In the '70s, Yves Saint Laurent bottled the exoticism of the Orient with Opium, a fragrance as entrancing as its namesake narcotic. Jasmine, ylang ylang, coriander, and lily of the valley fused to create a scent classic, but as Opium turns 30 this year (has it been that long?!)
, YSL is celebrating with a younger-looking, spicier-smelling special edition. In Opium Eau d' Orient Orchidée de Chine, the original notes that wafted from mom's boudoir are fleeting, but only for an infusion of Chinese orchid that more than makes up for my interrupted flashback. Even the bottle, embossed all over with the flower, appears dressed for the occasion.
Opium Eau d' Orient, $56 for 3.3 oz. sephora.fr
Available in April in the U.S. FLOWER POWER
At first glimpse of Stila's new Spring Garden collection, the scene in Great Expectations
where Finn and Estella find each other eclipsed in an overgrown garden, er, springs to mind. And apparently, that's the point, considering the already-whimsical beauty brand tapped Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianna Phillips to style the eyeshadow trios, kajal eyeliners, and plumping lip glazes with blushing shades like "Pretty Pansy" and "Ravishing Rose" that comprise the line. And those who, for which the combination of a spring garden and eye makeup instead evoked a foreboding Claritin commercial, will happily discover the only flowers are screened atop the products' mirrored satin cases.
Stila Spring Garden, $32stilacosmetics.com INDIAN SPRING
One third of what came to be known as the 'supermodel trinity' (Linda, Naomi...), Christy Turlington was one catwalk prowler I couldn't hate no matter how hard I tried. After all, she readily shared her beauty secrets—from becoming a vegetarian, to quitting smoking, to selling yoga to the world. And with her holistic skincare line Sundari, which means "beautiful woman" in Sanskrit and is inspired by India's oldest medical science, Ayurveda, Turlington continues to extol lesser-known recipes for lookin' good. This spring, three new exfoliators join the collection: Gotu kola and walnut to firm skin, Omega 3 and Flax Seed to nourish, and Neem and Date Seed to heal... in case giving up meat just isn't an option.
Sundari Body Exfoliators, $70sundari.com