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: My Fragrant Unicorn (2016)Best in Show: My Fragrant Unicorn (2016)

Best in Show 10/09/16 10:23 (74 comments)

There are certain ways in which perfume fanatics resemble kids. Recall how you were searching high and low for that ultra-rare Pokemon card that was missing from your otherwise quite smart album? Recall worrying a loose tooth, tempting you to go over it again and again with your tongue, despite it being a tad painful, wishing it in the palm of your hand already? Or replaying a favorite experience over and over in your head, eager to describe it in great detail, the memory gaining in m... (more)

Inspired by a thread in our Forum, our international team discusses their wishlist fragrances, some remain elusive while others have finally been acquired. What are yours?

Guerlain Prima Ballerina (2016)Guerlain Prima Ballerina (2016)

Niche Perfumery 10/09/16 10:22 (2 comments)

Since 2011, the famous French perfume house Guerlain - who brought you classics such as Shalimar and Samsara - has been launching special edition fragrances in homage to Russia's famed Bolshoi theater (pictured above), exclusive to the Russian market.  TSUM department store in Moscow has launched Guerlain's latest Le Bolshoï edition, this time dressed in purple and named Prima Ballerina . The fragrance is reportedly a reissue of Moscow from the ... (more)

The newest release in Guerlain's homage to the Bolshoi.

Rag & Bone Launches 8 New PerfumesRag & Bone Launches 8 New Perfumes

New Fragrances 10/06/16 15:29 (7 comments)

American fashion label Rag & Bone have announced the launch of their first fragrance line, scents housed in sophisticated, sleek, rounded glass bottles with matte silver accents. The collection is comprised of 8 eaux de parfum for men and women in well-known themes: Amber, Rose, Oud, Oddity, Neroli, Encens, Cypress, and Bergamot. Combining British heritage with modern, American design, the brand has become known for its classic tailoring with an edgy, urban New York esthe... (more)

An array of well-known notes make up the first fragrance line from American brand Rag & Bone.

This Week in Fragrance: Eau de Laptop, Jo Malone's New Book & Genderless ScentsThis Week in Fragrance: Eau de Laptop, Jo Malone's New Book & Genderless Scents

Fragrance News 10/05/16 08:20 (8 comments)

Love the smell of a freshly unboxed Mac product? Juan Buis at TheNextWeb.com has found the perfect solution: Thanks to TwelveSouth, it’s finally possible to relive the unboxing of your Mac every day, at any moment. With their  New Mac candle  you can fill your house with the fresh smell of unwrapped plastic and cold aluminum for up to 45-55 burning hours. What other unexpected items from around your home do you think might make intriguing scents? I do love the ... (more)

This week's top stories: A Mac candle, explorations of scent and gender, the realities of fragrance travel retail, the feminist scent, and Jo Malone's new book.

4th Annual Art & Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions4th Annual Art & Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions

Art Books Events 10/05/16 06:08 (2 comments)

Continuing their commitment to broadening global communication in the field of fragrance, Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of the awards, has announced that the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards events will take place in Europe: They will announce the twenty-five shortlisted perfumes and projects at Esxence in Milan (March 2017), and will announce the five winners in a public ceremony in Berlin, Germany at Silent Green Kulturquartier on May 6, 2017.  ... (more)

Revised rules, new locations in store for 2017 awards.

Carnelian (2015) by Kristen Vartan; the Magic of Cinnamon & SpiceCarnelian (2015) by Kristen Vartan; the Magic of Cinnamon & Spice

Gender Bender 10/04/16 09:55 (One comment)

  Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my quest to ch... (more)

"From new American perfumer and established winemaker, Kristen Vartan, Carnelian is a spicy oriental whose namesake color and olfactory impressions make it the perfect autumn scent. Key notes are c...

Dedicated to Equine History: Getting to Know Parfums de MarlyDedicated to Equine History: Getting to Know Parfums de Marly

Fragrance Reviews 10/02/16 08:42 (5 comments)

One of the most enjoyable aspects of perfumery is its ability to create an intriguing other world, sometimes an homage to history, sometimes a flight of fancy. Though when it comes down to it, a fragrance is nothing more than a collection of aromatic molecules, the stories those fragrances suggest can certainly create a romantic attachment for their wearers. Denis Martin, View of the Château of Marly, 1725, Wikipedia Parfums de Marly , a niche per... (more)

An overview of the brand and reviews of four of their fragrances.

