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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This Week in Fragrance: Smart Sniffers, Erwin Creed & New GiorgioThis Week in Fragrance: Smart Sniffers, Erwin Creed & New Giorgio

Fragrance News 11/30/16 12:01 (10 comments)

Carl Romm at NYmag.com suggested that there are ways we can strengthen our sniffer. Here's an excerpt: The more effort you make to interact with the olfactory world, the wider the olfactory world becomes. “If you’re sitting at a desk, you’re surrounded by dozens of objects that have smells. It could be your wallet or a plant or paper or books or the metal of a pen or a pencil — anything that you see around you, if you just bring it to your nose and start ... (more)

This week's top stories: Strengthening our noses, smelling our best, Giorgio goes Glam, Erwin talks Creed, and natural aromas for the holidays.

Addicted: The Significance of Scented Hand SoapAddicted: The Significance of Scented Hand Soap

Columns 11/26/16 12:31 (17 comments)

Considering how many times a day I wash my hands and how often my hands pass before my nose, I have often pondered the significance of wisely choosing my hand soap. And as a fragrance addict I have used some pretty incredible-smelling hand soaps over the years such that on more than one occasion I've actually suggested... I know that suggestion has lewd overtones, but how many times have you used a washing liquid that smelled so amazing you just felt compelle... (more)

Marlen recommends 6 aromatic hand washes and stresses the importance of great-smelling hands. What are your favorites?

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

Fragrance News 11/23/16 09:27 (12 comments)

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... (more)

This week's top stories: Spain's favorites, Grace Kelly & Krigler, Orla inspired by Michelle Obama, poop-masking, and a meat-smeller.

Bargain Fragrance Review: Zum Mist Frankincense & Myrrh Bargain Fragrance Review: Zum Mist Frankincense & Myrrh

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 11/17/16 09:29 (8 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:  One of numerous, affordable aromatherapy room and body mists from Indigo Wild's Zum line, Frankincense & Myrrh is a hugely popular, warm, resinous fragrance pick-me-up made from essential oils and moisturizing glycerin that retails for ~ $10 USD. Perfumer: N/A ... (more)

"This is a warm, sweet, resinous blend and I dare say there might be a touch of vanilla or amber here that balances these otherwise earthy spices."

This Week in Fragrance: New Scents from Star Wars, Martha Stewart & Art of ShavingThis Week in Fragrance: New Scents from Star Wars, Martha Stewart & Art of Shaving

Fragrance News 11/16/16 10:56 (6 comments)

Alex Apatoff of People.com announced this week that everyone's famous home and garden guru, Martha Stewart, is adding a line of scented candles and home/body products to her growing retail empire: "A  new collection of home fragrances... just launched at Macy’s , with scents inspired by her gardens that include “Cool Cucumber Water,” “Fresh Lemon Basil” and “Mission Fig” and come in lotions, candles, diffusers, soaps and more.... (more)

This weeks top stories: Martha Stewart launches a home/body line at Macy's; Art of Shaving returns to their fragrance roots; Hollywood smells of jasmine; Disney expands the Star Wars brand; and an ...

Best in Show: The Perfumes of Sonia ConstantBest in Show: The Perfumes of Sonia Constant

Best in Show 11/13/16 06:37 (6 comments)

As writers for Fragrantica, we are fortunate to become familiar with the work of our peers and gain access to information this way. Fellow writer Sergey Borisov  conducted such an intriguing and insightful interview with perfumer Sonia Constant that we knew we’d love to explore her work at greater length. It is with this thought in mind that we present our latest Best in Show highlighting perfumer  Sonia Constant . Looking at the wide breadth of her... (more)

Creator of the immensely popular Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, Sonia Constant is a fascinating force in contemporary perfumery.

Gender Bender: Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013)Gender Bender: Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013)

Gender Bender 11/10/16 17:07 (19 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 quest to challenge ma... (more)

"From the iconic American brand Aramis, Perfume Calligraphy Rose is a warm, ambery oriental that manages to avoid the typical overdose of saffron and/or oud and puts the focus on myrrh and labdanum...

