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: A Sense of Smell for Robots, Japanese Aromas & Inside DiorThis Week in Fragrance: A Sense of Smell for Robots, Japanese Aromas & Inside Dior

Fragrance News 02/22/17 08:40 (18 comments)

  Miriam Cosic of TheAustralian.com reviews Kate Grenville's newest book, this time a non-fiction examination of The Case Against Fragrance : She writes about many of the compounds that make perfumes carcinogenic, nauseating or simply sneeze-worthy: formaldehyde (which is formed when two other common ingredients are combined), acetaldehyde (which at least two American agencies consider “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen’’), 1,4-dioxane (a... (more)

This week's top stories: A new book that makes a case against fragrance, a look inside Dior's perfumes, a new Japanese fragrance brand, a fascinating AI scent study, and the aroma of home.

The Scented Ages of Man: Part 1, Eau Baby!The Scented Ages of Man: Part 1, Eau Baby!

Columns 02/20/17 12:21 (13 comments)

Men on a fragrant mission should start early, in our informed opinion. The earlier the better, in order to train their noses and be able to appreciate the many nuances of the world on offer around them. There are of course some cultural differences surrounding fragrance use on younger folks. Whereas some North Americans might view perfume use as sexualizing the infant (and furthermore which scent is more delicious than the one infants naturally own?) giving them a role beyond their ye... (more)

Two international perspectives from a man and woman about fragrances for men across their lifetimes. In Part 1 we examine fragrances for the baby boy.

DSH Perfumes: Animal, Vegetable, Floral, Spiritual...DSH Perfumes: Animal, Vegetable, Floral, Spiritual...

Fragrance Reviews 02/16/17 09:58 (5 comments)

DSH Perfumes has many fans among our Fragrantica staff (and among our Fragrantica members!). With well over 200 perfumes now in our database (14 of which were released in 2016 alone), the talented and prolific Dawn Spencer Hurwitz  truly has something to offer everyone. If her extensive back catalog doesn't include what you're looking for, I'm confident she can craft it for you if you tell her what it is. She has a remarkable ability to capture the e... (more)

Four perspectives on recent releases from the prolific perfumer

This Week in Fragrance: Between the Thighs, Scented Pendants, & the Rise of ShiseidoThis Week in Fragrance: Between the Thighs, Scented Pendants, & the Rise of Shiseido

Fragrance News 02/15/17 08:24 (8 comments)

  TheMemo.com presented some interesting research this past week about our scented preferences: Research is now challenging the conventional view that perfumes simply mask bad odour. In one study , researchers asked participants to wear cotton underarm pads, as described above, but they were instructed to apply a particular fragrance under one armpit while leaving the other fragrance-free. Unsurprisingly perhaps, volunteer sniffers later found the fragranced armpit odour to... (more)

This week's top stories: New fragrance research, scent application advice from a nose, fragrant jewels, Shiseido's acquisitions, and aromatic cestrum.

Jurlique's Rose Essence and Love BalmJurlique's Rose Essence and Love Balm

Bath & Body 02/14/17 11:51 (6 comments)

Who loves roses? Jurlique does! With many ingredients grown and extracted at their organic and biodynamic farm in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Jurlique's mission has been to offer a pure and natural skin care range combining the ancient arts of alchemy, herbal medicine and homeopathy to reconnect people to nature. Scent is a significant part of their products' allure and effectiveness. "Our dream was to connect pe... (more)

The signature Jurlique fragrance which captures the essence of the world's finest Rose Oils is being offered in both fragrance oil and moisturizing balm.

Perfumed Love AffairsPerfumed Love Affairs

Columns 02/14/17 10:01 (6 comments)

There are so many different types of love. As we all are different we also feel love in so many ways. Most of those ways are connecting us despite their diversity with strong yet invisible strings. Then, we thought, why shouldn't we translate certain types of love in perfume affairs. Give them the main roles in our stories and describe a passionate, mature, childish, poetic or platonic love, or maybe a love at first sight, a dramatic or a friendly l... (more)

What happens when perfumes fall in love? We pair fragrances into couples and describe their passion. Which scents would you pair together?

