Among the beauty offerings were several new and festive entries from Estée Lauder,including a range of Holiday Compacts. The collectible solid perfume and powder compact collection included limited edition pieces for holiday gift-giving, as well as the season’s new nature-inspired animals and birds, jeweled sea turtles, colorful floral designs, and traditional classics. Some of the pieces featured intricate detailing and Swarovski Elements designs in vivid colors, while others featured the work of American designer, Jay Strongwater, who created signature stone and enamel works.
|Estee Lauder's Jeweled Sea Turtle Compact featuring White Linen fragrance.|
Estée Lauder's Pleasures Golden Bird.
Estée Lauder’s Jeweled Sea Turtle, a Neiman Marcus exclusive, features White Linen fragrance, and retails for $275. Estée Lauder’s Golden Bird, containing Pleasures, is available at all Estée Lauder counters and retails for $89. The Jay Strongwater-designed metal compacts, housing Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder, include designs featuring enamel and crystals, seen in the Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive, Exotic Orchid, which retails for $225. The solid perfume, as well as pressed powder collections, are on counter this month for a limited time.
Lauder's Sensuous Noir fragrance.
On the fragrance front, Estée Lauder created a Woody Amber fragrance called Sensuous, in 2008 that was warm, luminous and sensual. The newest iteration of Sensuous, just launching for holiday, is Sensuous Noir, a richer, more intense expression of sensuality, which takes the original’s molten woods and adds heightened floral depth and mystery.
Karyn Khoury, senior vice president of corporate fragrance development worldwide, The Estée Lauder Companies, says, “Sensuality as an experience and as an emotion has a very broad spectrum of expression. There are many moods, many facets, and many shades of sensuality, which range from the more luminous expression of Sensuous to deeper, darker, more mysterious expressions. This concept of exploring a darker, more mysterious olfactive territory and deeper shades of sensuality inspired the creation of Sensuous Noir.”
Sensuous Noir is built from a core of melted wood nature print, honey and amber. According to Karen Khoury, senior vice president, corporate fragrance development,Melted Woods NaturePrint was derived from a rare technique discovered in a wood-melding process used in making furniture.
"When rare woods were heated together to a molten temperature, an extraordinary olfactive signature was discovered," explained Khoury. "We created a NaturePrint—an exact replica of the essence of these molten woods—to provide a unique signature, never before used in perfumery."
Sensuous Noir's floral aspects have been intensified and include exotic purple rose, rose essence and spiced lily, which provide a midnight garden aura. Jasmine, also known as “Queen of the Night,” lends its petals, and black pepper adds spice to the bouquet. A Crème Noir Accord and Patchouli Prisma, intensify the signature.The Mysterious Accord that provides the base blends benzoin and creamy vanilla, for texture, warmth, and a gourmand feeling, with honey and amber, providing the dry down of the scent. Available at all Estée Lauder counters in September 2010, the eau de parfum retails for $60, for the 1.7 oz/50 ml, and $48 for the 1.0 oz/30 ml. Additional information is available at: www.esteelauder.com.
Lab Series Age-Less Face Cream
Reclaiming younger looking skin is a gender-free pursuit. The latest introduction from Lab Series Skincare for Men is Max LS Age-Less Face Cream, with a new formula inspired by sirtuin technology and the science of cell longevity, designed to deliver long-term improvement in the appearance of men’s skin. The Lab Series research scientists looked to the science behind “longevity genes,” called sirtuins, finding that when the longevity genes are activated, they can trigger skin cells to live longer so they can naturally repair damage.
Lab Series Max LS Age-Less Face Cream for Men.
Richard Sawyer, men’s grooming expert, Lab Series Skincare for Men, says, “The moisturizing and non-greasy formula of Max LS Age-Less Face Cream feels nourishing and replenishing. Skin feels rejuvenated, hydrated, and satisfied, as well as looks healthy and re-born.”
According to the company, consumer testing conducted after eight weeks of use revealedthat 98% of those tested saw a boost in hydration, and 90% observed a reduction in the look of lines and wrinkles. The product delivers a cool burst of hydration upon application, is absorbed quickly, and leaves no greasy after-feel. It is currently available at retail for $65 for 1.7oz at select department stores and at: www.labseries.com