Articles by Author Elena Vosnaki

Elena Vosnaki
Elena Vosnaki is an historian and perfume writer from Greece and a Writer for Fragrantica. She is the founder and editor of Perfume Shrine, one of the most respected independent online publications on perfume, containing fragrance reviews, industry interviews, essays on raw materials and perfume history, a winner and a finalist in numerous blog awards contests. Her writing was recognized at the Fifi Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2009 and she contributes to publications around the world.
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Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe: Jasmin Noir (Bvlgari)Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe: Jasmin Noir (Bvlgari)

Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe 04/28/17 10:38 (8 comments)

After a handful of maudlin and rather wall-paperish, "me too" scents by the Bvlgari brand in recent years, like Omnia Green Jade , Voile de Jasmin or Bulgari Aqua , I didn't really expect waves; yet I was pleasantly surprised to find myself curiously attached to the classic bottle which reprises the elegant, frosty glass lines of Bulgari Pour Femme , only this time in lacquered black. A decade has almost passed since the launch. Perfumers Carlos Benaim and Sophie Labb&e... (more)

A peculiar misnomer that proves irresistible for a sexy fragrance that's very wearable.

The Scented Ages of Man: Part 3, Me Too/Fitting inThe Scented Ages of Man: Part 3, Me Too/Fitting in

Columns 04/27/17 13:11 (7 comments)

Men go through stages of getting to know themselves and how could fragrance not follow? It's all good and plenty (and smelling sweetish like it) when boys are given the gift of fragrance as small kids, as we discussed HERE in PART 2 of our Men's Journey series . But what happens when the owner of XY chromosomes reaches puberty? Ah, puberty...The age of being bullied for wearing glasses or having pimples and that special period when the agony of first kisses coup... (more)

What kind of scents might be ideal for teenage guys? Weigh in with your own choices!

Glamour de Chanel: The Forgotten Chanel PerfumeGlamour de Chanel: The Forgotten Chanel Perfume

1001 Past Tales 04/25/17 11:22 (9 comments)

In anticipation of the upcoming launch of the new feminine fragrance by Chanel next autumn, named Gabrielle and inspired by the times when the famous Mademoiselle had not yet earned her sobriquet, a bit of digging through the archives of the French brand was in order. There are quite a few as yet untapped resources in the canon, imploring perfume collectors to invest in mysterious snippets off the press and bottles with dregs of sticky goo at the very bottom. Maybe a bit of revivi... (more)

Discussing the glamorous past of one of the more esoteric fragrances of the French house, specifically Glamour de Chanel, in anticipation of their new feminine fragrance.

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

Columns 04/23/17 10:46 (99 comments)

We perfume lovers are a strange lot. Not only does it seem we seek for the complicated bouquet of fragrant notes, we also learn to appreciate nuances that veer into the arcane or the researched (who can say they can appreciate civet off the bat?). But maybe it all has to do with having an inquisitive brain rather than a well developed nose after all. Because in the wealth of odors around us, we manage to recall peculiar and sometimes even outright repulsive stuff which makes us take note and... (more)

Our writers discuss the smells that have them weak in the knees...from petroleum to tar and all the way to burning garbage. We bet you have some odd smells you like too! Share them in the comments.

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

Best in Show 04/16/17 07:29 (15 comments)

Our nose: what a marvelous organ it is! We tend to take it for granted, but lovers of perfume, especially, should every once in a while take a moment and contemplate their gratitude towards this small (or sometimes not so small), precious miracle. It's amazing how specialized olfactory receptor cells (nerve cells) within the nasal lining detect odors for us, transmitting impulses to the brain where they are perceived as a certain smell. It does this so preci... (more)

What do Fragrantica writers choose when their noses have been on overload?

