Articles by Author Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

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 Playboy, Men’s Journal, Men’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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Best in Show: Marine Aquatics (2016)Best in Show: Marine Aquatics (2016)

Best in Show 07/24/16 03:46 (16 comments)

Back in the late 80s, a new trend emerged at fragrance counters everywhere. With the excesses of the previous decade leading the way to a new paradigm in fashion, perfumery followed as well. Out were shoulder pads and larger than life scents and in were streamlined designs and fresh aquatic aromas. Undoubtedly, chemistry was also turning a corner with the development and application of aroma materials in intriguing new ways. So successful was the emergence of the m... (more)

Our international editors discuss their favorite marine aquatic fragrances. Tell us yours!

New American Artisan Perfumery: Gallagher FragrancesNew American Artisan Perfumery: Gallagher Fragrances

New Fragrances 07/22/16 03:33 (30 comments)

Every now and then the adventurous perfume lover decides that the time is right to try their hand (and nose) at fragrance development. Some do it just for fun or personal use while others jump right into the business end and share their creations with the world. Daniel Gallagher of Gallagher Fragrances is one of those perfume lovers with an entrepreneurial spirit and is the second fragrance brand we've introduced at Fragrantica this year whose products are proudly made in Texas, USA ... (more)

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This Week in Fragrance: Summer Flora, Chocolate Fingernails and Stinky TowelsThis Week in Fragrance: Summer Flora, Chocolate Fingernails and Stinky Towels

Fragrance News 07/20/16 08:14 (6 comments)

Now that it's summer, many flowering plants have suddenly bloomed to life. The Concord Monitor offers an intriguing overview this week of what to sniff out in "Let Your Nose Guide You Around the Garden". Take a minute this week and let your nose lead you on a fragrant tour of your garden. Right now there are many plants in bloom with delicious-smelling flowers and don’t forget those with aromatic foliage too. We have let large patches of milkweed grow up in an atte... (more)

This week's top stories: Scented summer gardens, chocolate polish remover, scent sculptures, 5 fragrant facts, and keeping towels fresh.

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Maurice Roucel (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Maurice Roucel (2016)

Best in Show 07/17/16 05:19 (35 comments)

One of perfumery's brightest stars is undoubtedly the legendary  Maurice Roucel , presently of Symrise. Roucel began in 1973 while working at  Chanel  as an apprentice and then went on to work at IFF, Quest, and Dragoco. He is the recipient of various accolades in the fragrance industry including the  Prix François Coty  in 2002, the French and American FiFi, and the French "Oscar des Parfums&qu... (more)

Having created masterpieces for Guerlain, Hermes and Gucci, Maurice Roucel's fragrances rank among our favorites. Which is your favorite?

Cartier L'Envol pour HommeCartier L'Envol pour Homme

New Fragrances 07/17/16 05:18 (13 comments)

In summer 2016, Cartier is launching its newest men's fragrance, L'Envol . Inspired by ambrosia/mead, the honeyed wine known as the nectar of the gods, perfumer Mathilde Laurent has developed a groundbreaking composition described as oriental-transparent. An eau de parfum of dualities, L'Envol is both strong and mellow with sweet resins set against airy musk. L'Envol is the 6th major men's release from Cartier since it launched  Santos de Car... (more)

Inspired by ambrosia, the nectar of the gods.

What If Your Significant Other Dislikes Your Scent?What If Your Significant Other Dislikes Your Scent?

Columns 07/14/16 12:57 (38 comments)

Our relationships with our favorite fragrances can be so strong that the thought of not being able to wear them again is just downright depressing! Likewise, there have been times when fragrances worn by others raise strong associations for us, sometimes for better...sometimes for worse. Ever have the experience where a significant other wore a scent that for one reason or another, you just couldn't stand...causing you to make a face like this? Or maybe you were t... (more)

Fragrantica's international writers weigh in on a challenging issue.

