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Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Grooming Gift Guide 2012

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by Mark Thompson

Skin&Co. Roma: Sicilian Body Lotion

Some of us grew up in a house where it wouldn’t be Christmas morning unless there was an orange in the stocking. Never mind that no one wanted an orange and no one ate the orange; the orange had to be there, bulging the bottom of the stocking - or it wasn’t Christmas.

Sometimes holiday traditions need to refreshed. Instead of another orange in the stocking, you might think about Sicilian Body Lotion from Skin&Co. Roma. A soothing emollient that contains calendula, olive oil, almond oil, and witch hazel, all of which work together to help treat sensitive or irritated skin, Sicilian Body Lotion absorbs quickly, leaving behind a light scent of Sicilian orange extract.

Founded in 1911, Skin&Co’s first emporium in Umbria, Italy produced personal hygiene products for a local clientele. A century later, Skin&Co. is still owned and managed by the third generation of the founding family.

Packaged in elegant containers that look like something the royal families of Europe might sanction, Skin&Co products are as seductive on the shelf as they are on the body - and they’re every bit as nice to receive as an orange at the bottom of a stocking.

PRICE: $26.50 / 8.45 oz.
LINK: Skin&Co. Roma Sicilian Body Lotion


Ursa Major & Topo Designs: Limited Edition Dopp Kit

Some people we know spend a lot of time at the gym. Other people we know are always on the road, shacking up at a hotel. If you know people who are always on the go and rarely using their own bathrooms, then here’s a gift for those peripatetic travelers.

Ursa Major has joined forces with their friends at Topo Designs to create a limited edition dopp kit and skincare set, which contains four Ursa Major products in a sturdy triangular handmade travel bag made of Cordura fabric and water-resistant pack cloth.

Founded in Vermont by two erstwhile New Yorkers, Ursa Major was created to offer men a natural and effective product line from a sustainable company. Introduced in 2011, Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream became a cult phenom with its intoxicating blend of aloe, willow bark, birch sap, and oat protein. The extraordinary natural aroma of ginger and pink grapefruit, with hints of rosemary and vetiver, causes some people to wax poetic about lost summers and halcyon days. If you’re new to this product, then you’re in line for happiness.

All of Ursa Major’s products are more than 98% natural and formulated with the highest-grade natural ingredients from family-owned, sustainable growers. The four-unit dopp kit contains full-size containers of Stellar Shave Cream, Fantastic Face Wash, 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic, and Fortifying Face Balm - and 5% of the sales from this limited edition dopp kit will be donated to the preservation of the habitat for the American Bison.

Go ahead, give one to your personal trainer - and see how he treats you then.

PRICE: $125.00
LINK: Ursa Major & Topo Designs Limited Edition Dopp Kit


Lush: Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Sometimes in the dead of winter you yearn for that outdoor shower at your summer share. The one where you showered with six other... Well, never mind. The point is, everyone loves an outdoor shower: the scent of the ocean, a meadow, a mountain stream - and the sun shining overhead.

If you’re still pining for summer, then take a shower with Lush’s Dirty Springwash Shower Gel. The fresh fragrance of spearmint fills the bathroom as you lather up and your skin begins to tingle. That’s the sodium bicarbonate, which softens the water and deodorizes your skin. Slather your skin and hair and breathe in the sweet, minty aroma. Aromatherapists use spearmint to help combat stress and headaches. No wonder you’re smiling.

Pop this one in the stocking of somone you’re yearning to shower with - and you can play the Doublemint Twins.

PRICE: $18.95 / 8.8 oz.
LINK: Lush Dirty Springwash Shower Gel


Kate Somerville: DermalQuench Liquid Lift

One look at the futuristic silver matte metallic vessel lets you know you’re in for something that might well have fallen from a more evolved galaxy. One where wrinkles are unheard of, for example, a planet where everyone’s skin is flawless: Planet Perfect Skin.

In less than a year, DermalQuench Liquid Lift has become one of Kate Somerville’s most popular products, thanks to its ability to mimic the effects of a surgical face lift - without going under the knife. Formulated with HydraFill, a potent combination of hyaluronic acid, oxygen, and antioxidants, this lightweight foam filler is absorbed almost instantly to plump up the skin and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

An esthetician for nearly twenty years, Kate Somerville battled her own skin issues as an adolescent, which has helped make her product line synonymous with the phrase "complexion perfection."

A scientific breakthrough in anti-aging, DermalQuench Liquid Lift gives you that kind of glow that usually only happens after you’ve downed a couple glasses of bubbly.

With DermalQuench Liquid Lift, you can smile your way through the holidays.

PRICE: $95.00 / 2.5 oz.
LINK: Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift


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