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Mustique is an oasis for your skin and hair
By American-Statesman staff

Sometimes a tropical getaway is a good way to feel refreshed.

Dallas resident Niven Morgan, maker of the Jean Baptiste 1717 body and candle line as well as other kitchen, bath and body products, has introduced a new line of body products called Mustique, which was inspired and named after a 1,400-acre private island in the Caribbean.


The line, which sells for $16 to $32, offers body lotion, body wash, conditioner, hand lotion, hand soap and shampoo. The scent is a blend of citron, whitewood, patchouli, amber, bergamot, frangipani, spearmint and orange.

WISH: Niven Morgan's new bath and body collection benefits America's Wetland 

In 1717, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville discovered a crescent bend in the Mississippi River and decided it looked like a high-and-dry spot to build a city.

Nearly three centuries later, it’s easy to wonder if he’d pick the same spot today to settle New Orleans.
Coastal erosion and subsidence, we all know, is changing the shape of Louisiana’s boot. And that was before the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico started threatening South Louisiana's ecology and economy.

The America’s Wetland Foundation, a nonprofit that works to bring coastal issues to Congressional and public attention, estimates the state loses a football field of land every 50 minutes.

That disturbing stat, and now concern about the longtime repercussions of the oil spill, spurred Niven Morgan to donate a portion of proceeds this month from sales of his new Jean Baptiste 1717 collection to the foundation’s efforts.


Jean Baptiste, named for New Orleans’ founding father, is the newest addition to Morgan’s eponymous line of divinely scented bubble bath, candles, soaps and lotions.


Born in Shreveport, Morgan lives in Dallas, but he keeps an apartment in the Crescent City. For Jean Baptiste, he blended a sultry Southern mix of water hyacinth and jasmine with hints of wild rose and wood. The floral fragrance is surprisingly light and soft.

In launching the collection this spring, Morgan said he wanted to give back to the place that inspired it. “Just think of the pelicans and other wildlife along the coast. We need to do what we can to protect it before it’s gone.”

A portion of proceeds this month from the Jean Baptiste 1717 collection will benefit the America’s Wetland Foundation.

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Color Coded - Lavender

Just thinking of lavender brings feelings of relaxation. It's scent has been used for centuries as a way to calm the senses. I get the same effect from the color lavender. I'm so thrilled to bring you images from the uber-talented Jamie Drake. He has been kind enough to lend his thoughts on the color too. And for fun, I've included my favorite lavender items out in the marketplace. Prepare to be charmed!


1 Calm to Your Senses Lavender & Vanilla Body Souffle by Origins
2 Lavender Mint Signature Square Candle by Niven Morgan
3 Lavender Exfoliating Body Scrub by Kiehls
4 Lavender Grid & Dots Necktie by Brioni
5 Lavender Shea Soap by L’Occitane
6 One Shoulder Chiffon Dress by BCBG Max Azria
7 Lavender Classic High Back Rocking Chair by Hayneedle

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A light summer fragrant lotion:


Jean Baptiste 1717 Velveting Body Lotion by Niven Morgan. Retails at $32

Jean Baptiste 1717 velveting body lotion by Niven Morgan has all the components: great smell, great coverage and not greasy. The scent is amazing: a clean summer smell. Niven Morgan also sells this scent in a hand lotion, body wash, bubble bath and candle. The bottle is the best part with the red wax seal (reminds me of Makers Mark). Sold at Neiman Marcus, Free shipping for the entire month of June with code JUNENM.

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1. ugg dakota slippers $100, 2. lollia wish foaming bubble bath $49, 3. gorjana stackable rings $84, 4. veuve clicquot rose champagne $61.99, 5. ipod shuffle in pink $49, 6. niven morgan gold hand lotion and soap $32, 7. assouline american fashion designers at home $65, 8. anthropologie ice palace candle holder $14.95, 9. rock hudson and doris day romance collection, 10. chanel lip gloss $28.50, 11. tickled pink kate spade cards $25, 12. sur la table heart whoopie pie pan $12.95, 13. crate and barrel red velvet whoopie pie mix $8.95, 14. kate spade grace avenue flutes $60 for a pair

The Find Blog: Citrus-Scented Pampering with Grapefruit-Infused Bath Products!

Other than sunscreen and salty beach air, nothing smells quite like summer than light, refreshing, citrusy scents. True, the last thing you want to do in the sweltering weather is lounge in a bath for hours, but that’s no reason to skimp on pampering, and grapefruit bath products are on our radar to let you lather in a way that will leave you feeling clean and refreshed, even if you’re keeping your shower short, sweet, and on especially hot days, lukewarm. Think of grapefruit as a sophisticated step up from the summer lemonade stands of your youth — it’s still sweet, punchy and summery, but with a bittersweet kick that keeps it wearable as a fragrance and not too sugary-sweet to lather up or lotion with. Plus, grapefruit itself has plenty of skin-boosting properties, from revitalizing vitamin C, moisturizing fatty acids, and toning oils. Whether you’re in it for its skin-smoothing abilities or just the summery aromatherapy, grapefruit will have you feeling refreshed and revitalized, no matter how hot the day!


From left to right: Niven Morgan White Grapefruit & Lime Hand Lotion, REN Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash, Philosophy Blushing Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel, LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Butter, and The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Puree Body Lotion.

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