This Week in Fragrance: Italian Smell Festival, Perfumed Ice Cream, & Bug SpraysThis Week in Fragrance: Italian Smell Festival, Perfumed Ice Cream, & Bug Sprays

Fragrance News 07/13/16 08:50 (One comment)

If you happen to be in Italy this August, the 2016 Olfactory Festival will take place in Puglia: This summer, the 2016 Smell Festival, an event dedicated to the culture and art of perfume, arrives for the first time in Puglia, August 5th-10th, within the walls of the Castello Dentice di Frasso in Carovigno and the State Natural Reserve Torre Guaceto (BR). Included will be perfumery workshops inspired by scents of the ter... (more)

This week's top stories: The 2016 Olfactory Festival, perfumes that double as insect repellants, Estee Lauder ice cream, fragrance storage ideas, and Art of Packaging award winners.

$20 Shopping Challenge - Divine Jasmine on a Little Budget$20 Shopping Challenge - Divine Jasmine on a Little Budget

Fragrance Reviews 07/10/16 10:33 (17 comments)

After our $11 USD vanilla and $12 USD musk shopping challenges, today we profile divine jasmine scents on a little budget of $20 USD or less. The wonders of organic chemistry have provided perfumery with many a delectable effect or "note" and we all owe it a great deal. But when it comes to some of the most classic and previous natural essences, such as jasmine which comes in so many different varieties and aroma profiles, can budgeting tightly around one'... (more)

Eight affordable jasmine fragrances from around the world.

A Fragrant Walk through KyotoA Fragrant Walk through Kyoto

Fragrances and Cultures 07/09/16 11:55 (20 comments)

Konnichwa! I worked in Kyoto for four years and spent numerous summers thereafter walking the ancient streets, always eager to explore a city I came to know so well. Recently, Fragrantica has published a number of articles about Japan and Japanese perfumers. For example, we profiled 6 perfumes from Miya Shinma , a Japanese perfumer who now lives in Paris, as well as the world of Tokyo-based perfumer, Satori Osawa , and her Iris Homme . But if you were to vis... (more)

If you were to visit Kyoto, arguably one of Japan's most popular destinations, what would it smell like?

New Lancome Grands CrusNew Lancome Grands Crus

New Fragrances 07/09/16 09:34 (17 comments)

Building on the success of its previous Oud fragrances, L'Autre Oud and Oud Bouquet , Lancôme will expand this line in autumn, 2016 to inlcude four new fragrances: Tubéreuses Castane , Jasmins Marzipane , Lavandes Trianon and Oud Ambroisie . This newly edited Grands Crus collection builds upon the vintner and fashion worlds, offering customers both luxury and exclusivity inspired by European and Eastern cultures. Fragrances will be avail... (more)

New luxurious launches focused on tuberose, lavender and jasmine join two previous and one new oud fragrance.

This Week in Fragrance: Science of Smell, Eau de Comet, Cheap ScentsThis Week in Fragrance: Science of Smell, Eau de Comet, Cheap Scents

Fragrance News 07/06/16 07:33 (6 comments)

MedicalXpress.com reports on new research out of Europe in the science of smell: Smells are a vital part of daily life: bad odors warn us off rotten food, and the aroma of a tasty meal stimulates salivation and digestion. Our sense of smell is closely linked to our autonomic nervous system, which controls the unconscious functions in our bodies as well as affecting our emotions.... The scientists wanted to find out how similar scents are differentiated – how our sense o... (more)

This week's top stories: New olfaction research, the smell of a comet, salty seas, China & fragrance, and 7 awesome inexpensive brands.

Best in Show: Burning Incense (2016)Best in Show: Burning Incense (2016)

Best in Show 07/03/16 08:34 (18 comments)

Burning incense is probably the oldest communion of spirit chronicled; the volatile substance is pure essence, rising to the skies to mingle with what people from time immemorial consider resides there, as either a benevolent or punitive force, handling their mortal lives. The offering of fragrant essence to a higher power is in essence (no pun intended) a human's point of view exalted to its potential maximum. This smoky tradition subsists n... (more)

Four of our international editors pick their favorite burning incense products from around the world.