This Week in Fragrance: Africa Inspires, Gwyneth's Good Scents & Nagel Talks GalopThis Week in Fragrance: Africa Inspires, Gwyneth's Good Scents & Nagel Talks Galop

Fragrance News 11/09/16 08:46 (3 comments)

Ghana-based Ghandour Cosmetics has announced the launch of Scent of Africa for Man and Scent of Africa for Woman , two new niche fragrances that are the first of their kind in the West African market. Naa Oyoo Quartey at NawMagazine.com  has the scoop: "Scent of Africa is very different from anything we have produced before at Ghandour. We wanted to introduce to the world a product that is truly reflective of the richness and splendor of Africa. Every... (more)

This week's tops stories: Ghana goes niche; aroma enhances shopping; Gwyneth gets natural; Nagel dishes on perfumery; and the internet sells scents.

Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Nutmeg (2016)Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Nutmeg (2016)

Best in Show 11/06/16 08:57 (44 comments)

Wars have been fought across thousands of miles in the quest to control spice. But did you know that the great war of the Spice Islands began because of nutmeg? The hunger for this warm, oily, aromatic fruit seed was so intense and so profitable, that the Dutch East India Company knew it was better to fight a war for control of the future than to remain at the whims of traders. Yet we can appreciate the depth of yearning that must have gripped the imagination of Europeans and North Af... (more)

From the War of the Spice Islands to today's Oriental perfumes, nutmeg is the king of the cornucopia.

Wine-Inspired Perfumes: An Interview with Kelly+JonesWine-Inspired Perfumes: An Interview with Kelly+Jones

Interviews 11/05/16 03:34 (25 comments)

While some perfumers are inspired by history or travel, Kelly Jones of new American perfume brand Kelly+Jones was inspired by a simple sip of wine. A perfume lover who had owned her own fragrance boutique in Arizona, Kelly attended a wine tasting wearing a vanilla scent only to recognize that 1) according to the sommelier, fragrances are typically not worn during wine tasting so as to avoid tainting the experience and 2) wearing aroma during wine tasting could actually en... (more)

You've heard of pairing wine with cheese, but how about with perfume? Read about this exciting new American brand and view our exclusive 15% off coupon code and giveaways to 10 readers.

Autumn Aromas in Kyoto, Krasnodar and AthensAutumn Aromas in Kyoto, Krasnodar and Athens

Columns 11/02/16 11:01 (11 comments)

Inspired by the scentscapes of our favorite environments, Fragrantica's international writers discuss the autumnal aromas that they associate with cities around the globe. What kinds of scents permeate the air in your own hometowns or favorite vacation destinations? Leave us a comment below. Part 1:  Autumn Aromas in Boston, Lisbon, San Diego & Amsterdam   KYOTO Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison: The aromas of Kyoto in autumn are direct... (more)

Colors, tastes and smells of fall.

This Week in Fragrance: Kilian's Jewels, Osmanthus Wine & Fragrant AlgorithmsThis Week in Fragrance: Kilian's Jewels, Osmanthus Wine & Fragrant Algorithms

Fragrance News 11/02/16 06:39 (3 comments)

Cher was on hand to celebrate the new fragrant jewelry collection by pals Loree Rodkin and Kilian Hennesy, reports Booth Moore for TheHollywoodReporter.com : Dressed casually in a cross-embroidered Chrome Hearts biker jacket and cashmere beanie, Cher wore her support for her friend on her wrist. “It’s a bracelet,” she said, lifting up her cuff to show a black diamond shield pendant on a cord wound around her wrist. “I still need to choose my fragrance.”... (more)

This week's top stories: Kilian scents jewelry, Liv scents her belly button, brands scent their stores, osmanthus scents the autumn, and researchers predict a scent's shape.

Addicted: Yes, I Wear Room SpraysAddicted: Yes, I Wear Room Sprays

Columns 10/30/16 12:10 (38 comments)

"Who smells like a fireplace?" "Why do you remind me of a hotel?" "Are you sure that is supposed to be sprayed on your skin?" Chances are if you've ever heard these questions, then you are just as addicted to scent as I am. And of course I'm talking about wearing room sprays as personal fragrance. That's right - room sprays. I know what you're probably thinking...so let me clarify: No, I'm no... (more)

Marlen's addiction to fragrance has led him to wearing scented room sprays. Here he explores 5 favorites.

