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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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.

Joop! Homme SportJoop! Homme Sport

New Fragrances 12/16/15 06:21 (22 comments)

In 2016, Coty will launch a new version of the classic 1989 men's fragrance, Joop! Homme . Joop! Homme Sport will contain topnotes of fresh bergamot, mint and ginger. Midnotes include orange blossom, leather, aquatic notes and a sea salt on skin accord. The composition is anchored with the warmth of tonka bean. Joop! Homme Sport will retain the central character of the original aroma and add a fresh accord to brighten the aroma. American football player Justice Joslin... (more)

A new, fresh version of the 1989 classic.

Gender Bender: Joop! Homme (1989)Gender Bender: Joop! Homme (1989)

Gender Bender 12/14/15 10:11 (52 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 1ml sample of the current Joop! 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, sociocultural stereoty... (more)

Why is Joop! Homme a gender bender? Is it because of its central notes of powdery heliotrope and sweet orange blossom? Is it because of its inarguable sweetness?

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress CodeGuerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

New Fragrances 12/11/15 10:26 (9 comments)

In 2015, Guerlain is releasing Habit Rouge Dresscode, a new, gourmand take on the classic Habit Rouge . Habit Rouge Dress Code opens with a bright bergamot and neroli accord accompanied by a touch of rose. The traditional woody heart notes give way to the classic leather base note. The composition is now enriched with lower notes of tonka, praline and vanilla. " Created in 1965, Habit Rouge is the first oriental fragrance for me... (more)

"The composition is now enriched with lower notes of tonka, praline and vanilla."

Bargain Fragrances: Halston Z-14 (1976)Bargain Fragrances: Halston Z-14 (1976)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/10/15 09:12 (45 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 1ml sample of Halston Z-14, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: Halston's most talked about men's fragrance over the last 4 decades has undoubtedly been 1976's cinnamon and oakmoss powerhouse, Z-14. I only recently discovere... (more)

"Halston Z-14 might just be your next best friend."

Addicted: Ramblings of a Fragrance JunkieAddicted: Ramblings of a Fragrance Junkie

Columns 12/02/15 12:37 (79 comments)

This column initially began at Basenotes in 2006; Marlen is thrilled to revive it exclusively at Fragrantica! Each day I visit Fragrantica. I start by browsing user reviews of scents that I've read about or sampled but don't yet own. I consider the notes, the ratings, the reviews and my budget. This inevitably leads me to online window shopping which looks a little something like this: 5 minutes later I find a bottle of something I'm convinced I n... (more)

"I don't want just the sample, I want the full experience. I want to hold the bottle in my hands, to see it in the perfume cabinet, and to spray with abandon."

Editors' Choice Awards 2015: Thanks from Executive Editor and Writer, Marlen HarrisonEditors' Choice Awards 2015: Thanks from Executive Editor and Writer, Marlen Harrison

Fragrantica 11/29/15 11:28 (26 comments)

Yes, Fragrantica is a global leader in fragrance information and news. But even more so, Fragrantica is a special community of like-minded lovers of fragrance who joyously seek out aroma and translate their scented experiences into beautiful, compelling and sometimes even controversial reviews. I can't tell you how many times I gladly handed over a portion of a paycheck to an online perfume shop just so I could also enjoy the opportunity to sample a rare, unique or brand new a... (more)

Congrats to Lanier, Drugstore Classics and Gypsy Parfumista!

My Favorite Lavender Fragrances, Part III of IIIMy Favorite Lavender Fragrances, Part III of III

Fragrance Reviews 11/28/15 07:58 (28 comments)

Summary:  Marlen completes his discussion of some of his favorite  lavender  fragrance discoveries along his journey from being lavender-averse to now being a true lavender-lover. Leave a comment below about your favorite lavender fragrances for your chance to receive a 5ml decant of Sonas from Fragrances of Ireland, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Read PART I by clicking  HERE & PART II by clicking HERE .     ... (more)

Marlen completes his discussion of some of his favorite lavender fragrances. Leave a comment below about your favorite lavender fragrances for your chance to receive a 5ml decant of Sonas from Frag...