Addicted: Modern AngelsAddicted: Modern Angels

Columns 06/30/16 12:49 (13 comments)

There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) (1985) Please do enjoy the great Annie Lennox as a soundtrack to this week's column! Last year around this time, I wrote a Gender Bender article about Angel explaining: One of the biggest game-changers in modern perfumery was undoubtedly 1992’s ice cream sundae in a bottle, Angel by Quest/Clarins for Thierry Mugler . Still going strong... (more)

Marlen discusses the significance of Mugler's Angel and his new love for the brand with the recent Angel Muse and Pure Tonka.

This Week in Fragrance: Niche Goes Online, Germain the Man, & New Smell ScienceThis Week in Fragrance: Niche Goes Online, Germain the Man, & New Smell Science

Fragrance News 06/29/16 10:06 (7 comments)

  Marc Bain at Quartz.com discusses the new online-only fragrance line developed by the former head of e-commerce for Ralph Lauren; the article is titled "A fragrance startup wants to make sure you never have to face a department store perfume counter again": A startup called Phlur, which launched its site on June 22, is taking a completely different approach, based on the same model that brands such as the eyewear company Warby Parker and clothing label Eve... (more)

This week's top stories: the new exclusively online Phlur Perfumes, getting to know perfumer Michel Germain, choosing a wedding scent, Japanese honeysuckle invades, and how smelling changes a scent.

The Fragrances That Triggered Our Love of PerfumeThe Fragrances That Triggered Our Love of Perfume

Columns 06/25/16 08:13 (55 comments)

They say, "Pleasure is the flower that passes, remembrance the lasting perfume." Actually it's Jean de Boufflers who said it, but we might as well borrow it. Ask any perfume lover and they can pinpoint exactly the moment they fell down the rabbit (or is it rabid?) hole of perfume eros. Remembrance comes without prompting in our case. We can recall who wore it, what we felt, how the weather... (more)

"Pleasure is the flower that passes, remembrance the lasting perfume." Which scents triggered your own perfume fascination?

Gender Bender: The World of a Japanese Perfumer Part 2, Satori Osawa's Iris HommeGender Bender: The World of a Japanese Perfumer Part 2, Satori Osawa's Iris Homme

Gender Bender 06/24/16 12:52 (22 comments)

Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my que... (more)

"The earthy, vegetal aroma of iris (one of Japan's most revered flowers) is paired with bright citrus, warm amber and woods." Leave a comment for your chance to win!

New Ralph Lauren Fragrance CollectionNew Ralph Lauren Fragrance Collection

New Fragrances 06/23/16 08:32 (13 comments)

In 2016, Ralph Lauren (L'Oreal) introduces the world to a new, luxurious range of five fragrant worlds - New York, London, the French Riviera, Safari, and the Rocky Mountains (USA). Each world offers two distinct fragrances that may be worn alone or together. With the Ralph Lauren Collection, the classic American brand enters the "luxury collection" market that has seen similar launches from Chanel (Les Exclusifs), Dior (La Collection Privée) and Armani (Priv&eacu... (more)

Ten new fragrances accompanied by home and body products that represent inspirational locations.

This Week in Fragrance: Scented Weapons, Ginger Blossoms & Traditions of OudThis Week in Fragrance: Scented Weapons, Ginger Blossoms & Traditions of Oud

Fragrance News 06/22/16 07:58 (5 comments)

Fragrantica member Joilecat shared a news story reporting that an Ohio grandmother fended off a kidnapper not with mace, not with a gun, but with perfume! Larry Davis of Local12.com explains: Joyce Kenney was leaving her Middletown apartment Tuesday afternoon, June 14, when she was confronted by an unwanted guest. Kenney said she struggled with the man before he shoved her into the driver's seat and told her to drive. Kenney said she drove 75 to 80 miles an hour, weaving a... (more)

This week's top stories: Scent as a weapon, the new look of Flowerbomb, what "fragrance" really means, the scent of ginger blossom, and the traditions of oud.

Best in Show: Best Flanker Fragrances for Warm & Cool Weather (2016)Best in Show: Best Flanker Fragrances for Warm & Cool Weather (2016)

Best in Show 06/19/16 05:23 (32 comments)

With almost half of all annual fragrance launches being "flankers" - i.e. fragrances coat-tailing on the success of an established fragrance, retaining part of the name and the packaging design but introducing a new scent inside - one might wonder just how many of those are worthwhile on their own rights.   Our editors choose the best flanker series within existing perfume successes: one flanker edition among them for summer and one for winter wearing. &nb... (more)

Our editors choose the best flanker series within existing perfume successes: one flanker edition among them for summer and one for winter wearing.

