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Wild about Harry

By Nancy Jeffries, Correspondent | August 4, 2009

Slatkin & Co. unveils its holiday home fragrance collection.

Harry Slatkin keeps turning out new ways for consumers to enjoy fragrances.
Since 1992, when he founded Slatkin & Co., Harry Slatkin has created distinctive home fragrances that delight the senses and decorate the home. Last month, Mr. Slatkin brought his new holiday collection to New York City’s Le Cirque restaurant to share the elegant scents and conjure seasonal memories. While the aromas of Fireside, Frosted Cranberry, Evergreen and Winter pervaded the room, candles flickered and Mr. Slatkin held court, as holiday characters including Jingles, the silver-antlered Reindeer, Buttons the Snowman, Paws the Polar Bear, and the Gingerbread House luminary transformed the venue.

Mr. Slatkin, whose creativity, ingenuity, and philanthropy have distinguished his career in home fragrance, is a former director at Bear Stearns on Wall Street, who shifted career gears and followed his passion for scent to create the successful home fragrance enterprise. The company he founded, which was purchased in 2005 by Limited Brands, owner of Bath & Body Works, for whom the current collection was designed, revolutionized the home fragrance industry with distinctive, quality fragrances designed to decorate the home. As the president of home design for Limited Brands, Mr. Slatkin oversees product development for all the home fragrance brands under Bath & Body Works, a retailer with more than 1,650 stores. Both heand his wife, Laura, serve on the boards of various non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, Henry Street Settlement, and New York Center for Autism, which they founded. Mr. Slatkin was most recently honored with the American Society of Perfumers’ Living Legends Award.

The candles he presented for holiday were designed to bring scent, warmth and whimsy into homes via a collection that is all about bringing the outdoors inside, with four fragrances that will transform the home into a wooded winter wonderland. Packaged in jewel tones, bronzes, silvers, and winter whites, the fragrances reflect the holiday spirit, and are available in a variety of formats and dispensing systems, including novelty light-up Wallflowers, Scentports, Oil Warmers, Room Sprays, Triple Wick Candles, and Votives. There is also a new Scent Bug Home Fragrance Oil Fan, available in a range of colors and powered by two AA batteries, which quietly dispenses such fragrance oils as Mango, Creamy Nutmeg, and Vanilla Caramel via fragrance oil pads within the unit. The Scent Bug unit retails for $12.50.

Holiday Ingenuity


This year’s Perfect Christmas collection celebrates the season with fragrant pine, berries, spice and wood, to evoke the traditional scents of the holidays. Evergreen blends green fir balsam with sparkling mint, cool pine and spicy clove, with a touch of smoky birch and dark woods. Fireside combines cedar, sandalwood, and leather, with rich amber. Frosted Cranberry unites white cranberry, juicy peach, wild strawberry, and sparkling raspberry; while Winter, inspired by freshly fallen snow, is a festive mix of shimmering pine, crisp bay leaf, red cinnamon and warm winter woods. The assortment is available in 9.5 oz, boxed candles, for $16.50.

Here are just a few of Harry's holiday ideas.
Perfect Christmas 14.5 oz Decorative Cylinder triple wick candles, retail for $19.50, while additional formats in the collection include 4 oz. Decorative Cylinder Candles, $9.59; Novelty Wallflowers, which provide a multicolored, timed light show, while dispensing scent, $12.50, in Santa, Reindeer, Snowflake and Christmas designs; Holiday Scentports, available in Winter and Fireside, $12.50; Home Fragrance Oil, $7.50; and Concentrated Room Spray, $5.00.

The Deluxe Metallic Glass-Boxed 3-wick candles, in Evergreen, Fireside, Frosted Cranberry and Winter, in 15 oz, retails for $25.00. Slatkin also introduced a trio of Festive Friends Candles, which form this year’s limited edition collection. The ceramic holiday characters, signed and dated by Harry Slatkin, include Jingles the Reindeer, Buttons the Snowman, and Paws the Polar Bear. Jingles the Reindeer is scented with Fresh Balsam, blending balsam fir with fresh eucalyptus and sweet pine, layered with bright apple, cedarwood and musk. Buttons the Snowman features Winter, uniting shimmering pine, bay leaf and red cinnamon with warm winter woods; and Paws the Polar Bear, featured in Cinnamon Stick, layers pink peppercorn, clove buds, and nutmeg. Each candle retails for 5.5 oz, $16.50, and 9 oz, $35.00.

Cookie Jars, featuring the Festive Friends collection, are also available at Bath & Body & Works, retailing for $25, and the trio also appears as a collection of Oil Warmers, to be used with favorite Slatkin & Co. scents, for $12.50.A new classic introduced at the launch, is Vanilla Shortbread, which joins Tree and Spice, to round out the holiday collection. Vanilla Shortbread is a blend of Madagascar vanilla, sugar cane, and a hint of cinnamon, with the aroma of yellow cake, nutmeg and sweet cream. Vanilla Shortbread, as well as Tree, blending Douglas Fir and vanilla sugar; as well as Spice, a mix of cinnamon and sweet cream, are available in 4 oz. Cylinder Candle, $9.50, 14.5 oz. Cylinder Candles, $19.50, 14.5 oz Jar Candle, $17.50, 22 oz Jar Candle, $22.00, Scented Votive, $1.50, Concentrated Room Spray, $5.00, Home Fragrance Oil, $7.50, Home Fragrance Disk, $1.50, Wallflowers™ Refill, $12.50, and Scent Portable, $5.00.

This gingerbread house is a new idea in home fragrance.
The latest luxury is Slatkin’s Gingerbread House Luminary, designed to place a triple wick candle within, and watch the light flicker through the windows as it fills the home with a scent of your choice. The Gingerbread House Luminary is available for $35. There is also an Oil Warmer collection, in Antique Glass, Red Snowflake, or Winter Mosaic, each retailing for $17.50.

Slatkin has created an environmental odyssey, through which family and friends may journey through the holidays. He notes that home may indeed be the best place for the holidays, at this or any other time. “People are spending more time at home, and home for the holiday is more important than ever. We need to envelope ourselves in wonderful scents and memories, and Slatkin & Co. Holiday does that,” said Slatkin.

The entire collection is available at Bath & Body Works stores, as well as: www.bathandbodyworks.com and www.slatkin.com. Friends and customers alike can also now follow Harry Slatkin on his blog, www.HarrySlatkinblog.com, as well as at: http://twitter.com/HarrySlatkin.
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