Saturday, January 31, 2009

Introducing Prescriptives Spring 2009 Color Collection!

Starting in Februray Perscriptives in Bloom Collection will be available in stores, though it is available now at Noride' This bouquet of floral-inspired shades features a fresh collection of vivid and whimsical tones in a playful palette inspired by sunflowers, marigolds, petunias and lilies. My favorite is the Limited Edition Eye Color Duo featured below. Check out the full collection here.

Prescriptives 'In Bloom' Eye Color Duo (Limited Edition)
See your eyes bloom with this flower-power duo of soft and vibrant. Sweep the lighter shadow over lid and brow bone, and brush the deeper shadow into crease—or wear it your own whimsical way. This flattering combination of a delicate neutral and bold sunflower shade comes in a limited-edition compact featuring a pretty floral design.

My formative years intersected with the supermodel heyday which means I can sit (happily) and watch models primp for hours. This behind the scenes look at perscriptives "for all skins" commercial sends me right back to my Christy, Cindy, Claudia, Naomi, and Linda days.

Beauty industry trend setter, The Soap Opera, is one of the first to carry these adorable new soaps from Kiss My Face!

Sudz has raised the bar on (organic!)bar soaps. Combining the latest scientific research and the most effective natural ingredients has left no room in these beautiful Kiss My Face bars for artificial colors, unnecessary chemical additives, animal ingredients or animal testing. Vitamins, minerals and botanicals are utilized to the maximum, proving that glamour does not have to be sacrificed for healthy, cruelty-free product choices! Everybody wins -- your beautiful face and body, farmers, animals and the planet!
An effective blend of Vitamin C and Beta Carotene in a certified organic base of pure Palm Oil and Glycerin. A natural vegetable based soap that's creamy, rich lathering and preservative free.
Very gently exfoliate and cleanse with natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids in a certified organic base of pure Palm Oil and Glycerin. A natural vegetable based soap that's creamy, rich lathering and preservative free.
Exfoliate and cleanse with natural Lichen in a certified organic base of Palm Oil. A natural vegetable based soap that's creamy, rich lathering and preservative free.
Rejuvenate and soothe tired muscles with a tingly blend of Jojoba Beads and Eucalyptus in a certified organic base of pure Palm Oil. A natural vegetable based soap that's creamy, rich lathering and preservative free. Enjoy!

Classic American Fragrance: Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist

Michelle Obama has officially turned the page on American fashion by choosing ensembles from designers with their roots firmly planted on U.S. soil. Fashion insiders agree -- the time is right to celebrate not just a new page in American history, but to enjoy American fashion, and the designers who construct its cornerstones.

Even in this time of recession, we can still afford to smell like the best by choosing a fragrance from the most celebrated of American fashion designers. I tend to think most fragrances are too potent and overly alcohol-heavy but Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist is timeless, classic, and subtle. In fact I recently gave it as a gift to one the best women I know. Enjoy!

CARGO Cosmetics is the exclusive make-up sponsor of Dancing with the Stars: The Tour

I've been raving about CARGO Plant Love Lipstick here on the SPOT and on Sephora for a long long time. Who would have thought it would be my love of CARGO Cosmetics that would bring me and Lance Bass together? Not me, but then again life surprises me on the daily.

Dancing with the Stars’ most recent cast, including Marlee Matlin, Cheryl Burke and Lance Bass, and they are adding to the growing list of well-known CARGO fans. CARGO’s innovative, professional formulations have been both a staple of make-up artists and a celebrity favorite for years.

Make-up plays a crucial role in Dancing with the Stars theatrics. From Julianne Hough’s golden Samba glow to the intense, kohl-rimmed eyes sported by Warren Sapp, make-up helps transform dancers into character and showcase the spirit of each dance.

Tour make-up artist Linda Sammut is working exclusively with CARGO and PlantLove™, CARGO’S revolutionary, eco-friendly line of cosmetics: “These products truly represent the next generation of natural and organic cosmetics—professional grade make-up and good for the environment. They’re a make-up artist’s dream!” Linda's favorite items include: CARGO’s wet/dry foundation, OneBase, PlantLove lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes.

