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July 29 2014

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3 posts tagged "Laura Slatkin"

Nest’s Triple Play

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candles

Diana Vreeland wrote in a memo to a member of her Vogue staff: “By far and away the most important fragrance is the fragrance of a house as it is the ambiance of the owner.” I certainly concur with the legendary EIC and it seems that Laura Slatkin, the founder, CEO, and visionary behind Nest Fragrances, also agrees. She partnered with not just one but three notables from three very different worlds—fashion, beauty, and music—to create scented candles that embody each individual’s take on the festive season that is fast approaching.

For Ken Downing, SVP and fashion director at Neiman Marcus, this obviously entails opulence—the name of his new Nest candle launching exclusively at the department store in late October. Instead of your classic balsam fir fragrance done in shades of green and red, Downing incorporated exotic notes of black orchid, sandalwood, Malaysian patchouli leaf, and Mirabelle plum. The glass vessel is decorated in a magenta and gold pattern inspired by William Morris (a nineteenth-century artist and designer known for his prints).

To play off Aerin Lauder’s personal collection of Venetian glass, Slatkin created a hand-blown, brushed-gold vessel to hold the Fireside & Fir fragranced wax. Comprising Mediterranean cypress, fir balsam, black amber, and white birch, this eau smells smoky but soft. Even better, the sophisticated scent and packaging allow you to burn the fragrance far after the tree has been put on the curb or the menorah packed away.

And for Sir Elton John, one would expect his abode to be scented with nothing other than Fireside, a smoky vanilla and juniper berry blend that is reminiscent of an old English estate laden with leather-bound books, blazing hearths, and, of course, a grand piano. Even better, 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his candle are donated to his AIDS foundation.

There really is no place like home for the holidays—especially when it smells as divine as one of these distinctive creations.

Opulence by Ken Downing, $40, www.neimanmarcus.com; Aerin Fireside & Fir, $68, available in November at www.bergdorfgoodman.com; Sir Elton John’s Fireside, $38, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Nest

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Laura Slatkin

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Laura Slatkin, founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances

The Product: “In 1984, I was dating a man, and one night he picked me up for dinner in a long, black stretch limousine. In the back of the limousine was a Chanel shopping bag. He had just arrived home from a business trip to Paris, and he brought me back a bottle of Coco perfume as a gift (in the eighties, men in long, black limousines always started the evening bearing gifts). Coco had just launched; it was literally one of the first bottles ever sold. Well, the guy didn’t last very long, but the perfume became my signature scent for twenty years. Every morning and every night, I doused myself in Coco Chanel perfume and I lathered my arms and legs in the coordinating luxurious moisture cream, which always left my young limbs glistening. When I married Harry [Slatkin]—who notices everything—he adored me in Coco perfume, and if I ever forgot to moisturize my legs, he would always remind me, and if I used a different brand, he actually noticed that, too! It is nice to have a husband that is passionate about beauty. Since then, I have been an admirer of Chanel. When I launched NEST Fragrances, I designed the packaging as a nod to Chanel, with black boxes and a white font. Racing stripes and color were added to give NEST its own identity, but it was Chanel that provided the overall inspiration.”

Photo: Courtesy of NEST Fragrances

Lighting The Eternal Flame With Vera Wang

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I’ve been a bridesmaid twice, and both times I was pretty relieved that I didn’t trip when walking down the aisle or forget to fluff the bride’s train at the appropriate moment. Now that I’m planning my own wedding, I’m stuck on what to give the bridesmaids as a thank-you for performing similarly challenging big-day duties. I contemplated shoulder bags made from recycled sails (trust me, they’re cool, and the wedding is in Rhode Island) but recently nixed them in favor of Vera Wang’s new scented candles. The designer has teamed up with candle queen Laura Slatkin of Nest Fragrances to create Floral Bouquet, a scent that’s layered with lily of the valley, gardenia, and Damask rose and finished with green leaves. It’s modern, fresh, and not too fussy. Even better, once the wick has burned, the silver-plated container turns into a keepsake vase to hold flowers—or future bouquet catches.