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Tiffany & Co. introduces its new fragrance by master perfumer Daniela Andrier

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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.


Available from 20 September

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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).

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Julie Ly of Raining Cake picks her best duty free beauty buys

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I’m like a child in a candy shop when it comes to duty free shopping – I can’t be the only one who gets to the airport super early just so I can get my bags checked in and then leg it through departures right? I love spending that extra bit of time browsing the shops and re-purchasing some favourites as well as checking out all the new exclusives. It’s one of my favourite parts of travelling.

I have had my fair share of trips this year and through each trip, I picked up some amazing new products in duty free. Let me show you exactly what I got….

First things first, I never fail to visit the Jo Malone counter. Why? Because they offer free hand and arm massages to all their customers, making it the perfect pre-flight treat. This is also a great way to experience their products, have a feel of the texture and pick a scent that suits you. This is how I was first introduced to the brand and they get me every single time. On my last visit, I picked up the English Pear and Freesia Cologne. It’s such a fresh, lovely, summery scent and I can’t get enough of it right now.

The make-up counters are what I hit next. Bobbi Brown and MAC are two of the main brands I check out for ‘new in’ products, as well as repurchasing some all-time favourites. I’m a sucker for lipsticks and hoard them like nobody’s business, so naturally I gravitate towards these at each counter.

I recently picked up a set of the new Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lips because I fell instantly in love when I applied them. They’re perfect for travelling as they’re easy to use, give a really nice pop of colour, and keep the lips moisturised. As a lover of all things matte for lips, I also opted for few of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colours. Nudes and browns are my absolute favourite shades and the formula of these lipsticks are amazing. They apply so well and last all day without budging.

When it comes to skincare, I love treating my skin to a touch of luxury. Estée Lauder and Clinique always work well on my skin, so I chose a couple of their newest releases. The Estée Lauder Advanced Repair range is well-known for its anti-ageing properties. I was in need of a new serum, so I opted for the Recovery Mask-In Oil which is by far one of the best face oils I’ve tried. It’s so luxurious, applies like a dream, and sinks in so quickly leaving my skin feeling super smooth and soft.

From Clinique, I decided to try the Fresh Pressed range because I have heard so many good things about it. I really needed to treat my skin as it’s been looking quite dull lately and this sounded amazing. Well, luckily, I can confirm it is as good as the hype. If you’re looking to give your skin a boost, then this 7-day system is ideal. You will not be disappointed.

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Missing some Scandal in your life? Get yourself a bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest scent

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Picture the scene: The serenity and calmness of the beautiful Romanian Embassy building in Paris juxtaposed with a secret red room full of debauchery and drag queen performers. Who, you might well ask, is daring enough to pull that off? That man is Monsieur Jean Paul Gaultier.

The above was the scene for Mr Gaultier’s much anticipated new feminine fragrance reveal, the aptly named Scandal. The eau de parfum is Jean Paul Gaultier’s first fragrance launch for some years and the first to be introduced since Spanish fragrance house Puig took over the licence from BPI last year.

Oh la la: The Paris-based Manko Cabaret entertained guests with pole dancing and drag acts

Scandal represents a totally new perfume pillar for the designer whose popular Classique and Le Mâle scents are instantly recognisable by their male and female torso bottles. For Scandal, it’s all about the legs. Legs everywhere; on the bottle stopper, on social media and at airport promotions.

The fragrance is, in my opinion, one to wear at night time. Perhaps it’s the scandalous advertising campaign which follows the double life led by Madame la Ministre (played by Vanessa Axente) or perhaps it’s the perfume’s honey and blood orange notes… for me it’s a little too unsubtle for day time.

Scandal features the unusual fragrance noes of blood orange and honey combined with patchouli and gardenia

For Jean Paul Gaultier fans who are travelling in July (or anyone who’s on the scout for a new scent) you’ll be among the first in the world to take home a bottle of Scandal. Available as a 50ml and 80ml edp, the fragrance will pre-launch exclusively in Europe with Dufry and Lagardère Travel Retail from 1 July before a wider roll-out in August.

Red carpet roll-out: Jean Paul Gaultier with the face of Scandal, Vanessa Axente, at the launch party

According to Jean Paul Gaultier Fragrances General Manager Thomas James, travel shoppers can expect ‘spectacular’ things to support the launch (well, you wouldn’t expect anything less from Monsieur Gaultier!). In July, Scandal promotions will take over Dufry’s UK, Spain and France airport stores, including Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona El Prat. Activations will include oversized legs, digital photo booths with different leg options and newspapers with the headline ‘The Scandal is out’.

If you are travelling through one of the above locations, don’t forget to join in the scandal with the hash tag #bescandal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travelling through New York JFK Terminal 8? Here’s what to buy from the luxury line-up

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If you’ve been to New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport Terminal 8 recently, chances are you’ll have spotted the impressive new high-end brands that have sprung up. Since International Shoppes and Westfield partnered to redevelop the nearly 10,000sq ft of space last year, the terminal has become the Rodeo Drive of airport shopping.

To save you time on your dash through duty free, we’ve picked out the must-visit boutiques and what to try/buy at each.

We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re obsessed with Chanel’s new Chance Three Moods gel perfumes. Available in three Chanel Chance fragrances: Chance Eau Tendre (soft and gentle); Chance Eau Fraîche (fresh and sparkling); and Chance Eau Vive (energising and vivifying), these pastel-coloured pots will be your new carry-on saviours.

While classics such as the J’Adore Dior perfume always make a good duty free buy, it’s worth making the most of your tax-free shopping to try something new as well. We’d recommend sampling the DiorSkin Forever Perfect Cushion foundation which gives a smooth and natural coverage.

Salvatore Ferragamo has built a reputation for shoes, leathergoods, scarves, ties and ready-to-wear for men and women. We’d suggest picking up a leather travel document holder to make your journey even more stylish.

Travelling during the summer months is a constant battle between the arctic blasts of air-conditioning and the sweltering humidity outside. Combat the shine with Estée Lauder’s The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher.

If you’ve overdone it in the sun, then pick up a pot or two of Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Moisturising Day Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It’s nourishing, smells delicious, and leaves skin looking younger, clearer and more radiant. What’s not to like?

We love the Kiehl’s aesthetic – from their apothecary-style packaging to the iconic Mr. Bones that presides over every store. But what we love even more is how effective their products are. Take the new Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, for instance. It not only soothes and hydrates, but it also calms any signs of redness.

So the next time you’re passing through JFK Terminal 8, why not show us your duty free heroes by tagging us on Instagram or using #PretAirporter.