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

Best in Show 05/21/17 11:17 (51 comments)

In the world of aroma, some scents have become so polarizing thanks to popular social and cultural associations that they are either valued or villainized. Aside from animalics, patchouli has to be high on that list of controversial fragrance notes. Patchouli is a wonderful green bushy herb of the mint family. It belongs to the genus Pogostemon and grows up to two or three feet in height. The herb is graced with delicate pinkish-white flowers and aromatic leaves that have... (more)

Fragrantica's international writers offer up some of their favorite patchouli aromas for this week's Best in Show column. We invite you to weigh in with some of your most loved (or most reviled) pa...

Fragrance Review: Gallagher Fragrances Amongst Waves (2017)Fragrance Review: Gallagher Fragrances Amongst Waves (2017)

Fragrance Reviews 05/20/17 08:14 (3 comments)

Summary: One of the newest scents from Gallagher Fragrances , an American niche perfume house founded in 2016, Amongst Waves is a surprising take on the aquatic theme with its pronounced focus on honeydew melon and green apple. Perfumer: Daniel Gallagher Try this if you like: Fruity aromas, specifically honeydew (muskmelon). Reminds me of: Parfum Satori Hanahiraku , Demeter Honeydew Melon , Davidoff Cool Water Woman , Hermes Un Jardin apres le Mousson ,... (more)

"Amongst Waves opens with its aromatic melon and tart apple notes front and center. A touch of ginger adds a bit of zest, sea salt adds savoriness and a bit of citrus adds juiciness. "

Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Lotion and Body WashKneipp Almond Blossom Body Lotion and Body Wash

Bath & Body 05/19/17 12:13 (5 comments)

SUMMARY: Kneipp's Almond Blossom Body Wash and Almond Blossom Body Lotion are lightly scented, vegan products created especially for the needs of sensitive skin with nourishing oils such as almond oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis). ABOUT THE BRAND: Since 1891, Kneipp has been manufacturing contemporary products for health and well-being. Botanical competence and pharmaceutical experience, state-of the-art production techniques, as well as carefully conducted scie... (more)

"There is a light sweetness that would make these products perfect for layering a range of fragrances from gourmands to florals and orientals, without interfering with their aromas."

Bargain Fragrances: Sonia Kashuk Yellow AllurianaBargain Fragrances: Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/18/17 07:39 (3 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:   Yellow Alluriana   from Sonia Kashuk for Target is a sparkling grapefruit and verbena aroma over a mild musk - perfectly unisex and only $14.99 USD for a 100ml bottle. Perfumer:  Unknown Try this if you like:  Sweet citrus aromas. Reminds me of: Creed Zeste Ma... (more)

"The fragrance opens with a true-to-life grapefruit note accented by the lemony verbena (verveine). To me, this is summer in a bottle, a day at the beach and liquid happiness..."

This Week in Fragrance: Misconceptions, Trends and TechnologyThis Week in Fragrance: Misconceptions, Trends and Technology

Fragrance News 05/17/17 08:26 (15 comments)

  Veronique Greenwood of The Atlantic asks, "Can an Archive Capture the Scents of an Entire Era?" Not very much of an effort has been made to preserve the smells that people care about. Bembibre, a graduate student at University College London’s Institute of Sustainable Heritage, is trying to understand which scents are worth hanging on to, what they consist of, on a molecular level, and how to save them. Her aim is to allow others, perhaps many generations d... (more)

This week's top stories: Archiving scents, fragrant misconceptions, headspace technology, spring trends and Krigler.

Happy Mother's Day: Mom's Influence on My Life in Scent (2017)Happy Mother's Day: Mom's Influence on My Life in Scent (2017)

Columns 05/14/17 08:00 (24 comments)

How did you come to the world of fragrance? Was it via the bars of soap that appeared in your shower as a child? The bottles of your parents' scents lined up on a dresser? Or maybe you received a special gift as a teen? For many of us, we have our parents to thank for kickstarting our fragrant inclinations through gifts, scented memories and as role models. Today, we celebrate our moms by considering how their fragrance habits influenced our own. We invite you to join in the ... (more)

Our international writers examine how their mothers impacted their tastes in fragrance. Join the conversation and help us celebrate Mother's Day 2017!

