EVENTUALLY HAPPENS to all of us. Our bath line, our favourite moisturizer—or
worse, our favourite perfume, is discontinued—or no longer carried
by our local retailer. Thus begins the frantic search for the few
remaining bottles, or a new source for our prize.
Here are sources for those items I received the
most email on and a few more sites and catalogues for items not
found in this article. (For fragrances, skip to ‘The
largest portion of email I received was regarding Payot Paris. Famous
for its Pâté Gris and Special 5 acne treatments, and
Crême No. 2 anti-irritation product, this dermatological line
is a favourite of mine. Although this very popular and easy to find
in Europe, distributors have dwindled here in the US. The focus
has shifted from J. C. Penney, which now only has a few stores carrying
the line, to salons and spas. For more information on local spas,
online sources and products, visit their web
site (above) and for an online retailer, check out Harmonie
Day Spa, at www.harmoniedayspa.com.
You can also call your local J. C. Penney to find
out which stores near you carry the line.
Denney is another popular line from J. C. Penney and was high on
the list of requests. Frances Denney, whose popular Sensitive Line
(below right) had quite a following, decided to quit the
retail scene altogether and do direct mail instead. Their popular
fragrances, Interlude and Hope, as well as Fade-Away fade cream
line, are still distributed in J. C. Penney and other retailers,
through the Color Me Beautiful line.
For Color Me Beautiful, visit www.colormebeautiful.com.
Fernand Aubry is maker of the frequently requested Alpha 1 fragrance,
the powerhouse skin serum ISD-26, with 13 amino acids, 8 vitamins,
and 5 mineral salts, and the Alpha-Rides line.
Aubry, which no longer has a distributor in the
US, is available by going to their web site (English version available),
printing the order form and faxing it to their Paris office. There
are deep discounts for ordering more than one product, and the site
is informative and easy to navigate.
Fernand Aubry Club
22, rue de Caumartin
33 1 49-24-00-80
Fax: 33 1 49-24-00-84
Monteil (left) and Lancaster (below) are both available
online at the official distributor web site (MJM Fragrances and
by calling: 1 800 961-3872 or 1 253 857-3872.
You can also find a few Monteil and Lancaster
items at StrawberryNet and the mail order catalogue Beauty Boutique
(see overleaf for both).
Discontinued, then re-launched Fragrances
Two years ago Crabtree and Evelyn discontinued some of their
core fragrance lines, including the top-selling Savannah Gardens,
only to bring most of them back again. The resurrected lines include
Savannah Gardens, Damask Rose, and the signature rose fragrance,
Evelyn (the first fragrance to use head-space technology in its
development), are all back. The lines that stayed discontinued,
Veranda, Song de Chine and Passion Flower, have been seen at the
outlet stores (see below) and a few T. J. Maxx stores. Some of
the older discontinued lines, like Peach, Carnation, Southampton
Rose, etc. are gone from the market completely, and only occasionally
turn up on Ebay. The Rose Powder Papers and Jojoba and Aloe Lip
Balms disappeared for awhile for awhile, but were never discontinued
and are now back on the shelves.