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Annick Menardo (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Annick Menardo (2016)

Best in Show 10/02/16 08:34 (26 comments)

Some might say that it has been challenging for women to forge successful careers in the traditionally male-dominated world of perfumers; a review of famous noses certainly shows a disproportionate number of men to women. But this week's perfumer in the spotlight has crafted a range of iconic fragrances over a career that spans 3 decades and she shows no signs of stopping. Born in Cannes, France, Annick Menardo  originally wanted to be a psychiatrist. L... (more)

From Bvlgari to Biagiotti, this week's perfumer in the spotlight has crafted some of the most successful masterpieces of modern perfumery. What are your favorites?

Cocktail-Inspired Fragrances from Brazil: An Interview with Daniel BarrosCocktail-Inspired Fragrances from Brazil: An Interview with Daniel Barros

Interviews 10/02/16 08:28 (8 comments)

MARLEN:  Hi Daniel ! Thank you so much for chatting with me today. Our readers know you first as a writer for Fragrantica ; tell us about your other identity as a perfumer . DAN:  That's actually something that started around two years ago when I decided to mix some fragrances that I considered more homogeneous and thought they could be combined together to form a new fragrance. I actually never thought that could even work, but the results were great i... (more)

"Perfumery is an art of patience, besides the technical and artistic aspects. You don't reach good results if you are in a hurry. The more you practice, the more you learn how taming anxiety is cru...

This Week in Fragrance: Autumn Aromas, Smell Preservation & Studying ScentThis Week in Fragrance: Autumn Aromas, Smell Preservation & Studying Scent

Fragrance News 09/28/16 10:27 (8 comments)

Arlana Marsh at TeenVogue  reports that SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) is starting a new minor in Fragrance Marketing: SCAD’s program, which is divided into two main sections, aims to teach students about all aspects of the industry through a comprehensive, hands-on approach. “We were guided through everything from fragrance development and creation for an existing brand of our choice, to marketing the fragrance on behalf of the brand, “ says Nico... (more)

This week's top stories: SCAD launches a Fragrance marketing minor, scent preservation in the UK, Japanese aroma diffusers, appreciating flower gardens, and health-benefits of fall scents.

Best in Show: L'Artisan Parfumeur (2016)Best in Show: L'Artisan Parfumeur (2016)

Best in Show 09/25/16 09:04 (45 comments)

If asked to name the most whimsical fragrance house established in the 20th century, many of us would easily suggest L'Artisan Parfumeur, created in 1978 by the visionary Jean Laporte. The brand website explains that everything began with a banana challenge: L’Artisan Parfumeur was the result of a challenge, a plaisanterie . Due to his training as a chemist, a friend asked Jean Laporte if he could create a banana scent to wear with a costume of the same frui... (more)

Our international writers discuss the whimsy and creativity of one of the world's most popular niche houses.

Seven Sumptuous Shower ScentsSeven Sumptuous Shower Scents

Bath & Body 09/23/16 09:23 (25 comments)

Whether your shower experience looks something like this: Or this... Or maybe even this... ...I'm sure there is one thing we can all agree on - nothing can be quite as invigorating or relaxing as a good, scented shower gel. Some are moisturizing, some are exfoliating; some are creamy and some are fruity; and some are even combo hair shampoo and skin cleansers. Here are 7 of my favorite shower-time guilty pleasures from a range of brands, in a rang... (more)

From Burt's Bees to Agua Lavanda, find out which products made Marlen's list. What are your favorites?