Best in Show: Chocolate & Roses (2017)Best in Show: Chocolate & Roses (2017)

Best in Show 02/12/17 10:04 (31 comments)

What says Valentine's Day more than roses and chocolates? Charles II of Sweden is widely considered to have introduced the idea of flowers as symbols for emotions in the 18th century, with the red rose as a symbol for love. And  back in 1861, England's Cadbury was the first chocolate company to package chocolates in a heart-shaped box; the confection had long been considered an aphrodisiac. Luckily, perfume fans worldwide now can enjoy the combination of both of thes... (more)

Fragrantica editors choose an array of memorable floral gourmands highlighting rose and chocolate. Leave a comment and tell us your favorites!

Niche Fragrance Reviews: A Review of My January Sens Unique BoxNiche Fragrance Reviews: A Review of My January Sens Unique Box

Fragrance Reviews 02/11/17 10:50 (9 comments)

Last month, Sergey told you all about the new Sens Unique Box , a curated monthly collection of 6 niche fragrances shipped from the Sens Unique boutique in Paris (they also have a 2nd location in Caen). The price was surprisingly affordable (about $12 USD a month which includes international shipping) and the samples are quite generous (2ml each). Should I decide to purchase one of the scents sampled in my January box, I can apply the cost of the box to that purchase. Considering how... (more)

January's Sens Unique box offers samples of PG's Cadjméré, Beaufort's Coeur de Noir, Indiscrète, Bottega's Gourmand, Evody's Onde 7 and Aedes' Cierge de Lune. Find out which one was Marlen's favorite.

Bargain Fragrances: Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies (1993)Bargain Fragrances: Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies (1993)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/10/17 10:17 (19 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 surprising, spicy floriental from master perfumer Sophia Grojsman for Elizabeth Taylor's 1993 Fragrant Jewels collection, Diamonds & Rubies in 2017 doesn't have quite the same depth it once did but for about $15 USD it is an enjoyable, rose, cinnamon and peach combo that feels both c... (more)

"I would suggest Diamonds and Rubies to men (and women) who enjoy a good spicy rose and to lovers of Grojsman's work more generally, or Tresor, specifically."

This Week in Fragrance: Unilever's Transparency, Wu's Debut and All About AphrodisiacsThis Week in Fragrance: Unilever's Transparency, Wu's Debut and All About Aphrodisiacs

Fragrance News 02/08/17 08:16 (5 comments)

  The fragrance world is abuzz with huge news this week from Unilever. Alex Formuzis at EWG.com (Environmental Working Group) reports: For decades, federal regulations have let companies use the word “fragrance” on soap, shampoo, skincare and other personal care product labels to hide the identity of multiple chemicals, many of them linked to allergies or other health effects. For the most part, personal care product companies and fragrance manufacturers have res... (more)

This week's top stories: Unilever discloses fragrance ingredients, Jason Wu's first scent, Xyrena pairs with Willam, a workshop about aphrodisiacs, and Roja Dove on men's scents.

Best in Show: The Perfumes of Jacques Cavallier (2017)Best in Show: The Perfumes of Jacques Cavallier (2017)

Best in Show 02/05/17 07:37 (30 comments)

Renowned perfumers often leave their mark with a single famous creation that changes the industry, but few do so with not one but many different perfumes. Perfumer Jacques Cavallier is just such a figure, having changed our scented world with such industry changers as  Christian Dior’s Midnight Poison , or Issey Miyake’s L’eau d’Issey . He has produced perfumes for houses as famous as Givenchy and Lancôme , designers like Stella McCartney , and niche... (more)

Jacques Cavallier, Creator of Acqua di Gio and L'eau d'Issey gets the Best in Show treatment here at Fragrantica

