Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: Airplane Aromas, Summer Blossoms and Fornasetti Fragrance

This Week in Fragrance: Airplane Aromas, Summer Blossoms and Fornasetti Fragrance

08/17/16 07:03:01 (3 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Phoebe Waller at takes us back a few decades with "9 Honestly Weird Scents We Wore in the 90s":

Depending on your age in the ‘90s, you likely felt super mature when you spritzed yourself with a scent, even though you might not have known the difference between a body spray and a perfume. I hold my hands up unashamedly to admit that I wore body spray on my underarms for ages before an older girl at dance class told me I was doing it wrong and that, in fact, deodorant was for your pits. I was mortified. If you were anything like me, you may have raided your mom’s vanity to get your mitts on the “grown up” stuff: Perfume you thought made you really cool. In reality, your peers could smell your horrifically musky bod from across the classroom.

Check out her article to learn what she wore. What were some of your own questionable choices of scent back in the 90s? I'm not too proud to admit that I once accidentally sprayed mattress cleaner in my hair mistaking it for a bottle of hairspray that looked quite similar!

Candie's Fragrance Magazine ad

Linda Blair (the clinical psychologist, not the actress from The Exorcist) discusses the role of scent in our lives for

As we grow older, scent influences mood and helps determine thought content. For example, studies show our mood lifts when we smell lavender. When lavender is combined with eucalyptus, we become more alert. The scent of lemons makes us think about our current state of health, and rose oil can lower blood pressure.

Aside from using perfume, how else does scent play a significant part in your own life?

Woman smelling flowers

Sam Rogers of announced new additions to the Fornasetti home line:

Five fresh new façades and one new fragrance are lighting up Fornasetti Profumi's scented candle collection this September; the enigmatic face of Italian-born opera singer Lina Cavalieri taking on three new guises – each more mysterious and beguiling than the last – a new architectural set and a rather novel addition to the 'Pennini Nero' collection. All other new additions focus on the design of the ceramic containers, opting to house the now iconic Fornasetti scent 'Otto', which utilises Mediterranean herbs like thyme and lavender alongside a deeply spiritual combination of cedar wood and incense.

I've long been a huge fan of Fornasetti and after sampling the home products in Milan, can recommend the Otto scent as a striking incense fragrance. I've considered wearing the room spray (and still might!).

New images in the Fornasetti home collection.

Marisa Garcia of reports that airlines are stepping into the world of aromatherapy and scent branding:

Earlier this month, Virgin Atlantic became the first airline to introduce bespoke aromatherapy on board as part of its new relaxation package. Passengers in the airline’s Upper Class receive a hot towel infused with de Mamiel essential oils, which vary according to time of day. During daytime flights, an aromatic blend of bergamot, sweet orange and yang ylang, called Enliven, helps passengers relax and feel refreshed; during overnight flights, the fragrance is called High Altitude and includes fragonia, eucalyptus and lavender to help boost immunity and induce sleep.

Considering the often cramped and stinky experience of air travel, I'd happily welcome a little in-flight aromatherapy! Have you had a positive scented experience while flying the skies recently?

Inside an airplane

Valerie Easton of the discusses how to create a fragrant garden, a topic I often include in my weekly news round-up. After all, it's not always easy knowing what to plant!

Scented plants add a dimension, invisible yet visceral, to the garden. Nothing evokes the pleasures of summer present, while stirring up memories from summers past, like the most fragrant trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annuals. Many quintessential summer flowers, like dahlias, sunflowers and hydrangeas, have little or no scent. So how to perfume the garden, as lavishly as possible, from now into September?

What are some of your favorite aromatic choices for late summer?

Gardening tools and plants

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting



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Vanessa Dunlap
Vanessa Dunlap

As a former flight attendant, I enjoyed this atricle very much. I'm sure most people have read the job description: "My office: a pressurized metal tube flying at 37,000 feet in the air, filled with farts." This is true. Therefore, I welcome aromatherapy onboard. Thanks for the chuckle!


@wesleyhclark: omg, that ad is pitiful...what the heck were the advertisers thinking??? I remember that the Candie's scents went straight to the discounters...


Fornasetti is cool. Always was, always will be.

That ad is really tacky.


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