My Favorite Lavender Fragrances, Part II of IIIMy Favorite Lavender Fragrances, Part II of III

Fragrance Reviews 11/19/15 08:42 (20 comments)

Summary:  Marlen continues his discussion of some of his favorite  lavender  fragrance discoveries along his journey from being lavender-averse to now being a true lavender-lover. Leave a comment below about your favorite lavender fragrances for your chance to receive a 5ml decant of Sonas from Fragrances of Ireland, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Read PART I of II by clicking HERE and Part III by clicking HERE .     ... (more)

"Over the last 3 years I have fervently explored over 100 lavender-themed fragrances and what follows is a list of some of my favorites."

Editors' Choice Awards 2015: Showcasing the Reviews of Fragrantica's MembersEditors' Choice Awards 2015: Showcasing the Reviews of Fragrantica's Members

Fragrantica 11/14/15 13:52 (24 comments)

'Tis the season to be jolly and here at Fragrantica we are excited to celebrate over 500,000 member fragrance reviews! In the spirit of the holiday season, we are thankful for our members' participation and want to recognize some of our favorite fragrance reviews from the past year. Throughout the month of December, Fragrantica's Editors will choose a number of fragrance reviews written by members and showcase them right here on our front page. Selected revi... (more)

We'll be showcasing our favorite writing by Fragrantica members and sending scented prizes!

Lisa Hoffman Beauty: Serenity and Floral TriosLisa Hoffman Beauty: Serenity and Floral Trios

New Fragrances 11/14/15 03:03 (3 comments)

Give the gift of fragrance with the incredible Scent Trios from  Lisa Hoffman Beauty . Each trio includes three travel sized versions of Lisa's award winning fragrances. Featuring complimentary scents, the Scent Trios allow you to explore the world of Lisa Hoffman to find your new signature scent.  Available in two unique gift sets, the trios are the perfect gift for the fragrance lover in your life. The complimentary scents can be worn alone or layered for a more comp... (more)

New trios of travel-sized scents.

Crabtree & Evelyn: 2015 Holiday Gifts & SetsCrabtree & Evelyn: 2015 Holiday Gifts & Sets

New Fragrances 11/11/15 09:00

"This holiday season, Crabtree & Evelyn is opening the doors to their festive workshops of wonder where finest botanical ingredients are magically transformed into richly indulgent creams and meticulously embellished keepsake boxes. From vibrant musical tins filled with nourishing hand creams to shimmering boxes filled with luxurious fragrance, everything in Crabtree & Evelyn’s 2015 holiday range has a magical story to tell. All products are in-stores now and online a... (more)

Crabtree & Evelyn introduces its 2015 Made with Magic holiday sets.

My Favorite Lavender Fragrances, Part I of IIIMy Favorite Lavender Fragrances, Part I of III

Fragrance Reviews 11/09/15 11:28 (70 comments)

Summary: Marlen discusses some of his favorite lavender fragrance discoveries along his journey from being lavender-averse to now being a true lavender-lover. Leave a comment below about your favorite lavender fragrances for your chance to receive a 5ml decant of Sonas from Fragrances of Ireland, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Read PART II by clicking HERE & PART III by clicking HERE . Intro: For a background on lavender - what it is, where it grows &... (more)

Leave a comment about your favorite lavender fragrances for your chance to receive a 5ml decant of Sonas from Fragrances of Ireland!

Bargain Fragrances: Mariah Carey Dreams (2013)Bargain Fragrances: Mariah Carey Dreams (2013)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 11/05/15 06:39 (71 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 Dreams, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: The most recent release from the Mariah Carey fragrance label by Elizabeth Arden is an affordable, longlasting blend of vanilla gourmand notes, light accents of airy white florals, and a touch of frui... (more)

"The vanilla, caramel and almond accents are all prominent from the opening while a light bergamot and honeysuckle, quite breezy and almost aquatic, float through the midnotes."