Roses for Autism Presents Ardent RoseRoses for Autism Presents Ardent Rose

New Fragrances 02/02/17 07:46 (16 comments)

In Guilford, Connecticut, a unique garden grows, one that provides more than simply the beauty of nature's queen of flowers. Since 2009, Roses for Autism (RFA) has provided career training for transition age students with Autism at the historic Pinchbeck Farm by growing and selling flowers. Among other blossoms, the dynamic nonprofit produces the fragrant Lavande Rose. It is with this beautiful aroma as inspiration that RFA developed their first fragrance, Ardent Rose . 100% ... (more)

"Roses for Autism, a unique nonprofit job training program in Connecticut, has created Ardent Rose perfume from their Lavande rose. 100% of the proceeds benefit the program."

This Week in Fragrance: Red Goes Extreme, Blind Noses & EscentricityThis Week in Fragrance: Red Goes Extreme, Blind Noses & Escentricity

Fragrance News 02/01/17 08:41 (2 comments)

An amazing story out of India this week reveals that to be a perfumer, one only needs a specific type of vision. Sharmila Ganesan Ram of TimesofIndia.com reports: In January 2016, after smelling a few scented jasmine and peppermint tissues correctly, Domal quit his job as an automobile showroom salesman while Bhoje took a break from her duties as committee member of Blind Person's Association (NAB) to join the College of Fragrance for the Visually Impaired or COFVI - the only n... (more)

This week's top stories: A fragrance school for the blind, RL launches Polo Red Extreme, an exhibit of car-inspired scents, millenials' preferences, and a look at Escentric Molecules.

Addicted: When Good Scents Go BadAddicted: When Good Scents Go Bad

Columns 01/30/17 15:07 (47 comments)

I know many of us have had the experience where a scent that initially turned us off eventually grew on us and we learned to love it. But have you ever loved a fragrance one week only to wonder "What was I thinking?" the next? Sometimes beloved old fragrant friends can no longer be enjoyed and in this month's column I'll explore three different scenarios where good scents go bad .   TURNING In English, when a fragrance or perhaps a bottle o... (more)

Sometimes we lose the love for a scent due to its age, negative associations or simple changes in personal taste. Share your own experiences in a comment.

Best in Show: Solid Fragrances (2017)Best in Show: Solid Fragrances (2017)

Best in Show 01/29/17 06:35 (19 comments)

Solid perfume is one of the ways to cut down on liquids when traveling by plane, sheer practicality conforming to airport regulations, but its merits (and history) go beyond just the nifty. The formula of most solid perfumes is sensuously waxy, offering a feeling of pampering and sensuality that is lacking from sprayers but is not as oily or staining as a regular oil. The packaging - from the decadently shiny black zamac cases of Diptyque, to the metal retro lockets by Aftelier and th... (more)

Our staff review Diptyque, Le Labo, Aftelier and some truly surprising bargain finds (hint: who loves amber?)

Fragrant First Impressions: Versace, Givenchy, Biagiotti and more!Fragrant First Impressions: Versace, Givenchy, Biagiotti and more!

Fragrance Reviews 01/28/17 07:35 (5 comments)

Welcome to Fragrant First Impressions, our way of sharing our initial encounters with a wide array of fragrances. We may not have significant experience with any of these aromas just yet, but we're excited to present our thoughts to you! This week we explore a wide range of scents, from vintage classics which have sadly lost some of their oomph, to niche aromas that surprise.   Versace Dreamer Marlen: Versace Dreamer is a fragrance I ... (more)

Staff reviews of Versace Dreamer, Givenchy Xeryus, Aubusson Desirade, Lurk RSW005, Malle Lipstick Rose, Roma Biagiotti, and Delacourte Florentina.

