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Smells Like Nostalgia: Best End-of-Summer Scents

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As the Northern Hemisphere tucks into the crispness of autumn, our minds are frantically trying to come up with ways to extend that summer feeling for as long as possible. Which is hard, when there’s chill in the air, the leaves are turning brown, and children are dragging their feet to school on misty mornings.

So how do we hold on to nuances of summer for that one last time?

Buy nostalgic perfumes to keep on our top shelf!


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Enter, Gucci Bloom. The latest olfactory offering from the hottest brand in the world (fact), this scent features notes of natural tuberose absolute harvested from India, and natural jasmine absolute. It is the first fragrance from creative director Alessandro Michele, who chose master perfumer Alberto Morillas to bring his vision to life. The first spritz is slightly reminiscent of your grandmum (which is fitting, considering Michele’s take on granny chic for his first collection in 2015) but it soon develops into a sophisticated and clean scent. Its very millennial pink bottle ticks all the boxes as well.

If that’s not summery enough for you, then Chloé Absolu de Parfum limited edition is a richer variation of Chloé’s namesake eau de parfum and contains notes of rose centifolia absolute and patchouli essence. It’s a very easy fragrance to wear and promises to bring a smile on even the gloomiest of days. Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, this Chloé has grown up a little bit!

Now, these next two fragrances are for the romantics amongst you. Ooh la la!

Emporio Armani Because It’s You is a riot of vanilla, raspberry and rose — tempered with musk to prevent it from being cloying. It was released this summer at the same time as its masculine counterpart, Stronger With You. Armani woman is strong, fearless and one who still misses an Italian rendez-vous on the Amalfi Coast.

Finally, Tory Burch Love Relentlessly is sunshine in a jewel-shaped bottle. A quick spray of this and you’ll be transported back to summer days spent sipping chilled rosé, with nothing but a holiday romance on the horizon. As for the scent, think pink pepper, pink grapefruit, Sicilian lemon, and sparkling pear mixed with vetiver and cedar wood heart.

Oh summer lovin’… long may it last.

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Instagram for charity with Dior at Changi Airport

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When was the last time your picture of avocado on toast or your #ThrowbackThursday made the world a better place? Don’t get us wrong, there’s no judgement here, but wouldn’t it be nice to put your social media habit to good (yet still photogenic) use? Here’s how.

From now until 30 September, The Shilla Duty Free Singapore at Changi Airport will play host to a very special pop-up store indeed: Miss Dior Exceptional. Lucky visitors will be among the first to try out the new Miss Dior Eau De Parfum, which launches at the end of August.

Fans of the storied brand may recognise that this is the fragrance Christian Dior released 70 years ago, on the same day as the opening of his couture house in Paris.

Of course, no event is complete without the requisite Instagram opportunities and this is where Miss Dior Exceptional comes into its own. Taking pride of place in the T1 store is a replica of the pink Miss Dior Jaguar, featured in the upcoming campaign starring Natalie Portman. Guests will be able to jump into the driver’s seat and snap a pic for social media, using the hashtag #MissDiorLoveChain. The best part? For every Instagram post, Dior will donate US$1 to the charity WE Movement supported by Natalie Portman.

Now that’s what we call #gridgoals.

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Ode To Chanel: Celebrating the Birthday of a Fashion Icon

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134 years ago to the day, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born to a peasant and a street vendor in France. She helped reform women’s fashion, by ditching restrictive (and often painful) corsets, shortening hem lines and introducing the world to the LBD in the 1920s – complete with boyish bob hairstyle, of course.

Whether it’s the smell of Chanel No. 5, a boxy tweed jacket, or a chain handle handbag, many would recognise the distinct quality and design of Coco Chanel. The nickname ‘Coco’, by the way, was given to her when she used to sing for soldiers during the war.

So to celebrate the birthday of an undisputed icon, we’ve selected our favourite Chanel products that you can pick up at the airport.

