Columns This Week in Fragrance: Kitten Fur, Vogue Picks & Putin's Russian Woman

This Week in Fragrance: Kitten Fur, Vogue Picks & Putin's Russian Woman

03/22/17 09:03:55 (28 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

 

The internet has been purring with news of the newest Demeter scent that gives "animalic" a whole new meaning. Rachel Krause at Refiney29 has the scoop:

After 15 years of trying, the brand says, they’ve finally managed to capture “the olfactory essence of the warmth and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind a kitten's neck.” You can buy it as a cologne spray, roll-on perfume oil, body lotion, shower gel, massage and body oil, or an atmosphere spray or a diffuser oil, if you really really really want your whole house to smell like cats. READ MORE...

So wet dog is a no no but Kitten Fur is worthy of a perfume. Interesting. What other animal-themed scents would you be curious to sniff from a bottle?

Demeter Kitten Fur

JR Thorpe at Bustle offers a truly outstanding overview of the relationships between scent, memory and emotion:

Scent has been a part of human civilization for thousands of years. Researchers in 2009 attempted to recreate a scent from ancient Egypt using analysis of the remains of a perfume bottle, while Roman writer Pliny the Elder famously raged against perfumes as "the most superfluous of all forms of luxury; for pearls and jewels do nevertheless pass to the wearer’s heir, and clothes last for some time, but ingredients lose their scent at once, and die in the very hour when they are used." And wealthy Renaissance Europeans carried around balls of scent, pomanders, stuffed with resins, musk and ambergris, to hold next to their faces in noxious situations and perfume their clothes. READ MORE...

I really enjoyed this read and the embedded 2005 TED talk from Luca Turin (shown below). One of the topics raised in the article is the power of scent to help alleviate stress. What kind of aroma do you turn to in stressful times? Has an aroma you used to quell anxiety ever become negatively associated with anxiety?

And in Russia this week, department store GUM has launched a Putin-inspired women's fragrance on the heels of the previously launched Number One. Laura Burnip of The Sun reports:

Putin now has his own perfume – worn by women who ‘admire’ the Russian leader. The Russian president has launched the new scent, imaginatively called "Russian Woman". The scent, which has been inspired by the Russian president, has gone on sale at a Moscow department store overlooking Red Square. But any Vlad fans will have to hurry to grab a bottle, as only 1500 have been produced. The fragrance is called Russian Woman and was created by perfume company Leaders, costing up to £170. READ MORE...

What do you think of the bottle (shown below) and concept of Russian Woman? Curious? Which other leaders would you like to see inspire fragrances?

Russian Woman fragrance

Becky Johnson at Huffington Post shares an interesting overview of the recent interview between Trish Halpin, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, and screen legend Richard E. Grant; the two sat down to discuss how he moved from film to fragrance.

Monday’s Leadership Track on the Shutterstock Stage closed with Trish Halpin, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, interviewing screen legend Richard E. Grant, and his theatrical telling of how he moved from film to fragrance. Richard weaves colorful tales that took delegates on a crazy rollercoaster from when Richard was 12 and growing up in Africa, through his film career, to the catharsis of writing and directing a story about his own traumatic childhood. READ MORE...

You can watch the interview below. Have you had the opportunity to try any of the Jack fragrances yet? Which other film celebs do you think could inspire niche fragrances?

And Vogue editors pick 11 fragrances to stock up on this spring:

The best way to add a preemptive spring to your step this month? A veil of transportive perfume that builds a brighter state of mind with every whiff. It's a favorite trick of many Vogue editors, who calibrate their scent to the season. Here, 11 editors share the mood-boosting fragrance they’ll be switching to as the mercury rises this month, from a classic citrus eau de cologne to a shamanic blast of palo santo. READ MORE...

Just remember, I told you about Hippie Shit months ago HERE! Lol. Ok, which scents are on YOUR radar this spring?

Mr. Green's Hippie Shit Fragrance

 

 

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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 PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’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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zoranna
zoranna

The Turin talk was great. I've fallen for 31 Rue Cambon this spring; the weather is so changeable here in the UK at the moment - windstorm one day, balmy warm sun the next, chilly watery sun, or mild and overcast - but 31 feels appropriate all the time. Light but evocative, fresh but warm, timeless and suitable around the clock and at every occasion :)

Mar
23
2017
Akahina
Akahina

I love the smell of my cat's fur! God, please don't make a dirty dog smell.

Mar
23
2017
paneradfisk
paneradfisk

I'm curious about the kitty perfume... I've always said I want something that smells like my youngest cat, who still smells a bit like a new kitten. I guess I would describe it as a cozy, feathery, airy and spring like warm smell! My older cat smells more lived in, haha. Both smell wonderful, anyway!

Mar
23
2017
OlfactoryLover
OlfactoryLover

Omg kitty smell! Take my money :O

I can only imagine Putin's perfume smells shi... different.

But kitty smell yay!

Mar
23
2017
SumoTigerCat
SumoTigerCat

My DH told me about the launch of "Kitten Fur" just a few days ago. Naturally, I ordered one straight away. Kitten fur? Yes please!

I'm hoping Demeter does a 'Horse' themed cologne. Saddle leather, saddle soap, smell of horse mane, bluegrass, apple...