Best in Show: Floral Fragrances for the Spring Bride (2017)Best in Show: Floral Fragrances for the Spring Bride (2017)

Best in Show 04/09/17 05:06 (28 comments)

A traditional dress or maybe a tuxedo, satin heels or perhaps velvet loafers (or maybe even bare feet!), a bouquet of blossoms or tiara of tiny roses, an heirloom jewel or understated accessory, a pair of rings, and a memorable scent. What more do brides need? With friends and family, a ray of sunshine despite a few drops of rain, music for dancing and the warm feeling of love, a wedding is a day (or night) to remember. With scent being such a direct link to memory, it's an import... (more)

Our international writers discuss a wide range of floral-themed scents for spring weddings. Join the conversation and share your own favorites!

Fragrant First Impressions: Penhaligon's, Jack, Dame and more!Fragrant First Impressions: Penhaligon's, Jack, Dame and more!

Fragrance Reviews 04/08/17 07:56 (5 comments)

Welcome to Fragrant First Impressions, our way of sharing our initial encounters with a wide array of fragrances. We may not have significant experience with any of these aromas just yet, but we're excited to present our thoughts to you!   January Scent Project Eiderantler Marlen : Reviewed by Ida HERE , this is my favorite of the first three January Scent Project releases. A sure thing for lovers of green aromas, Eiderantler is grassy, c... (more)

Staff reviews of JSP Eiderantler, DSH Deco Diamonds, English Fern, Piccadilly '69, Dark Horse, HDP This Is Not a Blue Bottle, Visconti Silver Wood, Fresh Patchouli Pure

Substitute Scents: Don't Despair, Pick Something Else!Substitute Scents: Don't Despair, Pick Something Else!

Columns 04/02/17 07:41 (56 comments)

For the true perfume lover, the attachment to certain fragrances can be enormous! We all have those creations in our collection we couldn't fathom doing without, even if we don't really wear them that often or if the excitement about having them is gone because we have worn them so much. And then: panic mode.... we find out our gem has been discontinued! Or a push on the sprayer only delivers a pathetic, sputtering sound.... it's all gone! The same desperate feeling can c... (more)

10 substitution ideas from our editors team could open some doors you thought were closed forever....

The Scented Ages of Man: Part 2, Steal My Sunshine!The Scented Ages of Man: Part 2, Steal My Sunshine!

Columns 03/31/17 08:26 (6 comments)

Men with a taste for scents don't grow on trees. Someone introduced them to fine fragrance, often at an early age, as we discussed in  Part 1 our of Scented Ages of Man: Eau Baby . But, beyond a kids' cologne sprinkled after a bath, on which said kid seldom gets a veto, fragrance really gains cultural significance when kids reach primary school and get to watch their parents preparing for work or grooming before getting out for the evening. Who doesn't recall the smel... (more)

Continuing the scented journey of men, we examine colognes that young boys can either borrow, get spritzed with or get gifted with, so as to seamlessly grow into loving fragrances and enjoying scen...

Shopping Challenge: Gourmands Under $25 USDShopping Challenge: Gourmands Under $25 USD

Best in Show 03/26/17 09:48 (57 comments)

Surprisingly, one of the most popular genres of modern perfumery is also one of its newest. Many attribute to the rise of dessert-like fragrances - those offering chocolate, caramel, biscuit and even liquer notes - to 1992's groundbreaking Angel by Thierry Mugler and Clarins. And for the past 25 years, the market has seen an exctiing array of variations on gourmand themes. So popular are gourmand fragrances that we've even dedicated a Fragrantica Forum discussion boar... (more)

Our international writers recommend some budget-friendly gourmands. Which are your favorites?

Rahele by Neela Vermeire CreationsRahele by Neela Vermeire Creations

Fragrance Reviews 03/21/17 08:57 (2 comments)

  Anthony Bourdain once said that "the journey is part of the experience - an expression of the seriousness of one's intent; one doesn't take a train to Mecca." Fragrance as a means to journey into different places and various time periods is a well-favored technique for obvious reasons. It does not mean we lack seriousness in our intent! The fragrances that capture the hearts of time travelers are therefore many and well varied and some are more we... (more)

The newest creation by Bertrand Duchaufour for Neela Vermeire Creations breaks the mold of the previous scents. We review it here.

