FINAL BOW: Martin Gras, a senior perfumer in Paris at fragrance supplier Symrise, has retired. Gras had been with the company and Dragoco — the firm that merged with Haarmann & Reimer to form Symrise — for 23 years. During his career, he created such scents as Cerruti 1881 pour Homme, Lapidus pour Homme, Bleu Marine for Pierre Cardin and Boudoir for Vivienne Westwood.

PARFUMS DE COEUR MOVE: Roy Sowers has resumed the position of vice president of sales for Parfums de Coeur. Sowers had held the post from 1990 until 1999, when he moved to Florida. Since then he had remained with the Connecticut-based company as regional sales manager. Sowers succeeds Robert Carlino, who left in January for a sales position with Puig, N.A. Sowers, who reports to Mark Laracy, president, will remain in Florida and travel as necessary to the company’s headquarters.

LUXE SCENT: British luxury label Asprey is introducing its first fragrance, a unisex eau de cologne called Asprey Purple Water. The scent features olfactory accords of citrus and spice and will be priced at $215 for a 300-ml. bottle. Asprey Purple Water is expected to launch in late spring at the company’s stores in New York and Beverly Hills, as well as at its planned store on London’s Bond Street, slated to open April 28.

CARTHUSIAN EXPANSION: Carthusia, the fragrance collection produced on the Italian island of Capri using the same traditions as the Carthusian monks, will introduce two fragrances in the U.S. this spring. Carthusia is launching Aria di Capri, a fruity-citrus blend for women, at Barneys New York in April. Additionally, Carthusia is launching its first men’s fragrance in the U.S. — Carthusia Uomo, a mix of rosewood and kelp notes — at Barneys in May. Both scents will come in 50-ml. versions for $58 and 100-ml. versions for $90. There are 12 Carthusia scents in all, four of which are currently distributed in the U.S. by Intertrade Europe, a division of Padova, Italy-based Herbarium. Carthusia’s limited U.S. distribution network of 50 doors includes Barneys, Takashimaya, Aedes de Venustas, Louis Boston and Studio at Fred Segal.BIG APPLE BATH: Christopher Stanley, who launched bath and body care brand Tipton Charles in 1996, has created New York Soap, a 33-item collection of vegetable-based bath, body and hair care products, including soaps, bath salts, body balms, shampoos and a conditioner. The collection, which divides products into four scented groups — Pomegranate, Apricot-Basil, Creamsicle and Acqua Blue — ranges in price from $7.50 for bar soap to $20 for body scrub.

TRISH TANNING: Air-Brush Tanning is now being offered at the Dr. Ronald Sherman/Trish McEvoy Skincare Center. A skin technician sprays on the Trish McEvoy self-tanning formulation, which is available in light, medium or dark, from head to toe, providing an instant bronze tint that’s formulated to stay on the skin as a tan develops within eight hours. The color is designed to look natural and to last up to five days. It is available in a half-body treatment for $50 or for the whole body, which costs $100.

BEST IN BEAUTY: Cosmetic Executive Women hosted the 2004 Beauty Awards Product Exhibition and Demonstration on March 11. The event, held for the first time at the Metropolitan Pavilion, attracted 2,000 CEW members who were on hand to test and evaluate which products should be awarded most innovative across 23 categories. The results of their evaluations will be presented at the 10th annual CEW Beauty Awards ceremony on May 21 at The Waldorf-Astoria.

MARTHA ON THE LIPS: Too Faced has created a limited-edition lipstick, named Save Martha, in support of the domestic diva. The shade is champagne mixed with pink and brown and retails for $15. It is available at

PUREBEAUTY BUILD UP: Purebeauty has added another eight lines to its upscale merchandise mix. StriVectin-SD, 24/7, B. Kamins Chemist, Passport, Lola, Z. Bigatti, I.C.O.N. and Enjoy now can be found at the company’s 60 stores.

“As always, we’re excited to share these new lines with our customers,” said Elaine Mac Neil, vice president and general merchandise manager. “StriVectin, B. Kamins and 24/7 are highly desired by our clients and we are committed to delivering upon our promise to provide them with the most exciting, most unique and most effective beauty products for their ever-changing regimen.”

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