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Imperiled Attractions Draw Tours of Doom


The Antarctic, which many adventure travelers think is threatened by global warming.

Published: December 16, 2007

PACK YOUR BAGS Mount Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are melting, incentive to some travelers to book a trip there sooner than later.

QUITO, Ecuador – Dennis and Stacie Woods, a married couple from Seattle, choose their vacation destinations based on what they fear is fated to destruction.

This month it was a camping and kayaking trip around the Galápagos Islands. Last year, it was a stay at a remote lodge in the Amazon, and before that, an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

“We wanted to see the islands this year,” Mr. Woods, a lawyer, said recently in a hotel lobby here, “because we figured they’re only going to get worse.”

The visit to the Amazon was “to try to see it in its natural state before it was turned into a cattle ranch or logged or burned to the ground,” Mr. Woods said. Kilimanjaro was about seeing the sunrise on the highest peak in Africa before the ice cap melts, as some forecasters say it will within the next dozen years.

Next on their list: the Arctic before the ice is gone.

The Woodses are part of a travel trend that Ken Shapiro, the editor in chief of TravelAge West, a magazine for travel agents, calls “the Tourism of Doom.”

“It’s not just about going to an exotic place,” Mr. Shapiro said. “It’s about going someplace they expect will be gone in a generation.”

From the tropics to the ice fields, doom is big business. Quark Expeditions, a leader in arctic travel, doubled capacity for its 2008 season of trips to the northern and southernmost reaches of the planet. Travel agents report clients are increasingly requesting trips to see the melting glaciers of Patagonia, the threatened coral of the Great Barrier Reef, and the eroding atolls of the Maldives, Mr. Shapiro said.

This is all a ruse, said John Stetson, a spokesman for the Will Steger Foundation, an environmental education organization in Minnesota. “Eco-tourism is more of a term for the marketer,” he said.

“Many people want to do what’s right, so when something is marketed as the right thing, they tend to do that,” he said.

But, he says, traveling by jet to see the icebergs contributes to global warming, which makes the icebergs melt faster. “It’s hard to fault somebody who wants to see something before it disappears, but it’s unfortunate that in their pursuit of doing that, they contribute to the problem,” he said.

Even the sinking of the Antarctic cruise ship Explorer, which hit an iceberg in November, has not cooled interest. Other Antarctic tour operators say they have received frantic calls asking for last-minute berths from those who had been scheduled to take future Explorer voyages. Since most trips are already full, would-be paying customers are being turned away.

What these travelers are chasing may be a modern-day version of an old human impulse – to behold an untrammeled frontier. Except this time around, instead of being the first to climb a mountain or behold a glacier-fed lake, voyagers like the Woodses are eager to be the ones to see things last.

Almost all these trips are marketed as environmentally aware and eco-sensitive – they are, after all, a grand tour of the devastating effects of global warming. But the travel industry, some environmentalists say, is preying on the frenzy. This kind of travel, they argue, is hardly green. It’s greedy, requiring airplanes and boats as well as new hotels.

However well intentioned, these trip takers may hasten the destruction of the very places they are trying to see.

But the environmental debate is hardly settled. What is clear is that appealing to the human ego remains a terrific sales tool for almost any product.

“Doom tourism has been with us for a long time indeed,” Jonathan Raban, the travel writer, said by phone from Seattle, his home. “It’s about the world being spoiled and the impulse of the tourist industry to sell us on getting there before it is too late, before other people spoil it.

“I’m thinking of the opening up of the West by the railroads aided by unforgivable painters like Albert Bierstadt, who sold that idyllic version of the pristine West populated only by deer and their fauns and picturesque Indians. There was a rush from the East to get there one step before the miners, who were going to spoil it, and before other tourists started trampling it.”

Back then, the images were of geysers and antelope-dotted Rocky Mountain sunsets. Now the worried traveler, motivated by promotional Web sites showing images of smiling natives in face paint and flocks of colorful exotic birds, hastens to the vulnerable Amazon. Not that this tourist will be living without comfort: bamboo-floored lodges await, where hot showers come courtesy of solar power and toucans can be viewed from laddered observation towers.

