Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sports teams jumping into perfume business

Dressing rooms have a distinct fragrance. Pungent. Fetid. I could go on at great length and detail here, but at some point, and rather quickly, the words alone might make you toss this week’s “Second Thought” in the trash can, grab a bar of Irish Spring, and bolt for the shower.

Smell, it turns out, is turning into big business in the sports industry. Specifically, the individual scents of teams. Not everyone out there conjures up the odor of mold, Desenex, cheap beer, greasy grilled hot dogs, and stale cigar smoke when they imagine the distinct olfactory quality of their favorite club.

Just over a year ago, the Yankees, a team currently trying to rid the stink of Alex Rodriguez from their dressing room, unveiled their branded scent. Sure, go ahead, laugh. Eau de Bronx Bombers. The scent of Sabathia. Pettitte parfum No. 5. Hey, men, don’t you dare leave the Yankee pro shop without a tube of Mousse Skowron! Just a little Mousse’ll do ya.

Well, according to a recent SportsBusiness Journal report by Terry Lefton, the Yankee scent has produced $10 million in retail business since its debut in April 2012. With the Yanks’ payroll up around $200 million, that may seem merely a drop in the spittoon, but that’s $10 million made out of thin air, or wherever and however perfume is made. All revenue streams gladly accepted.

Granted, I should know how baseball perfume is produced, but I’m still having trouble calculating hardball metrics such as WAR and WHIP and OBP. If she hasn’t done so already, it’s a good bet the Globe’s Meredith Goldstein can tackle the manufacturing angle in her “Love Letters’’ column. Heck, Meredith may already have her own “Mending Hearts’’ scent for all I know. Meredith, if you don’t, ol’ Owe

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Friday, August 30, 2013

One Direction's Over-the-Top Perfume Ad is Designed to Make the Girls Swoon

Cue the swooning. Boy band One Direction has followed in Justin Bieber's tracks to launch a perfume made just for girls.

Unlike the Biebs and his feminine scent "Girlfriend," however, the U.K. singers' "Our Moment," scent is being promoted using a saccharine sweet commercial that makes the most out of the band's boyishly good looks. (As of this post, the spot already racked up nearly 2 million views in less than 72 hours).

Set to a version of the classic song "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music," the ad was done out of Cake Group. It's been filmed using an overdose of pastel colors. We see the members of the hugely popular band blowing petals into the air, testing out different fragrances and suggesting fruits they'd like to include in the scent. It's really a rather over-the-top affair, and one that verges on the ridiculous -- but manages to appeal to their core fan demo of tweens with a knowing wink of irony for older demos too.

The perfume bottle, which band member Louis Tomlinson makes off with at the end of the spot, went on sale Aug. 23 in the U.K., and has hints of pink grapefruit, berries and red currants, plus jasmine petals and freesias.

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A Wickenden Street Shop Blends Custom Perfumes

I love the sense of renewal that comes with the warm weather – clothing, yes, and skincare, and of course swapping my dark lipsticks for pops of color. When I reached for my summer perfume, though, I realized I didn’t have one. Everything I own is either distinctly winter or spring. I wanted something fresh and light, that didn’t overwhelm the room. Those scents are hard to come by, though. Apparently “fresh, clean and light” are code words for “androgynous, soapy and vaguely frat boy smelling” at the perfume counter.

Then Charna Ethier invited me to blend a custom perfume at Providence Perfume Company, and all of my problems were solved. (Well, my scent problems, anyway. Wait, does that make me sound smelly? Because I’m not, I promise.) Charna has been making a name for herself both locally and nationally with her perfume, which started as a hobby and has become so popular that she opened a permanent retail location last month.

Providence Perfume Company sells all-natural perfumes in 11 scents like Cocoa Tuberose, Hindi Honeysuckle and Ginger as well as skincare and hair products. They’re all quite nice, but there’s nothing like complete control. We sat down at the custom perfume bar and set to work. Charna walked me through the process: we’d choose one or two base notes (the strongest scents, which provide the background for the perfume), two to three mid-notes (which are the most prevalent in the blend) and one to two top notes (which are the first things you smell and the first to dissipate). I immediately eliminated anything sweet or heavy like chocolate, vanilla and patchouli for my bottom notes.