The World of a Japanese Perfumer: Part 1, an Interview with Satori OsawaThe World of a Japanese Perfumer: Part 1, an Interview with Satori Osawa

Interviews 06/18/16 06:49 (31 comments)

Even now in the 21st century, there are few Japanese independent perfumers. However, a trip to Yoyogi in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo reveals a marvelous surprise - the boutique of Parfum Satori. "PARFUM SATORI is the fragrance brand of a Japanese independent perfumer Satori Osawa, member of la Société Française des Parfumeurs. SATORI's creations are based on traditional Japanese culture. Through Sado (Tea Ceremony), Kado (Flower Arrangement... (more)

In Part 1, we meet Japanese perfumer Satori Osawa. In Part 2 a review of one of her creations. Comment for your chance to experience Iris Homme!

World Perfumery Congress 2016: Sustainability, Virtual Reality, and New AromachemicalsWorld Perfumery Congress 2016: Sustainability, Virtual Reality, and New Aromachemicals

Art Books Events 06/16/16 11:18 (6 comments)

On Wednesday, June 15th I attended the 2016 World Perfumery Congress (WPC) held at the beautiful Fontainebleu Resort, Miami Beach, Florida. I'm happy to share with you some of the highlights of my WPC experience. "The World Perfumery Congress (WPC) is the global stage for fragrance creativity, ingredients, technology and business—providing the ideal forum for discussing the industry’s latest issues and breakthroughs. The unique three-day educa... (more)

Learn about some of the new aromas presented at the 2016 WPC.

This Week in Fragrance: Awards, Candles and Dinosaur BreathThis Week in Fragrance: Awards, Candles and Dinosaur Breath

Fragrance News 06/15/16 08:27 (7 comments)

Last week the Fragrance Foundation presented their annual awards in New York City: Hosted by Alec Baldwin, co-chairs Adriana Lima and Natasha Gregson Wagner and presenters “Orange is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox, “Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross, “Scream Queens” actress Abigail Breslin, Lionel Richie, Meg Ryan, “The BFG” actress Rebecca Hall and more bestowed 24 awards on the top perfume makers and marketers. Visit... (more)

This week's top stories: Fragrance Foundation gets starry, IFF gets windy, Takasago gets innovative, Candles get a subscription service, and Scentair gets Jurassic.

Best in Show: Favorite Fragrant Soaps (2016)Best in Show: Favorite Fragrant Soaps (2016)

Bath & Body 06/12/16 06:24 (76 comments)

Scent fills our lives with joy in so many ways - from our collections of fragrances to the aromas of our favorite laundry products. Perhaps no daily ritual is more imbued with scent than bathing. This week, Fragrantica writers turn their attention to some of their favorite bar soaps, highlighting the aromas they so enjoy. We welcome your comments below and hope you'll share some of your own favorite, scented bar soaps. We also invite you to visit our sister site, BeautyAlmanac.com (... (more)

6 bar soaps made the cut and a number of others earned honorable mentions. What's your favorite?

50% Off Debonair Scents for Father's Day50% Off Debonair Scents for Father's Day

Fragrance News 06/11/16 08:35

Looking for a scented Father's Day gift that is more than just a bottle of fragrance or shower gel and aftershave set? Perhaps a monthly subscription service, a gift that keeps on giving, is a great way to show Dad that you totally get his fragrance obsession! "Debonair Scent is a monthly cologne discovery service. It’s more than just smelling great, it’s about discovering your perfect scent. Every month thousands of s... (more)

An exclusive 50% off coupon code and a chance for a free bottle of fragrance - Happy Father's Day from Debonair Scent and Fragrantica!