At hundreds of dollars or more a night, people do want hot water and other comforts.

In November, Travel & Leisure magazine came out with a “responsible travel” issue and listed on its cover “13 guilt-free travel deals,” No. 5 being an Inkaterra Rain Forest package. For $497 a person, it included a three-night stay in a cabana on stilts, an excursion to the hotel’s private ecological reserve, a boat trip to a native farm and a 30-minute massage at the hotel spa.
《旅遊與休閒》雜誌11月推出「責任旅遊」特刊,在封面列出「13 種沒有罪惡感的旅遊方式」,第5名是Inkaterra飯店雨林套裝遊程。每人收費497美元,包含在高架的小屋住三晚,遊覽飯店的私人生態保留地,搭船遊原住民農莊,以及在飯店的水療室享受30分鐘按摩。

A “Green Serengeti package” in Tanzania started at $836 a night per person, with all drinks “excluding Champagne.”

In a way, these earnest expeditions say much about how the very idea of adventure has changed. Once naturalists like Darwin made sense of a wild world. Explorers like Lewis and Clark sought to map what seemed limitless wilderness. Adventurers like Livingstone and Scott sought to conquer the earth’s natural challenges and sometimes died trying.

Over the last half-century, backpackers and other adventurers took a gentler route, beating new paths across Asia, South America and other locales – only to realize years later that some paths had been clear-cut into highways fit for Holiday Inns. There are popular ice cream stores in Katmandu, and a strip of five-star hotels in Goa, India.

“From where I sit,” said Nancy Novogrod, the editor of Travel & Leisure, “traveling to Mongolia now is almost cliché. Last summer, it seemed like everybody was going to Mongolia. The bar keeps getting higher.”

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中文名稱:La Nuit des Fées
專輯歌手:Various Artists

專輯名稱:La Nuit des Fées
專輯歌手:Various Artists
專輯類型:Heavenly Voices, Ethereal, Darkwave

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5. CAPRICE - The Candle and Snow
6. LYS - La poursuite
7. DJAIMA - Malchanie
8. FLEUR - New black Wings
10. COLLECTION D'ARNELL ANDREA - Closer to Unicorn
11. FAIRY SESSIONS - Friendship
12. FAIRY SESSIONS - Fishing Stars
13. FAIRY SESSIONS - Through the valley of darkness
14. FAIRY SESSIONS - A shot in the mid-air
16. FAIRY SESSIONS - Freeing of spirit

Luigi Rubino (Ashram), Riccardo Prencipe's Corde Oblique, Pinknruby & Mediavolo

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Forest Loss in Sumatra Promises a ‘Carbon Bomb’

蘇門答臘森林去了 「二氧化碳炸彈」來了

Ed Wray/Associated Press
A burned stump from a once dense forest stands in a field being cleared for a palm oil plantation in Sumber, Indonesia.

Published: December 6, 2007

KUALA CENAKU, Indonesia – Here on the island of Sumatra are some of the world’s fastest-disappearing forests.

A look at this vast wasteland of charred stumps and dried-out peat makes the fight to save Indonesia’s forests seem nearly impossible.

The Impact of Logging

“What can we possibly do to stop this?” said Pak Helman, 28, a villager here in Riau Province, surveying the scene from his leaking wooden longboat. “I feel lost. I feel abandoned.”

Pulp and paper companies have descended on Riau.

In recent years, dozens of pulp and paper companies have descended on Riau, which is roughly the size of Switzerland, snatching up generous government concessions to log and establish palm oil plantations. The results have caused villagers to feel panic.

Cutting timber from forests like the one in Kuala Cenaku, Indonesia, accounts for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Only five years ago, Mr. Helman said, he earned nearly $100 a week catching shrimp. Now, he said, logging has poisoned the rivers snaking through the heart of Riau, and he is lucky to find enough shrimp to earn $5 a month.

