L de Lubin perfume

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Love Match

Marry a distinctive scent (in this case, a heady mix of gardenia, Egyptian jasmine, iris, lily, and sandalwood) with a boudoir-worthy bottle (gentle curves and a resin cap that's cut and polished by hand) and you get L de Lubin, from the venerable Paris fragrance house. Wear it and captivate!

$150 for 100 milliliters; BeautyHabit.com
Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner

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More Than Meets the Eye

At first glance, Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner looks like a typical eyeliner in a pot. But a closer look reveals a mini brush hidden inside the cap; after you pull it out, the brush's base then snaps back into the cap to create a handle almost as long as that of a full-size brush. The creamy gel glides on smoothly, and the waterproof pigments (in black, brown, charcoal, and plum) don't smudge. Proof that sometimes what you see is not all of what you get. —Anne Chapas, MD, New York City Dermatologist

$10; drugstores

Gud body wash

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Brand News

With no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals, it's all Güd! The folks who bring you Burt's Bees have introduced a comprehensive new line of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, body butter, hand wash, hand cream, and a body mist in four unique scents. Our favorite: the body wash in Orange Petalooza, scented with a tantalizing mix of blood orange, pomelo, green tea, rose, and hyacinth.

$7; GudProducts.com
Perlier Ultra-Rejuvenating Body Butter

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More from the Department of Softness: This semisolid body moisturizer is 50 percent organic shea butter. But the main reason I'm using it is that its scent—a delicate coconut-vanilla—instantly reminds me of white sandy beaches; warm, tropical sunshine; and swaying palms. —Val Monroe

Perlier Ultra-Rejuvenating Body Butter, $30; HSN.com
Vaseline Lip Therapy

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Good Things, Small Packages

Sometimes—what with all the new! new! new!—I want a bit of old-fashioned simplicity. So I was delighted to receive a miniature package containing a cute little tub of Vaseline Lip Therapy. I immediately threw it in my bag (an undainty sack big enough to tote a gallon-size tub, but whatever) and now have the perfect carry-around solution for winter-chapped lips. —Val Monroe

Vaseline Lip Therapy, $1; Walmart