High-energy and hot lights often pose problems for make-up artists who need the stars to look their best from beginning to end of a show. CARGO is a natural fit for Dancing with the Stars thanks to superior, high-performance formulations and long lasting color payoff. Fans won’t see their favorite dancers and celebs sweating their make-up off this tour. The tour wraps up on Sunday, February 8th in Philadelphia .

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Californication's Natascha McElhone Named New Face of Neutrogena

British beauty and current “Californication” actress, Natascha McElhone, has been named the newest Neutrogena brand ambassador, representing the anti-aging category. Natascha will be featured in a national TV and print campaign as the face of the new Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration line, which hits shelves in February. In the spirit of aging beautifully I thought the video below, where Natascha illuminates the brilliance of Katherine Hepburn, appropriate.

Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration is the new generation in delivering lasting moisture to the skin. With a clinically tested time-released moisturizer delving nine layers deep within the skin’s surface to treat the root cause of dryness, it works to reactivate skin’s natural moisture levels. Your complexion will be left noticeably softer and healthier looking, while the appearance of fine lines will be diminished. The Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration line includes a foaming cleanser, day lotion with SPF, night cream and eye cream.

Sale at Monkees of Chapel Hill!

New (divine!) Milk Bath from Farm House Fresh!

After a recent, transformative weekend spent naked and submersed in the healing hot springs of the North Carolina mountains, I can't get enough of steeping myself. Historically I've been a salt bath kind of girl but, if we are speaking historically, I've also never turned down much of anything served in a handled mason jar.

Similar to my new most favorite winter vacation spot, this blueberry scented milk bath brings instant calm to irritated skin. This jar is pure, “wholesome” goodness, with soothing Chicory Root to reduce inflammation and swelling and sweet almond oil to hydrate. The fine-sifted, pure whole powdered milk base is rich in twenty essential amino acids, vitamins A and D, and the sweet buttery fats that make milk the ultimate skin softener. Available in vibrant Blueberry or Nectar fragrances, each vintage-style glass mug provides eight deep-tub baths. $28 for 16 oz jar
Backstage Beauty Tips

Learn the 26 tricks we picked up from top hair, makeup and nail pros

Backstage Beauty Tips

We asked hair, makeup and nail artists backstage at Fashion Week for their best kept secrets. Read on to find tips that will help add a little runway glamour to your signature style.

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Total Beauty Web Tour

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog had another Manic Monday and two readers will have a FLABuLESS day by winning FLABuLESS shapewear. Enter now to be FLABuLESS in the skin you're in!

Alison of the Advice Sisters has discovered Tooth Soap, a cool way to clean your mouth and actually have fun, doing it!

Viva Woman finds out if green tea can help with slimming.

Beauty Anonymous reviews Shiseido's Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara.

Georgia at Neon Bible lists her favourite Beauty Products under $10.00.

Beauty411 shares her recommendations for the Best Winter Lip Treatments!

Face Candy shows you how to get Gossip Girl Style for less.

At Fabulous Over Forty see what Beauty on a Budget product Hollywood stars loved at Sundance.

The Makeup Divas reviews Smashbox's Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder.

Could you use $25 to buy whatever you want on Beauty Junkies Unite is giving away a $25 eGift Certificate!

Win a 12-piece brush collection from More than a Pretty Face and Beauty Strokes!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews a mineral foundation unlike any other she has used before. Read about it here!

MissWhoever You Are reviews the new Kiss My Face SOS collection and SIX lucky readers will have a chance to win three glosses. What are you waiting for?!!Head on over there now!!

Boutique Flair reviews Dea Bella Eyelash Conditioner. Did it live up to its lofty claim of more beautiful lashes in 2-8 weeks and is it worth $150 per tube? Click here to find out!