Chanel Announces the Face of Its Newest Fragrance, GabrielleChanel Announces the Face of Its Newest Fragrance, Gabrielle

Fragrance News 05/14/17 06:15 (48 comments)

According to WWD the face of Gabrielle , Chanel's newest fragrance to be launched this summer, will be an actress already associated with the brand. Olivier Polge's new scent for Chanel will keep Chanel ambassador Kristen Stewart front and center in advertising for the brand. The September advertising will include a film campaign for the scent that was shot by director Ringan Ledwidge and a print ad lensed by Karim Sadli. Stewart has been the face of ca... (more)

Olivier Polge's new scent for Chanel will keep Chanel ambassador Kristen Stewart front and center in advertising for the brand.

Fragrant First Impressions: Creed, Byredo, L'Artisan & More!Fragrant First Impressions: Creed, Byredo, L'Artisan & More!

Fragrance Reviews 05/13/17 07:07 (9 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!   Maison Martin Margiela Lipstick On John: Maison Margiela's Lipstick On (part of their Replica series), stays true to the perfume maker's intentions of trying to replicate a specific time and pla... (more)

Staff reviews of Lipstick On, Stash, Cuir Obscur, Datura Noir, Mure et Musc, Aberdeen Lavander, Hammam bouquet and Fleuriste a Paris

Fragrance News: Natura, Habituation and Hair SprayFragrance News: Natura, Habituation and Hair Spray

Fragrance News 05/10/17 09:45 (4 comments)

  Lily lovers rejoice! Vincent Gallon at Premium Beauty News discusses science's new blossoms: After six years of development, the Symrise research team has designed Lilybelle, a new molecule with fresh and transparent notes that are very close to the scents of lily of the valley. This new synthetic fragrance is produced through green chemistry from renewable resources and is biodegradable. According to the fragrance maker, the molecule opens new prospects for innovation... (more)

This week's top stories: A new synthetic lily, Natura arrives in USA, olfactory habituation, sweet violets, fragrant hair sprays and Joya Brooklyn.

Substitute Scents: Don't Despair, Pick Something Similar! (May 2017)Substitute Scents: Don't Despair, Pick Something Similar! (May 2017)

Columns 05/07/17 06:05 (28 comments)

For the true perfume lover, the attachment to certain fragrances can be enormous! We all have those creations in our collection we couldn't fathom doing without, even if we don't really wear them that often or if the excitement about having them is gone because we have worn them so much. And then: panic mode.... we find out our gem has been discontinued! Or a push on the sprayer only delivers a pathetic, sputtering sound.... it's all gone! The same desperate feeling c... (more)

Fragrantica's writers offer substitutes for Gucci Rush, Acqua di Parma, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and Etro Heliotrope.

Le Petit Marseillais: France's #1 Selling Body Wash BrandLe Petit Marseillais: France's #1 Selling Body Wash Brand

Bath & Body 05/04/17 14:24 (25 comments)

France's #1 body wash brand, Le Petit Marseillais , now offers a wide range of affordable bath and body products made in Greece, Italy and France. Developed in the 1980s by Bernard Lengellé, a French businessman who was inspired by the magic of Marseille's markets and products, Le Petit Marseillais (or "the little one from Marseille") began as a soap company only to expand into "what would become one of the top French beauty and body care brands in his... (more)

Reviews of the Meditteranean Algae & Marine Minerals Body Balm; Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Body Milk; Sweet Almond Hand Soap; and Orange Blossom Shower Crème.

This Week in Fragrance: Odorprints, Kidpreneurs & Light Blue IntenseThis Week in Fragrance: Odorprints, Kidpreneurs & Light Blue Intense

Fragrance News 05/03/17 09:06 (2 comments)

We all know that each individual has a unique aroma, and we often hypothesize this to be one reason fragrances smell differently on different people. Now scientific research aims to investigate human aromas to assist in diagnosing illness. Kate Murphy of the New York Times reports: Each of us has a unique “odorprint” made up of thousands of organic compounds. These molecules offer a whiff of who we are, revealing age, genetics, lifestyle, hometown — even metabolic... (more)

This week's top stories: Odorprints and modern medicine, D&G reboots old ads, NEST's new diffusers, Angels & Tomboys, and Trussardi's new delivery system.