This Week in Fragrance: Bell's Bargain, Old Navy's New Beauty and Armani's AdsThis Week in Fragrance: Bell's Bargain, Old Navy's New Beauty and Armani's Ads

Fragrance News 09/21/16 07:59 (5 comments)

A number of news outlets have been buzzing with news that actress Kristen Bell wears a $4 USD fragrance when walking down the red carpet. BodyandSoul reports: When celebs accessorise their red-carpet couture gowns, they normally look to Harry Winston, Chopard or Tiffany & Co. but Kristen Bell rummaged through the aromatherapy section to complete her floral Zuhair Murad gown. During her interview with E! News’ Guliana Rancic, Bell shared she was wearing amber oil... (more)

This week's top stories: Kristen Bell wears $4 perfume, new fragrance launches, Old Navy makes scents, Heathrow's fragrant map, and Armani forgoes models in new ads.

Addicted: The Ones I Bought Because of the BottlesAddicted: The Ones I Bought Because of the Bottles

Columns 09/14/16 22:08 (59 comments)

Although we regularly focus on the aroma of a fragrance - after all, it is the juice we wear and that accompanies us throughout experiences - I know that so many of us are drawn to a scent's design and packaging. Color, shape and texture all play a vital role in creating the visual concept of a fragrance, an otherwise invisible, intangible phenomenon. And I'm the first to admit that sometimes it is a bottle that initially catches my attention. In fact, there was... (more)

Marlen discusses the esthetic pleasures of fragrance bottles and his compulsion to purchase a scent because of its packaging.

This Week in Fragrance: Orwell's Nose, Scented Light & Covert CowboysThis Week in Fragrance: Orwell's Nose, Scented Light & Covert Cowboys

Fragrance News 09/14/16 08:33 (5 comments)

Lulu Chang at DigitalTrends.com introduced the Vibrance Smart Bulb which not only emits light, it emits scent! Heralded as a “silent scent and light alarm clock,” you’ll no longer be jolted awake by sirens or whatever other cacophony you currently have set on your smartphone. Rather, the Vibrance gives your ears a rest, and instead releases an aroma before your desired wake-up time. As the hour of reckoning approaches, the scent intensifies, and the LED light simu... (more)

This week's top stories: An aromatherapeutic light bulb, consumer trends, the P'tit Sniff, a new book about Orwell's sense of smell, and the Dallas Cowboys's use of subliminal scenting.

Lizzie Ostrom's New Book : Perfume, A Century of ScentsLizzie Ostrom's New Book : Perfume, A Century of Scents

Art Books Events 09/13/16 11:17 (46 comments)

Meet Lizzie Ostrom , the mind and nose behind Odette Toilette , a "scentertainer"  and perfume obsessive who has developed and hosted hundreds of olfactory events since 2010. In 2016, Lizzie published her first book, Perfume: A History of Scents with Pegasus (USA) and Hutchinson (UK); illustrations are by Cynthia Kittler. Fragrantica, who is listed in the text as a source of general reference for the book, is thrilled to be able to... (more)

We've teamed with author Lizzie Ostrom to give away TEN copies of her exciting new text to UK readers. Recipients will be invited to collaborate on an article about the book.

Best in Show: Vetivers for the Vetiver Wary (2016)Best in Show: Vetivers for the Vetiver Wary (2016)

Best in Show 09/11/16 07:15 (41 comments)

Foreward by Dr. Chandra Shekhar Gupta from the Fragrantica VETIVER page: Essence from the Eastern Asian weed grass Vetiveria zizanoid falls under the woods category thanks to its musty, dry, woody scent with bitter chocolate and smoke facets. Very popular in niche perfumery and masculine fragrances, vetiver has a long and rich history. In India it has been used to make blinds necessary to keep out the intense heat. When the blinds are sprinkled with water they emit the vet... (more)

Our international writers discuss their favorite vetiver fragrances for those wanting a lighter touch of the grassy root. What are yours?

