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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am

Aromatherapy Associates Balance Body Lotion (HK$350/200ml) contains ho wood, lavender and ylang-ylang to help moisturise and soften without leaving a greasy residue. Exclusive to Mandarin Oriental spas and Sense of Touch.

Polaar's Hydraprotect Moisturiser UV+ (HK$340/50ml) contains dipeptide from polar algae, which the brand says will save your skin from stress, pollution and UV rays (although it doesn't offer an SPF rating) by tripling the energy of its cells. The lotion (below right) is light yet nourishing without being sticky or greasy - a definite plus in muggy Hong Kong - and its subtle smell won't clobber your fragrance. Exclusive to Lane Crawford.

Darphin's Clear White series (below left) includes Soothing Serum (HK$1080/30ml) that comforts sensitive skins with gentian extract, and Hydrating Cream (HK$880/50ml) to even skin tone with mulberry and rice extracts. There's no immediate effect on brightening but the products replenish the skin and smell natural. Exclusive to Darphin stores at Times Square and Canton Road.

Davidoff Adventure Eau De Toilette Natural Spray (HK$540/100ml) is nicely packaged in the style of an explorer's flask (above) but unfortunately the scent is not so outstanding.

OPI's Designer Series (HK$210/15ml) includes two new shades - a jewel toned red and a golden coral (below) infused with diamond dust for extraordinary brilliance.

In Essence Aromatherapy Exotic Sandalwood Body Scrub (HK$252/250g) effectively polishes the skin, while the seductive aroma of frangipani, jasmine, patchouli and orange lingers. Exclusive to Sasa (below second from right).