Best in Show: Fragrances for the Scent-Fearful Groom (2017)Best in Show: Fragrances for the Scent-Fearful Groom (2017)

Best in Show 04/30/17 06:04 (15 comments)

A tuxedo, the rings and memorized vows. What more does a groom need on his big day? Ask men what fragrance they wore to their wedding and more than a few will respond with, "I didn't." Let's face it, some of our loved ones have never discovered the joy of scent and might shy away from wearing it, especially to such an important event.  In our quest to spread the perfume love, we acknowledge that although some guys prefer the basic aroma of freshly shaven sk... (more)

Fragrantica's international editors suggest wedding fragrances for husbands-to-be who may not typically wear scent. Which aromas would you suggest?

Fragrant First Impressions: Perris, Houbigant, Ex Nihilo & More!Fragrant First Impressions: Perris, Houbigant, Ex Nihilo & More!

Fragrance Reviews 04/29/17 06:03 (7 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!   Perris Monte Carlo Absolue d’Osmanthe Extrait Marlen: Absolue d'Osmanthus is my first experience with Perris Monte Carlo and I was quite impressed with their take on osmanthus, one of my favo... (more)

Reviews of Perris Absolue d'Osmanthe, Houbigant Jardin Secret, Brocard Queen of Spades, Memo Irish Leather, Notes Citron Pomelo, Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique, Amygdala Civet, and F&G Eucalypsence

Perfume at Somerset House: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary ScentPerfume at Somerset House: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

Art Books Events 04/28/17 05:36 (7 comments)

Somerset House is a new kind of arts centre in the heart of London, designed for today’s audiences and creatives. "Offering a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, Somerset House is also a home to a large community of creative businesses, artists and makers, including Somerset House Studios. One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, it is a place where art and culture is imagined, made and experienced by our 3 m... (more)

"A multi-sensory exhibition featuring ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years."

The Scented Ages of Man: Part 3, Me Too/Fitting inThe Scented Ages of Man: Part 3, Me Too/Fitting in

Columns 04/27/17 13:11 (7 comments)

Men go through stages of getting to know themselves and how could fragrance not follow? It's all good and plenty (and smelling sweetish like it) when boys are given the gift of fragrance as small kids, as we discussed HERE in PART 2 of our Men's Journey series . But what happens when the owner of XY chromosomes reaches puberty? Ah, puberty...The age of being bullied for wearing glasses or having pimples and that special period when the agony of first kisses coup... (more)

What kind of scents might be ideal for teenage guys? Weigh in with your own choices!

This Week in Fragrance: Elder Aroma, American Gods and Chance PurchasesThis Week in Fragrance: Elder Aroma, American Gods and Chance Purchases

Fragrance News 04/26/17 08:47 (13 comments)

  With celebrity scents on the decline, what are the hottest trends in fragrance retail so far in 2017? Women's Wear Daily has the scoop: Niche fragrances continue to dominate beauty counters — not to mention the attention of major beauty groups on the prowl for acquisitions. This upsurge in demand for niche scents, and a younger consumer demanding a more personalized shopping experience, has forced retailers to provide a more varied stream of options as shopp... (more)

This week's top stories: Febreze for Grandma, 2017 trends in fragrance, maximizing scent in gardens, first major scent purchases and BPAL interprets Gaiman's Gods.

Strange Smells We Love (2017)Strange Smells We Love (2017)

Columns 04/23/17 10:46 (120 comments)

We perfume lovers are a strange lot. Not only does it seem we seek for the complicated bouquet of fragrant notes, we also learn to appreciate nuances that veer into the arcane or the researched (who can say they can appreciate civet off the bat?). But maybe it all has to do with having an inquisitive brain rather than a well developed nose after all. Because in the wealth of odors around us, we manage to recall peculiar and sometimes even outright repulsive stuff which makes us take note and... (more)

Our writers discuss the smells that have them weak in the knees...from petroleum to tar and all the way to burning garbage. We bet you have some odd smells you like too! Share them in the comments.

Gallivant Perfumes: London, Tel Aviv, Brooklyn and IstanbulGallivant Perfumes: London, Tel Aviv, Brooklyn and Istanbul

Niche Perfumery 04/23/17 10:12 (One comment)

When Nick Seward - the former product and creative director for L'Artisan Parfumeur - decided to develop his own fragrance line, he opted for function, beauty and simplicity. Four fragrances represent four different travel destinations, places we gallivant to on holiday, for relaxation, for fun, for a bit of culture. Working with two independent female perfumers - Karine Chevallier, based in Paris and Venice-based Giorgia Navarra (Italian protégée of Master ... (more)

Gallivant is a new indie perfume brand from London, founded and created by Nick Steward, former creative director for L'Artisan Parfumeur.

