MOR Gifting – Holiday Collection 2011 review

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If you’re anything like me, you still have a long list of loved ones to buy extraordinary gifts for, but little time and an even littler budget to get the job done. Or, I hope you at least have one more person to gift and if not, make it for yourself! Because MOR Cosmetics, one of our most beloved brands, has put out gift sets for 2011 that are exquisite and completely affordable. We’re giving you a closer look at three of them…

MOR is one of those guaranteed to please lines, with gorgeous packaging, effective yet gentle formulas, and delightfully pure scents. Every item I’ve tried from MOR is completely pleasing to wear on my body and display on my countertops!

Best of all, MOR Cosmetics is giving everyone a chance to test their latest little tins of joy – sweet and shiny lip balms – by offering we heart this readers a FREE Lip Macaron with each $20 purchase. Details and code at the end of the post! And trust me, the low $20 purchase requirement will be a joy to spend.

Christmas came early, and I think I actually squealed, when I opened my review box to discover the Essentially Yours gift set ($22). This set includes a generously sized body lotion in a pump bottle and soap bar with a decorative tin in the intoxicating scent of Basil & Grape.

I tried this amazing scent in a body butter last year, and my husband and I still talk about what a great product that was. He would actually hide it from me so he could use it on his dry skin, but there was no mistaking that lovely scent as it wafted by me at night! The scent bursts with sweet, ripe summer grapes that are tempered with fresh basil and a whisper of soft violet.

This light lotion in this set contains vitamin E and shea butter. It spreads and soaks in quickly. It’s not as thick as the body butter of course, but it is weightless and moisturizes well. It lasts at least a few hours depending on the dryness of the day.

When I use the lotion on my hands and arms at night, I think I actually sleep more peacefully! When I use the soap and lotion together, the light and sweet scent lingers all day, and I don’t even bother with perfume.

The soap is housed in a great, rectangular tin and contains coconut oil and glycerin. It has that same fantastic scent and is a very effective, yet gentle cleanser. I’ve even used it on my face, with no sensitivity.

This set is a top-shelf product at an amazing price, and I would be proud to gift it to even the most discriminating person on my list. You’ll find similar $22 packages (just enough for that Lip Macaron), like the Essentially Sweet Set (Honey Nectar scented products) over at Mor.

Next, for the very good girls on your list, we have the most luxurious Queen of Hearts collection:

This luxe set ($40) comes in a large collectible hinged tin that contains a full-sized soap, hand cream, and lip macaron, all in the scent Italian Blood Orange (ruby red Italian Blood Orange infused with soft summer floral notes of Jasmine, Rose, and Lilly of the Valley). Yum! I can’t wait to hear what our tester thinks of this scent.

The triple-milled soap is packaged so beautifully, I’m not sure I’d ever open it! But it sure would look exquisite as a decorative piece in the guest bathroom, and I bet I’d be sorry to miss out on the luxury of using it. I could see gifting this by itself or the macaron as the perfect stocking stuffer for Mom!

Speaking of which, the lip macaron is rich in vitamin E and is also a packaging dream – housed in a pretty tin. I was lucky enough to also test one of these macarons and would be so proud to show it off by carrying it in my purse, if I could get it off my nightstand. This sweetly scented gem moisturizes my lips effectively every night. Not to neglect the body cream, that contains shea and cocoa butters, anti-oxidant rich sesame oil and glycerin and is housed in an elegantly capped tube.

Finally, for the smaller, but no less luxurious gift needed on your list, we next have the Sweet Surprise set ($17). This Lychee Flower scented duo contains a body lotion in a squeeze tube and a soapette housed in a collectible tin – and just look at that sweet panettone box this set arrives in!

This scent is described as sparkling, sweet lychee flower combined with ripe berries, soft powdery florals and the slightest hint of green forest woods. These items are rich with vitamin E, sweet almond, grape, sesame seed and sunflower seed oils. This is an absolutely adorable-looking set and I could see reusing that tin easily! What a great gift idea for a favorite teacher, hair stylist or anyone you want to gift a “little something”.

Overall, MOR has outdone themselves with this collection of holiday goodies. Luxurious products in beautiful packaging at affordable prices – what’s not to love? I know I was thrilled to receive my MOR package and bet anyone on your list would be too!

We heart this readers get a FREE Lip Macaron with purchase of $20.00 or more at MOR Cosmetics. Use code WEHEARTMOR at checkout. Lip Macaron flavor chosen at random. Valid through midnight December 31, 2011.

So, what do you think? Will you save room for one MOR gift on your list?

Disclosure: This review includes products that were provided by the manufacturer/PR firm for our consideration. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.


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    Mel is a Mom, an avid makeup junkie and a junior high science teacher. Beauty and brains; just what we want in a we heart this author!

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  1. I also squealed with delight when I saw the Sweet Delight set in my WHT box. The box comes with a lotion and the soap in the adorable tin box. The packaging is gorgeous and almost makes you not want to open it. Of course, I couldn’t resist and quickly dove into it.
    The lotion smells amazing. It’s one of those you put on and everyone starts commenting on who smells so good. I’ve had that happen at least three time since I’ve been using it. The lotion is the perfect purse size and a little goes a long way. Super moisturizing and great for dry winter hands.
    The soap smells just as delicious as the lotion. It truly is very pretty and looks so cute in it’s tin that you really don’t want to mess it all up. It is perfect size for a guest bathroom. Looks super fancy sitting on a nice soap dish.
    This set would make a wonderful gift for a girlfriend or teacher. 5 stars!

  2. These are LOVELY. I had a MOR gift set last year and I’m definitely buying some this year! (I might even do a few as gifts to someone OTHER than myself. :-) )

    I have yet to smell a MOR scent that didn’t fit someone I knew. Y’all, if you are looking for a gift, this is it! (But keep the Lip Macaron for yourself. You deserve it.)

  3. I love these! MOR has the best holiday sets, I’ve already bought one for a Xmas present and was seriously tempted to buy one for myself too because they’re so delightful!

  4. I love what MOR does each year for the holidays. I haven’t even heard of MOR until I stumbled upon wht a couple years ago ;) The Basil and Grape sounds very interesting and you are quite convincing with your review. My boyfriend would be a huge fan of that spring green packaging too!

  5. I LOVE MOR. I’ve tried their Clementine Neroli candle and two of their lip balms, and they’re all great. The candle in particular is amazing, and I kind of want to stock up and give a few as gifts. The packaging is delightful, and the price is right, so these make the perfect present– you don’t have to break the bank to impress! :)

  6. I do really love MOR’s Far East vintage look. It’s so pretty it seems made for gift giving, yet so reasonably priced there is no reason not to purchase for yourself!

  7. These really are incredible products at an even more incredible price! The pictures (which of course I did not take!) are stunning. And I love that line from @lipglossandspandex – you really don’t have to break the bank to impress – so true! @mandabear – I wouldn’t call the scent masculine, so smell it before giving it to your boyfriend. It’s really fresh, but also too much on the sweet side to appeal to most guys…mine just put it on at night for his dry skin. He definitely likes the scent, but I don’t think he’d wear it out during the day. I’d think your guy would definitely not mind smelling it on you, though!

  8. Love, love, love MOR! These sets are perfect for last minute gifts or hard to shop for friends. I know a few friends who are getting the Essentially Yours gift set this holiday season! But shhhhh, don’t tell them about the lip macaron, that’s mine!

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