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8 Great Holiday Gift Ideas

1). SAOR Perfume A great gift, stocking stuffer or just to say Happy Holiday’s to someone you  like. It’s SAOR’s original fragrance a hAon, (Gaelic) It will transport you through the fresh, enchanting, Irish mist blanketing the Irish hillsides. Each 10ml bottle of a hAon pure perfume oil infuses fragrant bergamot, refreshing white tea and alluring, airy musk to create a delicate perfume that calms and captivates.

SAOR perfume is free of alcohol and water. 10 ml bottle packaged in beautiful bamboo box. This year the are offering a holiday bundle. A special FREE surprise with each order.   Price: $65.00


2). Selleria Veneta  has a Collection of leather bracelets that are to die for!  A great gift for a daughter, mother or close friend.  The unique collection is handmade in Tuscany by Roberto Mantellasssi.  The tradition of craftsmanship combined with selected exotic leather and metals are the essential elements for a product that will endure through time with elegance and beauty.   Price: $85.00+


3). TATINE Candles.  A Special gift for a special someone.  Tatine Candles are not just candles but  “The Poetry of Objects” Tatine’s collections go a little deeper and give a little more.  The candles are slowly made by hand every day, with soul and subtle detail.  Global artisans bring to life the timeless custom pieces with their bespoken fragrances, hand forged brass and mouth-blown glassware. The candle vessels are made in compliant factories by skillful artisans with the mission to create a second life through drink safe glassware or keepsake containers.  Visit   Price: $30.00+


4). Lisa Slodki Design.  Jewelry inspired by geometry, from the structure of the “Milky Way “to a snail’s spiral shell is what you’ll find in the beautiful craftsmanship of Lisa Slodki’s jewelry designs.  Lisa is offering FREE Shipping and 10% OFF for the holidays’. Beautiful pieces that make a very special gift for anyone that you are thinking of this holiday season.   Price: $80.00+


5).  YASOU Holiday Box.   This holiday season make it special and give the gift of YASOU “a toast to your health” skin care. This luxe wellness holiday gift box includes a natural soap bar with Bergamot and Ylang-Ylang essential oils, hand-crafted just for you, our signature 3.4 hydrating body cream with essential oils, and a 2oz. vegan hand cream aroma free gift wrapped with a beautiful stain green ribbon. This cruelty-free, Greek-inspired body care trio pampers the skin with natural, plant-based ingredients. This item can be found on   Price: $35.50


6).  Aged and Infused.  “The Infusion Kits” are great gifts for anyone that enjoys whiskey.  There are three different kit’s: “Spike the Punch”, “Snowed In”, and “Island Time” Alcohol Infusion kits you can choose from or get all three!.  These items can be found on  Price: $25.00 each


7).  Pure Principles  A  skin care line that is steeped in the 500 year old principles of Ayurveda. All their formulations are hand crafted in micro-batches to ensure the freshest, most potent products.  They are offering an array of gift sets that would make your skin care enthusiast jump for joy! Price: $35.00+


8).  SKG Leather.  Is all about craftsmanship- the leather goods range from Hand-Patterned Bookmarks, Hand-Laced Flasks, Hand-Patterned Napkin Rings to  Purses and much more.  The leatherwork and hand-stitching makes the pieces even more beautiful.  Gift ideas for her, him, daughter, son, friend or colleague-can’t go wrong!  Price: $36.00


YASOU skin care is wishing you and your loved ones the warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!  See you in 2021. (image: Element5Digital | Pexels)

Skin Care Gifts Are the Perfect Tonic To Enhance Deep Relationships

For some, a skin care gift can be a risk. For those who understand the likes and wants of those close to them it is often the perfect gift. We polled people on Facebook to ask if they would give a skin care product to friends or family members. The overriding answer was Yes, as long as it wasn’t specifically identified for damaged skin or as an anti-aging product.


Women especially liked the idea of giving skin care as a gift. One said she likes receiving such gifts as body and face creams because she doesn’t buy them for herself. Others said they like to give skin care products they love, believing that the recipient of such a gift will love it too. Some added a caveat regarding their relationship with the recipient: “Only if I know them well enough.” A man replied “No, unless it was a specific request for a certain product by my wife.” It appears skincare gifts are reserved for more than skin-deep relationships.


Such uncertain feelings around gift giving may swirl in one’s mind but are rarely discussed except by psychologists who study gift giving.  For gift givers who give time and thought into what gift to buy, the rewards come more from the act than from the recipient. Giving gifts stimulates the brain’s neural activity more than receiving gifts. The act of gift giving offers us an emotional lift.


