Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

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It takes a lot of time and thought – sometimes more than we have – to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. Make it easy on yourself and ask yourself one question: Would I like to be on the receiving end of this gift?  I ask myself this question with every gift I give and by doing so, I am sharing a piece of myself.

Below are my Top 10 Holiday Gifts Ideas that are sure to please any and everyone.  From my favourite exclusive beauty cult classics to unique gift items that will surprise even those who have everything, Etiket is the perfect place to find that special something – and maybe you will spoil yourself in the process.

Sara Happ Lip Scrub & Lip Slip

I am a lip balm junkie! I have tried them all and I have come to the conclusion that Sara Happ Lip Slip tops the list as the best! This most decadent lip care line from Los Angeles, includes products developed by Sara Happ who saw a need in the market to look after and exfoliate the lips. The products include: Lip Scrubs in delicious flavours and the famous Lip Slip.


Book: Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Exclusive Perfumeries

The luxurious world of perfume is a new and budding passion for me this year. While I am still discovering my inner nose, there is a lot to learn about this fascinating industry. Cult Perfumes is the first book to explore the most exclusive boutique perfumeries producing some of the world’s most captivating scents. Williams goes behind the scenes at each perfumery to interview the perfumers and explore the evolution of the company, the ethos behind the brand, and its signature scents. With a concise illustrated introduction to the history of perfume-making and features on iconic perfumes, future cult classics, and the so-called ‘noses’ who keep the brands attuned to today’s popular scents, Cult Perfumes will be as alluring to lovers and collectors of perfume as the fragrances it presents.


Atelier Cologne Soaps

Nothing quite says luxury than gorgeous scented soaps! Atelier Soaps are hard-milled, vegetable based and enriched with a unique combination of  soothing aloe vera and nourishing Shea butter.  A high concentration of citrus oils offer a clean, refreshing and invigorating experience with a skin softening frothy lather!

Penhaigon’s Travel Atomizer 

An essential perfume accessory, this handy 4ml travel atomizer makes it possible for me to take my favourite perfume with me, wherever I go and makes the perfect gift for any glob trotter on your list!


Juniper Sling Bath & Shower Gel

 Juniper Sling is an intoxicating new fragrance inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin. Created for Penhaligon’s by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp, Juniper Sling is a playful, chilled and mysterious homage to the Bright Young Things of London’s roaring twenties.  This bath & shower gel produces a rich lather and contains gentle ingredients to help leave skin feeling soft and refreshed. Perfect for him or her!

ETRO Helitrope Candle

In the language of magic, heliotrope flowers bring the truth to light, opening doors and removing obstacles that reveal self-worth and self-assurance. Blended with vanilla, heliotrope produces an infusion of vitality that is as fragrant as a cream cake and as luminous as a Mediterranean dawn. Strong almonds combined with the spicy fragrance of coumarin sharpen the perceptions, creating the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. This is the candle that I can guarantee will not be re-gifted. It is gorgeous!


Molecule 01 EDT Travel Spray with 30ml Alloy Case

One of my favourite scents this year is one that my partner and I share because it works on any and everyone’s skin. Molecule 01 is the second scent in the Escentric Molecules series and sister to Escentric 01. Molecule 01 contains only the aroma chemical Iso E Super which makes it less a scent than a subtle, velvety effect that ebbs and flows on the skin. The wearer may not even be aware of it on themselves but they will notice its almost pheromonic effect on those around them. A truly fascinating fragrance with notes of sandalwood and cedar for either men or women. The 30ml version comes in an atomizer bottle. The ‘Alloy Case’ version is packaged in a lightweight brushed metal case.

Goa India Gold Detox Facial Mud Mask

My latest discovery! An exotic mud mask  and aromatherapy treatment I use as a mini escape from everyday life. This mud mask is a potent exfoliant and powerful detox mud mask. The clay opens pores to expel unwanted oil and dirt and brings out new and youthful looking skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Penhaligon’s Heritage Lid and Base

The finishing touch to any classic candle! This silver-plated lid and base makes a beautiful accessory for any of Penhaligon’s standard classic candles. Accented with silver bow detail on the lid, this is an effortless way to spruce up candles.


Etiket E-Gift Card

Every now and then one person on my gift list stumps me, or I just cannot decide on this gift or that. My solution is the Etiket E-Gift Card! Share the gift of beauty, fragrance, candles or…. the possibilities are endless.

Natalie Cola
Beauty Editor, The Etiket Insider

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