Best in Show: Penhaligon's (2016)Best in Show: Penhaligon's (2016)

Best in Show 10/30/16 11:08 (30 comments)

Established in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, a barber from Cornwall, Penhaligon's is one of England's oldest, continuously operating perfumeries and a rarity in that many of its original fragrances are still on the market today. The company's first perfume, Hammam Bouquet , was launched in 1872, inspired by the aromas of the Turkish Hammam (baths) that neighbored Penhaligon's Jeremyn Street barber shop, a melange of musky rose and woody lavender. B... (more)

Our editors discuss their favorite fragrances from one of England's oldest perfume houses.

This Week in Fragrance: Britney Endures, Data Smells, Night Releases ScentThis Week in Fragrance: Britney Endures, Data Smells, Night Releases Scent

Fragrance News 10/26/16 12:02 (17 comments)

Priya Krishna of Racked.com explores the enduring legacy of the top-selling celebrity fragrance brand. Which celebrity? ...Britney!  Over the past few decades, putting out a signature perfume has become a standard move for any celebrity — but who remains the most dominant in the fragrance industry? Here are some hints: It’s not Beyoncé. It’s not Taylor Swift. It’s not even Kim Kardashian. It’s Britney, bitch. That’s right: A... (more)

This week's top stories: Britney's fragrance empire, the smell of data, leaky scents, building aromas, and Indian garden departments.

Nombre Noir on Exhibit at The Perfumer's Studio in Los AngelesNombre Noir on Exhibit at The Perfumer's Studio in Los Angeles

Art Books Events 10/20/16 05:43 (4 comments)

On Oct. 28th from 6-9p.m, The Perfumer's Studio in Los Angeles will celebrate   the opening of the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions dedicated to the art and technology of perfumery. "The Perfumer’s Studio   is pleased to invite you to experience Shiseido's Nombre Noir , while discovering L.A.'s newest resource for the creative perfumer. Running through ... (more)

"A bottle of this rare fragrance on public display offers visitors a chance to decide for themselves whether or not it lives up to the hype."

This Week in Fragrance: Home Aromas, V&R Magic & Fragrance SensitivityThis Week in Fragrance: Home Aromas, V&R Magic & Fragrance Sensitivity

Fragrance News 10/19/16 08:46 (9 comments)

LancasterOnline wants you to get into the spirit of the upcoming holiday season by scenting your home: Spring and summer are prime time to bring fresh air and floral scents into the home, but colder months have their own blend of comforting fragrances — and you don’t need store-bought air fresheners to enjoy them. There are plenty of ways to naturally fill your home with fragrance. Tina Sams, editor of The Essential Herbal, a Lancaster County-based herbal maga... (more)

This week's top stories: Making home scents, a new aroma diffuser, Ralph Lauren's new scent salon, a new line from Viktor & Rolf, and symptoms of fragrance sensitivity.

Best in Show: Chypre Fragrances (2016)Best in Show: Chypre Fragrances (2016)

Best in Show 10/16/16 10:55 (49 comments)

Some say that the first chypre (French for Cyprus, but in reference to the island, not the tree) began in 1917 with the launch of the famous Chypre de Coty , a pre-oriental blend of sharp citruses laid over oakmoss, patchouli, a floral bouquet, styrax (benzoin), civet and musk. However, one only needs to examine perfume history closely to understand that actually Guerlain with their Chypre de Paris and d'Orsay with their Chypre d'Orsay actually preceded Coty b... (more)

Named for the island of Cyprus and containing bergamot, labdanum and oakmoss, the chypre is discussed in this week's Best in Show. What is your favorite chypre?

The Holidays are Coming: JOY to the WorldThe Holidays are Coming: JOY to the World

Fragrance News 10/14/16 09:22 (8 comments)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Atelier Jean Patou, the classic black JOY parfum bottle with its signature red stopper makes a spectacular return for the 2016 holiday season. Each Limited Edition 0.5 ounce bottle in the series of 500 is hand-numbered and filled with Joy pure parfum. JOY was created with a lot of care, just like the most expensive Haute-Couture dress, and thus it was extraordinary and timeless. It was presented by Jean... (more)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Atelier Patou, Joy pure parfum is re-issued in its 1931 art deco bottle.

