Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: Oscar Turns 40, J Lo Leaves Coty and Books Smell Like Chocolate

This Week in Fragrance: Oscar Turns 40, J Lo Leaves Coty and Books Smell Like Chocolate

04/12/17 07:57:16 (6 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

 

Helen Pawson at the Moodie Davitt Report announced plans for the de la Renta fragrance 40th anniversary:

Inter Parfums is set to release three limited-edition packaging designs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Oscar de la Renta’s signature fragrance, Oscar. The sleeve designs feature three of de la Renta’s dress sketches and will be available in travel retail and a few selected retailers from September until sell-out. READ MORE...

The brand has launched numerous flankers over the years so I was kind of hoping for a modern addition to the line. But, there have been numerous recent launches that likely already covered this territory such as Oscar Velvet. Do you have a favorite Oscar de la Renta scent? I'm still a fan of the original vintage Oscar pour Lui and recently fell for the newer Granada.

Oscar de la Renta 40th anniversary packaging

Though I earlier reported on research about one of our favorite topics - the smell of old libraries and books - a new study goes one step further. The Economic Times reports:

LONDON: Old books invoke the aroma of chocolate and coffee, according to a new study which may explain why we love the smell of worn-out books.Researchers from University College London (UCL)in the UK, examined the smell of books and libraries, putting together a classification scheme that could help characterize the scents of the past - and maybe even diagnose deteriorating books before damage gets out of control. READ MORE...

Chocolate and coffee, huh? Fascinating! The article goes on to explain why researchers think books are described this way. How would you describe the smell of old books using other known aromas?

Old books

I-Chun Chen at New York Business Journal announced that J Lo is continuing her fragrance empire but with a new partnership:

Beauty company Designer Parfums has signed a new fragrance agreement with actress, singer, entertainer and producer Jennifer Lopez to expand her global fragrance franchise. Lopez, who introduced her first fragrance, Glow by JLo, in 2003, which remains one of the most successful fragrance launches to date and is credited with ushering in a wave of additional celebrity fragrances. Lopez has since launched another 23 additional fragrances. READ MORE...

Lopez is leaving Coty for Designer Parfums, the company who oversees fragrances for Jean Patou, Porsche Design, Aigner Parfums, Ghost, Jean Louis Scherrer, Naomi Campbell, Ariana Grande, etc. What's your favorite J Lo scent? I earlier reviewed J Lo Still as a good bargain fragrance HERE.

LONDON: Old books invoke the aroma of chocolate and coffee, according to a new study which may explain why we love the smell of worn-out books.

Researchers from University College London (UCL)in the UK, examined the smell of books and libraries, putting together a classification scheme that could help characterise the scents of the past - and maybe even diagnose deteriorating books before damage gets out of control.
 
LONDON: Old books invoke the aroma of chocolate and coffee, according to a new study which may explain why we love the smell of worn-out books.

Researchers from University College London (UCL)in the UK, examined the smell of books and libraries, putting together a classification scheme that could help characterise the scents of the past - and maybe even diagnose deteriorating books before damage gets out of control.
 


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Perfume-Princess
Perfume-Princess

I'm still waiting for Jluxe and Glowing Goddess to come to the UK. I love Jlo`s fragrances. Excited for the next chapter.

Apr
13
2017
caribbeanislander
caribbeanislander

Great article

Apr
12
2017
cinnakitty
cinnakitty

Very earthy patchouli in a tiny quantity can conjure up a very old book. Almonds smell a bit like paperback paper used to, when it was creamy/pale brown and not stark white and stinking of ink like books today. Don't get me started on soy ink smell..

Apr
12
2017
NostalgiaStreet
NostalgiaStreet

Marlen, it is always a pleasure reading your articles. :-) I appreciate that you review classic and affordable fragrances. Oscar, the original 1977, has been a favorite of mine for many years. I have always loved the clean, powdery notes in it. It's hard to believe this fragrance turns 40 this year.

Apr
12
2017
raw umber
raw umber

I was under the impression that yuzu was the most expensive of the citrus essential oils. Guess I was wrong...

Apr
12
2017
smellagent
smellagent

I have always loved the "book" smell. One that reminded me at first sniff and still does is Aedes de Venestas Iris Nazerena. I don't know something about Iris puts me in Book Odor mind set. I have never smelled chocolate but next time I sniff chocolate will be in my mind. I don't think I have ever sampled an Oscar perfume but I know they are popular. My scented destination desires center around Scandinavia and Japan at the moment.

Apr
12
2017

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