This Week in Fragrance: Morillas, Starck and RosesThis Week in Fragrance: Morillas, Starck and Roses

Fragrance News 06/08/16 12:04 (8 comments)

Baze Mpinja at Cosmopolitan.com suggests "9 Genius Hacks for Getting the Most Out of Your Fragrance." For example: Moisturize  immediately after showering.  "This is when your skin is more receptive to absorb [the body care products you apply after]," says Danielle Fleming, fragrance expert and founder of boutique perfumery  Note Fragrances . Meaning you'll have an easier time applying rich oils, ... (more)

This week's top stories: Extending fragrance, global warming effects, unisex roses, and Starck and Morillas launch lines.

Bargain Fragrances: Jovan Island GardeniaBargain Fragrances: Jovan Island Gardenia

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/07/16 11:19 (21 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.  Summary: A Jovan (Coty) legend from 1982, Island Gardenia is an affordable, classic, powerhouse gardenia-tiare aroma with musky/soapy edges that retails for around $12 USD. Perfumer: N/A Try this if you like: Gardenia (or tuberose) soliflores; gold musk (think Johnso... (more)

"An affordable, classic, powerhouse gardenia-tiare aroma with musky/soapy edges that retails for around $12 USD."

$12 Shopping Challenge - Great Musk On a Little Budget$12 Shopping Challenge - Great Musk On a Little Budget

Fragrance Reviews 06/05/16 09:40 (33 comments)

With musk being a quintessential fragrant note in almost any fragrance on the market it's easy to understand how it's a popular note, even when under the gleaming lights of center stage. Our editors have already compiled a Best in Show Musk Fragrances collective, highlighting some of the choicest products centered on musky notes, but what about getting there with the shopping challenge of spending under $12? Is this challenging enough for you? We thought so! The good ... (more)

Our writers set out for a shopping challenge to find a great musk fragrance for $12 USD or less. Can you beat them to it?

Revelations Loving: A New Perfume & Father's Day PromotionRevelations Loving: A New Perfume & Father's Day Promotion

New Fragrances 06/04/16 10:42

Charity has a nice ring to it… In 2016, Revelations Perfume & Cosmetics in New Hope, Pennsylvania has launched Loving , a romantic, floral essence. But there is more to this fragrance than meets the eye. The American company, founded in 1998, are dedicated to making a difference with the sales of their creations. They are currently offering a special Father's Day promotion, a free 50ml bottle of Loving Man , Loving Man Midnight or T... (more)

"Revelations is committed to improving the lives of children with cancer by teaming with The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS)."

Miya Shinma, East Meets West: Reviews of 6 ScentsMiya Shinma, East Meets West: Reviews of 6 Scents

Fragrance Reviews 06/04/16 05:56 (3 comments)

Discretion, elegance and a restrained but totally captivating beauty are the words that best could summarize our experience at the Miya Shinma booth during the last edition of Esxence, and for once we really perceived the aesthetics of a perfume House as a perfect match (or, should we maybe say, an indissoluble symbiosis) with the fragrant creations so accurately delivered to the world of perfumery. An atmosphere of relaxed and polite refinement immediately welcomed us once ... (more)

"Discretion, elegance and a restrained but totally captivating beauty."

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

Fragrance News 06/01/16 08:37 (14 comments)

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 “CO 2 profile,” a map of peaks and valleys corresponding to the plot trajectory—and especially the moments of high excitement—of the movies onscree... (more)

This week's top stories: Movie watchers get emotional, pools get stinky, Clean gets eco-conscious, IFF gets virtual, and counterfeiters get busted.

Best in Show: Fragrances for a Teenage Guy (2016)Best in Show: Fragrances for a Teenage Guy (2016)

Best in Show 05/29/16 07:51 (37 comments)

Pity the poor teenager left at loss in a sea of Axe/Lynx and drugstore scents with an aspiration for designer status but no compass to navigate. Teenage years can truly mark us for the rest of our lives and it's therefore important to help that teenage guy find a scent juuuuuust right, so that his confidence is boosted, his aura halo-ed and his budget not greatly suffering so that he can keep on applying with some freedom. In this collective article we picked... (more)

In search of identity, teenage years can be a formative period in our lives. Choosing a suitable fragrance can help this journey along and our editors recommend some apt choices.