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What the Smurf? There is now a Smurfing Smurf perfume

"What's that wonderful smell?" someone will ask you about your new perfume, Smurfette Blue Magic. "It's Smurf perfume," you'll mumble, wishing a hole would open up beneath you. "Excuse me?" they'll press. "It's my SMURF PERFUME, inspired by 'Smurfs 2' — you know, the children's movie with the posters with the pale-looking Smurfs on them?" It will get very quiet. In the silence, the blossoming aroma of oriental mandarin, pink pepper, patchouli and hyacinths will become almost unbearably sweet. "Is it a … children's perfume?" the bewildered person will ask. "They do make a children's Smurf perfume, called Blue Style, but this scent is for grown-ups," you'll reply. A pause. "Oh. Well, where did you get it?" As you flee the room, you will cry out, "Toys 'R' Us!"

Don't worry, if you're over 10 years old, there's a fragrance for you, too: Smurfette Blue Magic, "billed as a more high-end scent targeting women between the ages of 13 and 30." The bottle looks like a sex toy and the liquid inside smells like "oriental mandarin, pink pepper, red raspberry and peach blossom" with bottom notes of "wet leafy greens, hyacinth and transparent lilac, sheer amber, patchouli and bright wood."


Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Sweet Smell of Weed: An Indie Perfumer on Her Custom Father John Misty Perfume

Katy Perry has one. So do Britney Spears and One Direction. Celebrity-endorsed scent is the cornerstone of any perfume empire, but when those with indie-rock fame want to dabble in scent collaborations, they go to indie perfumer Sanae Barber (of Sanae Intoxicants). She approaches perfume the way most people approach drugs: "It's all about the immediate experience," she explains.

After listening to her favorite band, Vetiver, while on vacation in Santa Cruz, she got inspired to start blending perfume. Since then, Barber has been creating heady unisex scents made from exotic, natural oils. But Sanae Intoxicants doesn't smell like a yoga studio in Berkeley; instead, Barber sources rare and far-flung ingredients that suit the free spirit of the modern, stylish hippie tribes of California. Recently, she created a scent for Bonnie Prince Billy, and another called Innocence by Misty, a limited-edition bottling made with sexy L.A. faux-shaman folk singer Father John Misty. It happens to smell like a more palatable version of marijuana. Recently, Barber spoke with the Cut about blending perfumes for hippie rock stars, the scents of Middle Eastern airports, why she likes the smell of weed, and how partying is the key to a successful job. Excerpts:

How did you end up starting a perfume business? 
After I took the class I became obsessed with this whole palette of scents that I was introduced to, so I started doing a lot of blending and mixing. I started wearing them out, and people were stopping me on the streets and at parties and bars, and asking me, What are you wearing? People wanted to buy it from me. And then I found a really nice bottle and packaging and got a little press. So things just evolved naturally on their own.

What is your signature scent? 
For me, it’s probably Meadow Slumber just because that was the first one that I created, and that was the one that inspired me to keep making perfumes, and to keep finding new scents to work with.

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One Direction's Perfume: The 5 Sexiest Moments From Their Sultry Advert

1. Zayn gets his flower power on

If those flowers must smell anywhere near as incredible as the gorgeous Zayn Malik looks here blowing them (and kisses) at us , we're on our way to buy a bottle now! Little Mix's Perrie Edwards is one lucky girl.

2. Louis loves his grapefruit

Louis Tomlinson looks like he's definitely enjoying that grapefruit; for something so bitter, Louis somehow makes that grapefuit sexy, we'd eat one any day if they were advertised like that! Phwoar.

3. Harry catches a breeze

With that wind and his hair there isn't a sight more indulgent to the eyes, Harry Styles you are definitely worth it!

4. Liam finds some fruit

A fruit salad ensemble never looked so gorgeously appetising thanks to Liam Payne. Let's hope the one we pick up at the shops looks just as delicious (and comes with Liam too!).

