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This Alcohol-Free Fragrance Is the No-Travel Vacation We Didn’t Know We Needed

As passports gather dust and searches for far-away Airbnbs register as the “new norm” for nightly entertainment, a little wanderlust—in the form of a new fragrance import—seems to be just what this stay-at-home society ordered.

Enter Brûmée, a straight-from-Grasse (all the ingredients are sourced from the South of France) natural fragrance line that’s hitting stateside come mid-November. While the scents—Pine Tree + Vetiver, Aromatic Spices + Jasmine and Cedarwood + Vanilla—are deliciously crafted, the formula behind the range isn’t so standard, as all three boast alcohol-free fragrances that the company says are simply “kinder on your hair and skin.”

While the water-based fragrances wouldn’t necessarily flag any differences in a simple “sniff test,” the formulas look slightly “milkier” than the norm, as the line boasts a one-size-does-not-fit-all result as it works with your skin’s natural pH to create a scent that’s unique to the individual. 

The secret: A little behind-the-scenes chemistry and R&D magic that uses a new procedure the company refers to as “aqueous emulsions or WPE” that mixes water and oil into one emulsified mix and extends the shelf life of the scent. The result: Rich and distinct scents that are intriguingly complex and successfully check off the box for a truly 100-percent natural, vegan and cruelty-free product that also hits the European ECOCERT standards.

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Maryland Returns To No-Travel List, Coronavirus Cases Spike

ANNAPOLIS, MD — A recent spike in coronavirus infections returned Maryland to the quarantine order of three states on Tuesday. When travelers from Maryland head to Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Maryland’s placement on the the travel mandate comes as hospitalizations hit their highest rate in months. The state’s positivity rate is also climbing.

Why Is Maryland On The Quarantine Order?

This is Maryland’s third stint on the list, which was born on June 24. Travel from the state was previously restricted from July 21 to Aug. 25 and Sept. 9 to Sept. 15.

To land on the trio’s coronavirus quarantine mandate, states must have either:

  1. An average case rate of more than 10 new cases-per-100,000 residents per day over a rolling seven days.

  2. Or an average positivity rate of more than 10 percent over a rolling seven days.

Maryland’s case rate of 10.4 secured the state a spot on the travel advisory. As long as Maryland averages more than 604 coronavirus cases-per-day in a given week, it will remain on the list of troubled states.

The case rate maxed out at 18.03 on May 7 before plummeting to 5.6 on June 24. The lull didn’t last long, as the case rate hopped to a recent high of 15.55 on July 31. Another downswing dropped the case rate to 7.63 on Sept. 26, but it is already back up above 10.

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How Do Maryland’s Coronavirus Statistics Look?

Maryland added 590 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 136,744 infections. The state also reported nine more coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday. The virus has killed 3,904 Marylanders.

The state’s positivity rate has seen an uptick since it bottomed out at 2.51 percent on Sept. 24. The seven-day rolling average now sits at 3.2 percent. The weekly positivity rate topped out at 26.88 percent on April 17.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says jurisdictions should aim to keep their percent positivity below 5 percent. Maryland has been beneath that benchmark since June 25, but some counties play hopscotch with that threshold. Prince George’s County, for example, has a positivity rate of 5.06 percent.

Maryland’s hospitalizations have fluctuated in recent months. They hit an overall peak of 1,711 on April 30. After falling to a low of 385 on July 10, the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients spiked to 592 by Aug. 1.

Hospitalizations then marched down to a recent low of 290 on Sept. 21, but they are back on the rise. Maryland reported 464 coronavirus-related hospitalizations Tuesday. That’s the most since Aug. 19.

“State health officials continue to closely monitor trends in our critical health metrics,” Hogan tweeted Thursday. “We are all in this together, and we need each and every Marylander to do their part to help slow the spread and keep our communities safe.”

What States Are On The Quarantine Mandates?

Visitors who break the travel order face different consequences in each

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