What’s the socially acceptable version of giving an odorific relative deodorant? Fancy soap. Indulge bath junkies and reluctant pigpens with luxurious products from the charming, insanely good-smelling Min New York.
Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia Soap, $24 for three
If the old-school packaging of this three-pack from Madrid’s oldest and most prestigious fragrance house doesn’t win you over, the fresh, citrusy scent (via extracts of lemon, Spanish lavender, geranium, and eucalyptus) will.
Santa Maria Novella Armenia Fragrance Paper, $25
Even the perfume averse will be captivated by the novelty of holiday-appropriate frankincense- and myrrh-scented papers. Burn them like incense to remove dampness- and cooking-related odors or slip the papers in drawers like sachets.
Geo. F. Trumper Sandalwood Hair & Body Wash, $25
This two-in-one wash for hair and bod becomes a triple threat when you consider its universally appealing scent. Guys and dolls may even come to blows over who’s hogging more of the warm- and sexy-smelling cleanser.
Merkur Futur Four-Piece Shaving Set, $215
Treat beardos, dads, and other whiskered men to a fancy razor set that includes a custom stand, bowl, double-edge razor, and silvertip badger-bristle brush. It’s a win-win: He’ll delight in the daily ritual and your cheeks will rejoice in not being stubbled to death.
D.R. Harris & Co. Milk of Cucumbers & Roses Moisturizer, $30
What’s better than having a gorgeous, old-timey glass bottle sinkside? The magic milky-white lotion inside that works as a cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer for normal-to-oily skin. There’s even a mild natural antiseptic ingredient that combats breakouts.
Min New York Apothecary and Atelier, 117 Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince Streets (212-206-6366 or minnewyork.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia Soap