 

The classic original Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfume is available from World Duty Free stores.
Chanel Chance Three Moods is a trio of travel-friendly, spill-free, scented gels: Tendre (warm and mild); Fraîche (light and refreshing); and Vive (bright and lively).
The latest floral fragrance from Chanel: parfume Gabrielle has accents of citrus and sandalwood.

Alternatively, why not use the anniversary as an excuse to visit the Chanel Beauty Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport (part of the Shilla Beauty Loft) for the ultimate pre-flight beauty indulgence? Escape the stress of flying and relax in this intimate beauty lounge, where you can choose from an assortment of Chanel skincare, make-up and fragrances, all designed to suit your travelling beauty needs.

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Tiffany’s New Perfume Will Make You Smell Like A Hollywood Movie Star

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How to convey the 180-year history of Tiffany & Co. in a scent? Well, if you’re master perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givaudan, you use top notes of vert de mandarine, an iris flower heart, and patchouli base notes with musk. Drawing on the brand’s long association with irises (an iris brooch earned Tiffany the grand prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900), the bright, sensual Tiffany Eau de Parfum evokes a timeless femininity.

 

As for the packaging, the glass flacon takes its inspiration from the house’s most iconic diamond cuts, and under the cap is a metal plaque engraved with the Tiffany & Co. mark. The eagle-eyed will also spot just the slightest tint of blue illuminating the cuts of the bottle – the same blue, of course, as the iconic box in which its presented.

Available in World Duty Free from October

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Time For Tea: British Afternoon Tea Week

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There are few things in life more indulgent than sipping fine tea, eating crust-less sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and fine patisserie. So there’s little wonder that there’s a whole week dedicated to the delights of afternoon tea: British Afternoon Tea Week.

But did you know that tea isn’t just great for drinking? It’s also an active ingredient in many brilliant beauty products. Never ones to miss an opportunity to enjoy life’s little luxuries here at PretAirporter, we’ve picked out the best of all things tea for you to pick up from duty free…Gently apply the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum after cleansing to keep skin feeling soft and supple. Available from Shilla Duty Free.

Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisture’s key ingredient is white tea. With complementary essential oils spearmint, lemon, orange and bergamot providing an invigorating scent. This green tea face mask by Real Nature contains a clear serum, that soothes skin stressed by busy city living, leaving you feeling revitalised. Available from Shilla Duty Free.

Perfect for the tea connoisseur, Jo Malone’s Rare Tea perfume collection is inspired by some of the finest global teas, including: Silver Needle Tea, with nuances of rose, sage and musk, Darjeeling Tea with jasmine, freesia and apricot, Jade Leaf Tea with pomelo, sesame and maté leaf, Oolong Tea with cocoa, tobacco leaf and notes of tonka bean, Midnight Black Tea – pu-erh with vanilla and amber and Gold Needle Tea with sandal wood and benzoin resin.

Molton Brown’s Blooming Honeysuckle and White Tea Bath and Shower Gel will leave you smelling like an English garden. Available from World Duty Free.

A delicate and sophisticated fragrance: White Tea by Elizabeth Arden contains musky, woody and floral aromas with hints of Italian mandarin, Turkish rose and sea breeze accord.

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Daisy Marc Jacobs Anniversary Edition launches in airport shops this October

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What were you doing a decade ago? Maybe you were queuing up for the Kate Moss X Topshop collaboration (if so, well done you). Or you were sporting velour tracksuits with Ugg boots and waiting for the new Arctic Monkeys album to drop. Either way, you would have heard of the latest perfume craze: Daisy Marc Jacobs.

With its main notes of wild berries, white violet, jasmine infusion, and sandalwood, the scent was created by master perfumer Alberto Morillas and was an instant hit. This year, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Daisy Marc Jacobs is introducing a luxurious limited edition bottle.

Crafted from translucent frosted glass, the anniversary edition flacon was designed Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Coty. Not forgetting the final touch, of course – the iconic floral petals that have brightened up our dressing tables for a decade. What’s more, the soft gold of the presentation box makes this an ideal gift for the fast-approaching holiday season.

