Articles by Author John Biebel

John Biebel
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John Biebel (johngreenink) is a painter, musician, writer and software designer currently living and working in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union in New York City where he studied fine art, and he currently works as a software and web interaction designer specializing in human factors. He is a student of the scent sciences and takes particular interest in the history and chemistry of perfumes, and created his first perfume in 2015 under the name January Scent Project.
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Best in Show: Welcome Spring! (2017)Best in Show: Welcome Spring! (2017)

Best in Show 03/19/17 18:51 (33 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?

Common Sense & Comic: G. W. Septimus Piesse and The Art of PerfumeryCommon Sense & Comic: G. W. Septimus Piesse and The Art of Perfumery

Art Books Events 03/11/17 06:36 (5 comments)

Books about making perfume are hard to come by. Perfumers distill their secrets after a lot of hard work and experience, so few are willing to give that information over easily.  George W. Septimus Piesse, an English perfumer working in the mid-19th century, decided that he wanted to share all the valuable information he collected, and he did so in his book  The Art of Perfumery (and Method of Obtaining the Odor of Plants) . When I first began my own exploration in... (more)

A classic Londoner perfumer of the 1850's writes an essential and entertaining guide to creating scents.

From the Forums: Soap, Coffee, and MothersFrom the Forums: Soap, Coffee, and Mothers

From the Forums 03/10/17 04:06 (11 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion? The Smell of Fresh Brewed Perfume: Coffee Smells ... (more)

In this edition we explore soapy perfumes, the "coffee" note, and wonder what our mothers wore.

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"

From the Forums: Strength!From the Forums: Strength!

From the Forums 02/24/17 19:43 (11 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion? This edition of From the Forums was an interesting endeavor - as I... (more)

In this installment we listen to Forum voices about strong perfumes: the ups and downs

Perfume and Technology: Vessels to Hold and CarryPerfume and Technology: Vessels to Hold and Carry

Columns 02/21/17 08:30 (4 comments)

  Since the very dawning of perfume creation, at nearly the exact same time, it was necessary to find ways to hold and preserve these perfumes for future use. This is evident in what we find remaining in early Mesopotamian, home to some of the first creators of perfume. Throughout the ancient world, evidence of perfume and its vessels are found as part of burials, from ancient Egypt, to the Fertile Crescent, to Palestine. In many cases, certain compounds did double duty as both a f... (more)

Exploring the evolution of glass and its historic impact on perfume

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!

DSH Perfumes: Animal, Vegetable, Floral, Spiritual...DSH Perfumes: Animal, Vegetable, Floral, Spiritual...

Fragrance Reviews 02/16/17 09:58 (5 comments)

DSH Perfumes has many fans among our Fragrantica staff (and among our Fragrantica members!). With well over 200 perfumes now in our database (14 of which were released in 2016 alone), the talented and prolific Dawn Spencer Hurwitz  truly has something to offer everyone. If her extensive back catalog doesn't include what you're looking for, I'm confident she can craft it for you if you tell her what it is. She has a remarkable ability to capture the e... (more)

Four perspectives on recent releases from the prolific perfumer

Perfumed Love AffairsPerfumed Love Affairs

Columns 02/14/17 10:01 (6 comments)

There are so many different types of love. As we all are different we also feel love in so many ways. Most of those ways are connecting us despite their diversity with strong yet invisible strings. Then, we thought, why shouldn't we translate certain types of love in perfume affairs. Give them the main roles in our stories and describe a passionate, mature, childish, poetic or platonic love, or maybe a love at first sight, a dramatic or a friendly l... (more)

What happens when perfumes fall in love? We pair fragrances into couples and describe their passion. Which scents would you pair together?

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

From the Forums: Citrus Unicorns and Curbing MistakesFrom the Forums: Citrus Unicorns and Curbing Mistakes

From the Forums 02/10/17 07:01 (7 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion? The Allure of the Unattainable…   W... (more)

In this edition of From the Forums, we look at recommendations to new perfume enthusiasts, chasing unicorns, and men's perfect Italian citrus scents.