 A New Candle from Carlos Huber's Arquiste A New Candle from Carlos Huber's Arquiste

Home Scents 04/22/17 10:06 (One comment)

In May of 2017, Arquiste Parfumeur by Carlos Huber will launch a new candle titled Nocturnal Green Candle. The aroma will transport you to 1978 evening at Mexico’s sexiest, most glamourous destination - Armando’s Le Club.  "Nocturnal Green Candle is the perfect NEW candle to set the ambiance with its scent of a garden and pool surrounded by a lush mirage of palm fronds, grass and tropical flowers on a warm evening. Developed... (more)

"Nocturnal Green Candle is the perfect NEW candle to set the ambiance with its scent of a garden and pool surrounded by a lush mirage of palm fronds, grass and tropical flowers on a warm evening."

This Week in Fragrance: Spock, Goop, Aldi and TerpenesThis Week in Fragrance: Spock, Goop, Aldi and Terpenes

Fragrance News 04/19/17 08:32 (2 comments)

  A new documentary film out of Canada has been gathering up awards and is set for wider release in the next few weeks. Its subject is an unlikely duo of themes: Perfume and war. Andrea Nemetz at Local Xpress reports: Barb Stegemann is on a mission to Make Perfume Not War. Her journey is chronicled in the documentary Perfume War, opening Friday at Park Lane Cinema in Halifax. Directed by Michael Melski, it also tells the story of Stegemann's best friend, Capt. ... (more)

This week's top stories: A documentary film about perfume and war, Star Trek's new scents, Terpene talk, Paltrow's Goop 2, scent boosts sales, and Aldi's JM candles.

Ikiryo: When a Fragrance Brand Offers More than PerfumeryIkiryo: When a Fragrance Brand Offers More than Perfumery

Niche Perfumery 04/15/17 10:29 (23 comments)

Vincent of Dreamhouse With so many new fragrance brands constantly entering the market, it can be difficult to discern the good, the bad and the boring. Add to that the utterly subjective nature of fragrance and it can be a challenge to know when to follow recommendations of critics or fellow enthusiasts. As such, brands resort to concepts, packaging, and let's face it, gimmicks, that catch our attention and entertain our curiosities. Sometimes, however, fragrance is deve... (more)

"Sometimes, however, fragrance is developed as more than just an aroma, more than an accessory, and becomes a piece of art."

In Search of Strong Citrus: Couvent de MinimesIn Search of Strong Citrus: Couvent de Minimes

Fragrance Reviews 04/15/17 06:42 (21 comments)

My first experience with a citrus-themed fragrance was an enormous bottle of Jean Naté "after bath splash" that sat in my shower when I was a young child; I suspect it was my grandmother's. I often snuck a palmful but was always disappointed when the delicious lemony scent had all but disappeared within an hour. My experience with Jean Naté was foundational as it served as an introduction to the possibilities of what a fragrance could be (I had only known... (more)

"Who would have thought my search for a long-lasting citrus cologne would lead to a convent?"

Fragrance Review: Belle by Worth/Disney (2017)Fragrance Review: Belle by Worth/Disney (2017)

Fragrance Reviews 04/14/17 07:18 (8 comments)

Summary: Belle is a new fragrance from Worth that celebrates Disney's book-loving heroine. This limited edition Eau de Parfum is sure to please anyone who ever watched Beauty and the Beast and imagined a perfume based on the famed rose from the films. The perfume is housed in the classic Worth bottle and a luxurious book-shaped keepsake box. Perfumer: Honorine Blanc Try this if you like: Rose (Damask, May), peony, pink pepper, soft florals. Reminds... (more)

"This limited edition Eau de Parfum is sure to please anyone who ever watched Beauty and the Beast and imagined a perfume based on the famed rose from the films."

Bargain Fragrances: Toujours Moi (Dana) (1995)Bargain Fragrances: Toujours Moi (Dana) (1995)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 04/13/17 05:29 (16 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: Toujours Moi in its current formulation by Dana (as opposed to the original by Corday and then Max Factor) is, considering the packaging, a total oriental surprise with its honeyed spice, floral and resinous cola notes. Perfumer: Unknown Try this if you like: Amber, spices, cola, resins... (more)

"Toujours Moi in its current formulation by Dana is, considering the packaging, a total oriental surprise with its honeyed spice, floral and resinous cola notes."