Patricia de Nicolai Opens a New BoutiquePatricia de Nicolai Opens a New Boutique

Shopping 03/20/17 09:25 (One comment)

  One of the oldest and most revered niche perfume brands is nicely expanding its circuit of retail. Twenty eight years after the opening of its first boutique at 69 avenue Raymond Poincaré in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the perfume brand NICOLAÏ : Parfumeur-Créateur opens its eighth point of sale. Located at 31 rue de Chartres in Neuilly-sur-Seine, this boutique marks a new era. The move is co-ordinated with the renewed energy that ... (more)

The 8th point of sale of the niche brand is now official.

Best in Show: Welcome Spring! (2017)Best in Show: Welcome Spring! (2017)

Best in Show 03/19/17 18:51 (43 comments)

Fragrantica is so pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of its popular Best in Show column by returning to the inaugural topic in the series. As the vernal equinox marks a shift in temperatures around the globe, so too does it mark a shift in many of our fragrance habits. Out go the winter favorites and in come the scents we've been waiting to wear with the change in weather. Last year's (2016) choices included En Passant Frederic Malle , Borsari Violetta d... (more)

Our international staff celebrate the arrival of spring with some of their favorite aromas. What scent spells spring for you?

Theo Parfums: Interview & Fragrance GiveawayTheo Parfums: Interview & Fragrance Giveaway

Interviews 03/17/17 05:33 (266 comments)

The Greek brand  THÉO PARFUMS is the brain child of entrepreneur and creative director Theodoros Kalotinis, a young (quite young!) perfumer who launched the first exclusive perfume brand in Greece, based on Crete, the picturesque island that accounts for so many of the precious and aromatic flora of the country. The reception of his perfumes in Greece has been quite impressive and the consumers' comments surrounding the natural feel of the products, as well as the excellent ... (more)

News of the brand & the impending launch outside of Greece plus a giveaway of 3 perfumes! Comment under the article to enter the draw.

Best in Show: Sandalwood (2017)Best in Show: Sandalwood (2017)

Best in Show 03/12/17 06:57 (42 comments)

Sandalwood has a rich, balsamic, sweet fragrance with delicate wood notes. The oil has a woody, exotic smell, subtle and lingering and the color is pale yellow to pale gold. Sandalwood is a small evergreen tree growing to 18 m in height and 2.4 m in girth, with slender drooping branches. The tree reaches its full maturity in 60 to 80 years, which is when the center of the slender trunk (the heartwood) has achieved its greatest oil content. This classic oriental woody note offers milky... (more)

The documented use of sandalwood goes back 4000 years to India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Our writers discuss their favorite sandalwood aromas; which are yours?

Best in Show: The Body Shop (2017)Best in Show: The Body Shop (2017)

Best in Show 03/05/17 08:39 (56 comments)

The Body Shop has been making the world a better place AND a better-smelling place since 1976. Its founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick, was a force of nature, shaking up the cosmetics industry with her commitments to fair trade, sustainable sourcing, truth in advertising and opposition to animal testing—long before the terms "green beauty" and "cruelty-free beauty" were coined and predating the ethical consumerism trend by more than a decade. By ... (more)

With 108 fragrances listed here on Fragrantica, The Body Shop has given us some great-smelling products over the years. What's your favorite?

Perfume Book Review: Le Roman Des Guerlain by Elisa de Feydeau (2017)Perfume Book Review: Le Roman Des Guerlain by Elisa de Feydeau (2017)

Art Books Events 02/28/17 09:23 (4 comments)

The motto of the Guerlain family, "Glory is ephemeral, only renown lasts", could be the very reason why Guerlain fragrances have established themselves as the sine qua non of getting to know fine fragrance itself. The notion of scent in general you see, differs, not quite so subtly either, from the intricate technicalities as well as the aesthetic principles that rule fine fragrance, i.e. fragrance to be worn on one's own self. Like for many perfume lovers, sampli... (more)

The motto of the Guerlain family of perfumers survives in the heritage of the venerable house, as recounted in a new book by historian Elisa de Feydeau, who narrates the family story in gorgeous de...

