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When Clean Isn't Enough

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: March 5, 2007

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Benefit Plus Fragrance
Calgon’s new body collection, Get Juic’d, delivers moisturizing benefits and an exotic fragrance. The scents are blends of juices and floral notes designed to add sparkle to the line. Notes of currant and pineapple over mid notes of raspberry, plum and cantaloupe are supported by a base vanilla, sandalwood and musk. In keeping with Calgon’s iconic “Take Me Away” slogan, the message is perfume plus the performance of aloe and antioxidant-rich vitamins.

According to drom perfumer Pierre-Constantin Gueros, fragrances for bath and body for spring and summer will be evocative. “Tahiti, the Maldives and the Bahamas are, for most people, dream destinations,” he says. “Cosmetic brands want to be part of that exotic trend, and (offer) exotic ingredients, magic extracts and wild plants to support their claims.” There’s also a trend to fruit cocktails, but single exotic fruits are also quite popular. Gueros notes that papaya, passion fruit, pomegranate, kumquat, goje berries, acai and tamarind are gaining popularity. “Tropical flowers are also huge this year, including tiare flowers, frangipani, any kind of orchid, and lily.”
In addition, Gueros says, “Tea stays a highlight in many bath and cosmetic products. Not in the original Earl Grey scent, but in more natural variations like maté—a tea made from the dried leaves of yerba maté, popular in South America— white tea or even very algae-like green tea. We know that the antioxidant properties of tea are huge, and cosmetic brands use that benefit. Coffee berries also appear in some formulations for their antioxidant benefits.”

Gueros notes the benefits of berries in particular, saying that goje berries—a Chinese fruit similar in taste to a cherry/cranberry mix—contain eight essential amino acids, plus vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E (which appears to be an immunity booster). He adds that acai is also a functional natural ingredient, and notes both a new trend in the tendency to include grains and the continuing trend for sea treatments—supported by watery floral accents such as bamboo, water lily and lotus.

Taking a virtual trip to paradise, Bath & Body Works Ile De Tahiti is a body care collection that offers exotic scents and wild crafted ingredients indigenous to the Tahitian Islands. The hydrating properties of Tamanoi, a blend of tamanu nut and monoi de Tahiti, is said to provide healing properties to the skin.

Wild Blackberry by Lalicious is a new bath and body collection packed with moisturizers and fragranced with wild blackberries and sweet fruit essence. Aromatic depth plus vitamins and essential oils are blended to soothe, moisturize, nourish and soften skin. Lalicious utilizes natural ingredients and employs a whipped ingredient technique. Coconut and almond oil provide minerals, vitamins and proteins, and relieve itching, dryness, inflammation, burns and thread veins.