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And The FIFI Award Goes To…


Since its inception 40 years ago, the Fragrance Foundation’s annual FIFI awards have truly evolved. Just look at this year’s nominees: Sharing the ballot with the industry’s best and brightest in scent composition, marketing, and packaging were a slew of A-listers—Beyoncé Knowles, Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum, and one Justin Bieber, who was named Celebrity of the Year last night when the award ceremony commenced at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.

“There is something going on in the celebrity category that is outrageous,” said Linda Levy, Macy’s vice president of marketing cosmetics & fragrances, before introducing Bieber’s prize. But outrageous as the phenomenon may be at the retail level—Bieber’s first women’s scent offering, Someday, sold a record $3 million in less than three weeks when it debuted last summer—it was underwhelming at the gala. Bieber was a no-show; ditto Knowles, Swift, and Klum. Their collective absence went nearly unnoticed, however, thanks in large part to the emcee stylings of Jane Lynch.

“For about ten years, I smelled like Miller Lite,” the Glee star joked as things got under way, adding that if she had her own fragrance, it would be called, “I’m Not Ellen.” Additional boldfaced name power came by way of a Pucci-clad Nicole Richie, who presented Tom Ford Beauty with both the Men’s and Women’s Nouveau Niche award for its hugely popular unisex offering, Jasmin Rouge (Richie was unofficially in attendance to build up support for her own signature scent, which drops this fall).

The night’s real stars were the perfumes themselves, though; Diptyque took home top honors in the Interior Scent Collection category for its 34 Boulevard Saint Germain; Tom Ford scored yet another coup in the Women’s Luxe category, besting Bottega Veneta, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé’s Pulse with his Violet Blonde eau; Victoria’s Secret Angel picked up the award for best Women’s Specialty Brand fragrance as well as best packaging in the Women’s Broad Appeal category; and Prada Candy won big in the Women’s Luxe Packaging contest.

Things took a bittersweet turn when Estée Lauder senior vice president of fragrance Karyn Khoury presented the Legacy of Excellence award to Evelyn Lauder, who passed away last November from ovarian cancer. When her husband, Estée Lauder’s chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder, came up to the podium to accept the award, he broke down into tears while talking about his beloved wife’s contributions to the business (the entire house subsequently did the same). But Lauder composed himself and ultimately delivered one of the greatest tributes of the night. “She was a great lady. She was fun, inspiring, and she loved this industry,” he said, addressing the full auditorium of perfume’s major players. “You are making women feel beautiful and for that, God bless you and thank you.”

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Evelyn Lauder, 1936 – 2011


The beauty industry and the global beauty community lost an innovator and a friend this weekend when senior vice president of the Estèe Lauder Companies, Evelyn Lauder, passed away at her home in Manhattan after complications with non-genetic ovarian cancer. Lauder was 75. She joined the New York-based beauty empire when she married Leonard Lauder, the son of company founder, Estèe, in 1959. As a new product director and marketing director for the company, Lauder came up with the name Clinique and became the first to wear the brand’s signature white lab coat as its first training director in 1968. In her later role as the head of Lauder’s global fragrance development, Evelyn was behind such smash-hit scents as Beautiful, Happy, and Pleasures. She also spearheaded the company’s acquisition of Bumble and bumble in 2000.

But Lauder’s real legacy just might be her creation of the pink ribbon. A breast cancer survivor, Lauder—with the help of the then-editor-in-chief of Self Magazine Alexandra Penney—distributed hundreds of the symbolic pins along with breast self-exam charts in 1992 at Lauder counters to help raise awareness about the disease. The following year, she founded the Breast Cancer Research Fund, which to date has raised more than $350 million to help eradicate it. “Evelyn was the nicest, smartest lady around,” a beauty editor colleague of ours said as news of Mrs. Lauder’s death spread. She will be sorely missed.

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Ten Ways to Contribute to the Cure


Evelyn Lauder has been raising public consciousness about breast cancer since 1993, when she laid the groundwork for the nonprofit Breast Cancer Research Foundation and co-created the now-ubiquitous pink ribbon—the worldwide symbol of breast health—of which 110 million have been distributed. Lauder’s efforts over the years to raise funds and recruit retail partners’ support for the BCRF are expected to reach a total of $45 million to date this year—not to mention earn a Guinness World Record for “Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause Within 24 Hours” (Schönbrunn Palace in Austria, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in India, and Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia were all lit with pink light before the Empire State Building went pink on October 1). “We want this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign message to serve as a call-to-action to women and men to connect with everyone they know and communicate the importance of breast health and early detection, in order to conquer this disease once and for all,” Lauder says. The beauty exec’s admirable goal is to eradicate the disease in her lifetime, and you can do your part by spreading Lauder’s message and, well, shopping. Here are ten limited-edition charitable products to help you contribute to the cause and get properly primped for fall.

If you’ve spent any time trying to re-create the frizzy halos of curls on display at both Sonia Rykiel and Marc Jacobs’ Spring shows, your hair is probably pretty zapped. Ojon’s much-beloved Restorative Hair Treatment, a panacea for the dry and damaged, will help restore moisture and luster to your strands while donating $5 from the sale of each tub to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment, $21,

Aveda will donate $4 from the sale of each vitamin-rich Hand Relief lotion to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation specifically to fund cruelty-free environmental research for a cure. The tube is slightly bigger than usual—5 oz. versus the usual 4.2 oz.—which is good news for your hands, which are already likely experiencing the drying effects of the changing seasons.

Aveda Hand Relief, $21,

Sonya Dakar

While we can’t say we’ll be jumping on Gwyneth’s vegan diet bandwagon anytime soon (our love for cheese is too intense), we are definitely fans of one of her favorite vegan skincare products: Sonya Dakar’s Organic Omega Booster. The natural, moisture-restoring complex goes pink this month, donating $20 of proceeds from sales to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

Sonya Dakar Organic Omega Booster, $42,

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Shop For The Cure


Since co-creating the pink ribbon in 1992 as a symbol of breast health, Evelyn Lauder has been on a mission to help bring an end to breast cancer. Aside from championing the Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative, which we’ve already discussed in this blog, Lauder used her position as senior vice president of the Estée Lauder Companies to start the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding scientists in their work. Between bake sales, golf tournaments, and proceeds from special-edition products available through the month of October, last year alone the BCRF raised $34.5 million—and has inspired a host of other charitable initiatives. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best buys out there, so you can get your beauty fix and do your part to fight breast cancer.

Bumble and Bumble

The House of Bumble will donate $1 from the sale of every bottle of its Classic Hairspray sold this month to the BCRF. Consider it an open invitation to attempt some of the more gravity-defying bouffants from the runway. (You know you were secretly intrigued by the updos inspired by The Duchess at Oscar de la Renta last season; admit it.)

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