Dry and Fly
Shower caps are back, baby! Wink (500 Montezuma Ave., Sanbusco Center, 988-3840) has Blue Raven's flower-patterned shower caps in a handful of designs. This one has daisies all over it. They cost $16 each-and come in their own little carrying cases.
Wondering what to give the members of your catechism class for Christmas? How about the Lookin' Good for Jesus Fix-it-Kit? It's the must-have gift of the season for the blaspheming teen set, and includes mirrors, creams and virtuous lip balm. And it's only $20 at Cardrageous (DeVargas Center, 986-5887).
Get Into the Smooth
All of the ingredients in the Herban Cowboy Shave Set are organic, vegan and cruelty-free, so in case your sweetie accidentally inhales a soap bubble, he won't have broken any vows. Look for the set, about $24, at La Montañita Co-op (913 W. Alameda St., 984-2852).
Best in Breed
If you've got friends who are so into their dogs that they'd fit right in on SNL's "Dog Show," then they need these breed-specific soaps from Underpinnings (150 Washington Ave. #106, 983-9103). Pictured is a set of two poodles in pink and black ($20.50), but also available are single soaps shaped like pugs, Westies, Scotties and dachshunds, all about the same price.
Up Close and Personal
For the friend who has everything, why not give custom-made lotion, bath gel, shampoo or conditioner from Body Essentials (inside the Territorial Inn at the Marcy, 105 E. Marcy St., 989-7737)? All of the products can be scented with essential oils (like clary sage or red currant) or popular perfumes (like Happy!).
Head over to Onorato (109 E. Palace Ave., 984-2008) to sample
pomegranate-infused bath soak, body polish, sugar scrub and French-milled soap by Archipelago. Individually they range from $14 to $40, or you can have them all gift-wrapped together for $126.
The $46 Best of Bliss kit from the Cos Bar (131 W. Water St., 984-2676) includes airline-approved-size tubes of High Intensity hand cream, lemon and sage Soapy Sap, lemon and sage body scrub, vanilla and bergamot bubbling bath and shower gel, vanilla and bergamot body butter and a mini Herban Jungle exfoliating soap.
Good to Go
Help a jet-setting friend look her best on the road with one of these vintage-style makeup cases from Soap Opera (DeVargas Center, 982-8066). Made from faux reptile-printed vinyl and hand-screened kimono fabric, the large, handled cases ($85 and $75) include mirrors and enough space for a week's worth of toiletries. Smaller cases ($30 and $50) are just the right size for a weekend trip.
Spa to Go
Can't get out of the house to shop? Log on to www.spabox.com, a Santa Fe-based source for luxurious gift boxes like the Renew Spa Box. The $150 box includes a CD of Tibetan healing music, a soft eye pillow and a sisal body brush, along with a selection of bath teas, bath oils and body oils, all scented with grapefruit. Have it delivered to someone who can't get out of the house to go to a spa.
You may change tactics once you get to Au Boudoir (614 Agua Fria St., 983-7700) and see its entire inventory, but try setting out for the $42 Nourishing Body Care Ritual Set of avocado-scented shower cream, exfoliating cream, body butter and an exfoliating bath glove.