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On location: Miss Dior eau de toilette launch at Heathrow T5

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Dior and World Duty Free Group are celebrating the launch of Miss Dior eau de toilette in the UK with a special promotional area in the retailer’s store at London Heathrow airport terminal 5. The in-store event space features a sculpture shaped like an oversize fragrance bottle blooming with thousands of handmade pink silk roses (one of two that exist worldwide).

The promotional zone is also showcasing a video directed by Sofia Coppola and featuring Hollywood actress Natalie Portman, La Vie en Rose, on its “contentainment” screen to allow customers to “immerse themselves in the world of Dior Heritage and experience the fragrance for themselves”, World Duty Free said.

The scent itself is described by Dior as a modern chypre with a top note of Tunisian neroli oil, a heart that mixes Bulgarian and Turkish rose and Indonesian patchouli in the base. Dior has also launched a new Miss Dior eau de parfum bath and body range comprising body milk, shower gel, deodorant and and edp soap, the latter exclusive to the UK.


On location: Armani Crystal Edition at Heathrow T5

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Armani Crystal EditionLast month Giorgio Armani renovated its counter at London Heathrow terminal 5, making it even more luxurious and incorporating some of its more recent concepts, such as an Armani/Privé wall for its top-of-the-range fragrances, a makeup bar with a double consultation area, a new perfume bar and renovated staging towers.

As if to celebrate the refit, the brand brings to Heathrow T5 an exclusive limited edition: Armani Crystal Edition, a reinterpretation of the bottle created by Giorgio Armani in 1982 for his first scent as part of the 30th anniversary of the fragrance.

Like the original, Armani Crystal Edition is inspired by Art Deco geometric patterns but, instead of the original glass bottle, is made of a block of crystal hand-sculpted in Saint Louis. Only 100 numbered pieces have been created, and two of them – bottles nº3 and nº8 – will be on sale at T5 from today. According to the brand, Armani Crystal Edition is exclusive to World Duty Free in travel-retail and also in UK in 2012.

I don’t know how much they cost but can assure you they won’t be cheap! In the meantime, here are a couple of lovely pictures of the new Armani counter at Heathrow T5 – click on them for larger versions.

Armani Beauty counter at London Heathrow T5  Armani Beauty counter at London Heathrow T5

On location: Chanel pop-up fragrance shop at Heathrow T5

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Chanel pop-up fragrance store at Heathrow T5When passing through London Heathrow airport terminal 5 recently I noticed that the current pop-up shop alongside the main duty-free shop in the terminal is a Chanel perfume showcase. The temporary space is located just beside the confectionery area of the World Duty Free store and offers a chance to experience the Chanel fragrance world, including the limited-distribution range Les Exclusifs de Chanel.

It’s not a large outlet but it seems well-stocked, with a wide selection of fragrances from Chanel’s regular line and a counter/table dedicated to Les Exclusifs, where customers can learn more about the higher-end scent range and find out which ones they would like based on their personal preferences.

I have no details as to how long the pop-up shop will remain at Heathrow T5, but usually these things stick around for at least three months. Keep that in mind if you’re going through the terminal soon!

Click on the images for larger versions.

Chanel pop-up fragrance store at Heathrow T5

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March 4th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

House of DKNY Coffret

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Miniature perfume sets are a common fixture in duty-free shops around the world, and new ones come out every now and again to refreh the range. The latest addition is the House of DKNY Coffret, a travel-exclusive set containing four miniature fragrances: Be Delicious edp 7ml, Be Delicious Fresh Blossom edp 7ml, PureDKNY Verbena 7ml and the original DKNY Woman edt 4ml.

DKNY Woman comes in a skyscraper-inspired bottle while the two Be Delicious fragrances feature the iconic apple-shaped flacon. Finally, PureDKNY Verbena features a hybrid verbena-basil note and is one of the brand’s latest launches, created in partnership with charity organisation CARE.

This cute set comes in a cityscape packaging and will be available from February at duty-free locations worldwide.

House of DKNY Coffret

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January 31st, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bouquet Numéro 2

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Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bouquet Numéro 2Back in 2010, Guerlain launched its first fragrance in the Aqua Allegoria franchise exclusive to duty-free shops. Last year, the supplier expanded its travel-retail range with the launch of Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bouquet Numéro 2, inspired by “exotic tropical gardens” and featuring notes of lychee, rose and powdery iris.

