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As odd as this may sound, the connection between alcohol and beauty goes back centuries, since the process for producing both perfume and spirits is quite similar. Perfumers employ a refined palate and mixological skills that are not that different than those used by whiskey blenders and bartenders.
But don’t worry: These creations are more sophisticated than just dabbing a bit of single malt behind your ears and on your wrists; they’re balanced like a fine cocktail.
What’s the perfect beach cocktail? The Margarita, of course. So it’s no surprise that Bond No. 9 included notes of “Margarita mix” in its Coney Island perfume, along with melon, guava, cinnamon, musk and sandalwood. Just like the New York oceanside destination it’s named for, the scent has a lot going on. Probably not your everyday perfume, but perfect for when you need some sun during the middle of winter.
Gin is very similar to perfume: After all, it has a neutral spirit base that’s then infused with a range of botanicals. So it only makes sense that Demeter now makes a Gin & Tonic cologne as well as a Martini one. The Gin & Tonic is citrusy, if not too floral, and the Martini actually does smell like the classic duo of gin and vermouth with just a hint of spice.
If your baby loves Scotch, then he or she will want the aptly named Whiskey & Water hand soap or hand lotion! Noble Isle actually uses extracts of malted barley produced by The Balvenie distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, for both products. Taking care of your hands was never so much fun.
Gin and rosewater sounds like the start of a good cocktail, but it’s also the theme of this herbaceous and floral line of perfume, lotion and candles. They have a hit of floral fragrance with the essences of rosewood, mimosa and mandarin, and there’s just a hint of citrus zest that balances it out nicely. Sounds good enough to drink!
While much of the country is still in a deep freeze, (will winter ever end?), it might seem odd to be talking about Mojitos and rum, but no matter the climate, you’ll enjoy these products from Malin & Goetz. The Mojito Lip Balm, a cooling combination of lime and peppermint, is perfect if the cold has taken a toll on your face, and the sweet-smelling Rum Body Wash is great year-round. Alas, neither product actually contains rum.
Geishas, according to Fresh, used to soften their skin by soaking in baths containing sake. While we’re not sure if that’s actually true, it was enough for us to try the brand’s rejuvenating soak. More than 50 percent of this elixir is made up of “detoxifying” sake, and the rest is a blend of extracts like ginger, radish, peach and more. What more do you need for a romantic Valentine’s Day?
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