Beauty Blvd. has a new GIVEAWAY! Win the entire Kiss My Face SOS Collection! That's 6 lip shimmers and 6 glosses!

Calling all Curls! AHS is giving away a bottle of Curls new Curl Gel-les'c just tell me why you have the most envious curls! Enter to WIN!

Lipstick Addict makes a review on Magic Lips Sunblock with SPF25 It's a steal for less than $2 dollars!

Feel like you need a little lovin'? Beauty Beast has all the details on the limited edition Valentine's Day goodies from LUSH

CaliforniaCosmetics shows you how to Step Into Spring with details from the new Coach 2009 Spring Shoe Collection.

eye4style is giving away $189 worth of Wei East skincare! Have you entered the giveaway yet?

Glossypink scopes out some gorgeous spring beauty trends straight from the runway!

This weekend is your last chance to enter to win an Anastasia Highlight Brow Kit from the girls at Beauty in Real Life. Click here to enter.

I Heart Heels has the scoop on a celeb fav: Mary Norton clutches!

Looking for your love potion? Get ready for Valentine's Day - The Beauty Blog reviews The Top Ten Most Romantic Perfumes.

Did you know that the original creator of Bare Minerals has another very popular mineral makeup? Mineral Makeup Reviews reviews Colorescience Mineral Makeup.

Suzanne at RN Guide to Skin Care discusses the Best Facial Cleanser.

Hot Beauty Health shares with you 6 beauty items a Gal just can't live without.

Butterfly Diary reviews Ojon's organic new Batana Collection.

It's Don't Need No Credit Card To Ride This Train week at Beauty Blogging Junkie! Click here to find out what products under $10 Amber recommends for recessionistas everywhere.

Enter to win a gift bag from the Sundance Film Festival at Makeup Bag.

Phantom Goddess shows you how and where to get fabulous discounts on makeup at Phantom Goddess's Beauty Obsessions.

This week, Spoiled Pretty is hosting three amazing giveaways. Enter to win Benefit's new CORALista blush, China Glaze's Romantique nail polish collection, and a Sundance Film Festival beauty swag bag!

The Jet Set Girlsreview the Sally Hershberger Face Place in New York City.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Kiehl’s Since 1851 introduces four new colors to the “Simply Mahvelous” range, with names inspired by Kiehl’s home of New York .

· East Village Vibe: Rich creamy milk chocolate tone
· Lights on Broadway: Earthy rose tone with light shimmer
· Mahvelous Mauve: Creamy medium soft plum tone
· New York Nude: Medium sand dune tone

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Total Beauty Web Tour!

Total Beauty Web Tour

Viva Woman found out that extra virgin olive oil is perfect for moisturizing dry hands!

Beauty411 checks out the new Fekkai Salon Color. Will this at-home haircolor make the cut?

Beauty Secrets Revealed shares the Easiest DIY Blackhead Removal Recipe

Nur @ I Love Looking Good thinks The Body Shop Cheek Bloom in Desert Rose is very pretty.

Makeup Bag went to the Sundance Film Festival! Check out all the celebrity sightings and tips on how to recreate their makeup looks at Makeup Bag.

Beauty Anonymous brings you Givenchy Spring 2009 Limited-edition Collection.

It's time to do it yourself! Head on over to Makeup Files and learn how to give yourself a French manicure from the comfort of your fabulous home.

You are personally invited by CaliforniaCosmetics to the Origins Youthtopia Facial Event! Complimentary facials, refreshments, gifts, and a chance to win a giveaway prize worth $177.00!!

Beauty Junkies Unite goes a little retro in the haircare department. Does Aussie haircare still have it like they did back then?

Beauty's SPOT dyes her hair down there with BettyBeauty. Who doesn't want paraben-free, amonium-free, hair dye for their who-ha?

I Heart Heels is in love with Cat Cosmetics, created by One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland. Read the interview here!

The Makeup Divas tells you about three high performing hair products that will keep your color/highlighted hair looking it's best.

