Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back to School Gifts to Covet | Little Luxuries for the College Student #BackToSchool #Gifts

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Most college students do not tend to indulge in many little luxuries, and given the cost of tuition, rent, food and textbooks, they seldom have much left in the way of disposable income to pamper themselves. With that in mind, I selected some lovely indulgences to give to the college students in your life.
Chamilia, which is part of the Swarovski Company, makes a beautiful selection of sterling silver pendants and charms from which to choose. They are beautiful, high quality and affordable, and will be loved by the recipient.

Chamilia Paisely Charm ($45.00  from Chamilia and Amazon): This beautiful paisley shaped sterling silver charm is punctuated by a lovely light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal. The floral motif is elegant and intricate.

According to Chamilia,

Originally seen to embody a flower, the Paisley is a form which represents the totality of life within a droplet. It symbolizes creation, abundance and life. Chamilia's Paisley Flower is detailed with a petite bloom accented with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal and a lightly oxidized finish. Take two of the charms and fit them together, top to bottom, to create a Yin Yang symbol.

Chamilia Horse ($35.00 from Chamilia): This pretty sterling silver horse pendant has an enamel blue floral motif that serves as an ornamental saddle. It is a very sweet pendant that is sure to delight anyone who loves horses.

According to Chamilia,

The horse symbolizes motivation, passion and a need for freedom. Chamilia's Horse charm is detailed with a beautiful Folk Art pattern in blue enamel with lightly oxidized detail.

Chamilia Lucky Horseshoe ($40.00 from Chamilia): This sterling silver charm with a polished finish features a tiny horseshoe encrusted with Rose Gold Swarovski Crystals from the Chamilia Iconopop collection.

Chamilia Paisely Treasure ($60.00 from Chamilia and Amazon): This gorgeous bejeweled sterling silver bead is punctuated by aisle motifs and Swarovski Crystals.

According to Chamilia,

This sterling silver bead with lightly oxidized finish features a Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal embedded in a stylized Paisley flower.
Each Chamilia charm and pendant come in these lovely little gift boxes
Chamilia Charms also come with a nice little pouch where you can store them when you aren't wearing them.
S'well Water Bottles ($25.00-$45.00 each from S'wellNordstromNeiman MarcusBloomingdale'sBirchboxShopbopAthleta GapAnthropologie and The Container Store): are ingeniously made from BPA-free, double-walled stainless steel that is so well insulated that it keeps liquids cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours. They are so well insulated that no matter how cold the liquid inside, there is absolutely no condensation outside. I purchased the 25 oz. size so that I wouldn't have to refill my bottle as frequently, but you might prefer the 17 oz. size because it a bit smaller to tote around. However, I definitely think that the 9 oz. is a little too small for the purposes of staying hydrated throughout the day. This is perfect for college students who have back-to-back classes, and are on campus all day. They can fill it with coffee in the morning, and rinse it out and fill it with water in the afternoon.

According to S'well,

In 2010, S'well was launched with a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles. With your continued support, we are doing just that! Every day, walking around the city I love, I see New Yorkers carrying the one thing S'well dreads the most — the plastic bottle. In the US alone, an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfill sites each year, and over 200 billion globally.

When developing and designing the S'well bottle, we aimed to create a beautifully crafted bottle that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while also giving back to those in need. At S'well, we understand it's important to be part of the solution, which is why we're proud to partner with our many charity partners: we are working towards bettering our environment and communities around the world, one S'well bottle at a time.


  • Bottle may be used as a water bottle or to hold other beverages.
  • Made of 18/8 double-walled stainless steel.
  • Nontoxic, non-leaching, and BPA free.
  • Hand-painted.
  • Mouth wide enough for ice cubes and drip-free sipping.
  • Vacuum sealed; keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12.
  • Fits standard-size cup holder.
  • Hand wash only. Not dishwasher safe.
They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and are available in 3 sizes (25 oz, 17 oz. and 9 oz.). While they are by no means the least expensive water bottles on the market, I assure that they will last a very very long time, and are worth every penny.
LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Lavender ($19.00 for 6.7oz. Available from SephoraDermstoreMacy's and Lavanila): Once the weather starts to cool down, it will be time to reach for richer and heavier creams, oils and body butters to keep the skin soft, supple and moisturized. This body butter in not only only tremendously hydrating, but the warm and pleasant fusion of vanilla and lavender is a calming and soothing bedtime treat that relaxes me and encourages me to drift off into a peaceful slumber. When I wake up my skin is velvety soft and deliciously hydrated.