Responding to global demand for palm oil, which is used in cooking and cosmetics and, lately, in an increasingly popular biodiesel, companies have been claiming any land they can.

Fortunately, from Mr. Helman’s point of view, the issue of Riau’s disappearing forests has become a global one. He is now a volunteer for Greenpeace, which has established a camp in his village to monitor what it calls an impending Indonesian “carbon bomb.”

Deforestation, during which carbon stored in trees is released into the atmosphere, now accounts for 20 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to scientists. And Indonesia releases more carbon dioxide through deforestation than any other country.

Within Indonesia, the situation is most critical in Riau. In the past 10 years, nearly 60 percent of the province’s forests have been logged, burned and pulped, according to Jikalahari, a local environmental group.

“This is very serious – the world needs to act now,” said Susanto Kurniawan, a coordinator for Jikalahari who regularly makes the arduous trip into the forest from the nearby city of Pekanbaru, passing long lines of trucks carting palm oil and wood. “In a few years it will be too late.”

The rate of this deforestation is rising as oil prices reach new highs, leading more industries to turn to biodiesel made from palm oil, which, in theory, is earth-friendly. But its use is causing more harm than good, environmental groups say, because companies slash and burn huge swaths of trees to make way for palm oil plantations.

Even more significant, the burning and drying of Riau’s carbon-rich peat-lands, also to make way for palm oil plantations, releases about 1.6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases a year, according to Greenpeace officials.

But it is also in Riau that a new global strategy for conserving forests in developing countries might begin. A small area of Riau’s remaining forest will become a test case if an international carbon-trading plan called REDD is adopted.

REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, essentially would involve payments by wealthy countries to developing countries for every hectare of forest they do not cut down.

Indonesia, caught between its own financial interest in the palm oil industry and the growing international demands for conservation, has been promoting the carbon-trading plan for months.

But there are plenty of skeptics, who doubt it will be possible to measure just how much carbon is being conserved – and who question whether the lands involved can be protected from illegal logging and corruption.

But Mr. Helman has been ferrying a steady stream of foreign environmentalists and journalists in and out of the forest in recent weeks as the global climate talks took place on Bali.

“I am so thankful for the recent attention,” he said. “At times it seems too late. But I see some hope now.”

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If the Shoe Fits, Wear It. If Not, Design One.

Robert Klemm, who has 60 pairs of shoes in his own collection, went to the Steve Madden Web site to design the gingham pumps that his girlfriend, Kate Feehan, is wearing.

By Elizabeth Olson
Published: December 2, 2007

Even for the most dedicated shopper, finding just the right pair of shoes can be elusive. A store-to-store search ─ whether on the Web or at the mail ─ can take hours. Shoppers may think they've found the perfect pair, only to be stymied by a problem with fit, style or color.

It's not that retailers don't try, as the huge shoe sections in department stores and Web sites like Zappos and Shoes.com, attest. But for those with very individual or exacting tastes ─ and with money to spare ─ some Internet retailers offer design-it-yourself options in footwear. Customization is more common with athletic shoes, but fashion footwear is beginning to catch up.

Cale Valdez, a college student in Huntington, California, went to vans.com to find a memorale look for his wedding last month. He designed some red and black canvas slip-ons, which cost $40 a pair, for the wedding party, including matching lace-ups for his father-in-law.

Nikeid.com, which attracts almost as many women as men, has customers who order undreds of pairs. The hip-hop disc jockey known as Clark Kent, of Brooklyn, has designed 350 pairs of shoes on the site, including his favorite, a pair of purple, black and teal Air Force 1's, which cost him about $275.

"The biggest attraction is the ability to shock,"he said. "You want a pair that people notice so they ask you:'Where did you get those?'"

While customized sneakers are available on many athletic shoe Web sites, fashion shoes are harder, although not impossible, to find.

For women who are willing to spend a large sum, there is Tupli, started three years ago.