Bargain Fragrances: Crusellas' Esoteric Patchouli (with Root!)Bargain Fragrances: Crusellas' Esoteric Patchouli (with Root!)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/13/16 08:51 (2 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: One of numerous affordable colognes from Crusellas , a company originally founded in 19th century Cuba and now based in Miami, Patchouli (with Root) is a light, sweet water that captures patchouli's earthiness. Perfumer: N/A Try this if you like: Colognes (vs traditional perfume... (more)

A $5 Patchouli cologne often used in Hoodoo.

This Week in Fragrance: Anosmia, Algorithms and Alluring DeathtrapsThis Week in Fragrance: Anosmia, Algorithms and Alluring Deathtraps

Fragrance News 10/12/16 08:48 (14 comments)

Annette Heist at NPR.com offers a fascinating look at life without a sense of smell: How food tastes often relies on what we smell. "When you lose your sense of smell, your whole sense of food flavor is distorted and diminished," Cowart says. "You can still taste the basic tastes which are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami or savory. What you're missing are the sort of subtle distinctions, the difference between strawberry and banana; between chocol... (more)

This week's top stories: NPR profiles those who can't smell; LA Times discusses direct to consumer fragrance sales; Perry acquires Shelli; scientists finally discover frankincense; and a plant that...

Best in Show: My Fragrant Unicorn (2016)Best in Show: My Fragrant Unicorn (2016)

Best in Show 10/09/16 10:23 (44 comments)

There are certain ways in which perfume fanatics resemble kids. Recall how you were searching high and low for that ultra-rare Pokemon card that was missing from your otherwise quite smart album? Recall worrying a loose tooth, tempting you to go over it again and again with your tongue, despite it being a tad painful, wishing it in the palm of your hand already? Or replaying a favorite experience over and over in your head, eager to describe it in great detail, the memory gaining in m... (more)

Inspired by a thread in our Forum, our international team discusses their wishlist fragrances, some remain elusive while others have finally been acquired. What are yours?

Guerlain Prima Ballerina (2016)Guerlain Prima Ballerina (2016)

Niche Perfumery 10/09/16 10:22 (2 comments)

Since 2011, the famous French perfume house Guerlain - who brought you classics such as Shalimar and Samsara - has been launching special edition fragrances in homage to Russia's famed Bolshoi theater (pictured above), exclusive to the Russian market.  TSUM department store in Moscow has launched Guerlain's latest Le Bolshoï edition, this time dressed in purple and named Prima Ballerina . The fragrance is reportedly a reissue of Moscow from the ... (more)

The newest release in Guerlain's homage to the Bolshoi.

Rag & Bone Launches 8 New PerfumesRag & Bone Launches 8 New Perfumes

New Fragrances 10/06/16 15:29 (7 comments)

American fashion label Rag & Bone have announced the launch of their first fragrance line, scents housed in sophisticated, sleek, rounded glass bottles with matte silver accents. The collection is comprised of 8 eaux de parfum for men and women in well-known themes: Amber, Rose, Oud, Oddity, Neroli, Encens, Cypress, and Bergamot. Combining British heritage with modern, American design, the brand has become known for its classic tailoring with an edgy, urban New York esthe... (more)

An array of well-known notes make up the first fragrance line from American brand Rag & Bone.

This Week in Fragrance: Eau de Laptop, Jo Malone's New Book & Genderless ScentsThis Week in Fragrance: Eau de Laptop, Jo Malone's New Book & Genderless Scents

Fragrance News 10/05/16 08:20 (8 comments)

Love the smell of a freshly unboxed Mac product? Juan Buis at TheNextWeb.com has found the perfect solution: Thanks to TwelveSouth, it’s finally possible to relive the unboxing of your Mac every day, at any moment. With their  New Mac candle  you can fill your house with the fresh smell of unwrapped plastic and cold aluminum for up to 45-55 burning hours. What other unexpected items from around your home do you think might make intriguing scents? I do love the ... (more)

This week's top stories: A Mac candle, explorations of scent and gender, the realities of fragrance travel retail, the feminist scent, and Jo Malone's new book.

