One of my favorite poems starts, “After rain, after many days without rain…” It goes on to talk about what the trees and roots and deep-in-the earth rocks feel when touched by rain after too many dry days. Penned by Mary Oliver, the poem is about happiness, and I like the metaphor. Rain after a drought feels great. It’s good for the soul. It’s good for the plants. And it’s great for anyone who’s been waiting out the fire bans in hopes of making s’mores.

National S’mores Day is Friday, August 10. Unlike National Clean Out Your Air Ducts Day, this obscure holiday is a perfect reason to make yourself or someone you love smile. (I’ll take as many of those as I can get!) What’s not to love about chocolate, marshmallows, and honey grahams? But in light of those aforementioned fire bans, you might need to think outside the box. Know someone who loves s’mores? How about giving them a skincare s’more!? Here are some fun ideas for gift baskets:

Skin-Silkening S’more


Napoleon Perdis Marshmallow Foaming Makeup Remover

GloMinerals Honey Sugar Butter Body Polish

Karin Herzog Chocolate Comfort Cream Moisturizer

Instructions: Apply Perdis Marshmallow Foaming Makeup Remover to gently remove the day’s buildup of oils, debris, and makeup. Marshmallow extract is known for its softening and calming qualities, so let it linger on your skin for a bit before rinsing or tissuing off this no-water-necessary formula. Next apply GloMinerals Honey Sugar Butter Body Polish to slough away dead skin cells. The rich honey provides antibacterial and antioxidant benefits as natural oils promote healthy moisture in the skin. Last, apply Herzog Chocolate Comfort Cream Moisturizer to plump and nourish the skin and surround yourself with the light, sweet, rich scent of Swiss chocolate.

Skin-Soothing S’more


Kinara Nighttime Skin Quencher Exfoliant with Marshmallow Extract

Eminence Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque

TimeBalm Skincare White Tea Honey Face and Body Primer

Instructions: Apply Kinara Skin Quencher Exfoliant to cleansed skin to exfoliate and moisturize. Marshmallow extract helps soften the skin as this moistening formula diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that can be exacerbated by dehydrated skin. Smooth on a thin layer of Eminence Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque to sooth discomfort or irritation that comes with dry skin. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, inhaling the decadent cocoa aroma, before removing with a damp cloth. Off to bed with you! In the morning, after cleansing and moisturizing and before makeup, apply TimeBalm White Tea Honey Primer to create a silky, even texture and luminous soft finish.