"This is ideal for the woman who can imagine the perfect shoe but can't find it," said Kathy Myczowski, 34. She went into the individual shoe design business with Tamara Chubinidze, 26, who is from the Republic of Georgia, where such shoemaking is more prevalent and where Tupli's shoes are made.

Clients can browse tupli.com for ideas and then send in their measurements, or be measured personally in New York. Tupli's clients ─ who include the actress Susan Sarandon ─ have choice of leather and suede, as well as embellishments like rhinestones and personal logos.

Prices for Tupli footwear (a name derived from the Russian word for shoe) start at a hefty $750 for shoes and $1,450 for boots, and customers must wait six to eight weeks for them.

Those who want a less expensive made-to-order shoe that won't take as long to arrive can turn to Stevemadden.com.

If you don’t like the shoes you find in the stores, you can go to a Web site like Stevemadden.com and choose your own color, pattern, style and size.

Steven Madden, founder of the company, says more than 100,000 pairsof design-your-own shoes have been sold through the site, where the prices range from $90 to $170.

To Mary . Johnson, 22, online design is about owning something unique.On Stevemadden.com,she designed some bailet flats in a purple shade and trimmed them in red.

"This is something you make yourself," she said, "instead of settling for what's out there."

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Glenn Gould, the Artist and the Industry


By Bernard Holland

When Glenn Gould died in 1982, a victim of a stroke at the unseemly age of 50, his red-hot reputation had calmed to a simmer. Gould, a sufferer from extreme stage fright but a winner in the stock market, had quit performing in public 18 years earlier, using the proceeds of his financial ventures to soften the burdens of early retirement. Much of his time later was spent with television projects in his native Toronto.

In death, Gould came to life. Music business operatives appeared suddenly and in hordes, claiming hitherto unnoticed intimacy with the great pianist and eager to share their experiences.

Maybe they belonged to the tens of thousands who were present at the infamous premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” or the opening night of “My Fair Lady.” The less privileged had to fall back on the newly spruced-up Gould recordings rushed into re-release.

Brisk business was done over his body, and it hasn’t stopped yet. A cleaned-up version of his career-making 1955 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations appeared this year and is now prominently on sale. Just recently I received a published photo album filled with childhood memorabilia. What’s next: the Glenn Gould coloring book?

No one before or since has had the dexterity to make such transparent child’s play of Bach’s severest contrapuntal puzzles. That he played these pieces at such blinding speeds was not necessarily because he should have; I think he just wanted us to know that he could. To his great credit, Gould’s playing never complicated the simple. It is easy to decorate naked melody, extraordinarily difficult to keep its simplicity intact.

In the “serious” music usually associated with him – Bach, Beethoven and Mozart – Gould was happy to visit outrage on received wisdom. Yet he played Grieg and Brahms with docile acceptance of tradition.

Tales of his personal oddities were a thriving spinoff industry. There was Gould bundled up for blizzard conditions in tropical summer heat. His inhibitions about touching or being touched in later years limited human contact.

The Gould legacy is of great value if we put it in the right place. He is the most interesting Bach player in memory, but when taken as a model of how Bach should sound, he is a catastrophe.

With Angela Hewitt’s recent presentation of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” at Zankel Hall still in the ears, I have been going back to the Gould recordings of these preludes and fugues on Sony Classical. At a number of moments, Bach is brilliantly served. Gould’s intelligent use of astonishing muscular control in the C sharp and E flat fugues of Book 1 gives separate personalities to two and three voices in simultaneous conversation, this on a modern piano constructed to make individual notes sound uniform rather than distinctive.

There are similar if occasional satisfactions. The rest is a series of assaults. They behave like satires, discreet lampoons of how everybody but Glenn Gould plays Bach. You hear a brilliant adolescent insulting his elders.

Gould’s concepts can be horrifying, like ice water thrown in the face, but they are always fascinating. The famous C major Prelude of Book 1 makes a simple request for flowing arpeggios; Gould chops the phrases into half-legato, half-staccato. The C sharp Prelude and E minor Fugue from Book 1 are made ridiculously fast, and these are just two examples of show-off acceleration.

