Skin Care

By Erin Williams

Holidays are the perfect excuse to give that under-exfoliated aunt a yummy scrub and not get a cockeyed look. Check out all of these bath and body gift ideas for every one whose body needs some extra attention in a clean and wholesome way. I’ve found that scent is key – know your audience and you’re good to go.

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There’s the “sweet” camp and B.Skin’s Diva Kit may be great for your mother-in-law for more than one reason. The sweet orange and chocolate scented soy milk shower gel and soy-infused lotion will leave her silky smooth and acknowledge her occasional larger than life tendencies.

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You can always count on Crabtree & Evelyn to come through in the clutch and their Tout Bon Petit Four Soaps don’t disappoint. The nine vegetable-based soaps go from butter cream to strawberry cordial and plenty in between. You may give inspiration for dessert!

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To keep her tootsies happy through the winter, grab a Soothe Your Sole Gift Set from Dashing Diva. Complete with Sugar Glow exfoliator, Cucumber Finish moisturizer, a Cooling Foot Masque, and pedicure file, her feet will be singing with delight!

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For the ultimate in cocoa decadence, there’s the Bite Me Box from Mixed Emotions which is a lot sweeter than it sounds. A travel-sized body lotion and scrub come alongside a full sized body cream and the sandalwood and clary sage combine with chocolate to give a tasty smelling treat.

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The “fruity” girls are sure to go crazy for the Korres collection Holiday in Greece. Complete with Basil Lemon Showergel, Citrus Showergel, Citrus Body Milk, Citrus Body Water, Grape Seeds Body Scrub, and Guava Body Butter – all travel sized – she can get a sampler of various offerings from Mother Nature’s flowering trees.

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So about that aunt, Aromafloria’s Pomegranate Salt Glow Scrub smells amazing and will buff her down to looking her best. The salt is finely ground and the formula is oil-free so it won’t hurt her sensitive in-need-of-sloughing skin.

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Von Natur’s Scented Bath Salts in Lime and Green Clay contain organic and essential oils to detoxify, soothe, and relax whoever is lucky enough to get them. They’re also Certified Vegan so your animal activist friends can chill with a clear conscience.

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For all your “earth mamas” the Holiday Sampler Box is a sure bet to get in the spirit. It is a Frankincense and Myrrh based set with mini Zum Mist, Eau de Zum perfume sample, mini Zum Bar Bundle, Zum Wash and Zum Body samples, Tea Tree-Citrus mini Zum Rub, and Peppermint Zum Kiss stick. Whew! What else do you need?!

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Who hasn’t heard of Origins’s Ginger line? They’ve come up with an amazing gift package this year with Ginger Retreat. It contains body cream, bubble bath, body scrub, body wash, the Ginger Essence fragrance, a body sponge, and a keepsake box with a closure designed by Lisa Jenks. The fragrance is invigorating and warms you up on cold winter nights.

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The Fizzy Bath Oil Bomb in Rose Garden from Oohlala of Beverly Hills is phenomenal in the tub. Unlike most bath bombs it has Shea Butter to moisturize as you soak and the tuberose, gardenia, and jasmine combine for a beautiful aroma.

So get those relatives and loved ones in the tub for some quality time. They deserve it!

Originally published December 2005
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