Smell fantastic without wearing perfume
A beautiful fragrance is undeniably appealing, but who out there hasn't been trapped in an elevator with someone so aggressively perfumed, it feels almost violating? There are plenty of ways to get the best of both worlds, the scent and the mystery, and more often than not they come as a result of not perfume, but strategic use of ancillary products laced with a subtle kick of deliciousness. Here, a round up of some of the best items to keep you smelling fantastic in an offhand, by-accident kind of way.
Tarte Cheek Stain: This chubby delicious water-based cheek stain is made with a mix of super-fruits including goji berry, acai, pomegranate which account for both the fresh, tart fruit orchard scent and the natural, in-from-the-cold flush they give to cheeks.
L'Occitane Verbena Refreshing Towelettes: These refreshing, verbena-laced towelettes have been beauty editor favorites for years for their multi-tasking qualities: working as makeup remover, hand-sanitizer, general-cleaner-upper as well as light, airy perfume in one fell swoop. The smell is crisp bright and tart, and equally great for men and women.
Stress Relief Oils
Aveda Stress Fix Concentrate: A tiny, roll-on vial of essential oils of lavender and clary sage, dot this onto pulse points when stressed (or bored, or curious) and get the bonus side-effect of a light waft of fresh, herb-gardeny scent that lingers on skin for hours.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin: The cult perfumers original, and in our opinion, unbeatable signature scent comes in a creamy lathering shampoo and conditioner that leave the tart classic fragrance lingering in hair all day.
Aveda Shampure: A gorgeous mix of bright refreshing lemon and earthhy sandalwood and musk.
Tocca Delicate Wash in Stella: Spiked with bright, ripe notes of blood orange this haute detergent leaveseverything from delicate underthings to your favorite tee smelling fresh, floral, tart and a little soapy.
Tom Ford Oud Wood Bath Soap: A wonderfully weighty, shea-butter-rich bar of good quality soap in a strong scent that lingers on skin for hours. All of Ford's scents are amazing in soap form (even for those who might be overwhelmed by the concentrated perfume-form) but we especially love the Oud Wood for its strikingwood-and-wildflowers fragrance that's deliciously cross-bred with the good clean scent of soap.
Clarins Eau Dynamiste: This has been around for ages and is the quintessential androgynous fragrance everyone likes. The plant extracts that help neutralize odors infuse it with a sparkling, soapy-grassy freshness.
Jason Tea Tree Oil Deodorant: A dark horse in this category, especially since historically, tea tree oil products are not delicious. But this deodorant has no trace of the medicinal, earthy tinge of its namesake. Its a little fruity and green, like a feminine version of a classic mens cologne.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fine Fragrance Jewelry
Natural Cosmetics guru (and wife of Dustin Hoffman) Lisa Hoffman teamed up with Swarovski to create a range of jewelry—the stackable worry bead bracelets are exceptionally cute—affixed with a filigree heart charm housing wood beads saturated with her a range of her high-end, all-natural fragrances, including the exotic floral Madagascar Orchid and our favorite, the zesty woody Japanese Agar Wood.