Revolutionaries get our attention, and often for the better, but whom would you want running New York City, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg or Che Guevara? But keep the Gould recordings close by; they keep us stirred up. No matter how you do it, he said, I’ll do it differently.

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Farmers Say Time Is Right for Biotech Beets

種植基改甜菜 農民指時機成熟

Published: November 27, 2007

Each growing season, like many other sugar beet farmers bedeviled by weeds, Robert Green repeatedly and painstakingly applies herbicides in a process he compares to treating cancer with chemotherapy.

Robert Green will plant the modified sugar beets on his farm in North Dakota next spring.

In his right hand, Duane Grant holds a genetically engineered sugar beet, next to a conventional beet. Once refined, the sugar from each would be the same, sucrose.

“You give small doses of products that might harm the crop, but it harms the weeds a little more,” said Mr. Green, who plants about 360 hectares in beets in St. Thomas, North Dakota.

But next spring, for the first time, Mr. Green intends to plant beets genetically engineered to withstand Monsanto’s powerful Roundup herbicide. The Roundup will destroy the weeds but leave his crop unscathed, potentially saving him thousands of dollars in tractor fuel and labor.

For Mr. Green and many other beet farmers, it is technology too long delayed. And the engineered beets could clear the way for the eventual planting of other biotech crops like wheat, rice and potatoes, which were also stalled.

Seven years ago, beet breeders were on the verge of introducing Roundup-resistant seeds. But they had to pull back after sugar-using food companies like Hershey and Mars, fearing consumer resistance, balked at the idea of biotech beets. Now, sensing that those concerns have subsided, many processors have cleared their growers to plant the Roundup-resistant beets next spring.

It would be the first new type of genetically engineered food crop widely grown since the 1990s, when biotech soybeans, corn and a few other crops entered the market.

“Basically, we have not run into resistance,” said David Berg, president of American Crystal Sugar, the nation’s largest sugar beet processor. “We really think that consumer attitudes have come to accept food from biotechnology.”

A Kellogg spokeswoman, Kris Charles, said her company “would not have any issues” buying such sugar for products sold in the United States, where she said “most consumers are not concerned about biotech.”

Both Hershey and Mars declined to comment. When it comes to genetically modified crops, there is a reason to keep the introduction of them out of the public eye – to avoid protests. Some opponents of biotechnology are only now getting notice that the sugar beets have been resurrected.

“When I first saw this I said, ‘No, it can’t be,’” said Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association. “I thought we had already dealt with this.”

His organization issued a call to arms and thousands of identical e-mail messages were sent to Mr. Berg at American Crystal Sugar warning that “profit margins of your company and its supporting farmers” would be hurt by consumer resistance.

Mr. Berg said he still believed that most consumers would accept biotech crops. Mr. Cummins, however, said he would next try to persuade consumers to pressure food companies to boycott the sugar.
柏格說, 他仍然認為,大多數消費者會接受生技作物。但卡明茲說,他接下來會努力說服消費者對食品公司施壓,要他們抵制這種糖。

The genetically engineered seeds will cost at least twice as much as conventional seeds. But Duane Grant, who grows about 2,000 hectares of sugar beets in Rupert, Idaho, said the extra seed outlays would be offset by other savings. He said his annual herbicide costs would drop to $90 a hectare, from $180, and he would no longer have to hire migrant workers to pull weeds by hand.

Mr. Grant, who was designated by the national beet growers’ association as its spokesman on this issue, also said Roundup would have to be sprayed only two or three times during the spring-to-fall growing season, while the existing herbicides must be sprayed five times or more.

Beets account for about half the United States’s sugar supply, with the rest coming from sugar cane. The sugar from beets and cane, generally considered interchangeable, is used in candies, cereals, cakes and numerous other products.