4th Annual Art & Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions4th Annual Art & Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions

Art Books Events 10/05/16 06:08 (2 comments)

Continuing their commitment to broadening global communication in the field of fragrance, Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of the awards, has announced that the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards events will take place in Europe: They will announce the twenty-five shortlisted perfumes and projects at Esxence in Milan (March 2017), and will announce the five winners in a public ceremony in Berlin, Germany at Silent Green Kulturquartier on May 6, 2017.  ... (more)

Revised rules, new locations in store for 2017 awards.

Carnelian (2015) by Kristen Vartan; the Magic of Cinnamon & SpiceCarnelian (2015) by Kristen Vartan; the Magic of Cinnamon & Spice

Gender Bender 10/04/16 09:55 (One comment)

  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 quest to ch... (more)

"From new American perfumer and established winemaker, Kristen Vartan, Carnelian is a spicy oriental whose namesake color and olfactory impressions make it the perfect autumn scent. Key notes are c...

Dedicated to Equine History: Getting to Know Parfums de MarlyDedicated to Equine History: Getting to Know Parfums de Marly

Fragrance Reviews 10/02/16 08:42 (5 comments)

One of the most enjoyable aspects of perfumery is its ability to create an intriguing other world, sometimes an homage to history, sometimes a flight of fancy. Though when it comes down to it, a fragrance is nothing more than a collection of aromatic molecules, the stories those fragrances suggest can certainly create a romantic attachment for their wearers. Denis Martin, View of the Château of Marly, 1725, Wikipedia Parfums de Marly , a niche per... (more)

An overview of the brand and reviews of four of their fragrances.

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Annick Menardo (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Annick Menardo (2016)

Best in Show 10/02/16 08:34 (26 comments)

Some might say that it has been challenging for women to forge successful careers in the traditionally male-dominated world of perfumers; a review of famous noses certainly shows a disproportionate number of men to women. But this week's perfumer in the spotlight has crafted a range of iconic fragrances over a career that spans 3 decades and she shows no signs of stopping. Born in Cannes, France, Annick Menardo  originally wanted to be a psychiatrist. L... (more)

From Bvlgari to Biagiotti, this week's perfumer in the spotlight has crafted some of the most successful masterpieces of modern perfumery. What are your favorites?

Cocktail-Inspired Fragrances from Brazil: An Interview with Daniel BarrosCocktail-Inspired Fragrances from Brazil: An Interview with Daniel Barros

Interviews 10/02/16 08:28 (8 comments)

MARLEN:  Hi Daniel ! Thank you so much for chatting with me today. Our readers know you first as a writer for Fragrantica ; tell us about your other identity as a perfumer . DAN:  That's actually something that started around two years ago when I decided to mix some fragrances that I considered more homogeneous and thought they could be combined together to form a new fragrance. I actually never thought that could even work, but the results were great i... (more)

"Perfumery is an art of patience, besides the technical and artistic aspects. You don't reach good results if you are in a hurry. The more you practice, the more you learn how taming anxiety is cru...

This Week in Fragrance: Autumn Aromas, Smell Preservation & Studying ScentThis Week in Fragrance: Autumn Aromas, Smell Preservation & Studying Scent

Fragrance News 09/28/16 10:27 (8 comments)

Arlana Marsh at TeenVogue  reports that SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) is starting a new minor in Fragrance Marketing: SCAD’s program, which is divided into two main sections, aims to teach students about all aspects of the industry through a comprehensive, hands-on approach. “We were guided through everything from fragrance development and creation for an existing brand of our choice, to marketing the fragrance on behalf of the brand, “ says Nico... (more)

This week's top stories: SCAD launches a Fragrance marketing minor, scent preservation in the UK, Japanese aroma diffusers, appreciating flower gardens, and health-benefits of fall scents.

Best in Show: L'Artisan Parfumeur (2016)Best in Show: L'Artisan Parfumeur (2016)

Best in Show 09/25/16 09:04 (45 comments)

If asked to name the most whimsical fragrance house established in the 20th century, many of us would easily suggest L'Artisan Parfumeur, created in 1978 by the visionary Jean Laporte. The brand website explains that everything began with a banana challenge: L’Artisan Parfumeur was the result of a challenge, a plaisanterie . Due to his training as a chemist, a friend asked Jean Laporte if he could create a banana scent to wear with a costume of the same frui... (more)

Our international writers discuss the whimsy and creativity of one of the world's most popular niche houses.

