Valentine's Day gift guide

For our Valentine’s Day gift guides, we look to some of our favourite brands (as well as a few discoveries) to curate a well-varied gifting guide from. This year we’ve got everything from a limited edition designer shea butter cream to a comfy and stylish sleep and loungewear set.

Limited Edition Shea Butter x OMY Hand Cream

Limited Edition Shea Butter x OMY Hand Cream

L’Occitane’s quality beauty, wellness and fragrance products are easy to gift! We looked through their site and discovered a new, limited edition version of their classic shea butter hand cream, so wonderful for the cold winter weather.

A new collab with French illustrators/founders of OMY, Elvire Laurent and Marie–Cerise Lichtlé, has led to a limited-edition shea collection that celebrates Provence. Each design in the OMY line-up includes both charming scenery and iconic elements.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Packaged in a colourful tube adorned with illustrations is L’Occitane’s tried-and-true shea butter hand cream, containing 20% shea butter, a thick and nourishing cream to help sooth dry skin. There’s honey, almond extracts and coconut oil added to the formula, all healthy ingredients that provide long-lasting wearability on your skin.

This by far is our favourite skin care product as it penetrates the skin without leaving it feeling greasy. In summer, we switch to the 5% “light” formula, for moisturizing summer skin that can also get dry through sun exposure. 150 ml (5.2 oz.); CAD $34/USD $29

Herbae Eau de Parfum

Herbae Eau de Parfum

L’Occitane’s Herbae Eau de Parfum offers a blend of Ambrette seed, white nettle flower, wild grass and wild rose all packaged in a simple, dome-shaped bottle with a raffia-wrapped neck and branded clear plastic cap.

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Herbae was created as an ode to Provence’s wild grass, a botanical force at the heart of its landscape. It’s definitely one of the earthiest scents we’ve tried from L’Occitane.

It’s available in two sizes: 50 ml and 90 ml. 50 ml (1.7 fl. oz.), CAD $90/USD $80; 90 ml (3.04 fl. oz.), CAD $110/USD $100

Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox Shampoo & Conditioner

Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox Shampoo & Conditioner

Since my high school days, Nexxus has grown up and expanded its line of quality hair care products. Their story began in 1979 when founder Jheri Redding, scientist, cosmetologist and inventor of the modern day conditioner, made known his pioneering belief that when hair was treated with protein, it became reinvigorated with life.

Since hair is up to 90% protein, everyday washing, heating and styling can damage hair fibres, in turn weakening the protein structure. This can result in frizz, dullness and dryness. Nexxus products are enriched with pure proteins, bringing your hair back to its most beautiful state.

We tried the Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox silicone-, dye- and paraben-free shampoo for a week to get a sense of the product and how well it cleanses the hair and scalp. The shampoo smells fruity and does a good cleaning without stripping away our hair’s natural oils, while the similarly-scented conditioner leaves our hair feeling soft and supple.

Ideal for all hair types, its lightweight formula contains ingredients to help revive and recover the hair’s natural shine and bounce. And the matching conditioner moisturizes, protects the hair fiber and is also formulated for all hair types, containing an exclusive PROTEINFUSION blend together with Elastin protein and marine minerals. CAD $15.49/USD $12

NEST Velvet Pear Classic Candle

NEST Fragrances Classic Candle

From NEST Fragrances, we’re featuring two beautifully scented candles from their classic collection. The clear glass is accented with vertical stripes and a small logo at the bottom.

The Velvet Pear Classic Candle is a soothing combination of Anjou pear and crisp apple, with added lemon and hints of peony, further accented by amber and white musk. Taking a whiff of this one brings the tropics to mind. Much like a cocktail in hand, it brings a subtle fruity scent into the room.

NEST Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Classic Candle

A near-polar opposite to the Velvet Pear is NEST’s Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Classic Candle, offering just a hint of ocean mist, sea salt, white tea and coconut. It’s soft and almost floral in nature. Both candles offer approximately 50 to 60 hours of burn time.

NEST products are available at NEST online as well as Sephora and Nordstroms stores across North America. 230 g (8.1 oz.); CAD $56/USD $42

Knix Sleep Set

Knix Sleep Set

Knix’s super cute and comfy Sleep Set, created with a luxuriously soft and sustainable modal fabric, makes a heartfelt gift for relaxing staycation or spa day this Valentine’s Day (add in a gift card and you’re good to go!). It comes with its own zippered wash bag too.

Knix Sleepwear Set

This limited-edition set comes in a calming Twilight Navy with white accent piping. We think it’s a cozy way to transition out of winter flannels!

Knix Sleepwear Set

And if you’re in Vancouver, check out their recently-opened space at 2076 West 4th Avenue in Kits. In sizes S to XXXL; CAD $79

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