Perry Ellis Aqua ExtremePerry Ellis Aqua Extreme

New Fragrances 09/10/16 02:06 (3 comments)

Perry Ellis has launched its second men's fragrance of the summer, Aqua Extreme , following the previously launched Perry Ellis Red (which I reviewed HERE ). Aqua Extreme is the follow up to 2012's Perry Ellis Aqua . Recognizing that fragrance is an opportunity for a man to express his taste while having fun with style, the "nose" behind Perry Ellis Aqua Extreme, Jean-CLaude Delville, Senior Perfumer at Drom fragrances set out ... (more)

The more intense follow up to 2012's Perry Ellis Aqua

Bargain Fragrance Review: Play It Rock by Playboy (2011)Bargain Fragrance Review: Play It Rock by Playboy (2011)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 09/08/16 07:57 (8 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 surprisingly enticing fruitchouli aroma with juicy notes of passion fruit and apple on a base of floral vanilla, Playboy's Play It Rock strongly recalls Lancome's Hypnose, but at half the price.  Perfumer: Guillaume Flavigny Try this if you... (more)

"A surprisingly enticing fruitchouli aroma with juicy notes of passion fruit and apple on a base of floral vanilla..."

This Week in Fragrance: Vreeland Meets Benaïm, Macy's Offers Naturals & Bacon by BaconThis Week in Fragrance: Vreeland Meets Benaïm, Macy's Offers Naturals & Bacon by Bacon

Fragrance News 09/07/16 07:45 (3 comments)

Sunhee Grinnell of VanityFair.com sat down to chat with Carlos Benaïm and Alexander Vreeland about the development of the Diana Vreeland fragrances : At the helm of such nirvana is Benaim, a master perfumer, a man revered for his delicate “nose,” which is so perceptive that he has successfully created countless runaway hits that are truly iconic and timeless, over and over (click  here  to view his fragrance repertoire). And to play in the realm of creati... (more)

This week's top stories: An interview with Carlos Benaïm about his work on the Vreeland collection, Pour le Monde at Macy's, The Limited launches scents, Kevin Bacon's fragrance and old-school make...

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Alberto MorillasBest in Show: The Fragrances of Alberto Morillas

Best in Show 09/04/16 04:20 (56 comments)

Few perfumers can boast as successful a career as Alberto Morillas . Spanning 4 decades of not just successful, but legendary creations, Morillas has given us some of the world's most iconic aromas. His first fragrance was 1981's Must de Cartier, EDT (eventually re-launched as Must II) and his most recent work includes collaborations with Bvlgari, Dali and Ferragamo. A native of Seville, Spain who moved to Switzerland at the age of 10, Morillas was ins... (more)

Our international writers discuss their favorites from the legendary perfumer, Alberto Morillas. What are yours?

COR Pendants: Aromatherapy as Wearable ArtCOR Pendants: Aromatherapy as Wearable Art

Art Books Events 09/03/16 08:02 (4 comments)

Ever wanted to wear fragrance in an entirely different way? Designed by an aromatherapist and jeweler, Cor's sleek, sophisticated pendants can release one of three therapeutic aromas. The brand has plans for three different shapes in three different finishes (as shown above). Currently the round gold pendant is available for purchase on the brand's website, Corpendant.com , $125 USD: • 14k gold plated • Pendant is 2 ½” long when closed ... (more)

Energize, focus or calm with these innovative, 14kt- or silver-plated pendants.

Gender Bender: Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (2016)Gender Bender: Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (2016)

Gender Bender 09/03/16 02:10 (27 comments)

Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my quest to challenge marketing r... (more)

SJP's newest is a "gender-neutral" homage to a man on a Eurorail train; to me, it's a familiar aroma with little sillage.

Hervé Gambs: From Flowers to FragrancesHervé Gambs: From Flowers to Fragrances

Fragrance Reviews 09/02/16 03:41 (One comment)

Since 1989, Hervé Gambs has imagined sensory experiences for those in love with non-conventional luxury. Famous for his “vegetal design”, art that seeks to interpret and take inspiration from the natural world, he is now reinventing nature with sophisticated fragrance and home products. An interior and set designer by training, his creations sculpt the environment in visual and aromatic ways. From scented flowers and scented candles to perfumes and room sprays, his cre... (more)

An overview of the brand with editors' 6 favorite picks.

Zoologist Perfumes MacaqueZoologist Perfumes Macaque

New Fragrances 09/01/16 02:34 (5 comments)

Zoologist Perfumes have announced Macaque as their second launch for Fall, 2016 along with the previously-announced Nightingale . Based on the compositions, descriptions and artwork, both scents seem to have taken inspiration from Japanese culture. The composition is signed by English perfumer Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays as well as Handsome London  and Urban Reivers' Damn Rebel Bitches . "Inside a solemn temple in the ancient moss... (more)

"Macaque is a very original green fragrance that features jasmine tea, incense and cedar."

