This season less is more. Give luxury for less with the best in bath and body gifts and sets.
Shea Shea Shea!
There are a zillion shea moisturizing body potions out there, but I have to say, L'Occitane is right at the top of our list. Anyone on your list that loves shea butter will love this Shea Embrace gift set which includes a butter hand cream, foot cream, ultra rich body cream and extra gentle soap. It's even a good treat for the men the scent's light, not too girly. L'Occitane A Shea Embrace, $70, usa.loccitane.com.
Ginger in the shower, ginger in the tub, ginger in a fragrance, ginger in the scrub! The smell of Origins Tree-mendously Ginger Gift Set (body wash, body scrub, moisturizer, body cream and roller ball scent) is simplyscrumptious! I'm not usually a fan of food-inspired body products, but this ginger scent is quite light you won't smell like a cookie! Tree-mendously Ginger, $59.50, origins.com.
Pretty as A Picture
If someone gave me this Lafco Soap Set, I'm not sure I'd ever open the packaging. It's quite lovely. For those who adore super-sized soap, you can't go wrong with this set. Lafco Twelve Set Soap Box, $120, lafco.com.
Scents Outside The Box
For that male relative or friend who appreciates unusual scents and the finer things in life, the Molton Brown gift set is ideal. Frankincense, pumpkin, Madagascan black pepper and violet orchid is the perfect sensory pep up. Molton Brown Rare Gift Set (with daily face wash, super shave oil, hydrator and body wash), $110, moltonbrown.com.
Scent Their World
You can't go wrong with an exceptional candle or reed diffuser - those with small children, pets, or who have a tendency to forget to blow out candles, will truly appreciate the latter. Great picks for the season: Hillhouse Naturals Botura Collection Diffuser Reeds, $43, Soy Candle in Glass, $24.50 or Soy Candle in Zinc Container, $15.50.hillhousenaturals.com.
Diptique winter candles in Amber, Scotch Pine and Briar Honey, $78 each, spacenk.com
Friends who love to entertain will be pleased to receive some pretty soaps and such for their guest bathrooms. Two cute picks: Space NK Hand Wash and Lotion Gift Book, $50, spacenk.com.
Winter Pine Bar Soap, $8.25, mistralsoap.com
Mistral Winter Pine Holiday Caddy, $36, mistralsoap.com
Cookin' Up Suds
Philosophy-lovin friends will enjoy this classic Cookbook which includes six of their shampoo-shower gel-bubble bath combos: Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Buns, Spicy Pear Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice Muffin, Gingerbread and Double Rich Hot Cocoa, $35, philosophy.com.
Isn't It Rich
So if you win the lottery you should absolutely splurge on The Body Crème from La Mer. It's full of all the moisturizing and sea-based skin-renewing properties of their famous face cream. How rich to rub a dub with La Mer! The Body Crème, $195, Saks Fifth Avenue Stores Nationwide.