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

Fragrance News 04/13/16 12:03 (4 comments)

Matthew Schneier of The New York Times ( NYTimes.com ) reported this past week that  longtime creative director of Vogue, Grace Coddington, is launching her own signature fragrance in partnership with Comme des Garçons: "The perfume, Grace by Grace Coddington (Click me to view the fragrance page here at Fragrantica) , is the first such effort, though it was actually begun before Ms. Coddington’s change of role. It smells primarily of roses, a scen... (more)

This week's top stories: Coddington teams with CDG, scentsitivity, classes at Pratt, P&G news, fruity aromas and the power of wine!

My Favorite Fragrance of Esxence 2016: Rania J. Ambre LoupMy Favorite Fragrance of Esxence 2016: Rania J. Ambre Loup

Fragrance Reviews 04/13/16 08:56 (14 comments)

Summary: After 4 days of sniffing well over 50 niche and artisan brands, I can easily say that Rania J. 's Ambre Loup was my hands down favorite fragrance of Esxence 2016. This un-powdery amber is unique for its uncomplicated, resinous composition that recalls the granulated amber incense of North African street vendors in Andalucía. Perfumer : Rania J ouaneh " Rania Jouaneh is the innovator and creator of modern and sophisticated eco-... (more)

"This un-powdery amber is unique for its uncomplicated, resinous composition that recalls the granulated amber incense of North African street vendors in Andalucía."

Bargain Fragrances: Caesars Man by Caesars World (1988)Bargain Fragrances: Caesars Man by Caesars World (1988)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 04/11/16 06:19 (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: Although clearly inspired by 1982's Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, a scent which dominated the men's fragrance landscape for a good decade, Caesars Man ca. 2015 surprisingly smells more like its fruity-leather-fougere inspiration today than current versions of Drakkar Noir, and at a great bargain p... (more)

A surprisingly good take on the classic fougere à la Drakkar Noir.

Fragrant Jewels: A Look at New Ways to Wear ScentFragrant Jewels: A Look at New Ways to Wear Scent

Art Books Events 04/06/16 21:57 (6 comments)

So many of us are accustomed to wearing fragrance on our neck or wrists but what if there were other ways to wear fragrance beyond application on the skin? Elena Vosnaki recently discussed the history of scented objects HERE , and this year in Milan, perfumers were eager to invite us to wear scented pendants and bracelets made of paper, lava, porcelain, and precious metals. Italy's Diadèma Exclusif ( www.diademaexclusif.it ) displayed their wearable pomanders m... (more)

Beyond just bottles of fragrance, exhibitors in Milan's 2016 Esxence showcased a range of unique ways to wear fragrance.

This Week in Fragrance: Kinky Boots, Smell Dating, Nootkatone and More!This Week in Fragrance: Kinky Boots, Smell Dating, Nootkatone and More!

Fragrance News 04/06/16 12:28 (7 comments)

Moodiereport.com has news of new scented jewelry: "Noting the “huge success” of its Perfume Necklace, Scento has released its first Perfume Bracelet, said to diffuse perfume for up to seven days. The unisex bracelet, designed for everyday wear, is available in 18 ct gold plated and silver and a choice of lengths is offered. Scento is said to combine perfume, jewellery and style through slow release technology which sprays perfume on jewellery." (Scento.com) ... (more)

This week's top stories: More scented jewelry; scents inspired by musical theater; aromatic partnering; and the fight against Zika.

First Instinct: New Men's Fragrance from Abercrombie & FitchFirst Instinct: New Men's Fragrance from Abercrombie & Fitch

New Fragrances 04/06/16 00:27 (4 comments)

Perfumer Phillippe Romano (Inter Parfums) has created a new men's fragrance, First Instinct , for American apparel brand Abercrombie & Fitch that will launch in 2016. First Instinct perfumer, Phillippe Romano, said: “I wanted to create a modern fragrance that balances both the fresh elements of fougère with oriental warmth. All the notes together, create a scent with worldwide appeal for the Abercrombie & Fitch man and beyond.” First ... (more)

"A modern fragrance that balances both the fresh elements of fougère with oriental warmth."

