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EDGE Grooming & Fragrance Holiday Gift Guide

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Monday Dec 13, 2010

You waited until the last minute, didn’t you? You ignored your mother’s admonitions; you boycotted Black Friday - and now, here you are, the holidays square in front of you.

Picture this: your partner’s face when s/he realizes you didn’t even purchase a candy cane.

Fortunately, here’s a solution that will make you both look (and smell) good: a gift guide devoted to grooming and fragrance. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite emollients, along with some new fragrance releases, just appearing on the market, and tossed in a few classic products, all of them guaranteed to earn you kisses under the mistletoe.

Pick up a couple of these favorites, add a bottle of bubbly - and you’ll be as well-loved as the boys on Glee.



Borghese : Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme

Recently we saw a t-shirt that read "Who doesn’t love an Italian boy?" Amen. And specifically, who doesn’t love the skin of an Italian boy? In which case, it might be Borghese.

Years ago, there was an Italian princess who lived at the Villa Borghese in Roma, where she had toiletries made from the botanicals found all around her villa. And though the princess lived to be ninety - she looked twenty-five at her death. Oh, all right - we made up that last part, but the Borghese line has, for years, insured that most Italians rarely look their age.

And probably because they start the morning with Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme. This gentle, water-activated lathering cleanser is loaded with botanical ingredients such as geranium, cypress, chamomile, and rosewood - all working together to supply a variety of soothing and anti-inflammatory functions. Squeeze a dime-sized amount into your wet palm - and massage into your face; the lather is thick enough to be used for shaving (and not only on your face...)

Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme also features Borghese’s exclusive Acqua di Vita mineral-water complex, which whisks away impurities while deeply cleansing pores - without depriving your skin of natural moisture.

The result is skin as dewy as that Italian boy we saw wearing the aforementioned t-shirt.

Don’t believe us? Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme was also featured in Lucky magazine - and you know those gals know their product.

PRICE: $32.50 / 6.7 oz.
LINK: Borghese : Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme


CellCeuticals® Biomedical Skin Treatments: Extreme DefenseAnti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment

Sometimes your face needs a shield (and we’re not talking a paper bag...) A shield against the sun and the wind, and smoke, and the harshness of winter cold, the extremes of the environment. Your face needs protection: defense against attack.

Founded in 2007 by a cosmetic surgeon and a beauty industry veteran, CellCeuticals Biomedical Skin Treatments has become an industry leader in preventative anti-aging treatments for all ages and skin types - and a recent recipient of the "Cosmetic Innovator of the Year" award. CellCeuticals® revolutionary products are specifically designed for those unwilling (as yet) to face the knife and needles.

Reach instead for CellCeuticals®: Extreme DefenseAnti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment. This anti-aging product is loaded with vitamins C and E, along with green tea, making this cream one of the more powerful antioxidant treatments on the market.

Packaged in a sleek hexagonal container, CellCeuticals®: Extreme DefenseAnti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment’s plastic cylinder is both chic and effective, with a pump that dispenses exactly the right amount. Three small dabs cover an entire face - and the effect is almost immediate.

CellCeuticals®: Extreme DefenseAnti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment also contains aloe vera and vitamin B5, known for their skin-soothing properties, and almond, avocado, and sunflower oils, which replenish skin lipids, as well as beta glucan for skin firming. So effective are these elements that one clinical study concluded that CellCeuticals®: Extreme DefenseAnti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment diminished wrinkles by nearly 40% and redness by almost 90%.

As soon as this cream touches your face, something starts happening: the cream is readily absorbed into your skin and you could swear that you’re watching fine lines disappear, melting before your eyes. It’s somewhat transfixing - and hard to pull yourself from the mirror. Apparently, according to the experts behind CellCeuticals®, the effect is caused by the products working beneath the skin, rather than only topically.

All we know is that we’re testifying: we’ll keep using this product, even if it means stealing it from our own mother.

PRICE: $70 / 1.0 fl. oz.
LINK: CellCeuticals® Biomedical Skin Treatments: Extreme DefenseAnti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment


Murad : T-Zone Pore Refining Gel

There can be a lot of stress during the holidays: stress exacerbated by culinary indulgence, such as excessive sugar and alcohol intake. Overheated offices, brisk winter winds. Your poor schizophrenic skin: it doesn’t know whether to sweat or inflame.

That’s when you reach for Murad’s T-Zone Pore Refining Gel. This patented gel formula contains glycolic and salicylic acids, which gently exfoliate your skin, removing imperfections and clearing pores, leaving your t-zone (your forehead, nose, and chin) with a healthy glow.

Murad’s T-Zone Pore Refining Gel also contains Retinol for skin radiance, as well as pomegranate extract, which defends skin from free radicals. Best of all, this translucent gel (stickier than a serum, lighter than a cream) normalizes your skin’s production of oil, while reducing the size of your pores. What’s almost miraculous about this product is its ability to balance its effects between the oily and dry zones of your skin.

For more than ten years, Murad’s T-Zone Pore Refining Gel has been garnering industry accolades (Good Housekeeping’s Research Institute gave this product its top award for pore-minimizing products). Perhaps even more importantly, Murad’s website is loaded with glowing testimonials, nearly two hundred at last viewing, titled with phrases like "can’t live without" and "YES! YES! YES!" and "where have you been all my life?"

Enough said.

PRICE: $40 / 2.0 fl. oz.
LINK: Murad : T-Zone Pore Refining Gel


(Holiday Gift Guide continued on next page: fragrances from Comme des Garçons, Hermès, Van Cleef & Arpels)


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