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By Kim Taylor

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Flowering jewelry adornments can grace bridal bouquets, reception tables, drapes, and even brides with the Fleur de Wire kit for customizing faux or real flowers. Dress up your reception table with cascades of silver wire, pearls, beads and flowers. You don’t have to be a bride to embellish your wardrobe with flower creations, either – the 2005 Oscar bags contained these kits for award-worthy celebrities. Nestle a creation in your boudoir. Prices vary, so check out www.fleurdewire.com for options.

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Pansy Power: Zia Natural’s Ultimate Eye Cream is a nourishing, pansy and rose-infused formula intended to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This is the perfect under-eye cream for a bride-to-be who wants protection and repair for her peepers the night before she strolls down the aisle. This lightweight cream also contains mango butter, aloe vera gel, squalene, ginkgo biloba, green tea, vitamins A, C, and E, and orange extract. Marry with your eyes wide open and wrinkle-free. ($32 at www.zianatural.com)

Linden Flower Mousse Massage: A bridal-ready botanical infusion of linden leaf and flowers, red raspberry extract, grapefruit, orange, and algae creates this unparalleled cleansing mousse from Zia Natural. Skin feels fresh but not dry after cleansing with this lightweight, natural froth, which is perfect for honeymoon mornings. Follow with Zia’s Ultimate Moisture Cream, a nourishing antioxidant mix that includes jasmine, pansy, green tea, aloe and vitamin C. Every bride should be properly nourished. ($20 at www.zianatural.com)

Gardenia Tone and Tahitian Cleanse: konjac tuber, moringa seed extract, basil, willow bark, and noni fruit juice are just a few of the skin-purifying ingredients found in Tahitian Noni’s TePoema cleansing gel. The TePoema toner contains gardenia, along with Macadamia nut oil, coconut, ginger and basil. If Tahiti’s not already on the honeymoon roster, pack these in your luggage. ($22-$26 at www.tahitiannoni.com/united_states/english/

Blooming Grove Herbal Remedies soaps are as adorable as buttercups, and feel perfectly self-indulgent when experiencing a bout of nuptial-related anxiety. Refreshing ingredients like poppy seeds, oatmeal, geranium flowers, lemon grass, bergamot, jasmine, lavender, ylang-ylang, crushed almonds, peppermint, and olive oil round out the collection. ($5 at www.bloominggrove.net)

Banish “Bridezilla” with a Soothe Your Senses bath ritual. Add a Calming Bath Tea mixture to your bath, click on their Soothe Your Soul rejuvenating CD, and take a journey to a southern garden’s bathing pool. This is a transforming ritual you’ll appreciate both before and after the wedding, and this relaxing bath kit is memorable (and re-usable) as a bridesmaid gift as well. ($12 for the CD, $20 for kit at www.sootheyoursenses.com)

Originally published May 2005
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