Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: Farm-to-Bottle, Chloramines, and Seized Scents

This Week in Fragrance: Farm-to-Bottle, Chloramines, and Seized Scents

06/01/16 08:37:29 (14 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison


Donovan Schaefer at ReligionDispatches.org investigates the possibility of humans putting out scent chemicals as emotional responses:

The researchers found that the chemical profile of the theater atmosphere was modified according to the events onscreen. Each film produced what the authors called a distinct “CO2 profile,” a map of peaks and valleys corresponding to the plot trajectory—and especially the moments of high excitement—of the movies onscreen. Rituals, congregations, and sacred spaces may be much more than just a shared hallucination, as Freud thought: they may be tinged with a chemical force that binds bodies to each other in important ways—or with other vectors of experience that can be hard to see at first glance.

Have you ever experienced a distinct aroma in specific groups? Or perhaps of those around you during specific emotional responses?

Ready to jump into that clean-smelling pool this summer? Think again! Kate Baggaley at Slate.com explains what we're actually smelling:

Chlorine itself does have a smell, and it is similar to what you’re used to whiffing at the pool (or in bleach), says Ernest Blatchley, a civil and environmental engineer at Purdue University. But the concentration of chlorine in a pool is low enough that you’re probably not going to smell it—until it starts mixing with people’s sweat or pee to produce chloramines.

Kate's advice? Shower before and after pool use and resist the urge to pee in the pool! Dare I ask if anyone is generally enchanted by the smell of a pool? Having grown up in Florida, I can admit to quite liking it....

Clean is farm-to-bottle? Leanne Delap for TheStar.com explains this new move from the American fragrance company:

Eco packaging is also important to the target consumer here, says Greta Fritz, the director of global marketing for Fusion/Clean Beauty. “The cap is made of wood from a sustainably managed forest in Spain. The products are infused with sustainable ingredients plus some Ecocert-certified sustainable materials. They are manufactured with corn alcohol in a 100-per-cent solar-powered facility and put into recyclable glass bottles.” Fritz describes the brand as “the anti-fragrance fragrance, suitable to be worn in proximity with others,” addressing the growing movement to go fragrance-free in the workplace and public spaces.

What are your thoughts on this trend? Are you curious?

Aaron Elstein profiled International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) this week for CrainsNewYork.com

IFF is now trying to reach beyond the world of household goods. It used its fragrances to help create a virtual reality exhibit at last month's Tribeca Film Festival called "Famous Deaths." There, curiosity seekers slipped into a coffin-shaped chamber and, through a combination of sound and smell, experienced what Whitney Houston's last moments were like before she drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub. They could also experience a re-creation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and what promoters called "the penetrating scent of blood, brains and gunpowder drilling its way into your nostrils."

Hmmm, what do you think? I can think of other experiences I'd rather have...working in a chocolate shop or lavender field, or even sitting in a monarch's royal greeting chamber. What kind of scented virtual reality might you wish to experience?

IFF's Sofia Meltser; photo by Buck Ennis for CrainsNewYork

Kenneth Garger of NYPost.com reported on the seizure of fake fragrances in New York last week:

Five Queens men were busted Wednesday for running a multimillion-dollar counterfeit-perfume operation that peddled phony merchandise containing trace amounts of a cancer-causing substance, authorities said. The crew took trips to China, where they would get name-brand perfumes such as Chanel, Lacoste and Calvin Klein duplicated, then pedal the goods to wholesalers in the city and across the nation at a steep discount, officials said.

Scary! Whenever I see a VERY low-priced bottle of a major designer scent on auction sites, I typically know they are too good to be true! Without mentioning any seller's names, have you ever suspected a fragrance you purchased was a fake?

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Managing Editor & Columnist

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 also 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  www.MarlenHarrison.com.

 

 



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veda
veda

Yuck!!Starting to hate pools...

Jun
03
2016
Konga5000
Konga5000

@likestopaint:
I am the lucky owner of 5 (five) bottle of FAKE Tom Ford Black Orchid. Purchased at a flea market (bad sign #1) for $20.00 a bottle (bad sign #2). Vendor guy seemed shady and emotionless (bad sign #3).
They smelled pretty damn close for the first 2 minutes--and then the dry-down was the same crappy dry-down you smell in like 99 % of dollar store "fakers" that smells like artificial burnt licorice plastic. Putrid!
Why is that particular one faked so often and the others have not? Also- you gotta think: who is making these?

Jun
03
2016
johngreenink
johngreenink

I am one of those people who loves the smell of chlorine - I don't know why, but it has many positive and happy associations for me. I have to say that the Scents of Death was a 'reach'... there are so many things that one could try to recreate in scent, but this smacks of pushing too far into the tacky :-/ I love the general idea, but the choice of subject could have been a bit less invasive and heartless.

Jun
03
2016
smellysmellerson
smellysmellerson

The only fakes I've purchased so far is a bottle of vintage Cassini, and a bottle of Volupte parfum. I didn't suspect I knew as soon as I opened the packages that they were fake. With Cassini I could tell by just looking at the box, and the Volupte from the smell.

Jun
02
2016
likes2paint
likes2paint

I ended up with a fake Tom Ford Black Orchid. I could not get a tester from my local perfume store (Boots UK). They will not give any testers of anything, including makeup, which is why they all end up on ebay etc. What if we need to test for allergies and so on?

