Sunday, December 19, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 7 - Helpless Romantic

Photo Credit: The Land of Nod

Welcome to InkSpot Workshop's 12 Days of Christmas. Today I am pleased to bring you my hand selected picks for day 7, where it's all about gifts for the Helpless Romantic!
That's me for sure

Click here to view 12 Days of Christmas - Day 1 - Flower Lovers
Click here to view 12 days of Christmas - Day 2 - A Christmas Story
Click here to view 12 Days of Christ mas - Day 3 - Heirlooms
Click here to view 12 Days of Christmas - Day 4 - Girlie Girl
Click here to view 12 Days of Christmas - Day 5 - Cashmere
Click here to view 12 Days of Christmas - Day 6 - Chocolate Lover

Several years ago my good friend gave me a Black Orchid, Timothy Jay candle as a gift. Ever since I first lit it and smelled the essences of gardenia, tuberose and wild orange, I was a goner! In fact it's the ONLY candle you will find in my house! This is the most unique smelling candle you will ever own, scout's honor. I keep one lit in the guest while entertaining and it always becomes the topic of discussion. Even when it's not lit the entire house fills with Black Orchid.

Black Orchid Candle
Timothy Jay Candles

While visiting Belgium a few years ago, I discovered the {almost heavenly} shop of Santa Maria Novella. Heavenly is a word you may use to describe this line literally because their bath, body and home fragrances were originally was made by monks in Florence, Italy and in today's world they still make all of their recipes exactly the same as they did hundreds of years ago. This is a very rich line made with pure extracts, flowers, oils and plants. Back then you could not get the products in the states, so I loaded up. Now they are available online and in person from Lafco New York. The bath oils are decadent and worth every penny!!

Santa Maria Novella Fragranced Bath Oil
Lafco New York

If you haven't yet discovered the unique, layering fragrances from British perfumer Jo Malone, then you're really missing out. There is only one perfume I wear and it's Jo Malone's French Lime Blossom. I have tried layering it with some of their other scents, but I'm sort of a purist and just like French Lime Blossom all by itself. It was inspired by a "stroll along the Champs Élysées, French Lime Blossom is a romantic, full-bodied floral. The scent of sweet lime blossoms with a twist of bergamot and tarragon is evocative of the first day of spring" according to Jo herself.

French Lime Blossom Cologne
100 ml
Jo Malone

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