"I Am American Made": Dana Beauty Wants You on Its Packaging!

Art Books Events 04/04/16 23:42 (4 comments)

Dana Beauty , the house that brought you Tabu and Navy is searching for the faces of their two new fragrances, Valor for Her and Valor for Him ! The *contest is inspired by the phase "I Am American Made" and honors men and women from the USA who live lives of valor! Dictionary.com defines Valor as " boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery." You can nomi... (more)

Be the face of Dana's Valor for Her or Valor for Him. Here's how to enter the US-based contest...

Judging & Criticism of Artistic PerfumeryJudging & Criticism of Artistic Perfumery

Art Books Events 04/04/16 15:29 (15 comments)

On Thursday, March 31st at Esxence 2016, I joined Dr. Bodo Kubartz of Passion & Consulting, Art & Olfaction's Saskia Wilson-Brown, and event organizer Dr. Claus Noppeney of the Scent Culture Institute for a panel discussion titled "Judging & Criticism of Artistic Perfumery." The panel defined artistic perfumery as a type of creative design where the perfumer is not necessarily limited by someone else's concept, brief, or vision. Art itself lies at the c... (more)

How do reviews, awards and conversations about artistic fragrance aid in its development and popularity? Share your thoughts for your chance to win free samples of Esxence fragrances.

Video Intro to Esxence 2016: Welcome to Milan!Video Intro to Esxence 2016: Welcome to Milan!

Art Books Events 03/31/16 05:39 (6 comments)

Welcome! We had a little difficulty maintaining our internet connection this morning, however Bella and Marlen were able to capture some exciting video to show you around Esxence 2016! First, Marlen introduces the exhibition hall and Les Parfumables, unique Limoges porcelain that can be used as a carrier of scent - www.lesparfumables.com ! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = i... (more)

Marlen & Bella introduce you to Esxence 2016 with a special presentation of Pantheon Roma's new chocolate scent.

Maisìa: Gabriella Chieffo Announces Her 2016 Collection Exclusively at FragranticaMaisìa: Gabriella Chieffo Announces Her 2016 Collection Exclusively at Fragrantica

New Fragrances 03/26/16 04:39 (One comment)

Last spring, Sergey Borisov and Elena Vosnaki introduced the Italian perfumer Gabriella Chieffo to Fragranticans around the world. You can read Elena's 2/15 review of Acquasala HERE and Sergey's 4/15 interview HERE . Now, in preparation for Esxence 2016 in Milan, Italy, the brand has chosen Fragrantica to exclusively reveal their new collection! We are both privileged and honored to share this exciting news! But first, the brand shares a story that frame... (more)

"With the 2016 collection I want to celebrate a new concept of woman...who challenges the darkness of the ignorance and of prejudice, to face the devastating power of Love."

Fragrantica's Live Coverage of Esxence 2016: Interact with Us on Twitter, Facebook, Periscope and Instagram!Fragrantica's Live Coverage of Esxence 2016: Interact with Us on Twitter, Facebook, Periscope and Instagram!

Art Books Events 03/25/16 10:59 (6 comments)

Throughout the next two weeks, you'll be able to experience the wonders of Esxence 2016 - the international fragrance expo in Milan, Italy - from the comfort of your own phone or computer. More excitingly, you can tell us what you most want to see and we'll be your official guides!     (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook... (more)

Live coverage of Esxence 3/31-4/3/2016 in Milan, Italy. Interact with us, win scents, and stay tuned for a HUGE surprise.

This Week in Fragrance: Fragrance Day, Resident Evil, I Smell Dead People, Orgasmic FungiThis Week in Fragrance: Fragrance Day, Resident Evil, I Smell Dead People, Orgasmic Fungi

Fragrance News 03/23/16 08:46 (One comment)

Fragrantica member Annie_OK reported in our Fragrantica Fragrance News thread the following news this week: Monday March 21st was National Fragrance Day in the UK. Alexander Fury of the UK's Independent explains: "Monday is national fragrance day – which doesn't mean a huge amount as it's a promotional excuse to shift yet more of the smelly stuff we're set to be spending some £2bn on by 2017. As those figures attest, perfume isn't ju... (more)

This week's top stories: A new line launches; scents inspired by games, loved ones, and mushrooms; Nat'l Scent Day.

