Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: Poop-Masking, Meat-Smelling & Grace Kelly

This Week in Fragrance: Poop-Masking, Meat-Smelling & Grace Kelly

11/23/16 09:27:37 (12 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Ever wondered which perfumes Grace Kelly wore? Victoria Moorhouse at InStyle.com recently discovered one of the late actress's favorites:

Grace was a fan of Chateau Krigler 12, an incredibly light, floral fragrance that smells like something I can see my grandmother freaking out over in her 20s. That’s not to say it’s too powdery or dated, but happy, feminine, and clean, but also strong enough to sit with you for a few hours. It’s not the perfume my mom wears, so it doesn’t connect me to her in that way, but wearing it does remind me of childhood and a time where literally any bad day or anxious thought could be calmed my sitting on the couch with my mother. 

Is there a famous actor/actress whose scent you've always wondered about?

And speaking of fragrances and famous women, new brand Seth Kornegay was inspired by outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama. Nikki Brown at Essence.com has the scoop:

Now that her White House exit is sadly looming, we're relishing in all things FLOTUS for the upcoming holiday season. And it's a lot easier than you probably think! Black-owned brand Seth Kornegay actually makes a fragrance that is directly inspired by our First Lady. "Orla," ($115, sethkornegay.com) is Black girl magic in a bottle with notes that include tuberose and African violet; sounds lovely, right?

We know that Michelle Obama has openly admitted to being a fan of Creed's Love in White. What other fragrances could you imagine FLOTUS flouting?

Seth Kornegay Orla

Ryan Blethen at SeattleTimes.com reported yesterday that Bill and Melinda Gates were getting into the scent game, but not quite in the way you might expect:

Bill Gates is focused on poop. More specifically, the smell of poop. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working with Swiss scent and perfume company Firmenich to battle the foul smells emitted by pit latrines. The foundation gave Firmenich a $6.3 million grant to develop a fragrance that tricks the brain into smelling goodness instead of feces. Why is this important work? Pit latrines are a tool in the effort to improve world health, especially in poor areas and nations. If the smell can be masked, it could encourage people to use enclosed pit latrines instead of defecating in open areas.

I commend their work as a way to improve world health in developing areas! What offensive aromas do you wish could be blocked out? Wet dog, anyone? Image below from The SeattleTimes.

Gates Foundation Firmenich Poop smell blocker

Meanwhile, in the world of smell research, TheGuardian.com presents a new device that will smell your meat. Rhik Sammader reports:

This gadget can detect whether food is fresh, spoiling or ready for your neighbour’s bin. The new era of scents or the age of non-sense? The Food Sniffer (£105, myfoodsniffer.com): organic chemical sensors housed in a plastic baton. Detects molecular decomposition in meat and fish. It works by detecting temperature, humidity and ammonia levels, among others. (“Volatile organic compound sensor” may sound like vague science guff lifted from a Star Trek script, but these evaporating chemicals are what odours are made of. They’re what we smell when we smell smells.) The device resembles a universal remote or, with its nozzle attached, an obstetric sonography tool. The point and click function works easily.

At that price I might just prefer throwing away my $3 USD package of chicken breast and buying a new one. What other scent-based gadgets do you think might be useful in our homes?

Rhik Sammader and the Food Sniffer

And now for some international fragrance news: Fran Leon Ale of Merca20.com reveals 5 favorite fragrances worn by our amigos in Spain (translated):

Christmas is coming and one of the star gifts, especially among adults, are perfumes. The perfume sector is also at its best, as turnover in Spain has grown by 2.8% in the first six months of the year, reaching a whopping number of more than 2,921 million euros, according to Data offered by STANPA (National Association of Perfumery and Cosmetics). Seeing the boom of this sector right now, it is certain that, during this Christmas, millions of bottles of perfume will be sold again. But do you know which are the favorites of the Spanish? Kantar Media has organized a survey and these are the 5 favorite perfumes brands of Spanish users....

Cacharel, Adolfo Dominguez, Don Algodon (which I reviewed HERE), Chanel & Loewe all made the cut. Check out the article to find out which scents specifically are rated most popular. Which scents do you think would be the favorites in your part of the world?

Map of Spain

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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 BeautyAlmanac.com 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 www.MarlenHarrison.com.



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seachase
seachase

@Perfumecritic
I appreciate your response just below. If the "QueenBee" wasn't so shallow, and didn't have a knee-jerk reaction to be the Queen of Corrections, perhaps she would have understood my post.
The Seth Kornegay perfumery came out of the starting gate with the "by us, for us" angle in their advertisements, and I simply don't agree with that. It is in fact a form of racism. (disguised as pride, of course)

@QueenBee
Dearest Queenie, what if Caucasians Tom Ford or Calvin Klein promoted all their fragrances with a "made by us, for us" angle ?
What if Asians Jimmy Choo and Issey Miyake did likewise ?
Now dear girl, can you attempt to grasp the point I made in an earlier post ? It's racist and it's WRONG, period.
In the future, think twice before you get into your Queen of Corrections frame of mind. Before you spout off, at least know what you're talking about, and please get some help with that severe case of white guilt that you have ... and don't you EVER send me another PM demonstrating your utter shallowness.

Fragrances are put on the market for all races to enjoy, and I will not tolerate anyone or any company that thinks differently, even if it's just a slick, manipulating form of advertisement.
Kornegay actually has two scents that I would love for my wife, but I will never buy from them until they do away with the "by us, for us" mentality that they apparently allow in Essence, Jet, and 'O' etc. ,as well as several radio promotions.

