The Beauty Products that Are Helping Me Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Posted 11/19/10 at 03:11PM by Audrey Fine

Because I live near the beach in Southern California where it's pretty much warm and sunny all year round, it can be hard to get into right mindset for the holidays. After all, nothing says Santa like balmy 82-degree weather. So, over the years I've had to learn how to induce the holiday spirit for my family and me. How? With a little olfactory manipulation, of course.

Each year at about this time I break out my favorite holiday-scented products and they really do work to turn on the holiday cheer. Here are my faves for setting the scene. Do you have any? I'm always looking to broaden my horizons.

In our powder room: I swap out the regular hand cream for Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream Twisted Peppermint, $4. It not only smells divine (like crushed candy canes), but also provides fantastic moisture. My kids say it smells good enough to eat (I just hope they're not trying it.)

In my shower: Nothing smells more festive to me than gingerbread. The aroma of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg (that's what it smells like to me, anyway) evokes warm nights by the fire and The Gingerbread Man Scrub, $25 nails the scent perfectly. Plus the sea salt (which heats up as you rub -- very cool) leaves my skin feeling smooth as can be.

In my kids' bath: They're too young to scrub their skin (it's still naturally baby-soft) so they get to use Bella Lucce Gingerbread Crème Moisturizing Body Wash, $15. It, too, smells delish and the packaging is adorable. Plus, it really does a great job cleaning them up.

In the living room and foyer: Until we get our tree (typically the second week of December) I love putting a Diptyque Scented Candle in Pin, $68 in a couple of rooms. They smell like honest-to-God pine trees ("pin" means pine in French), but not in a fake, overwhelming way. And sure, $68 is a bunch to drop on a candle but they last super long and really do help set the mood and put a spring in my step.

Don't like spice-scented products? How about ones that leave you smelling like a cupcake?
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1-6 of 12 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 02:16pm

    Peppermind candles smell so good!

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/15/12 at 05:47pm

    I love anything peppermint and pretty much any Holiday Philosophy product to help me get in the spirit!

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  • Posted by AKGALnIowa on 09/13/11 at 02:53pm

    great love it :) but will never spend $68 on a candle! SORRY! :)

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 01:51am

    That candle is just gorgeous. And I love Bath & Body Works' seasonal fragrances, especially their holiday ones! :)

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 02:26pm

    mmm gingerbread!!

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  • Posted by makeupbyjanalyn on 02/13/11 at 01:07am

    o0o0o I love Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint too! I also love the smell of fresh baked cookies for Christmas, always puts me in the Christmas spirit!

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