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Online Shopping Guide: Personal Care Products

Here is a very selective list of online shopping sites you might want to visit, compiled by Washington Post staff writers. Click on the links below to go to the other sections of the chart.

Clothing | Books & Music | Electronics | Food | Toys | Tickets | Beauty | Luxury

What they're selling: Makeup, haircare products, fragrances, accessories.
Shipping: Express delivery, within 2 days, is $9.95.
Gift wrapping: Free during the holiday season; will print up personalized card as well.
Return Policy: Call to obtain a return authorization; coompany pays for return shipping charges.
Discounts: Free shipping through Dec. 31. Free samples available; the site has a point system redeemable for future products.
Critique: Highly produced site with impressive layout and designs; easy to navigate and offers a great selection of upscale beauty products.
What they're selling: Variety of personal gifts from linen napkins to soap on a rope.
Shipping: Free UPS ground shipping on orders $25 and up; shipping on orders below that costs $4.95. Overnight shipping available for $14.95 for purchases up to $25; costs increase with larger purchases.
Gift wrapping: $4 for gift wrapping. If you don't choose to have your selection gift-wrapped, goods come wrapped in tissue paper with company sticker.
Return Policy: 60 days to return goods in orginal packing. Customer pays return shipping costs.
Discounts: None.
Critique: Great search engine can help you find something unique and cool on any budget. Product pictures are clear and easy to decipher, and the site shows some dry wit in its descriptions of goods.
Wicks' End
What they're selling: Candles, incense, candleholders.
Shipping: Rates vary based on weight; shipping schedules range from standard UPS ground to second-day air.
Gift wrapping: None.
Return Policy: 30-day return policy. If company made an error, it pays return shipping costs; if not, you pay.
Discounts: Check the "hot deals" area .
Critique: If you're looking for any kind of candles, from animal shapes to standard tapers, this is the place to see. The graphic design is fun and upbeat; it seems like someone who has a penchant for cartoons did some of the designs.
What they're selling: Tons of perfume at discount prices.
Shipping: Free standard domestic shipping; no overnight service.
Gift wrapping: Free.
Return Policy: Accepted within 30 days of purchase; buyer pays return shipping costs.
Discounts: Free samples with purchases.
Critique: Basic, bare-bones graphics for the home page, but this is a discount store, after all. The "Fragrance Finder" database is impressive and easy to navigate.

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