Happy National Fragrance Day: Share a Favorite Scent Memory!Happy National Fragrance Day: Share a Favorite Scent Memory!

Art Books Events 03/21/16 11:30 (21 comments)

The UK's Fragrance Foundation wants you to share your favorite scented memory! Here at Fragrantica, we invite you to share a favorite scented memory in 100 words or less for your chance to win a special scented gift, a 50ml EDP spray of Vanilla Blossom from French organic perfume brand Acorelle * shipped anywhere in the world! Tell us your scented memory in our Community Forum, HERE . Fragrancefoundation.org.uk has set up a special site a... (more)

The UK Fragrance Foundation declares March 21st, 2016 National Fragrance Day! Share a scent memory for your chance to win a special gift from Fragrantica!

Natural Fragrance Review: La Belle Saison Extrait by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (2016)Natural Fragrance Review: La Belle Saison Extrait by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (2016)

Natural Perfumes 03/19/16 08:14 (8 comments)

Summary: From American master perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (DSH Perfumes) comes La Belle Saison (The Beautiful Season) , a surprisingly sweet breeze of summer florals featuring lilacs and acacia honey set against an ambery base; a currently limited edition scent. Perfumer : Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Try this if you like: Sweet aromas; honey, honey and more honey; off the beaten path florals; lilacs; 100% botanicals; acacia/mimosa blossoms; aquatic bergamot/ne... (more)

Honeyed acacia and a breeze of lilac are the focal points of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's newest limited edition extrait.

Fragrance Review: Marquetry by Etro (2015)Fragrance Review: Marquetry by Etro (2015)

Fragrance Reviews 03/18/16 10:04 (42 comments)

Summary: One of Etro's Newest unisex fragrances, Marquetry represents the art of inlaid woodwork and is a sumptuous oriental blend of lavender , vanilla , galbanum and amber . Three lucky commenters will receive 1ml samples of Marquetry! Perfumer : N/A Try this if you like: Vanilla or amber fragrances; lavender aromas that are neither straightforwad nor herbal; orientals with a green, galbanum-tinged edge; a touch of peach... (more)

Marquetry wears like the lovechild of Caron pour un Homme and Must de Cartier. Three lucky commenters will receive 1ml samples of Marquetry!

Addicted: Love, Loss & RecoveryAddicted: Love, Loss & Recovery

Columns 03/17/16 10:01 (31 comments)

LOVE My fragrant tendencies became evident as a child; while other boys were collecting baseball cards, I was collecting perfume samples. I never was one to pay much attention to conformity. I think I was probably about 7 years old when I fully became aware of what a "fragrance" is and the concept of perfume. I fell in love. Like so many of us, it was my family that indoctrinated me by suggesting their own signature scents as potential hol... (more)

"I've been separated from my fragrance collection since July, 2015...and it sucks."

This Week in Fragrance: Car Smells, Chanel, Scented Jewelry, Power Scents and Lola This Week in Fragrance: Car Smells, Chanel, Scented Jewelry, Power Scents and Lola

Fragrance News 03/16/16 08:11 (6 comments)

Could that aromatic new car smell actually be bad for your health? BBC's Jim Travers reports HERE : "'It’s a chemical cocktail made up of lots of toxins,' said Jeff Gearhart, Research Director of the Ecology Center in the US state of Michigan. The Ecology Center has been monitoring and testing chemical levels in car interiors for years, and has noted some improvement. But Gearhart says there is still work to be done." Chanel is in t... (more)

This week's top stories: Madonna's daughter models, Chanel gets knocked off, the power of sandalwood, and more!

Fragrantica Photo Contest Winners (2016)Fragrantica Photo Contest Winners (2016)

Fragrantica 03/14/16 15:07 (53 comments)

This past February, Fragrantica asked for your creative photography in its first ever international photo contest (click HERE for original article) conceived by Stefanie Jähn, Editor of German Fragrantica. The rules and explanation were as follows: A picture is worth a thousand words, and words are just sometimes lacking when it comes to the description of a perfume. Therefore, we have prepared a photo contest for you! Whether cell phone camera, or SLR, stage the bottle... (more)

We announce our top 5 winners and 6 additional honourable mention recipients.