The company’s statement about the fragrance says:

Inspired by nature, created by Guerlain. Nature is an emotionally-charged setting where we gather treasures, which inspires and enfolds us. Every year, when springtime comes, the Guerlain perfumer conjures up gardens filled with scents, in a blend of allegory and exhilaration.

Prices for this edt, which comes in a 75ml bottle, vary according to location – the duty-free shops at Kiev airport sell it for €40 ($51), a similar price to the one charged on board Singapore Airlines flights (S$67, or just over $51).

Click on the image to see a larger version of the bottle.

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January 9th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

DKNY Golden Delicious Holiday Set

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The DKNY Golden Delicious Holiday Set is another of the many Christmas offerings in duty-free. This travel set contains a 50ml bottle of the Golden Delicious edp and a 100ml tube of the matching body lotion, and it comes in a cute box decorated with golden apples.

I am a fan of the scent since first trying it – it’s a warmer, spicier version of the original DKNY Be Delicious perfume, without the fruitiness of the original and with top notes of orange flower water, sparkling mirabelle and a signature Golden Delicious apple, as well as white rose, vanilla orchid, musk and teakwood. And the bottle is a more elegant and “grown-up” version of the original’s apple-shaped flacon, with a golden lid to match the juice.

The set is available worldwide at selected travel-retail locations. For example, at Iceland’s Keflavik airport you can find the set for around $60.

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December 20th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Tommy Girl Essentials set

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With Christmas just around the corner, most beauty brands start releasing special gift sets, and some of them produce travel-exclusive varieties of those. The Tommy Girl Essentials set is one of them.

Containing a 100ml Tommy Girl eau de cologne, a 50ml body lotion and a 50ml body wash in a branded gift box, this kit is available at airport shops around the world from this month. As these sets are usually good value even from the high street, if you know someone who likes the scent (or are yourself a fan) why not stock up when you next go travelling?

I don’t know the price for this set yet, but as I’ll be travelling again in a little over a week I’ll update this post when I can.

Tommy Girl Essentials set

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November 2nd, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Aramis Signature Style

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Aramis Signature Style setFor obvious reasons, this blog tends to focus more on products for women as the market for them is amazingly bigger, but we do not discriminate! So today’s post will de dedicated to an “oldie but goodie” from the world of men’s perfumes.

Classic men’s fragrance Aramis was originally launched in 1964 and it is still a best-selling scent more than 45 years later. To celebrate it’s success, brand owner Estée Lauder Companies has launched the Aramis Signature Style set, a duty-free exclusive that includes a 110ml bottle of the eau de toilette and a second, smaller (50ml) bottle of the fragrance for travel.

The scent itself isvery masculine, with notes of bergamot, citrus, patchouli, sage, sandalwood and leather. According to the supplier, today it remains “a timeless classic representing individuality and sophistication – the wearer has a style of his own”.

The set is available now in Asian travel-retail and will be rolled out to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas in November.

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October 20th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

DKNY Be Delicious Franchise Coffret

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Sets of perfume miniatures are a popular duty-free purchase, so it’s no surprise that Estée Lauder has produced this DKNY Be Delicious Franchise Coffret. It contains four 7ml minis: Be Delicious edp and Be Delicious Fresh Blossom edp, Be Delicious edt and the new Golden Delicious edp (which I personally love).

If you’re a fan of the Be Delicious franchise, this is an interesting product, particulaly if you travel a lot. If you are not familiar with the scents, or would like to give someone a nice gift, this could be an ideal “tasting” package to check whether they are your cup of tea or not.

DKNY Be Delicious Franchise Coffret is already available at travel-retail locations around the world. It is, of course, exclusive to duty-free.

PS: Do you like my new watermark? It goes well with the new layout, don’t you think? ;)

DFNY Be Delicious Franchise Coffret

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September 13th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

On location: Elie Saab lounge at Dubai International airport

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This year saw the launch of the first fragrance by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab, known for his couture gowns. Elie Saab Le Parfum was a huge sales success at Harrods in London, where it was available exclusively earlier this year, and has now been rolled out to other locations globally including duty-free shops.

Working with retailer Dubai Duty Free, supplier BPI has created an Elie Saab lounge at Dubai International airport terminal 3 to offer passengers the chance to experience the scent in luxury surroundings. The 24sq m lounge was specially designed for the location and also features the ad visuals promoting the fragrance launch.

See below for a rendering of what the lounge looks like. The Elie Saab space will be available until September 21.

Elie Saab lounge at Dubai International airport

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August 31st, 2011 at 4:32 pm