I wrote to Tom Ford and complained that I could not get a tester to compare my perfume with and they sent me a tester. Annoyed is an understatement! What is wrong with being honest? I can't believe that we have such a crappy bunch of people living in our society, and I could not get my money back. Typical...

I also hate the smell of bleach and chlorine, which makes my eyes hurt. Now I know what makes them go red and hurt, I won't be swimming in that!

Jun
02
2016
juniemoon
juniemoon

I think I probably bought a fake bottle of Balmain d'Ivoire last week. It was a new tester in a box. The company is legitimate I have bought from them many times just not at this location before, and this is the first time I got a fake. It was only ten dollars so no huge loss. When I got home I looked up what the bottle should actually appear like then I knew. I need to get a phone from this millenium so I can look things up while I am actually at the store.

I agree with CoffeeCup about when you are ill you can smell things differently. After a bad bout of flu and I feel better I cannot bear the smell of the bedding and must launder all of it at the laundromat to get the "flu smell" gone.

One other thing I recalled several years ago I had an extremely bad flu, temperature around 104, drifting in and out of consciousness but what was really strange is that I kept insisting that I smelled a very bad sewer smell and could someone please make it stop. My daughter told me there was nothing wrong with the plumbing but I swore I smelled something very bad and this went on for more than a day, the sense of smell works in mysterious ways in the brain it seems.

And as a woman, now that I am through the change, perfumes do NOT last on me like they used to. It has to be the shift in hormones causing this. My skin seems to just gobble them up. I don't even bother testing or trying light airy fragrances because they will literally disappear in five minutes. It's only the powerhouses for me from now on.
The human body, who can know it all..

Jun
01
2016
juniemoon
juniemoon

So annoying when I'm walking along in my local Walmart parking lot (pet food and pharmacy is handy) I always see the same blowsy old woman with bad teeth driving up to people saying "you vanna buy ssum perffume?" goes without saying they probably are not even good knockoffs.

A little aside from the topic, but I was reading the other day, that peoples' eyes don't get red from the chlorine in pools it's actually from the urine in the water. Eww yuck!

Jun
01
2016
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

Got duped by a well-priced fake Chanel on the auction site. The bottle that arrived had a cracked plastic lid and a peeling label, and the scent lasted maybe five minutes on skin. Was able to get my money back and put it towards the purchase of a legit bottle from an official authorized retailer. As this article shows, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

And oh! That "Famous Deaths" thing is beyond tacky! As you articulated so well, Marlen, there are many other wonderful and positive olfactory experiences in which I would rather immerse myself!

Jun
01
2016
mikemuscles21
mikemuscles21

The counterfeit thing scares me. I often buy in store however, occasionally I do purchase online. It's the purchasing on-line that worries me. Most often I am sure I am buying from a reputable site, but how do you know where they got their product from?
And the counterfeits these days, some of them are very close to accurate in appearance. You can smell the difference next to the real thing. But if you don't have the real thing to reference it can be tricky. Watch the YouTube video showing the fake versus the real Versace Oud Noir that came out a few years ago from FRAGRANCEFANATIC1. These criminals adapt, and improve their fakes constantly.

Gone are the days where the counterfeits are obvious. Nowadays it can be very difficult to tell. I appreciate all the YouTube tutorials that help clarify the issue. This isn't just a few fraudsters, this is now in the organized crime arena. This is organized crime on a high level. I have a friend in the fragrance industry that told me how much money they spend on fighting counterfeits. It's unreal.

Ps. There is also a very similar Armani Si for women floating around. There is a youtube video on that one also.

Jun
01
2016
RubyBirdy
RubyBirdy

I don't see the point of an "anti-fragrance fragrance" that's supposed to fit in in fragrance-free places. By definition, it would smell like nothing, and I don't want to spend money on that! You get the same effect by just doing your laundry the way you usually do.

Jun
01
2016
edwardnr17
edwardnr17

The chlorine thing is true, I have a friend who works at a pool. She told me if you go for a swim and the chlorine smell is really prevalent, it means the place is dirty. What you're smelling is the chlorine reacting with dirt/poo/pee.

Jun
01
2016
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

Fascinating! I do like the eco-bottling trend. I buy my clothes with these same types of issues in mind. I wear almost exclusively Eileen Fisher who uses eco-friendly techniques in processing fibers, uses natural fibers,uses solar energy, reduces water use and monitors closely the conditions for workers in garment assembly locations, just to name a few of the initiatives of the Eileen Fisher company.

The recreation of events by smell, ugh. I've smelled blood and it's not pretty. Don't need to go there again!

Jun
01
2016
CoffeeCup
CoffeeCup

What a great article, thank you!
As for the topic - I hate the smell of pools/chlorine, and I hate the smell of bleach - both of which smell horribly dirty to me, as if designed to mask filth or something. I know, I must be weird. :)
And yes, I agree - different emotions "semll" differently, fear smells different than excitement/arousal for sure. And tired or ill people smell differently than the ones in good health for example.
Just my 2cents. :)

Jun
01
2016
smellagent
smellagent

Good article Marlen. I am very fearful of getting a fake and that is why I only buy brands like Chanel in reputable stores. I hear the horror stories and people get so disappointed, so sad. I also admit I like the smell of my skin after coming out of the pool.

Jun
01
2016

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