Despite my bit of a curmudgeon attitude, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And honestly, these little gems have me cheered up. I guess this post might be more geared for the guys, but I am all for a “to me, from me” gift next week if you are single or taken. From scents to decadence, these all will thrill anyone on your shopping list:
Ralph Lauren Romance has to be an obvious selection… and it isn’t just the name. I’ll be honest – I was reluctant to like this scent. But after wearing it the last couple of weeks, I do find it uniquely sensual. Think my beloved musk married with an attractive collection of florals. Notes include: Sungoddess Rose, Marigold, Ginger, Chamomile Oil, Yellow Freesia, White Violet, Lotus Flower, Day Lily, Patchouli and Oakmoss. And this isn’t a scent that is defined by season – it has a headiness that works in the winter but also a freshness perfect for summer. And now, get a 12-peice Dylan’s Candy Bar (I may or may not have already blown through mine) with an $88 purchase of Romance at Stores: Macys, Belk, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Sephora.
Looking for some true at-home pampering. Check out Elemis’ Top-To-Toe Beauty Skincare Collection. First up, cleanse with a rich moisturizing formula with noni and assai seed. Use the non-granular Enzyme Peel to unveil bright and clarified skin. Then nourish with the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Move onto the body with Shower Cream powered with protein, oat and camellia and finish with Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (my favorite) that works on skin, hair and nails plus smells like a tropical beach vacation.
Emily and Tony Aromatherapy Massage Candle (previously reviewed here) is seriously sexy but I also love just having it in my single-self home. Fougere is my favorite scent with mid notes of cedar, vetiver, patchouli, amber and nutmeg. But then I discovered the delicious Crème de Vanille. Burn the candle and scoop out the melted oil to moisturize and massage skin. It has become my evening ritual and my skin is radiant (and smells amazing) in the morning. At emilyandtony.com.
Have any natural skin care lovers on your list? My favorite natural line lately is Weleda and their Wild Rose line is decidedly romantic. Pick up this duo – Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion and Body Oil – to heal and hydrate dry, winter skin. Despite the flowery fragrance, I find both totally gentle. And the aromatherapy of Damask Rose does actual calm and harmonize my spirit. The Body Oil is loaded with almond, jojoba and rose to revitalize skin. The Pampering Body Lotion is equally restorative and absorbs quickly. Cruelty-free.
What could be sexier than Victoria’s Secret? I used to turn up my nose, but I am seriously a fan of their fragrances. And man, they are a crowd pleaser (read “man pleaser”). Their new Very Sexy Forbidden Eau de Parfum is warm and sultry with notes of Exotic Pear, Jasmine, Amber Wood, Midnight Blackberry. Their more classic Very Sexy Eau de Parfum got a makeover but the same delicious notes of Vanilla Orchid, Sun-drenched Clementine and Midnight Blackberry remain the same. I honestly have had a hard time deciding which is my favorite.
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