I normally (and sadly) avoid hair powders because the fragrances within them irritate my scalp, but if you’re traveling, or you’re trying to stretch the life of a great blowout or hair extensions, it’s hard to resist the lure of a good tinted hair powder. So when I received a sample kit from a new local company called Finley to try out, I went for it.
I was pleasantly surprised that the finely milled, silica- and tapioca-starch-based formula — while fragranced — didn’t irritate my skin at all. (Note: This doesn’t mean it’s free of common irritants. In addition to fragrance, it contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate and several colorants such as carmine, so beware if you have sensitive skin or allergies.) On the other hand, the company credits itself with using minimalist packaging instead of aerosol cans.
Available in four shades — black, dark brown, golden blonde and white — Finley Hair Powder, $18, comes in a deceptively small bottle. You really only need a few modest shakes here and there to soak up grease and fluff roots, so the price tag isn’t so much of a shocker. The bottle lasts longer than it looks like it will. And it sure beats plain old cornstarch (my kitchen-ready standby). Give it a shot if hair powder is your thing.
Just a few months ago, I was telling a friend that I was dying to find a new perfume to break me out of my recent fragrance rut. Well, wish granted! In the past few weeks, I’ve tried out a bunch of new fragrances that will be in my rotation for the foreseeable future. READ MORE
I’ve been using Parisian hair care brand Leonor Greyl (a rumored celeb favorite that’s gone on tour with both Madonna and Gwen Stefani) off and on for about a year now, and I must say their beautifying oils are not only some of the most glamorous “natural” products I’ve encountered, but the Huile de Palme (for hair) and Huile de Magnolia (for face and body) are quite the little miracle workers when it comes to moisturizing dry skin and hair.
Free of the chemicals and additives found in most hair products (sulfates, parabens, silicones, etc.), Huile de Palme (literally “palm oil”) is an environmentally friendly blend of botanical and vegetal oils that protects hair health from the elements, such as sun, surf and chlorine. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment, so you can apply it to dry hair and leave it on anywhere from a few minutes to overnight, depending on your hair texture and/or conditioning needs. READ MORE
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying everyone probably likes flowers, chocolate and/or fragrance as a Valentine’s Day gift. But do they LOVE it? Well, “mind-blowing” might not be the first thing I’d think … more like “predictable, but sweet. I’ll take it.” Leave it to Strange Invisible Perfumes to prove me wrong. Their creative take on the ol’ tried and true is simply eye-popping. (Oh men of our lives, are you reading this?!?)
A team effort with floral designer Holly Flora and San Francisco-based chocolate artisan Cocoa Absolute, SIP’s “ultimate Valentine’s Day delivery” offers four options of drop-dead gorgeous, creative bouquets paired with limited-edition organic, botanical perfumes and a delectable box of hand-crafted chocolates. (Just outside of L.A.? Call and see if they’ll make the trip.)
While pricey ($205–$542), the results are absolutely swoon-worthy. In addition, the flowers can be customized by request (if what you want is available), and since the chocolates are optional, you can always adjust according to your budget.
P.S. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by SIP’s Venice, Calif., boutique tomorrow (Feb. 5) for a trunk show. There will be champagne, cupcakes, jewelry and plenty of limited edition fragrances to sample before you take the plunge!
Strange Invisible Perfumes is located at 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Calif. To order a V-Day delivery, call them at 310-314-1505 by February 11, 2011.
I have been craving — yes, craving! — that Anthropologie-esque smell (attributed to Capri Blue Jar Candles) in my apartment. But I was so busy last week, I didn’t get myself over to the store to buy one (and I wasn’t completely sure which candle to get, so I didn’t want to order them online just yet). Luckily, I received samples of luxury candles just in time from lifestyle & home décor expert Baroness Monica von Neumann (wife of the late Austrian Baron John von Neumann), and I really like them!
My favorite in the collection of four soy-based candles (Atlas, Savon, Fete and Modena) is Fete, which combines navel orange, Seychelles Cinnamon, Zanzibar Clove, Norwegian Pine, Indonesian Patchouli and exotic Amberwood to create just the type of sweet yet spicy, tangy scent I wanted. READ MORE
Having already been a fan of Tocca’s Aqua Profumata (translation: perfumed water) in the Salina scent, I was very excited to try the Amalfi version. What I love about the Aqua Profumatas in general are the light, subtle fragrances that they emit – so they are never overpowering or overwhelming.
The Amalfi fragrance is composed of light and refreshing notes. The top notes begin with crisp Cucumber and Mint, and then reveal a fruity-floral blend of Apple, Jasmine, Musk, Violet Leaves and Lily of the Valley. The instant I spray it onto my skin, it reminds of balmy summer afternoons and has me dreaming of a sunny vacation on the Italian coast — the perfect antidote to a chilly gray day this winter.
Retails for $38 at Tocca.com.
Every time Gwen Stefani comes out with another set of Harajuku Lovers fragrances, I’m compelled to own them all. The bottles are adorable and for scents that are so different and unique, I’m constantly surprised by how much I like every single one of them. The new Wicked Style Harajuku Girls collection has the girls sporting brightly colored hair and wild outfits (well, wilder than normal!) and I think they might be my favorite bottles yet. (The hairstyles they’re wearing are totally adorable). Here are the five scents you’ll find in the collection:
As always seems to be the case, my favorite of the bunch is Lil’ Angel. No matter what incarnation of the scent I pick, I love it equally as much. It’s light and energetic and the perfect pick me up on a gray, overcast winter morning. My second favorite Wicked Style scent is a tough call, but it’s probably G. Her bright yellow hair is perfect for the zesty, fruity fragrance. (I mean, how can you not love a scent with Watermelon and Raspberry notes? It’s impossible!) If you like vanilla-y fragrances, Baby if the one for you. It’s sweet and pretty in an innocent sort of way. (She even has light pink hair!) If you want to try all the scents without making a commitment yet, I suggest the Wicked Style Mini Rollerball Coffret. It’s only $15, so the rollerballs are definitely tiny, but you’ll be able to figure out which of the girls you like the most and they’re also super convenient to throw in your bag for a quick fragrance touch-up during the day. They’re just too cute to resist!
The Daily Obsession draws from the expertise of a coast-to-coast editorial team offering dedicated readers reports of the most luxurious products and trends. We provide sophisticated and relevant angles on the latest fashion trends, must-have beauty products, insider interviews, travel destinations and of course, our current obsessions.