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

Fragrance News 04/12/17 07:57 (6 comments)

  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 launc... (more)

This week's top stories: Special editions of Oscar, more old book smells, J Lo changes license holders, the power of neroli, and an Indian perfume tale.

Best in Show: Floral Fragrances for the Spring Bride (2017)Best in Show: Floral Fragrances for the Spring Bride (2017)

Best in Show 04/09/17 05:06 (28 comments)

A traditional dress or maybe a tuxedo, satin heels or perhaps velvet loafers (or maybe even bare feet!), a bouquet of blossoms or tiara of tiny roses, an heirloom jewel or understated accessory, a pair of rings, and a memorable scent. What more do brides need? With friends and family, a ray of sunshine despite a few drops of rain, music for dancing and the warm feeling of love, a wedding is a day (or night) to remember. With scent being such a direct link to memory, it's an import... (more)

Our international writers discuss a wide range of floral-themed scents for spring weddings. Join the conversation and share your own favorites!

The 2017 Fragrance Foundation Nominees Are...The 2017 Fragrance Foundation Nominees Are...

Art Books Events 04/08/17 08:48 (7 comments)

The 2017 Fragrance Foundation Awards Nominees were announced in New York City on Friday, April 7th. Here are the nominees in some of the most notable categories:   FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR WOMEN’S LUXURY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN MCQUEEN PARFUM – Coty, Inc. LA FEMME PRADA – PUIG MOONLIGHT IN HEAVEN – by Kilian N°5 L’EAU – Chanel TOM... (more)

2017 Nominees for categories including niche, popular, prestige, luxury and indie categories.

Fragrant First Impressions: Penhaligon's, Jack, Dame and more!Fragrant First Impressions: Penhaligon's, Jack, Dame and more!

Fragrance Reviews 04/08/17 07:56 (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!   January Scent Project Eiderantler Marlen : Reviewed by Ida HERE , this is my favorite of the first three January Scent Project releases. A sure thing for lovers of green aromas, Eiderantler is grassy, c... (more)

Staff reviews of JSP Eiderantler, DSH Deco Diamonds, English Fern, Piccadilly '69, Dark Horse, HDP This Is Not a Blue Bottle, Visconti Silver Wood, Fresh Patchouli Pure

Fragrantica's Miguel Matos Selected as Finalist for Fragrance Foundation AwardFragrantica's Miguel Matos Selected as Finalist for Fragrance Foundation Award

Art Books Events 04/08/17 07:00 (11 comments)

The top five finalists for The Fragrance Foundation Awards and winners in Editorial Excellence, Social Media Campaign, and 360-Degree Media Campaign were announced at Friday’s Finalists’ Luncheon hosted by Brooke Shields in New York City. Fragrantica and Miguel Matos enjoyed the distinction of being among the 5 noted finalists for Editorial Excellence (Online) alongside this year's winner, Kathleen Hou of The Cut. Winner The Cut – “Herm... (more)

Fragrantica and Miguel Matos enjoyed the distinction of being among the 5 noted finalists alongside this year's winner, Kathleen Hou of The Cut.

This Week in Fragrance: Worth Launches Belle, Coty Acquires Burberry and Chlorine Inspires ScentThis Week in Fragrance: Worth Launches Belle, Coty Acquires Burberry and Chlorine Inspires Scent

Fragrance News 04/05/17 08:29 (16 comments)

  Simran Sethi at Smithsonian.org offers an insightful overview of the history and production of vanilla with a startling revelation: Today, most of what we eat is actually artificial vanilla flavoring. As Iain Fraser, a professor of agri-environmental economics at the University of Kent, recently wrote in  The Conversation , less than 1 percent of the total global market in vanilla flavor is actually sourced from vanilla beans. In the late 19th centur... (more)

This week's top stories: The origins of vanilla, Burberry gets bought, headspace technology, Eau de Chlorine and Beauty & the Beast perfume

The Scented Ages of Man: Part 2, Steal My Sunshine!The Scented Ages of Man: Part 2, Steal My Sunshine!

