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

Columns 04/23/17 10:46 (64 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 (19 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 (14 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

Ages of Man: Part 2, Steal My Sunshine!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 (56 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

Columns 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

Columns 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 (42 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 (56 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."

This Week in Fragrance: Disney's Frozen Fragrance, an Online Fragrance Course & the Power of LavenderThis Week in Fragrance: Disney's Frozen Fragrance, an Online Fragrance Course & the Power of Lavender

Fragrance News 03/01/17 08:27 (13 comments)

Huge news for fans of Disney and Geir Ness this week as the new Frozen fragrance debuts in Florida. Dewayne Bevil of OrlandoSentinel.com reports: You’ve met Anna and Elsa. You’ve memorized “Let It Go.” You’ve conquered the Frozen Ever After ride. Now you can get a whiff of “Frozen.” A perfume inspired by the Disney animated film goes on sale this week at Epcot. “It’s a scent for people that love the movie, first of all, the nat... (more)

This week's top stories: Geir Ness develops Frozen in a Bottle, the Fragrance Academy goes online, a history of Agua de Violetas, the decline of celebrity scents, and the power of lavender.

Addicted: The Agony & Ecstasy of Fragrance SamplesAddicted: The Agony & Ecstasy of Fragrance Samples

Columns 02/27/17 17:52 (70 comments)

  My initiation into the world of fragrance began with a collection of samples. I can recall a trip to the Caribbean back when shopping for fragrances while on holiday meant finding rare scents at duty free prices. Thanks to the internet this is no longer the unique shopping experience it once was with one exception: Shops used to provide an array of luxury samples and minis. And because my parents were loyal to their signature scents, guess who eventually inherited the samp... (more)

Learn why Marlen loves & hates his fragrance samples. Share your thoughts for your chance to win samples from his personal collection!

This Week in Fragrance: A Sense of Smell for Robots, Japanese Aromas & Inside DiorThis Week in Fragrance: A Sense of Smell for Robots, Japanese Aromas & Inside Dior

Fragrance News 02/22/17 08:40 (20 comments)

  Miriam Cosic of TheAustralian.com reviews Kate Grenville's newest book, this time a non-fiction examination of The Case Against Fragrance : She writes about many of the compounds that make perfumes carcinogenic, nauseating or simply sneeze-worthy: formaldehyde (which is formed when two other common ingredients are combined), acetaldehyde (which at least two American agencies consider “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen’’), 1,4-dioxane (a... (more)

This week's top stories: A new book that makes a case against fragrance, a look inside Dior's perfumes, a new Japanese fragrance brand, a fascinating AI scent study, and the aroma of home.

The Scented Ages of Man: Part 1, Eau Baby!The Scented Ages of Man: Part 1, Eau Baby!

Columns 02/20/17 12:21 (15 comments)

Men on a fragrant mission should start early, in our informed opinion. The earlier the better, in order to train their noses and be able to appreciate the many nuances of the world on offer around them. There are of course some cultural differences surrounding fragrance use on younger folks. Whereas some North Americans might view perfume use as sexualizing the infant (and furthermore which scent is more delicious than the one infants naturally own?) giving them a role beyond their ye... (more)

Two international perspectives from a man and woman about fragrances for men across their lifetimes. In Part 1 we examine fragrances for the baby boy.

DSH Perfumes: Animal, Vegetable, Floral, Spiritual...DSH Perfumes: Animal, Vegetable, Floral, Spiritual...

Fragrance Reviews 02/16/17 09:58 (5 comments)

DSH Perfumes has many fans among our Fragrantica staff (and among our Fragrantica members!). With well over 200 perfumes now in our database (14 of which were released in 2016 alone), the talented and prolific Dawn Spencer Hurwitz  truly has something to offer everyone. If her extensive back catalog doesn't include what you're looking for, I'm confident she can craft it for you if you tell her what it is. She has a remarkable ability to capture the e... (more)

Four perspectives on recent releases from the prolific perfumer

This Week in Fragrance: Between the Thighs, Scented Pendants, & the Rise of ShiseidoThis Week in Fragrance: Between the Thighs, Scented Pendants, & the Rise of Shiseido

Fragrance News 02/15/17 08:24 (8 comments)

  TheMemo.com presented some interesting research this past week about our scented preferences: Research is now challenging the conventional view that perfumes simply mask bad odour. In one study , researchers asked participants to wear cotton underarm pads, as described above, but they were instructed to apply a particular fragrance under one armpit while leaving the other fragrance-free. Unsurprisingly perhaps, volunteer sniffers later found the fragranced armpit odour to... (more)

This week's top stories: New fragrance research, scent application advice from a nose, fragrant jewels, Shiseido's acquisitions, and aromatic cestrum.

