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Sometimes the first, and
often the last, items on the Fashion Souvenir shopping list, cosmetics and perfume
are usually encountered in the dash between check-in and departure gate at the airport. Under the appalling glare of harsh lighting their heady scent and seductive packaging lure you in, with the promise of a tax-free saving on the price you pay. The duty-free shop can sometimes offer up the hidden gem, the mascara you cannot find at home, or the very last bottle of your favourite fragrance you thought had been discontinued. Department stores, local chemists and pharmacies are another source of souvenir hunting, with pretty vials and unusual packaging or unfamiliar and exotic ingredients. While for many the hotel bathroom, particularly the 5 Star or boutique variety, is another excellent source for the shampoos, hand-creams and soaps you forgot to bring
with you.
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Shalimar by Guerlain purchased from Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2007 or 2008

Shocking by Elsa Schiaparelli, eau-de-toilette, purchased from Sephora, Champs-Elysées, Paris, France 2000

Mini Toiletries obtained from 4* hotel, UK 2009

Bar of Bamboo Salt Soap gift to the collector, purchased in Seoul, South Korea 2007

Estée Lauder Make-Up Case Travel Special, purchased at World Duty Free, Heathrow Airport, London 2009

See, Buy, Fly bag containing Antidote by Viktor and Rolf, eau-de-toilette, purchased at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2009

YSL M7 Fragrance purchased at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2006

Kenneth Cole Black eau-de-toilette, gift to collector, purchased in Chattanooga
or Atlanta, USA 2007