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Bella Brand: Kings & Queens

Bella Brand: Kings & Queens

Greek cosmetics company Korres is branching out — royally. Its new line of bath and body products, Kings & Queens, has been developed around ingredients favored by monarchs of the past. The packaging is vibrant enough to draw you in, and the prices aren't too crazy (between $9 and $15). Plus, the products are paraben-free, which will please the healthy-livin' crowd. But I know what you're thinking: Yeah, yeah, but is this stuff any good?

Yes, with a couple of reservations. The shimmering body milk adds a subtle glow to skin and would be great with shoulder-baring outfits. The body butter is rich and moisturizing, and it sinks into skin quickly. And I love the shower gels; at $9, they're an affordable luxury, and they lather up beautifully. To find out what isn't as impressive,

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I'll be honest with you: The scents are really hit-or-miss. Caspar is gorgeously spicy, a little dark, and very rich. It's unusual and alluring — and not "perfumey" at all. So I'm puzzled by how the creators of that kind of scent could come up with Chinese Princess, a thoroughly unpleasant interpretation of jasmine.

Other scents take about 15 minutes to get into their groove. For instance, Sultan of Granada's lemony fragrance starts off like Pledge before settling into a softer, fresh citrus scent. And Nefertiti, a honey scent, isn't amazing at first, but then it becomes gentle and lovely. You can definitely find some good fragrances in this line, but you'll have to sniff around for them.


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AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Body butters are the hot topic today! I'll sniff and try before I buy.
Charlie Charlie 8 years
I'm totally with you on the hit-or-miss scents, Bella! Some smelled simply repulsive or way too overpowering to me, while others were heavenly (I personally adore the Nefertiti Honey, which isn't too sweet a scent, a problem with most honey scents for me). I've been torn between the Nefertiti Honey Body Butter and Korres Quine Body Butter for months now!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Korres is great!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Korres is great!
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I'll definitely want to check these out. They sound like they could be nice and affordable.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Caspar sounds really nice - sad about Chinese Princess, though, because I love jasmine scents :-(
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Oh, and the honey scent sounds nice.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I've been thinking I really want more natural products. Mostly that comes from looking at my shampoo and conditioner ingredients more often and more carefully recently. All of the DIY conditioners I found though are all food based and I wouldn't be able to make a decent amount to last me more than a week.
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
THE PACKAGING GETS ME EVERY TIME. I LOVE KORRES!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'll have to try these. I'm a sucker for this kind of thing.
gigill gigill 8 years
Cool packaging.
gigill gigill 8 years
Cool packaging.
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