If the company Rituals is not on your radar, you might want to seek them out. This enterprise founded by Raymond Cloosterman in 2000, has unique offerings for home and body (and face, etc.) based on a philosophy of transformation. That is to say these products are rich and dense and highly aromatic. And even though they can be found in boutiques in high-end department stores, spas, hotels and more, the brand products themselves are not overly expensive. In comparison, they are not priced much higher than what you would find at Walgreens for example.
Their branding says, “The collections are based on Eastern traditions. Each ancient wisdom has its own specifically selected ingredients and distinctive benefits. We combine these with innovative technologies to create a unique way of experiencing these ancient Eastern traditions, such as your own private Hammam, balancing your Yin and Yang energies with Tao or immersing in the Ayurvedic philosophy with your tea, body scrub or aromatic oils.”
” …balancing your Yin and Yang energies…”
Despite what the marketing team writes, these products are accessible. If you want to explore their line, you might start out with their Oriental Energy hand wash—it runs about $15—and the scent combination is creamy cocoa and almond milk. The fragrance is palpable and if you find you notice the act of washing your hands: for example, the smell wafts up and is good, if it makes your hands feel moisturized, and the product is so rich that it lasts a long time—that’s a good place to start.
We like the: Infinity: Organic Mandarin & Mint ultra caring hand lotion. If you must wash your hands many times a day—nurses and attendants take note—this may be your balm. It is thick but quickly absorbed, (would be great after a manicure). The fragrance is Mandarin with Japanese Mint and it does linger. This product runs about $25 and leaves hands soft. If your hands snag delicate fabrics, try this.
Ritual’s products present some good opportunities for this gift-giving: for the special woman in your life, for Mother’s, as a secret sister surprise or a great hostess gift; or family gift if you are staying at someone’s home.
Consequently, if you are looking for a special scent or perfume to be identified by, try something such as Ritual foaming shower gel followed by a body cream. The ones we have are Happy Buddha Sweet Orange & Cedar foaming shower gel at $15; and Touch of Happiness body cream $29 of the same scent. This combination will linger on your body and you will not need to follow with perfume (although you can certainly go for it!).