Boucheron’s Middle East-inspired fragrance collection

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Boucheron has just introduced its latest fragrance collection and it’s bursting with notes from the Middle East…

Known for being the first jeweller of the Place Vendôme, French Haute Joaillerie Boucheron is now injecting its craftsmanship into a curated collection of olfactory must-haves.

Aptly titled the Fragrance Collection, the collection includes six fragrances: IRIS de Syracuse, with notes of mandarin, pear, black pepper and white musks; TUBÉREUSE de Madra, offering notes of orange blossom, violet leaf, tuberose and passionfruit; NÉROLI D’Ispahan, which comprises notes of neroli, green cardamom, ginger, pink peppercorn and ambrox; VANILLE de Zanzibar, offering milky facets of caramel, honey, tobacco and amber, along with mandarin, jasmine petals, heliotrope and musks; AMBRE d’Alexandrie, with notes of vanilla, benzoin, amber, ambergris and musk; and OUD de Carthage, containing notes of incense, honey, labdanum absolute, tonka bean, oud and leather.

Boucheron’s Fragrance Collection is now available exclusively at Harrods, London, and will be available worldwide in May, 2017.

Sephora Is Launching a Nationwide Free Beauty Class for Women and Men with Cancer

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Sephora just announced that it would be adding an empowering and free beauty class exclusively for people living with cancer. The class is titled ‘Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer’ and will join the retailer’s ‘Classes For Confidence’ program.

According to a press release, each 90-minute class will offer personalized skin care tips, possible solutions to any beauty-related problems and makeup how-tos, students may have stemming from their battle with cancer. Students will learn a variety of skills to apply masterful eye makeup, achieve natural-looking brows, and (much) more. Each student will also receive their unique Color IQ to learn which products work best for their complexion. While putting together this curriculum, Sephora sought the advice of its employees who also had or still have cancer.

We are harnessing the fun upbeat environment of our stores and attention of our experts, to create a safe place for participants to learn and play with beauty, ask questions, and connect with others going through a similar situation.

Corrie Conrad, Sephora’s Senior Director of Social Impact and Sustainability

Not only that, but Sephora employees nationwide will also be wearing a lavender lapel pin as a gesture of solidarity, given that lavender is the color used to symbolize awareness for all cancers.

Because Sephora wants to ensure that each attendees needs are fully met, they’re keeping class size super-small. No more than 12 people will be able to sign up for a session, and for every three-four participants in attendance there will be a coach present to provide additional hands-on help.

Men are also welcome, hair loss and skin effects from cancer treatments know no gender, and we want to be a safe space for all of our clients.

Corrie Conrad

Going forward, the larger ‘Classes For Confidence’ program will work with different nonprofit organizations to help support its many shoppers. Another class is aimed at helping women and men with workforce reentry and will give students the tips they need to create everyday looks for work.

‘Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer’ will be available in 50 locations starting April 9. Click here to locate available classes near you.

What do you think of Sephora’s new initiative?

 

 

 

 

Baldessarini Cool Force

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Powerful, full of character and contrasts

Werner Baldessarini, formerly chief designer for Hugo Boss and founded the Baldessarini fashion label in 1993 has launched Cool Force, a new woody aromatic fragrance for men.

Baldessarini Cool Force is created for the modern men whose unique character is an inspiration to others. They are fully in command of their luxurious, forward-looking lives, and they always meet the challenges of our times. The fragrances by Baldessarini embody uncompromising elegance and have a strong character. They are all united by a distinctive fragrance signature with an unmistakable patchouli note. Nothing describes the essence of the brand better than the singular claim ‘Separates the men from the boys’.

The fragrance was developed by perfumer Vincent Schaller. Top notes of the composition blend rosewood with bergamot, cardamom and myrtle, adding central notes of neroli, aquatic chords, sandalwood and musk. Aromatic opening makes the composition revitalizing, dynamic and very elegant, while woody notes provide an impression of tranquility and strength.

Top: bergamot, cardamom, myrtle, rosewood
Heart: neroli, aquatic notes, clary sage
Base: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, musk

I imagined the fragrance to be fresh and watery. Natural aromatic ingredients such as clary sage, cardamom and the marine water accord calone distinguish this special freshness. I also wanted Cool Force to be masculine, sensual and warm, since it is a Baldessarini fragrance. For this, I used precious woods such as cedarwood, sandalwood and rosewood, combined with aromatic sweet myrtle. Just as an elegant suit completes a man’s outfit, musk, patchouli and Sicilian bergamot add a certain something to Cool Force and complete the fragrance.

Vincent Schaller

Baldessarini Cool Force is availble as a 50 and 90 ml Eau de Toilette accompanied with an after shave lotion 90 ml, shower gel 200ml and stick deodorant 75 gr. It arrives in a bottle of frosted glass and a box which is decorated with a rough concrete texture.

