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By Christina Vercelletto

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Spicy-sweet Gingerbread. Grandma’s famous sugar cookies. Just-baked pumpkin pie. Holiday memories are made not only of the sights and sounds of the season, but the tastes…and the smells. Spark your holiday spirit with aromatherapy from these sumptuous treats for body, hair, and more. It’s like indulging in all the goodies of the holidays, but without the extra 10 pounds come January. Sweet!

The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream
And you thought “visions of sugar plums” was just a turn of literary phrase. This fast-absorbing lotion gets its dreamy smell from Turkish plum extract. At TheBodyShop.com, you can also grab shower gel, body butter, and sugar body scrub from the same line. They’re all handy for secret Santas and stocking stuffers.

OGX Kandee Johnson Holiday Shampoo & Conditioner
The haircare brand just collaborated with makeup artist Kandee Johnson to concoct three limited edition scents that are the epitome of the season: Frosted Sugar Cookie, Candy Gumdrop, and Sparkling Cider. All three formulas feel rich and luxurious while you’re using them, and leave a yummy scent behind that lingers all day. You can find these at Ulta stores and Ulta.com, Walgreen’s stores, and Walmart stores.

Fizz & Bubble Holiday Truffles
The set is too adorable to keep to yourself, so grab one for your bestie too. These nine mini bath bomb truffles don’t just look good, they’re good for your skin, boosted with shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. It’s available exclusively at Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

Demeter Fragrance Library Gingerbread Fragrance
Far from being a tweeny, syrupy sweet scent, this Gingerbread is rich and spicy, uber warm and sexy. Check out the cologne spray, along other singular foodie scents, at DemeterFragrance.com.

Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle
A lot cozy, a little bit decadent, this late autumn delight combines the essences of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, and cinnamon. The blush orange, cosmetic-grade wax burns longer and diffuses the scent farther. A special-edition candle available in three sizes, it can be picked up at NestFragrances.com.

Philosophy Orange Cocoa and Cream Duo
A double shot of of orange-infused hot chocolate, this creamy couplet can make 6 am on a work day feel like Christmas morning. And in case this shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath and glazed body souffle has you hankering for the real thing, you’ll get a recipe for orange dark chocolate mousse. Find this pairing, and a selection of other sweet-scented goodies, at Philosophy.com.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil and Advent Calendar
Lip-smacking good takes on new meaning with Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey Glam (Candy is pretty luscious too). Pure plant oils soothe and plump your pucker. It’s part of what just happens to be, hands down, our favorite holiday beauty gift find of the season: this Advent Calendar. Twenty-four days of little beauty surprises await any grown woman who wants to feel like a kid again. Shop for it at Macy’s.

Whether you want to infuse your home with a delicious, welcoming scent for guests, gift a tried-and-true friend with a well-deserved treat, or pamper yourself with a delectable-smelling indulgence, have fun picking out a guilt-free find.

Originally published November 2017

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