Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: The Smell of Booze, Scents in the Shower, and Perfumery Classes

This Week in Fragrance: The Smell of Booze, Scents in the Shower, and Perfumery Classes

04/13/16 12:03:31 (4 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Matthew Schneier of The New York Times ( reported this past week that  longtime creative director of Vogue, Grace Coddington, is launching her own signature fragrance in partnership with Comme des Garçons:

"The perfume, Grace by Grace Coddington (Click me to view the fragrance page here at Fragrantica), is the first such effort, though it was actually begun before Ms. Coddington’s change of role. It smells primarily of roses, a scent Ms. Coddington associates with childhood (“I’ve come from a trail of roses,” she said) and now can see her through to old age. (She is 74.) It is being produced by the perfume branch of the Comme des Garçons empire, whose resident nose, Christian Astuguevieille, developed the scent with Ms. Coddington and encouraged her to spray it into her hair. She travels in a ready-made diffuser, a nimbus of coppery frizz."

Exciting! Of course CDG is the collaborator; I wouldn't expect anything less from this fashion icon!

Image of Grace Coddington by Clement Pascal for The New York Times

Sam Escobar of addresses the effect our fragrances may have on those around us and urges us to consider what we wear in public, especially in confined spaces:

"With an estimated 30% of Americans experiencing sensitivity to scented products, it's not exactly wise to spritz your perfume, then subject people to it at work, on a plane, or on any other public transportation. "Researchers aren't entirely sure what causes people to have a negative reaction to fragrance, but it could be down to physiological makeup," explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger, dermatologic surgeon and RealSelf contributor, adding that some people can smell things at a lower level due to the internal workings of their noses. And because "two hundred or more chemical components can go into an artificial fragrance," it can be tough for folks to determine the exact scent they're allergic to."

This article was interesting for me as I'm sitting here typing this from a doctor's office where patients are expressly requested not to wear scent. Maybe I need to find a new doctor's office!?!

Getty Images from original article at

Mia Adorante at discusses the new 12-day fragrance course at New York's Pratt Institute taught by Raymond Matts:

"Luckily for me, Pratt Institute offers a crash-course for the olfactorily-impaired taught by the master fragrance designer Raymond Matts. Did you know that there is such a thing as “fragrance families”? Well, there are. That’s one of the things that I learned in Matts’s perfumery class. My schooling began with hours and hours of smelling sessions, 36 to be exact. This sounds easier than it was. The first rule of fragrance club is: you have to smell a fragrance in the air so you can see the top, middle, and back working together."

Click the W Magazine link above to learn more about how you, too, can enroll in this course!

Image from, a leading news source on the development of fragrances and flavors reports on a new development in Procter & Gamble's quest to enhance our aromatic experiences in the shower:

"P&G inventors know we all enjoy this luxury, and developed a water-activated fragrance and surfactant system to enhance our experience, as this patent explains.This invention describes a personal care product that efficiently delivers cationic surfactant conditioners and fragrances during consumer use. The system is triggered by water to release perfume and, optionally, a secondary scent and/or bloom of the first fragrance."

As if I needed more reasons to spend extra time in the shower! Thank you, P&G! I wonder what this will mean for ancillary products from niche and designer fragrance brands.

This invention describes a personal care product that efficiently delivers cationic surfactant conditioners and fragrances during consumer use. - See more at:
Naked, sexy women on TV are not the only ones enjoying steamy, hot showers. P&G inventors know we all enjoy this luxury, and developed a water-activated fragrance and surfactant system to enhance our experience, as this patent explains. - See more at:

Ever wonder why fruit smells so great and why fruity fragrances are so popular? The German Primate Center via has published a paper that offers an explanation:

"Fruits are a highly valuable source of food. They are packed with tasty and healthy nutrients and are often characterized by alluring colorful displays and an attractive aroma. Yet it is still unclear which evolutionary forces drove fruits to acquire such a diverse range of different attractive traits. In two new studies, scientists from the German Primate Center and their international collaboration partners show that the aroma of ripe fruits may be an adaptation whose function is to attract primates to consume the fruits and consequently disperse their seeds."

Hmmm, so maybe our own inclination for fruity fragrances is a deep-seated instinct?

Brianna Weist of discusses a new study that suggests even the aroma of alcohol can lower human inhibitions!

"It's common knowledge that consuming alcohol makes you less conscious of your behavior — but new research is showing that the scent of alcohol can lower your inhibitions, too. In a new study published by the journal Psychopharmacology, it appears that there's a correlation between the scent of alcohol and self-control. What this means is that there could be another stimulus that accounts for why people find it so hard not to drink while in the presence of alcohol, and of course, a psychological reason why people become reckless after having consumed it."

I wonder what this says about the recent rise in alcohol/booze-related fragrance notes?

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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 also 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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I'd buy a product from that hottie taking a shower ANYTIME!

drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Grace Coddington does all things with style. I can see her perfume becoming a huge hit!

And yes, I too would seek Another doctor's office.... ;)


The bottle is cute, would love to try this fragrance.


That bottle looks lovely, we'll see if it becomes a purchase of mine!


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