Bargain Fragrances: Gravity by Coty (1992)Bargain Fragrances: Gravity by Coty (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/26/15 13:40 (46 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 30ml bottle of Gravity, shipped anywhere in the world, FREE! Summary: A  smooth blend of citrus and woods, Gravity spoke to a new generation of men's perfumery boasting fresh topnotes, airy floral midnotes and subtle, oriental basenotes. 1993 FIFI Award Winne... (more)

Leave a comment for your chance to win a bottle of Gravity!

Bargain Fragrances: Still by Jennifer Lopez (2003)Bargain Fragrances: Still by Jennifer Lopez (2003)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/20/15 09:55 (26 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: Jennifer Lopez's second fragrance launch was 2003's dewy floral, citrus, sake and tea-themed Still . With a surprisingly peppery edge and moderate lasting power, it's still a delight to wear and now more affordable than ever! Perfumer:  Michel Girard Try t... (more)

"The tea and florals dominate, creating an effect much like the steam from a hot cup of jasmine oolong."

Bargain Fragrances: Hot by Bill Blass (1991)Bargain Fragrances: Hot by Bill Blass (1991)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/16/15 06:53 (14 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.  Summary:  A classic scent from the American designer  Bill Blass that capitalizes on fragrance trends of the late 70's and early 80's, Hot is a surprising meditation on cinnamon and honey . Perfumer: N/A; tell us in a comment below. Try this if you like: Cologne str... (more)

Hot seems to reach all the way back into the days of Studio 54 when Opium ruled the roost with all of its spicy goodness.

Gender Bender: Habit Rouge EDT by Guerlain (1965)Gender Bender: Habit Rouge EDT by Guerlain (1965)

Gender Bender 10/08/15 07:54 (20 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” 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 frag... (more)

Jean-Paul’s uncle Jacques was none too pleased by the employment of vanilla, claiming it had made the fragrance a “women’s scent”...

Gender Bender: Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP (2006)Gender Bender: Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP (2006)

Gender Bender 10/04/15 07:06 (17 comments)

Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender”, 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 20th century masterpieces of perfumery in my quest to challenge marketing rhetoric and address the question... (more)

Legend has it that a black orchid was actually created specifically for Ford and this project, having never existed in nature before.

Bargain Fragrances: Close by GAP (2009)Bargain Fragrances: Close by GAP (2009)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 09/28/15 05:17 (31 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:  One of Gap’s best fragrance launches echoes aroma trends of its time offering a dusky fresh floral over a light musky amber base with accents of almond and vanilla; now at an unbeatable price and widely available at online and brick and mortar discounters. Perfumer:  Marypierre Juli... (more)

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. One of Gap’s best fragrance launches echoes aroma trends of its t...

Gender Bender: Passion by Elizabeth Taylor (1987)Gender Bender: Passion by Elizabeth Taylor (1987)

Gender Bender 09/27/15 00:02 (36 comments)

Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender”, 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 20th century masterpieces of perfumery in my quest to challenge marketing rhetoric and address the question, ... (more)

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, shipped anywhere in the world, free!

Bargain Fragrances: Echo (for men) by Davidoff (2003; 2015)Bargain Fragrances: Echo (for men) by Davidoff (2003; 2015)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 09/25/15 01:40 (14 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.  Summary: Echo , Davidoff ’s second take on the marine/ozonic genre, offers a surprising interpretation of metal, air and leather that wears more like a refreshing splash of cool water with melon than the notes might suggest, and is housed in a strikingly unique bottle. The current (2015) reformulation smells and wears exactly the sam... (more)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?”

Black Sugar by Aquolina (2013)Black Sugar by Aquolina (2013)

Gender Bender 09/24/15 09:07 (71 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free!  Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender”, 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 p... (more)

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, shipped anywhere in the world, free!

La Perla (1987)La Perla (1987)

Gender Bender 09/22/15 02:30 (27 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender”, 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 distin... (more)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?”

Sand & Sable by Coty (1981)Sand & Sable by Coty (1981)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 08/12/15 13:51 (68 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A dusky gardenia with musky and green accents, incredible longevity and powerful sillage, this drugstore classic is sure to please anyone looking for something similar to Michael by Michael Kors but at a fraction of the price. Perfu... (more)

"This is another case of awe at what I’ve missed due to my fragrance snobbery."

