August 27, 2012
By Deborah Frank | Beauty

Julien Farel Express salon
Photo by Robert Reck

Our favorite celeb hairstylist, Julien Farel, has upped the ante for the quick blowout, incorporating his JF Restore antiaging hair treatment, a manicure and a pedicure all done in an hour and 15 New York minutes. What makes this service extra special is the relaxing atmosphere of his new Express salon at the Auriga Spa in The Setai Fifth Avenue, as well as the expertise of his staff. “You will spend less time in the chair,” says Farel, “without sacrificing quality talent.” Services start at $20;

Julien Farel, Cult Hairstylist
Rafael Nadal Gets a Haircut
Julien Farel’s Hair Products

August 27, 2012
By Deborah Frank | Beauty

Sisley cosmetics: Phytogel Doux shower gel
Photo courtesy of Sisley

French beauty brand Sisley’s Eau de Campagne scent of wild herbs has us using Phytogel Doux bath and shower gel as a men’s shampoo, too. $80,

August 27, 2012
By Deborah Frank | Beauty

Hermes perfume
Photo courtesy of Hermès

To meet Jean-Claude Ellena, the exclusive in-house perfumer for Hermès since 2006, at his hilltop atelier in Cabris overlooking Grasse, with Nice and the Mediterranean in the distance, is to understand his passion for fragrance and the art of making scents. As his wife of 45 years, Susannah, put it during a candlelit dinner at the sprawling house Hermès bought for his workplace, “Many people believe science is important to perfumery—Jean-Claude does not. For him, philosophy is more relevant.” And never more so than in his latest fragrance, L’Ambre des Merveilles, a refined, subtle scent. “I wanted to recount one of the mysteries of amber,” he explains, “somewhere between delight and sensuality, where vanilla meets the warmth of labdanum and the moistness of patchouli. It’s a smell that’s enveloping, almost aphrodisiac or narcotic, evoking the Far East. With L’Ambre, a woman becomes sensual, mysterious.” And that’s something science will never be able to explain. $149;

June 19, 2012
By Ingrid Skjong | Beauty

Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet perfume
Photo courtesy Inter Parfums

Renowned jewelry purveyor Boucheron welcomes a new fragrance into its three-scent fold: Boucheron Jaïpur Bracelet (50 ml., $106; 100 ml., $130). Jaïpur, also known as Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan, India, which Frédéric Boucheron, Louis Boucheron’s father, became smitten with during his first visit in 1909. The softly curved bracelet-shaped bottle and amethyst-hued cabochon top cuts an elegant profile. (The cabochon is one of Boucheron’s signature cuts and is featured on all its fragrances.) But it’s the scent itself that truly embodies its muse. Notes of violet leaves, basil and lemony verbena lead into heady florals (lily of the valley, hyacinth, marigold) and woody cashmeran, cypress and powdery iris concrete. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 W. 58th St.; 212-753-7300;;

April 13, 2012
By Departures Dispatch | Lifestyle, Hotel, Beauty

Rose 31 at the Gramercy Park Hotel
Photo courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

We discovered Le Labo Fragrances, a New York–based perfumer that is known for its creative collection of handmade scents, at the Gramercy Park Hotel, which burns its Cade 26 candles in the lobby. The scent was so intoxicating, we bought some to burn in the office. So when bottles of Le Labo shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion—in the floral yet woodsy Rose 31, a perfect unisex scent—appeared in rooms at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California, we had another great reason to check in.

March 23, 2012
By Sarah Gold | Beauty

Montblanc Launches Legend Fragrance in the U.S.
Courtesy Montblanc

This month, for the first time, Montblanc’s signature men’s fragrance, Legend, will be available in U.S. stores. The scent, created by award-winning perfumier Olivier Pescheux (who has also designed for brands like Lanvin, Fragonard and Dyptique), is an understated but masculine blend of lavender, bergamot, Evernyl (reminiscent of oakmoss) and Pomarose (which combines elements of apple, rose, and geranium).

The fragrance’s distinctive, label-less bottle is flask-shaped and made from smooth black glass; it was designed by the same team that created such iconic Montlblanc pieces as the Meisterstück line of writing instruments. Look for it on the shelves of department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

1.7 oz, $57; 3.3 oz., $72.

November 30, 2011
By Deborah Frank | Beauty

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Replenishing Comfort Creme
Courtesy Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder’s original 1956 Re-Nutriv face cream has been specially
developed for dry, delicate skin. We applied the new Re-Nutriv Replenishing
Comfort Creme
on a red, irritated patch and found it healed in a few
days. $135;

November 30, 2011
By Deborah Frank | Beauty

Burberry perfume
James T. Murray

After ten years as Burberry’s chief creative officer, Christopher
has introduced a fragrance line he trusts will become the brand’s
signature scent. Burberry Body Eau de Parfum Intense, with
its suede drawstring pouch and jewel-like bottle, “represents all the
moods, attitudes and expressions of the brand,” he says. “It’s
unmistakably British.” From $85;

November 30, 2011
By Deborah Frank | Shopping, Beauty

Dior makeup
Courtesy Dior

Every fall since 2007, Dior has introduced a limited-edition
makeup palette that has become a must-get for travels and gift-giving. This
season’s tweed deluxe mini-clutch with patent leather trim has everything
one needs to create a soft day look, with multitoned Diorskin Nude sculpting
powder, taupe and pale pink eye shadows, Crème de Rose lip balm and petal-pink
lip gloss. For a dramatic evening eye, there’s dark aubergine eyeliner
and medium plum eye shadow. A universal red lip color and the Diorshow Iconic
mascara complete the kit. $77;

November 29, 2011
By Deborah Frank | Hotel, Beauty

When we were invited last summer to meet French hairstylist John Nollet in
his newly opened salon at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, we expected to see a large, busy space with assistants bustling, blow-dryers
whirring and scissors snipping. Instead, the concierge escorted us to Suite
101, with its nondescript door, around the corner from the elevators. It was
hard not to notice that Nollet’s atelier is perfectly located for quick
and discreet arrivals and departures by his French celebrity clientele, like
singer Vanessa Paradis and La Vie en Rose’s Marion Cotillard.
Inside, the small yet chicly decorated room with gold walls has French doors
that open onto a long terrace overlooking the hotel’s garden courtyard.
In 2009, the Park Hyatt hired Nollet to bring his styling services to 11 of
its properties around the world. From Tokyo to Buenos Aires to London, he appeared
at guests’ doors with his elaborate, custom-built Louis Vuitton trunk
containing the tools of his trade to cut and color their coifs. The yearlong
tour was such a success that the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme invited Nollet
to permanently set up his Hair Room Service by John Nollet in its hotel. Guests can still arrange appointments in their rooms, but the
privacy and charm of the personal service with Nollet in Suite 101 is a Parisian
pas de deux worth experiencing. From $950 a session;