Leaving Your Fragrant Comfort Zone: Iris, Violet and Other Blue SmellsLeaving Your Fragrant Comfort Zone: Iris, Violet and Other Blue Smells

Columns 01/26/17 11:18 (37 comments)

Not long ago Fragrantica writers challenged each other to leave their comfort zones with perfumes that fall into categories that they traditionally didn’t like. For example, read the first in this series by Fragrantica editors Bella van der Weerd and Yi Shang: Leaving Your Fragrant Comfort Zone - Powdery and White Floral Scents. PART 1 BY JOHN BIEBEL Fragrantica writers communicated about our own “difficult notes,” and I had to think for a minute. I t... (more)

Marlen tries to convert John to an iris-lover via a blind sniffing experiment.

This Week in Fragrance: Yeast, Dollars and Good GirlsThis Week in Fragrance: Yeast, Dollars and Good Girls

Fragrance News 01/25/17 08:13 (10 comments)

Alex Whiting of Thomson Reuters reports on a surprising new technology in fragrance chemistry: Scientists are predicting that the familiar taste of vanilla or smell of roses, along with thousands of other scents and flavours, will increasingly come from a very unfamiliar source - yeast - a trend that is worrying some farming experts. A revolution in science means the DNA of plants can be transferred into yeast, bacteria or algae which can produce the required ingredient in laborato... (more)

This week's top stories: Aromatic yeast, Good Girl goes global, the fragrance of money, perfume safety around babies, and new "scent families".

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Christine Nagel (2017)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Christine Nagel (2017)

Best in Show 01/22/17 11:35 (24 comments)

A student of organic chemistry, Geneva-born Christine Nagel joined Firmenich early in her career and it was there she learned to analyze and synthesize fragrant raw materials. Her bio in Wikipedia suggests that it was a meeting with the talented nose Alberto Morillas (see our Best in Show: The Fragrances of Alberto Morillas ) that encouraged her to become a perfumer. After Firmenich, she next worked at Aromatic Creations (now Symrise) as director of chromatography. While... (more)

From Dior to Hermes, Nagel has created some of our most memorable modern fragrances. Which are your favorites?

This Week in Fragrance: Scent Like Smoke, Aromatic Beards & New Roses This Week in Fragrance: Scent Like Smoke, Aromatic Beards & New Roses

Fragrance News 01/18/17 08:25 (18 comments)

Lisa Borden at HuffingtonPost.ca suggests that fragrance is the new second-hand smoke: We are conditioned to understand that littering is bad, and that pollution is toxic -- but using fragrance in your home (or workplace, or on your body) is also polluting our shared air and world. Whenever you buy products with fragrance, you are telling companies to keep making it (and those involved in the manufacturing are affected terribly as well). If you insist on wearing a scent or s... (more)

This week's top stories: Scent compared to second hand smoke, fragranced beard oils, Atlanta's candles, a new home scent system, and new roses for 2017.

Best in Show: Tuberose (2017)Best in Show: Tuberose (2017)

Best in Show 01/15/17 11:30 (57 comments)

No note in perfumery is more surprisingly carnal, creamier or contradicting than that of tuberose. The multi-petalled flower is a mix of flower shop freshness and velvety opulence. Which is why it is the perennial polarizing flower note having as many ardent fans as passionate detractors. The Victorians must have been among the latter: they forbade young girls of inhaling the scent of tuberose in the fear they might have a spontaneous orgasm! Roja Dove is right when he says that tuberose is ... (more)

Tuberose as featured in niche, luxe and men's perfumery.

Parfum Satori Launches Hanahiraku, Arrives in AmsterdamParfum Satori Launches Hanahiraku, Arrives in Amsterdam

New Fragrances 01/14/17 09:37 (54 comments)

Magnolia Kobus, Magnolia heptapeta and Magnolia obovate thumb... Withstand winter, bursting their hard shell, the white flowers bloom Different from supple flowering plants、 vigorous flowers of woods bloom one after another The stamen and pistil of Magnolia obovate thumb, when they bloom, have their own firm will When it blooms (HANAHIRAKU), there's a way. I... (more)

Parfum Satori creates a uniquely savory oriental. Leave a comment for your chance to win one of TWENTY samples of Hanahiraku!

