It’s impossible to smell like a daisy when it’s 100 degrees in the desert.
You try, right? A shower in the morning, you’re feeling good. Then, working out and running errands in your car because it’s so much easier to get your stuff done all at once and then go home!! Before you know it, you’re sitting in a den of hot and sweaty and smelly. So, I was so excited to find these fragranced body sprays at Walgreens, ranging in price from $6.99 to $11.49. (I’m highly partial to the Ariana Grande Moonlight)
I not only spritz it all over before heading into the Tucson oven, but then pop one into my bag for touchups. Just have to say, highly effective!
I recently saw this Lunar Makeup Primer listed in an article about the best things to buy on Amazon–that if you’re not buying, it’s not even worth being a Prime member. I don’t think it’s an official, verified list, but interesting to read just the same! This oil-free serum, made in England, is only $10 and has a nice 4-star rating among 69 reviews. I mean, at that price, you can’t not buy it! It’s very light, hydrating and has become the product I love to smear on my face before applying the full camouflage.
As the hours tick away this Cyber Monday, here’s one little luxury buy for you or a cherished friend. Perfumier Jo Malone makes these adorable Christmas crackers ($48) and ornaments ($35) with little miniature versions of the brand’s coveted perfumes and creams. This is definitely a gift I would like to open on Christmas Eve! You can find them online at Nordstrom and Sephora, but you have to buy them now because they sell out weeks before the big day. Did you know Duchess Kate is a huge fan of the Orange Blossom cologne? She perfumed the entire Westminster Abbey with Orange Blossom Jo Malone candles on her wedding day. A bit of trivia…
Tracy Conklin loves everything about making soap. It wasn’t until her husband stopped her from hauling inside a five-gallon bucket of oil–“Honey, what are we going to do with all this soap?” –that she decided she would try selling it. So, she did. And now, after years of selling the luxe, desert-infused, cold-process creations at street fairs, the master soap maker is now a staple next to Embellish Home Etc. at La Plaza Shoppes, Artemesia Soaps, Salts & Scrubs.
“I just love that you start with a fatty acid and a base and you end up with this beautiful bar,” says Conklin, whose artfully scented soaps, with names like Saguaro Blossom and Desert Rain aim to capture the elusive essence of her desert home. The bars are as visually striking as they are addictive to smell and touch, with rugged edges, textured swirls and modern blocks of color while her girly, rustic packaging and modern website flaunt her roots as a savvy graphic designer.
The craft-loving Conklin owes her passion to a professional soap making class she took at the once-world famous Snowdrift Farm Soap Supply Company, which used to draw eager apprentices from all over the globe to Tucson to learn the craft. She has since expanded her line to include lotions, shave balms, masks and botanical exfoliants. Artemesia will offer the perfect desert souvenirs for travelers as well as gift baskets for brides, birthdays, gifts, etc.