I know that none of you squeeze your pimples, right? But if, hypothetically, you did, you'd be dislodging comedones — that gunk that oozes out of your blackheads and whiteheads. Comedones are little plugs of debris that stop up and irritate your hair follicle, causing a pimple, and they're usually a mixture of sebum and dead skin cells. A blackhead is an open comedone, and a whitehead or pustule is a closed comedone. Sort of a gross lesson, but good to know, right?
Jacaranda, alternately known as palisander or Brazilian rosewood, is a tree with gorgeously scented purple flowers that's native to central and South America, as well as some Caribbean islands. Beauty fiends, though, know its wood as a soft, earthy perfume note that's often paired with moss and orris to form a fragrance's final middle notes and lead into the base. Lately, because it goes well with the fruity notes that have dominated recent fragrance releases, we're seeing a surge of scents with jacaranda notes. New fragrances like Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy ($35), Elizabeth Arden Pretty ($49), and Comme Des Garçons Palisander ($102) all have jacaranda wood in them. Will the trend for this note stick around? Take a sniff of one of these and tell me what you think.
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Labdanum, a type of rock rose, is a base note and excellent fixative that's as old as the Pyramids — in fact, the pharoahs' false beards were made from hair soaked in this sweet, woody amber resin. Labdanum is present in many modern scents, and has become a frequent substitute for the animal-unfriendly base note ambergris. If you're looking for something that sticks to your skin, lasts all day, and has a complex sweetness, a labdanum-based fragrance might be a good option. Prada Beauty ($115) is a sexy, complex labdanum scent. There's also Sage Machado's Amber ($68), which lightens things up with blood orange and musk for an easier-to-wear take.
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Calendula is just another name for marigolds, but it's the term that's used most commonly when the plant's extract is being sold for beauty and medicinal purposes. Even though marigolds aren't as exotic or fancy as the word "calendula" sounds, they're great for a number of beauty issues. Used traditionally to treat rashes, dry skin, acne, and sunburns, calendula's a gentle and effective anti-inflammatory still used in tons of skin care products today — in everything from Fekkai Shampoo for Dry Hair ($9) to Blistex Lip Tone ($2). Not bad for a humble wildflower.
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The five spices — cinnamon, cloves, star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, and either fennel seed or ginger — are employed based on the Chinese philosophy of balancing the yin and yang in food. The powder is used to flavor dishes from Cantonese roasted duck to beef stew.
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Mamas- and papas-to-be try their best to figure out what to buy and register for the impending babe. But all the vocab that goes with the toys and contraptions can be a bit confusing. From activity mats and bouncers to play yards and jumpers, we've broken down the tyke terms.
- Activity Center: These large, stationary toys provide parents with an entertaining place to put an infant that is on the move. Activity centers often have a suspended seat that allow tots to “stand,” sit, or jump in place, while spinning their way around 360 degrees of toys, teethers, and musical instruments.
- Activity Mat: Activity mats are designed to facilitate tummy time for infants and newborns, featuring toys, mirrors, and noisemakers to encourage tots to spend more time on their bellies.
- Baby Carrier: Baby carriers allow parents to tote their tots while keeping their hands free for other activities. Baby carriers come in many forms, including slings and more intricate contraptions that can be converted to carry tots on mama’s front, hip, or back.
- Baby Seat: Designed for babies that can hold their heads up on their own, baby seats provide parents with a portable place to seat tots throughout the home.
- Bouncer: Bouncers, or bouncy seats, provide a place for a newborn to rest when needs to free up her hands. The lounge-like seats often have the ability to vibrate and play music to help soothe a lil one, while some have activity bars to entertain a slightly older tot.
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