If you are looking for a hydrating body butter, this is definitely one to consider. It comes in 6 wonderful scents: Vanilla Summer, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Coconut, and they are all free of harsh chemicals.

According to Lavanila,

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter will give you instantly soft skin! The Healthy Body Butter uses an advanced, restorative formula made with 100% natural ingredients and survival molecules to lock in a healthy dose of 30 essential vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified water), Glycerin (Vegetable), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Stearic acid (Vegetable), Beeswax, Cetearyl alcohol (Vegetable), Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (Coconut) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Cetyl esters, Squalane (Olive oil), Olea europaea (Olive) leaf extract, Lacium barbarum (Goji) powder, Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) fruit extract, Epilobium angustifolium (Canadian willowherb) extract, Alteromonas ferment extract, Oat amino acids, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Corylus avellana (Hazel) seed oil, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E acetate), Chrysanthellum indicum (Chamomile) extract, Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Steareth-2, Sodium hydroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl glycol, Potassium sorbate, Hexylene glycol (Paraben-free preservatives), Botanical fragrance blend, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil.

NO Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, or Aluminum.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit ($14.00 from LAVANILASephora, Skin Store and Net-A-Porter): I have been using natural deodorants for many, many years, and LAVANILA definitely makes one of my all-time favorite formulas. They offer a nice selection of scents that boast excellent odor protection, and they are filled with healthy ingredients. Furthermore, LAVANILA deodorants do not stain clothes, and they soothe the delicate underarm area.

According to LAVANILA,

Finally, a natural deodorant that works. Get superior odor protection with this 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Soothing essential oils blend with beta-glucan technology fight odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.  

Select Ingredients & Their Attributes:
  • Beta-Glucan Technology: Promotes healthy skin and fights odor with a complex of powerful antioxidants, anti-bacterial agents, and polysaccharides.
  • Goji Berry: Provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, 21 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids.
  • Japanese Honeysuckle: Acts as a natural preservative and an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Lichen Lemon and Tea Tree Oils: Prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria; provide safe, long-lasting protection sans harsh chemicals or alcohol.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.
Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($12.00-$27.00 for 2oz.-4.23 oz. from Philip B.Nordstrom, Barneys New York, DermstoreNet-A-Porter, Skin Care RX, Cult Beauty, Amazon and Beauty Expert): This lightweight detangling mist offers frizz-free manageability, nourishes the hair and leaves it with a gorgeous glossy shine. It has a pleasant light herbal aroma that I find very pleasant and calming.

  • Weightless, daily detangling mist leaves hair glossy and frizz-free. Perfect for all hair types.
  • Water-light leave-in toner adjusts the pH of tap water to seal the cuticle of your hair, for a remarkably smooth, shiny finish
  • Boosts manageability and shine with Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer
  • A featherweight blend of essential oils detangles, obliterates frizz and static, and imparts a light botanical scent
  • Spritz on clean wet hair—or use to revive your style anytime!
  • Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe
Directions: Shake well. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, lightly spray PHILIP B® pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist through the mid-shaft and ends. Squeeze into your hair, towel dry and style as usual.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar), Amodimethicone, SD Alcohol 40-B/Alcohol Denat, Polysorbate-20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Parethe-9, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Oil, BHT, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Gardenia Florida Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Chlorphensin, Linalool.

Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil ($30.00 for 2 oz. from Philip B.Space NKNordstromNet-A-PorterBloomingdale'sBarneys New YorkSelfridgesDermstore and Cult Beauty): If you have dry hair in need of serious nourishment, then Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil is a game changer with which you ought to become acquainted. It is a wonderful treat for the hair and scalp, and I cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which I love this ultra-effective oil.

Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil is an ultra light blend of essential oils that deeply hydrate even the most damaged hair. I use it in a variety of ways, from a daily treatment and styling aid to an ultra deep conditioning treatment. Part of its magic is in its versatility, and it is one of those remarkably effective hair oils that can be used on a daily basis. When I apply a few drops to my hair before styling (it can be used on wet or dry hair) it leaves my hair frizz-free, moisturized, shiny and manageable. My curls become well-formed shiny ringlets that feel and look stunning. When I use it as a deep conditioner, my hair and scalp are left healthy, ultra-moisturized and soft and supple. I often apply it before going to bed, and then wrap my head in a towel and then rinse it in the shower the following day– the difference is absolutely unmistakable. 

