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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Kenneth Cole Mankind HeroKenneth Cole Mankind Hero

New Fragrances 05/14/16 07:44 (2 comments)

In spring, 2016 Kenneth Cole , the American shoe and apparel company, is launching a new men's fragrance, Mankind Hero , the third offering in the Mankind collection preceded by Mankind and Mankind Ultimate . Mankind Hero is described as "a courageous fragrance infused with the power of a fresh mountain air accord, rich woods and sexy black vanilla creating the perfect harmony of strength and warmth."  The fougere oriental composition features t... (more)

"A courageous fragrance infused with the power of a fresh mountain air accord, rich woods and sexy black vanilla creating the perfect harmony of strength and warmth."

Gender Bender: Sweet Tobacco Spirits by 18.21 Man made (2015)Gender Bender: Sweet Tobacco Spirits by 18.21 Man made (2015)

Gender Bender 05/13/16 14:08 (835 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 que... (more)

The gender bending scent of an early 20th century speakeasy, a rich oriental blend of honeyed tobacco and boozy-vanilla. Don't miss our offer for free perfume and grooming products!

This Week in Fragrance: Cooperativity, BBW Reboots & Hotel SmellsThis Week in Fragrance: Cooperativity, BBW Reboots & Hotel Smells

Fragrance News 05/11/16 21:59 (5 comments)

The mystery of how we humans perceive odor has received some new attention from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Phys.org reports: In an article appearing online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , the team reports that, surprisingly, the mechanism follows a simple physics principle called cooperativity. Inhalation of a scent sends a complex mixture of odor molecules swirling toward the back of the nose, where they bind to specialized recept... (more)

This week's top stories: New research on how we smell; 90's relaunches at BBW; hotel and home scents; swap scents in Oregon.

The winners of the Third Annual Art and Olfaction AwardsThe winners of the Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards

Art Books Events 05/08/16 10:26 (3 comments)

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 the winners of the Third Annual Art and Olfaction Awards were announced at Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles, USA. Learn about the 2016 Art and Olfaction Award finalists here .   ARTISAN AWARDS Incendo   by La Curie Lesli Wood Peterson (perfumer and owner) United States Miyako by Auphorie ‘Eugene’ Zhe You Au; ‘Emrys’ Zhe Min Au (perfumers and owne... (more)

The 5 winners of this year's A&O awards

Best in Show: Men's Fragrances for the Workplace (2016)Best in Show: Men's Fragrances for the Workplace (2016)

Best in Show 05/08/16 04:21 (17 comments)

  We received many great responses to our Best in Show: Women's Fragrances for the Workplace and more than one of you requested a men's variation on this theme. We are happy to oblige! Whereas a splash of inexpensive aftershave sprinkled in haste before the daily commute may have served a generation or two ago, the changing workforce and men's grooming habits in the 21st century now make the selection of a fragrance an important part of t... (more)

Our contributors recommend some office-appropriate scents for men.

Bath & Body: ActivESSENCE Time-Released Mists with Skin Loving ExtractsBath & Body: ActivESSENCE Time-Released Mists with Skin Loving Extracts

Bath & Body 05/07/16 08:31 (12 comments)

The last time I was in a Walgreens drug store I was curious to see what kind of fragrant products were on the shelves. Aside from the usual collection of brand name designer fragrances and bottom shelf bargains from Coty and Dana, I also noticed the rainbow colors of the ActivESSENCE sprays in giant 8 oz bottles. With so many scented body sprays on the market these days, it was tempting to ignore them, but ever the curious fragrance lover, I figured "What the heck, let... (more)

Four new long-lasting and moisturizing body sprays; 8ozs under $10 USD!

This Week in Fragrance: Petrichor, Peanut Butter and Phone SmellsThis Week in Fragrance: Petrichor, Peanut Butter and Phone Smells

Fragrance News 05/04/16 13:53 (10 comments)

Fragrantica member Playtime shared this interesting article in our Fragrance News Thread , and as it is raining outside as I write this, what better way to start!? Howard Poynton of TheConversation.com addresses the origin of the word Petrichor: Australia’s CSIRO has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the past 86 years of research, from polymer banknotes to insect repellent and the world-changing Wi-Fi. But we can also lay claim to something a little more esot... (more)

This week's top stories: the aroma of rain, smell phones, old books, Alzheimers detection and rosemary!

New Perry Ellis RedNew Perry Ellis Red

New Fragrances 05/02/16 13:32 (One comment)

New from Perry Ellis in the spring of 2016 is Perry Ellis Red for Men , a juicy oriental in a sleek, sophisticated bottle. Following its predecessors Perry Ellis pour Homme (2013) , Citron (2015) and Cobalt (2014) , Red is described as: "A scent of power, passion, and performance, Perry Ellis RED packs a punch with its contrasting essence of freshness, oriental, and long-lasting masculinity. An initial burst of juniper b... (more)

"Perry Ellis RED packs a punch with its contrasting essence of freshness, oriental, and long-lasting masculinity."

Bargain Fragrances: Tuscany by Aramis (1984)Bargain Fragrances: Tuscany by Aramis (1984)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/01/16 10:05 (16 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.  Summary: A classic from the 1980s when dry spices, leather and lavender dominated men's perfumery, Tuscany (the current reformulation) from Aramis is now widely available at bargain prices and is a throwback to not only the 1980's, but generations of classic barber shop chypre-fougeres. Perfume... (more)

"A throwback to not only the 1980's, but generations of classic barber shop chypre-fougeres."