Gender Bender: Lalique Le Parfum (2005)Gender Bender: Lalique Le Parfum (2005)

Gender Bender 03/13/16 07:19 (60 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample of the current Lalique Le Parfum, shipped anywhere in the world, free! 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 stereo... (more)

What are your thoughts or gendered associations with vanilla-based aromas? Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample of the current Lalique Le Parfum.

Courage, Valour & Fortitude: The First 3 Fragrances from Robert GrahamCourage, Valour & Fortitude: The First 3 Fragrances from Robert Graham

New Fragrances 03/11/16 06:37 (14 comments)

From the New York-based luxury men's fashion brand Robert Graham - launched in 2001 and taking its name from its co-founders, fashion designer Robert Stock and textile designer Graham Fowler - come a trio of new fragrances described as "blended essences": "Robert Graham brings to life the essence of the brand through three new men’s fragrances – a collection of blended essences that are exceptionally crafted and distinctive. These blended essenc... (more)

“Like a great liqueur, single malt Scotch or small-batch Bourbon, I saw these fragrances blended from a little bit of this, and a little bit of that..."

Travel with Travalo: The Easiest Way to Leave the Bottle at HomeTravel with Travalo: The Easiest Way to Leave the Bottle at Home

Columns 03/08/16 11:30 (76 comments)

How many times have you flipped through an in-flight magazine and viewed an advertisment for Travalo ? Or maybe you were in a beauty isle at Kohl's, Target or Debenham's looking for an easy way to decant a fragrance from a large or heavy bottle and spied the handy atomizers? Travalo reached out to Fragrantica and is excited to share five of its Classic travel sprays (5ml) with US readers. Just leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts about Travalo by March 1... (more)

Travalo reached out to Fragrantica and is excited to share five of its Classic travel sprays (5ml) with US readers.

Bargain Fragrances: Cabotine by Grès (1990)Bargain Fragrances: Cabotine by Grès (1990)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 03/08/16 06:03 (80 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.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win a sample of Cabotine, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: A complex, bold and memorable fruity-floral with spicy undertones (ginger!), Cabotine was a surprising hit for the house of Grès that has both endured the test of time while inspiring an enti... (more)

Leave a comment for your chance to win a sample of Cabotine!

Happy Birthday, Sophia Grojsman!Happy Birthday, Sophia Grojsman!

Art Books Events 03/07/16 23:27 (42 comments)

Today, March 8th, is Sophia Grojsman 's birthday as well as International Women's Day. There is no need to introduce her, we all grew up with the perfumes she created. Sophia's unique style is recognizable and we can feel it in a great number of famous fragrances from the '80s and '90s. Sophia Grojsman didn't graduate from a perfume school, she was a hard working immigrant and a minority in a perfume world ruled by men, and still... she did it! ... (more)

Everyone, join our celebration!

New Fragrances: Thirdman Eau Contraire & Eau InexplicableNew Fragrances: Thirdman Eau Contraire & Eau Inexplicable

New Fragrances 02/29/16 10:38

Thirdman announces the 2016 spring launch of a new fragrance, Eau Inexplicable , and the relaunch of its previous fragrance, Eau Nomade, now as Eau Contraire . Who is the mysterious Thirdman? Thirdman is a niche fragrance house whose philosophy embodies simplicity, modernity, individuality and freedom above all. Thirdman offers Contemporary Eaux de Cologne, each of which has been created from a core ingredient o... (more)

A new fragrance and a relaunch of an old favorite under a new name.

