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When Clean Isn't Enough

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: March 5, 2007

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Naturopathica Deep Forest Body Oil brings another dimension to the bath and body segment with a naturally moisturizing warming oil said to impart relaxation and calm while bringing the healing benefits of individual herbal therapies into the context of body care. The product contains pine oil, an antiseptic oil with pinene and campene to clear the lungs; pink peppercorn, a warming oil that acts to ease sore muscles or joint stiffness; silver fir; green mandarin; and sage oil, which is claimed to have a sedative effect.

The path to holistic wellness leads to natural, nutrient-rich ingredients. Shea Terra Organics offers an organic body and skin care line, and is known for its healing shea butter formulas—as well as its efforts to provide sustainable living for people in Africa. The company has recently launched Nubian Milk & Honey Silk Shower Crème and Shea Body Lotion. Made with goat’s milk to moisturize skin and raw wild honey to draw in and retain moisture, the products contain no chemicals, are unscented, and are kind to sensitive skin. These products are available at health and wellness stores and specialty boutiques.

Fragrant Enchantment
Beyond bath basics is a powerful message: Clean just isn’t enough. Bathing has been rescued from the quotidian with its connection to the divine via meditation-inducing rituals, body-beautifying scrubs, moisturizing oils and fragranced unguents and balms. A trend has emerged in designer fragrances that makes a complementary bath collection de rigueur. These scented smoothers include body lotions, shower gels, bath milks, butters and beads—all the better to layer your designer fragrance and moisturize at the same time. Calvin Klein, for example recently launched euphoria blossom body lotion and euphoria blossom luxurious body cream. The euphoria blossom scent was created as a modern, fresh counterpart to euphoria—the fragrance inspired by black orchid. The body lotion and body wash, both inspired by the delicacy and crispness of the white orchid, are light in contrast to the richer scent of the original fragrance.

Taking the prestige designer direction, the new Vera Wang Princess fragrance is now available in Velvety Body Butter, Satiny Body Lotion and Foamy Body Polish. The scent itself is a sheer, fruity floral, rich with vanilla and brimming with exotic flowers and fruits. With top notes of apple and water lily blended with apricot and mandarin, the middle notes are balanced by guava, Tahitian tiare flower and wild tuberose. The base contains notes of vanilla and amber. Not forgetting the skin benefits beneath the fragrance, the body cream is infused with cocoa, shea butter, aloe vera and vitamins A, C and E.

Celine Dion’s newest fragrance, Enchanting, launches this month, and is complemented by a body lotion. The fragrance is scented with osmanthus, cyclamen, berries, gardenia, mimosa and orchid—with base notes of sandalwood, amber and tonka.