New and NotableDecember 1, 2009 By: Marianne Dougherty, Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams American Salon
Design and scent merge in Diptyque's elegant new Beauty & Beast candle collection, which consists of two 4.7-ounce candles—meant to be burned at the same time—with drawings by design duo Kuntzel+Deygas. La Belle (Beauty) features top notes of rhubarb, Egyptian geranium and black currant; a heart of violet leaf; and base notes of tea rose and sandalwood. The complementary La Bête (Beast) features top notes of Indonesian patchouli and Java vetiver, a heart of violet leaf and a woody base note. diptyqueparis.com—L.A.
We love the Agraria San Francisco Luxury Bath Bar in the company's signature fragrance, Bitter Orange, a blend of clove, bitter orange zest and a touch of cypress. The soaps contain olive oil, vitamin E, shea butter, yucca and kukui oils and sea fennel, and are wrapped in beautiful packaging, making them perfect for gifts. agrariahome.com —L.A.
Fragonard Parfumeur from Grasse, France, took first place honors in the Natural/Organic category for Cette Nuit La in the Best New Product Awards competition at EX-TRACTS, a division of the New York International Gift Fair. Cette Nuit La (That Night), an amber fragrance with hints of patchouli, comes in an organic pouch that's as pretty as it is practical. fragonard.com —M.D.