Growing up, my mother was a huge fan of political books. Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them was a particular favorite of hers, but It Takes a Village, written by former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is one that sticks out in my mind. Probably because I remember there being so much press coverage about it. And while I got the gist of what the title was talking about, it took getting into my early 30s and seeing my friends have children to really start to understand what all that meant. Jodie Turner-Smith is living it right now.
The 34-year-old recently had her first child with husband Joshua Jackson, and the experience has been a journey, not only in understanding how much work it takes to raise a child and the help new mothers need (regardless of their station in life), but also what self-care means in a time when nothing seems to make sense.
When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2020, none of us expected to spend the year in the throes of a pandemic and a racial reckoning in the United States. But if this year has taught us anything (besides the true meaning of cleanliness), it's driven the point home that self-care is absolutely essential.
Any distraction from the state of things is welcome. Many of us have been turning to beauty to soothe ourselves, whether it's being indulgent about our skin-care routines, babying our hair, or just filling our homes with things that smell good.
By now, we know that scents are powerful. And for some of us, they play a big role in our self-care routines. Whether we lavish ourselves with fragrant bath oils, light scented candles and let them burn all day, or we put on a bit of perfume before a Zoom meeting, fragrance has become a way for us to maintain normalcy in this terrible timeline we seem to be trapped in. It's the perfect time, indeed, for Gucci to release a new version of its fan-favorite (and Best of Beauty-winning) Bloom fragrance. Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori is the latest iteration of the scent, which brings forth woody floral notes, combined with scents of jasmine bud extract, tuberose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, and musk.