Perfume at the Pier: Marlen at NYC Elements, Day 3 of 3Perfume at the Pier: Marlen at NYC Elements, Day 3 of 3

Art Books Events 02/25/16 12:01 (4 comments)

For my third and final day at the 2016 Elements Showcase in NYC, I had the great opportunity to discover some exciting fragrances from Jeroboam, the new project from Parisian Jovoy; two new ouds from the classic English house of Floris; Joya Brooklyn's Foxglove; the Manhattan-based Aedes des Venustas fragrances; and two perfumes from the famous model-turned-stylist, Linda Rodin. But first, in my last report I mentioned Palo Santo, *a man* I had heard about while talking to the b... (more)

Marlen reveals the mystery of palo santo while visiting Jeroboam, Floris Ouds, Joya's Foxglove, Aedes, & Rodin.

$11 Shopping Challenge - Big Vanilla On a Little Budget$11 Shopping Challenge - Big Vanilla On a Little Budget

Fragrance Reviews 02/25/16 07:42 (33 comments)

Vanilla , sweet, cozy, and comforting - is probably among the most popular fragrance ingredients ever and ranges from breakfast cereal wonderland Lann-Ael to the more mysterious realms of Shalimar Ode a la Vanille , or Felanilla . There's a vanilla fragrance for every taste - but is there for every budget? YES! Six editors set out for a shopping challenge to find a great vanilla fragrance for $11 or less. Jodi Battershell: At my l... (more)

Six editors set out for a shopping challenge to find a great vanilla fragrance for $11 or less.

Perfume at the Pier: Marlen at NYC Elements, Day 2 of 3Perfume at the Pier: Marlen at NYC Elements, Day 2 of 3

Art Books Events 02/23/16 18:15 (4 comments)

For Day 2 of Elements Showcase I brought along my friend Annika from Finland to help me explore some of the better-known French brands such as Etat Libre, Berdoues and Jovoy as well a new, little known line that deserves heaps of attention, Carlen Parfums. I was also curious to get feedback from a non-perfume fanatic and someone with a very different cultural spin on scent. I also heard about Palo Santo for the second time today and kept wondering who the heck he was? I imagined som... (more)

Day 2 at NYC's Elements Showcase: Marlen meets Carlen, gets jovial with Jovoy, encounters a fat electrician and sniffs a Brazilian (forest).

Perfume at the Pier: Marlen at NYC Elements, Day 1 of 3Perfume at the Pier: Marlen at NYC Elements, Day 1 of 3

Art Books Events 02/22/16 10:38 (6 comments)

My trip from the Ft Lauderdale airport in Florida to Elements NYC started out with some minor trauma; somewhere between the security gate in Ft Lauderdale and the shuttle from Laguardia airport to NYC, I lost my driver's license. No big deal, right? A license can be replaced and I had no plans to drive in the city! But try checking in to a hotel without a photo ID. More importantly, try boarding a return flight home without one. Ughhh. So despite this irritation, I showe... (more)

Marlen reports from Day 1 at NYC's Elements Showcase. Highlights include Oak candles and a fragrance fit for JFK.

Elements Showcase in NYC This Weekend!Elements Showcase in NYC This Weekend!

Art Books Events 02/21/16 06:15 (2 comments)

Elements 2016, showcasing a range of niche and artisan fragrance brands, will be held this weekend as part of the Capsule trade show at Manhattan’s Pier 94 and Fragrantica will be there to tell you all about it. Join us on Twitter https://twitter.com/fragrantica @fragrantica for live updates and streaming video from Fragrantica editors Marlen and Jodi. On February 21st and 22nd, Marlen will broadcast on Periscope @perfumecritic between 1 and 2PM EST. Download the... (more)

Join Fragrantica on Twitter and Marlen & Jodi on Periscope to get an insider's view.

Natural Fragrance Review: Acorelle Pure PatchouliNatural Fragrance Review: Acorelle Pure Patchouli

Natural Perfumes 02/18/16 08:35 (47 comments)

Summary: From French organic and natural beauty brand Acorelle , Pure Patchouli (Patchouli Essentiel) is a creamy, sweet blend of patchouli and labdanum essential oils - with a unique, boozey edge - that wears like a niche perfume. One lucky commenter will receive a 1ml sample of Acorelle's Pure Patchouli. About the Brand: "Acorelle was created in 2005 in Frespech, a small village in the Lot et Garonne region of Southwest France. The ... (more)

A resinous, sweet, natural patchouli EDP. Comment to win a sample!