Mar
23
2017
greydove
greydove

Its true, cat's fur has a comforting, almost sweet smell, and when they are younger its even more delightful. A clean, healthy cat, of course :)

Mar
23
2017
emyalda
emyalda

Im excited to try cat fur.
My tabby smells like fresh toast, i love sniffing him, even thought i get intense hay fever afterwards.

Mar
23
2017
mutmiu
mutmiu

Cats have a unique, milky-musky fragrance. I adore them, so it's a funny nice idea, but I'm sure that not a single perfume can mimic the real smell of cats. That's the best!

Mar
23
2017
antheavl
antheavl

@jassar cats are good judges of character. I'm sure they don't like you either!

Mar
23
2017
eden.wells
eden.wells

I can't think of anything more inappropriate than a frangrance developed for Putin. Please don't buy this.

Mar
22
2017
bronni666
bronni666

@jassar. most people like cats. you are a minority so therefore, your opinion does not count

Mar
22
2017
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

My kitty cat smells like a stuffed animal

Mar
22
2017
lemonzest
lemonzest

Three fragrance briefs for Demeter.

Puppy: captures the milky musky sweetness of young canines. Available in EDT and body spray.

Hound: a casual scent to celebrate the grease, musk, and masa smell of adult dogs. EDP and bath products.

Golden: a limited edition fragrance to immortalize the Golden Retriever. Opens with the tang of a new tennis ball and aquatic notes, followed by a heart of butter, honey and corn smells, drying down to bacon, musk, and beeswax base notes. A fragrance for the love of your life. EDP and luxury self-care line.

(Based on what my dogs smell like)

Mar
22
2017
karrieann
karrieann

"So wet dog is a no no but Kitten Fur is worthy of a perfume."

I don't foresee many buyers for "Wet Dog". Pee-yew! LoL

Mar
22
2017
HyacinthBucket
HyacinthBucket

Looks like Vlad and Ivanka have the same bottle designer. What a coincidence!

Mar
22
2017
amy1983
amy1983

I'm very curious(as most cats are) what this smells like. I've been saying for years that they should make a cologne that smells like cat fur. I had an orange tabby cat,and I loved to smell the back of his head. His fur smelled warm,comforting and well,cat-like! This fragrance sounds cute!

Mar
22
2017
Steleale
Steleale

I love the smell of my cats, it's so good. I would love the Demeters fragrance as well, hope to try...

Mar
22
2017
LeanGreenBean
LeanGreenBean

Interesting articles this week, as always.
One of my cat's heads always smells a little like butterscotch. I'm interested to see if this perfume has that note.
@mariyka I always think puppy toes smell like tortilla chips, do you?

I hate Putin, but I do love the bottle of that perfume, the terracotta makes me really want to hold it in my hands. It's probably just painted glass though. Interesting that it is laid across what looks like cinders and broken glass rubble... brings to mind the post-apocalyptic future we are hurtling towards.

Mar
22
2017
TheOneYouFeed
TheOneYouFeed

Marlen, I love your news articles...almost as much as I love the smell of cat's fur!

Mar
22
2017
iamoir
iamoir

@perfumeaddict777, is your cat's name kiki? That's my name in real life!
It must be some kind of musk, I think, even though the notes aren't listed yet.
Anyhow, I feel like a naughty kitty when wearing NR for her EDT, i don't think Demeter will ever arrive in my country.

Mar
22
2017
Perfumeaddict777
Perfumeaddict777

I love reading this article. My 13 year old son always carries his cat around the house smelling the top of her head (just in a certain spot) and says "smell kikis head mom! It smells so good!" And he tells everyone to smell her and asks why she smells so good. I think it's so cute but to me all i smell is nothing. I would love to buy this colonge for him , he would love it! Thank you Marlen for this article:)

Mar
22
2017
Le_Coeur_Gothique
Le_Coeur_Gothique

"You can buy it as a cologne spray, roll-on perfume oil, body lotion, shower gel, massage and body oil, or an atmosphere spray or a diffuser oil, if you really really really want your whole house to smell like cats."

What happens if a cat already owns both you and the place and goes crazy trying to find the invisible usurper?...

Mar
22
2017
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Wow, Marlen. You've given us not one, but TWO terrific perfume videos in one article? Kudos. I never knew Turin gave a TED talk, but bully for him. Loved it!

Mar
22
2017
smellagent
smellagent

Ha Nice read Marlen. I do take issue with a vogue editor not knowing her ingredients. Un Lys by Serge is a Lily fragrance not Lilly of the Valley, so anyway maybe Vogue editors need to spend a little time on Fragrantica. I have my Palo Santo fragrance and it has a much nicer name, La Curie Ossuary, if you have not tried it I highly recommend.

Mar
22
2017
mintymilky
mintymilky

I think a perfume smelling like puppies or puppy fur would be great lol :D
Little puppies.. they smell soooo lovely <3

Mar
22
2017
mariyka
mariyka

Always enjoy your articles Marlen :*) I've rescued kittens; their scent is very unique and yes, comforting. I'm hoping Demeter would consider "puppy toes" as their next endeavor. LOL

Mar
22
2017
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

"What do you think of the bottle (shown below) and concept of Russian Woman? Curious? Which other leaders would you like to see inspire fragrances?"

Are you really sure you want to start a conversational thread that you are just going to have to shut down because it gets too political?

Mar
22
2017

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