Laura Mercier has always impressed me as a great brand: pretty, dependable, quality products, with nothing in its line too odd or weird. Just good, solid, wearable stuff, with fragrances and body items that lean to the gourmand. Not to mention some really nice limited edition scents, too, such as Nuits Enchantees, Minuit Enchante, Ambre Passion, Ambre Passion Elixir, and others.
Having said that, I usually walk right by the counter without stopping. Why? A) I don’t buy and wear nearly as much makeup as I used to, so no real need to look. And B), although the body products are lovely, I know the drill: creme brulee, pistachio, almond coconut, fig, oldie but goodie tarte au citron, etc. They are indeed yummy, but I tend to wear fairly neutral scented body products so they don’t interfere with my fragrance. And with my severely limited budget, I’d rather save my money for perfume. Still, if someone were to gift me with a body souffle, scrub or shower gel, there’s no doubt I would be a happy camper.
Laura Mercier unexpectedly popped back on my radar early this holiday season when a Bloomingdale’s SA saw me cast a second glance toward a gift set display as I was sailing through the store. She drew me in and then pointed out something altogether new to me: the Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme. Hmmm … maybe this is worth checking out, I thought.
Well, 10 minutes later, let me tell you, I was enjoying a pleasant surprise. This could go under a number of my amber scents, I said to myself, happily sniffing my hand as I left the store. The souffle had a warming, cozy scent, with a rich, creamy texture and made my skin feel very moist and supple. Now that makes for quite a nice combo — a product that’s a comfort scent and is comforting to skin.
Fair warning to those of you who really dislike sweet, though, as — in keeping with much of the Laura Mercier line — this does lean a bit to the dessert side of the fence. But I think the amber helps keep the vanilla in check. I figured pairing it with a stronger scent might be interesting, and tried it with a dab of SL’s Ambre Sultan on one arm and Armani Prive Ambre Orient on the other. It blended smoothly with both, as it’s a softly diffused scent that’s not going to take center stage. But as always, YMMV. If this sounds like something for you, you might try wearing your favorite amber fragrance(s) to the store, stop by the LM counter to apply a dab of this and see what happens.
I have a travel-size tube of it that I’ll be wearing for as long as it lasts. And it does last — I applied a dime size portion to my hands early one evening and could still get a very soft waft of it late the next morning. When my tube’s gone, well, we’ll just have to see …
A 12-ounce jar is $55; available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
What about you? Is there a body line or body product that you enjoy but tend to forget about or overlook?