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Scentsational Gifts From Caswell-Massey

Caswell-Massey has been purveying luxury scented products since 1752.
Here are some gift ideas for your holiday shopping list.

Angel Soaps

Angel Soaps – $16

These charming soaps contains warm woodsy notes mingling with Italian bergamot, jasmine and lavender. Set of 3 in a gorgeous gift box.

Coterie de Rose soaps

Coterie de Rose – 4 Soaps with Porcelain Bowl – $19.99

For a touch of romance, dress your vanity or bathroom counter with a vintage bowl of these sculpted rose soaps by Gianna Rose Atelier, milled from the finest quality natural vegetable soap. Packaged in a boxed set that’s ready for gift giving. 1.75 oz.

Noel Hand Care Caddy

“Noel” Hand Care Caddy – $24

A complete hand care solution for kitchen or bath, fragranced with festive winter berries and holly. This stand-out wire caddy holds antibacterial hand wash and soothing lotion, 9.5 oz. Each.

Presidential Soaps

Presidential Soap Collection – $24

Ever since George Washington selected Number Six as his favorite fragrance, Caswell-Massey has been preferred by men of stature including two other President of the United States – Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. Our Presidential Collection includes three bath soaps (5.8 oz.), triple-milled for lasting performance and fragrance: Number Six, Washington’s favorite; Almond Cold Cream, selected by Eisenhower; and Jockey Club, the choice of JFK. A five-star gift.

Men’s Sampler

Men’s Sampler – $19.95

A generous assortment of fine essentials for the man of discerning taste. Try out this superior collection of soaps, lotions and gels – Perfect for the frequent traveler. Packaged in a Caswell-Massey gift box.

Women’s Sampler

Women’s Sampler – $19.95

For her, An alluring bouquet of petite lotions, soaps, creams and more. Enjoy this sampling of our favorite products to cleanse and calm, soothe and soften. Presented in a Caswell-Massey gift box.

Chanel Holiday Beauty for 2007

Chanel Holiday Beauty for 2007

If you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas, here’s Chanel’s makeup collection for the 2007 holiday season.

The hallmarks of CHANEL holiday beauty: quietly shimmering silvers, warm bronzes and delicate twinkling pinks to create a refined richness, a subtle polished glow.

Chanel 4 Camelias De Chanel Levre-Lips
4 Camelias De Chanel Levre-Lips
A limited-edition lip pallette with four tres French shades: rose, sheer rose, white and plum.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour
Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour
Beautiful satin lip color in 7 new shades: Dazzling (true red), Flash Quartz (beige rose), Pink Saphir (tender rose), Violent Diamond (amethyst pink), Rubis Siam (ruby red), Absolu Topaze (sheer peach), and Garnet Fire (red brown).

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Two shimmering shades of gloss: Iris (peachy pink) and Hibiscus (shimmering plum)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour
Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour
Shiny, intense color in two pretty hues: Violet Sapphire (soft plum) and Amber (warm nude)

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow
Two limited-edition eye pallettes in Radiant Gems (cool tones) and Winter Nights (warm tones)

Chanel Irreelle Blush Silky Cheek Colour
Irreelle Blush Silky Cheek Colour
Chanel cheeks are always youthful and pretty. Try Neroli Rose, a silky light pink.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Loose Powder
Poudre Universelle Libre Loose Powder
Dust away flaws with this fine translucent loose face powder in Merveille, a light gold.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour
Le Vernis Nail Colour
Two long-wearing nail colors in Dazzling (true red that matches the lip color) and Delice (soft sparkling pink)

Here’s hoping you find something lovely under your tree.

Floris Fragrances – Fit for a Princess

Floris Fragrances

Since 1730 Floris Fragrances have been creating elegant and luxurious scented products for fashionable London society.

Over the years, Floris have held royal warrants starting with England’s King George IV to today’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

You can buy Floris products online.

Here are some lovely holiday gift ideas:

Night Scented Jasmine Fragrance Collection

Floris Night Scented Jasmine Fragrance Collection

Our latest fragrance is showcased in this enticing collection. Cleanse, moisturise and subtly layer yourself in this radiant floral bouquet warmed by soft musks and sandalwood.

White Rose Bath and Body Collection

Floris White Rose Bath and Body Collection

A contemporary soft floral rose fragrance, Floris White Rose is blended with white flower notes to create a clean, truly beautiful, sparkling classic.

Cefiro Weekend Collection

Floris Cefiro Weekend Collection

Cefiro is a sophisticated yet subtle blend and sits at ease whether you are at work or at play. A contemporary light, green and gentle fragrance which lifts your spirits. Suitable for both men and women, the sparkly fresh top note is created with a blend of lime, grapefruit, mandarin and lemon.

Elite Luxury Grooming Collection

Floris Elite Luxury Grooming Collection

A mellow, sophisticated fragrance with a beautiful woody base note. Elite has a strong character: deliberate, thoughtful and provoking. the fragrance suits the mature, confident individual.