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 (32 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 (19 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?)

Fragrant First Impressions: Versace, Givenchy, Biagiotti and more!Fragrant First Impressions: Versace, Givenchy, Biagiotti and more!

Fragrance Reviews 01/28/17 07:35 (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! This week we explore a wide range of scents, from vintage classics which have sadly lost some of their oomph, to niche aromas that surprise.   Versace Dreamer Marlen: Versace Dreamer is a fragrance I ... (more)

Staff reviews of Versace Dreamer, Givenchy Xeryus, Aubusson Desirade, Lurk RSW005, Malle Lipstick Rose, Roma Biagiotti, and Delacourte Florentina.

Leaving Your Fragrant Comfort Zone: Iris, Violet and Other Blue SmellsLeaving Your Fragrant Comfort Zone: Iris, Violet and Other Blue Smells

Columns 01/26/17 11:18 (37 comments)

Not long ago Fragrantica writers challenged each other to leave their comfort zones with perfumes that fall into categories that they traditionally didn’t like. For example, read the first in this series by Fragrantica editors Bella van der Weerd and Yi Shang: Leaving Your Fragrant Comfort Zone - Powdery and White Floral Scents. PART 1 BY JOHN BIEBEL Fragrantica writers communicated about our own “difficult notes,” and I had to think for a minute. I t... (more)

Marlen tries to convert John to an iris-lover via a blind sniffing experiment.

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 (24 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?

From the Forums: Creamy Night JasmineFrom the Forums: Creamy Night Jasmine

From the Forums 01/20/17 08:48 (13 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion?   Boxes: Keep or Throw Away? As I recently went t... (more)

This installment of From the Forums explores perfume boxes, night jasmine, and sophisticated creamy gourmands.

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.

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!

From the Forums: Things Cold and WhiteFrom the Forums: Things Cold and White

From the Forums 01/06/17 06:54 (14 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion? White: The Color of Snow and Coconut Despit... (more)

In this installment we encounter the perfumes of the cold, pair scents with fashion, and find the perfect coconut.

The Cologne Experiment 2: Race and Finish!The Cologne Experiment 2: Race and Finish!

Art Books Events 12/28/16 13:40 (24 comments)

As reported earlier this season , my brother and I set out on another adventure in scent testing this year via our Blind Cologne Experiment #2. We first tried this out in 2014 , when the winner was Imaginary Authors’ Cape Heartache . The idea was to buy a cologne or fragrance for my brother for Christmas, but to let him pick it for himself by sampling a bunch on his own. Not only did it give him a way to evaluate them all without any “sell” through packaging, design, or ... (more)

In our second blind cologne experiment, my brother and I run through 20 fragrances without labels, and he picks his top three.

A Fragrance for SantaA Fragrance for Santa

Columns 12/25/16 03:01 (34 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?

From the Forums: Christmas and New YearFrom the Forums: Christmas and New Year

From the Forums 12/23/16 13:11 (5 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion? For this installment, which finds us at the close of 2016, we look... (more)

Three Wise Men, New Year's Resolutions, and Asafoetida

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.

Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Thanks from Co-Editor, Writer John BiebelEditors' Choice Awards 2016: Thanks from Co-Editor, Writer John Biebel

Columns 12/17/16 08:04 (17 comments)

Last year was my first contribution to Fragrantica’s Editor’s Choice Awards, and I have to say, it was a really rewarding experience to read through so many reviews from our contributors. People have a passion for fragrance, but even more than that, they love to explain why they love what they love - and this is not always easy to do! Choosing words to talk about scent is a peculiar task, especially when you really want to convey the idea of a perfume to someone else; to... (more)

For amusing, witty and very funny reviews, congratulations to ShotsK, bugsyiii, and MoonFlare

Oliver & Co.'s Two New Perfumes and GiveawayOliver & Co.'s Two New Perfumes and Giveaway

Interviews 12/14/16 17:48 (359 comments)

The independent perfumer from Madrid, Spain,  Oliver Valverde has created two new perfumes as part of his Illustrated Series for his perfume house Oliver & Co .  He debuted them at Pitti Fragranze this year, and our writer Sandra Raicevic Petrovic  first introduced us to his new work from the conference. Fragrantica readers are in for a treat this holiday, as Oliver & Co. has offered to give away 30 free samples of his new work. He is also offering a ... (more)

Spain's indie perfumer Oliver Valverde talks about his two latest perfumes and presents a giveaway for our readers.