Fabulous Over Forty tests Maybelline XXL Volume and Length mascara. See if it meets or exceeds her expectations.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares her love of a new product that is keeping her hair in fabulous condition! Find out what it is!

Alison of the Advice Sisters is really trying to exercise and eat healthy, but just in case that fails, she's discoveredother ways to slim your shape, instantly!

Indian Girl has the best frizz control product for the cast of LOST and a Giveaway for you !

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog had another Manic Monday and is giving away a necklace valued at $200. Enter now!

Get Softlips in time for Valentine's Day Enter the GIVEAWAY to win free Softlips PURE.

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having another giveaway. Click here for your chance to win an Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit!

Michelle Obama Wears a Yellow Dress by Isabel Toledo & Inaugural Ball Gown Designed by Jason Wu-by Talking Makeup!

The Beauty Alchemiststrong> shows swatched and photos of Guerlain Spring 09 collection

eye4style kisses problem skin goodbye with the new exfoliating cleanser from Kiss My Face. Check out her review here!

Want to win a great Softlips prize pack? Bare Budget Beauty is giving you the chance to win one!
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Beauty Blogging Junkie interviewed LOST's makeup artist Emily Katz. Click here to find out how she creates and a natural looking "island look" and keeps the ladies of LOST shine-free on-set!

Boutique Flair reviews something you can plan your outfit, hair and makeup around! You'll be a trendsetting fashionista if you win this set of bracelets from 1928 Jewelry! Good luck!

Glossypink has incorporated oil into her cleansing routine--how about you?

Blaq Vixen Beauty recently had an opportunity to review the best tweezers in the cosmetic industry ! Find out why On-Makeup Magazine boasted these tweezers as a "comprehensive and beautifully crafted collection."

Spoiled Pretty is hosting two amazing giveaways this week: five winners will receive a Freeze 24-7 Jet Set Travel Kit and three lucky ladies will win a lotta good hair days, thanks to No Frizz by Living Proof.

Partied too hard? Drank too much wine? Got puffy eyes? ThisThatBeauty says TRY THIS!!!

Hot Beauty Health reveals how to get smooth and healthy skin on a tight budget.

Beauty Am Eye discovers face wipesthat will banish breakouts!

makeup loves me shares her secret to making her (dyed) red hair stay red!

Friday, January 23, 2009


This Valentine’s Day, indulge in the latest With Love, Michael Kors set. The set includes three different interpretations of the Michael Kors fragrance and is available at Bloomingdales, Macys and Michael Kors Boutiques starting in February for a mere $40.00. The fabulous trio of scents (detailed below)come in chic 0.2oz /6ml rollerballs, beautifully dressed in a glossy white box with a chic cut out heart. The convenient rollerballs are travel-friendly, ideal to wear everyday and everywhere, and all the rage in the fragrance world at the moment.

Michael Kors Very Pretty Eau de Parfum – Intense sparkling citrus and drenched coconut meshed with sheer white florals add a touch of femininity. Sensual vetiver and lush sandalwood create a sophisticated balance, resulting in an indulgent floral interpretation of the original Michael Kors fragrance.

Michael Kors Eau de Parfum – The first fragrance from Michael Kors re-invents the iconic tuberose. Balanced with spices, sensual woods and exotic incense, Michael Kors Eau de Parfum is a modern, luxurious, sensual fragrance.

Michael Kors Eau de Toilette – A luminous, lighter way to wear the original signature Michael Kors fragrance. The concentration of the rich, creamy florals enhanced by sensual woods and incense has been softened, resulting in a beautiful new interpretation of classic tuberose.

SS09 At South Moon Under

Remember when I went wild and bough my entire work wardrobe for Fashion Week at South Moon Under? Yes I know the gals there were so lovely and helpful. Now they are debuting their Spring Summer 09 selections and I want well almost everything.
8 Worst Hair Shampoos

Be kind to your hair. Avoid these.