Seven Sumptuous Shower ScentsSeven Sumptuous Shower Scents

Bath & Body 09/23/16 09:23 (25 comments)

Whether your shower experience looks something like this: Or this... Or maybe even this... ...I'm sure there is one thing we can all agree on - nothing can be quite as invigorating or relaxing as a good, scented shower gel. Some are moisturizing, some are exfoliating; some are creamy and some are fruity; and some are even combo hair shampoo and skin cleansers. Here are 7 of my favorite shower-time guilty pleasures from a range of brands, in a rang... (more)

From Burt's Bees to Agua Lavanda, find out which products made Marlen's list. What are your favorites?

This Week in Fragrance: Bell's Bargain, Old Navy's New Beauty and Armani's AdsThis Week in Fragrance: Bell's Bargain, Old Navy's New Beauty and Armani's Ads

Fragrance News 09/21/16 07:59 (5 comments)

A number of news outlets have been buzzing with news that actress Kristen Bell wears a $4 USD fragrance when walking down the red carpet. BodyandSoul reports: When celebs accessorise their red-carpet couture gowns, they normally look to Harry Winston, Chopard or Tiffany & Co. but Kristen Bell rummaged through the aromatherapy section to complete her floral Zuhair Murad gown. During her interview with E! News’ Guliana Rancic, Bell shared she was wearing amber oil... (more)

This week's top stories: Kristen Bell wears $4 perfume, new fragrance launches, Old Navy makes scents, Heathrow's fragrant map, and Armani forgoes models in new ads.

Addicted: The Ones I Bought Because of the BottlesAddicted: The Ones I Bought Because of the Bottles

Columns 09/14/16 22:08 (57 comments)

Although we regularly focus on the aroma of a fragrance - after all, it is the juice we wear and that accompanies us throughout experiences - I know that so many of us are drawn to a scent's design and packaging. Color, shape and texture all play a vital role in creating the visual concept of a fragrance, an otherwise invisible, intangible phenomenon. And I'm the first to admit that sometimes it is a bottle that initially catches my attention. In fact, there was... (more)

Marlen discusses the esthetic pleasures of fragrance bottles and his compulsion to purchase a scent because of its packaging.

This Week in Fragrance: Orwell's Nose, Scented Light & Covert CowboysThis Week in Fragrance: Orwell's Nose, Scented Light & Covert Cowboys

Fragrance News 09/14/16 08:33 (5 comments)

Lulu Chang at DigitalTrends.com introduced the Vibrance Smart Bulb which not only emits light, it emits scent! Heralded as a “silent scent and light alarm clock,” you’ll no longer be jolted awake by sirens or whatever other cacophony you currently have set on your smartphone. Rather, the Vibrance gives your ears a rest, and instead releases an aroma before your desired wake-up time. As the hour of reckoning approaches, the scent intensifies, and the LED light simu... (more)

This week's top stories: An aromatherapeutic light bulb, consumer trends, the P'tit Sniff, a new book about Orwell's sense of smell, and the Dallas Cowboys's use of subliminal scenting.

Lizzie Ostrom's New Book : Perfume, A Century of ScentsLizzie Ostrom's New Book : Perfume, A Century of Scents

Art Books Events 09/13/16 11:17 (46 comments)

Meet Lizzie Ostrom , the mind and nose behind Odette Toilette , a "scentertainer"  and perfume obsessive who has developed and hosted hundreds of olfactory events since 2010. In 2016, Lizzie published her first book, Perfume: A History of Scents with Pegasus (USA) and Hutchinson (UK); illustrations are by Cynthia Kittler. Fragrantica, who is listed in the text as a source of general reference for the book, is thrilled to be able to... (more)

We've teamed with author Lizzie Ostrom to give away TEN copies of her exciting new text to UK readers. Recipients will be invited to collaborate on an article about the book.