Widian Launches Limited 71Widian Launches Limited 71

New Fragrances 05/26/16 17:20 (6 comments)

Widian perfumes of UAE are pleased to announce that a new Limited Edition fragrance will be launched very soon in only 6 countries ( United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and UAE). Widian by AJ Arabia is a perfume house founded by Ali Aljaberi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They specialize in creating original fragrances that blend both traditional and modern fragrance traditions of the Middle East. "It has the charm of adventure and fin... (more)

Launching in only 6 countries around the world, only 350 pieces.

The E.d'E. Series From MCMC PerfumesThe E.d'E. Series From MCMC Perfumes

Niche Perfumery 05/26/16 12:50

Brooklyn-based perfumery MCMC has launched two new fragrance oils - E.d'E. BLUE Perfume oil and E.d'E. BLACK Perfume oil . The fragrant duo is a collaboration with Fuzzco and is inspired by the duality of light and dark depicted in Vermeer's still life paintings of fruit. E.d'E. BLACK PERFUME OIL In E.d'E. Black, bright yuzu citrus is hit with a spike of pink pe... (more)

New fragrance oils inspired by the work of Vermeer.

Le Labo Introducing Santal 26 Concrete VotivesLe Labo Introducing Santal 26 Concrete Votives

Home Scents 05/26/16 12:30

International brand, Le Labo , has launched a new collection of travel-sized votives in their popular Santal 26 home aroma.   "Our new Santal 26 Concrete Votives may not be the most obvious in a room, but what they lack in size, they make up for in substance. Each concrete votive is molded in Maine from recycled stone dust and the wax is hand-poured in Mississippi (alongside its larger counterpart, our original Santal 26 Concrete Candle). If you have n... (more)

Small hand-crafted candles to take everywhere.

This Week in Fragrance: Basic Bitch, Tiffany's & Morning SicknessThis Week in Fragrance: Basic Bitch, Tiffany's & Morning Sickness

Fragrance News 05/25/16 08:16 (10 comments)

Finally, someone has figured out how to make VHS relevant again. American avant garde perfumery Xyrena has just launched a new line titled XHS: XHS packaging was achieved by utilizing original, retrofitted molds used decades ago by major film studios like Disney and Fox. Four new innovative fragrances were released in the XHS format including Basic Bitch , Pool Boy , Hellanut and Cinemaniac , and come artfully presented in a stunning black clamshell case disguised as a vid... (more)

This week's top stories: VHS containers, Tiffany's news, orchid bees, the science of sweat, and morning sickness sensitivity.

Handsome London: Master JoJo and RedchurchHandsome London: Master JoJo and Redchurch

New Fragrances 05/23/16 10:00

  Handsome London is a new line of men's fragrances developed by Londoners Jason Leonard and Richard Holmes. An independent British brand, Handsome London takes inspiration directly from the city of London and focuses on creating elegant products using high-quality ingredients. The collection is proudly made in Britain; the fragrances are "blended in a process which takes over 2,100 hours in an independent perfumery in West London" (HandsomeLondon... (more)

"Fragrances that are blended in a process which takes over 2,100 hours in an independent perfumery in West London"

Hi-Wildflower Río Nilo Extrait de Parfum Hi-Wildflower Río Nilo Extrait de Parfum

Natural Perfumes 05/22/16 12:11 (5 comments)

Summary: Río Nilo Extrait de Parfum from Hi Wildflower Botanica is a gentle blend of exotic blossoms and incense, notable for its use of lotus blossom absolutes and the rare amberi attar; a perfume that blends a high percentage of naturals with choice fragrance materials to create an unusual and memorable aroma. Perfumer: Tanwi Nandini Islam Try this if you like: Indian or Eastern attars; orange blossom or neroli essential oils (not as sweet as the... (more)

"A gentle blend of exotic blossoms and incense, notable for its use of lotus blossom absolutes and the rare amberi attar."