Zoologist Perfumes NightingaleZoologist Perfumes Nightingale

New Fragrances 08/31/16 09:09 (7 comments)

Zoologist Perfumes have announced that Nightingale , one of their two new fragrances, will launch in Fall, 2016 with a composition signed by Japanese perfumer/writer Tomoo Inaba . "Messengers of spring arrive, bearing gifts that bring smiles to faces dulled by winter’s chill. The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-coloured aromas of Japanese plum blossoms as they spread, infusing the tepid air. It marks a fleeting moment... (more)

"The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-coloured aromas of Japanese plum blossoms"

This Week in Fragrance: Fuzzy Balls, Office Advice and Jonze Goes KenzoThis Week in Fragrance: Fuzzy Balls, Office Advice and Jonze Goes Kenzo

Fragrance News 08/31/16 08:31 (8 comments)

At Boston.com  this week, a reader asked for advice about dealing with a heavily scented co-worker: I have moved into a new role within my company.  There is a woman who wears an excessive amount of perfume who sits very close to my new cubicle.  She also has plug-in air fresheners within her cubicle.  I have noticed that my migraines react to certain strong fragrances.  Right now I avoid that area, however I can’t avoid her forever.  How do ... (more)

This week's top stories: Office scent advice, Spike Jonze directs Kenzo video, Demeter launches Fuzzy Balls, the fragrance industry evolves and Rubchinsiy launches a fragrance.

Homage to Sonia Rykiel: Her Perfumed WorldHomage to Sonia Rykiel: Her Perfumed World

Columns 08/25/16 14:36 (9 comments)

"Perfume follows you. It chases you and lingers behind you. Perfume makes silence talk." Sonia Rykiel   Sonia Flis, as was Sonia Rykiel's real name, has died at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. But her legacy is carried on. Nathalie Rykiel, her daughter, as well as the fashion world, have been given a great example of stylish quirkiness and independent spirit in the face of mass market fashion. Rykiel was unique. S... (more)

The great designer (1930-2016) was a fabulous arbiter of both design and aroma. We discuss our favorites from her brand in reverent homage.

Fragrance Review: Oscar de la Renta Gentleman (2016)Fragrance Review: Oscar de la Renta Gentleman (2016)

Fragrance Reviews 08/25/16 06:17 (5 comments)

Summary: The Oscar de la Renta label's newest fragrance, "Gentleman" ,  is only the third men's release from the brand and offers a familiar woody-citrus aroma in a kitschy domino-themed bottle.  Perfumer:  N/A Try this if you like:  Cedarwood or woody scents in general; sweet citrus; lighter aromas; that domino bottle. Reminds me of: To some extent, Gentleman re... (more)

Each time I've worn Gentleman I've thought "cedar....CEDAR!"

Best in Show: Sporty Scents (2016)Best in Show: Sporty Scents (2016)

Best in Show 08/21/16 02:12 (25 comments)

With more than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and daily footage of the sports events coming into our homes through our TV-s, many of us have been witnessing the most stunning athletic performances of which founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin could have only dreamed when he conceived his ambitious project in 1894 in Paris. At first thought, one could decide that the world of swimsuits, leotards and running shorts... (more)

With the Olympics coming to an end, Fragrantica writers present their favorite sporty scents!

Bargain Fragrance Review: Sung Homme (1989)Bargain Fragrance Review: Sung Homme (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 08/17/16 14:28 (9 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:   Alfred Sung's first men's scent was a curious, purple, soapy-spicy fougere that still remains in production and is surprisingly appealing almost 30 years after its launch, often for less than $15 USD. Perfumer: James Bell Try this if you like:  Spicy aromas, cl... (more)

"A curious, purple, soapy-spicy fougere that still remains in production and is surprisingly appealing almost 30 years after its launch, often for less than $15 USD."