Men and women often differ in in their gift giving practices. Men on average are more practical-oriented, while women tend to emphasize the emotional sentiment of a gift according to research conducted at University of California, Davis.


But what is the right gift? Gift giving is a decision according to clinical psychologist and grandmother Susan Heitler, Ph.D. She says you should clarify any of your existing concerns. You may be concerned about whether the gift is appropriate given the relationship you have with the recipient, or the cost, or how memorable you want it to be. You should also know what’s available. Looking around in stores or surfing the Internet can bring new ideas for gift giving.


Researchers do not agree on the benefits of creating and buying from gift lists. Psychologist Dan Ariely thinks buying from a list requires little effort or thoughtfulness. He believes the unrequested gift is best because it proves social bonds. Others such as Dr. Epley at the University of Chicago say it is best to get what the person has asked for. We are all givers and receivers so it may be best to draw on your own experience.


Finally, Nancy Berns, Ph.D. suggests that if you can’t find the right gift, you may be looking in the wrong places. A rare gift that everyone appreciates is to simply listen. This is how she describes the gift of listening. “The key to presenting this gift lies in what not to do. Do not try to fix someone. Do not try to take away the pain. Do not talk too much. Do not judge or give advice. Do not be afraid of tears or silence. Listen. The world is short on listeners, and this gift will never lose its value.”


This reminds me how important it is to be present for our loved ones.  Gift giving is personal. Consider a luxury body cream that creates a spa experience at home or a face cream that freshens and reinvigorates day and night.

Skin-to-Skin: Mom’s First Gift

Mother’s Day is approaching and we may start thinking not just about what to give mom but what mom has given to us. Of all the gifts, her touch may be at the forefront. I discovered the power of this while reading about skin-to-skin care at the time of birth. It is then that our routines begin.

When a woman becomes a mother the practice of skin-to-skin care with baby can start a spiral of healthy bonding according to researchers in Norway and America. Placing the naked baby prone on the mother’s bare chest at birth or soon afterwards is part of what these researchers describe as optimal care.

Weeks later the newborns receiving skin-to-skin care expressed “happiness, peace and satisfaction.” This simple act can begin a lifetime of healthy, caring practices for mother and child. It makes me realize that skin-to-skin contact is a mom’s first gift to her baby. It is not just touching a baby that has this effect; it is a nurturing touch by mother.

I remember how mom touched my forehead to see if I had a fever. How her hand always reached for mine while crossing the street. Playing tug of war with our toes. Her hugs goodbye and hello.


Today, Moms are Stressed

Lots of moms are stressed according to a online survey of more than 7,000 mothers this week. Major stress factors reported are not having enough time to get done what they need to do, husbands, daughters, staying fit and attractive, and trying to relax. That’s right, moms are stressed about being stressed.

A good gift for mom this year may be a get away. Okay, you can’t send her to Hawaii but you can help her relax and get away from the everyday routine. A photo book of her doing the things she loves, a silky body cream (excuse the promo) and dinner at a favorite restaurant top my list.

A Pew Research report shows that 70% of the public believes it is more difficult to be a mother today than it was 20 or 30 years ago.  If you are younger than 30 be sure to give mom an extra hug.  (above photo: wayne evans | pexels)   

Give Your Sweetheart a Sensory Spa Experience at Home

Home is where the heart, head and back are these days. The annual U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey shows that 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home. Women spent an average of 2.6 hours, while men spent 2.0 hours a week doing household chores including housework, cooking, lawn care, and household management. As for leisure activity at home, watching TV occupied the most time (2.8 hours per day). It’s time to turn off the TV and enjoy some luxe wellness in your home! Here’s how you can create a sensory spa experience at home by focusing on and pleasing your five senses.


Sight – color

Warm, organic color tones inspired by nature promote feelings of health and wellness, bringing an outdoor airiness to even small rooms. Color psychology studies have shown the impact color can have on emotional well-being whether it elevates energy levels or relaxes the nervous system. Yellow, a warm color, encourages connection. Blue offers tranquility, harmony and calm. Green is a restful, relaxing, comfort color. For a spa experience the idea is to have one color flowing together in complementary shades, not a mish mosh of contrasting colors. Of course, clear any clutter from eyesight. Add a glow to your skin by cleansing, exfoliating, eating antioxidant-rich foods, and hydrating.