8 Worst Hair Shampoos

Before you fall for promising packaging, see why readers gave these shampoos a thumbs down

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No. 8: Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo, $16 average member rating: 4.4*

No. 8: Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo, $16

"It does have a funny smell and my hair doesn't feel clean after use."

No. 7: PHYTO PhytoSpecific Optimal Hydration Shampoo, $24 average member rating: 4.3*

No. 7: PHYTO PhytoSpecific Optimal Hydration Shampoo, $24

"For the cost you can buy another better shampoo; it's just not worth it."

No. 6: Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar, $5.99 average member rating: 4.2*

No. 6: Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar, $5.99

"It was pretty difficult to get enough lather to completely get my hair clean, and I ended up in the shower for way longer than I wanted to be."

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Michelle Obama's Beauty Secrets

From her volume-packed bob hairstyles to her radiant skin, photos and tips on recreating the first lady's looks

Michelle Obama's Beauty Secrets

Read these pro tips on how to make her best looks, from her inauguration 'do to her pre-campaign glow, work for you.

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One Reader's Weight-Loss Pep Talk

Why losing weight is so hard and gaining weight is so easy

One Reader's Weight-Loss Pep Talk

You just went away for the weekend and you came back to find that you gained five pounds over the course of three days. In your disbelief, you quickly curse the Weight Gods for being so cruel. Sound familiar? This was me last weekend. This inspired me to discuss the seemingly unbalanced equation of weight gain vs. weight loss, the facts that surround the issue and how losing the five pounds feels so much harder than gaining them:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Egg-White Facial Soap Courtesy of The Soap Opera

Chuck and Chuck, the cheerful proprietors of The Soap Opera, never fail to surprise me with their ingenious product selections. Hand picking the finest natural products from countries near and far and often European, The Soap Opera provides a truly magical beauty experience. If you are not lucky enough to call Madison, Wisconsin home, you can visit their virtual outpost to purchase their new Egg White Facial Soap from Sweden.

Before there was "product", Swedish women maintained, and still do, some of the most beautiful complexions in the world. How? Egg white facials at home. Work up a good lather with this rich egg white soap, let it sit a bit on the face. Impurities are drawn from the skin naturally. Rose water adds softness.

Soapmasters to the Royal Swedish Crown , this family owned Victoria Scandinavian of Helsingborg has been producing fine soaps in Sweden for over 100 years. Soaps are produced with original formulas that date back to the 1800's and each fine soap is hand pressed in antique molds and presented in vintage print boxes. Loves it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Betty Beauty: paraben-free, amonium-free hair dye for your who-ha.

More than a year ago our dear friends, who we'll call 'the beauty insiders,' introduced us to bettybeauty: hair dye for the hair down there. The beauty insiders are always way ahead of their time. We tend to be more traditional.

"Planet-friendly pink pubic hair dye?... The freaks will love it!" was our immediate reaction. Our second reaction was, 'Hope it stays in business until we start seeing grey down there and can use the brown color cause I am never putting anything hot pink near my who-ha." But the beauty insiders begged, pleaded, and, eventually offered us Auburn.

Today is a rare snow day here in North Carolina. We cooked. We caught up on looming, needy emails and organizational tasks. We watched the inauguration. We cried for Obama and applauded Michele's style. And we dyed our pubic hair auburn.

Being of Italian descent something as playful as deep dark rich red has never been anywhere near that neighborhood. Now we can't figure out why we waited so long. This is tremendous fun, simple, body-image altering, and every woman should try it. If however you count yourself as a member of the grey-hair-down-there club, we assume you will read that 'should' as a 'must.'