Columns 03/31/17 08:26 (6 comments)

Men with a taste for scents don't grow on trees. Someone introduced them to fine fragrance, often at an early age, as we discussed in  Part 1 our of Scented Ages of Man: Eau Baby . But, beyond a kids' cologne sprinkled after a bath, on which said kid seldom gets a veto, fragrance really gains cultural significance when kids reach primary school and get to watch their parents preparing for work or grooming before getting out for the evening. Who doesn't recall the smel... (more)

Continuing the scented journey of men, we examine colognes that young boys can either borrow, get spritzed with or get gifted with, so as to seamlessly grow into loving fragrances and enjoying scen...

This Week in Fragrance: Jo Malone Master Class, a New Rose and Poo-pourriThis Week in Fragrance: Jo Malone Master Class, a New Rose and Poo-pourri

Fragrance News 03/29/17 13:05 (6 comments)

GQ invites you to a free Jo Malone master class with Céline Roux (pictured below), live on Facebook this Thursday at 1.30pm London time: In a men’s grooming market flooded with more fragrances than ever before, getting a scent that truly suits you is tricky - that’s why it pays to ask the experts. This Thursday at 1.30pm, we’ll be speaking to Céline Roux, the executive director of global product development and innovation for Jo Malone London. Better ye... (more)

This week's top stories: GQ hosts Jo Malone master class, Tadashi Shoji lauches new Eau de Rose, Ziemba combines fragrance & art, H&M goes eco with oils, and NY Mag talks Eau de toilet.

Addicted: Creating My Own Fragrances with Waft (or Eau de Tortilla)Addicted: Creating My Own Fragrances with Waft (or Eau de Tortilla)

Columns 03/27/17 13:23 (15 comments)

Let's face it, never before in the history of fragrance have consumers had so many options when it comes to choosing scents. And throughout the years a number of brands have allowed us to sample before purchasing, mix and match scents, consult with perfumers for bespoke perfumes and even develop our own fragrances by selecting notes and purposes. We addicts can pretty much have whatever we want these days, any way we want it. So when a friend of mine recently alerted me... (more)

Marlen test drives the new personalized fragrance service from Waft and is smitten with a scent he fondly calls Eau de Tortilla.

New DSH Fragrances: Gekkou Hanami, Foxy and Become the ShamanNew DSH Fragrances: Gekkou Hanami, Foxy and Become the Shaman

New Fragrances 03/27/17 12:54 (7 comments)

Have you ever wondered what it might smell like to sit under Japanese cherry blossoms while gazing at the stars in springtime? How about the scent of the fabulous fabled foxes of Roald Dahl's children's story? Or perhaps ceremonial incense is more your thing? Amazingly, all three of these scentscapes have been developed by the same perfumer. Prolific American perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (DSH Perfumes) has just released a green floral inspired by Japanese hanami traditions, an e... (more)

Prolific American perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz releases a green floral inspired by Japan, an earthy animalic inspired by Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a smoky palo santo incense.

Shopping Challenge: Gourmands Under $25 USDShopping Challenge: Gourmands Under $25 USD

Best in Show 03/26/17 09:48 (61 comments)

Surprisingly, one of the most popular genres of modern perfumery is also one of its newest. Many attribute to the rise of dessert-like fragrances - those offering chocolate, caramel, biscuit and even liquer notes - to 1992's groundbreaking Angel by Thierry Mugler and Clarins. And for the past 25 years, the market has seen an exctiing array of variations on gourmand themes. So popular are gourmand fragrances that we've even dedicated a Fragrantica Forum discussion boar... (more)

Our international writers recommend some budget-friendly gourmands. Which are your favorites?

ESXENCE 2017: Video Coverage from MilanESXENCE 2017: Video Coverage from Milan

Art Books Events 03/25/17 05:28 (6 comments)

As the 2017 Esxence fragrance expo is now well underway in Milan, I thought I might share some of the exclusive, behind the scenes, discussions and presentations for your viewing pleasure. The following videos are taken from our Fragrantica Facebook page  where we regularly share additional content from the numerous exhibitions and launches that the Fragrantica staff attend. We hope you'll visit us there and join our dynamic social media community. Today, I'll prese... (more)

Fragrantica walks through the Esxence expo; Luca Maffei presents new Jacques Fath; and Sandrina previews Widian,

4th Annual Art and Olfaction Awards Nominees Announced4th Annual Art and Olfaction Awards Nominees Announced

Art Books Events 03/24/17 03:35 (4 comments)

Awarded to just four perfumes and one experimental scent project a year, The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed to raise public interest and awareness around new developments in independent perfumery. The Awards, established in 2014 by the Institute for Art and Olfaction, are given to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, and experimental perfume from across the globe, chosen for perfumes released in 2016. The fourth annu... (more)

"The Awards, established in 2014 by the Institute for Art and Olfaction, are given to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, and experimental perfume from across the globe,...