Best in Show: Jo Malone (2017)Best in Show: Jo Malone (2017)

Best in Show 02/26/17 09:45 (25 comments)

Like the story of Anita Roddick and the very-British The Body Shop, the Jo Malone brand started thanks to the vision and resourcefulness of a single English lady. A florist by day and a beautician by night, Jo was inspired by her dual-natured job, dabbling in beautiful things, to incorporate the lovely scents of her flower business into beauty products that women could savour for longer than a couple of days. Perfume, that most ephemeral pleasure, yet the one prolonging the tempo... (more)

"Customers have embraced the Jo Malone London brand for adherence to refined style and subtlety, the dignified concepts, and the encouragement to layer the colognes"

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

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

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

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

Best in Show: Dame Perfumery (2017)Best in Show: Dame Perfumery (2017)

Best in Show 02/19/17 09:18 (22 comments)

Three generations: Grandfather (L), Father and Son (R) Those who have been active in global perfumery throughout the last 30 years surely have become acquainted with the singular force of visionary creativity in the perfume world known as Jeffrey Dame. Whether it is his work in fragrance - such as his assistance in scents such as Bill Blass Amazing or the development of the Long Lost Perfumes brand - or his creation of the Perfume of Life discussion boards, Jeffrey Dame h... (more)

From photorealistic soliflores to exceptional musks and gourmands, this week we examine Dame Perfumery. Comment and share your favorites!

A Fragrant Love Story: Help Us Write the ConclusionA Fragrant Love Story: Help Us Write the Conclusion

Fragrantica 02/13/17 11:36 (3 comments)

This Valentine's Day, Fragrantica writers enjoyed the creativity of composing a fragrant love story. One by one we took turns telling the story of Miss Dior and her mysterious suitor, incorporating numerous fragrances into the story. Now, we invite you to join in the fun and write a conclusion. Just leave a reply in our General Perfume Talk Forum HERE and be as creative or as silly as you wish. Incorporate scents into the story by using the insert perfume function under the reply are... (more)

Fragrantica staff members composed a group story incorporating numerous scents. We invite you to write the ending for your chance to win a very special Valentine gift from Roses for Autism!

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

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

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

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

Fragrant First Impressions: New Courreges, Rare Picasso, Classic Miller Harris and more!Fragrant First Impressions: New Courreges, Rare Picasso, Classic Miller Harris and more!

Fragrance Reviews 02/11/17 11:32 (6 comments)

Welcome to Fragrant First Impressions, our way of sharing our initial encounters with a wide array of fragrances. We may not have significant experience with any of these aromas just yet, but we're excited to present our thoughts to you!   Miller Harris L`Air de Rien Stefanie: I've recently developed an interest in the "not so clean" scents and L'Air de Rien is basically this: Not so clean. Someone spent the day in bed... (more)

Staff reviews of L'Air de Rien, Agua Brava, Tonkaccino, Le Chapeau Bleu, Eau de Rhubarbe Écarlate, Red Musk, The Dark Heart of Old Havana and Hyperbole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tonic or Poison? The History of Eau de Melissa and Carmelite WaterTonic or Poison? The History of Eau de Melissa and Carmelite Water

1001 Past Tales 01/28/17 06:54 (6 comments)

Imagine for a moment how different the well-known story recounted by Dumas in The Three Musketeers would be if the (fictionally evil) Cardinal Richelieu had been poisoned by his beloved Eau de Melissa, which factual history assures us he carried everywhere to partake of to aid his heart and chase away migraines instilled by the worries of running the most powerful state of his times. One day in 1635, Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, commonly referred to as Le Cardinal Riche... (more)

Would the Cardinal Richelieu have been better off without his beloved Carmelite Water? The popular formula for this prized tonic is at the center of a fascinating story.