Addicted: The Most Ridiculous QuestionAddicted: The Most Ridiculous Question

Columns 02/14/16 12:27 (51 comments)

Having worked in the fragrance industry in one form or another, practically since I was a child, I have encountered an incredible array of aromas. That's a lot of years, and a lot of aromas. The author as a child, interacting with a customer. From year to year I have found that my fragrant tastes have changed; aromas I once loved I soon grew tired of and notes I never imagined liking have become long-term favorites. For example, who knew patchouli could a... (more)

"It pains me to be asked, 'What's your favorite fragrance?'"

New from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz: Rendezvous, an Animalic FragranceNew from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz: Rendezvous, an Animalic Fragrance

New Fragrances 02/13/16 14:36 (4 comments)

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz , one of the leading independent US perfumers has launched a new fragrance - Rendezvous . The new perfume is described as a rich, animalic fragrance. "I let my imagination go to a time and place when animalic perfumes reigned supreme.  Of course, I included the four traditional animal notes: musk, civet, ambergris, and castoreum with added elements of aged oakmoss, and botanical “animalics”; ambrette co2, labdanum, and  hyrac... (more)

A super sexy, “retro nouveau” animalic perfume

Gender Bender: Tabu by Dana (1932)Gender Bender: Tabu by Dana (1932)

Gender Bender 02/11/16 13:43 (79 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample of the current Tabu, shipped anywhere in the world, free! 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 m... (more)

The fragrance of a forbidden affair...and a whole lotta patchouli. Comment for your chance to win a sample.

Happy Mardi Gras from MojoMagique: An Interview with John KennedyHappy Mardi Gras from MojoMagique: An Interview with John Kennedy

Interviews 02/08/16 15:11 (258 comments)

Fragrantica's Executive Editor, Marlen Elliot Harrison, sat down to chat with John Kennedy, one of the two twin brothers responsible for developing the MojoMagique Fragrances. TWENTY (!) different Fragrantica commenters will receive a very special gift from MojoMagique, a 10ml roll-on in a fragrance of their choice, shipped anywhere in the world, free!   Marlen Elliot Harrison: Hi, John! John Kennedy: Hello, Marlen! Marlen Elliot Har... (more)

Leave a comment for your chance to win one of 20 fragrances Mojo is sharing with readers around the world.

New from C-THRU: Pure IllusionNew from C-THRU: Pure Illusion

New Fragrances 02/08/16 02:33 (4 comments)

Sarantis announces a new addition to their C-THRU line of fragrances, new C-THRU Pure Illusion . C-thru fragrances address the modern woman who is lively and vibrant. She moves with style and elegance and acts with confidence and optimism. The C-THRU woman lives her life to the fullest and knows how to realize her dreams. New C-THRU Pure Illusion is a fashionable floral-fruity fragrance emitting real style, elegance and sex-appeal. It is a sophisticated and ... (more)

A new tropical floral from C-THRU.

Aroma Lurks around Every Corner: New Fragrances from LURKshopAroma Lurks around Every Corner: New Fragrances from LURKshop

New Fragrances 02/06/16 08:24 (4 comments)

Inspired by a long-time passion for sustainable living, eco beauty & the power of essential oils, LURK was created to develop luxury perfumes for the modern organic lifestyle. Hand poured and blended by founder and perfumer Anne Nelson Sanford, LURK adheres to the most stringent standards for perfume quality and purity. LURK is 100% pure essential oils with no additives, synthetics, compounds, fixatives, preservatives, GMO's, phthalates, or parabens. LURK ... (more)

The fragrances are complex, beautiful and made solely from authentic essences, sans synthetics...

Bargain Fragrances: Navy by Cover Girl/Dana (1990)Bargain Fragrances: Navy by Cover Girl/Dana (1990)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/05/16 14:15 (78 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.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win a sample of Navy, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: A bold, floral oriental, Navy by Dana (originally from Cover Girl) is a sure bet for those who love vanilla, amber and orange blossom at less than $20 USD. Perfumer:  NA &nbs... (more)

Leave a comment for your chance to win a sample of Navy!