Available in 50ml or 100ml from airport shops this October 

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Tom Ford introduces the new Noir fragrance for autumn

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When Tom Ford releases a new fragrance, the discerning duty free shopper takes note. This latest offering by the brand is a rich, spicy, and yes, seductive scent that is perfect for those longer nights to come. Showcasing top notes of bergamot, pepper and warm ginger, the fragrance evolves into a heart of tuberose and jasmine sambac with patchouli, cedarwood, and santal to follow.

As for the campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the edgy ad features models Jon Kortajarena and Yasmin Wijnaldum with make-up by Isamaya Ffrench.

Of course, being Tom Ford, every detail has been carefully chosen and this goes for the distinctive packaging as well. The signature rectangular Noir Collection bottle is made of glass covered in a metallized anthracite colour and finished with ribbed sides bearing the initials T and F.

Available in 50ml and 100ml

 

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David Beckham launches new fragrance: RESPECT

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RESPECT is the latest launch from David Beckham’s fragrance house, and of course, it’s fronted by Golden Balls himself. Crafted by perfumer Nathalie Lorson, RESPECT opens on a note of zesty grapefruit and juicy watermelon before a fiery hit of pink pepper takes over. This gives way to a heart that reveals clean and aromatic tones of basil and lavender with a slight cool hint of cardamom. Slowly, this complex blend evolves into a powerful woody finish defined by vetiver, patchouli and moss.

The TV commercial starring Beckham was directed by filmmaker Karim Huu Do.


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Givenchy launches a new fragrance ad complete with cute kitten and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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French luxury brand Givenchy has relaunched their 1975 fragrance, Gentleman, for the modern-day…well, gentleman. Created by master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp, the scent features notes of lavender, iris, sweet pear, and patchouli. Described as “a delicate yet dauntless fragrance” by the perfume house, the latest itineration pays a subtle homage to the original release.

The campaign, which stars actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is shot and directed by his wife and critically acclaimed photographer/director/producer Sam Taylor-Johnson. This isn’t the first time the British couple have worked together; she was called Sam Taylor-Wood and he Aaron Johnson when she directed him in the 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.

Of course, it goes without saying that the fluffy kitten is the real scene-stealer.

Available from 1 September at airport stores

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His and Hers: The 3 new fragrance duos you need to try this summer

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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who think co-ordinating perfumes with your other half is as cringeworthy as getting matching tattoos, and those who think it’s as normal as holding hands. For the latter, they see it as a way to demonstrate how harmonious they are as a couple – the olfactory yin and yang, if you will. And the fragrance houses agree. So if you’re looking to get your hands on a couple of bottles of his and hers perfumes this summer, look no further than the duty free store.

Emporio Armani Because It’s You and Stronger With You

Emporio Armani has launched two new fragrances inspired by Giorgio Armani’s own love story. Take a closer look at the packaging and you can see the rings on the bottle cap, which are the same design that Armani himself wears to this day. The fragrances are currently available at Frankfurt Airport and will be rolled out to the Americas from August (Northern area) and October (Southern area).

Stronger With You for men features pink pepper, chestnut, sage, and cedar wood. 
Because It’s You for women features rose absolute, neroli, vanilla, and raspberry.

Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women and Obsessed for Men

Here’s one for those who love a nineties throwback. Calvin Klein, the master of minimalism, has brought back the iconic Obsession ad campaign fronted by Kate Moss for this modern take on that classic fragrance. Available exclusively at World Duty Free stores.

Obsessed for Women features neroli, white lavender, purple sage, and musk.
Obsessed for Men features grapefruit, Sichuan pepper, black cardamom, and patchouli.

Prada La Femme Intense and L’Homme Intense

First launched in 2016, La Femme Intense and L’Homme Intense fragrances have been revamped this summer. Like the originals, the two new scents were created by nose Daniela Andrier and designer Miuccia Prada. Unlike the other perfume duos on this list, the Prada bottles are similar without being matchy-matchy – so they make a great beginner option if your partner still needs some convincing before stepping out in versions of the same scent. Available now from airport stores in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia Pacific.

