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Ethereal Perfume Balm and Pixie Dust join the year-old 19-SKU line. Ethereal's floral blend of carnation, rose and bergamot is combined with frankincense to create a balm that "releases its scent as it warms on the skin." A 1 oz. balm retails for $19. Pixie Dust dusting powder can be used on the entire body to add "subtle fragrance and softness to the skin." Scented with citrus notes, Pixie Dust is formulated with arrowroot powder, cornstarch, mica and essential oils. A 4.5 oz. jar retails for $25. Ornately packaged with recycled glass and sealing wax, the collection includes soaps, oils, bath blends, lotions and perfume. Medieval products range in price from $9.50 for soap to a $25 body oil. The "natural, traditional and pure" products are available at Apothia, Fred Segal and select boutiques nationwide
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