Fragrantica's Miguel Matos and Eddie Bulliqi Nominated for Perfumed Plume AwardsFragrantica's Miguel Matos and Eddie Bulliqi Nominated for Perfumed Plume Awards

Art Books Events 03/23/17 20:15 (6 comments)

Following on the heels of Miguel Matos' two nominations for Fragrance Foundation awards for Editorial Excellence , today we are excited to congratulate Miguel Matos and Eddie Bulliqi for their nominations for 2017 Perfumed Plume awards. Like the Fragrance Foundation awards, writers from around the globe submitted fragrance stories for consideration and the distinguished judging panel carefully evaluated all elements of the criteria and voted accordingly. The Pe... (more)

Fragrantica is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the 2017 Perfumed Plume awards. Help us congratulate Miguel Matos and Eddie Bulliqi on their nominations.

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

Fragrance News 03/22/17 09:03 (28 comments)

  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 atmo... (more)

This week's top stories: Demeter launches a kitten scent, Bustle explores emotion, Putin inspires a perfume, Richard Grant talks Jack, and Vogue suggests spring scents.

Fragrantica's Miguel Matos Nominated as Fragrance Foundation FinalistFragrantica's Miguel Matos Nominated as Fragrance Foundation Finalist

Art Books Events 03/21/17 19:29 (47 comments)

On Friday April 7th, Award-winning actress, best-selling author, model and cultural icon, Brooke Shields will host The Fragrance Foundation's Finalists’ Luncheon where the top five finalists in all categories and winners for Editorial Excellence, Social Media Campaign and 360-Degree Marketing will be announced. Fragrantica is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted (top 10) for "Editorial Excellence in Online Fragrance Coverage." Our inclusion in the to... (more)

Fragrantica is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted (top 10) for Editorial Excellence. Our inclusion in the top 10 is due to the writing of Miguel Matos for his not one, but two nominated...

Best in Show: Welcome Spring! (2017)Best in Show: Welcome Spring! (2017)

Best in Show 03/19/17 18:51 (43 comments)

Fragrantica is so pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of its popular Best in Show column by returning to the inaugural topic in the series. As the vernal equinox marks a shift in temperatures around the globe, so too does it mark a shift in many of our fragrance habits. Out go the winter favorites and in come the scents we've been waiting to wear with the change in weather. Last year's (2016) choices included En Passant Frederic Malle , Borsari Violetta d... (more)

Our international staff celebrate the arrival of spring with some of their favorite aromas. What scent spells spring for you?

This Week in Fragrance: Threat Toilette, the Scent of a Man, & Rosy BusesThis Week in Fragrance: Threat Toilette, the Scent of a Man, & Rosy Buses

Fragrance News 03/15/17 10:04 (8 comments)

  Marquita Harris at Refinery29 reveals a new fragrance duo from...an anti-virus software firm? One beauty blogger captured the essence of fear for the masses and bottled it up in two pretty little packages. According to The Sun , blogger Scarlett London created Threat de Toilette in collaboration with security company Kaspersky Lab. The fragrance was launched as an effort to make people think twice about what they choose to share online. READ MORE... Talk about out ... (more)

This week's top stories: Kaspersky Antivirus EDT, pheromone research, smell and sexual attraction, India's niche market, and Singapore's scented buses.

Best in Show: Sandalwood (2017)Best in Show: Sandalwood (2017)

Best in Show 03/12/17 06:57 (55 comments)

Sandalwood has a rich, balsamic, sweet fragrance with delicate wood notes. The oil has a woody, exotic smell, subtle and lingering and the color is pale yellow to pale gold. Sandalwood is a small evergreen tree growing to 18 m in height and 2.4 m in girth, with slender drooping branches. The tree reaches its full maturity in 60 to 80 years, which is when the center of the slender trunk (the heartwood) has achieved its greatest oil content. This classic oriental woody note offers milky... (more)

The documented use of sandalwood goes back 4000 years to India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Our writers discuss their favorite sandalwood aromas; which are yours?