5. Niall smells something sweet

Niall has evidently found something pleasing to the nose as he browses bottles of scents, what a cutie!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sanae Barber Perfume Smells Like Weed

A new perfume’s scent, created by Sanae Barber, smells like marijuana. Barber will release the product through her company Sanae Intoxicants, but there will only be a seldom amount of bottles available of the limited edition blend. It was created for LA folk singer, Josh Tillman, who works under the name, Father John Misty.

The Cut has described Ms Barber as the go-to perfumer of the rock world, and she creates unisex scents to “suit the free spirit of the modern, stylish hippie tribes of California.” Barber’s perfume is called, “Innocence by Misty,” and it has been described as having soft scent with orange blossoms. However others, as well as its creator, have stated that it reminds them of something else, that is only legal in a few states. Barber told The Cut, “I was immediately reminded of medicinal marijuana drops.

 I love the way that marijuana smells. I think weed tinctures are really lovely.” She also added that her collaboration with Tillman, as well as the singer, Bonnie Prince Billy, only occurred because they partied together so often. She then added, “I think if the scents themselves as songs and stories, and people will have their own experience with them.

I think with any kind of scent it is related to drugs and getting high because it creates an experience.” Barber’s career began by accident when she was holidaying in Santa Cruz. Whilst on the west coast she was inspired to start blending, and after creating Meadow Slumber, her first scent, she became addicted to the art. Her popularity grew organically, as people would stop her on the street, inquire about what she was wearing, and then ask if they could purchase it. Barber does everything herself, including boxing and mailing the products. There will only be 300 bottles of, “Innocence by Misty,” available, each of which will cost $75.

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Sniffing out a new signature scent? LUSH Gorilla Perfume offers intoxicating options

LUSH Cosmetics is known for its minimalist packaging, ethical campaigns and delightful handmade soaps, cosmetics and scents. Now the company is creating some of the most intriguing fragrances ever concocted with dynamic British perfume kings Mark and Simon Constantine. From Devil’s Nightcap to Voice of Reason, which was inspired by the courage of the Beat poets, the dynamic father/son duo creates scents based on art, music, people and feelings. Unlike many perfumes on the market today, which are all about the elaborate packaging, Gorilla Perfume is completely about delivering a top shelf scent. The fragrances range from $14.95 to $174.95 providing options for every budget.

“We don’t have any particular interest in what is happening in the wider market when it comes to fragrance,” said Simon Constantine, LUSH Cosmetics Head Perfumer and Head Of Ethical Buying for LUSH UK. “Our criteria for creation are very different to other companies. We have more emphasis on delivering quality ingredients to the customer and use more expensive materials in our products. We avoid using cheaper synthetic blends of natural materials and opt for using good quality naturals where it is applicable.”

Four arrested in shoplifting of 40 perfume bottles in OV

Three women and one teen who were part of a shoplifting ring stole $3,500 worth of perfume from an Oro Valley store, a police official said.

Diana Jones, 20, Reshava Young, 21, Leshaun McGee, 20, and a teen girl, all from Maricopa County, were arrested Friday after stealing 40 bottles of perfume from the Ulta store at 11875 N. Oracle Road, near Catalina State Park, the official said.

Each of the women is facing felony charges of organized retail theft and shoplifting with an artifice, Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department, said in a news release.

In a theft Riley called "pretty brazen," the women walked into the store, grabbed the perfume and walked out.

Witnesses were able to provide a description of their car as the suspects drove away, and Oro Valley officers tracked them down within 30 minutes, Riley said.

In the car, officers found merchandise from other Oro Valley businesses, Riley said, and detectives suspect they have stolen from other stores in the Tucson and Phoenix areas.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call 911, 88-CRIME or the Oro Valley Police Department at 229-4900.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What about ‘secondhand’ perfume?

So much attention has been given to secondhand smoke effects on children and innocent bystanders. Researchers say it can cause cancer, trigger asthma attacks and destroy the public's confidence in medical caregivers who smoke.

Some health care systems have gone so far as to test prospective employees to see if they smoke before hiring, then test to see if they smoke after they're hired.

Here's my question: What about the people who bathe in perfume, cologne or aftershave?
Have you ever been on an elevator and, when the door closes, you're overcome by someone's perfume? It can take your breath away, make your eyes water and even leave you feeling nauseated.

