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

Fragrance Reviews 08/25/16 06:17

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!"

Fragrance News: Eau de Buble, Chanel's Farm-to-Fragrance and Toxic TrumpFragrance News: Eau de Buble, Chanel's Farm-to-Fragrance and Toxic Trump

Fragrance News 08/24/16 09:04 (33 comments)

Noise11.com announced on Tuesday that jazz crooner Michael Buble will be launching his first fragrance later this week: Talking about his namesake fragrance, which features notes of vanilla, white amber and patchouli, heart notes of rose, peony, wild jasmine and lily of the valley and top notes of bergamot Italy, lemon Italy and red fruits, Michael says, “I’ve always loved fine fragrance and once I committed to this endeavour, I immersed myself in learning the fascinati... (more)

This week's top stories: Michael Buble launches a fragrance, Chanel farms flowers, Stella empowers with Pop, Trump goes toxic and IFRAUK goes to Egypt.

Best in Show: Sporty Scents (2016)Best in Show: Sporty Scents (2016)

Best in Show 08/21/16 02:12 (23 comments)

With more than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and daily footage of the sports events coming into our homes through our TV-s, many of us have been witnessing the most stunning athletic performances of which founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin could have only dreamed when he conceived his ambitious project in 1894 in Paris. At first thought, one could decide that the world of swimsuits, leotards and running shorts... (more)

With the Olympics coming to an end, Fragrantica writers present their favorite sporty scents!

Bargain Fragrance Review: Sung Homme (1989)Bargain Fragrance Review: Sung Homme (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 08/17/16 14:28 (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:   Alfred Sung's first men's scent was a curious, purple, soapy-spicy fougere that still remains in production and is surprisingly appealing almost 30 years after its launch, often for less than $15 USD. Perfumer: James Bell Try this if you like:  Spicy aromas, cl... (more)

"A curious, purple, soapy-spicy fougere that still remains in production and is surprisingly appealing almost 30 years after its launch, often for less than $15 USD."

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

Fragrance News 08/17/16 07:03 (3 comments)

Phoebe Waller at Bustle.com takes us back a few decades with "9 Honestly Weird Scents We Wore in the 90s": Depending on your age in the ‘90s, you likely felt super mature when you spritzed yourself with a scent, even though you might not have known the difference between a body spray and a perfume. I hold my hands up unashamedly to admit that I wore body spray on my underarms for ages before an older girl at dance class told me I was doing it wrong and that, in fact... (more)

This week's top stories: 90s scents, influences on mood, new from Fornasetti, in-flight aromatherapy and summer garden recommendations.

Gender Bender: Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero and Incense FragrancesGender Bender: Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero and Incense Fragrances

Gender Bender 08/13/16 12:24 (6 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)

"A celebration of fire, rain and the city of Paris, Laudano Nero is a stunning artistic creation of perfumery comprised of notes associated with typically gender-neutral incense." 

This Week in Fragrance: Odor Receptors, Fragrance Fixers and Ancient AromasThis Week in Fragrance: Odor Receptors, Fragrance Fixers and Ancient Aromas

Fragrance News 08/10/16 08:43 (5 comments)

Elise Minton at NewBeauty.com introduced a new way to increase a fragrance's longevity this week: Created by a mother and daughter duo with a deep affinity for all things fragrance, the founders, Josephine Sullivan and Francine Gingras, found that every other type of beauty product had some sort of option for staying power—everything but fragrance. Hence, FragranceLock was born. Have you or anyone you know tried this yet?  Rob Zimmer ... (more)

This week's top stories: A new product that increases a fragrance's longevity, blooms of evening gardens, a history of home scents, new research about how we smell, and odor receptors in the lungs.

Exploring Russian Fragrance History Exploring Russian Fragrance History

Fragrances and Cultures 08/10/16 07:37 (9 comments)

Ah, Russia! The vast and diverse cultures of the Northern and Western Asian continent have inspired musicians, authors and artists, not to mention perfumers! For example, one of the more popular variations on the leather theme throughout the last century has undoubtedly been "Russian Leather" or "Cuir de Russie". But what of the history of fragrance in Russia? What brands have been successful and what does today's scented landscape look like? I a... (more)

Our very own Russian Fragrantica staff helps us learn about Russian fragrance culture.

$20 Shopping Challenge - Affordable Amber on a Little Budget$20 Shopping Challenge - Affordable Amber on a Little Budget

Fragrance Reviews 08/07/16 07:27 (28 comments)

Amber is probably the quintessential affordable scent option. Stemming as a concept from the French-ification and streamlining of a previously complex medieval Middle-Eastern mix of thick, indigenous resins, it found its way back to the souk again in its simpler format focusing on benzoin obtained from Styrax trees (bottom right), labdanum obtained from rockrose/cistus (bottom center), vanilla (bottom left) and numerous other woody-resinous-beeswax notes. ... (more)

From Jovan to Madini, our editors choose 5 low-cost amber scents. What others might you recommend?

New Summer Citrus ScentsNew Summer Citrus Scents

Fragrance Reviews 08/06/16 09:11 (4 comments)

I think many of us could agree that in sultry summer weather, the power of perfume is amplified. As we reach the hottest time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere), citrus-based fragrances can be a refreshing antidote to the scorching rays of the sun. We might trace the popularity of the citrus-based fragrance back to the original 1709 Jean Marie Farina cologne created in, where else, Cologne, Germany after widespread cultivation of citrus trees from the Middle and Far East thro... (more)

New fragrances from Perry Ellis, Penguin and Phlur.