This Week in Fragrance: Penhaligon's, Pura, & Perfumer's ApprenticeThis Week in Fragrance: Penhaligon's, Pura, & Perfumer's Apprentice

Fragrance News 01/11/17 10:01 (5 comments)

  Telegraph.co.uk offers us a preview of scents to sniff out in 2017: Now, as we begin a bright new year, perfumers have sensed this emotional craving for a fresh start by showcasing scents laced with more than just cool names and good marketing.... Indeed, this year’s launches feel cleansing, spirit-lifting and pure. So blow away the cobwebs with these joyous tonics, richly nurturing and vibrant with optimism, all coming soon to a shelf near you. READ MORE... W... (more)

This week's top stories: 2017 launches, two new Penhaligon's scents, Perfumer's Apprentice kits and classes, a new niche line, and an intriguing new fragrance vlog.

Bargain Fragrances: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea (2015)Bargain Fragrances: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea (2015)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/05/17 10:10 (7 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 complex and affordable green tea aroma from The Body Shop that uses organic, community trade sugarcane alcohol and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract as an anti-oxidant. Perfumer: N/A Try this if you like: Bright citrus, mint, and traditional green tea fragrance aromas. ... (more)

"If you've never worn a green tea aroma or are looking to bring this kind of scent back into your wardrobe, it would be hard to go wrong with Fuji Green Tea."

This Week in Fragrance: Eau de Pot, Eau de Montreal, & Eau de Capital One?This Week in Fragrance: Eau de Pot, Eau de Montreal, & Eau de Capital One?

Fragrance News 01/04/17 10:34 (10 comments)

Emily Grosvenor at Leafly.com offers a thorough take on cannabis in perfumery. For example, she begins... Here’s the rub with cannabis as a perfume note: you want to be able to smell it, but not too much. It has to smell distinctly cannabis – herby, fragrant and evocative – but it can never be that off-putting, rank burnt herb sometimes associated with the flower. And since perfumers in most states can’t sell commercial perfumes using actual cannabis oil &nd... (more)

This week's top stories: Cannabis scents, Montreal-inspired scents, Xyrena's new scent, Banking scents, and Life scents (by Kenzo/Avon).

Best in Show: Chanel (2017)Best in Show: Chanel (2017)

Best in Show 01/01/17 11:55 (67 comments)

Chanel. For almost 100 years, these two syllables have conjured sophistication, glamour and simplicity...and perfume. Whether choosing an iconic early aroma of the brand such as Cuir de Russie, a 70s classic like Cristalle, an 80s powerhouse oriental such as Coco, or a new Les Exclusifs such as Jersey, it is easy for everyone to find a Chanel of their own. And many famous names have helped to keep Chanel iconic: Marilyn and her N° 5; Warhol and his pai... (more)

Fragrantica editors celebrate their favorite Chanel fragrances. Leave a comment with your own picks!

Addicted: How I Changed as a Perfume-lover, or 2016 A Year in ReviewAddicted: How I Changed as a Perfume-lover, or 2016 A Year in Review

Columns 12/31/16 12:27 (37 comments)

As a self-proclaimed fragrance addict, one thing I can say for certain is that as my tastes in aroma change, so do my purchasing habits, my sense of smell, and my general attitude towards the fragrance industry in general. Here at the passing of a year, I offer some reflections on how my thoughts and actions have changed and encourage you to weigh in with your own reflections in a comment below! The High Price of Perfume Fragrance has become entirely too expensive. ... (more)

Marlen reflects on prices, shopping, wardrobes and anosmia. Leave a comment and share your own reflections!