If you're asthmatic, the last thing you need is to stand next to someone reeking of perfume, cologne or aftershave.
Has there been any research to study the effects of too much perfume on people?
Have companies not hired people because they wear too much perfume?
Have co-workers complained about being next to someone who reeks of perfume? Probably not.

But instead of targeting just smokers, we should look at other things that can affect the quality of the air around us.
Anyone for sniffer police or odor scanners?

Joyce Struhar Buffalo Township

Monday, August 26, 2013

Standings of Top Luxury Perfume Creators Reported by for August 2013

The independent authority on luxury,, has declared their ratings of the 10 best luxury perfume artisans in the luxury industry for the month of August 2013. Each month the independent research team at delves into the best performing luxury perfume artisans and ranks them based on their performance during a thorough analysis of their provided services. The ratings are declared at the start of each month to assist businesses in selecting an effective luxury perfume solution.

To view the listings of the best perfume manufacturers click here.

Luxury perfume creators are analyzed in order to identify which produce the top overall luxury perfume artisan. This is achieved through the use of a set of investigation criteria consisting of five areas of evaluation used to measure and compare luxury perfume creators based on the most vital aspects of luxury perfume producers. The five areas of investigation used during this process include on appeal, ingredients, recognition, reputation, and balance.
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Megan Fox Wears Leopard Print & Frolics In A Bamboo Forest For Avon

Megan Fox's perfect, glowing face is featured in the newest ad for the Avon fragrance "Instinct" along with Brazilian model Marlon Teixeira. To convey the raw animalistic sexiness that one might smell like if this perfume is spritzed, these two disturbingly attractive humans are in some sort of softly-lit bamboo forest. Also, she's wearing gold leopard print. Obviously.

Just when we start to forget about Megan Fox, she reappears, more gorgeous than we remembered. In light of her recent pregnancy announcement, this might be the last skin-tight leopard print dress we see her in for awhile. Or not — you never know with her.

We have yet to actually smell the fragrance, but we're definitely intrigued. Though we can't imagine not wanting to smell a perfume associated with this image.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tile, perfume maker moves into Twoson

MUNCIE — Nearly two years after officials announced a Turkish company would make roofing tiles in the former Twoson Tool building, a Turkish businessman — now working on his own, rather than with investors — is trying to start up two new businesses in the building.

Tiles and perfume would be made in the building, officials said Thursday. Terry Murphy of the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance told The Star Press that the new development springs from a November 2011 announcement that Erdal Cakici’s Kermit USA would employ 70 people making roofing tiles in the building.

The Star Press subsequently reported that the project as announced was in doubt and that investors had changed.

After Thursday’s meeting of the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission, Murphy confirmed to The Star Press that the scope and backing for the project had changed.

“He is the single investor now,” Murphy said about Cakici. “This is a scaled-down version. It had been $12 million investment and 75 jobs, now it is a $6 million investment and 36 jobs over six years.”

During the commission meeting, officials heard that Cakici’s project “was moving quicker.”

“Last Friday, their equipment showed up at the building, along with huge cases of perfume bottles,” Murphy said.

The commission started a process to begin repairs and updates to the building that had already been planned for Gary Dannar, a South Carolina businessman who said he plans to build mobile power generating vehicles in the building, employing nearly 500 people within several years.

Meanwhile, space in the building could someday be at a premium; in recent days, local emergency services had to move equipment to another part of the building and might ultimately be out altogether.

Murphy said local emergency services could continue to use the middle section of the building for storage of items that had been stored in the portion now occupied by Cakici.

But ultimately, Murphy said, the emergency services’ storage space could be used by Dannar.

“They can stay there until one of these businesses grows enough,” Murphy said. “Dannar has an agreement to expand into the middle section.”

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Can Spray-on Caffeine Help Your Running?

Picture this pre-run routine: You slip on shorts and a shirt, wrestle with knee-high compression socks as if pulling on panty hose, then finish with a spritz of caffeinated-water on your neck.

This fall, two entrepreneurs are releasing a topical caffeine spray they’re calling Sprayable Energy. The product’s solution—water, caffeine and an amino acid derivative—is applied like perfume and absorbed through the skin. Four sprays, the recommended dose, is roughly equivalent to one cup of coffee, but because it’s absorbed slowly, it provides a steady stream of energy, rather the jolt and drop of caffeinated drinks, according to its creators Ben Yu and Deven Soni.

