Top 5 of the week: Various things that smell nice


I try not to wash my (very dry) hair too often, but I hate the—let’s call it earthy—smell of hair head, if you know what I mean, and I fear dry shampoo because it can make your hair fall out. So I went crazy one day and bought this hair mist in my favorite scent, Portrait of a Lady. It’s a subtler version of the original perfume, and never overpowers. I can in no way justify the purchase of another bottle (I just recently ran out) but I feel like—knowing me as I do—I’ll probably go for it anyway, eventually.

Of course I’m also intrigued by Brazilian Crush hair and body mist by Sol de Janeiro, because it smells just like their awesome Bum Bum Cream. And it is—comparatively speaking—a bargain.

These body wipes seem like the perfect solution to a new problem of mine: the fact that I’m all gross and sweaty after arriving at my destination if I traveled there by bike. They smell of peppermint and citrus, which sounds about as refreshing as it gets.

I’ve been in love with Fornasetti candles for a while now, and not just because of how gorgeous they are: some of them are scented in a fragrance they call Otto, which smells fabulously of thyme, lavender, and cedarwood, among other things. These days I burn their incense because it’s more economical (again, comparatively), but the last candle I bought was this one.

I rent a car every summer, and this year, for some reason, it smells a lot more like dog than other years. So I have been sorely tempted to go for this Diptique perfumed oval in their 34 scent (which is kind of floral and woody at the same time, but in a way that is excellent even if you typically hate florals) and hang it from the rearview mirror.

I dig this stuff



I have oily skin—yes, even still, at this stage in the game—and in the summer, my face shines like a disco ball. I very much dislike the look of a face that looks powdered, however, and for that reason was thrilled to find Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder, which goes on super-translucent, and, even better, has an SPF of 45.

What are your summer beauty essentials?


nars lip pencil

In actual life, my summer beauty routine does not differ too much from my routine the rest of the year, but I do make certain adjustments (and am curious to hear about yours in the comments).  I like to go with a lip color that feels (and looks) a bit lighter than what I go for in the chillier months, and this Nars shade—called Golshan—is nice and bright with just the tiniest hint of orange.

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I splurge on these self-tanner towelettes because I think towelettes are a pretty fool-proof way to apply self-tanner—I always botch things up when I try to use lotion—and because they make my ghastly pale legs a convincing shade of dark. Tan Towels are also supposed to be pretty good, and they’re cheaper.

nars pencil sharpener

There is nothing at all summer-specific about this cosmetic pencil sharpener, but I just discovered it, and it is far and away the best pencil sharpener I have ever used. It makes everything super-pointy, so you can draw really precise lines.

nars eyeliner

Long-wear, waterproof eyeliner is essential once it starts getting all sweaty out, and this is the best one I’ve found.

sun bum

I like a sunscreen spray, and Sun Bum is my brand of choice because it stays put for a long time.

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I can’t stand how it feels to have my hair down on really gross, humid days, so I pull it back in a twist with these hair pins that I have been using for as long as I can recall.

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I just ordered this bronzer, which was introduced last week introduced by Drunk Elephant, my favorite skincare brand.  I can’t wait to try it, because it’s got all sorts of good-for-your-skin stuff in it, and because I just feel that Drunk Elephant wouldn’t introduce a bronzer unless it was a really good one.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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