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By Erin Williams

Ooh baby it’s cold outside! We can help you warm up those winter days with all kinds of soothing accoutrements.

First you have to set the mood and light up a Yankee Candle. White Birch is a three-wick candle that combines fresh mint, sandalwood, cinnamon, cypress, and birch that will warm your home and fill it with an incredibly creamy and spicy fragrance. www.yankeecandle.com

And how can you curl up next to a candle and not be in cuddly pj’s? Blue Q just launched their new apparel line, and their Rainy Day PJ Set is made up of soft cotton that you’ll want to wear again and again. www.blueq.com

Between dry air from heaters at home to the office and blustery winds, every bit of air is searching for moisture and will steal any you can provide. You’ll have to start paying closer attention to every part of your precious little body from head to toe. So we’ll start at the top with PureOlogy’s 100% vegan hair care line. It’s sulfate and salt (sodium chloride) free and has certified organic botanical ingredients. There are a few lines, but the one to focus on here is Hydrate which will restore you hair, colored or not, to its full luster. www.pureology.com

In line with restoring hydration, MD Skincare has come out with their Skin ER Kit. It contains their world famous Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels along with a Cleanser/Toner, Lift and Lighten Eye Cream, Maximum Moisture Treatment, Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, and Firming Body Lotion with Vitamin C SPF 8. All are rich in vitamins, they help to restore skin to look and feel firmer. A definite must for those chilly mornings. www.mdskincare.com

If you feel your gift recipient is open enough, you might get them Dr. Comenge’s Essential Beginnings for Sensual Skin Set. The line uses plant and marine rich proteins. The theory behind the line is that those proteins are chosen for their ability to mimic human hormones. As we age, we’ve stopped producing as much of those hormones that help to maintain elasticity and firmness in the skin. A BioTexture Pure Wash, Bio Texture Activator, BioTexture 20 Day Cream SPF 15, and BioTexture 20 Night Cream complete the kit from the alcohol, glycol, and synthetic free line. www.sephora.com

Lips need extra attention, and who likes giving chapped lips a smooch? Standard lip balms can get a little routine, so grab the Holiday Super Treat from Clinique. Its 4 Superbalm Tinted Lip Treatments come in sheer colors that any girl would love. www.clinique.com

After the 40th day straight of snow, those white hills lose their allure. So imagine flowers in the beds outside with Archive’s Gardener’s Greenhouse Whipped Body Butter in Honey Clover. Filled up full with shea butter and macadamia nut oil, it soothes itchy skin, smells wonderful, and will get you through to spring.

Now we get to the areas that get the worst abuse in winter, hands and feet. I’ve never found gloves or socks that truly keep me warm, and about a month into winter, I’ve got the hands and feet to prove it. Not this year! DDF’s Cold Therapy set babies your hands with their shea butter, safflower oil, and lanolin hand treatment. Your feet get a pedi-cream with 18% glycolic acid to slough off all that dead skin. The peppermint lip treatment seems like an added bonus after that! www.ddfskincare.com

Add a fireplace and you’ve got it made for winter!

Originally published December 2004
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