Sound – silence

The World Health Organization has warned that too much noise puts our bodies into a fight or flight mode that increases stress hormones, elevates blood pressure and aggravates skin conditions. Silence however relaxes the body even more so than when playing classical music. Enjoy the peace that silence brings. New brain cells linked to learning and emotion are created after two hours of silence. Communicate without words. Leave any electronic devices behind. Even the anticipation of an email, text or call draws your attention. Consume silence, most of our “aural diets” are overloaded with noise. Consider that it is the silent intervals around musical notes that trigger the most positive brain activity according to neuroscientists at Stanford University. Brain neurons fire in the absence of sound allowing the mind to maintain attention and set memories.


Touch – texture

A soft rug under your feet, warm bath water, plush towels around your shoulders. These tactile touches are felt through your skin and add interest to the intentional space you are creating for your spa experience. Explore the subtlety of touch. Touch soothes and bonds us with others. It stimulates oxytocin, the love hormone. While bathing massage the scalp, use a scrub or body brush to nurture your skin. Acknowledge the pleasure it brings. Moisturize your body using long strokes while applying a natural, organic body cream. Moisturizing is an easy, effective way to relax. Massage elbows, knees, ankles and feet using firm but light circular motions to calm the body and mind. Touch is the best way to regain focus and de-stress.


Smell – aroma

Natural aromas from lavender soap, flowers, or essential oils are some of the options you can use to breathe in the relaxing, romantic atmosphere you’ve created. Smell is our strongest sense associated with memory. Create an unforgettable experience by incorporating aroma in your mix of sensory details. A reed diffuser dispenses a favorite scent naturally. Skin care containing essential oils offers a subtle, fleeting scent to the skin.


Taste Red wine, ginger tea, chocolate

Swish a sip of red wine or ginger tea around in your mouth and savor its distinct flavor. Red wine contains resveratrol, a plant compound that helps relieve stress and is healthy for your heart according to recent studies. Ginger tea is known to relieve stress and tension. You may want to pair your beverage with a piece of dark chocolate that contains 70 to 85% cocoa. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants. It also contains flavanols that protect skin against sun damage. It improves blood flow to the skin and increases skin hydration.


These are just some ideas that can help you create a spa experience at home that celebrates the senses. We think you’ll agree that it’s better than working, doing chores, or watching TV.   (Image: Jonathan Borba | Pexels)

YASOU Skin Care Song List Celebrates Natural Body Beauty

Tis’ the season to celebrate the holidays with song and gifts. For the ages, humankind has soothed its soul with music and its skin with natural, protective products that nourish and hydrate. If you’re tired of Christmas carols, we’ve compiled a list of favorite songs that celebrate body beauty. These musicians are inspired by the natural beauty of the body, face, eyes, lips, and hands. We share that inspiration in our line of luxe wellness skincare products.

Tis’ the season to suspend reality and enter a fantasy world where everyone creates their own holiday album. Here’s the YASOU Skincare song list that celebrates natural body beauty.



Body Talk by Donna Summer

Your Body is Wonderland by John Mayer

Body Language by Isaac Hayes, Dionne Warwick



My Brave Face by Paul McCartney

Your Smiling Face by James Taylor

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack



Lips of an Angel by Hinder

Felt Good on My Lips by Tim McGraw

Lips Like Sugar by Echo & the Bunnymen

Lipstick Vogue by Elvis Costello



Sexy Eyes by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel



Hands by Jewel

Willie and The Hand Jive by Eric Clapton

Take My Hand by Dido

Hand in Hand by Phil Collins



Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

Born This Way by Lady Gaga

Natural Beauty by Neil Young



We end our Christmas album with two songs that have lasted the ages because they celebrate the beauty of each person and the world that surrounds us.

Your Song by Elton John

Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong


Let us know if you have any body beauty favorite songs. If you still need gifts check out our specials for your special someone. We wish you the best this holiday season!

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Make It A Luxe Holiday Season This Year

People may have different ideas of what luxe means. Is it short for deluxe (sumptuous) or luxury (lavish)? The word luxe isn’t found in a dictionary. But when you feel it, taste it, smell it, hear it, or see it, you know it. Adding some luxe to your life isn’t another goal to obtain. It’s a way of being good to your self. Life has its challenges – but also its rewards.


A luxe experience may be as simple as noticing the light from wax candles that don’t burn too fast. A luxe product may not be exclusive, but the way you use it, is. Luxe doesn’t mean over-the-top expensive. It’s reasonably priced with a benefit that convinces you of its value.


At YASOU skin care, luxe is an idea that we embrace. It is an experience or product that awakens your sense of the good life. It is the stylish handbag with a grip that feels good and looks fabulous in your hand or slung over your shoulder.


