By Kim Taylor

The Fragrant Products of Special Note section features great scents light enough to be spritzers, as well as products apart from perfume. Here you’ll find body lotions, candles, soaps, oils, balms, and fragrant butters – anything aromatic of fine quality.

Flowerbomb’s Bomblicious Body Lotion by Holland’s Viktor & Rolf is astounding. Not only does it soften the skin, but it leaves you smelling, yes, like a flower bomb hit you – in a good way, of course. Dutch fashion darlings Viktor & Rolf rolled out Flowerbomb in February, and their delicious, Bomblicious Body Lotion was introduced this fall. A combination of patchouli and centifolia-blossom, this is a body lotion that will stand up to any of your perfumes. It’s warm and aromatic, and everything a product named Bomblicious should be. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue or, $48.

Liz Claiborne’s Curve Soul is light, fresh, and ideal for work or working out. A delicate fusion of bamboo, white tiger lily, green lotus leaf and freesia, mixed with a heart of Tahitian tiara, tiger lily, cactus flower, tunerose, gardenia and jasmine. The warm base is a comforting combination of blond woods, nutmeg, heliotrope, and musk. This is such an airy scent that it could double as a mid-day spritzer or early morning pick-me-up. Available at Bloomingdales and other fine department stores, $55.

The Mandarine Spa in St. Barths, the Sage Spa in Bridgehampton, and Manhattan yoga centers all offer Lakshmi NYC scents, which are gentle on the nose and skin for spa use. Allure Italy loves this line, and so do we! The Lakshmi signature scent is spicy and musk-based, the Parvati line is primarily a light mixture of vanilla and amber, and Athena is a crisp lemongrass scent. Available in roll-on applicators ($25), shampoo and conditioner ($14 each), bar soap with loofah ($6, 4 oz), liquid soap ($9), bath salts ($11) and candle ($12) at A full 10% of profits go to charity.

If you have minimalist decor and want to streamline your soap and air freshener for a guest bathroom or kitchen, check out the new elegantly-shaped, aromatic Fresh Scents antibacterial soap line. Fragrant pearls “caged” in the bottom of the bottle release scent with every shake of the bottle, and are available in fresh-smelling cotton, sweet plum, mandarin, honeysuckle and melon scents. Visit

Originally published October 2005
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