One of the things that makes daily life a lot more fun (or at least more pleasurable during the dark, cold, long days of Winter), are items that fill your home and caress your body, with beautiful fragrance. For holiday 2012, consider The Body Shop for literally one-stop shopping, with a wide range of holiday and into-the-new-year offerings for bath, body, home, and beauty/skincare in festive fragrances such as: Vanilla Bliss, Ginger Sparkle and Cranberry Joy. Whether you’re into lip balms and body butters, shower gel, soaps, or oil diffusers and room sprays, there is something beautifully boxed at reasonable prices to reward you. When you visit any Body Shop during the Fall to Winter holidays, you might be just a bit overwhelmed with all the gift-ables for home, bath and body, and beauty — in a very good way! So to help you figure out what to get, hHere are a just a few standouts to consider not just for holiday gift giving but as a little splurge for yourself!
Every season, Chase Aston, Body Shop Makeup Artist extraordinaire, designs a glam eye kit that makes it easy to create a specific look. For the holidays, his new, 4-Step Smokey Eye kit in Smoky Moonstone (shown) or Smoky Copper offers glam-istas a coppery glow with four shimmery shadows in gold, peach, brown and ivory. Two mini sized applicator brushes (one slant tipped one, for shadow) nestled into a shiny, square, black, mirrored compact, lets you color and contour like a pro. The “color by the numbers” graphic is right on the back of the box. You really can’t mess it up. When I followed the instructions I got a pretty eye look that was neither too “out there” but also not so au-naturale that it didn’t look special enough. Add eye liner and mascara, and you’re done. Spritz some glimmer on your hair and body with this Enchanting Gold Sparkler for $20.oo and you’re ready to party.
Cranberry is the color and scent of the holiday season. The Body Shop’s cute little domed lip gloss ($6.00) in “Cranberry Joy” tints lips with just a touch of berry pink, along with a tart, berry scent. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer. But as you can see, there are plenty of other cranberry-centric items with prices ranging from $4.00 for a cranberry scented, heart shaped soap to $20.00 for body butters and up to $45.00 for some of the gift sets. Try the tart and uplifting scent of Cranberry Joy in a for piece set ($45.00) beautifully boxed in a red and gold tin, with three bath and body products and that cranberry joy lip gloss! The Cranberry Joy Hand Lotion arrives in a cute round plastic pump bottle with gold top that looks like a holiday ornament.
It may be just $7.00 but this Fruit Lovers Soap Set is so cute, you’ll be able to gift it to everyone from teens, to seniors. You get an Orange Soap, Strawberry Soap, Banana Soap, Apple Soap and an Mini Ultra Fine Bath Lily, all packaged in a cute little “basket.” How could anyone resist this? Makes a perfect little thank you for a teacher, receptionist, anyone who deserves to know you’re thinking of them.
There are plenty of other holiday-centric scents are well, including bath and body treats from one of my favorite collections, CocoMania. I really like this gift set that is just $20.00 and includes Chocomania Shower Cream 2.0 fl oz; Chocomania Body Scrub 1.7 oz; Chocomania Body Butter 1.7 oz and Chocomania Lip Butter .33 oz all in a re-usable, heart-shaped tin. I’d get at least one for Valentine’s Day (coming up soon), too! I also like the Scrub & Moisture set for $20.00. ChocoMania is a favorite for both sexes, and people or all ages will love the products.Check out mini heart soaps (smell like chocolate milk and are just $9.00) to minis for shower, lips, moisturizers, body butters and more, to hang on a tree or stuff into a stocking.
The Body Shop has done ginger-centric scents before, but there’s just something special about the warm and spicy, Ginger Sparkle. The scent is truly intoxicating. Get a bunch of $20.00 collections of 4 bath and body treats and bam! Your shopping is done.
There are so many vanilla lovers out there (vanilla is a scent supposed to create sexual attraction, so it might be just what you need to heat up your Winter holidays). $20.00 gets you this lovely Vanilla Bliss set, with vanilla extract and Community Fair trade honey to soothe and smooth skin. The set contains: Vanilla Bliss Shower Gel 8.4 fl oz; Vanilla Bliss Body Butter 1.7 oz; Vanilla Bliss Soap 1.4 oz and Vanilla Bliss Body Scrub 2.5 fl oz
The Body Shop may have plenty of gifts under $50.00 (believe it)! but they are still imaginatively packaged in theme- relevant tins or boxes. Whether you’re looking for fun stocking stuffers, appropriate gifts for co-workers, or a special splurge, The Body Shop can make your holiday dreams come true. Visit your favorite the body shop boutique or online at the Body Shop Web site
Although I’ve said it a million times, one of the nice things about the Body Shop is that they don’t just have over 2,5000 stores in over 60 markets around the world, they believe in sourcing natural materials and ingredients and do so through their Community Fair Trade program. This program helps improves the lives and health for farmers, producers and their families, in more than 30 countries. I love the fact that The Body Shop cares about the environment and your health. They support good causes, and encourage their employees to be social responsible and active in these, as well. For the most part, The Body Shop uses all natural ingredients. That’s a must for those who like to know their products are safe, or at least, safer than a lot of what is on the market.Of course you already know that The Body Shop cares about the Earth and the communities from which it sources it’s ingredients, and the neighborhoods in which The Body Shop stores, reside. TBS sources their raw ingredients from the four corners of the globe. harnessing the skills of artisan farmers to create effective products that are wonderful to use.TBS employs fair trade practices, and they don’t test on animals. All their products are 100% vegetarian and use 100% recycled packaging. When you purchase gifts from The Body Shop you are helping others, through The Body Shop charity campaigns that raise funds and awareness on key issues of the day, including the sex trafficking of the most vulnerable in our society, children and young people
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