It’s the soft and cozy texture of a blanket made of organic cotton.


The brief scent of essential oils.


A tranquil get away spot.


A piece of dark chocolate from pastry Chef Katherine Clapner.


Soaking in a tub to soothe a desire.


A bright sunflower-colored tablecloth made in France.


An elegant gesture.


A funky artisan boutique versus a big box store.


I think you understand what we are trying to say.


We describe YASOU skin care as a luxe product because of the richness of its natural ingredients, the luxurious feeling when applied, and its ability to protect and nurture the skin. YASOU body cream evokes a relaxing spa-like experience in the comfort of your home. YASOU face creams shelter the ageless, natural beauty that surrounds your smile and eyes. Putting a little luxe in your life brings about a special awareness of being pampered and cared for. A feeling that says: “This is the best and and healthiest way to live.”   This holiday when you are out and about shopping for your friends and loved ones ask yourself is there a luxe experience here for my special someone? I think taking a second to think about that can make the difference of giving something special or just giving a gift because you feel you need to.

(image: Joel Papailini | pexels)

Dark Chocolate May Be The Perfect Valentine For Your Skin

Why? Dark chocolate contains lots of healthy antioxidants, iron, calcium and vitamins that nourish your skin. Made from beans harvested from the cocoa tree, delicious dark chocolate contains more than 60 percent of cocoa solids, is low in sugar and made with cocoa butter, a saturated fat not associated with elevating LDL (bad) cholesterol. Valentine’s Day can be made even more special with dark chocolates made from organic or fairly traded cocoa beans. Like skin care products, the benefits reaped are only as good as the ingredients.

For its ability to nourish the body, dark chocolate is included in The Healing Foods Pyramid developed by the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan. They recommend eating up to 7 ounces a week or 1 ounce per day. Other researchers found that dark chocolate is a richer source of polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juice. Flavonols are clinically proven to help protect skin from sunburn and other damage caused by UV rays. Cocoa can even reduce stress hormones. Less stress means less collagen breakdown and less wrinkles.

You may be wondering whether milk chocolate or white chocolate contain the same benefits. No, they don’t. Because milk binds to antioxidants in chocolate the health benefits are cancelled. So forget the chocolate milk and hot cocoa as a dark chocolate substitute. For the same reason, avoid drinking milk while eating dark chocolate.  White chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids so it won’t include the antioxidant benefit either.

If your sweetie doesn’t present you with a box of dark chocolates, you can still order a delicious dessert of fruit dipped in melted dark chocolate after a romantic meal at your favorite restaurant. If you don’t get chocolates or a meal, relax at home with a jar of YASOU hydrating body cream. You’re skin will love it.  (photo of chocolate: Lisa Folios/pexels)

Don’t Just Give a Gift, Present It

Estheticians know their customers want change not only in an improved physical appearance but also in their confidence or self-esteem. It’s more than just a look, the feel is important. A face, hands or body become a canvas. A hydrating body cream soothes. A vegan hand cream is pure. Include touch during your gift giving moment. It may be a kiss, hug, handshake or pat on the back. Touch always adds intimacy.  

How can you bring more joy to your gift giving experience? Employ thoughtful aesthetics and authentic gestures to your gift giving moment. We may venture to multiple shops looking for the perfect gift, but how much thought do we give to the moment when a gift is given? This moment could be the beginning of a new tradition or a once only event. The idea is to surprise, engage and intrigue. In other words, don’t just give a gift, present it. Make your gift giving moment memorable. Here are some ideas from professions that rely on aesthetics and authentic gestures to create memorable moments. 

To enhance a diner’s experience chefs know they must prepare a delicious meal, but they also need to present it well. For example, they choose the right size and color of plate to serve the food. They don’t overcrowd the plate or add too many sizes, textures and shapes. These decisions add to the diner’s delight. If your gift has color in it, choose a wrapping paper with a similar or complementary color. Fit the box size to the gift size.  

Designers use their creativity to express ideas in an original way. Composition is key. They look at multiple elements and bring them together. When presenting a gift, design the moment in a way that only you can. What will you be wearing when you give the gift? What scent is in the room? Is music playing? What about the lighting – candles or twinkling tree lights?

Writers know the power of story. When giving a gift offer a short backstory – why you think they would like it, where you got it from, why you want them to have it. Offer a complement that is heart-felt and revealing. It should tell the person something you adore about them while also revealing something about you and your relationship to that person. For example: “Every time you (do whatever), it reminds me of what a special person you are.”

