September 22, 2011
By Jean Nathan | Beauty

Jardin du Poete fragrance
Photo courtesy of Le Sirenuse

As Marina Sersale and her husband, Sebastian Alvarez Murena, unveil their eighth fragrance, Jardin du Poete, this month, they’re still marveling at how “an act of love” took over their lives. In 2002, as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the family’s hotel, Le Sirenuse, in Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, they hit on the idea of a signature scent to mark the occasion. “We agreed it would not be based on a fake legend,” says Murena, “like a fake recipe of a fake grandmother found in a drawer based on a formula of a fake monk uncle.” They wanted a fragrance reminiscent of summer in Positano, specifically the scent of terracotta warmed by the sun. As soon as Eau d’Italie, an effervescent mélange of bergamot, blackcurrant buds and yellow sweet clover, debuted in 2004, the couple took down their fragrance shingle. After all, says Murena, “our job was done.”

There they were wrong. Eau d’Italie was soon in demand at the most exclusive stores in Europe. Since 2005, they have come out with a new scent every year. Each evokes an Italian olfactory journey: the spicy Paestum Rose, smoky Sienne l’Hiver, woody Bois d’Ombrie, floral Magnolia Romana and now Jardin du Poete, redolent of Sicily’s bitter orange and basil. Soon they will have immortalized all of Italy—in a bottle. $140;

September 22, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Beauty

Julien Farel's Hair Products
Photo by James T. Murray

After five years of clinical research, celebrity stylist Julien Farel has created his first line of products. They’re effective in restoring hair’s optimal pH balance through a patented molecular process that works in hard or soft water. “It reactivates and rehydrates every cell in your scalp,” says Farel, “to make your hair young again.” From $25;

September 22, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Beauty, Spa

La Prairie's Cellular Power Charge Night serum
Photo courtesy of La Prairie

Launching this month at La Prairie spas in the Ritz-Carlton New York and Grand Cayman, and the Beverly Hills Hotel, is a 60-minute facial ($270) using the new Cellular Power Charge Night serum ($475). After a sleep-inducing treatment, we awoke the next day with firmer, brighter skin.

September 22, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Beauty

Edward Bess's Skincare Product
Photo courtesy of Edward Bess

The 25-year-old former model began with only 15 lip colors and is now known for a makeup collection of perfect shades and luscious textures. This month, he launches a skincare line. From $30;

September 22, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Beauty

Photo courtesy of Organic Male

We tried the new Organic Male line during a summer spent in Italy, Mexico and California. Its simple four-step system is designed for every age and skin condition and takes less than four minutes to apply. Our sun-damaged faces drank up the vitamins and antioxidants found in the hydrating cleanser and serum. From $35; $170 a set;

August 17, 2011
By Jessica Flint | Beauty

Serious about skincare. Courtesy of

Is it possible for a website to recommend exactly which beauty products will work best for you? New social beauty store thinks so. The site asks users to fill out a brief beauty questionnaire, and then, based on product feedback submitted by other users with profiles similar to yours, delivers personalized suggestions. "The more recommendations, the smarter the algorithm becomes," says founder Julie Mahloch. It's a fun way to discover new brands, and there's a bonus: Every purchase comes with rather large random samples tailored to you. (This writer was pleasantly surprised when her sample box included three of her favorite brands: Ole Henriksen, Pangea Organics and REN.) The site excels in skin and hair care, offering such high-end lines as Clarisonic, John Masters Organics, Dr. Brandt and Alchimie Forever. If you're looking for makeup brands beyond what's available in the drugstore, though, visit one of these sites.

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August 10, 2011
By Marnie Hanel | Beauty

Keep this in your nail file. Photo courtesy of Butter London

For an airport manicure worth rerouting a flight for, head to Butter London in Seattle-Tacoma's Concourse C. The decidedly chic outpost, which delivers efficient, toxin-free nail treatments, is the singular hub for Butter London creative director Nonie Creme's fashion-forward nail polish line—a range of well-edited hues inspired by the custom shades Creme sends down the runway for the likes of Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Betsey Johnson. This month Butter London releases five Fall–Winter 2011 lacquers, available for $14 on-site, online and at such retailers as C.O. Bigelow and Fred Segal. Their sparkly jewel tones (olive-gold, rusty rose, lush lavender) capture what Creme calls a "luxe-grunge" moment. Here's to hoping your flight is delayed. $26 for a manicure, $40 for a pedicure. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Concourse C;

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June 29, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Beauty


Beauty aficionadas, act immediately: Chanel's fall 2011 nail polish collection has landed online, and it will likely go quickly, as others have in past seasons (remember the Jade frenzy from fall 2009?). The makeup collection (called Illusions d'Ombres de Chanel) of eye shadows, lip colors and powder blushes is heavy on bronze, copper and platinum, and the nail polish follows suit, coming in three new and very modern hues: metallic Graphite, silver-beige Quartz and a green-gold shade called Peridot. They'll be available at Chanel department store counters and specialty boutiques starting in July but have already hit the website. Make haste! $25 each at

Photo Courtesy Chanel

April 29, 2011
By Brandon Perlman | Lifestyle, Beauty

Developed by identical twins and former Wall Streeters Anthony and Hubert Tsai, the TwinLuxe shaving collection aims, as the pair says, to “bring the barbershop experience into the 21st century.” The sleek razors and brushes were created by Marek Djordjevic, the exterior designer of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and the product line, made from ingredients like pearl powder, white tea leaf extract and hydrolyzed rice protein, includes all of the necessities: a shaving cream, an exfoliating scrub and a series of cleansers and soothers, all paraben free. Products from $25; shaving kits from $790;


April 11, 2011
By Christina Ko | Beauty


Last summer saw the U.S. debut of Sulwhasoo, Korea's top skincare brand, highly coveted for its effective incorporation of herbal medicine formulas. (Devotees, both in Korea and stateside, swear by the First Care Serum [$80], which increases the performance of your entire skincare regimen.) Sold only at Bergdorf Goodman, Sulwhasoo uses powerful indigenous ingredients, such as ginseng and white lily, which are blended together using poje, a traditional method that involves baking, steaming, fermenting or vinegaring each element. It may sound strange, but these ancient techniques, according to the company, enhance the beneficial qualities of the ingredients. This month Sulwhasoo introduces its Snowise collection (from $60), a new line that brightens and evens your complexion, especially good for those with dark age spots, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. With ginseng to restore the skin's vibrance and hedyotis diffusa—an herb that's said to even have cancer-fighting qualities—to help circulation, the Snowise Brightening Serum ($200) is notably light yet effective. To see fast results, New Yorkers can book the customized Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng facial at Bergdorf Goodman (free with $150 purchase of Sulwhasoo products). Trained at the company's Seoul headquarters, the aesthetician selects products for your specific skin type and also performs traditional treatments, such as a detoxifying facial massage using jade. Call 212-872-8726 for appointments;