Fragrance

By Yelena Moroz

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even
touched; they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Of all beauty products, perhaps fragrances possess the most magic. Invisible, yet powerful enough to entice, lure and charm. It only takes a whiff or a lingering whisper of someone’s scent to create a memory.

This month you can create a memory that will do you proud and help others; your contribution to scents that give back will make you feel great long after the fragrance is gone. Go ahead, smell great, feel great and partake in philanthropy.

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Nothing makes an entrance like a red dress. All eyes are on YOU. Try Red Dress by Five Star Fragrance Company. Show your commitment in fighting heart disease, the number No.1 killer of women in the U.S., by wearing this new fragrance. As part of the Go Red For Women program, Red Dress donates 100 percent of the net proceeds to the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org) to help combat the disease. By smelling great, you help fund cardiovascular disease research and education. Upon application, Red Dress smells of musky and powerful mandarin, freesia, yet as it dries iris, jasmine, rose and linden blossom into a light sweet fragrance. Available at www.parfumania.com

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Fact: One in three women around the world is a victim of domestic violence. You can help put an end to the horrors that effect so many sisters, mothers, friends, by purchasing Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Candle, which contributes 70 percent of the candle price to domestic violence victims, as well as funds prevention, education and awareness programs. By purchasing the lavender blossom scented candle, Avon will include the “Domestic Violence Resource Guide” to each order. Reese Witherspoon just signed on as Avon’s World Ambassador and we know she’d urge you to buy this. Available at www.avon.com

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Stock up on four body washes from Philosophy, a company whose own philosophy is help to make this world healthier, happier and a better place. Start off with Believe in Miracles (in honor of Christopher Reeve) and Inner Grace (in honor of Dana Reeve). These two products are dedicated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (www.christopherreeve.org) With Believe in Miracles (in honor of Christopher Reeve) and Inner Grace (in honor of Dana Reeve). Philosophy contributes 100 percent of the proceeds to the Foundation, which has been striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI). Their efforts to improve life for those with paralysis make it the top SCI research organization in the world. The delicious Believe in Miracles bath and body wash formula lathers into a concoction of sweet sugar, lemon and citrus scents for harmoniously refreshing experience, perfect as a morning pick-me-up and the Inner Grace formula moisturizes as it evokes a tranquil state of mind with a light flowery scent. Finally, send your own message about protecting the environment by purchasing Message in a Bottle, a mineral enriched bubble bath that contains blue algae and sea kelp (discover your inner mermaid). 100 percent of the sale goes toward the Rainforest Foundation www.rainforestfoundation.org), an organization that supports the maintenance of natural resources of the world’s rainforest and protects the rights of the natives living in these forests. All products available at www.philosophy.com.

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MTV may be all about The Hills and continuous Real World non reality, but the station has a serious side. By purchasing The Body Shop Rougeberry MTV Eau de Toilette you can contribute to The Staying Alive Foundation (www.Staying-alive.org), which awards small grants to fund education and awareness projects in schools, youth centers, and clubs to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS among young people. As your reward, expect to smell tartly sweet, with notes of raspberry, tangerine, violet, and vanilla. Available at www.thebodyshop.com.

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What’s more romantic than a dozen perfect roes? Don’t wait for someone to gift you, gift yourself while gifting others less fortunate, with Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne and Bath Oil. The delicate and fleeting nuances of the blooms are captured perfectly, and these scents will never wilt or turn brown! The Lauder Company, owner of Jo Malone fragrances is a leader in the fight for the cure for breast cancer. Each purchase helps Jo Malone donate $14,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization (www.bcrfcure.org). Since the fragrance smells like fresh roses, think of it as a ‘thank you bouquet” for contributing. Available at www.jomalone.com and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Originally published September 2007
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