This Week in Fragrance: Guerlain Returns, Handmade Fragrance and Morticia's StenchThis Week in Fragrance: Guerlain Returns, Handmade Fragrance and Morticia's Stench

Fragrance News 05/18/16 13:46 (15 comments)

Jen King of LuxuryDaily.com reports that Jean-Paul Guerlain is making a return to the perfumery world at the age of 80 with a new fragrance collection! Mr. Guerlain’s first range with My Exclusive Collection will consist of 10 fragrance [sic], split evenly between men’s and women’s scents. Expected for the first quarter of 2017, the first two scents to be launched under the partnership will be for men and women. Details of the fragrances are limited at this t... (more)

This week's top stories: Jean-Paul Guerlain's new collection; 7 handmade brands; the scent of the sea; a corpse flower blooms; and an interview with Loc Dong.

Best in Show: Scents for Traveling Situations (2016)Best in Show: Scents for Traveling Situations (2016)

Best in Show 05/15/16 07:34 (42 comments)

The first commercial flight a century ago might have involved only one passenger - Abraham Phell, then mayor of St.Petersburg (Florida) - and just 23 minutes across Tampa Bay, but modern aviation comes with its own burden of crowds, rushing through the checking process and a general sense of lost glamor. Clearly any little bit of help is useful when traveling in situations involving vast amounts of time spent cooped-up. Fragrance is a big comfort for those of us who love it in the first plac... (more)

There are situations in life that demand a subtle rethinking of how you use your fragrance and this is one of them. Our editors pick their top choices, please add your own.

Kenneth Cole Mankind HeroKenneth Cole Mankind Hero

New Fragrances 05/14/16 07:44 (2 comments)

In spring, 2016 Kenneth Cole , the American shoe and apparel company, is launching a new men's fragrance, Mankind Hero , the third offering in the Mankind collection preceded by Mankind and Mankind Ultimate . Mankind Hero is described as "a courageous fragrance infused with the power of a fresh mountain air accord, rich woods and sexy black vanilla creating the perfect harmony of strength and warmth."  The fougere oriental composition features t... (more)

"A courageous fragrance infused with the power of a fresh mountain air accord, rich woods and sexy black vanilla creating the perfect harmony of strength and warmth."

Gender Bender: Sweet Tobacco Spirits by 18.21 Man made (2015)Gender Bender: Sweet Tobacco Spirits by 18.21 Man made (2015)

Gender Bender 05/13/16 14:08 (835 comments)

Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my que... (more)

The gender bending scent of an early 20th century speakeasy, a rich oriental blend of honeyed tobacco and boozy-vanilla. Don't miss our offer for free perfume and grooming products!

This Week in Fragrance: Cooperativity, BBW Reboots & Hotel SmellsThis Week in Fragrance: Cooperativity, BBW Reboots & Hotel Smells

Fragrance News 05/11/16 21:59 (5 comments)

The mystery of how we humans perceive odor has received some new attention from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Phys.org reports: In an article appearing online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , the team reports that, surprisingly, the mechanism follows a simple physics principle called cooperativity. Inhalation of a scent sends a complex mixture of odor molecules swirling toward the back of the nose, where they bind to specialized recept... (more)

This week's top stories: New research on how we smell; 90's relaunches at BBW; hotel and home scents; swap scents in Oregon.

The winners of the Third Annual Art and Olfaction AwardsThe winners of the Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards

Art Books Events 05/08/16 10:26 (3 comments)

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 the winners of the Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards were announced at Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles, USA. Learn about the 2016 Art and Olfaction Award finalists here .   ARTISAN AWARDS Incendo   by La Curie Lesli Wood Peterson (perfumer and owner) United States Miyako by Auphorie ‘Eugene’ Zhe You Au; ‘Emrys’ Zhe Min Au (perfumers and owne... (more)

The 5 winners of this year's A&O awards

Best in Show: Men's Fragrances for the Workplace (2016)Best in Show: Men's Fragrances for the Workplace (2016)

Best in Show 05/08/16 04:21 (17 comments)

  We received many great responses to our Best in Show: Women's Fragrances for the Workplace and more than one of you requested a men's variation on this theme. We are happy to oblige! Whereas a splash of inexpensive aftershave sprinkled in haste before the daily commute may have served a generation or two ago, the changing workforce and men's grooming habits in the 21st century now make the selection of a fragrance an important part of t... (more)

Our contributors recommend some office-appropriate scents for men.