When genetically engineered versions of soybeans and corn – as well as cotton and canola – were introduced in the mid-1990s, farmers quickly adopted them. But opposition to genetically engineered crops then took hold, particularly in Europe. Food companies, fearing protests or loss of customers, pressured farmers not to grow the crops.

Alan G. Dexter, a sugar beet specialist at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, said that in a survey he conducted, 57 percent of beet growers cited weeds as their biggest problem. “The sugar beet growers are going to adopt this technology immediately,” he said.

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Hobbies Are Rich in Psychic Rewards
培養嗜好 提升工作表現
Published: December 2, 200

Q. Between work and family, you have little time or energy left for hobbies. Without them, though, life feels mundane. What can you do about it?

A. Make time for them because those moments can change your mood and your mind-set.

When people do things that make them feel good, like a hobby, it activates an area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens that controls how we feel about life, said Dr. S. Ausim Azizi, chairman of the department of neurology at Temple University’s School of Medicine in Philadelphia who studies brain activity and cell signaling. Activities you enjoy also stimulate the brain’s septal zone – its “feel good” area – and that makes you feel happy, said Dr. Azizi.

Q. Are hobbies good for you?

A. Yes, and in many ways. Hobbies can enhance your creativity, help you think more clearly and sharpen your focus, said Carol Kauffman, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. “When you’re really engaged in a hobby you love, you lose your sense of time and enter what’s called a flow state, and that restores your mind and energy,” she said. In a flow state, you are submerged in an experience, requiring a high level of concentration. Research shows strong correlations between flow states and peak performance, she said.

Being in that heightened state of concentration raises the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain that keep you focused and interested in what you’re doing and that energize you, said Dr. Gabriela Corá, a psychiatrist who is managing partner of the Florida Neuroscience Center and president of Executive Health and Wealth Institute, an executive coaching firm in Miami.

“Making time for enjoyable activities stimulates parts of the brain associated with creative and positive thinking. You become emotionally and intellectually more motivated,” she said.

Hobbies also enhance self-esteem and self-confidence, said Michelle P. Maidenberg, a psychotherapist and business coach in New York. “When people rely only on their role at work to foster self-esteem, that alone cannot typically fulfill their needs,” she said.

Q. Can a hobby make you better at your job?

A. Yes, because doing something you enjoy can help you think more creatively and give you confidence. Ms. Kauffman said a hobby could even help prepare you for a difficult meeting, making you more sure of yourself and energetic. “Let’s say you are passionate about opera. Google your favorite opera piece and listen for five or six minutes,” she said. “That positive emotion builds your cognitive and social skills. If you follow your bliss for a little while, it really gives you a surge of energy.”

Challenging hobbies may inspire ideas that will help you at work – leading, for example, to a new approach to making presentations, solving problems. “Any time you take a break from routine, you develop new ways of thinking,” said Gail McMeekin, a psychotherapist and owner of Creative Success, a career coaching company in Boston.

Q. How can you tell if your hobby is something you should pursue professionally?

A. The tipping point is reached when you are far more interested in your hobby than your job and when work feels like a waste of time, Ms. McMeekin said.
答: 麥米金說,關鍵點在你對業餘嗜好的興趣遠大於工作時,以及覺得工作是浪費時間之際。

“You have to do some market research first and make sure you could earn a living doing your hobby. You also take the risk that making your hobby your career will take all the fun out of it,” she said.

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她可是仿西班牙 西班牙格瑞那達(Granada)的阿罕布拉宮(Alhambra)中世紀建築摩爾宮殿打造出的的古堡花園!



