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

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

11/02/16 06:39:49 (3 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Cher was on hand to celebrate the new fragrant jewelry collection by pals Loree Rodkin and Kilian Hennesy, reports Booth Moore for

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.” The six-piece collection, $2,950 to $10,000 USD, in sterling silver and gray diamonds, combines the edginess of Rodkin’s aesthetic and By Kilian’s scents. Each piece comes with a ceramic insert, which when sprayed with fragrance, holds its scent throughout the day.

No word on whether Kilian has developed new aromas for the project or just what kind of fragrance accompanies (full bottles?) the accessories. What do you think about this first look?

By Kilian Jewelry

What's the most important aspect of your experience when shopping inside a store? Customer service? Selection? Smell? Owen Gough at has the scoop:

Consumers consider a store’s fragrance a more important factor in convincing them to shop there than good customer service, according to a new study. The research, conducted by market research company, ICM and Ambius, finds that more than half of consumers love their favourite stores due to its ambience – placing multi-sensory cues such as design, fragrance, lighting and music above good service from friendly staff.

Many of my recent news round-ups have addressed the growing market for environmental scent and this research seems to add credence to this trend. Have you noticed specific aromas in your favorite shops? I mean, I must admit I love the aroma of a Home Depot, but mostly because I love the smell of freshly cut wood!

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According to Abigail Williams at the, there are some other ways of wearing scent you probably haven't considered yet, and a few of them are backed up by celebrity experience:

“I put little drops on my fingers and put some under my arms and in my belly button,” Liv Tyler told Into The Gloss. “My dad taught me that—if you put it where you heat up, the smell stays with you.” You can also apply perfume inside your elbows and behind your knees for a longer-lasting scent. Since your knees and elbows are constantly moving throughout the day, they generate a lot of heat. If you’re looking for an extra boost, try spraying a brush with perfume and running it through your hair. Your fragrance will cling to the strands. 

Where do you typically apply scent?

Belly button

Li Anlan at tells us how to best enjoy osmanthus, a fragrant autumn blossom; from wine, to tea to even culinary uses:

CHINESE mythology and culinary traditions fuse in the sweet aroma of osmanthus, a flower that blossoms in the autumn and fills the air with a fragrance sometimes likened to peach or apricot. Osmanthus is a genus of about 30 species of flowering shrubs in the Oleaceae family. It’s a common ornamental plant in China, with strongly scented white and yellow flowers. The flower of sweet osmanthus has a long-lived fragrance, making it ideal as a blend for wines and teas. Osmanthus wine is perhaps the most notable of Chinese floral wines, and across China, there are several distinctive brewing methods.

I'm a huge fan of the aroma of osmanthus and have had the pleasure of drinking osmanthus beer, wine and tea during my travels in Asia. Do you have a special memory associated with osmanthus? 


Bob Holmes at reported recent research that predicts an aroma based on molecular shape:

It’s not something to be sniffed at. Computers have cracked a problem that has stumped chemists for centuries: predicting a molecule’s odour from its structure. The feat may allow perfumers and flavour specialists to create new products with much less trial and error. Unlike vision and hearing, the result of which can be predicted by analysing wavelengths of light or sound, our sense of smell has long remained inscrutable. Olfactory chemists have never been able to predict how a given molecule will smell, except in a few special cases, because so many aspects of a molecule’s structure could be important in determining its odour.

The benefits to chemists, in terms of speeding up the old trial and error experiments, could be major! I would loved to have been a participant in that research, sniffing and describing. What I found most interesting was the explanation that "people rarely rate the same odour identically when tested a second time." 

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to 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



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Every 5 star hotel I've stayed at in Thailand smells like lemongrass. The Bangkok Oriental has their own custom lemongrass, galangal, & ginger scent throughout the hotel & the bath products too.
I've lived in Asia for 15 yrs & never seen on osmanthus plant. What am i doing wrong?
Smells like cow poop & night blooming jasmine this evening here in Nepal.


It is I, the correction guy, proposing a small correction: I doubt the heat encountered at joints comes from friction due to frequent movement. Movement of such well-lubricated surfaces at these slow speeds generates insignificant heat. I reckon the proximity of blood vessels to the skin at those locations is responsible for the higher temperature.


Ah the sweet osmanthus! <3 When I was growing up in China, every autumn I would look forward to smelling their redolence again. To me, osmanthus indeed has some overlapping between apricot and suede, but it's less tart than the former and more translucent than the latter. Osmanthus jam is also one of my favourites. Adding it to whatever traditional Chinese dessert would make wonders! o(≧v≦)o I've been missing this lovely flower ever since I had moved out of my childhood city. But recently I moved to a new place and surprise, surprise! There are bushes of osmanthus down the road. I've been in osmanthus heaven this last October! Yay!


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