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Pick of the Week: Valentino Valentina Bath & Shower Gel

November 26, 2012

Packaging counts. Bringing something new into my apartment, I like to love the way it looks. Grazie, Valentino, for your gorgissimma Valentina Velvet Shower Gel bottled in that clear crisp plastic that looks like glass. A posy of Valentino’s famous flowers, like the leather ones on his handbags, blooms across the front in high relief. That makes it almost impossible for the bottle to slip out of your hand in the shower. The clear gel is a violet-peach shade, the color of expensive lingerie. Its fragrance is clean and faintly floral but doesn’t linger on the skin or scent your bathroom all day. Valentina isn’t heavily perfumed and for me, that’s a true plus. Keeping my skin moisturized is a priority, so who needs a full-body dose of scent?  With its silver pom-pom cap, Valentina looks molta bella in my shower niche. What’s Italian for Ooh-la-la?  - Patricia Volk

Patricia Volk is the author of the forth-coming SHOCKED: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me (Knopf 2013)