Andy Tauer: Lonesome RiderAndy Tauer: Lonesome Rider

New Fragrances 02/04/16 10:47 (10 comments)

Andy Tauer has announced the launch of his newest fragrance, Lonesome Rider . Along with this new release Andy has also started a blog that describes his process and philosophy for the creation of this new scent, a thrilling future progression that honors 11 years of his artistry. Visit Andy's blog HERE or by clicking the image below. "In a certain way I started working on Lonesome Rider 11 years ago. Lonesome Rider builds on “orris”, a limi... (more)

"I love the warm metallic sensual bright scent of orris root.... It shines through the fragrance, melts with the rough leather and woods."

Best in Show: Chocolate Fragrances (2016)Best in Show: Chocolate Fragrances (2016)

Best in Show 02/03/16 12:36 (81 comments)

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, five Fragrantica writers from around the globe enjoyed the opportunity to discuss their favorite chocolate-themed aromas. A wide array of scents including niche, designer and mass market offerings from past and present were noted as Best in Show: Chocolate Fragrances (2016). Vote for the nomination that you most enjoy by visiting our Best in Show Discussion Forum, Chocolate thread HERE . Don't see your own... (more)

Vote for the nomination that you most enjoy. Don't see your own favorite listed? Tell us about it in a comment.

MojoMagique: The Beauty of Louisiana in FragranceMojoMagique: The Beauty of Louisiana in Fragrance

New Fragrances 01/28/16 02:53 (9 comments)

Conceived by Louisiana-born twin brothers John & Doug Kennedy in 1989, Mojo began as a creative studio designing graphic t-shirts inspired by the bayou culture. Shortly thereafter, the brothers' designs were worn by actors in American television shows like "Beverly Hills 90210" and "“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and it didn't take long for even more successes to come their way.   Now more than 25 years later, Mojo has develo... (more)

An exciting collaboration among IFF perfumers and Mojo Creative Studio

Stella & Dustin: Carrousel de Fée & Diosa del AguaStella & Dustin: Carrousel de Fée & Diosa del Agua

New Fragrances 01/27/16 09:12 (5 comments)

American beauty brand Stella & Dustin has launched two new fragrances, Carrousel De Fée and Diosa del Agua , both in a range of bath and body products as well as 35ml Eau de Parfums. Stella & Dustin's brand mission is to "provide an affordable alternative to needlessly expensive high-end brands." Carrousel de Fée offers a tender bouquet of florals and woods set against a backdrop of musk and amber. The top and midnotes provide a fresh ozonic burs... (more)

New fragrances and body products from Stella & Dustin

Gender Bender: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994)Gender Bender: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994)

Gender Bender 01/25/16 12:01 (46 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a 5ml decant of the current L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme, shipped anywhere in the world, free! 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, s... (more)

'The feeling of freshness and strength of a mountain waterfall.' Leave a comment for your chance to receive a 5ml decant!

Fragrance Review: Annick Goutal Rose Pompon (2016)Fragrance Review: Annick Goutal Rose Pompon (2016)

Fragrance Reviews 01/14/16 12:31 (81 comments)

Summary: Annick Goutal's 4th rose-focused fragrance after Rose Absolue (1984), Ce Soir ou Jamais (1999), and Rose Splendide (2010), Rose Pompon (2016) focuses on the fruity tones of rose centifolia accentuated by raspberry, blackcurrant and pink pepper. Three lucky commenters will receive 1ml samples of Goutal's newest fragrance. Perfumer : Camille Goutal and Philippine Courtière Try this if you like: Fruity flo... (more)

Goutal's new fruity-floral rose fragrance. Three lucky commenters will receive 1ml samples.

Bargain Fragrances: Aspen by Quintessence/Coty (1989)Bargain Fragrances: Aspen by Quintessence/Coty (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/12/16 07:57 (32 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.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win a 5ml decant of Aspen, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: Created over 25 years ago as an affordable response to the groundbreaking Cool Water by Davidoff, Aspen by Quintessence (now Coty) offers fresh citrus over a base of mossy herbs and c... (more)

A stroll down memory lane to the sweet fougeres of the 90's.