This Week in Fragrance: Airplane Aromas, Summer Blossoms and Fornasetti FragranceThis Week in Fragrance: Airplane Aromas, Summer Blossoms and Fornasetti Fragrance

Fragrance News 08/17/16 07:03 (3 comments)

Phoebe Waller at Bustle.com takes us back a few decades with "9 Honestly Weird Scents We Wore in the 90s": Depending on your age in the ‘90s, you likely felt super mature when you spritzed yourself with a scent, even though you might not have known the difference between a body spray and a perfume. I hold my hands up unashamedly to admit that I wore body spray on my underarms for ages before an older girl at dance class told me I was doing it wrong and that, in fact... (more)

This week's top stories: 90s scents, influences on mood, new from Fornasetti, in-flight aromatherapy and summer garden recommendations.

Gender Bender: Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero and Incense FragrancesGender Bender: Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero and Incense Fragrances

Gender Bender 08/13/16 12:24 (6 comments)

Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my quest to challenge marketing r... (more)

"A celebration of fire, rain and the city of Paris, Laudano Nero is a stunning artistic creation of perfumery comprised of notes associated with typically gender-neutral incense." 

This Week in Fragrance: Odor Receptors, Fragrance Fixers and Ancient AromasThis Week in Fragrance: Odor Receptors, Fragrance Fixers and Ancient Aromas

Fragrance News 08/10/16 08:43 (5 comments)

Elise Minton at NewBeauty.com introduced a new way to increase a fragrance's longevity this week: Created by a mother and daughter duo with a deep affinity for all things fragrance, the founders, Josephine Sullivan and Francine Gingras, found that every other type of beauty product had some sort of option for staying power—everything but fragrance. Hence, FragranceLock was born. Have you or anyone you know tried this yet?  Rob Zimmer ... (more)

This week's top stories: A new product that increases a fragrance's longevity, blooms of evening gardens, a history of home scents, new research about how we smell, and odor receptors in the lungs.

Exploring Russian Fragrance History Exploring Russian Fragrance History

Fragrances and Cultures 08/10/16 07:37 (11 comments)

Ah, Russia! The vast and diverse cultures of the Northern and Western Asian continent have inspired musicians, authors and artists, not to mention perfumers! For example, one of the more popular variations on the leather theme throughout the last century has undoubtedly been "Russian Leather" or "Cuir de Russie". But what of the history of fragrance in Russia? What brands have been successful and what does today's scented landscape look like? I a... (more)

Our very own Russian Fragrantica staff helps us learn about Russian fragrance culture.

$20 Shopping Challenge - Affordable Amber on a Little Budget$20 Shopping Challenge - Affordable Amber on a Little Budget

Fragrance Reviews 08/07/16 07:27 (28 comments)

Amber is probably the quintessential affordable scent option. Stemming as a concept from the French-ification and streamlining of a previously complex medieval Middle-Eastern mix of thick, indigenous resins, it found its way back to the souk again in its simpler format focusing on benzoin obtained from Styrax trees (bottom right), labdanum obtained from rockrose/cistus (bottom center), vanilla (bottom left) and numerous other woody-resinous-beeswax notes. ... (more)

From Jovan to Madini, our editors choose 5 low-cost amber scents. What others might you recommend?

New Summer Citrus ScentsNew Summer Citrus Scents

Fragrance Reviews 08/06/16 09:11 (4 comments)

I think many of us could agree that in sultry summer weather, the power of perfume is amplified. As we reach the hottest time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere), citrus-based fragrances can be a refreshing antidote to the scorching rays of the sun. We might trace the popularity of the citrus-based fragrance back to the original 1709 Jean Marie Farina cologne created in, where else, Cologne, Germany after widespread cultivation of citrus trees from the Middle and Far East thro... (more)

New fragrances from Perry Ellis, Penguin and Phlur.