Fragrant First Impressions: Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Penhaligon's Vaara, Chopard Rose Malaki and more!Fragrant First Impressions: Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Penhaligon's Vaara, Chopard Rose Malaki and more!

Fragrance Reviews 12/12/16 08:52 (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! One thing we noticed this week is how all three of us were inspired by fellow writers. Tell us in a comment below what fragrances you've been inspired to try after reading Fragrantica reviews or some of your own first impressions of... (more)

John, Sofia & Marlen report on Dior, Scherrer, Reminiscence, Chopard, Monsillage, VC&A, Penhaligon's, and Scents & the City

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!

From the Forums: First Scents, Rabbit Holes and Mood LiftersFrom the Forums: First Scents, Rabbit Holes and Mood Lifters

From the Forums 12/09/16 08:39 (6 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. You can access our forums through the top menu on the website, as seen in the example below. Why not visit and engage in some lively discussion? This week, we look at conversations readers are having in our V... (more)

In this edition of From the Forums, we talk about first perfumes, the vintages rabbit hole of collecting, and mood-lifting scent notes.

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?

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?

From the Forums: Work, Embraces, and BarbershopsFrom the Forums: Work, Embraces, and Barbershops

From the Forums 11/25/16 13:47 (5 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. This column appears close on the heels of the ubiquitous day known in the US as "Black Friday", or the day that people begin their mad shopping season for the upcoming holidays. Many of us have a lov... (more)

Three different points on the map in From the Forums: What to wear to work, what captures a warm scented embrace, and what makes a "barbershop" scent.

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.

The Language of Scent, Part 3 of 5The Language of Scent, Part 3 of 5

Columns 11/18/16 09:30 (5 comments)

Becoming a fragrance fan essentially requires one to learn a new language, and there is quite a bit of specialized terminology that we use when we talk about perfumes: from the process of creation all the way to how we wear them. Many of these terms can be easily mixed up and so Fragrantica's international writers present a 5 part series to help us all build our vocabulary and clarify misconceptions. Today, John Biebel of the Fragrantica website in English discusses 3 sets of o... (more)

John explains volume vs weight; note vs accord; and reconstruction vs recreation.

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.

Perfumes of TonattoPerfumes of Tonatto

Fragrance Reviews 11/13/16 05:31 (One comment)

At both the Esxence conference in Milan and at Tranoï in New York, the Italian perfume house Tonatto stood out as a fascinating example of traditional places making brand new strides in perfume. Our Russian editor  Eugeniya Chudakova got to speak with Diletta Tonatto while at Esxence. Diletta is the Creative Director of Tonatto Profumi , which holds both brands Laura Tonatto Collection and Tonatto Collection. They have a wide selection of 30 perfumes in our datab... (more)

Weaving their own tapestry of scents, we look at six perfumes of this versatile Italian house.

From the Forums: Getting CozyFrom the Forums: Getting Cozy

From the Forums 11/11/16 13:37 (8 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re talking about on the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. In a few weeks time, the world has chilled remarkably in the northern hemisphere, with snow coming in some northern climes, while South American cities experience heat waves, but the holiday season is very qui... (more)

What we miss, what we abbreviate, and what we take to bed.

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.

