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SHOPPING NYC: June Jacobs and Peter Thomas Roth Sample Sale

Hey beauty lovers, do you know when is the best time to save on, and haul, your favorite beauty products? Sample sale time of course, which is why you’re reading this. Beloved skincare brands, June Jacobs and Peter Thomas Roth are having a sample sale with discounts up to an incredible 90% off. The friends and family skincare sample sale has already begun (it started on November 8th) and runs through November 17th. Doors to the June Jacobs and Peter Thomas Roth sample sale open from 11 AM to 7:30 PM, excluding weekends.

We’re obsessed with the entire range of Peter Thomas Roth skincare products and we’re sure you are too. So let’s get to know the products from June Jacobs.  The June Jacobs Spa Collection marries cutting-edge science with nature. It is based on highly effective concentrations of carefully selected botanical + plant extracts recognized for their soothing and restorative powers. All formulas include pure and effective ingredients along with a patented anti-oxidant blend of white, red, and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate, and grape seed extracts to help neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

The sample sale features a variety of collections, each with different benefits.

  • DETOXIFY + RENEW COLLECTION: For skin that requires detoxification to help support cell renewal to improve tone + texture
  • HYDRATE + NOURISH COLLECTION: For skin that requires hydration without adding excess weight or oil
  • RAPID REPAIR HEALING COLLECTION: For skin that requires powerful moisture, intense repair, and soothing benefits
  • INTENSIVE AGE DEFYING COLLECTION: For dry, mature skin that requires intense moisture, smoothing and wrinkle reduction benefits
  • FIRM + TONE COLLECTION: For aging skin that requires firming, toning, and lifting benefits
  • BRIGHTEN + CLARIFY COLLECTION: For dull, lackluster skin that requires age defying radiance and luminosity
  • BLEMISH CONTROL COLLECTION: For combination to oily skin that requires pore purifying, treatment of acne, and anti-aging benefits
  • CALM + REPAIR COLLECTION: For sensitive skin prone to irritation that requires a gentle and soothing treatment
  • HAIR + BODY COLLECTION: For a multi-sensorial experience with long-lasting nourishment
  • PROTECT: For all skin types requiring powerful broad spectrum SPF protection

The June Jacobs and Peter Thomas Roth sample sale takes place at the June Jacobs office, located at 460 Park Ave, 22nd Floor in New York. All sales are final.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech the Halls with Bundles of Gadgets

There was a time where tech gifts only referred to cellphones, computers and the like, but with the fusion of technology into almost every industry, many holiday gifts have surpassed being in one category. Technology is finding it’s way into everything from fashion, food, and of course our home life. Things like mirrors and candles now boasts innovative technology. The following 2017 Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of the must-have holiday gifts ideas to keep your home life running seamlessly and in some cases, wirelessly.

We know looking for the perfect gifts for the loved ones on your Christmas and Holiday shopping lists can be a chore. Allow us to show you some great gift ideas in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide that they, and you will love.

  • iHome iZM100 Meditative Light + Sound Therapy Candle, $69.99 – Imagine enjoying a candle that never goes out, doesn’t get hot, and won’t burn out. This candle will not only shimmer and dance like a real candle, it also delivers meditative lighting & sleep therapy effects to keep you focused, relaxed and able to fall asleep fast using the renowned 4-7-8 method inspired by yoga breathing techniques.
  • iHome iCVBT2 Reflect Vanity Speaker, $79.99 – Getting ready to go out, whether to work or play can seem tedious. Why not let your mirror entertain you? Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite music while getting ready. This distortion free mirror with bright accent LEDs and high and low settings, streams audio wirelessly via Bluetooth from your mobile device. Enjoy features like playlists, weather, news and other requests with the help of Siri and Google Now.
  • Norton Core Router, $279.99 – The future of WiFi is here. This very stylish secure router is the perfect security device for your connected home. The Core boasts a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz, and more memory and flash storage than typical routers. It simultaneously transmits at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so your smart devices connect to the best available band. It supports speeds up to 2.5 Gbps1, ensuring amazingly fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming, and its beamforming antenna tower focuses WiFi directly to devices in the distant corners of your home. Say goodbye to dead zones in your home.
  • Logitech Keys-to-Go Portable Keyboard, $69.99 –  Stylish, incredibly lightweight, and portable, this envy inducing keyboard is the ideal companion for all iOS and Android Devices. If you find your fingertips are too sizable for your tablet or smartphone’s on-screen keyboard, keys-to-Go is just what you need. This stand-alone keyboard boasts well-spaced keys, iOS or Android keyboard shortcuts for productivity, a durable FabricSkin that wards off dirt, crumbs and spills, Bluetooth wireless pairing, and a weight of only 6.35 oz. It’s the portable keyboard you can take anywhere
  • Omron Heat Pain Pro TENS Unit Electrotherapy Device, $89.99 – Wouldn’t you love to ease your muscle pain from the comfort of anywhere in your home? Combining soothing heat for achy muscles with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) technology, the Omron Heat Pain Pro® TENS Unit superbly relieve acute muscle and joint pain. As writers who tend to spend hours in one position, we can attest to the incredible pain relief we’ve enjoyed from this device. This safe and effective health device relieves multiple body pains. It offers 6 pre-set body pain modes (arm, lower back, leg, foot, joint, shoulder) and 3 massage modes (tap, knead, rub) with 20 levels of intensity to help relief multiple pains throughout the body.
  • Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers, $99.99 – Get ready for outstanding, premium sound right at your desk. The elegantly crafted Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers boasts Logitech Easy-Switch™technology that lets you seamlessly switch between audio sources. It delivers balanced audio that accurately reproduces the sound artists intended with a 10° backward tilt puts you in the listening sweet spot. It features silver accent rings, motion-activated back-lit controls and high-end fabric covers for the most sophisticated appearance. And gives you the capability of pairing Bluetooth devices with a light touch to the motion-activated, back-lit controls on the speaker front. What more can you ask for?