My Philosophy Is Sweet

Spinkles Cupcakes

Have you ever had a red velvet cupcake? They are chocolate with cream cheese frosting and full of sugary calories. Yum.

If you want to partake without tipping the scales, try Philosophy‘s new bath products based on this sweet confection.

Its latest indulgence is red velvet cake and creamy frosting shower duo, available at QVC for $30.00.


Philosophy is famous for its three-in-one bath products that can be used as shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. So lather up and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Top Photo from Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, CA.

Remembering Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, and an early pioneer of cruelty-free beauty products has died at age 64.

Roddick started the Body Shop in 1976 and grew it into a global empire, while maintaining environmentally friendly business practices.

She was inspired by women’s beauty rituals that she discovered while traveling in developing countries and by practices her Italian immigrant mother taught her from life during World War II.

Roddick was also widely recognized as a campaigner for green issues and for social and environmental responsibility in business.

Read her autobiography, Business As Unusual: My Entrepreneurial Journey, Profits With Principles or visit

The Body Shop

Last Call for Submissions to the Shampoo Comparison Test

ShampooYou may recall in a previous post, I said I was looking for a new shampoo and decided to conduct a comparison test. I asked you for suggestions of shampoos you would like me to test.

I’m getting ready to finalize my list of shampoos. This is what I have so far:

-Infusium 23
-Paul Mitchell

So if you have any you’d like to add to this list, please write them in the comments section within the next few days.

Thank you,

What Shampoo Do You Use?

Shampoo Scene From Out of Africa

I’ve been searching for a new shampoo and I can’t find one that I really love.

I don’t want anything too expensive because I have a lot of hair and it takes a lot of shampoo to clean my head. I also have color-treated hair so I need something gentle and color friendly.

I was using Samy for a while. It worked well but I got tired of the gel-like texture. Then I tried Aussie. I was a big fan of Aussie when I was a teenager. But I’ve outgrown the scent. It’s very fruity, almost like candy.

Now, I’m using Infusium 23 Moisturologie. I like the scent. It smells like shampoo. Clean and light.

But I like to switch up my shampoos and conditioners. So I need some backups.

I’m planning to do a shampoo comparison test. So if there are any shampoos you’d like me to try, let me know. I’ll make a list and test them against each other. Just post your suggestions in the comments section.


Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Need some gift ideas?

For the young Mom who is still running around after a toddler:

Nanette Lapour for KedsKeds has a funky line of Slip-Ons and Skimmers designed by Nanette Lapour. The designs are fresh and colorful and will remind her that she is still young even though the kids may be running her ragged.

Juicy Couture HoodieJuicy Couture Hoodies are soft, comfortable, and youthful. They come in a variety of colors.

For the working Mom who is always on the go:

L’Occitane Cherry BlossomMom can de-stress after work with L’Occitane’s Cherry Blossom Bath & Body Set. The lovely scent will erase the work day and leave her feeling refreshed.

Digital Picture FrameA digital picture frame from Sharper Image will allow Mom to load up on pictures of the kids to keep on her desk at the office.

For the Retired Mom or Grandmom:

Shutterfly Digital Photo BookPictures of the adorable grandchildren are always welcome. Create a digital photo book at

Salvatore Ferragamo ScarfA Ferragamo scarf will help Mom accessorize in classic Italian style. Many styles and colors are available.

Mall Shopping vs. Online Shopping

Shopping Mall
Feeling the urge to shop, I took a trip to the mall today. I didn’t need anything, wasn’t looking for anything in particular. I just wanted to window shop, and perhaps buy something if I saw something great. Oftentimes when you are not looking, you find something fantastic.

But I had a hard time parking and once inside, the mall was crowded and loud. Too many people, too much quality time with the hoi polloi.

Selection in the shops was limited, the clothes had all been picked over and handled. The stores were playing loud music, kids were running around.

Overall, it was not a satisfying experience.

I ended up driving home disappointed. I went online and shopped the entire world instead. The only drawbacks to online shopping are that you can’t try on the clothes and sample the products, and you have to wait for them to be shipped. But the selection is fantastic.

Here are my purchases from

Chanel Nail Colour in Jasmine and Madness
Chanel Nail Colour in Jasmine and Madness

Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Sparkling Satins
Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Sparkling Satins

Chanel No. 5 Bath Gel and Essential Oils
Chanel No. 5 Bath Gel and Essential Oils

I think I’ve outgrown the mall experience.

Tea Time – March 2007

Cherry Blossoms
Dreaming of spring? I know I am.

That’s why March’s tea is Spring Cherry by The Republic of Tea.

Spring Cherry is Japanese sencha green tea scented with cherry essence and floral notes of peony and rose. The flavor is light and soothing and the fragrance is so heavenly, you’ll want to bathe in it.

If you want to relax in the afternoon without too much caffeine, try a lovely cup of Spring Cherry and imagine you are walking along this path…

Cherry Trees

…and feel your stress melt away.