這間則仿 阿罕布拉宮(Alhambra)中 巴爾達宮貴婦塔所建


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上星期因為月底工作很辛苦, 所以決心好好犒賞自己一下
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Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean 蔚藍地中海女性淡香精





Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean 蔚藍地中海融合花香且帶有乳香的木質香調,前味閃閃耀動的多汁果香,有如太陽親吻過的香調,融合了甜蜜的桃子花蜜、甜美多汁的西西里橘子,創造了一種美味的、多汁的香氛耀動,蠱惑著你的感官。李子讓溫馴卻蠱惑的香氛裊裊纏繞。中味令人難以忘懷的盛開花香,以女性化地、充滿歡騰氣息的花香鋪陳開來。木蘭花,散發著清甜的柑橘調香氣;星木蘭融入在這種多汁果香當中,鋪陳出一種盛開的花香味道;一簇簇紫藤花則讓人回想到了春天的香氣;馬達加斯加蘭花從白天到黑夜隱隱地釋放著一種溫柔引誘的香調,尤其是在夜晚中。後味令人遲遲難以忘懷的深刻印象用一種乳香的暖調來包圍,檀木是種具有神秘、神聖的氣息;麝香,給予了一種感官的、令人難以忘懷的溫暖,為後調加入了持久的質感以及無法抗拒的誘惑香調;琥珀的低語則纏繞在肌膚上,久不逝去。

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Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize 雅頓綠茶甦活限量淡香水

Elizabeth Arden 夏日香氛的感官之旅─Green Tea Revitalize綠茶甦活香水。這款芬芳四溢的香水具有抗氧化劑綠茶天然的提神優點,加上清新果香的振奮作用,能夠同時提振身心,賦予人甦活的感覺。






Elizabeth Arden 雅頓綠茶夏艷水果狂想曲限量淡香水

伊麗莎白雅頓2007年綠茶限量香氛 Green Tea Tropical“夏豔水果狂想曲香氛”,醇厚清新的綠茶香,加入熱帶水果,搖身變成清新俏皮的「半熟」小女人!

柑橘花果香調的雅頓綠茶夏艷水果狂想曲,以香氣甜美渾厚的荔枝、酸甜清新的百香果,以及火龍果所交織出異國情調的甜美第一印象。除了以綠茶的香調為主體,還運用了中國最古老之ㄧ的花材──中國木蘭,在開花的初期散發出甜橙的香氣;以及馬可波羅茶,這款茶是由巴黎的Mariage Feres茶沙龍所特別調製的;這款奇特風味的西藏禮讚,馥郁渾厚的茶香,還融合了特殊的花香及果香。最後在含有乳麝香、海藻,與熱帶黑莓,在清涼舒爽的主調中,將夏豔水果狂想曲香氛的後味傳達出隱晦的性感氣息,有如介於女人與女孩之間的半熟吸引力。


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繼竹子、空氣與海洋藍調男性香氛的成功上市之後,KENZO今年又再推出一款全新男性香水—Tokyo by KENZO東京。這款全新男香靈感來自於日本東京夜晚穿梭於首都街道的繁忙與熱鬧景色,香氛宛如一幅東京夜照,融合了高樓大廈的黑色神秘、霓虹燈的紅色熱鬧、行道樹的綠色生機以及街燈的黃色光懞,創造出這一款充滿都會現代感與國際感的全新男香。

調香師Marie Salamagne來自全球知名的香料香精公司Firmenich,他將香味依照特性與屬性搭配出不同組合,試圖用香氣畫出東京夜裡繽紛色彩的熱鬧感。

高樓大廈的黑色神秘是由肉荳蔻、丁香、愈創木以及雪松的香味建築而成,街上行道樹的綠色生蹟召喚出綠茶、紫蘇以及阿根廷馬黛茶的融合香氣,招牌與車燈閃爍的霓虹就像是苦橙以及紅胡椒在一起跳舞般,最後,街燈的鵝黃光懞宛如柑橘、葡萄柚以及生薑香氣的新鮮明亮度。Marie Salamagne成功地打造出這款具有時尚流行卻又保有東方傳統的全新男香,也賦予了它具有國際觀感的現代都會生命。


同樣地,瓶身設計也呼應了這座東京街景的繽紛色彩。瓶身斜彎的靈感是設計師Kashiwa Sato從傳統日本軍刀發想而來,而黑色瓶身上一條條繽紛的色條就像是從一台急駛而過的快車所留下的視覺印象。

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