The Perfumer's Studio Offers Weekend Foundation Course in Los AngelesThe Perfumer's Studio Offers Weekend Foundation Course in Los Angeles

Art Books Events 03/12/17 05:38 (2 comments)

By popular demand, The Perfumer's Studio is pleased to offer a special two-weekend edition of The Art and Technology of Perfumery Foundation Plus Workshop . Running the first two weekends in April, 2017 — Apr. 1 - 2,  Apr. 8 - 9 — the course will cover the exact same material in four jam-packed days of learning and creativity as the week-long course. Participants will have access to over 800 raw materials and receive professional traini... (more)

"Participants will have access to over 800 raw materials and receive professional training in how to make successful blends for fine fragrance, aromatherapy, natural perfumes, spa and lifestyle pro...

Clocks, Butterflies and Goblets: Reviews of Dali Haute Parfums by Alberto MorillasClocks, Butterflies and Goblets: Reviews of Dali Haute Parfums by Alberto Morillas

Fragrance Reviews 03/09/17 13:22 (6 comments)

As a long time fan of the Dali line of fragrances, it was with great enthusiasm that I read Juliett's 2016 article announcing the Haute Parfumerie collection, "Five new fragrances [that] continue the story of the great surrealist, inspired by his jewelry line and made by  Alberto Morillas , creator of the first Dali perfume which was dedicated to the artist's wife, Gala." Though the bottles are indeed eye-catching, as so many from Dali are, I was more int... (more)

Marlen offers his impressions of Morillas' compositions along with close up images of the original creations that inspired the fragrances.

This Week in Fragrance: Preserving Scented Spaces, Patenting Play-Doh & 6 French PerfumesThis Week in Fragrance: Preserving Scented Spaces, Patenting Play-Doh & 6 French Perfumes

Fragrance News 03/08/17 09:21 (8 comments)

  Randy Kennedy at the New York Times writes this week about an unusual research project exploring scent and memory: Over the past year, a Columbia University preservation expert and a curator at the Morgan Library & Museum [pictured below] in Manhattan have been engaged in an unusual poetic-scientific experiment in the little-visited olfactory wing of history, trying to pin down the powerful connection between smell and memory — in this case, collective memory. ... (more)

This week's top stories: Preserving the aromas of a library; the scent of Play-Doh; bespoke home scents; IFRA news; and 6 scents every French woman has owned.

Best in Show: The Body Shop (2017)Best in Show: The Body Shop (2017)

Best in Show 03/05/17 08:39 (57 comments)

The Body Shop has been making the world a better place AND a better-smelling place since 1976. Its founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick, was a force of nature, shaking up the cosmetics industry with her commitments to fair trade, sustainable sourcing, truth in advertising and opposition to animal testing—long before the terms "green beauty" and "cruelty-free beauty" were coined and predating the ethical consumerism trend by more than a decade. By ... (more)

With 108 fragrances listed here on Fragrantica, The Body Shop has given us some great-smelling products over the years. What's your favorite?

Bargain Fragrances: 1881 by Nino Cerruti (1990)Bargain Fragrances: 1881 by Nino Cerruti (1990)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 03/04/17 10:44 (13 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: 1881 , the third men's fragrance release from the Italian house of Nino Cerruti , is a typical 90's style citric fougere. But amongst the current launches of super-sweet, woody oud, and repetitive aquatic scents, its herbal freshness is a welcome departure. Perfumer: Martin Gras ... (more)

"It's hard to find another aroma that succeeds at "fresh, dry, green" quite as well as 1881."

Geir Ness Creates First Fragrance for DisneyGeir Ness Creates First Fragrance for Disney

New Fragrances 03/04/17 08:56 (6 comments)

Norwegian perfume entrepeneur Geir Ness has enjoyed success with his two fragrances Laila and Geir , aromas inspired by the natural beauty of Norway. The first is a floral fragrance named for his mother, and the second is a woodsy-green aroma named after the designer himself. Once exlusively sold at Nordstrom, the fragrances are now a highlight of the gift shop at the Norway Pavillion at Disney's EPCOT in Florida. The pavillion has recently undergone extensive rennovation t... (more)

"What makes Frozen in a Bottle unique is that it is an EDP concentration and has been designed by an established and successful fragrance brand geared towards adults."

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