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Lucire gift guide 2005

By popular demand, Phillip D. Johnson and Stevie Wilson provide their picks on Valentine’s Day gifts for 2005



BellaOro has an outstanding line of jewellery. High on the list of our faves are the following pieces: their 14K yellow gold 17-inch Heart Toggle necklace (US$239), the standout 14K yellow and white gold eight-inch men’s link bracelet (US$849, 2) and the understated 14K white gold eight-inch men’s link bracelet (US$789);
   Donald Trump is hard to ignore, really. He’s everywhere: on television, in newspapers, on buildings, and now he’s residing on your dressing room table in the form of Donald Trump, the Fragrance (3). Launched in November 2004, this men’s fragrance is supposed to be "power in a bottle". I do know is that this is a surprisingly fresh-smelling, winning combination of excellent top notes, masculine middle notes, and a drydown that is quite unintrusive. This cologne spray is everything men should aspire to be. If you are looking for a daytime fragrance that is subdued when it counts, this is the one for you. Donald Trump, the Fragrance is available in a 100 ml (3·4 oz) bottle for the suggested retail price of $60, exclusively at Federated Department Stores and online at
   Origins Cocoa Therapy Group (4) is a great way to gift your favourite chocoholic! Its lush cocoa smell mixed with a bit of vanilla, ginger and orange along with vitamins and minerals. It’s a good-for-your-skin collection with scrubs, body butter, fragrance, salve and body bar. (At Nordstrom, Origins stores, Macy’s.)
   Natural Selections’ Zen Herbal Milk Bath Teas (in citrus chamomile, lavender, mint, rose; US$7·50 for each set of two, 5) are a delightful blend of herbs, salts and milk. These teas are wonderful for sore muscles as well as dry skin. Let the salts soothe your mus­cles while the milk softens your skin. And when you are done, you simply toss out the tea bag. No mess to clean up. Available at, spas and specialty stores.
   Candy is dandy, but a heart-shaped Spongeables won’t go straight to the hips! Express your passion with a Peony Passion Spongeables Soap ’n’ Sponge All in One (US$9·95, 6), a fun, fragrant and calorie-free way to indulge someone special. Infused with natural glycerin-and-olive oil-based soap, a Spongeables heart has patent-pending technology that guarantees oodles of thick, pampering whipped cream suds and a subtly seductive fragrance for at least 20 showers. Look for Spongeables at more than 800 locations including Nordstrom, Saks, Smith and Hawken, Pure Beauty, H2O, Beauty First, Burke Williams Spas, the Regent Beverly Wilshire Spa in Beverly Hills, La Costa Spa in Carlsbad, and Henri Bendel-New York. For more info, visit the web site at
   The Body Shop’s Invent Your Scent fragrance kit (US$26, 7) allows you to spray two or more scents together to create a fragrance as unique as you are. With this collection of nine beautiful fragrances based on naturally inspired, simple scents to be blended or worn alone, you are your own parfumier: you can experiment to your heart’s content and create your very own bespoke, signature scent. There are a possible 362,880 combinations, so what are you waiting for? Available at rhe Body Shop stores globally or online at
   This Valentine’s Day, surprise him or her with a Cake2Go (8). An unique, time saving service that delivers delicious and beautifully decorated cakes directly to your sweetie’s's doorstep, Cake2Go will do the baking and delivering for you; and is the "it" gift for Hollywood celebrities including Will Smith, Jenny McCarthy and Diane Keaton. It just takes one simple phone call to send a cake to anyone across the nation, or you can visit the web site at
   Penhaligon's (870 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA, 1 212 249-1771) is a luxury brand with a strong belief in having scents that enrapture, keepsakes to treasure, and gifts that embrace the tradition of luxury and style. The Striped Box Collection (9) is beautifully handcrafted in Italy by skilled artisans and finished with luxurious tarnish-proof linings. The exquisite black-and-white stripe boxes with silver-plated hinges are hand-made from pear wood dyed black and acer wood dyed white to achieve the vivid contrast. At