Obsession for All (1986)Obsession for All (1986)

Gender Bender 08/11/15 14:48 (42 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender,” 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 fragranc... (more)

"Obsession For Men is arguably a perfect gender bending scent for women, as well."

Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé BleuBulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu

Fragrance Reviews 08/07/15 16:43 (10 comments)

Summary : Bulgari’s 4th installment in the Eau Parfumée au Thé (Tea Perfume) collection after Vert (green), Blanc (white) and Rouge (red) is the lavender, mint, and violet focused Thé Bleu or Blue Tea , combining the best of its predecessors’ citric and powdery compositions with a vanillic lavender accord. Of special note is the inclusion of shiso leaf, a rarity in modern perfumery. Perfumer : Daniela (Roche) Andrier . ... (more)

"...Bleu is a slightly bitter, herbal, leafy composition that is quite unusual and unlike anything else recently launched on the market."

Angel by Thierry Mugler (1992)Angel by Thierry Mugler (1992)

Gender Bender 08/07/15 16:13 (54 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender,” 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. Join me as I explore some of my favorite 20th century masterpieces of perfumery in... (more)

"Is it really angelic or actually a wicked demon?"

Roma Uomo Laura Biagiotti (1995)Roma Uomo Laura Biagiotti (1995)

Gender Bender 07/22/15 11:15 (25 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender,” 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 counte... (more)

"Biagiotti fragrances aid in the restoration and upkeep of some of Rome’s finest architectural treasures."

Pierre Cardin pour Homme L’Intense (2014)Pierre Cardin pour Homme L’Intense (2014)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/21/15 13:26 (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. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A subtle blend of fruit and lavender, Pierre Cardin pour Homme L’Intense is not quite intense but nonetheless unique for an affordable ”men’s” fragrance in its use of a prominent pear note. Perfumer : ... (more)

"... due to the fig and pear notes, I figured it might be an interesting discovery."

Charlie Gold by Revlon (1995)Charlie Gold by Revlon (1995)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/16/15 17:46 (35 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, the popular Charlie Gold attempts to capitalize on the gourmand trend of the late 20th century with notes of caramel, plum and apricot, offering a longlasting and surprisingly rich aroma for ... (more)

"Try this if you like sweet aromas that highlight orchard fruits such as peach and plum."

3121 by Prince (2007)3121 by Prince (2007)

Gender Bender 07/14/15 13:11 (38 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender" , 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 count... (more)

"..it was intended to be unisex but as 80% of Prince’s fan base at the time were female, the creators leaned toward the feminine."

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/07/15 16:44 (64 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: One of the all-time classics of 20th century men’s perfumery, the lavender, citrus, pine and leather themed Drakkar Noir hasn’t gone out of style. Though not quite the rich aroma of the past, the current formulation ret... (more)

The scent that launched a thousand similar fragrances ...

Fire & Ice by Revlon (1994)Fire & Ice by Revlon (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/04/15 05:51 (41 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: One of Revlon ’ s biggest hits of the 90s, Fire & Ice still finds a lot of love these days for its floral-oriental bouquet that wears like an orange-gourmand incense. Perfumer: Givaudan Try this if y... (more)

A floral-oriental bouquet that wears like an orange-gourmand incense

Miss Varens by Ulric de Varens (2003)Miss Varens by Ulric de Varens (2003)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/26/15 16:11 (31 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: An update of 1995's Pleine Lune by Ulric de Varens , Miss Varens continues to be an inspired sniffalike of Mugler’s groundbreaking Angel with some surprisingly unique nuances—honey!—and at a fraction of the cost. ... (more)

"MV offers a focus on honeyed notes with highlighted sandalwood from the opening and a lingering vanilla musk in the base."

Giorgio of Beverly Hills for Men (1984; 2008)Giorgio of Beverly Hills for Men (1984; 2008)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/25/15 10:45 (23 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: With a focus on honeyed patchouli, rose, tonka and sandalwood, 1984’s Giorgio for Men was sadly discontinued until parent company Elizabeth Arden re-launched it in 2008. I’m happy to report that Gio... (more)

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.