Best in Show: Vetivers for the Vetiver Wary (2016)Best in Show: Vetivers for the Vetiver Wary (2016)

Best in Show 09/11/16 07:15 (29 comments)

Foreward by Dr. Chandra Shekhar Gupta from the Fragrantica VETIVER page: Essence from the Eastern Asian weed grass Vetiveria zizanoid falls under the woods category thanks to its musty, dry, woody scent with bitter chocolate and smoke facets. Very popular in niche perfumery and masculine fragrances, vetiver has a long and rich history. In India it has been used to make blinds necessary to keep out the intense heat. When the blinds are sprinkled with water they emit the vet... (more)

Our international writers discuss their favorite vetiver fragrances for those wanting a lighter touch of the grassy root. What are yours?

Perry Ellis Aqua ExtremePerry Ellis Aqua Extreme

New Fragrances 09/10/16 02:06 (3 comments)

Perry Ellis has launched its second men's fragrance of the summer, Aqua Extreme , following the previously launched Perry Ellis Red (which I reviewed HERE ). Aqua Extreme is the follow up to 2012's Perry Ellis Aqua . Recognizing that fragrance is an opportunity for a man to express his taste while having fun with style, the "nose" behind Perry Ellis Aqua Extreme, Jean-CLaude Delville, Senior Perfumer at Drom fragrances set out ... (more)

The more intense follow up to 2012's Perry Ellis Aqua

Bargain Fragrance Review: Play It Rock by Playboy (2011)Bargain Fragrance Review: Play It Rock by Playboy (2011)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 09/08/16 07:57 (8 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 surprisingly enticing fruitchouli aroma with juicy notes of passion fruit and apple on a base of floral vanilla, Playboy's Play It Rock strongly recalls Lancome's Hypnose, but at half the price.  Perfumer: Guillaume Flavigny Try this if you... (more)

"A surprisingly enticing fruitchouli aroma with juicy notes of passion fruit and apple on a base of floral vanilla..."

This Week in Fragrance: Vreeland Meets Benaïm, Macy's Offers Naturals & Bacon by BaconThis Week in Fragrance: Vreeland Meets Benaïm, Macy's Offers Naturals & Bacon by Bacon

Fragrance News 09/07/16 07:45 (3 comments)

Sunhee Grinnell of VanityFair.com sat down to chat with Carlos Benaïm and Alexander Vreeland about the development of the Diana Vreeland fragrances : At the helm of such nirvana is Benaim, a master perfumer, a man revered for his delicate “nose,” which is so perceptive that he has successfully created countless runaway hits that are truly iconic and timeless, over and over (click  here  to view his fragrance repertoire). And to play in the realm of creati... (more)

This week's top stories: An interview with Carlos Benaïm about his work on the Vreeland collection, Pour le Monde at Macy's, The Limited launches scents, Kevin Bacon's fragrance and old-school make...

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Alberto MorillasBest in Show: The Fragrances of Alberto Morillas

Best in Show 09/04/16 04:20 (56 comments)

Few perfumers can boast as successful a career as Alberto Morillas . Spanning 4 decades of not just successful, but legendary creations, Morillas has given us some of the world's most iconic aromas. His first fragrance was 1981's Must de Cartier, EDT (eventually re-launched as Must II) and his most recent work includes collaborations with Bvlgari, Dali and Ferragamo. A native of Seville, Spain who moved to Switzerland at the age of 10, Morillas was ins... (more)

Our international writers discuss their favorites from the legendary perfumer, Alberto Morillas. What are yours?

COR Pendants: Aromatherapy as Wearable ArtCOR Pendants: Aromatherapy as Wearable Art

Art Books Events 09/03/16 08:02 (4 comments)

Ever wanted to wear fragrance in an entirely different way? Designed by an aromatherapist and jeweler, Cor's sleek, sophisticated pendants can release one of three therapeutic aromas. The brand has plans for three different shapes in three different finishes (as shown above). Currently the round gold pendant is available for purchase on the brand's website, Corpendant.com , $125 USD: • 14k gold plated • Pendant is 2 ½” long when closed ... (more)

Energize, focus or calm with these innovative, 14kt- or silver-plated pendants.