 

L’Homme Intense features amber, patchouli, iris, and tonka bean.
La Femme Intense features tuberose, ylang-ylang, and patchouli.

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Jo Malone to launch The English Oak range of fragrances in airport stores

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“Oak is a beautiful, noble wood. It’s powerful and iconic. In perfumery you often find sandalwood and cedarwood, but oak has something unique. It’s majestic and mysterious.” So says Master Perfumer Yann Vasnier, the nose behind the latest range from Jo Malone.

From September, the English Oak range will be available airport stores around the world. English Oak & Redcurrant and English Oak & Hazelnut will both be sold as colognes (30ml or 100ml), while the former flavour will also be a home candle, body crème, and body & hand wash.

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A picky person’s guide to finding your perfect perfume

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When it comes to perfumes, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of scents I truly love. I mean would-buy-with-own-money love, not just a case of asking for it at Christmas when your boyfriend has run out of gift ideas. And as is always the way with perfumes, each bottle comes with its own memories.

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia was the first ‘grown up’ fragrance I got, back when I was an intern at a fashion magazine in Hong Kong.

It was gifted to me by the lovely PR team at a press launch, and it seemed impossibly glamorous. This dainty bottle held all my aspirations – I noted that it was what the magazine’s publisher wore – and it smelt like sophistication and success. Now every time I smell it, I’m taken back to that feeling of trying to blend in, trying to make it, trying to project an aura of confidence that I did not have. It’s still the perfume I make a beeline for in Jo Malone airport stores, and spritzing it on before a flight makes me feel like I’m travelling business class – even if I’m flying easyJet.

So my first tip for tracking down your signature scent is simple: go with your gut. If the packaging speaks to you, or the brand reminds you of someone you love, then give it a whirl. Remember to spritz the perfume onto the little strip of card first though, as there’s nothing worse than being stuck with a lingering odour if you hate it. If, after that, you think you might like to commit to a trial run of the scent, test it with a few squirts on your wrists. DON’T rub your wrists together as this crushes the notes of the perfume.

Then sit with it. Live with it for a day and ask your friends, colleagues, and family members to give you feedback.

Sites like Fragrantica.com are great for doing in-depth research as they break down all the fragrance notes, so you can see straightaway if a certain perfume will suit you. A quick caveat: just because a scent contains ingredients you might not like, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you won’t enjoy the final result. I loathe the smell of oranges (mandarins, clementines, the lot) but I still think L’Occitane Verbena is one of the dreamiest summer scents around.

Social media has become an increasingly integral part of many people’s perfume discovery. There’s nothing quite like a heartfelt recommendation from a blogger or Instagrammer whose taste you trust to really get your retail pulse racing. For instance, this recent post by beauty writer Laura Capon had me rushing to the beauty counter to try out Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua. As it turned out, it wasn’t really for me which is why…

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…my final tip is to get your hands on samples. As many as you can. Some brands will give you mini sprays for free, while others will need you to buy them. I was lucky enough to receive Le Labo’s Discovery Set a few years ago, and to this day I still think about Bergamote 22 like it was The One That Got Away. To be fair, I could just stump up the cash and buy a full-sized bottle, but at £120 for 50ml…well, put it this way, the day Le Labo lands in duty free I’ll be booking the next budget airline flight and I don’t care where I go. I’ll smell fabulous regardless.

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Chanel has announced its first new fragrance in 15 years

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When Chanel announces the release of a brand new perfume, the world sits up and takes note. Earlier today, the French luxury label took to Instagram and shared two posts that revealed not much more than a name and a few hashtags. “Stay tuned for the official release of the GABRIELLE CHANEL fragrance on September 1st,” read one caption underneath a photograph of Kristen Stewart, leading some to believe that she will front the campaign.