 

 

 

Clinique x Crayola: A limited edition collection

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First came the launch of colouring books for adults and now Clinique has added to our coveted collection of child-like products through a collaboration with Crayola. Discover the pieces now…

 

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Clinique is drawing attention to a new must-have beauty product, wich had been created in collaboration with Crayola. The collaboration sees crayon-like packaging injected with beauty mastery into the brand’s signature Chubby Sticks lip balms, which come complete in a flavoured colour palette mimicking the crayon’s original names — think Mango Tango, Razzmatazz, Wild Strawberry and Pink Sherbet. Don’t be afraid to color outside the lines — or, rather, use them on cheeks and eyelids — if you’re feeling bold. After all, makeup and crayons are both used to create masterpieces, and this collection is bound to inspire some incredible art! Each shade is also infused with mango and shea butter to ensure your lips are nourished and soft.

Clinique x Crayola’s Chubby Sticks are available are now…

 

 

 

Perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian enters LVMH portfolio

French luxury goods company LVMH has agreed to buy a majority stake in French independent perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian as it expands in fast-growing niche luxury fragrances.

 

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In 1985, at the age of 26, Francis Kurkdjian created a perfume that would become the catalyst for his career; Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male. Now, the French-Armenian perfumer, who launched his eponymous brand in 1999 with French-Lebanese businessman, a former partner at Ernst & Young in Paris, Marc Chaya, has become the latest to sell to the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) portofolio.

Speaking about the new partnership in which both Kurkdjian and Chaya will continue in their roles, Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH says: “I am delighted to welcome Maison Francis Kurkdjian to the LVMH Group. Their avant-garde spirit and the quality of their creations give this fragrance House great potential and a promising future”.

“LVMH clearly understands the nature of our Maison, and the Group’s approach to custom-crafted creativity guarantees that our distinctive identity will thrive for the long-term”, added Kurkdjian, who has also previously crafted perfumes for Christian Dior, Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Nina Ricci, Baccarat, Carven, Narciso Rodriguez, Kenzo and Elizabeth Arden.

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Exploring new creative territories in fragrances through his own bespoke fragrance atelier, collaborations with artists and pop-up installations. Francis Kurkdjian received the honorary title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2008, and became a member in January 2016 of Comité Colbert, the association promoting French luxury and know-how.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian, with estimated annual sales of between 15 and 20 million euros, has two stores in Paris, four in Taiwan, one in Malaysia and another in Dubai.

Its perfumes, which cost up to 1,200 euros ($1,290) for 70 milliliters, are sold in more than 500 select locations in more than 40 countries.

 

 

 

Ted Lapidus Orissima

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Ted Lapidus has launched Orissima, a new fragrance for women.

Ted Lapidus Orissima celebrates ‘la Parisienne’. Ted Lapidus Orissima perfume has a sensual, nice and fresh aroma for the upcoming spring/summer days. Ted Lapidus Orissima perfume is a gourmand chypre/flowery perfume.

Created by  Alexandra, Monet Ted Lapidus Orissima is composed of fresh grapefruit, peach along with floral notes of orange blossom, bamboo leaf, peony, and iris. The base sets on sweet caramel, patchouli, and musk notes.

 

 

 

 

 

Giorgio Armani’s ‘Si Rose Signature’ dressed in a new couture design

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Launched in 2016, Giorgio Armani’s ‘Si Rose Signature’ is an ode to the modern woman, with a busy and bold, yet elegant persona. Like a rose—the scent’s hallmark ingrediënt – ‘Si Rose Signature’ blooms each springtime with a collector edition bottle this 2017. With actress Cate Blanchett as the face of this campaign, the scent is reinterpreted with a new couture design showcasing the fragrance’s feminine and sensual side.

Created by perfumer Julie Massé, who created ‘Si Intense’ with Christine Nagel, this Eau de Parfum stands out with its twin rose notes. In fact, ‘Si Rose Signature’ inherits the signature May Rose notes of ‘Si’ and pairs them with Damask Rose.

 

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Giorgio Armani’s ‘Si Rose Signature’ fragrance remains unchanged in this collector’s edition, with the same floral aroma as the 2016 original. The scent has a double rose accord – with May Rose and Turkish Rose – enriched with notes of bergamot, mandarin, freesia and blackcurrant aromas of Cassis Neo Jungle Essence. This is matched with iris and osmanthus, ambrette and vanilla notes. This is followed by base notes of ambrette absolute, Pure Jungle vanilla extract and patchouli.

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This year, Giorgio Armani has dressed ‘Si Rose Signature’ in a silky powder pink ribbon that winds around the fragrance’s Onyx lid and falls down over the glass bottle, where its two ends cross. The ribbon evokes the décolleté of a haute couture gown, with delicate and refined style. A discreet black circular badge bearing the fragrance’s name holds the ribbon’s crossover ends in place, echoing the deep black finish of the lid, which has golden rings at its base.

An ode to femininity: Giorgio Armani features actress Cate Blanchett in a stunning new campaign for ‘Si Rose Signature’.

Giorgio Armani ‘Si Rose Signature’ is available in 50 ml (€89) and 100ml (€128) Eau de Parfum. The 2017 limited edition collector edition of ‘Si Rose Signature’ is available now.