Galliano Parties for Perfume; Plastic Surgery Is Down

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FRAGRANCE
• This week John Galliano threw a launch party for his first fragrance, creatively titled Galliano, which launches in Europe this October. The scent has notes of rose, lavender, bergamot, violet, and amber, and will ship to America in 2009. [British Vogue]

• Van Cleef & Arpels jewelers is releasing a scent, and the packaging is very Lord of the Rings: A tall sculpture of a fairy on a branch for the cap tops a textured sphere. Execs say it will be one of the most expensive perfumes on the market. [Cosmetic News]

• Puma launched a men's and women's fragrance set: Free Flowing Woman and Free Flowing Man. The women's is floral, while the men's is citrusy and woodsy. Hippie spirit not included. [Now Smell This]

SKIN
• New commercials for skin-lightening creams in India are causing controversy. They star three huge Bollywood actresses and imply you need light skin to snag a man. The cream is made by Unilever, the same company that trumpets "love your body" in Dove ads. [Jezebel]

MAKEUP
• Speaking of Lancôme's new Maharani Jewels collection features a bronzer embossed with an elephant. It's quite fabulous. [BellaSugar]

• M.A.C's highly anticipated Electro Flash collection hits counters today. So go get some and get your rave on. Or something. [Makeup Loves Me]

• Wicked Lovely, Smashbox's fall collection, takes a darker turn with colors like sooty gray, pewter, and black. Oh, dark colors for fall? How surprising. [BellaSugar]

PLASTIC SURGERY
• There are less fake boobs and retinol-ed faces in the world this year: Plastic surgeons say business has slowed 53 percent. We guess it's one of the good side effects of no one being able to afford anything these days. [USAT]