Scent Of The Day DiaryScent Of The Day Diary

Art Books Events 12/30/16 13:33 (14 comments)

Meet Anisia Nykoniuk, an artist and beauty blogger from Vilnius, Lithuania. Lucky for the perfume world, Anisia has combined her passions and talents and developed a 365 day daily diary that every fragrance fan would love. Anisia writes: "#scentoftheday or #sotd is a tag that fragrance fans from all over the world use to describe their pictures and posts about perfume in social media. This movement and my passion for fragrance inspired me to create Scent of the ... (more)

Organize your life with this stylish hand-illustrated journal, the perfect gift for a perfume lover.

This Week in Fragrance: Frankin-crisis, Scent Primers & Aromatic ConifersThis Week in Fragrance: Frankin-crisis, Scent Primers & Aromatic Conifers

Fragrance News 12/28/16 10:56 (7 comments)

Irene Banos Ruiz of DW.com offers a fascinating yet disconcerting look into the disappearing frankincense forests: The rocky Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland, a self-declared autonomous republic  in Somalia's northwest, are one of the few homes internationally to wild frankincense trees. One of the species located in the area is endemic and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Harvesting these trees is the second main livelihood for local people in Somaliland, w... (more)

This week's top stories: Somaliland's disappearing frankincense forests, fragrance primers, winter gardens, Paris's new perfume museum, & the aroma of conifers.

A Fragrance for SantaA Fragrance for Santa

Columns 12/25/16 03:01 (34 comments)

Would Santa wear scent? What would it smell like? And if he did, would anybody smell it as he rode through the upper atmosphere? Well, every substance in gas form has a little gravity between molecules, so these molecules will distribute and fill all the space available. This probably means that in a vacuum or in outer space the diffusion of perfume will be much higher. Sadly, no one could notice it because it's actually not possible to inhale or breathe in space. ... (more)

Fragrantica editors choose scents they would gift to Santa. What would your choices be?

This Week in Fragrance: Efron Gets Bossy, Trendy Soliflores & Non-toxic Fragrance PicksThis Week in Fragrance: Efron Gets Bossy, Trendy Soliflores & Non-toxic Fragrance Picks

Fragrance News 12/21/16 18:40 (9 comments)

Hugo Boss has a new face to represent its Hugo Man fragrance - Zac Efron! - and Cosmopolitan.com shares not just the story but the new hunk in action: Minimal details have been shared at this point, because #EarlyStages, but here's what I do know: (1) The campaign he's fronting is all about living in the moment and acting on your passions to achieve your goals — hence their hashtag #YourTimeIsNow. (2) Hugo Man chose Zac to represent their cologne because, according to th... (more)

This week's top stories: Zac Efron fronts Boss; Sephora shifts scents, Soliflores shine, Manufacturers address allergens, and Organic Authority chooses non-toxic scents.

Abbott NYC: Start with Samples, Continue to Aromatic AdventuresAbbott NYC: Start with Samples, Continue to Aromatic Adventures

Fragrance Reviews 12/18/16 09:56 (One comment)

Michael Pass and Jose Alvarez launched Abbott NYC in 2016 with 4 fragrances developed by renowned perfumers Antoine Lie and Steven Claisse . For a perfume lover like me, new fragrance brands always stir up excitement and curiosity but such emotion is often fleeting with no way to test the aromas. Some brands, however, wisely offer their audience an affordable opportunity to first experience their creations. Enter Abbott NYC who offer not only an affordable sample set ($5 USD for 4 x 1... (more)

Marlen reviews the 4 new Abbott NYC scents

Shay & Blue Dandelion FigShay & Blue Dandelion Fig

New Fragrances 12/16/16 09:00 (6 comments)

Launching in March 2017 is Shay & Blue's newest fragrance, Dandelion Fig . Created by Dom De Vetta (formerly of Chanel and Jo Malone) and the talented Julie Massé (pictured below), the fragrance is described in promotional materials as "Unusual, unisex, eclectic. Whisper-soft layers of fig and dandelion leaf. Blended with lemongrass, tomato vine and juniper." DANDELION FIG, 2017 TOP NOTES Dandelion leaf o... (more)

"Unusual, unisex, eclectic. Whisper-soft layers of fig and dandelion leaf. Blended with lemongrass, tomato vine and juniper."

