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Shape of Beauty Awards 2009 - Body

BODY CLEANSERS AND SCRUBS


Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash for Very Dry Skin in Hibiscus & Fig ($20; ahavaus.com)
"This thick cleanser was so hydrating, I didn't need to apply lotion after my shower," commented one tester. It has nourishing oils and minerals harvested from the Dead Sea, plus plant extracts.

Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash ($5; drugstore.com)
The moisturizing karite butter and sloughing brown sugar in this cleanser gently remove dull, dead cells and get you supersoft. Testers repeatedly praised its "yummy cookie scent."

Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Body-Buffing Cleanser ($20; origins.com)
This mild formula is a "supereffective exfoliator," states Bemis. The secret sloughing ingredient? Crushed apricot seeds. The invigorating aroma of grapefruit, mint, and orange turned an ordinary shower "into a spa experience," said one tester.

BODY FIRMING

Nivea My Silhouette! Redefining Gel-Cream ($16; drugstore.com)
The gel-cream formula-which testers praised for "sinking in fast"-contains white tea and anise extract to improve skin tone and elasticity. "After about three weeks of using it, the skin on my legs started to look firmer," said one.

Clarins High Definition Body Lift ($65; us.clarins.com)

This lotion features a combination of enzymes, botanicals, and caffeine, all of which tone and firm skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Testers reported seeing less-lumpy-looking thighs after just a few weeks of use, and with regular p.m. application, one claimed she was "actually ready to put on a bikini."

BODY MOISTURIZERS


Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Triple Smoothing Body Lotion ($8; drugstore.com)
This lotion
delivers intense hydration and exfoliation, thanks to a mix of vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids. One tester said it absorbed so quickly, she could "get dressed right away."

Sephora Coconut Cream Body Butter ($16; sephora.com)
Sure, it leaves skin "feeling like butter," but what testers couldn't get enough of was this cream's island-inspired scent. "It smelled so delicious, it made my mouth water," raved one. Testers described this product as a great value too: "It's as luxurious as designer creams that cost twice as much."

ANTIPERSPIRANT/DEODORANT


Dove Visibly Smooth Clinical Protection Antiperspirant/Deodorant ($8; drugstore.com) This potent sweat stopper has the maximum amount of the wetness-fighting ingredient aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly allowed without a prescription. The sunflower oil it contains also "softens stubble so it isn't as noticeable," explained a tester.

Origins Organics Totally Pure Deodorant ($15; origins.com)

"I never thought chem-free could
be so powerful," exclaimed one tester. The mix of organic white willow bark and lavender alcohol neutralizes odors, while its organic essential oil blend leaves behind an energizing scent.

MOOD-BOOSTING FRAGRANCES

Halle by Halle Berry Eau de Parfum ($28 for 1 oz.; kohls.com)

This spicy scent with a hint of fruit is suitable to wear every day. "It's a rare fragrance because it's strong enough to linger but doesn't overpower," said a tester.

Philosophy Unconditional Love Spray Fragrance ($40 for 1.7 oz.; philosophy.com)

"This was the kind of perfume that had me smelling my wrists all day," reported a tester. It contains sumptuous notes, like black currant and cashmere vanilla.

Elizabeth Arden Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray ($49 for 1.7 oz.; elizabetharden.com)
"I usually find florals heavy, but this one strikes a balance between sweet and delicate," said one tester. It features star jasmine, pink iris, and white peony, all anchored by a rich mix of musk, wood, and amber.

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