Bettybeauty was created by the same singular Renaissance woman Nancy Jarecki who also happens to be the creative inspiration behind the E! network, several films, and a soon to be published book on facing adversity. Her husband also invented moviefone so we love her several times over. In case dying your hair down there sounds too odd, challenging, or simply unnecessary I'll provide detailed, calming information below and also ask you, when was the last time you made yourself into a new woman? Betty is the first step. I don't know how I ever lived without it!

contents: Each color kit contains no-drip hair dye made with natural ingredients, tray, customized application wand, spatula, gloves and easy to follow instructions.

usage: betty™ color kits include everything you need to lighten and color! BLACK/BROWN betty™ are a one step process. BLONDE/AUBURN/FUN and specialty colors are two steps (first the special conditioning lightener and then color). And betty™ works on even the darkest of hair! BLONDE/AUBURN betty™ lets you choose three shades of color to create a perfect match.

applications: Each betty™ kit contains 2+ applications (depending on how much hair). Left over color can be used to boost hair, if necessary. betty™ covers gray and lasts about 4-6 weeks. betty™ also works great on eyebrows and for touching up roots. Men love to use betty™ for chest and facial hair.

safety: All betty™ products are safe. betty’s specially formulated no-drip hair dyes were created in consultation with a toxicologist. betty™ is made with natural ingredients and special conditioners for that sensitive area. Unlike other hair dyes, betty™ products are ammonia and paraben free.

where betty is sold: Award-winning betty™ has also become one of the most popular beauty products both domestically and internationally. betty™ is selling well geographically from Canada to Pakistan - Ohio to Oregon as well as in 20 countries and all 50 states. All betty™ products are available at salons/spas, and at

Beauty's Fashion: Nordie's Catalogue - How I Covet Thee.

Every season when the Nordstrom catalogue arrives it is our tradition to earnestly study each page and select one item worth coveting, possibly even saving for. This season, because of the equisite nature of our selection we've decided to share. Also if you do not already recieve the graphicly stunning revelation, you can sign up for the free catalogue (and an endless coffee cup rumination) here.

Dooney & Bourke 'Flowers - Medium Cindy' Tote
Bright and beautiful, life-like flowers pattern a roomy tote fashioned with lightly hued leather trim. Slip-bridge closure with interior snaps. Interior zip and cell phone pockets; key clip. Coated cotton with leather trim.

Superbowl, Super-cool.

My girlfriends and I celebrating the Superbowl with a homemade pink football cake, pigtails, and wings. However if you are lucky enough to live near a Bliss spa you don't have to get quite so ridiculous to girl-ify your big plans for the big day. On Sunday February 1 you are in for a bevy of brilliant blissfull treats! Go team!

Ted Gibson Opens D.C. Outpost, Styles Inauguration Celebs!

I don't think I could have woken up to better news. On Monday, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson opened the doors to his Washington-area salon, located at The Collection in Chevy Chase, Md. Chevy Chase happens to be directly in the middle of the two houses I call home up north. Ever Since I met Ted I have been dying to let him work his magic on my hair but had trouble justifying a trip to New York just for a haircut. D.C. however is on my agenda at least once every two months. Girls, I have finally finally found my man.

On opening day, the 24-chair, 4,000-square-foot salon was visited by actress Anne Hathaway and actress/R&B singer Tatyana Ali. Best known for her role as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Ali lent her voice to Obama’s presidential campaign song, “Yes We Can.”

Monday, January 19, 2009

Kiehl’s Since 1851: Portable Essence Oils A Lower East Side Love Potion

This month’s exciting new fragrance launch from Kiehl’s Since 1851 is their Portable Essence Oils. This new fragrance concept for Kiehl’s digs deep into their 158-year-old history to re-introduce essences that were formulated in the original Kiehl’s pharmacy in New York ’s East Village decades ago. These are vintage fragrances with a modern twist, and like all Kiehl’s products, are appropriate for men and women--they’d be ideal Valentine’s Day gifts to give or get, for the ladies and gents.

When the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy was founded in 1851, it quickly developed a reputation for supplying New York’s eclectic citizenry with some of the most inspired fragrant blends, among them Money Drawing Oil, Attraction Oil, and Purity Oil. Customers of the East Village neighborhood apothecary sought after these uniquely customized fragrances – adopting the belief that their personal essences were capable of bringing luck or enhancing charisma.

