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When Clean Isn't Enough

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: August 28, 2008, from the March 2007 issue of GCI Magazine.

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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.

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.