Tata Harper Aromatic Perfumes

I'm hard pressed to find lasting clean fragrances, but Tata Harper's line of "aromatic treatments" fit the bill. They all last through a 9-5, and are refreshingly unique. Her Love Potion has been a repeat buy for me, I can't get enough of its lady-like, violet scent.

But this trio was her first foray into fragrance, and they're all really good:

  • The Stress Treatment has a piercingly green, herbal scent (think geranium and lemongrass). A dab on the forearms and pulse points elevates a yoga session to a supremely indulgent aromatherapy experience.
  • The Irritability Treatment acts more like a complex perfume. It's most similar to the Love Potion, with warm woods, powdery notes and a mellow spicy heart. This one, (unlike the Love Potion), however, reads unisex. I wear it in the morning to ward off an encroaching bad attitude particularly when I've slept in, my house is a mess, I can't find any clean socks, my daughter hid my cellphone and I'm running late to work. Upon first whiff, I swear I feel better about everything. If you're not sure which to start with, I recommend this one.
  • The Bedtime Treatment is incredibly relaxing and comforting, with milky notes of chamomile and muted lavender. This one I wore it while in labor at the hospital, and the scent lingered for hours. The nurses kept complimenting me on it whenever they walked into the room even the next day, and now months later,  my olfactory memory bank has the sweetest associations with this fragrance.

Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir & Red Flower Little Candle Set: Two more Credo Beauty finds for gift giving inspiration

You know when a skincare item is constantly selling out, it must be really good. Such is the case with Beuti Skincare's Beauty Sleep Elixir, the (right now) sole product offered from this UK based line. This is an oil based anti-inflammatory serum that has none of the slipperiness or weight of a typical oil, so anyone who's afraid of oil will find this to function more like the serums they're accustomed to. Comprised of 14 anti aging plant ingredients (camellia oil, chia seed oil, seabuckthorn oil...) it also has some relatively unusual inclusions, like bitter cherry seed oil, strawberry seed oil, and sea whip extract–which is derived from Caribbean coral. (which I've confirmed to be sustainably resourced, only the tips of the coral are used, leaving the rest of the coral in tact and able to regrow). Sea whip extract is said to be particularly effective at quelling inflammation, which is the hallmark benefit of this bottle. In fact, they even suggest using this as a spot treatment for deflating acne spots.

A little goes a long way, and it's a nice change to have a facial oil deliver hydration that actually lasts throughout the day. (I've started keeping a bottle of Tata Harper's roll on facial oil in my bag because my cheeks become uncomfortably paper-dry during this winter months). The title suggests this being primarily used at night, but it's fantastic layered under SFP and doesn't interfere with foundation, blush or powder longevity. I'd suggest this for anyone dealing with acne, sensitive skin, premature aging, sunburn or recovering from laser therapy. Fun fact: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton) is said to be a fan.

I'm hard pressed to find someone who doesn't appreciate a well made, scented candle, but I'm also hard pressed to find one that actually scents the room, versus delivering a feeble 2" radius of fragrance. Not the case with Red Flower, their ubiquitous candles are sensory experiences. Their little glass gems with simple names (Indian Jasmine, French Lavender...)  belie unexpectedly complicated, rich and layered fragrances. If a candle can give off a cerebral olfactory effect, this would be it.

Plus I'm looking forward to repurposing these tiny beakers for mini succulent and air plant terrariums on my desk. 

Break apart this box for stocking stuffers or deliver this to a worthy recipient, it's like a box of chocolates but so much better.