With so many incredible beauty products on the market, it’s difficult to choose. I usually source and select the simplest, safest, mid to least expensive product available. Grocery stores are getting in on the beauty action, too. I’m a fan of Trader Joe’s skincare line. Their newest beauty addition, ROSE FACIAL OIL (approximately 5.99), is lovely, hints of Paris when you’re not even close.

‘Thanks’ also goes to a savy stranger I met in a drugstore aisle. She suggests No.7 Lift and Illuminate TRIPLE ACTION Serum (which I’m ‘loving’). It lifts!

On rainy west coast days, it’s fun to experiment with homemade bath and body chemistry. I’m playing as I go, learning which essential oils and mixtures sooth and soften. There are many recipes: archived on line, found in magazines, and books.

One homemade beauty and body publication that I recommend: WILLOW AND SAGE- HOMEMADE BATH AND BEAUTY. The site has archived recipes to view.

https://willowandsage.com


This morning I whipped up the Lemon Lavender Exfoliating Scrub. The product contains all natural ingredients. I popped open a vitamin e capsule and pressed it into a mix of sugar, olive oil, drops of essential lavender, and grated lemon peel.

Soft as an angel’s wing. My type of chemistry.

Maison Margiela

~ PARIS

formerly Maison Martin Margiela, founded in 1988, is a French luxury fashion house located in Paris, founded by Belgium designer Martin Margiela, known for his self titled label, deconstructed look, and white space.

Maison Margiela’s fragrance line: REPLICA. Each curated scent beckons you to close your eyes and imagine a scene.

The REPLICA Discovery Set is carried at Sephora.

https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/brand/maison-margiela

At the moment, there is a 3 X 10 ml. natural spray trio available at Sephora. The included scents are,

Jazz Club

Memory: “deep leather chairs, cocktails, light reflecting on a piano.”

The notes: a balmy base, a mix of musk and vanilla, tonka bean, vetivier, and tobacco leaves

Lazy Sunday Morning

The Memory: “a recollection of silky skin, crumpled linen sheets. The scent of fresh laundry.”

Notes: lily of the valley, patchouli, white musk

Beach Walk

The Memory: “a stroll along the ocean, feet sink into the sand, waves brush the skin.”

Notes: bergamot, coconut milk, lemon, pink pepper, and musk evoke the memory of a summer day and sun kissed, salty skin.

Just like heaven.