Archive for Sunday, February 8, 2004

Notes on what’s new in fashion

February 8, 2004


By now, you've probably heard that candy-scented and flavored beauty products are big right now. Vanilla and chocolate shower gels, lip glosses and colognes are just about everywhere. And why not -- they smell great and pack zero calories.

We love chocolate and vanilla as much as the next girl, but when we're talking about beauty, we're looking for something else, something a little more sophisticated. Here are some of our favorite food-inspired beauty products that go beyond the big flavors of the day:

No cream and sugar: Mmmm. That rich dark coffee scent that gets you moving in the morning can be part of your daily beauty regimen with a spritz of Black Vetyver Cafe from London perfumer Jo Malone. That's right -- coffee cologne. Inspired by the mix of florals and coffee scents in the aisles of Dean & Deluca, Malone has taken the deep bitter coffee bean and steeped it with the earthy scents of vetiver (a type of East Indian grass), temple incense and sequoia.

Spritz it on for $75 for 100 milliliter or spread the fragrance throughout your home by lighting one of Malone's candles for $65. Available at

Herbalicious: Sage, that earthy herb that adds so much to poultry stuffing and pasta drenched in butter is spicing up the bath as well.

Parisian home furnishings designer Catherine Memmi has created a foaming sage shower gel and velvety sage body lotion that she says will awaken your senses and leave you feeling calm.

The Sauge duo are one of four scents in Memmi's new Les Vegetales collection. Inspired by the scents of a garden bursting with fruits and vegetables, the line also includes candles and room sprays scented with cucumber, herbs, ginkgo biloba and peppermint.

Catherine Memmi Sauge Shower gel ($32) and Sauge body lotion ($33) are available at or by calling 800-793-LIFE.

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