Don Algodón by Don Algodón (1985)Don Algodón by Don Algodón (1985)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/25/15 10:17 (14 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: An inexpensive alternative to the now obscure Eau de Givenchy, Puig’s breezy, white floral from its Don Algodón (Sir Cotton) brand, has started popping up on Ebay and discount sites around the world. ... (more)

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.

Gender Bender: Aramis 900 (1973)Gender Bender: Aramis 900 (1973)

Gender Bender 06/14/15 06:31 (43 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, 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 ... (more)

"A few of Lauder’s 'female' fragrances have their 'male' sniffalike counterparts."

Navy for Men by Dana (1995)Navy for Men by Dana (1995)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/13/15 06:11 (24 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: The bargain fragrance response to the aquatic/sport paradigm of the late 80s and early 90s, Navy for Men (as in the color navy, not the military) celebrates its 20th birthday this year and with good reason: despite the bargain pri... (more)

"A bargain winner not to be missed."

Cassini for Men by Oleg Cassini (1994)Cassini for Men by Oleg Cassini (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/31/15 13:41 (37 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Designer Oleg Cassini, 1956 Summary : A little known gem from the Oleg Cassini label, Cassini for Men is a surprisingly complex and sweet aroma that uniquely highlights guava, chamomile and osmanthus set against a more traditional oriental fou... (more)

Gender Bender: Bulgari pour Homme … pour Femme (1996)Gender Bender: Bulgari pour Homme … pour Femme (1996)

Gender Bender 05/23/15 05:46 (38 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender,” 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 ... (more)

"Pour Homme offers a scented aura rather than a fragrance announcing one’s arrival."

Cuba Royal by Cuba (Fragluxe) (n.d.)Cuba Royal by Cuba (Fragluxe) (n.d.)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/19/15 04:52 (39 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: A bargain fragrance of surprising quality and longevity from the Cuba brand, part of Fragluxe, Royal focuses on leather, citrus, rose and patchouli and is a quite obvious sniffalike of Paco Rabanne One Million for Men at a fractio... (more)

Smell like a Dr. Pepper!

Gender Bender: Ungaro Diva … or a Guy Goes Goddess (1983)Gender Bender: Ungaro Diva … or a Guy Goes Goddess (1983)

Gender Bender 05/18/15 16:30 (61 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, 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 ... (more)

"Diva is in no way 'pretty,' 'soft,' or 'dainty' ..."

Loud for Him by Tommy Hilfiger (2010)Loud for Him by Tommy Hilfiger (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/11/15 01:51 (29 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: A discontinued misfire from Lauder on behalf of the Tommy Hilfiger brand and with input from a photographer, designer and a rock band, Loud for Him nevertheless offers a strange brew of patchouli, ... (more)

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 receive a sample, shippe...

Gender Bender: Pi by Givenchy (1998)Gender Bender: Pi by Givenchy (1998)

Gender Bender 05/07/15 08:07 (55 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender,” 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 ... (more)

Join me as I explore some of my favorite 20th century masterpieces of perfumery in my quest to address the familiar question, “How does fragrance transcend gender?”

Gender Bender: Kenzo Homme (…pour une Femme) (1984)Gender Bender: Kenzo Homme (…pour une Femme) (1984)

Gender Bender 04/21/15 05:14 (36 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, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, 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 of... (more)

"My favorite Kenzo fragrance is still the mossy, green, wet bamboo forest chypre..."

Indian Coconut Nectar by Pacifica (2010)Indian Coconut Nectar by Pacifica (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 04/16/15 17:36 (38 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 receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : From one of my favorite, affordable, niche fragrance lines, is the perfect answer to those of us asking how we might enjoy a little bit of tropical vacation while still at home. Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar is a straightfo... (more)

"An affordable treat to enjoy ..."

Gender Bender: Coco by Chanel (1984) Gender Bender: Coco by Chanel (1984)

Gender Bender 04/16/15 17:00 (55 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “Can a guy pull off a women’s perfume?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity often prevail at the fra... (more)

Marlen explores the classic feminine powerhouse, Coco

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