This Week in Fragrance: Damn Rebel Bitches, Dior Does Tea and Smelly HairThis Week in Fragrance: Damn Rebel Bitches, Dior Does Tea and Smelly Hair

Fragrance News 08/03/16 07:43 (8 comments)

Susan Swarbrick for HeraldScotland.com discusses a new Scottish brand with a unique take on fragrance development: Urban Reivers comprises three ranges: Reek, Swally and Find Your Way Home. Reek – as the name suggests – is about smell and encapsulates a powerful message. "One of the things that drives me nuts is that we don't memorialise women," said Sheridan. "In my hometown of Edinburgh there are over 200 statues to men. There are more statues to anima... (more)

This week's top stories: A new Scottish scent, aromatic hair products, Dior pastries, Bombshell repellent and wearable Gin in Australia.

Addicted: My Perry Ellis Time MachineAddicted: My Perry Ellis Time Machine

Columns 08/02/16 10:25 (16 comments)

  Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", 1985.   "But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the ... (more)

"Have you had the experience where a long-forgotten aroma wafts under your nose and transports you, suddenly, to another time?"

Best in Show: Scented Candles (2016)Best in Show: Scented Candles (2016)

Best in Show 07/31/16 09:22 (26 comments)

Think of a product with added scent that instantly gets a bad rep. Did your mind go back to those small, derelict stores filled to the brim with all sorts of thick candles in various dusty shades of mud, smelling of wax and dried-up, musty potpourri? Thought so. Scented candles have missed the mark so many times in the past that they constantly remind people of very artificial scents in just artsy-fancy packaging. But high quality scented candles can both smell good and guarantee a sa... (more)

Our international editors explore some of their favorite fragrant candle brands, from Zara to Etro, Diptyque to Lalique.

Perfumed Cocktails: An Interview with Ritz Carlton Berlin's Arnd Henning HeissenPerfumed Cocktails: An Interview with Ritz Carlton Berlin's Arnd Henning Heissen

Fragrances and Cultures 07/29/16 06:26 (6 comments)

Have you ever smelled a perfume so delicious that for a brief second you felt tempted to drink it? Earlier in 2016, Fragrantica Editor and Writer Sandra "Sandrina" Raicevic Petrovic visited "Fragrances" at the Ritz Carlton Berlin. But in case you missed it, check out the article HERE , and let me explain that Fragrances is actually a multi-sensory cocktail experience where guests can sip aperitifs inspired by classic perfumes! Sandrina wrote:  Open ... (more)

Join the conversation and share your own fragrant cocktail recipes!

Fragrance Review: L'Envol de Cartier (2016)Fragrance Review: L'Envol de Cartier (2016)

Fragrance Reviews 07/27/16 12:05 (8 comments)

Summary: Cartier's newest men's fragrance, L'Envol (the Flight) de Cartier, is a transparent (light) ale and patchouli fragrance with inky-woody overtones in a stunning 2-piece glass bottle. Perfumer: Mathilde Laurent Try this if you like: Beer (or ale...or hops)! Patchouli! Pen ink! 90's style woody-chypres that feel like 60s and 70s throwbacks (such as Lancome's Magie Noire , Aramis or even Cabochard !); traditional Eastern aromas with... (more)

An homage to a famous man of flight, L'Envol de Cartier is a honeyed ale married to patchouli and woods.

This Week in Fragrance: Vuitton Fragrance Info, Chanel's Longevity & Pokemon EDTThis Week in Fragrance: Vuitton Fragrance Info, Chanel's Longevity & Pokemon EDT

Fragrance News 07/27/16 04:40 (14 comments)

Mark Kim at NPR.com discusses a new way to ward off those pesky mosquitoes: Malaria, mosquitoes and chicken. That's what Rickard Ignell had on his mind when he conducted his studies in Ethiopia. Malaria is a major health issue in Ethiopia, with about 5 million cases and 70,000 deaths a year. Humans and animals share living space in western Ethiopia, where Ignell, a professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, was planning to do his research. But litt... (more)

This week's top stories: Mosquitoes dislike poultry, Vuitton's perfume process, Mexico's robotic nose, Pokemon EDT, and recent scent sales trends.