Jurlique's Rose Essence and Love BalmJurlique's Rose Essence and Love Balm

Bath & Body 02/14/17 11:51 (6 comments)

Who loves roses? Jurlique does! With many ingredients grown and extracted at their organic and biodynamic farm in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Jurlique's mission has been to offer a pure and natural skin care range combining the ancient arts of alchemy, herbal medicine and homeopathy to reconnect people to nature. Scent is a significant part of their products' allure and effectiveness. "Our dream was to connect pe... (more)

The signature Jurlique fragrance which captures the essence of the world's finest Rose Oils is being offered in both fragrance oil and moisturizing balm.

Perfumed Love AffairsPerfumed Love Affairs

Columns 02/14/17 10:01 (6 comments)

There are so many different types of love. As we all are different we also feel love in so many ways. Most of those ways are connecting us despite their diversity with strong yet invisible strings. Then, we thought, why shouldn't we translate certain types of love in perfume affairs. Give them the main roles in our stories and describe a passionate, mature, childish, poetic or platonic love, or maybe a love at first sight, a dramatic or a friendly l... (more)

What happens when perfumes fall in love? We pair fragrances into couples and describe their passion. Which scents would you pair together?

Best in Show: Chocolate & Roses (2017)Best in Show: Chocolate & Roses (2017)

Best in Show 02/12/17 10:04 (31 comments)

What says Valentine's Day more than roses and chocolates? Charles II of Sweden is widely considered to have introduced the idea of flowers as symbols for emotions in the 18th century, with the red rose as a symbol for love. And  back in 1861, England's Cadbury was the first chocolate company to package chocolates in a heart-shaped box; the confection had long been considered an aphrodisiac. Luckily, perfume fans worldwide now can enjoy the combination of both of thes... (more)

Fragrantica editors choose an array of memorable floral gourmands highlighting rose and chocolate. Leave a comment and tell us your favorites!

Niche Fragrance Reviews: A Review of My January Sens Unique BoxNiche Fragrance Reviews: A Review of My January Sens Unique Box

Fragrance Reviews 02/11/17 10:50 (9 comments)

Last month, Sergey told you all about the new Sens Unique Box , a curated monthly collection of 6 niche fragrances shipped from the Sens Unique boutique in Paris (they also have a 2nd location in Caen). The price was surprisingly affordable (about $12 USD a month which includes international shipping) and the samples are quite generous (2ml each). Should I decide to purchase one of the scents sampled in my January box, I can apply the cost of the box to that purchase. Considering how... (more)

January's Sens Unique box offers samples of PG's Cadjméré, Beaufort's Coeur de Noir, Indiscrète, Bottega's Gourmand, Evody's Onde 7 and Aedes' Cierge de Lune. Find out which one was Marlen's favorite.

Bargain Fragrances: Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies (1993)Bargain Fragrances: Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies (1993)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/10/17 10:17 (21 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: A surprising, spicy floriental from master perfumer Sophia Grojsman for Elizabeth Taylor's 1993 Fragrant Jewels collection, Diamonds & Rubies in 2017 doesn't have quite the same depth it once did but for about $15 USD it is an enjoyable, rose, cinnamon and peach combo that feels both c... (more)

"I would suggest Diamonds and Rubies to men (and women) who enjoy a good spicy rose and to lovers of Grojsman's work more generally, or Tresor, specifically."

