You can't walk into Sephora or the drugstore without bumping into some sort of beauty oil these days. Yes, they can be fantastic, but pure oil products aren't for everyone. That said, I realized recently that a bunch of the products that are currently in active rotation in my bathroom contain some sort of oil. Coincidence? Maybe, but there's a lot of good cosmetic chemistry alchemy happening lately in products for hair, face and body. These oil-containing beauties are rich and feel protective, and yet aren't greasy. Here are the 10 I'm loving as winter takes its time turning into spring.
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Today in Weird Beauty Products: Candy that Makes You Smell Like Perfume
Beauty products are all about multi-tasking these days. Lipstick with SPF. Eye cream with attached undereye concealer. The next big thing that may be hitting your cosmetics counter? Candy that turns into perfume. An American ingredients company and a Bulgarian candy company got together to make candy that will make you smell like roses. It’s a different mechanism than what happens when you eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup and everyone knows you just ate it. This candy, called Deo Perfume Candy, contains geraniol, the source of the scent. It works just like garlic; you eat it and there’s a chemical there that can’t be digested, so it leaks out through your pores. Geraniol is an ingredient found naturally in a lot of essential oils, like rose oil, citronella, and lemon. It has a rosy scent and is commonly used in perfumes. Oh, and it has been shown to repel mosquitos (bonus!) and potentially attract honey bees (eek!). Unfortunately, the candy will not taste like chocolate and make you smell like Chanel No.5.
10 Travel Beauty Products You Need This Holiday Season
Just in time for the season of planes, trains and automobiles, we tracked down the most convenient, multi-tasking and -- more importantly, easily portable -- beauty products.
New in Beauty: Six Fun Products to Try
We’ve managed to amass quite a pile of beauty awesomeness on our desks over the last few weeks, so we sorted through it all and picked out the best of the bunch to share with you. These products have absolutely nothing in common other than: 1) they’re new 2) they’re fabulous. From the top of your head, to the tips of your fingers, there are lots of new things to try this month. Click through to see the treasures we found.
Shocking News: New Study Shows That Beauty Ads Can Make You Feel Bad About Yourself
Whether you think the beauty industry is full of artifice and false hope, or believe it provides legitimate services and products, there is definitely a psychological component. While trying to maintain a firm sense of objectivity and logic, I still sort of fall into the latter camp. I think mascara is a miracle product that makes you look instantly awake and younger. And retinoids work. But there’s a lot of gray area, and this is where beauty ads come in. Their sole purpose is to convince you that you NEED something, that your looks could be improved. This Sunday the New York Times style section reviewed a new study from The Journal of Consumer Research wherein the authors observed the reactions of young women after they looked at a series of images and advertisements. There were a few surprises. The women looked at advertising and plain images of products, without any human models--just pictures of bottles and tubes with ad copy. The products were divided into two categories: beauty enhancing (like perfume) and problem solving (such as acne cream).