In fact, the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy developed a reputation among New York ’s eclectic downtown crowd for some of the most original scents of the day. Many of Kiehl’s essences have been beloved by customers, staff – even fans – the world over, and the New York apothecary is delighted to re-introduce these most popular essences collected over the years. These “cult classics” are shrouded in myth surrounding its origins. Kiehl’s lore has it that Musk – the first essence oil created and still most beloved by customers – was formulated in the early 1920s by a relative of Kiehl’s founding family, an actual Russian prince! The legend of Kiehl’s Original Musk Oil says that the formulation was deemed “too sensual” for the times and was stashed away in a vat labeled “Love Potion” in the basement – in the deep, dark recesses of the Kiehl’s Pharmacy at 109 Third Avenue in New York City. The vat was not opened again until 1958, at which time a store renovation took place, and was finally introduced to Kiehl’s customers for the first time in 1963. Because of the popularity and richness of the Original Musk Oil, customers over the years created many personal blends around Musk, with essences as varied as Cucumber, Grapefruit and Vanilla. Vanilla was also a favorite base for blends, and creations using Vanilla with Grapefruit, Coriander, and Amber provided unique fragrant effects on the skin.

About the turn of the last century, Kiehl’s was concocting many different essences – 122 to be exact – that were blended by hand in front of customers. In addition to the initial launch of Musk, Coriander, Vanilla and Grapefruit, Kiehl’s will also offer six more fragrances in the coming months. The following details the first four essences and their place in Kiehl’s fragrant history:

MUSK 1921
This is Kiehl’s first essence oil and still today, most beloved by customers who often refer to it as the Original Love Oil. The use of musk dates back more than 1,300 years when it was used by rulers of early Chinese dynasties for its herbal medicinal properties. Until the late 19th century, the natural musk was used extensively in perfumery until economic and ethical reasons motivated the adoption of synthetic musk, which are used almost exclusively today.

Coriander was first used at the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy as medicinal oil for its soothing and healing properties. This aromatic stimulant and spice has been cultivated for over 3,000 years and used by the Egyptians as an aphrodisiac. Known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, Coriander is considered both an herb and a spice, since both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning condiment.

Many Kiehl’s customers have shared their layering suggestions over the years, but an overwhelming majority mix Vanilla with Musk. Originally cultivated by Pre-Colombian Mesoamerican peoples, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with introducing both the vanilla spice and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s. The Spanish and Portuguese sailors and explorers brought vanilla into Africa and Asia in the 16th century.

A customer favorite for decades, Grapefruit delights Kiehl’s customers with its fresh and citrusy scent. Grapefruit was first described on Barbados in 1750 and was also called the forbidden fruit because it was seized upon by those searching for the identity of the original tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.

.23 oz., $25; on-counter: January 2009
Best Hair and Makeup from the 2009 Golden Globes

See all the glamorous looks and learn how to easily recreate them at home

Best Hair and Makeup from the 2009 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are a great way to kick off awards season. We love watching stars like Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez get all glammed up. But who says these styles are just for the red carpet? Not us. Use our tips to recreate these hair and makeup looks for yourself. (No reason celebrities should be the only ones looking fab.) Bonus: There was only one major hairstyle disaster of the night -- can you guess who? See her photo revealed at the end.

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Find Your Best Pink Lip Color

Take this quiz to discover the ideal pink gloss or lipstick for you - mwah

Find Your Best Pink Lip Color

Makeup artists John Fussell and Jane McKay both agree that pink is a youthful, healthy color that can look great on everyone. But like red, pink takes on many intensities and undertones, so before you shell out more dough for this trend, take the quiz to find out which shades were made for you.

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Pros Spill Their Top 15 Secret Beauty Weapons

They can't make models look hot without these products -- you shouldn't live without them either

Pros Spill Their Top 15 Secret Beauty Weapons

Models are born gorgeous but even they need help from beauty pros to look picture perfect. We got the scoop on the key products their makeup artists and hair stylists can't work without. Make sure these secret weapons are in your beauty stash.

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