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How to Wear Orange

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I don’t do orange. It has never appeared in my closet, not even for Halloween. Oh, I like it on other people, but anything in the orange/peach/coral family looks horrific on me. My cheeks and lips take on the sallow hue of a sick Oompa Loompa. You can forget NARS Orgasm blush. I’m living proof that it is NOT a universally flattering shade. Nails, I can almost get away with, but only if I’m übertan—which is almost as unlikely as getting me into an orange pedi. I cringed when I saw shocking orange lips coming down the spring runways and kissing the pages of the J.Crew catalog. Until I realized that there’s another way to embrace this saturated shade: give me the heady, vibrant, not-too-sweet scent of oranges and I will lay down my defenses. I’m a fool for anything citrusy, but blood orange is at the top of the list. How do I like it? Let me count the ways:

Red Flower Italian Blood Orange: There’s a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and candles in this certified-organic, intensely orange collection. I’ll take one of each, please. ($20 and up)


80 Acres Blood Orange Body Balm: Inspired by the citrus groves that grow at McEvoy Ranch, a boutique olive oil proprietor in Northern California, this ultra-rich balm imparts a gorgeous sheen to skin and lips, plus smells exotic thanks to the addition of jasmine and neroli. ($20)


Marc Jacobs Curacao Splash: Definitely the most unisex scent of MJ’s limited-edition summer Splash bunch, this refreshing fragrance is laced with lime, bitter orange, and white moss for a decidedly spicy quality. My husband has been known to steal it from me. ($68)

Bliss Blood Orange+White Pepper Sugar Scrub: I’m beginning to think there should be a fan club for this scrub. Everyone who tries it loves it. The gently exfoliating sugar magically foams up into a creamy, moisturizing treatment that feels—and smells—like something straight out of a spa. Which makes perfect sense. ($36)

Read more of Elizabeth’s musings at Beauty Bets.


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