Gender Bender: Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (2016)Gender Bender: Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (2016)

Gender Bender 09/03/16 02:10 (19 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 quest to challenge marketing r... (more)

SJP's newest is a "gender-neutral" homage to a man on a Eurorail train; to me, it's a familiar aroma with little sillage.

Hervé Gambs: From Flowers to FragrancesHervé Gambs: From Flowers to Fragrances

Fragrance Reviews 09/02/16 03:41 (One comment)

Since 1989, Hervé Gambs has imagined sensory experiences for those in love with non-conventional luxury. Famous for his “vegetal design”, art that seeks to interpret and take inspiration from the natural world, he is now reinventing nature with sophisticated fragrance and home products. An interior and set designer by training, his creations sculpt the environment in visual and aromatic ways. From scented flowers and scented candles to perfumes and room sprays, his cre... (more)

An overview of the brand with editors' 6 favorite picks.

Zoologist Perfumes MacaqueZoologist Perfumes Macaque

New Fragrances 09/01/16 02:34 (5 comments)

Zoologist Perfumes have announced Macaque as their second launch for Fall, 2016 along with the previously-announced Nightingale . Based on the compositions, descriptions and artwork, both scents seem to have taken inspiration from Japanese culture. The composition is signed by English perfumer Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays as well as Handsome London  and Urban Reivers' Damn Rebel Bitches . "Inside a solemn temple in the ancient moss... (more)

"Macaque is a very original green fragrance that features jasmine tea, incense and cedar."

Zoologist Perfumes NightingaleZoologist Perfumes Nightingale

New Fragrances 08/31/16 09:09 (7 comments)

Zoologist Perfumes have announced that Nightingale , one of their two new fragrances, will launch in Fall, 2016 with a composition signed by Japanese perfumer/writer Tomoo Inaba . "Messengers of spring arrive, bearing gifts that bring smiles to faces dulled by winter’s chill. The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-coloured aromas of Japanese plum blossoms as they spread, infusing the tepid air. It marks a fleeting moment... (more)

"The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-coloured aromas of Japanese plum blossoms"

This Week in Fragrance: Fuzzy Balls, Office Advice and Jonze Goes KenzoThis Week in Fragrance: Fuzzy Balls, Office Advice and Jonze Goes Kenzo

Fragrance News 08/31/16 08:31 (8 comments)

At Boston.com  this week, a reader asked for advice about dealing with a heavily scented co-worker: I have moved into a new role within my company.  There is a woman who wears an excessive amount of perfume who sits very close to my new cubicle.  She also has plug-in air fresheners within her cubicle.  I have noticed that my migraines react to certain strong fragrances.  Right now I avoid that area, however I can’t avoid her forever.  How do ... (more)

This week's top stories: Office scent advice, Spike Jonze directs Kenzo video, Demeter launches Fuzzy Balls, the fragrance industry evolves and Rubchinsiy launches a fragrance.

Homage to Sonia Rykiel: Her Perfumed WorldHomage to Sonia Rykiel: Her Perfumed World

Columns 08/25/16 14:36 (9 comments)

"Perfume follows you. It chases you and lingers behind you. Perfume makes silence talk." Sonia Rykiel   Sonia Flis, as was Sonia Rykiel's real name, has died at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. But her legacy is carried on. Nathalie Rykiel, her daughter, as well as the fashion world, have been given a great example of stylish quirkiness and independent spirit in the face of mass market fashion. Rykiel was unique. S... (more)

The great designer (1930-2016) was a fabulous arbiter of both design and aroma. We discuss our favorites from her brand in reverent homage.

Fragrance Review: Oscar de la Renta Gentleman (2016)Fragrance Review: Oscar de la Renta Gentleman (2016)

Fragrance Reviews 08/25/16 06:17 (5 comments)

Summary: The Oscar de la Renta label's newest fragrance, "Gentleman" ,  is only the third men's release from the brand and offers a familiar woody-citrus aroma in a kitschy domino-themed bottle.  Perfumer:  N/A Try this if you like:  Cedarwood or woody scents in general; sweet citrus; lighter aromas; that domino bottle. Reminds me of: To some extent, Gentleman re... (more)

Each time I've worn Gentleman I've thought "cedar....CEDAR!"

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