The pair, who are both recreational runners, set out to develop a product for people who can’t stomach coffee or who get the jitters from caffeine. They say Sprayable Energy is for anyone looking for quick, convenient, calorie-free energy, including college students, overworked executives, and athletes.

“It really helps me going on long runs, since the key breakthrough with our product is that it permeates the skin and enters at a steady rate,” says Yu, 21, who dropped out of Harvard to become a Thiel Fellow. “[It] has really allowed me to stay consistent and maintain my pace without premature exhaustion.”

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Beyoncé's Heat Perfume Is Best-Selling Celebrity Fragrance of All Time

It's been a big week for Beyoncé: first she debuted her dramatic new blond pixie cut, and now we've learned that her new special-edition Heat fragrance (the most recent release among her six other scents) has officially claimed the No. 1 spot for best-selling celebrity fragrance of all time!
Hey, when you've got it, you've got it!

The intoxicating scent features an alluring mix of florals, vanilla, sandalwood and fruity acai, making for one money-making must-have!

The perfume is packaged in a striking turquoise glass bottle and commemorates her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, which ended just days ago.

"I love my music, I love performing and most of all I love and appreciate my fans," said the singer of the perfume in a release. "I wanted to give them a special remembrance of this tour and I created this scent to reflect the power, passion and playfulness I put into my performances."
Sounds smells good to us!

Looks like her fans are lining up to get their hands on a bottle to honor Queen Bey!

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Justin Bieber's Other Problem: Sluggish Perfume Sales

As if Justin Bieber didn’t have enough troubles already. U.S. border agents found marijuana on his tour bus as it crossed into Canada this summer. He’s been seen peeing in places he shouldn’t and doing other things with bodily fluids he shouldn’t be doing, such as spitting on fans. Now his fragrance, Girlfriend, isn’t doing well, either.

The problem doesn’t appear to be connected to Bieber’s behavior. Instead, it seems the singer with five No. 1 albums and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the world’s No. 1 retailer, have some business to sort out. According to a Wall Street Journal report on Aug. 8, Elizabeth Arden, which makes Bieber’s fragrance as well as those from Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, said its sales had fallen because orders from one of its biggest customers had been cut sharply in recent months.

Executives at Elizabeth Arden didn’t name Walmart, but the retailer is its biggest customer—and Walmart has been reported to have problems restocking store shelves. While the retailer declined to comment today, in April a company spokeswoman dismissed the idea that there are any inventory issues at all and told Bloomberg News: “Our in-stock shelf availability is at historically high levels and averages between 90 percent and 95 percent.”

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Katy Perry Is A Royal Rebel In New ‘Killer Queen’ Perfume Commercial: Watch

Katy Perry‘s regal Killer Queen perfume commercial sparked comparisons with Beyonce‘s Mrs. Carter Show promo when the teaser appeared online but the full-length commercial puts that to rest. While Bey remains positively royal throughout her homage to Marie Antoinette, the “Roar” hitmaker unleashes her inner-rebel and removes her restrictive gown, shocking onlookers, before kicking over her throne. It’s cute and quintessentially Katy. Watch up top.

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The perfume of Provence

For a beauty editor, a visit to Grasse is a bit like an Elvis impersonator going to Graceland. L’Occitane en Provence, the stylish French beauty brand, was launching La Collection de Grasse, and had invited me to the perfume capital of the world to meet the creators and learn about traditional distillation methods. For weeks leading up to my trip, I fantasized about fragrant fields of rose and jasmine, waving delicately in a breeze that was redolent with the scent of spring. Known as the “balcony of the Cote d’Azur”, Grasse boasts a unique microclimate that is perfect for growing flowers and, in the springtime, it turns into an olfactory wonderland. In preparation I packed white cotton dresses and K.Jacques sandals and brushed up on my (abysmal) French.

Alas, my fleur-drenched fantasy will have to remain just that. A few weeks later, driving through the hills from Nice airport, there are no flowers in bloom. Europe has been in the vice of an icy, relentless winter and the plants were still curled beneath the earth, shivering in the morning frost.

