginger, elemi and nutmeg. The heart of the fragrance is warm and light and rose-filled, and the base is a woody combination of musk, patchouli, sandalwood and mate. This is a fruity floral that won’t overpower your workday; In fact, it will perk you up mid-afternoon when your head is on your desk. $56.50 at Nordstrom and Sephora stores, spas and salons nationwide. Also available at www.decleor.com.

Kama Sutra Honey Dusting Powder: Ever wished for kissable body powder? If so, your prayers have been answered; And if not, you’ll love this anyway. Kama Sutra Honey Dust renders kisses sweeter than wine, and comes in four flavors: Sweet Honeysuckle, Tangerines & Cream, Raspberry Kiss, and Strawberries & Champagne. To add to its appeal, this “fairy dust” covers your skin with a silky, subtle glow. Also, the hand-made feather brush can double as a vicious tickling tool when necessary, and the honey dust can be sprinkled on bedding for a sweet welcome. $20 at www.kamasutra.com.

Anthousa: Maria Christofilis contributes with finesse to the home fragrance category with the recent introduction of Anthousa Home Ambiance. Nine bamboo sticks are at the heart of this unique product, soaking up quality aromatic oils made from the world’s finest ingredients and bottled in a Italian vintage-inspired glass bottle with silver stopper. Fragrances are divided into Orchard, Blossom, and Citrus Collections, and include scents such as Red Current, Aqua Verbena, Pomegranate & Mint, Fig Leaf and Bitter Almond, Cypress, White Gardenia, Athenia Orchid, and Jasmine. In case you were wondering, Anthousa means “perfect bloom.” Products last six to nine months. $60 for 245 ml or $90 for 495 ml; available at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, and Aedes stores (www.aedes.com); also www.anthousacollection.com.

Timeless View: Not too many fragrances are officially supported by a neurologist and psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in sensory research, but Timeless View from the Science of Smell is; Dr. Alan Hirsch M.D., F.A.C.P., is director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, and has conducted more than 180 studies on how smell and taste affect human behavior and perception-including the perception of age. The result? People equate this fresh grapefruit scent laced with baby powder and vanilla with youth. You can actually seem younger to others by wearing it. Metro NY magazine tested it, and sure enough, most men did perceive the woman wearing this as younger than her true age. Isn’t perception fascinating? Give it a whirl and conduct your own unofficial survey. $30, www.scienceofsmell.com.

Sage oil by Aura Cacia: Very nice for adding to a bath to soften dry spots such as elbows, shins and heels while adding a fresh, clarifying fragrance. This purifying and unusual sage-scented oil, like all of the others in this line, is made with 100% organic botanical material. Soothing and moisturizing, Aura Cacia oils smell just right: not overwhelming or heady, but strong enough to be pleasant and light enough to let you breathe. $7 – $15; Check out the extended line at www.frontiercoop.com.

Originally published September 2005
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