What are your thought on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide? Are there any other tech toys you’d like to see highlighted in our next 2017 Holiday Gift Guide installment?

GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win Hair Tools from Bed Head and PRO Beauty Tools

This season’s hair trends are all over the place, there are lots of waves, raked out big loose curls, multiple textures, updos, large low buns, etc. Basically it’s almost anything goes, which is wonderful news for celebrating how you want to wear your hair. Two of the biggest trends we’re seeing are waves and very loose, large curls and we will be giving two lucky My Life on and Off the Guest List readers the opportunity to enjoy these hair trends all season long. We’re giving away these hair tools – the PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron, or the Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver, to keep your tresses looking fab for fall.

PRO Beauty Tools and Bed Head bridges the gap between Salon Professional and retail hair appliances by offering a line of high performance, top quality styling tools at retail friendly prices. These professional, yet affordable hair tools are the must-have beauty tools to create your hair, your way.

PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron

Create long-lasting bouncy curls and waves with PRO Beauty Tools Professional Gold 1 1/4″ Curling Iron.  The professional-performance of it’s gold barrel lock curls in place for up to 24 hours.  It’s gold barrel conducts high, even heat up to 430°F. It’s variable heat settings makes it great to use on all hair types, from fine to coarse. It boasts rapid heat recovery, a patented pulse technology that ensures optimum heat levels and consistent performance. It also features a cool tip, ergonomic handle design, a professional 8” swivel cord, and along with this 1 1/4″ barrel, it’s also available in a 1″ and 1 1/2″.

Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver

Masterfully sculpt waves that everyone will notice with the Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep
Waver. It’s Deep Waver Plates gives hair distinctive, masterfully sculpted waves. It’s Tourmaline Ceramic Technology leaves your hair softer, with shinier waves without any frizz. It boasts a Rheostat Dial with multiple heat settings and a 30 second fast heat-up to 400⁰F. The Wave Artist also features instant heat recovery, a locking switch, and a tangle-free swivel cord.  You’ll be on your way to the perfect wavy hairstyle whether your hair is short, medium length, or long.

Both hair tools retail for $29.99 each, but as we stated above, we’re giving away one of each to two lucky readers. For a chance to win either the PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron, or the Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver, enter via our Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Notorious Pink Grenache: A Rosé Wine for All Seasons

Although it’s generally known as a summer wine, we strongly believe the versatile rosé wine can be enjoyed beyond the warm season. Rosé wines can be dry, semi-sweet, savory and meaty, and fruity and floral. These diverse styles and tastes make this wine free of boundaries and perfect for year’ round enjoyment. One especially delicious rosé breaking the rules is Notorious Pink Grenache, a lovely rosé that seems like a typical dry, summer wine, but is so much more.

Notorious Pink is a special blush cuvée made from 100% Grenache, the leading grape varietal at Domaine la Colombette in the South of France, where grapes from the oldest vines are bled, while those from younger vines are pressed. After settling, the musts are fermented at low temperatures (14-18c). It is said that the best rosés are very dry and that they should bear traditional French names, but the Notorious Pink Grenache proves otherwise. It is not as dry as most French rosés, which makes it fabulously tasteful enjoyed with or without food.

