While a large portion of the country spends their December, January, and February shivering in the cold, or looking out contemplatively through frosted windows at a wintry terrain, we Phoenix folk (and other Westerners) have a different view. Things are comparatively warmer, the sun is always shining, cacti are fruiting, and trees are bursting with citrusy goodness.
Yep. It's citrus season, ya'll, and around these parts the oranges, lemons, pomegranates, limes, and grapefruits are plentiful. So much so that, walking around my sweet little neighborhood, neighbors place baskets full of fruit near the gate for people to grab, and "Does anyone need oranges?!" mass emails aren't uncommon.
In celebration of citrus season, I'm sharing a roundup of invigorating, deliriously aromatic citrus beauty products.
thesis Citrus Grove Bath Salt And Body Scrub
Their Dead Sea Bath Salt in Citrus Grove ($22.95) is almost too pretty to use, but the second you get a whiff you feel instantly compelled to draw yourself a bath. For a dry product it smells incredibly juicy, and I just love the real bits of chamomile and calendula flowers integrated throughout. If you're more of a body scrub versus bath salt gal, try their Citrus Grove and Vanilla All Natural Body Scrub ($22.95), which sort of smells like an orange creamsicle and leaves skin super soft.
L'Occitane Verveine Body Salts Scrub
Every time I bury my nose in this jar of Verveine Body Salts Scrub by L'Occinate ($40), my mouth literally starts watering. It's a very wet body scrub, and incorporates pure verbena, orange, geranium, and lemon extract. The scent is truly invigorating and rich, so maybe save it for those days when you really need a pick-me-up and want to feel particularly fabulous post-bath.
Body Drench Stress Relief French Lime Basil Body Lotion
This "stress relieving" creamy body lotion by Body Drench ($11) is gently fragranced with lime and basil, an intoxicating combo that actually does sort of calm your nerves. It's definitely less "in your face" than some of the other citrusy goods on this list, which makes for less vigor and more relaxtion. I keep mine on my desk, the place where stress is most likely to creep up.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter
I'm about to rock your world, girl. The Body Shop's Pink Grapefruit Body Butter ($20) is so, so good. In fact, it's one of the brand's best sellers. It smells exactly like a big, fat, juicy grapefruit--perhaps slightly more powdery--and the texture is so satisfyingly rich and buttery. I want a huge vat that I can just roll around in. All of The Body Shop's body butters are excellent, so if grapefruit isn't your bag, consider one of the others.
True Nature Botanicals Solid Perfume In Noble Citrus
It's spendy at $95, but this 100% natural Noble Citrus Solid Perfume by True Nature Botanics is so dreamy. At its base it's velvety and sensual, evoking thoughts of sun-warmed flower buds on citrus trees. Amidst the softness, though, is a swirling, lemony zing that gently cuts through the creaminess. It melts into the skin quickly, allowing the complexity of the fragrance to really show itself. I'm also a fan of the vessel, a purse-approved compact that has a nice weight to it.
Alterna Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo In Sugar Lemon
This bad boy has quickly become my go-to dry shampoo for two main reasons: 1.) It smells like heaven, and 2.) It works. I don't know about you, but I'm a "wash every three to four days" kind of gal, and by the time we get to day three or four, my hair looks a little sorry. A spritz or two of this sugary lemon dry shampoo by Alterna ($22) and I'm feeling fine again. It absorbs oil quickly, doesn't make your hair feel heavy or chalky, and even strengthens your hair with bamboo extract.
Juice Organics Brightening Shampoo And Conditioner
Certified organic, and free of unwantables such as parabens, gluten, silicone, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetics, Juice Organics Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner ($10 each) are also feel-good buys. The shampoo is gentle and lathers nicely, and the conditioner--which you should let set for a couple minutes--softens the hair and adds noticeable shine. Both are very mildly scented.
- What are your thoughts on wearing citruses as a scent?
- Did I sell you on any of the above? Because they're all pretty darn good.
- Any amazing citrusy beauty products I should have included? Do share!