When I first came across the Karma Creatives brand, I liked the hip pampering products, but I didn't love 'em. The packaging was a little cheesy, and the fruity scents were tad overwhelming. When your brand is all about a gimmick — in this case "karma in a soap," "karma in a can," and so forth — appearances are very important. So I was glad to see that with its new Spring/Summer 2007 collection, Karma Creatives has expanded its offerings and given its packaging a makeover.

I particularly love the Karmatherapy Travel Pack ($28, above). Clad in subtle sea-tones, it offers all kinds of mini-products that are usually tough to find in travel sizes, including cherry-blossom conditioner and cucumber-aloe face wash. For the other highlights,

In addition to its original tin candles, Karma now makes more elegant tumbler candles ($22 each) in four yummy but non-invasive scents: I like Vanilla Peach the best.

But the biggest improvement is in the lip balm. Before, it came in a plastic tub, and the formula solidified over time, making it nearly impossible to use. Now, they come in a hip metal slider ($3.99 each), and the new, creamier balm comes in several very natural and tasty varieties, including Honey and Mint.

Karma Creatives products are sold in hip boutiques nationwide. Find a retailer near you here.