A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer (Book Review)A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer (Book Review)

Art Books Events 01/25/17 18:21 (11 comments)

Despite Marie Antoinette, she of the fabled "let them eat cake" reputation, being known even among those not keen on history as a key player in the pre-Revolutionary times of the French royal court, her perfumer, Jean Louis Fargeon, is not. Elisabeth de Feydau set out to correct this omission in A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer which reads as a new point of view of the times of Marie Antoinette, an era of most brutal and ... (more)

When a perfumer has a pivotal part in the court of the most infamous queen of France (and in the French Revolution that cost her her head as well) you know his story is an unmissable tale.

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Christine Nagel (2017)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Christine Nagel (2017)

Best in Show 01/22/17 11:35 (25 comments)

A student of organic chemistry, Geneva-born Christine Nagel joined Firmenich early in her career and it was there she learned to analyze and synthesize fragrant raw materials. Her bio in Wikipedia suggests that it was a meeting with the talented nose Alberto Morillas (see our Best in Show: The Fragrances of Alberto Morillas ) that encouraged her to become a perfumer. After Firmenich, she next worked at Aromatic Creations (now Symrise) as director of chromatography. While... (more)

From Dior to Hermes, Nagel has created some of our most memorable modern fragrances. Which are your favorites?

Iris Hand Cream: An Indulgent New Ritual from Frederic Malle and Olivia GiacobettiIris Hand Cream: An Indulgent New Ritual from Frederic Malle and Olivia Giacobetti

Bath & Body 01/18/17 08:52 (13 comments)

  The Medici family used to perfume their gloves with iris concrete.   Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle  honors their history with a new hand cream featuring orris butter, from the dried rhizome of the iris plant, composed by revered perfumer Olivia Giacobetti.  The use of scented oils and pomades to scent leather gloves ripened in Italy and Florence in particular, where the Medici family flourished and patronized the arts. Originally, ... (more)

When the material that has been used to scent gloves since Renaissance is highlighted in a special hand cream, we know F. Malle is onto something.

Best in Show: Tuberose (2017)Best in Show: Tuberose (2017)

Best in Show 01/15/17 11:30 (66 comments)

No note in perfumery is more surprisingly carnal, creamier or contradicting than that of tuberose. The multi-petalled flower is a mix of flower shop freshness and velvety opulence. Which is why it is the perennial polarizing flower note having as many ardent fans as passionate detractors. The Victorians must have been among the latter: they forbade young girls of inhaling the scent of tuberose in the fear they might have a spontaneous orgasm! Roja Dove is right when he says that tuberose is ... (more)

Tuberose as featured in niche, luxe and men's perfumery.

Escentric 04: The Upcoming Player in the Escentric Molecules GameEscentric 04: The Upcoming Player in the Escentric Molecules Game

Niche Perfumery 01/09/17 08:49 (2 comments)

  The Escentric Molecules brand stands as the perfect example of what I call "the sliced bread concept": a simple pioneering idea that sounds like anyone could devise while walking the dog or something, but only one actually did. That one, in the case of purist ingredients sliced out of the lab for the public's awareness, has been none other than German-born perfumer Geza Schoen . The premise is a purist one. The motto of the brand runs thus: "... (more)

When renegade perfumer Geza Schoen ups the ante with a new addition in his Molecules line, there will be a quizzical waiting list to be sure!

Best in Show: Oriflame (2017)Best in Show: Oriflame (2017)

Best in Show 01/08/17 09:41 (26 comments)

Oriflame is one of the world's best-selling beauty brands. Founded in Sweden in 1967 and originally distributed exclusively by direct sales consultants, not unlike the American brand Avon, Oriflame successfuly marketed its innovative Swedish beauty style across Europe, into Asia, down to Africa and across the pond to Latin America. Today, Oriflame offers its products through consultants and via the web in more than 60 countries around the world. Despite its 50 years in busi... (more)

Affordable favorites from the Swedish brand, chosen by Fragrantica editors around the world!