According to Philip B.,

Packed with ultra-light essential oils, our legendary conditioning treatment sinks in instantly to transform even the driest, most frazzled hair, leaving it bouncy and gleaming.

  • Restores hair's strength, shine and elasticity. Prevents breakage
  • Detoxes your scalp: Dissolves scalp oils and product buildup for extra lift at the roots
  • Paves the way for luminous, dimensional, healthy-looking color
  • See and feel the results of bouncy, healthy, soft, silky, shiny hair from your very first treatment
Suggested use: Use on parched, damaged hair twice a week; on dry hair, once a week; and on normal hair 1-4 times a month. For a dehydrated scalp, use once or twice a week.

Apply Rejuvenating Oil liberally to dry, unwashed hair, starting two inches from the roots, and work it in with your fingers down to the ends. To help the botanical moisture sink in quickly, warm your hair with a blow dryer for one to two minutes.

For dry hair leave on for 20-45 minutes.
For dry to damaged hair leave on for 45 minutes -2 hours.
For deep conditioning heave ob for 2-15 hours.

Tip: Use a clarifying shampoo to lift excess oil from hair shaft. Rinse well. Condition as usual.

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Oil, BHT, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Gardenia Florida Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Chlorphenesin, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool. Paraben free; Color & Keratin-treatment safe.
AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 ($38.25. Available at day spas, specialty stores and online at www.allglamr.com): AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreens offer broad spectrum sun protection that is hypo-allergenic, non-irritating, and available in two shades. The formula is an antioxidant-rich hydrating and gives skin a natural sheer finish, and a mild dewy glow.

According to AllGlamR,

By incorporating skin refreshing moisturization, color dispensing toner and sun rejecting ingredients, our antioxidant enriched tinted moisturizer balances skin tones while providing protection against the harmful rays of the sun. Our Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 is available in two radiant shades, light and medium, that blend to match most skin tones.

We believe in making our paraben free products right here in the USA without harmful additives and irritants and we never, ever test on animals.

- Powerful SPF 30 protects from UVA and UVB rays
- Non-irritant and nonallergenic
- Re-hydrates with natural oils providing moisture while under the sun
- Antioxidant enriched with safe and natural ingredients
- Provides smooth, even complexion

Directions: Apply generously until desired coverage is achieved. If exposed to sun, swimming or excessive sweating, reapply every two hours or more frequently as needed.
Left to Right: AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 in Light and Medium
AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen is available in Light (for light to medium tones) 
and Medium (for medium to dark tones).
COCOFLOSS ($8.00 for a single, $21 for three piece set, Available at Cocofloss, Sephora, Shen Beauty, Anthropologie and Goop): Cocofloss is a very effective dental floss that deeply cleans teeth and is gentle and soothing on the gums. It actually makes flossing something that I look forward to, and it is available in 4 coconut infused flavors: Delicious Mint, Pure Strawberries, Fresh Coconut and Cara Cara Orange.

According to COCOFLOSS,

Founded by two sisters – one artist and one dentist – Cocofloss is on a mission to bring paradise to your oral care routine with refreshing, high-performance products. This unique floss is made with a bright blue rope and is infused with coconut oil. What makes this special and fun floss even better is that it is vegan and eco-friendly! Take this paradise on the go with you as its perfect for travel and can fit in any makeup or toiletry bag.
Overall Assessment: These little luxuries are perfect to make a hard working college student feel loved and pampered, and they are sure to be greatly appreciated! What treats would you buy for the college students in your life?

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  1. What a terrific list of little gift ideas! I love the silver and crystal charms for myself! And the floss is too cute

    1. Thanks, Allison! Aren't the charms lovely?! I think that you would really love them, and they aren't too pricey, either!

  2. These are all great choices! I love the look of that pretty water bottle. Mine is plain old steel LOL.

    1. Thanks, Renu! This water bottle is the most amazing one that I have ever bought! It keeps everything hot or cold for a remarkable length of time!

  3. These are all perfect little gifts for someone going off to college. Or for me. lol

  4. Excellent ideas. The Camillia charms are great. I definitely want to get the floss. Why not have cute delicious floss???

    1. Thanks, Marcia! Yes, the Chamilia Charms are really wonderful! I think that you will love this floss!

  5. Some excellent ideas! I love the look of the charms and am adding the floss to my Sephora cart asap.

    1. Thanks, Bailey! The charms are really lovely quality– sterling silver and Swarovski crystals! Yes, the Cocofloss is definitely worth having! I can't wait to see what you think about it!


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