This Week in Fragrance: Unilever's Transparency, Wu's Debut and All About AphrodisiacsThis Week in Fragrance: Unilever's Transparency, Wu's Debut and All About Aphrodisiacs

Fragrance News 02/08/17 08:16 (5 comments)

  The fragrance world is abuzz with huge news this week from Unilever. Alex Formuzis at EWG.com (Environmental Working Group) reports: For decades, federal regulations have let companies use the word “fragrance” on soap, shampoo, skincare and other personal care product labels to hide the identity of multiple chemicals, many of them linked to allergies or other health effects. For the most part, personal care product companies and fragrance manufacturers have res... (more)

This week's top stories: Unilever discloses fragrance ingredients, Jason Wu's first scent, Xyrena pairs with Willam, a workshop about aphrodisiacs, and Roja Dove on men's scents.

Best in Show: The Perfumes of Jacques Cavallier (2017)Best in Show: The Perfumes of Jacques Cavallier (2017)

Best in Show 02/05/17 07:37 (34 comments)

Renowned perfumers often leave their mark with a single famous creation that changes the industry, but few do so with not one but many different perfumes. Perfumer Jacques Cavallier is just such a figure, having changed our scented world with such industry changers as  Christian Dior’s Midnight Poison , or Issey Miyake’s L’eau d’Issey . He has produced perfumes for houses as famous as Givenchy and Lancôme , designers like Stella McCartney , and niche... (more)

Jacques Cavallier, Creator of Acqua di Gio and L'eau d'Issey gets the Best in Show treatment here at Fragrantica

Roses for Autism Presents Ardent RoseRoses for Autism Presents Ardent Rose

New Fragrances 02/02/17 07:46 (16 comments)

In Guilford, Connecticut, a unique garden grows, one that provides more than simply the beauty of nature's queen of flowers. Since 2009, Roses for Autism (RFA) has provided career training for transition age students with Autism at the historic Pinchbeck Farm by growing and selling flowers. Among other blossoms, the dynamic nonprofit produces the fragrant Lavande Rose. It is with this beautiful aroma as inspiration that RFA developed their first fragrance, Ardent Rose . 100% ... (more)

"Roses for Autism, a unique nonprofit job training program in Connecticut, has created Ardent Rose perfume from their Lavande rose. 100% of the proceeds benefit the program."

This Week in Fragrance: Red Goes Extreme, Blind Noses & EscentricityThis Week in Fragrance: Red Goes Extreme, Blind Noses & Escentricity

Fragrance News 02/01/17 08:41 (2 comments)

An amazing story out of India this week reveals that to be a perfumer, one only needs a specific type of vision. Sharmila Ganesan Ram of TimesofIndia.com reports: In January 2016, after smelling a few scented jasmine and peppermint tissues correctly, Domal quit his job as an automobile showroom salesman while Bhoje took a break from her duties as committee member of Blind Person's Association (NAB) to join the College of Fragrance for the Visually Impaired or COFVI - the only n... (more)

This week's top stories: A fragrance school for the blind, RL launches Polo Red Extreme, an exhibit of car-inspired scents, millenials' preferences, and a look at Escentric Molecules.

Addicted: When Good Scents Go BadAddicted: When Good Scents Go Bad

Columns 01/30/17 15:07 (47 comments)

I know many of us have had the experience where a scent that initially turned us off eventually grew on us and we learned to love it. But have you ever loved a fragrance one week only to wonder "What was I thinking?" the next? Sometimes beloved old fragrant friends can no longer be enjoyed and in this month's column I'll explore three different scenarios where good scents go bad .   TURNING In English, when a fragrance or perhaps a bottle o... (more)

Sometimes we lose the love for a scent due to its age, negative associations or simple changes in personal taste. Share your own experiences in a comment.

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

Best in Show 01/29/17 06:35 (22 comments)

Solid perfume is one of the ways to cut down on liquids when traveling by plane, sheer practicality conforming to airport regulations, but its merits (and history) go beyond just the nifty. The formula of most solid perfumes is sensuously waxy, offering a feeling of pampering and sensuality that is lacking from sprayers but is not as oily or staining as a regular oil. The packaging - from the decadently shiny black zamac cases of Diptyque, to the metal retro lockets by Aftelier and th... (more)

Our staff review Diptyque, Le Labo, Aftelier and some truly surprising bargain finds (hint: who loves amber?)

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