Best in Show: Chanel (2017)Best in Show: Chanel (2017)

Best in Show 01/01/17 11:55 (67 comments)

Chanel. For almost 100 years, these two syllables have conjured sophistication, glamour and simplicity...and perfume. Whether choosing an iconic early aroma of the brand such as Cuir de Russie, a 70s classic like Cristalle, an 80s powerhouse oriental such as Coco, or a new Les Exclusifs such as Jersey, it is easy for everyone to find a Chanel of their own. And many famous names have helped to keep Chanel iconic: Marilyn and her N° 5; Warhol and his pai... (more)

Fragrantica editors celebrate their favorite Chanel fragrances. Leave a comment with your own picks!

My Favorite Perfumes from M.Micallef: 20 Years of Excellence in Fine PerfumeMy Favorite Perfumes from M.Micallef: 20 Years of Excellence in Fine Perfume

Niche Perfumery 12/27/16 10:28 (11 comments)

The world of niche perfumery sometimes resembles a borderless city to me, spreading around in ever expanding homocentric circles, intricate and labyrinthine in themselves, yet penetrable by a disciplined mind. I doubt mine is as disciplined as required, but pinpointing some of the worthier brands is still within my capacities. M.Micallef parfums celebrates 20 years of niche perfumery excellence and counts itself among those brands.    I occasionally hav... (more)

A very personal selection of some of the highlights by M.Micallef. The brand celebrates their 20 year anniversary this year.

A Fragrance for SantaA Fragrance for Santa

Columns 12/25/16 03:01 (35 comments)

Would Santa wear scent? What would it smell like? And if he did, would anybody smell it as he rode through the upper atmosphere? Well, every substance in gas form has a little gravity between molecules, so these molecules will distribute and fill all the space available. This probably means that in a vacuum or in outer space the diffusion of perfume will be much higher. Sadly, no one could notice it because it's actually not possible to inhale or breathe in space. ... (more)

Fragrantica editors choose scents they would gift to Santa. What would your choices be?

Editor's Choice Awards: Thanks from Writer and Editor, Elena VosnakiEditor's Choice Awards: Thanks from Writer and Editor, Elena Vosnaki

Fragrantica 12/19/16 09:24 (13 comments)

  A major part of the Fragrantica experience is coming on-board to see thousands of people, of different cultures and different backgrounds, writing about their experiences with fragrance. It must be worthwhile for the consumer no doubt, the way Trip Advisor reviews are, acting as a stirring guide into new purchases or even just sampling. But as a day-job-writer I can tell you that nothing beats savouring the richness of the text itself. From elaborate to lac... (more)

Congratulations to Le Coeur Gothique, Alex1984 and Perfumeaddict777! Enjoy your gifts!

Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Cinnamon (2016)Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Cinnamon (2016)

Best in Show 12/18/16 10:13 (46 comments)

In our first two articles celebrating spices in perfumes this holiday season, we explored nutmeg and cloves . In the third and last installment of this series, we set sail again to far off shores to investigate that nearly universal spice cinnamon .   Cinnamon is native to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, and the Malabar Coast of Southern India, where it is found as the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree, or  Cinnamomum verum . A similar plant, Cassia, is often u... (more)

In our third and final exploration of spice-based perfumes, we smell those amazing scents infused with cinnamon.

Best in Show: Fragrance for a Holiday Event (2016)Best in Show: Fragrance for a Holiday Event (2016)

Best in Show 12/11/16 10:04 (29 comments)

December - a time for parties, get-togethers, worship, vacations, family reunions, and even pensive nights in front of a colorfully lit tree. In this week's Best in Show,  our writers consider what they might wear for specific holiday-related occasions. Please join in the discussion and share with us some of your own choices for various December festivities! We look forward to your comments below. L`Erbolario Dolcelisir By:  Marlen Elliot Harriso... (more)

Please join in the discussion and share some of your own choices for various December festivities!

