Sets Ap­peal

In­dul­gent skin­care and fra­grance gift sets bring box­fuls of Christ­mas joy with a min­i­mum of fuss for the buyer, writes Elis­a­beth King.

Australian House & Garden - - THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE DECEMBER -

Lovely skin­care and fra­grances, pack­aged for giv­ing.

Beauty treats are al­ways win­ners at Christ­mas time. Gor­geous boxed sets of pam­per­ing prod­ucts and scents are ev­ery­where – many of them rea­son­ably priced – and of­fer the per­fect way to spice up your gift list. Don’t for­get to re­ward your­self as well!

1 Jo Malone Lon­don Christ­mas Cracker ($78) Renowned for its black-rib­boned boxes, Jo Malone is top of mind for year-round gift­ing. But the spirit of cel­e­bra­tion shifts up sev­eral gears at Christ­mas with the brand’s lim­ited edi­tions. At cen­trestage is the ever-pop­u­lar Christ­mas cracker, filled with three minia­tures: cologne, hand and body wash, and body cream.

2 Burt’s Bees Bounty Trio ($15) Burt’s Bees’ best­selling lip balms are crowd-pleasers across the age spec­trum. This nour­ish­ing three­some – in Honey, Beeswax and Co­conut & Pear – will add a touch of shine and hy­drate lips through­out the day. Add in a col­lec­tor’sedi­tion box that dou­bles as a tree or­na­ment and it’s ex­cel­lent value.

3 MOR Per­fumed Pome­gran­ate ($30) With more and more of us look­ing for small plea­sures as an es­cape from the pres­sures of mod­ern liv­ing, sales of bath and body prod­ucts are boom­ing. MOR has long been a stand­out choice for Aus­tralian-made body­care and fra­grance, and this year’s Keep­sake col­lec­tion cov­ers all bases for Christ­mas giv­ing, from baubles un­der $10 to deluxe in­dul­gences. Who wouldn’t love this fruity yet so­phis­ti­cated trio of hand cream, soap and per­fume oil for her travel bag or gym kit?


Vera Wang Princess set ($35) Buy­ing for Gen Z and Mil­len­ni­als can be tricky. Celebrity fra­grances come and go, but Vera Wang’s fresh, flirty Princess has been a hit with younger women for over a decade. This duo of 30ml fra­grance in a heart-shaped bot­tle and 75ml scented body lo­tion is a bar­gain buy that’s sure to score you brownie points. Exclusive to Price­line.

5 Medik8 Day­light Ra­di­ance ($49) Skin­care has be­come a pop­u­lar stock­ing filler. For one thing, it’s a smart way to let the re­cip­i­ent trial some­thing new. Medik8 is a Bri­tish pro­fes­sional skin­care range that has built up a strong fan base in Aus­tralia. This duo of C-Te­tra Lipid Vi­ta­min C an­tiox­i­dant serum and Ad­vanced Day To­tal Pro­tect mois­turiser is aimed at fast-track­ing brighter, more even-toned skin. A thought­ful present for new mums or women aged 30-plus who need a pickup at the end of a busy year.

6 L’Occitane Shea De­light­ful Tea Shower Foam ($39) Giv­ing back is a ma­jor theme of L’Occitane’s fes­tive treats. The #NotJustAGift hash­tag un­der­lines the brand’s com­mit­ment to nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents from Provence, the em­pow­er­ment of Aus­tralian women through the Dress for Suc­cess cam­paign, and a Fair Trade agree­ment for its shea but­ter sources in

Burk­ina Faso – all rea­sons to feel good about giv­ing this scented foam in vi­brant yel­low pack­ag­ing cre­ated by French de­sign house

Castel­ba­jac Paris.

It leaves skin feel­ing


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