The Scents of Colors: CHROMA Collection by DSH Perfumes, Part 1The Scents of Colors: CHROMA Collection by DSH Perfumes, Part 1

Fragrance Reviews 07/25/16 04:26 (6 comments)

The link between fragrance and color comes naturally to prolific perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz . She's a talented artist in both visual and olfactory media—a singular background that informs her frequent collaborations with the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Dawn has given us a series of remarkable and beautiful translations of visual media into scentscapes, such as her BRILLIANT Collection inspired by the museum's exhibit of Cartier jewelry, the Passport to Paris Collection t... (more)

Members of the US Fragrantica team discuss favorite scents from the CHROMA Collection

Best in Show: Marine Aquatics (2016)Best in Show: Marine Aquatics (2016)

Best in Show 07/24/16 03:46 (66 comments)

Back in the late 80s, a new trend emerged at fragrance counters everywhere. With the excesses of the previous decade leading the way to a new paradigm in fashion, perfumery followed as well. Out were shoulder pads and larger than life scents and in were streamlined designs and fresh aquatic aromas. Undoubtedly, chemistry was also turning a corner with the development and application of aroma materials in intriguing new ways. So successful was the emergence of the m... (more)

Our international editors discuss their favorite marine aquatic fragrances. Tell us yours!

New American Artisan Perfumery: Gallagher FragrancesNew American Artisan Perfumery: Gallagher Fragrances

New Fragrances 07/22/16 03:33 (38 comments)

Every now and then the adventurous perfume lover decides that the time is right to try their hand (and nose) at fragrance development. Some do it just for fun or personal use while others jump right into the business end and share their creations with the world. Daniel Gallagher of Gallagher Fragrances is one of those perfume lovers with an entrepreneurial spirit and is the second fragrance brand we've introduced at Fragrantica this year whose products are proudly made in Texas, USA ... (more)

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This Week in Fragrance: Summer Flora, Chocolate Fingernails and Stinky TowelsThis Week in Fragrance: Summer Flora, Chocolate Fingernails and Stinky Towels

Fragrance News 07/20/16 08:14 (6 comments)

Now that it's summer, many flowering plants have suddenly bloomed to life. The Concord Monitor offers an intriguing overview this week of what to sniff out in "Let Your Nose Guide You Around the Garden". Take a minute this week and let your nose lead you on a fragrant tour of your garden. Right now there are many plants in bloom with delicious-smelling flowers and don’t forget those with aromatic foliage too. We have let large patches of milkweed grow up in an atte... (more)

This week's top stories: Scented summer gardens, chocolate polish remover, scent sculptures, 5 fragrant facts, and keeping towels fresh.

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Maurice Roucel (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Maurice Roucel (2016)

Best in Show 07/17/16 05:19 (35 comments)

One of perfumery's brightest stars is undoubtedly the legendary  Maurice Roucel , presently of Symrise. Roucel began in 1973 while working at  Chanel  as an apprentice and then went on to work at IFF, Quest, and Dragoco. He is the recipient of various accolades in the fragrance industry including the  Prix François Coty  in 2002, the French and American FiFi, and the French "Oscar des Parfums&qu... (more)

Having created masterpieces for Guerlain, Hermes and Gucci, Maurice Roucel's fragrances rank among our favorites. Which is your favorite?

L'Envol de CartierL'Envol de Cartier

New Fragrances 07/17/16 05:18 (13 comments)

In summer 2016, Cartier is launching its newest men's fragrance, L'Envol . Inspired by ambrosia/mead, the honeyed wine known as the nectar of the gods, perfumer Mathilde Laurent has developed a groundbreaking composition described as oriental-transparent. An eau de parfum of dualities, L'Envol is both strong and mellow with sweet resins set against airy musk. L'Envol is the 6th major men's release from Cartier since it launched  Santos de ... (more)

Inspired by ambrosia, the nectar of the gods.

What If Your Significant Other Dislikes Your Scent?What If Your Significant Other Dislikes Your Scent?

Columns 07/14/16 12:57 (38 comments)

Our relationships with our favorite fragrances can be so strong that the thought of not being able to wear them again is just downright depressing! Likewise, there have been times when fragrances worn by others raise strong associations for us, sometimes for better...sometimes for worse. Ever have the experience where a significant other wore a scent that for one reason or another, you just couldn't stand...causing you to make a face like this? Or maybe you were t... (more)

Fragrantica's international writers weigh in on a challenging issue.

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