Bath & Body: ActivESSENCE Time-Released Mists with Skin Loving ExtractsBath & Body: ActivESSENCE Time-Released Mists with Skin Loving Extracts

Bath & Body 05/07/16 08:31 (11 comments)

The last time I was in a Walgreens drug store I was curious to see what kind of fragrant products were on the shelves. Aside from the usual collection of brand name designer fragrances and bottom shelf bargains from Coty and Dana, I also noticed the rainbow colors of the ActivESSENCE sprays in giant 8 oz bottles. With so many scented body sprays on the market these days, it was tempting to ignore them, but ever the curious fragrance lover, I figured "What the heck, let... (more)

Four new long-lasting and moisturizing body sprays; 8ozs under $10 USD!

This Week in Fragrance: Petrichor, Peanut Butter and Phone SmellsThis Week in Fragrance: Petrichor, Peanut Butter and Phone Smells

Fragrance News 05/04/16 13:53 (10 comments)

Fragrantica member Playtime shared this interesting article in our Fragrance News Thread , and as it is raining outside as I write this, what better way to start!? Howard Poynton of TheConversation.com addresses the origin of the word Petrichor: Australia’s CSIRO has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the past 86 years of research, from polymer banknotes to insect repellent and the world-changing Wi-Fi. But we can also lay claim to something a little more esot... (more)

This week's top stories: the aroma of rain, smell phones, old books, Alzheimers detection and rosemary!

New Perry Ellis RedNew Perry Ellis Red

New Fragrances 05/02/16 13:32 (One comment)

New from Perry Ellis in the spring of 2016 is Perry Ellis Red for Men , a juicy oriental in a sleek, sophisticated bottle. Following its predecessors Perry Ellis pour Homme (2013) , Citron (2015) and Cobalt (2014) , Red is described as: "A scent of power, passion, and performance, Perry Ellis RED packs a punch with its contrasting essence of freshness, oriental, and long-lasting masculinity. An initial burst of juniper b... (more)

"Perry Ellis RED packs a punch with its contrasting essence of freshness, oriental, and long-lasting masculinity."

Bargain Fragrances: Tuscany by Aramis (1984)Bargain Fragrances: Tuscany by Aramis (1984)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/01/16 10:05 (16 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.  Summary: A classic from the 1980s when dry spices, leather and lavender dominated men's perfumery, Tuscany (the current reformulation) from Aramis is now widely available at bargain prices and is a throwback to not only the 1980's, but generations of classic barber shop chypre-fougeres. Perfume... (more)

"A throwback to not only the 1980's, but generations of classic barber shop chypre-fougeres."

Best in Show: Lily of the Valley Fragrances (2016)Best in Show: Lily of the Valley Fragrances (2016)

Best in Show 05/01/16 10:04 (30 comments)

On May 1st, people in France give each other small posies of lily of the valley, or muguet as it is called in French, as a good luck charm and a memento of a royal gesture that has become tradition. Christian doctrine on the other hand believes them to be the frozen tears of the Virgin Mary upon seeing Jesus on the cross.  The tiny bells of the plant Convallaria Majalis however are deceptive in their innocence and good will as implied by the above beliefs. ... (more)

A selection of lovely lily of the valley fragrances celebrating the "May bells" of the fields. Is your favorite among them?

This Week in Fragrance: Sniffa-Picasso, Hair Spray & Lush ArtThis Week in Fragrance: Sniffa-Picasso, Hair Spray & Lush Art

Columns 04/27/16 14:34 (7 comments)

"What does a Picasso painting smell like?" asks Nathaniel Scharping of DiscoverMagazine.com , reporting on new technology-assisted synesthesia: Zachary Howard, an aerospace engineer completing a fellowship at Autodesk , created a mask that mimics the effects of synesthesia using a color sensor, microprocessor and essential oils. By linking a sensor worn on the finger to an Intel Edison chip on the armband, Howard’s device breaks any object’s color sch... (more)

This week's top stories: Synesthesia technology; the decline of celeb scents; fragrance for the hair; Lush cosmetics' new art exhibit; and scent/taste/age research.

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