How Well Do You Know Jo? Malone Publishes Her StoryHow Well Do You Know Jo? Malone Publishes Her Story

Art Books Events 12/15/16 09:41 (33 comments)

Last week Jo Malone launched her first book, an autobiography about her life growing up in the UK, establishing Jo Malone London and re-establishing herself with Jo Loves . I had the opportunity to read a copy and Jo's is a truly inspirational story. Simon & Schuster, the publishers, have been kind enough to offer 3 complimentary copies to our Fragrantica readers (US only); just leave a comment below with your best guesses to our Jo Malone quiz, the answers to which ma... (more)

Take our Jo Malone quiz, learn about her new book "Jo Malone: My Story" and leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy!

This Week in Fragrance: Super-smellers, Oil vs EDP, & Paw Homme (woof!)This Week in Fragrance: Super-smellers, Oil vs EDP, & Paw Homme (woof!)

Fragrance News 12/14/16 08:25 (19 comments)

Wendy Helfenbaum describes her struggle with oversensitivity to smells, hyperosmia , in WomansDay.com this week. She explains: Super Smellers have different triggers — some feel ill around certain food odors; for others, it's the smell of gasoline. For most, it can cause anxiety and affect how they spend their time and with whom. Some doctors, including mine, believe this syndrome is hormone-related. That makes sense to me: While I never loved the smell of perfume, my sc... (more)

This week's top stories: Super-smellers, Oil vs EDP, the perfume mafia, TF and Globe gifting, & Paw Femme/Homme (woof!)

Fragrant First Impressions: Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Penhaligon's Vaara, Chopard Rose Malaki and more!Fragrant First Impressions: Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Penhaligon's Vaara, Chopard Rose Malaki and more!

Fragrance Reviews 12/12/16 08:52 (6 comments)

Welcome to Fragrant First Impressions, our way of sharing our initial encounters with a wide array of fragrances. We may not have significant experience with any of these aromas just yet, but we're excited to present our thoughts to you! One thing we noticed this week is how all three of us were inspired by fellow writers. Tell us in a comment below what fragrances you've been inspired to try after reading Fragrantica reviews or some of your own first impressions of... (more)

John, Sofia & Marlen report on Dior, Scherrer, Reminiscence, Chopard, Monsillage, VC&A, Penhaligon's, and Scents & the City

Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Thanks from Managing Editor and Columnist, Marlen HarrisonEditors' Choice Awards 2016: Thanks from Managing Editor and Columnist, Marlen Harrison

Fragrantica 12/11/16 12:43 (15 comments)

Yes, Fragrantica is a global leader in fragrance information and news. But even more so, Fragrantica is a special community of like-minded lovers of fragrance who joyously seek out aroma and translate their scented experiences into beautiful, compelling and sometimes even controversial reviews. I can't tell you how many times I gladly handed over a portion of a paycheck to an online perfume shop just so I could also enjoy the opportunity to sample a rare, unique or brand new aroma... (more)

Congratulations to TillyWave, Gigi the Fashionista, and Brian.Fitzgerald!

A Century of Scents Launches in the US: Readers' ReviewsA Century of Scents Launches in the US: Readers' Reviews

Art Books Events 12/11/16 10:32 (66 comments)

Earlier this year Fragrantica presented the new Perfume: A Century of Scents and the UK publisher was kind enough to share copies with our UK members. Just in time for the winter holidays, the book has launched stateside and the US publisher is thoughtfully offering copies to our US readers. To celebrate this giveaway we've asked the initial recipients to share some of their favorite chapters and thoughts about the value of this book. Without further ado, we are happy to introdu... (more)

Fellow Fragranticans discuss the magic of Lizzie Ostrom's Perfume: A Century of Scents plus A GIVEAWAY to US readers!