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Michel Almairac (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Michel Almairac (2016)

Best in Show 12/04/16 11:35 (32 comments)

Born in 1953 in Grasse, France, Michel Almairac has become one of the most prolific modern perfumers, developing fragrances for many major brands including Gucci, Chloe, Le Labo, Burberry, Escada, Chopard and Givenchy, to name just a few. Almairac began his training in 1972 at Roure Betrand Dupont (now part of Givaudan) and continued his career working at such famous companies as Creations Aromatiques, Drom, and Takasago. He currently works at Robertet.&... (more)

Fragrantica's editors celebrate Michel Almairac by discussing what they consider to be some of his most important compositions. Which are your favorites?

Christmas Editions by Patricia de Nicolai: Or,  Myrrhe,  Encens Christmas Editions by Patricia de Nicolai: Or, Myrrhe, Encens

Home Scents 12/01/16 08:11 (One comment)

Nicolai Parfumeur Createur is launching a new triad of home scents inspired by the legendary gifts of the Wise Men to Jesus for Christmas: Or (Gold), Myrrhe (Myrrh) and Encens (Incense). These are the perfect scents to accompany lazy afternoons by the fire or to offer as Christmas gifts to your host.   The scents replicate familiar and beloved Christmas-y and winter-y smells.   Or (Gold) : Like oranges studded with cloves decorating Christmas trees, O... (more)

The gifts of the Three Wise Men are translated into scent products with the usual mastery of Patricia de Nicolai.

Fit for an Ageless Renaissance Queen: Eau de La Reine de HongrieFit for an Ageless Renaissance Queen: Eau de La Reine de Hongrie

1001 Past Tales 11/29/16 09:40 (7 comments)

"She had no sooner taken the spindle, which was very sharp, that she became a little dizzy, and, moreover, as the fairy order had ordered it thus, she pierced her hand and fell fainting. The good old woman, very embarrassed, shouted for help: help comes from all sides, one throws water into the princess's face, one loosens her clothes, one strikes her in the hands, one rubs her temples with Water Of the Queen of Hungary; But nothing made her come round."  ... (more)

Can an Eau de Toilette retain youth and beauty enough to make men hanker after you well into your 70s? The Queen of Hungary possessed one such secret recipe, the tale of which we explore in this es...

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

Best in Show 11/27/16 09:56 (65 comments)

Ah, autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when gourmand scents seem absolutely perfect; the air is cooling, festive parties are being thrown and many of us turn to our fragrance wardrobes for something perhaps a bit sweeter, warmer and richer. Enter caramel, a confection traditionally made from heating sugar; sometimes butter and cream are also added. This gooey, golden syrup is often drizzled over pastries and ice creams and in its hardened form makes a great cand... (more)

Fragrantica's team of international writers discuss five of their favorite caramel fragrances. What are yours?

L'Eau Couture: Chanel No.5 L'Eau Aims and Mostly MissesL'Eau Couture: Chanel No.5 L'Eau Aims and Mostly Misses

Columns 11/23/16 10:52 (26 comments)

Which is the most memorable tagline in perfume advertising? "Promise her anything but give her Arpege" fares high up there to be sure, though "You stay dry. She gets wet" for Faberge's Brut is a fierce contestant . Chanel, classy outfit that it is, thought of a really good but tamer one recently upon the launch of their modernized version of the classic No.5, L'Eau. "You know me and you don't". There, in a simple juxtapositi... (more)

A look into how No.5 L'Eau is aimed at a new generation with a revamped story-telling of an old tale. Will it capture its intended audience? We explore its concept, presentation and advertising to ...

Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Cloves (2016)Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Cloves (2016)

Best in Show 11/20/16 09:29 (31 comments)

We began our exploration of the spices of the season in our article about nutmeg . We return in our giant ship of the past to the Spice Islands for that elusive flowering bud that emits one of the richest of all spice scents: Cloves. Many do not know that the hard, dark brown spice that grinds down to a coarse and mealy powder is actually the dried bud from a flowering tree,  Syzygium aromaticum . It’s native to the small Moluccas Islands of Indonesia. However, they were... (more)

The closed buds of a rare tree bring forth the warm, spicy promises of the season through the lore of cloves.