Created by Chanel’s in-house master perfumer Olivier Polges, Gabrielle is the first original scent from the storied house for 15 years. Polges, who prior to joining Chanel made Viktor and Rolf’s brilliant Flowerbomb, took over from his father Jacques Polges in 2013. Since then, Polges junior has worked on various perfumes for the brand including Chanel Eau Tendre and last year’s bestselling No.5 L’Eau.

This, however, is his big solo moment. Come September, the question on everybody’s lips will be: But is it as good as Chanel No.5?

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Stay tuned for news of when this highly anticipated launch will hit duty free stores.

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Independence Day: Celebrate the 4th of July with taste and style

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For American airlines, the 4th of July (and the days around it) are some of the busiest times of the year. Last year, 600,000 passengers passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport alone in the holiday period. To celebrate Independence Day, we’ve found our favourite American brands available at duty free stores.The Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel 100 Proof Tennessee Whiskey is matured in carefully selected barrels, with each barrel imparting different nuances. The changes in temperature over time during maturation ensure for intense, aromatic flavours. The whiskey is then bottled by hand and labelled with the barrel number. With a medium body, the finished product has flavours of caramel and vanilla with accents of black cherry and oak. Be careful though, at 50% ABV it certainly packs a punch. Pick up a travel exclusive gift pack from Gebr Heinemann duty free stores in Germany and elsewhere.

Hershey’s are iconic, although not always loved by non-American palates. But with an assortment of flavours available in their travel exclusive World Travel Collection sharing assortments, they’re likely to appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth.

The range includes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment contains among others, Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate Bars and Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates Assortment including cookies ‘n’ crème flavour kisses.

Austin, Texas is home to Tito’s Handmade Vodka and to celebrate the 4th of July, limited edition bottles are being sold in patriotic burlap sacks of red, white and blue from the the start of July. The corn-based vodka is distilled six times in traditional pot stills, giving it slightly sweet and complex flavour. Why not use it to make a classic American Mule? Just add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and top with ginger beer- yum.

Founded in New York in 1932, Revlon is one of the best-known cosmetic brands today, and hugely visible in travel retail. The travel exclusive cube contains all the classic Revlon lip stick colours you could possibly need. The nine colours are infused with moisturisers for a silky finish.

A modern favourite from the brand is the Ultra HD GEL Lipcolor. Providing bright, yet lightweight colour, these Lipcolors are enriched with hyaluronic acid for enhanced hydration. The travel exclusive pack includes five shades, plus a free ColorStay Eye Liner.

Smell fresh as a daisy by picking up a bottle of Marc Jacobs’ iconic eau de parfum at World Duty Free stores. First released in 2007, Daisy is classic for a reason; it’s a sophisticated and floral fragrance from one of New York’s top designers. It has light notes of strawberry and jasmine mixing with heady violet and nuances of musk and vanilla. This vintage inspired scent comes in a playful bottle adorned with daisies.

Or try the latest addition to the range: Daisy Kiss is a floral and fruity fragrance with aromas of pomelo, peony and rose, balanced with accents of warm cedarwood. Also available from Gebr Heinemann and King Power (Thailand) duty free stores.

Texan Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford launched his own brand, Tom Ford, in 2006 after working for the likes of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. This masculine scent is reminiscent of the Indian dessert kulfi, with notes of neroli and spice, nuances of rose, jasmine and orange blossom and a woody heart. This eau de parfum is available from global World Duty Free stores.

 

And if you’re looking to indulge in authentic American food at the airport, look out for:

Hickory at Dallas Fort Worth for Texan ribs;

ACC American Café at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina for fast favourites;

The Parlor at Los Angeles International for American comfort food;

R&R Seafood Bar at Baltimore/Washington International for Maryland crab cakes and shellfish;

Willy Maei’s at New Orleans International for fried chicken;

Book & Bourbon at Louisville International Airport for southern American classics. (The latter was recently named a regional winner of an Airport Food & Beverage Award by our sister title The Foodie Report; click here for coverage and results).