Best in Show: Fragrance for a Holiday Event (2016)Best in Show: Fragrance for a Holiday Event (2016)

Best in Show 12/11/16 10:04 (29 comments)

December - a time for parties, get-togethers, worship, vacations, family reunions, and even pensive nights in front of a colorfully lit tree. In this week's Best in Show,  our writers consider what they might wear for specific holiday-related occasions. Please join in the discussion and share with us some of your own choices for various December festivities! We look forward to your comments below. L`Erbolario Dolcelisir By:  Marlen Elliot Harriso... (more)

Please join in the discussion and share some of your own choices for various December festivities!

Bargain Fragrances: Al Rehab Golden Sand (EDP) Bargain Fragrances: Al Rehab Golden Sand (EDP)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/08/16 13:21 (10 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: From Saudi Arabia's Al Rehab , Golden Sand EDP is the alcohol-based version of their Golden Sand perfume oil, an homage to sweet, almost boozey caramel, easily found for around $10 USD (35ml spray)! Perfumer: N/A Try this if you like:  Sweet gourmand aromas; vanilla or carame... (more)

"an homage to sweet, almost boozey caramel, easily found for around $10 USD"

Vince Camuto TerraVince Camuto Terra

New Fragrances 12/07/16 09:28 (5 comments)

In winter of 2016, Italian-inspired American fashion house Vince Camuto launched thier 6th men's fragrance, Terra (Italian for "land"). Terra is preceded by: Vince Camuto for Men  (2012) Vince Camuto Homme  (2014) Vince Camuto Solare  (2015) Vince Camuto Eterno  (2016) Vince Camuto Oud  (2016) “Terra was inspired by men of intrepid spirit, men who explore the world and perform to their u... (more)

Rhubarb, sandalwood and vanilla are the stars of Camuto's newest men's fragrance.

This Week in Fragrance: Hippie Shit, Chanel's Flower Fields, & Eau de ExtinctionThis Week in Fragrance: Hippie Shit, Chanel's Flower Fields, & Eau de Extinction

Fragrance News 12/06/16 17:15 (7 comments)

Hayley Fitzpatrick at YahooBeauty.com explained that Chanel's flower fields are being threatened by modern transportation: Chanel No. 5 is one of the most well-known and best-selling fragrances in the world, but the production of a 6.7-billion euro ($7 billion) high-speed rail line — the train à grande vitesse — in the South of France could put the iconic scent at risk. The luxury French fashion house believes its field of jasmine flowers and May roses in Gra... (more)

This week's top stories: Chanel's challenge in Grasse, Mister Green's Hippie Shit, Eau de Extinction, signature scents, and scent C.V.'s

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Michel Almairac (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Michel Almairac (2016)

Best in Show 12/04/16 11:35 (32 comments)

Born in 1953 in Grasse, France, Michel Almairac has become one of the most prolific modern perfumers, developing fragrances for many major brands including Gucci, Chloe, Le Labo, Burberry, Escada, Chopard and Givenchy, to name just a few. Almairac began his training in 1972 at Roure Betrand Dupont (now part of Givaudan) and continued his career working at such famous companies as Creations Aromatiques, Drom, and Takasago. He currently works at Robertet.&... (more)

Fragrantica's editors celebrate Michel Almairac by discussing what they consider to be some of his most important compositions. Which are your favorites?

The Language of Scent, Part 4 of 5The Language of Scent, Part 4 of 5

Columns 12/03/16 10:43 (10 comments)

Becoming a fragrance fan essentially requires one to learn a new language, and there is quite a bit of specialized terminology that we use when we talk about perfumes: from the process of creation all the way to how we wear them. Many of these terms can be easily mixed up and so Fragrantica's international writers present a 5 part series to help us all build our vocabulary and clarify misconceptions. Today, Marlen Harrison of the Fragrantica website in English discusses 4 ... (more)

Marlen discusses ingredients vs notes; cologne vs eau de cologne; nose vs perfumer; and fragrance manufacturer vs fragrance house.

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 (11 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 (21 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 (11 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.

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