Breaking News: Coty Prestige Acquires Escada, Gucci, Boss & More!Breaking News: Coty Prestige Acquires Escada, Gucci, Boss & More!

New Fragrances 01/12/16 06:25 (44 comments)

On January 12th, 2016, Coty Inc confirmed that it will acquire ten fragrance licenses from the Procter & Gamble group pending regulatory approval and transaction completion, reports Businesswire.com . Established in France in 1904, Coty is a global leader in the fragrance industry with such brands as Calvin Klein, Davidoff and Marc Jacobs. Coty intiially garnered fame for groundbreaking fragrances such as Chypre, L'Aimant, Muguet des Bois, L'Origan, and Emerau... (more)

Coty acquires top brand fragrance licenses

Only Scent Remains: New luxury perfumed candlesOnly Scent Remains: New luxury perfumed candles

Home Scents 01/06/16 12:26 (2 comments)

12.29 is a new line of perfumed candles developed by Dawn and Samantha Goldworm, experts in fragrance development and branding. Housed in handmade, bisque porcelain jars from Limoges, France, the 12.29 aromas which are currently for sale at Barneys New York and directly from the 12.29 website (OnlyScentRemains.com) include: It Was All a Dream Love ... as intimacy, purity, strength and reason. It is the bond between the intangible tender beauty of you and anoth... (more)

A new line of luxury perfumed candles in Limoges porcelain jars.

Addicted: The Worst Thing I Ever SmelledAddicted: The Worst Thing I Ever Smelled

Columns 01/02/16 05:00 (284 comments)

When I was a child my parents strongly influenced my initiation into the world of fragrance. They each had a signature scent and this made regular gift giving a breeze; I always knew just what to buy. While I liked the spicy vanilla of my mother's Shalimar by Guerlain, I was rather indifferent to the citrus musk of my father's Royal Copenhagen . Both of these scents were staples for my parents and they rarely deviated apart from Mom's alternate, Cacharel AnaÏs Ana... (more)

I never forgot the aroma - bitter, oily, dry, harsh and reminiscent of a vacuum cleaner belt about to snap from overuse. Three lucky readers will receive a decant.

New From Zoologist Perfumes: Bat Eau de ParfumNew From Zoologist Perfumes: Bat Eau de Parfum

New Fragrances 12/31/15 04:39 (15 comments)

Fragrantica is excited to announce the launch of the new fragrance from Zoologist. "Mystical, mysterious murmurings glide upon a blanket of inky sky. Shadows smear across the moonlight, their darting journey shrouded in darkness. Bats, the only mammal capable of true flight, are enigmatic and alien. Bat Eau de Parfum from Zoologist escorts you on an odyssey through the night. This unique olfactory experience carries you with the fruit bat to a sum... (more)

Bat Eau de Parfum escorts you on an odyssey through the night.

Bargain Fragrances: Murray & Lanman's Florida Water (1808)Bargain Fragrances: Murray & Lanman's Florida Water (1808)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/26/15 05:03 (67 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.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win a 5ml decant of Florida Water, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: Created over 200 years ago, and a staple toiletry of North American's throughout the 19th century, Murray & Lanman's Florida Water is still widely available;... (more)

A 200 year old scented water named for Florida's mythical Fountain of Youth; leave a comment to win a 5ml decant!

Fragrance Review: Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba (2015)Fragrance Review: Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba (2015)

Fragrance Reviews 12/20/15 07:23 (89 comments)

Summary: Bvlgari's 7th fragrance in the Omnia collection, Paraiba , is inspired by the tropical jungles and shores of Brazil by offering a bright, passion fruit and flower accord with a familiar base of vetiver and cocoa that closely resembles the original Omnia from 2003 . Three lucky commenters will receive 1ml samples of Bvlgari's newest scented gem. Perfumer : Alberto Morillas Try this if you like: The yearly, fruity-floral Es... (more)

Three lucky commenters will receive 1ml samples of Bvlgari's newest scented gem.

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