Best in Show: Lily of the Valley Fragrances (2016)Best in Show: Lily of the Valley Fragrances (2016)

Best in Show 05/01/16 10:04 (30 comments)

On May 1st, people in France give each other small posies of lily of the valley, or muguet as it is called in French, as a good luck charm and a memento of a royal gesture that has become tradition. Christian doctrine on the other hand believes them to be the frozen tears of the Virgin Mary upon seeing Jesus on the cross.  The tiny bells of the plant Convallaria Majalis however are deceptive in their innocence and good will as implied by the above beliefs. ... (more)

A selection of lovely lily of the valley fragrances celebrating the "May bells" of the fields. Is your favorite among them?

This Week in Fragrance: Sniffa-Picasso, Hair Spray & Lush ArtThis Week in Fragrance: Sniffa-Picasso, Hair Spray & Lush Art

Fragrance News 04/27/16 14:34 (7 comments)

"What does a Picasso painting smell like?" asks Nathaniel Scharping of DiscoverMagazine.com , reporting on new technology-assisted synesthesia: Zachary Howard, an aerospace engineer completing a fellowship at Autodesk , created a mask that mimics the effects of synesthesia using a color sensor, microprocessor and essential oils. By linking a sensor worn on the finger to an Intel Edison chip on the armband, Howard’s device breaks any object’s color scheme dow... (more)

This week's top stories: Synesthesia technology; the decline of celeb scents; fragrance for the hair; Lush cosmetics' new art exhibit; and scent/taste/age research.

Addicted: The Fragrance Junkie Visits L'ErbolarioAddicted: The Fragrance Junkie Visits L'Erbolario

Columns 04/26/16 19:21 (25 comments)

  A trip to a new perfumery can be much like stepping out of an airport taxi in a country never before visited; suddenly things look different, smell different, feel different. Remember the first time you visited a fragrance boutique you had only ever heard of or dreamed about? The eagerness? The excitement? The contemplation of just how many bottles could fit in one's suitcase? There's a feeling of "where do I begin?" Shelves packed with colorful item... (more)

"Remember the first time you visited a fragrance boutique you had only ever heard of or dreamed about? The eagerness? The excitement?"

Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2016!Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2016!

Art Books Events 04/24/16 09:56 (4 comments)

One of the most joyous perfume events of the season is undoubtedly the legendary Sniffapalooza Spring Fling that will occur Saturday, April 30 - Sunday May 1, 2016 in NYC. I've attended a number of them as a speaker and participant on both the east and west coasts and have met wonderful perfumistas just like me (I first met Fragrantica's own Ida Meister , pictured below, and Roxana Villa there!), approachable perfumers eager to chat with fans, and a host of new scented disc... (more)

One of the most joyous perfume events of the season is undoubtedly the legendary Sniffapalooza Spring Fling that will occur Saturday, April 30 - Sunday May 1, 2016 in NYC.

Gender Bender: Tesori d'Oriente, Mirra (2010)Gender Bender: Tesori d'Oriente, Mirra (2010)

Gender Bender 04/23/16 03:13 (13 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 chal... (more)

"With a composition that is sweeter than might be expected and often compared to Chopard Casmir, but with a dry, almost bitter soapy edge similar to Prada's Infusion d'Homme, this unisex fragrance ...

Supermarket/Apothecary Fragrances Around the World: Part II of II (2016)Supermarket/Apothecary Fragrances Around the World: Part II of II (2016)

Fragrances and Cultures 04/21/16 05:01 (13 comments)

The intrepid traveler and perfume lover regularly seeks out new scented experiences while trotting the globe. One of the most exciting adventures can be a stroll through the aisles of a local supermarket or a visit to an off-the-beaten path apothecary to sniff out local, affordable products. Here we present the second of a 2 part feature highlighting affordable, market fragrances from around the world with info about purchasing for your convenience. In Part I we visited Ch... (more)

A look at affordable, local market fragrances in Brazil, Egypt, Portugal, Finland & Turkey.

This Week in Fragrance: Apocalypse Now, Animal Aromas, Sniff Out an InternshipThis Week in Fragrance: Apocalypse Now, Animal Aromas, Sniff Out an Internship

Fragrance News 04/20/16 09:33 (4 comments)

Looking for an off the beaten path aroma? Erin Blakemore at Smithsonian.org discusses a new fragrant creation inspired by the end of the world: Want to know if the end is near? Forget looking for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—just start sniffing. A pair of artists have created a new fragrance that smells just like the Book of Revelation in all its grisly glory. “Apocalypse” is the brainchild of Thomson & Craighead , a pair of artists known fo... (more)

This week's top stories: The end of the world; whales and bearcats; a new essential oil line; and candles as incentive to work.

Supermarket/Apothecary Fragrances Around the World: Part I of II (2016)Supermarket/Apothecary Fragrances Around the World: Part I of II (2016)

Fragrances and Cultures 04/16/16 07:23 (14 comments)

The intrepid traveler and perfume lover regularly seeks out new scented experiences while trotting the globe. One of the most exciting adventures can be a stroll through the aisles of a local supermarket or a visit to an off-the-beaten path apothecary to sniff out local, affordable products. Here we present the first of a 2 part feature highlighting affordable, market fragrances from around the world with info about purchasing for your convenience. Today we visit China, Russ... (more)

A look at affordable, local market fragrances in China, Russia, Mexico, Greece and Japan.

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 (81 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.

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