Nov
27
2016
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

So glad to finally see Seth Kornegay be mentioned on Fragrantica. I reviewed his line three years ago, while an editor at Çafleurebon. His perfumes are blended with equal proportions of class and comfort...just as he is. A true gentleman and one of American indie perfumery's best kept secrets, he was a joy to work with and immensely generous-on top of his obvious talents.

His scents cost a little more, but are so worth it, containing a very high degree of naturals. I look forward to seeing them added to the database for others to discover and review. Sillage and longevity are above average across the board, and the proof is in the jus...not a fancy flaçon or marketing hype.

Orla is a great fragrance; but not my personal favorite. Petra, Homme Forte, Essence d'un Homme and Tres Belle Femme are all fantastic!! Femme Sophistique, Homme Sophistique, Undenied and Essence d'un Femme round out the collection.

Another independent perfumer who went his own way, marched to his own beat and (without every finishing college) managed to open and maintain a Maison de Parfum in NYC...on Madison Ave no less. No dilettante here but a self educated artist who never forgot his Philadelphia PA roots.

Kudos to Seth and Fragrantica. All of his scents are worth experiencing and (if you're like me) you will want to own more than one.

Smell swell & be well...

Nov
26
2016
Neodymium
Neodymium

Chicken is cheap in the US!

Nov
25
2016
La DameDeNoir
La DameDeNoir

Interesting, I always believed that Grace Kelly's perfumes were (besides of Creed's Fleurissimo) Estée and Private Collection (both from Estée Lauder).

Perfume of famous actors or actresses? Many, mainly stars from the silent period, so I guess it would be very hard to smell them today. Many would have been discontinued long ago, or strongly reformulated.

Nov
25
2016
perfumecritic
perfumecritic

Hi folks, just to make sure everyone understands this series:
1) This is a round-up of news found at other sites. The original article is linked in the first paragraph.
2) Each section includes a quote from the original author and then followed up with a question/comment by me, Marlen.

You'll note that the section on Seth Kornegay is from Essence, a groundbreaking magazine dedicated to African American women. You'll note that this pick of perfume brand was part of an article from Essence (linked in the author's quote) titled "#BuyBlack: 15 Holiday Beauty Products Made For Us and By Us".

Please, folks, read ALL of the info and follow the links to their original articles to learn more. Other than that, I think we're all entitled to our opinions : )

Nov
25
2016
QueenBee53
QueenBee53

SEACHASE.
"Sorry, but I can't agree with the "black owned perfumeries " that make perfumes for black women." Where in the article does says Seth Kornegay makes perfumes for black people only?? He made a perfume inspired by The First Lady, because, She is A First Lady! The "Black girl magic" comment is the opinion of the person who wrote the article Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison. Seth Kornegay perfumery is owned by a black person, it doesn't make it's products exclusive to black people. Harpo Inc. is also a black owned company; are Oprah Winfey shows exclusive to black people?? Before accusing others of racism, perhaps you should make sure, you understand what was said!!!

Nov
25
2016
Bibi Maizoon
Bibi Maizoon

I thought Grace Kelly wore the white flower bomb Creed's Fleurissimo which was commissioned for her by Prince Rainier?

Nov
24
2016
seachase
seachase

I can only imagine the vintage formula of Chanel No. 5 on Marilyn Monroe. I bet it was truly a match made in heaven.
I can also imagine Joan Crawford rocking the vintage Jungle Gardenia.

Sorry, but I can't agree with the "black owned perfumeries" that make perfumes for black women. If you really give it some thought, that's a very silly form of racism. A beautiful, well constructed perfume is not effected or enhanced by skin pigmentation, and any perfumery that deliberately aims for a specific race in their marketing is, without question, practicing racism.
I don't support ANY type of racism.

Nov
24
2016
johngreenink
johngreenink

The Krigler perfumes are real stunners - there are photos of Ms. Kelly in their Park Plaza boutique in New York. I'm glad that they're still making scents, it's quite cool :-)

Nov
24
2016
karrieann
karrieann

Ooooh, I'd love to smell the fragrance Grace Kelly wore! It's been added to The List.

The scent I am currently wearing is Jean Patou 1000 which is rumored to have been worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and worn by Angelica Huston.

In a 2013 interview with Allure magazine, Angelica said, "I wear 1000 by Jean Patou. I wrote sort of a poem to it for The New York Times, and they still haven't sent me a free bottle! They're so classically French."

I'd love to find that poem :)

Michelle Obama is lovely with wonderful style. She comes across very real and seems to have a great personality. A fun person. Hopefully, Orla will be added to Fragrantica soon. "Orla...features Dazzling Rose garden interspersed with notes of Tuberose and African Violets sprinkled with Pear Williams Eau de Vie." There aren't any base notes listed on the Seth Kornegay website.

Nov
23
2016
Fragaria
Fragaria

D&G Feminine, CSP Vanille Abricot, Beautiful, Child, Ghost, Curious, I am Wild Fragrance, Fantasy, Black Tuberose were mentioned for Britney Spears in The Celebrity Fragrance Guide.

Nov
23
2016
bibibling
bibibling

"Is there a famous actor/actress whose scent you've always wondered about?"

Well okay, I've Googled this but never got a conclusive answer: What perfumes does Britney Spears wear? A lot of times, I think she must wear her own perfumes since they smell so good but then again she's got $$$ so she could afford the super expensive stuff. Does anyone know her favorites?

Nov
23
2016

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