   For the insanely devoted motorhead fan in your life, celebrate your mutual love by giving him a personalized motorcycle! Treat him to a rumbling chopper from LA County ChopRods to get his heart racing. This LA biker hot spot is the place where A-list celebs such as George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzengger and Bob Dylan have come to buy impeccably crafted creations. Owner Gard Hollinger's sense and respect for motorcycle history, combined with today's technologies and advancements, can only be described as "old school modernistic" and the resulting creations are truly fantastic. They are the envy of motorcycle aficionados from the tough guys of Sturgis to the glamorous folks on the Sunset Strip. At US$70,000, they are far more of a bargain than you realize. Just think, after this you will control the television remote.
   Remind her how much you love her with a Memory Maker Personalized Bracelet and tell him how much you care with a Memory Maker Money Clip. Share your favourite photos with everyone, while still keeping them close at hand. They are fun, affordable, and easy to use; six miniature frames display family photos, vacations, vintage heirlooms, best friends, crushes, pets, etc. The possibilities are endless. At
   Fluffy and feminine, Caron Valentine’s Powder Puffs (US$45) are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Formed in the shape of a heart, they are made of goose down and come in three adorable colours: pink, fuschia and peach. These generous puffs may be used to apply loose powder and talcum, or simply to decorate the bathroom. They can be washed in warm soapy water and left to dry naturally away from direct heat. Caron Powder Puffs are available at the Caron boutique (675 Madison Avenue).
   Kama Sutra Lover’s Paintbox (10) allows you artistic freedom to paint your favourite canvas with 3 flavours of edible chocolate body paint and a silky paint brush. Or gift someone with the Bedside Box full of goodies like Honey Dust (and feather applicator), massage cream and more! At and
   The Lip Clinic and Spa in Englewood Cliffs, NJ was created to afford patients the opportunity to have the best smile possible by recognizing the fact that your smile is comprised of not only a great set of teeth, but also of well cared for lips. As a special feature of the Lip Clinic and Spa, Dr Bruce G. Freund, DDS has created the LipKit (US$59·95, 11), a specialty kit of five products that, when used properly, will take your lips from cracked and peeling to soft, full and fabulous. The Lip Renew (exfoliator), Lip Dew, Lip Fill (filler), Lip Plump (plumper) and Lip Keep (lipstick sealer) will you keep your smile sexier longer and have you hooked in no time. Available at
   Create a smoky, sexy evening look with Elements by Madge’s Girls Night Out kit (US$19·50, 12). Enclosed in a sleek, 100 per cent silk clutch in Madge’s signature stripes, the kit includes three date-night essentials: a Triple Shadow of white gold, warm gray and onyx; a gold-flecked red lip gloss, and a pocket mirror to apply it all. The clutch is also large enough to hold a cellphone and other "supplies" in case the date went very well. Available at select beauty retailers and online at    
   If it’s flowers she loves, skip the bouquet and give her Jaqua’s Rose in Bloom Body Butter with rose hip extract, cocoa and mango butter for soft, luscious skin. At Sephora and Beauty Collection.
   Jo Malone makes the most sensuous fragrances. Black Vetyver Café is a rich indulgence of coffee mixed with incense, sequoia and vetiver for a spicy masculine scent.
   Want something a touch lighter in scent? Go with the Living Colognes (1) from Jo Malone. These light scents of Basil Verbena and Grapefruit Rosemary provide a soft, almost delicate fragrance for use in the home as a room spray as well as a personal fragrance. These clean scents are also available in potpourri and candles too for easy gift giving! At Neiman Marcus.
   Shower your lover, mother, sister, or brother with love and treat them to the sensational new Passion Fruit bath and body collection from The Body Shop. The exotic scent and moisturizing benefits of passion fruit seed oil and other natural skin conditioners make Passion Fruit the perfect pampering choice for yourself, your partner, friends and family, whatever the occasion. Relax and indulge with the line’s Passion Fruit Body Scrub (US$16, 13), a fragrant, gently exfoliating body scrub that, thanks to natural exfoliators, salt and Community Trade melon seed organic sugar, remove dead skin cells. Available at the Body Shop stores, online at or the Body Shop at Home.

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