Sight Unseen: The Cologne Experiment No. 2Sight Unseen: The Cologne Experiment No. 2

Art Books Events 11/01/16 10:42 (4 comments)

Back in the autumn of 2014, I’d been thinking about making a gift of cologne or fragrance for my brother for Christmas. I’d done so the two previous years, and he really seemed to like it, so I thought I’d try it again. But it dawned on me how much more interesting it would be if he could sample a few things and pick one for himself. So I was prepared to make a few decants from some scents that I owned; and from some fragrances that I didn’t have already, I was making... (more)

The holidays are coming and , once again, Fragrantica writer John Biebel's brother will discover new scents without labels.

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.

Autumn Aromas in Boston, Lisbon, San Diego & AmsterdamAutumn Aromas in Boston, Lisbon, San Diego & Amsterdam

Columns 10/29/16 21:10 (7 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 2:  Autumn Aromas in Kyoto, Krasnodar and Athens   BOSTON JOHN BIEBEL : Boston lies nestled around a harbor, and so the smell of the sea i... (more)

Fragrantica's writers celebrate the aromas of autumn that are associated with international cities.

From the Forums: Election DayFrom the Forums: Election Day

From the Forums 10/22/16 06:29 (11 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re discussing in the Fragrantica discussion boards. There you’ll find many topics that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection. As we enter Autumn at the top of the world, our thoughts often turn to the colder weather and the new perfumes suited to this occasion (or "old friend" perfumes that we like to take out for cooler weather w... (more)

Voting for Sillage, Defending Kouros, and the Numbers Game

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

Best in Show 10/16/16 10:55 (52 comments)

Some say that the first chypre (French for Cyprus, but in reference to the island, not the tree) began in 1917 with the launch of the famous Chypre de Coty , a pre-oriental blend of sharp citruses laid over oakmoss, patchouli, a floral bouquet, styrax (benzoin), civet and musk. However, one only needs to examine perfume history closely to understand that actually Guerlain with their Chypre de Paris and d'Orsay with their Chypre d'Orsay actually preceded Coty b... (more)

Named for the island of Cyprus and containing bergamot, labdanum and oakmoss, the chypre is discussed in this week's Best in Show. What is your favorite chypre?

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

Best in Show 10/09/16 10:23 (65 comments)

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

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

The Look, the Name and the Scent: From the Forums Makes a ConnectionThe Look, the Name and the Scent: From the Forums Makes a Connection

From the Forums 10/07/16 01:44 (3 comments)

From the Forums highlights our Fragrantica readers and what they’re discussing in the Fragrantica Club. There you’ll find many discussion threads that range from polls to opinions to requests for help with selecting something new for a personal collection.     In the Perfume Selection Tips for Women , Fragranica member Queen of Sheba is looking for a recommendation for a pink perfume – but something fairly specific. As she puts it: ... (more)

Our column explores the smell of pink; the relationship between look, name and scent; and the true definition of "vintage".

Young Designer Mair Makes a Perfume that Women Want at Elements ShowcaseYoung Designer Mair Makes a Perfume that Women Want at Elements Showcase

Art Books Events 10/03/16 10:26 (4 comments)

There aren’t many young perfume houses that begin in quite the unusual way that Mair Fragrance began. The story is deceptively simple. Mair Emenogu had been writing while she was at work when a colleague approached her and said, “You know, your name would look perfect on a perfume bottle…” It began as an odd but fascinating piece of unsolicited information; suddenly it occurred to her… “Maybe I should do it…?” In a few sho... (more)

Mair Emenogu's Remember When is a debut soft citrus-floral perfume that captures the enchantment of everyday glamour.

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

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

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

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

New York's Elements Showcase and Tranoï: A PreviewNew York's Elements Showcase and Tranoï: A Preview

Art Books Events 09/24/16 07:26 (One comment)

New York was witness to a grand scale of perfume, fashion and accessory events in Mid-September. Two events occurred simultaneously, the Elements Showcase , and the Tranoï International Trade Show . Elements is part of the larger fashion event Capsule, which takes place at the Pier on the west side, and Tranoï at the old Terminal Warehouse in Chelsea. Both events were packed with exciting offerings in current perfumery, home fragrances, and grooming products. F... (more)

This week brought us two of New York's most important events in niche and artisan perfumery: Elements and Tranoï

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