Notorious Pink uses mature berries to balance the flavors of the ripe berries that give it a wonderful acidity and soft minerality. The Notorious Pink Grenache is pale pink in color and exudes floral orange blossom aromas. The Notorious Pink Grenache tasting notes are as follows:

Aroma: Ripe Peaches, Plums, Lavender, Pear, Orange, Honey, Floral, Herbal
Palate: Melons, Raspberries, Sweet Cherry, Pear, Peach, Crisp, Good Acidity, Well Balanced
Finish: Stewed Apples, Hint of Spice, Good minerality, Gentle and Length Finish

We know you’re wondering, “why should you drink Notorious Pink rosé in the fall?” For the following very simple reasons: this slightly provocative wine pairs with everything – from fish to soups, to BBQ. It’s quite divine all on its own, so please enjoy a glass or two with nothing else, it’s wonderfully elegant (it’s taste and label), sometimes red wine is much too heavy to enjoy, it brings out the fruit notes in your favorite sweet fall treats, and it makes a wonderful cocktail (hello Wine Spritzers). You will also start to see more and more rosé being highlighted at restaurants and bars as a year’ round wine option, so why not be ahead of the trend.

Notorious Pink has won Double Gold Medal Top Fifty Rosé 2015, five Gold Medals and two “Judges’ favorite,” in addition to a myriad of silver and bronze medals in regional competitions, as well as in Paris. You can’t go wrong with an award-winning wine!

Notorious Pink Grenache is available at www.wine.com and www.drizly.com. You can also use their store locator to find Notorious Pink at a store near you

Scorpio Season: Beauty Products to Keep the Eighth Sign Calm

Welcome to Scorpio season, the time to celebrate the most intense, passionate, and powerful sign in the zodiac. As Scorpios, it is certainly true that we can sometimes run a little hot, so keeping us cool and levelheaded is very important. Today marks the first day the sun enters Scorpio kicking the Jupiter effect in high gear. Jupiter only visits each zodiac sign every 12 years, making this year extra special for us Scorpios. To honor this significant event, we are highlighting three beauty products that are meant to keep us (specifically our skin and hair) calm all season long – Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye LiftLa Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask, and La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask.

Contrary to what is said about Scorpios, we do take the time to unwind and relax. In fact, it’s quite easy for us as we tend to go with the flow. We can be calm, cool and collected (just don’t get us upset). For those who a little extra assistance, add these relaxing beauty products to your routine for the most peaceful birthday month yet!

  1. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift: Remain stress-free with this cooling cream-gel masque. The high-performance formula energizes skin to reduce visible signs of stress, minimizing puffiness and dark circles for increased skin radiance!
  2. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask: Lay back and relax with this daily face mask that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration and improved luminosity. Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid provides instant plumping while antioxidant-rich thermal spring water soothes skin.
  3. Marc Anthony True Professional Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Deep Nourishing Treatment: This lightweight Oil Treatment penetrates the cuticle to help nourish and hydrate your hair leaving it smoother and shinier. No need to fret over frizz – apply a couple of drops on hair before bed and wake up with silky, smooth locks.

Welcome to our season Scorpios and happy birthday to all those celebrating. Scorpios Rule!

National Bullying Prevention Month: Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean Campaign

Sadly in recent years, bullying has grown significantly. Whether it’s verbal, physical, social, or cyberbullying, this issue is having tremendous and lasting harmful effects on children, teens, and adults. Bullying has become an accepted childhood rite of passage, and it shouldn’t have to be. You may or may not know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help bring an end to all forms of bullying, Clarisonic is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the preeminent bullying prevention charity in the nation, for the Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean campaign.

PACER and Clarisonic (the creator of the #1 most-recommended skin-cleansing device by U.S. dermatologists*), announce a new partnership and campaign designed to drive awareness and raise donations for PACER’s bullying prevention efforts. Clarisonic was founded with the belief that healthy, beautiful-looking skin can help people be their most confident selves. Through this partnership, Clarisonic hopes to encourage young people to love the skin they’re in and to be confident advocates. For every #CleanTheMean social post shared on Facebook or Instagram this year, Clarisonic will donate $1 to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, up to $100,000.

“We passionately believe that kids who feel safe, accepted, and supported will live up to their full, brilliant potential,” says Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “We are excited to join forces with Clarisonic to launch the #CleanTheMean campaign—a compelling way to spread awareness and encourage young people to be confident advocates for themselves and others.”

“All of us at Clarisonic are inspired by the work that PACER has done to prevent bullying with education, advocacy, and positivity,” says Elisabeth Araujo, President of Clarisonic. “We’re excited to help make the world a kinder, more beautiful place, and hope people will join us simply by sharing one of our #CleanTheMean stories or one of their own.”

The Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean Campaign is designed to drive awareness and raise donations for PACER’s bullying prevention efforts. The money raised through this campaign will help PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continue put important resources in the hands of parents, educators, and students alike to help put an end to the national bullying epidemic. These resources include classroom lessons, school programming ideas, tips, tools, and stories of people who have transitioned from being a bullying target to a bullying prevention advocate, like 17-year old Natalie:

Natalie shares: “The best thing I did was reach out. I really felt like I was internalizing a lot of it and I was blaming myself. I was ashamed to go to anyone to talk about it. But as soon as I started opening up and telling people about it—telling my parents, telling a teacher about it that I really trusted — that’s when it started to get better.”

To learn more about the Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean Campaign, how you can help, or donate, visit www.Clarisonic.com/Pacer.

Drink to Your Health: The New Delicious Total Wellness Beverages

One of the most important things in life is your health and wellness and while current circumstances may try to obstruct that, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy body. You can stay active, eat as healthy as you can, and of course keep your body hydrated with essential nutrients. Say hello to the following delicious total wellness beverages: Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages, Up Mountain Switchel, and Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice. All three drink brands provide more than just a delicious and thirst quenching taste.

We promise you will love all three delicious total wellness beverages we are highlighting today. Not just the health benefits, but the delicious and satisfying tastes as well. Continue reading to egt to know them.

Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages

Get ready for a tasty organic, non-dairy, probiotic sparkling beverage that’s low in calories. The new, organic Lifeway Elixir sparkling probiotic beverage will be your new favorite drink. Along with it being organic, probiotic and low in sugar and calories, these delicious drinks are also gluten-free, caffeine-free, vegan, and kosher. Lifeway Elixir is available in 12oz bottles in four flavors: Tangerine, Hibiscus, Ginger, and Elderberry. All four sparkling flavors are great on their own but they also wow as a mixer in cocktails.

Up Mountain Switchel

We know what you’re thinking, “what exactly is Switchel? ” It is a drink made of water, vinegar, and ginger, often sweetened with honey, sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup created in the mountains of Vermont hundreds of years ago. And it’s delicious! Fans of ginger (we’re obsessed), Up Mountain Switchel will be your go-to drink. We’re sure you well familiar with the long list of benefits of Apple cider vinegar, such as effectively lowering pH, which makes your body run optimally! This is the main ingredient in Up Mountains Switchel. This delicious, wonder drink is made of three key ingredients: fresh ginger, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and pure grade A maple syrup. Thanks to the fresh ginger root used in Up Mountains Switchel, it is an amazing and natural way to battle inflammation and it’s a fantastic analgesic. Its sugar content is derived solely from unrefined, mineral-rich, low-glycemic maple syrup; healthy sugars that an active body needs. Up Mountains is available in four flavors: Original, Lemon, Yerba Mate, and Cayenne. They are sold in 16oz bottles that come in a 2-pack, 6-pack, and 12-pack cases.

Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice

Do you prefer your fruit juices to be organic? Welcome the delicious, bold taste of Ocean Spray’s 100% juices, now in an organic option! Made with the crisp, clean taste of organically grown North American cranberries straight from the farm to your family. The organic 100% juices, available in Organic Cranberry Blueberry, Organic Cranberry Apple, and Organic Cranberry, contains no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Each juice is non-GMO and is USDA Organic certified and promises nothing but delicious goodness in every sip.

What do you think of these delicious total wellness beverages?

The Most Valuable Commodity: Fine Unisex Fragrances for Fall

What is your most valuable singular commodity? For us, it’s the sense of self. Knowing what makes us who we are. This ranges from our family and friends, our favorite colors, music, foods, and of course fragrances. A fragrance is a very personal thing. Not everyone will like the same scents, plus our body chemistry adds to how the final notes of a fragrance are received. We change our fragrance with our moods, and sometimes the season, or not at all. Do you do this as well? As we stated, a fragrance is a very personal thing, and we are set in our likes. So when we find a new fragrance that blows us over, we get excited. We were recently introduced to the stunningly modern range of fragrances from Commodity, a unisex and cruelty-free collection of fine, body and home fragrances.

The unisex Commodity fine fragrance range is available in three collections, the Platinum Collection – a collection boasting rich, indulgent, and luxurious fragrances boasting such scents: Tonka, Vetiver, Leather, Orris, and Bergamot; the dark, complex, and intense Black Collection, featuring Book, Gin, Moss, Whiskey, and Wool; and finally the White Collection – a collection of bright, fresh, and uplifting scents like Gold, Magnolia, Mimosa, Rain, and Tea.

