Couple of scented ideas for Christmas

I’ll be away for the weekend but I prepared a few Christmas gift ideas that might interest you.


If you’re a fan of dark and gothic style that is presented by Italian brand UNUM you might be interested in trying FEU_FERTILE, their brand new triptique of scented candles. “Light is our turmoil, it becomes energy carrying our internal substance. It is the flame swollen with our spirit, flexing but never losing its orientation to the sky. […] We look for the light until we blind our eyes, almost begging it to speak, in order to quiet the lack and sculpt our dreams.” Available in LAVS (wood monolith), Opus 1144 (bio cement monolith) and Ennui Noir (chipboard monolith). A 190 gram candle will provide around 50 hours of warmly flickering delight. Another novelty from the brand are incense resin stones for burning at home (set contains styrax, benzoin & dragon’s blood stones).


Some Aftelier specials for Christmas this year include face & body balm as well as Bergamoss in 9 ml EdP format plus Parfum de Maroc, also in 9 ml EdP. Face & body balms are based on beeswax. Rose variant contains Turkish rose absolute, Bulgarian rose wax, squalane & sea buckthorn oil while Frankincense one is made of 2 different frankincense oleoresins and organic frankincense CO2 extract. Bergamoss in EdP is a re-issue of previous limited edition but Parfum de Maroc sounds really mesmerizing, with its notes of saffron, galangal, Turkish rose, nutmeg, cardamom and myrrh. 15 ml balms retail for $35 while eau de parfums are priced at $60. I actually want to try them all!


Dear woman, please take care of your man’s face because they often forget to to that themselves. To do that, a new men’s grooming line from Le Labo comes in handy. As per brand materials: “An ode to old-world, traditional Americana barbershops. Modern textures with a retro feel”. Black packaging with golden letters look very cool. Line includes shaving cream, after shave balm, face lotion, beard oil, face bronzer and styling concret. Prices vary from $32 to $60.


From Aromatherapy Associates, Precious De-Stress Time – “Discover the magnificent benefits of Aromatherapy Associates’ calming Bath and Shower Oil in this indulgent Christmas kit, which contains one bottle of their signature De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil and one branded bauble for your tree. Enriched with the warming powers of Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender and Ginger, this Christmas set makes the perfect gift for a loved one who needs a moment of relaxation to unwind and de-stress from busy life.” Sounds like a perfect stocking stuffer and it only costs $12.


Jaroma (this brand’s name combines words jewellery & aroma) offers an aromatherapy pendant. It’s a locket that can house a small felt disc inside (in the set you get 10 pads in different colors). All you have to do is to soak the felt with your favorite essential oil (I wouldn’t hesitate to try using perfume on it either), lock it inside & it’s ready to be worn. Great thing is that these pads are reusable – you can wash them and apply a different oil. Pendant is made of stainless steel and it’s available in selection of different motifs on its front. You can find them on Amazon for around $15.



12 thoughts on “Couple of scented ideas for Christmas

  1. Jillie says:

    Yum – the Aftelier gifts would be very welcome in my stocking! As would anything from Aromatherapy Associates (I love their rose line).

    Speaking of beeswax …. I have just discovered Avene’s Cold Cream; this contains beeswax and is really well priced (especially as you only need a tiny dollop so it goes far) – my face has been suffering from the cold weather and desiccating central heating and this is the only product that has soothed my skin and banished the dry patches. Thank goodness!

    Hope you have a very good weekend.


    • lucasai says:

      Cold Cream is a very basic formulation that has been around for ages. In fact first ever made Nivea Cream (in white-blue) packaging is a cold cream too!

  2. Holly says:

    Thank you for your gift guide – there are many wonderful things here!

  3. hajusuuri says:

    Nice set of holiday gifts, Lucas! I have the Aftelier Frankincense Body and Face balm — it is very nice, not overwhelming. It sounds like I need to place another order…this time for the Parfum de Maroc. She also has finishing salts that I may just go ahead and purchase – $15 is very reasonable.

    When I was looking at the Barneys website, there were a bunch of new Le Labo hair and body products, some on pre-order. I’ll wait until the next Beauty Bag Event to place an order.

  4. Undina says:

    I thought that those Le Labo skincare tubes were interesting and already started choosing (in my head), in which scent to buy an aftershave balm for my vSO when I discovered that it’s just an aftershave balm, without any specified scent. Well… Since I do not use myself most of Estee Lauder’s skin products, I do not see why I would trust their skincare products for men more just because they were launched under the “niche” company brand. Le Labo wasn’t known by their expertise in skincare – so I’ll pass.

    Other gift ideas I like more. I’m thinking about Aftelier face & body balm, teas and salts. And I had that pendant in my Amazon wish list for a while – so I might decide to go for it.

    I was thinking about doing the guide myself but since I had almost no time for online shopping this year (that’s how I usually come across something interesting I want to put into the guide), I realized that I would be searching for those things purposefully – and that usually doesn’t produce satisfying results. So I decided to enjoy everybody else’s posts this year (and maybe spend a little more time on actually shopping for something pleasant for me and my loved ones).

    • lucasai says:

      I can understand that. If you didn’t use EL skincare before there’s no reason to trust it just because it’s launched under Le Labo name. However everyone around seems to praise their new Hinoki shower gel.
      What a coincidence with the pendant!
      For me it is also difficult to compile such guide because I rarely browse (and don’t shop at all) in American stores. I usually use my local market or shops that are close, in Germany for instance – but those wouldn’t be interesting since most of my audience is in US.

      I hope you’ll find something lovely

      • Undina says:

        Shower gels are completely different thing: those Le Labo produced before they were bought, and I liked Iris 39 that I’ve tried – so I still might go for their shower gel or even body lotion. It’s face where I draw the line 😉

        • lucasai says:

          I never tried any of those shower gels. You know, when it comes to body wash products I’m always very hesistant because they’re quite pricy and I’m on a limited budget. It doesn’t feel right in my mind to buy an expensive shower gel that will be gone after 2 or so months

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