Best in Show: The Perfumes of Sonia ConstantBest in Show: The Perfumes of Sonia Constant

Best in Show 11/13/16 06:37 (6 comments)

As writers for Fragrantica, we are fortunate to become familiar with the work of our peers and gain access to information this way. Fellow writer Sergey Borisov  conducted such an intriguing and insightful interview with perfumer Sonia Constant that we knew we’d love to explore her work at greater length. It is with this thought in mind that we present our latest Best in Show highlighting perfumer  Sonia Constant . Looking at the wide breadth of her... (more)

Creator of the immensely popular Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, Sonia Constant is a fascinating force in contemporary perfumery.

Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Nutmeg (2016)Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Nutmeg (2016)

Best in Show 11/06/16 08:57 (51 comments)

Wars have been fought across thousands of miles in the quest to control spice. But did you know that the great war of the Spice Islands began because of nutmeg? The hunger for this warm, oily, aromatic fruit seed was so intense and so profitable, that the Dutch East India Company knew it was better to fight a war for control of the future than to remain at the whims of traders. Yet we can appreciate the depth of yearning that must have gripped the imagination of Europeans and North Af... (more)

From the War of the Spice Islands to today's Oriental perfumes, nutmeg is the king of the cornucopia.

Autumn Aromas in Kyoto, Krasnodar and AthensAutumn Aromas in Kyoto, Krasnodar and Athens

Columns 11/02/16 11:01 (11 comments)

Inspired by the scentscapes of our favorite environments, Fragrantica's international writers discuss the autumnal aromas that they associate with cities around the globe. What kinds of scents permeate the air in your own hometowns or favorite vacation destinations? Leave us a comment below. Part 1:  Autumn Aromas in Boston, Lisbon, San Diego & Amsterdam   KYOTO Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison: The aromas of Kyoto in autumn are direct... (more)

Colors, tastes and smells of fall.

Cologne Drinks: Ingesting a LegendCologne Drinks: Ingesting a Legend

1001 Past Tales 10/31/16 07:07 (8 comments)

Elvis Costello and the Attractions spat it out plain as day: "And you're drinking down the Eau de Cologne. And you're spitting out the Kodachrome. You better watch your step." So what if you poured that bottle of eau de cologne not onto your freshly-bathed flesh but down your oesophagus and into your stomach? As many Russian testimonies will manifest it could be the recipe for an early death. According to Sarah Boseley and Luke Harding reporting for The Guardian i... (more)

From destitute working-class Russians to well-heeled society ladies in Western Europe Eau de Cologne drinking has actually been a habit with long legs in history. We explore the whys and hows.

Best in Show: Penhaligon's (2016)Best in Show: Penhaligon's (2016)

Best in Show 10/30/16 11:08 (31 comments)

Established in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, a barber from Cornwall, Penhaligon's is one of England's oldest, continuously operating perfumeries and a rarity in that many of its original fragrances are still on the market today. The company's first perfume, Hammam Bouquet , was launched in 1872, inspired by the aromas of the Turkish Hammam (baths) that neighbored Penhaligon's Jeremyn Street barber shop, a melange of musky rose and woody lavender. B... (more)

Our editors discuss their favorite fragrances from one of England's oldest perfume houses.

Prada La Femme: Creamy Tension for Modern TemptressesPrada La Femme: Creamy Tension for Modern Temptresses

Fragrance Reviews 10/26/16 07:13 (12 comments)

Perfumer Daniela Roche-Andrier  has seemingly effortlessly managed to fuse a distinct olfactory style through the Prada scent collection. It beautifully pitches the traditional expectation of full-bodied luxuria with contemporary sophistication and humor, gaining a dedicated following in its wake, judging by the best-selling status of the Iris and Amber collections respectively.   The beautiful tension between white florals and vetiver is the building block of the... (more)

When flamboyant sensuality and modern sparseness collide the results can be surprisingly appealing.

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