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About Face: Work Your Body With Great Stocking Stuffers


With the holidays in full swing — and Christmas less than three weeks away — start thinking outside the box for some memorable stocking stuffers.

by Roxana Hadadi

rsz bodyI used to work in a newsroom where our calendar editor and faith columnist started singing holiday songs the day right after Thanksgiving, so you would come in still gorged on turkey and get an earful of snow falling, lovely weather and sleigh rides together with you. It was charming and then infuriating and then somehow charming again. Nostalgia!

But seriously, now Christmas is 17 days away, and if you’re still in dire need of some stocking stuffer ideas, here’s part 2 of our guide (see last week’s post for nail polish and lipgloss suggestions). If you’re looking for something for your mom, your husband or your sister — and you’re thinking of going down the body care route — then behold, you have options! There’s nothing wrong with investing in one pricier stocking stuffer that will really have an impact with your giftee; not everyone needs a bunch of little trinkets. Make it one, but make it count.

+ The simplicity of soap (top row, two items on left). I get my father a bar of soap every year, which may sound weird but is actually a cute inside joke for us. It’s become a challenge to find unique soaps, but Crabtree & Evelyn’s Black Sea Mud & Seaweed Triple Milled Soap seems like a pretty manly option: a vegetable-base soap with sea silt and red and brown algae that smells like fresh sea air ($10, Crabtree & Evelyn). He’s a scientist, he’ll like it. If you’re looking for something more feminine or suitable for the whole family, LUSH cleans up well (ha!) with Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, a bestseller that smells like toffee and honey ($7.95, LUSH). You’ll want a candy bar after your shower, but I find that a totally acceptable snacking practice.

+ Unforgettable fragrances (top row, two items on right). Finding your right fragrance can be a tricky thing, and if you’re committed to Chanel or Dior, then you may not be willing to switch. But if you have an adventurous person on your gifting list who can appreciate something a little unusual, consider Demeter Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray in Red Poppies or Ocean ($20 for 1.0 fl oz, Demeter). Red Poppies is a fruity, sensual scent, while Ocean smells … well, you know. Demeter also offers dozens (literally) of other options, inspired by anything and everything from candy to weather, so spending some time perusing their website wouldn’t be a bad idea. Bonfire, Clean Windows and Firefly (seriously) have colored me intrigued.

+ Slather on a mask (second row, three items on left). Skin can get especially dry and damaged during winter because of that cold, frigid air and unceasing wind, and there’s something exceptionally gratifying about smoothing on a face mask to pamper your skin. Peter Thomas Roth has an extensive skin care line, with items like the Sulfur Cooling Masque, which can be used to treat clogged pores and an oily T-zone ($40, Peter Thomas Roth), or Cucumber Gel Masque, which is full of botanical extracts from cucumbers, pineapples, lemons and oranges and can be used daily on any type of skin ($45, Peter Thomas Roth). And if you’re buying for a dude, offer some fanciness with Kyoku Lava Masque, with volcanic black sand and ash that’s meant to draw out impurities ($32, Kyoku). The all-black packaging screams calculated masculinity.  

+ There’s nothing wrong with a good scrub (third and fourth rows). I think there are few things as strangely satisfying as scrubbing your face or body — so many little particles! So much exfoliation! Maybe that sounds weird, but seriously, nothing gets aggression out like slathering around those gritty bits. If your giftee is just as bizarrely obsessed with getting rid of dead skin as I am, then you’ll have a plethora of ways to appease them. Few things smell as good as 100% Pure Cherry Honey Facial Scrub, packed full of the antioxidant-rich fruit and with jojoba beads that won’t scratch the skin ($18, 100% Pure); LUSH Ocean Salt cleaner scrub, with notes of grapefruit, coconut and lime ($19.95-$34.95, LUSH); or Nature Girl Ocean Potion Jasmine Lime Organic Salt Scrub, which is simultaneously flowery and tart ($32, Nature Girl). If you want something seriously clarifying, look into Bliss Hot Salt Scrub, which warms as you use it ($36, Bliss), or MALIN+GOETZ Peppermint Body Scrub, specially designed to pH balance your skin ($30, MALIN+GOETZ). And if your sweet tooth extends to body care items, think about the sugar-based Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub, which also uses ground almonds ($13, Burt’s Bees), or Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub, which works into a creamy lather ($26.50, Origins). Wanting healthy skin for your loved ones is a totally normal way to plan your holiday gifts, I swear.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The product/s reviewed in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s reviews are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company or any other organization unless mentioned.


Product photos by Adam Fried.


In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

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