I am dreaming of a GREEN Christmas; high on my personal gift list are all natural, organic and botanical Holiday goodies. ÇaFleureBon has celebrated and prominently featured the Art of Natural Perfumery and skincare since our inception and there has always been Contributors exclusively devoted to natural fragrances and beauty. Giving natural perfume to people who wants it to smell like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is not recommended. My advice is educate and to ease them into botanicals with skincare, tea and lotions.
Best All Natural Holiday Gifts that aren’t perfume
Aroma M Camellia Cleansing Oil: Anyone who has ever met perfumer Maria McElroy of Aroma M marvels at her complexion, as smooth as porcelain. Maria who spent years in Japan, uncovered the secret to beautiful skin and shares her Camellia Cleansing Oil with the rest of us. It also removes every trace of makeup including the most stubborn waterproof mascara quicklywithout feeling greasy. This cult favorite of beauty editors and "those in the know", is an emollient oil that draw outs impurities and is suitable for all skin types. Plus it is packed with beneficial fatty acids: Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Organic Rice Bran Oil, Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Vitamin E. The Organic Essential Oils of Neroli, Yuzu, Rosemary and Frankincense have a fresh herbaceous scent that will appeal to men and women. Guys, you DO need to take care of your skin. 100ml/$40 www.aromamperfumes.com
I love the amber anything. I am not a lotion gal and I adore body oils, especially those that instantly absorb into my skin. There are body oils for 4x the price that aren’t as has high quality and feel as silky smooth as Natural perfumer Charna Ethier’s Providence Perfume Co. Amber Cream Body Oil. Bye-bye dry scalies…Hello sexy skin. I have heard that devotees stock up with all four scents. Try layering this with the Orange Blossom Body Oil and you can skip your perfume. Really. 100 ml/$26 www.providenceperfume.com
Strange Invisible Perfumes OJAI Botanical Room & Linen Mist: If the stress and the frenzyof the holidays are getting you down, Botanical Perfumer Alexandra Balhahoutis’ new room and linen spray OJAI will relax you with notes of hydro distilled lavender, sweet orange and bergamot. Since visions of sugar plums probably don’t dance in your head, relax, kick back and spray OJAI onto your pillow before you go to sleep. Create your own personal scented sanctuary. So calming I feel a NAMISTE coming on. 3.4 oz/$75 www.siperfumes.com
Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Organic Eye Cream helps treat fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. You know you have at least one of these conditions unless you are 10 yrs old. The delicate skin around the eyes is more fragile than the rest of the face, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show signs of aging. Naturally rejuvenating, with a blend of the world's first FairWild® certified organic frankincense and gardenia plant stem cells to plump and hydrate. Appky just a small amount each morning and evening for bright eyes and an even brighter smile once you see the results. 053 oz/$72.00 https://us.nyrorganic.com/
Leonor Greyl’s Masque Fleur de Jasmine: You might think as a fragrance and beauty editor people notice my perfume or my makeup, actually I get more comments on my hair. There is nothing I have tested like this… from its jasmine scent to the way hair of all types look conditioned, manageable and shiny. Use it every day or once a week on your frazzled ends. Gee my hair smells delicious. SLS Free Silicone Free Paraben Free Coal Tar Free Color Safe Cruelty Free just not compliment free. 200ml/$65 https://www.leonorgreyl-usa.com/
Sometimes it is the everyday things that bring us joy. As an herbal tea drinker and gourmand fragrance lover, the two blend beautifully in Palais des Thés Cocoa and Orange Festive Holiday Tea created with the help of their House parfumeur with all natural cocoa beans, fruits and flowers. A sweet caffeine free treat for the nose and the palette. 3.5 oz metal tin/$27 http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/
Mandy Aftel, reigns as the Queen of Green and is an influencer, teacher, business woman, perfumer and a author. She pioneered natural perfumes and paved the way for a new generation. Fragrant, The Secret Life of Scent is essential to any library and may inspire the dreamer on your gift list to become a natural perfumer. That dreamer may be you. Hardcover $28.
Ayala Moriel Finjan Sugar Scrub: I want cellulite said nobody ever. Natural Perfumer Ayala Moriel has created a magical sugar scrub redolent of coffee, cardamom and grapefruit oil. Finjan exfoliates the skin naturally, gently and over time reduces the appearances of lumpy bumpy skin. $46 CAN /8 0Z http://ayalamoriel.com/
Best Natural Perfumes to give as Gifts
Natural perfume is even trickier to buy as a gift than fragrances created with synthetics as they do develop differently on the skin. That doesn’t mean botanical scents are off the gift list.
Natural perfumer Christi Meshell of House of Matriarch's perfumes are now sold in Nordstroms- online and recently launched in Downtown Seattle; just steps (or clicks) away from CHANEL, Jo Malone and yes Dolce Gabbana Light Blue. Long time readers of ÇaFleureBon first met Christi on our pages in 2010 and House of Matriarch has won numerous Taste TV Artisan Fragrance Awards as well as our Best Indie House of 2013 . Forbidden was created for our 13th sign project with the Natural Perfume Guild in 2011 (those of us who are no longer Sagittarius but Oephicus uh hem) and is still a best seller in the collection. For the luxury lover, give the House of Matriarch Coffret . The 6 travel size perfumes include Forbidden Devotion, Trillium, Orca Madrona and Black N0 1 (formerly known as Blackbird) and are housed in a dramatic hexagon shaped coffret that can double as a jewelry or keepsake box. $220 http://www.matriarch.biz/and nordstroms.com
Art and Olfaction award winning natural perfumer Tanja Bochnig of April Aromatics is also our Best Natural Perfumer of 2014. She will always hold a very special place in my heart. Tanja who is gentle and giving created San Francisco Rose, and donated the proceeds to help our former Managing Editor Tama Blough's family. Tanja, is a "ray of light" and the love she exudes comes through each of her botanical perfumes. April Aromatics 10 piece gift set is perfect for both newbies to naturals and those who are scent savvy. Elegantly packaged the 10 x EdP 2. 5ml discovery kit includes Unter den Linden, Rosenlust, Nectar of Love, Liquid Dreams, Rose L’Orange, Jasmina, Calling All Angels, Precious Woods, Bohemian Spice, and Ray of Light. Every scent is infused with gemstones that impart positive and healing energy. That is 280 spritzes to enjoy in the New Year. $125 www.aprilaromatics.com and available at www.twistedlily.com
Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief
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