Top 10 Food-Based Beauty Gifts: If You Get Desperate, You Can Eat Your Make-Up
A gold candy-style box contains six faux "chocolate bar" palettes for eyes, cheeks and lips with annoyingly named colors like Ooh La La Vanilla (nude eye shadow palette), Caramel Love Affair (golden eye shadow palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (smoky eye shadow palette), Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate (cream eye liner palette) and Indulge in Berry Kisses (cheek and lip tint palette). Hmmm, we wonder what would happen if you rubbed See's on your face?
5. Bliss "you butter watch out" body butter trio:
Like compound butter for your skin (except the butter is of the "shea" variety), the set includes lemon + sage, blood orange + white pepper and raspberry sparkling champagne scents (be forewarned: the latter contains mica "sparkles").
4. Zaja Naturals Handmade Confections perfume oils and solid perfumes:
In Love Chocolate, Pumpkin Icing and Vanilla Apricot. Sounds vile, right? But these perfumes are made from essential oils and are vegan and paraben- and alcohol-free. The chocolate scent is mixed with vanilla and bitter orange, so you won't smell like a Hershey bar. The pumpkin perfume is described as "earthy sweet" with a "well-balanced blend of clove, nutmeg, allspice and ginger, and just the right amount of cinnamon." Vanilla Apricot is said to be "a fresh, fruity fragrance consisting of jackfruit, apricot, and tropical papaya with a drydown of sweet, sugary vanilla." If you are unconvinced, you can get a sample vial for $2.50. The company also makes beer-based soaps.
3. Level Naturals sugar scrubs:
Level Naturals makes everything in their all-natural, vegan, gluten-, paraben- and cruelty-free ("we only test on ourselves and our friends") line by hand at The Brewery artists' colony. They also try to keep GMOs out of their ingredients and support heirloom plants. Virtually everything Level makes is fruit- and/or herb-scented, from their coffee, blood orange and peppermint sugar scrubs to their bath bombs, which come in grapefruit bergamot and lemon ginger sage, among other scents. You could actually eat most of their products. But better to use them in the tub, because they wouldn't taste very good.
2. Santa Maria Novella:
A skincare and perfume line for the food-based beauty products aficionado who is also a history buff. The pharmacy opened to the public in 1612. In 1866 the Officina Farmaceutica passed into private hands. But today's procedures follow the founding fathers' traditions (and sometimes the original recipes). Production is limited and meticulously controlled. Only high-quality natural ingredients are used. Some examples: the main ingredient of Hair Honey Cream is organic honey from the company's own beehives. The Almond Paste (for hands) consists of almonds (plus egg yolks, grape seed oil and virgin beeswax). Rice Powder, their facial powder, is a blend of rice starch and talc. The Herb & Mint Water is said to use an original recipe that was already famous in Dante's time. You know, Dante of The Inferno. How cool is that.