Platinum Collection

  • Vetiver – Top Notes: Apple, Petalia®, Blackberry. Middle Notes: Sampaguita, Jasmin Vintage Oil. Base Notes: Haitian Vetiver Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Indonesian Patchouli Oil, Australian Sandalwood Oil
  • Tonka – Top Notes: Almond Oil, Indian Davana Oil, Cardamom oil. Middle Notes: Lotus, Magnolia Oil. Base Notes: Venezuelan Roasted Tonka Absolute, Peru Balsam Absolute, Australian Sandalwood Oil, Laos Benzoin Resinoid.
  • Bergamot – Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Brazilian Green Mandarin Oil, Clementine Oil. Middle Notes: Jasmin Sambac Absolute, Moroccan Spearmint Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil. Base Notes: Patchouli Oil, Vetiver Oil, Blonde Musks, Violet Leaves.
  • Orris – Top Notes: Carrot Seed Orpur, Pink Peppercorn, Italian Bergamot, Coriander Seed. Middle Notes: White Lily of the Valley, Tea Blossom, Patchouli Oil, Moroccan Cedarwood. Base Notes: Italian Orris, Vetiver Oil, Vanilla Madagascar Orpur.
  • Leather – Top Notes: Black Leather, Oregano Essence, Juniper Wood Essence. Middle Notes: Cacao Bean Absolute, Myrrh Resinoid, Cade Essence, Akigalawood®. Base Notes: Styrax Resinoid, Cedarwood Essence, Haitian Vetiver Essence, Cistus Labdanum Essence from Concrete.

Black Collection

  • Book – Top Notes: Virginian Cedarwood, Bois de Rose, Eucalyptus, Bergamot. Middle Notes: Alaskan Cypress, Amyris, Amber. Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Velvet.
  • Wool – Top Notes: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Apple. Middle Notes: Basil, Fresh Ozone, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Armoise. Base Notes: Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Gray Musk, Bourbon Vanilla.
  • Whiskey – Top Notes: Jammy Plums, Slackcurrent, Violet. Middle Notes: Davana, Patchouli, Saffron, Lavender. Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Ambergris, American Oak, Mahogany.
  • Moss – Top Notes: Grapefruit. Elemi, Bergamot. Petitgrain, Ozone. Middle Notes: Eucalyptus, Orange Blossom. Base Notes: Cashmere Woods. Cedarwood. Musk, Amber. Oakmoss.
  • Gin – Top Notes: Juniper Berry, Grapefruit Juice, lime. Middle Notes: Ginger leaf, Freesia, labdanum. Base Notes: Patchouli, Smokey Oak, Musk.

White Collection

  • Rain – Top Notes: Dewy Green Accord, Bergamot, lemon Verbena, Rain. Middle Notes: Jasmine, Freesia, Lotus Blossom. Base Notes: White Amber, Water Musk, Sheer Woods.
  • Mimosa – Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Mandarin. Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Black Pepper, Jasmin Sambac. Base Notes: Orris, Musk, Blond Wood.
  • Tea – Top Notes: Cassis Fruit, Honey, Mandann, Egyptian Basil. Middle Notes: Oolong Tea, Damascus Rose, Tonka. Base Notes: Hints of Tobacco, Indian Sandalwood, White Patchouli, Cashmere Musk.
  • Magnolia – Top Notes: Waterlily, Dewy Greens, Grapefruit. Eucalyptus. Middle Notes: Geranium, Magnolia, Ylang-ylang, Violet, Rose. Base Notes: Amber, Oakmoss, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla Extract.
  • Gold – Top Notes: Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Camphor. Middle Notes: Amber, Vetiver, Benzoin. Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Creamy Musk.

We knew exactly which of the Commodity Eau de Parfums we’d love just from the notes. We love intense fragrances, which is why we were drawn to the Commodity Black Collection. The warm and spicy scent of Commodity Wool Eau de Parfum immediately drew us in. Created by perfumer Donna Ramanauskus, we immediately smelled the fresh citrusy top notes, which dried down beautifully into the warm and cozy amber and bourbon vanilla notes. We wore this wonderful fragrance for two weeks to numerous compliments. We’re excited to try the Commodity Bergamot Eau de Parfum next. It too promises the energizing freshness of citrus.

Commodity’s unisex fragrances are available in 100ml Eau de Parfums, and 10ml Eau de Parfum. The 100ml bottles from the Platinum Collection retail for $135.00 each, the 10ml for $30.00. The 100ml from the Black, and White Collections retail for $105.00 each, with the 10ml at $26.00. All of these fine fragrances can be found on www.Commodity.co.uk, and at Sephora locations worldwide.