This Week in Fragrance: Damn Rebel Bitches, Dior Does Tea and Smelly HairThis Week in Fragrance: Damn Rebel Bitches, Dior Does Tea and Smelly Hair

Fragrance News 08/03/16 07:43 (8 comments)

Susan Swarbrick for HeraldScotland.com discusses a new Scottish brand with a unique take on fragrance development: Urban Reivers comprises three ranges: Reek, Swally and Find Your Way Home. Reek – as the name suggests – is about smell and encapsulates a powerful message. "One of the things that drives me nuts is that we don't memorialise women," said Sheridan. "In my hometown of Edinburgh there are over 200 statues to men. There are more statues to anima... (more)

This week's top stories: A new Scottish scent, aromatic hair products, Dior pastries, Bombshell repellent and wearable Gin in Australia.

Addicted: My Perry Ellis Time MachineAddicted: My Perry Ellis Time Machine

Columns 08/02/16 10:25 (15 comments)

  Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", 1985.   "But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the ... (more)

"Have you had the experience where a long-forgotten aroma wafts under your nose and transports you, suddenly, to another time?"

Best in Show: Scented Candles (2016)Best in Show: Scented Candles (2016)

Best in Show 07/31/16 09:22 (21 comments)

Think of a product with added scent that instantly gets a bad rep. Did your mind go back to those small, derelict stores filled to the brim with all sorts of thick candles in various dusty shades of mud, smelling of wax and dried-up, musty potpourri? Thought so. Scented candles have missed the mark so many times in the past that they constantly remind people of very artificial scents in just artsy-fancy packaging. But high quality scented candles can both smell good and guarantee a sa... (more)

Our international editors explore some of their favorite fragrant candle brands, from Zara to Etro, Diptyque to Lalique.

Perfumed Cocktails: An Interview with Ritz Carlton Berlin's Arnd Henning HeissenPerfumed Cocktails: An Interview with Ritz Carlton Berlin's Arnd Henning Heissen

Fragrances and Cultures 07/29/16 06:26 (5 comments)

Have you ever smelled a perfume so delicious that for a brief second you felt tempted to drink it? Earlier in 2016, Fragrantica Editor and Writer Sandra "Sandrina" Raicevic Petrovic visited "Fragrances" at the Ritz Carlton Berlin. But in case you missed it, check out the article HERE , and let me explain that Fragrances is actually a multi-sensory cocktail experience where guests can sip aperitifs inspired by classic perfumes! Sandrina wrote:  Open ... (more)

Join the conversation and share your own fragrant cocktail recipes!

Fragrance Review: L'Envol de Cartier (2016)Fragrance Review: L'Envol de Cartier (2016)

Fragrance Reviews 07/27/16 12:05 (6 comments)

Summary: Cartier's newest men's fragrance, L'Envol (the Flight) de Cartier, is a transparent (light) ale and patchouli fragrance with inky-woody overtones in a stunning 2-piece glass bottle. Perfumer: Mathilde Laurent Try this if you like: Beer (or ale...or hops)! Patchouli! Pen ink! 90's style woody-chypres that feel like 60s and 70s throwbacks (such as Lancome's Magie Noire , Aramis or even Cabochard !); traditional Eastern aromas with... (more)

An homage to a famous man of flight, L'Envol de Cartier is a honeyed ale married to patchouli and woods.

This Week in Fragrance: Vuitton Fragrance Info, Chanel's Longevity & Pokemon EDTThis Week in Fragrance: Vuitton Fragrance Info, Chanel's Longevity & Pokemon EDT

Fragrance News 07/27/16 04:40 (14 comments)

Mark Kim at NPR.com discusses a new way to ward off those pesky mosquitoes: Malaria, mosquitoes and chicken. That's what Rickard Ignell had on his mind when he conducted his studies in Ethiopia. Malaria is a major health issue in Ethiopia, with about 5 million cases and 70,000 deaths a year. Humans and animals share living space in western Ethiopia, where Ignell, a professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, was planning to do his research. But litt... (more)

This week's top stories: Mosquitoes dislike poultry, Vuitton's perfume process, Mexico's robotic nose, Pokemon EDT, and recent scent sales trends.

The Scents of Colors: CHROMA Collection by DSH Perfumes, Part 1The Scents of Colors: CHROMA Collection by DSH Perfumes, Part 1

Fragrance Reviews 07/25/16 04:26 (6 comments)

The link between fragrance and color comes naturally to prolific perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz . She's a talented artist in both visual and olfactory media—a singular background that informs her frequent collaborations with the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Dawn has given us a series of remarkable and beautiful translations of visual media into scentscapes, such as her BRILLIANT Collection inspired by the museum's exhibit of Cartier jewelry, the Passport to Paris Collection t... (more)

Members of the US Fragrantica team discuss favorite scents from the CHROMA Collection

Best in Show: Marine Aquatics (2016)Best in Show: Marine Aquatics (2016)

Best in Show 07/24/16 03:46 (36 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 (38 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?

L'Envol de CartierL'Envol de Cartier

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 ... (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 the ... (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 (77 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 (22 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.

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