This season YASOU skin care added all of the elements above to create a special skin care gift package that contains a 8oz hydrating body cream aroma free with two hand crafted Lavender, Bergamot bath bombs gift wrapped that we think will be appreciated by all gift givers as well as those receiving your gift. Moments are what make our life beautiful and memorable. Enjoy yours. Happy holidays!


Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!



Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,

An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;

An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they

Are growin more beautiful day after day;

Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,

Buildin’ the old family circle again;

Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,

Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door

And under the old roof we gather once more

Just as we did when the youngsters were small;

Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.

Father’s a little bit older, but still

Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.

Here we are back at the table again

Tellin’ our stories as women an men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;

Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.

Home from the east land an’ home from the west,

Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.

Out of the sham of the cities afar

We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.

Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,

Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun

When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;

Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,

Let me sit down with the ones I love best,

Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,

See the old faces unblemished by wrong,

See the old table with all of its chairs

An I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

~ By (Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)

Scary Skin Care Stories

Halloween is around the corner and I’ve been hearing some scary skin care stories. Don’t try to trick your skin, treat it well and avoid mistakes as described in these tales.

Horrifying breakouts from heavy makeup
A friend’s teenage daughter left her Halloween makeup on all night and woke up with a shiny, red, bumpy face. Her mom created a scrub using two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water to cleanse and exfoliate her daughter’s skin. Oily, heavy makeup left on the skinmixes with dead skincells to clog pores, trapping bacteriainside and causing acne. Halloween face makeup is usually oil-based, heavier and thicker than every day makeup so don’t get spooked by clogged pores. While makeup may be a safer alternative to wearing a Halloween mask, don’t forget to cleanse well when the witching hour comes.

Bacteria communities
Here’s a creepy, yet healthy discovery made by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Our skin is crawling with hundreds of kinds of bacteria in moist creases behind our ears and under our neck, to the webs of our toes, the navel and the fold between our eyes. Dry areas of the skin also contain bacteria, but it is less diverse. “Our results underscore that skin is home to vibrant communities of microbial life, which may significantly influence our health,” said researcher Elizabeth A. Grice. Another harmless, but unsettling reality is that microscopic mites graze on oils, skin cells and other microbes on our face.

Face mask mistakes
If you decide to apply a facial mask, make sure your young children are away or asleep. A friend covered her face with a green, organic facial mask to refresh her skin. When her two-year old son saw her, he screamed and ran away in fear of not knowing what had happened to his mother’s face. She had to wash off the expensive mask in order to calm him down.

Skin care products gone bad
After finding an old jar of moisturizer in her bathroom, a woman started using it again only to find her skin inflamed with sensations of burning and irritation. If you notice any change in your product’s texture, color, or smell throw it away. Sunscreen shelf life is about two years. Shampoo lasts for years if you keep the bottle closed. The same holds true for soaps if they remain in their packaging before use. Quality moisturizers and serums can last up to two years. Always apply with clean hands and fingers to avoid spreading infection.

Also, people who neglect or misread skin care product instructions risk skin hazards including discoloration or irritation. It’s always important to read the instructions on how to use all products properly. Harsh ingredients used incorrectly can result in multiple skin nightmares.

Dirty, yucky makeup brushes
Perhaps the most often committed skin sin is not cleaning your makeup brushes. Unwashed makeup brushes can become a breeding ground for dirt and bad bacteria that causes breakouts in the skin.  Rashes, blisters, irritation, clogged pores and other skin ailments can occur when using dirty makeup brushes. A friend who admitted to not cleaning her brushes regularly, saw a small cyst forming on her face. She thought it would go away, but years later the bump remains on her face. Dirt also diminishes the performance of your brushes. What was once blending can appear as streaks making makeup application a hassle.

An unlikely culprit
A pillow case can serve as a great ghost costume or candy collector but while sleepingplacing your face directly on the pillow case causes friction on the skin which can lead to wrinkles and create forehead lines. Facedown sleepers may experience more skin breakouts. That’s because dirt and oil from the pillow and grease from your hair is in contact with the skin. Sleep on your back with your head elevated a bit. Flat sleepers may experience puffy eyes due to fluid buildup. Wash your sheets and pillow cases at least once a week to avoid impurities on your skin. Apply a hydrating body cream. Also, remember to apply a hydrating night cream on your face to moisturize your skin and support your body’s natural night time renewal processes.

Don’t be haunted by these scary skin care stories. Love your skin and these nightmares will turn into sweet dreams.