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Burberry Brit Rhythm (2013): The Scent of Music Festivals {New Perfume} {Men's Cologne}

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Burberry will launch a new men's perfume from September 2013 called Burberry Brit Rhythm, which is inspired by the current popularity of music festivals, these revivalist 60s happenings. The media have been following these events with particular attention lately as they have proven to be fertile gounds for celebrity sightings, street fashion transported to the country fields of rock 'n roll, accessorily also, good music, and generally speaking, an upbeat atmosphere of happening youth culture and Beatnik revivalism... 
Despite those informal references, the bottle for Brit Rhythm is sleek and urbane-looking, borrowing more from the polished fashion codes of the house. The jus however is meant to capture some of the raw energy of the music festivals' crowds. 

The eau de toilette for men is described as being provocative, sexy and brimming with energy. 

Composition opens on green fresh notes relying on accords of lemon, basil and verbena spiced up with juniper and cardamom. The sexy facet of the perfume rests on incense, sandalwood and warm tonka bean in the heart followed by a base of leather and patchouli.

This is the first fragrance that Burberry are creating in-house after they parted ways with Inter Parfums last spring, a move they had been mulling over since 2011. They are however following suit with the general policy at the house of being plugged into the contemporary musical culture of the young with an element of throwback nostalgia to the London of the Swinging 60s. 

Masculine fragrance launches are usually less high profile than feminine ones, so picking a men's scent to start out on their new path of independent creation might be seen as a safer bet and a rehearsal for a big feminine launch. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Name That Scent: Minajesty By Nicki Minaj Smells Like Pie + Money

What Nicki Minaj thinks it smells like: “#Minajesty smells like a passionate love affair. Mysterious and sexy. An unforgettable and hypnotizing scent.”

What we think it smells like:

  • “Some sort of tropical fruit, like a jackfruit almost.”
  • “Vanilla, but also something toxic.”
  • “Sorbet, but an expensive one you get from a nice bodega. A mixed berry ginger peach.”
  • “A really fruity apertif.”
  • “Really sugary. Really sweet.”
  • “Brown sugar. Like a ’50s housewife who’s making a pie.”
  • “A little kid’s hand, but a sticky child who I don’t want to touch me. And like the ball pit of a Chuck E. Cheese.”
  • “Money.”
  • “Vanilla and blueberry.”
  • “Like someone opened a laundromat next to a flower shop.”
  • “Definitely floral and kind of sweet. Like the type of flower that’s used in baking. Not baking flour but like those macaron flowers.”
  • “Like in middle school when a bunch of girls would take out their perfumes and spray them around.”
  • “Jennifer Love Hewitt.”
  • “Philadelphia.”
  • “Like they made an alcoholic drink out of Cinnabon.”
  • “A Pier 1 store. Capable, intelligent.”

Cops trying to identify Durham perfume bandit

DURHAM -- Police are appealing to the public in an effort to identify a suspect in the theft of perfume from Durham Region stores.

The lone suspect is responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars worth of perfume from Shoppers Drug Mart outlets in Pickering and Ajax, Durham police said. He’s believed to have struck on three occasions between July 15 and 23.

Police have now released security camera images of a suspect in hopes of identifying him. He’s white, with a average build and dirty blonde hair.

Call police at 905-579-1520, extension 2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Egyptian President Perfume Lands A Man In Jail #Egypt #Palestine

A 25 year old Palestinian man who has a perfume shop in the West Bank city of Tulkarim was arrested today by Palestinian security forces. The reason for his arrest he is selling a custom made cologne for his customers. The fragrance he created has the name of the ousted (by a military coup) Egyptain president Mohammad Morsi.

The young man is a fan of the ousted president but the local government run by Mahmoud Abbas is not a fan of the man not his supporters. So the local security officers raided the store after receiving a tip searched everywhere and took the man in their car. The young mans' name is Islamboly Riad Badir who owns "Al Mukhtar Ottor" or "Chosen Perfume" shop in the city.

This is a bizarre store that further reveals the polarization of the Arab people on political issues. The family of the young man is leasing with the local government to ask the security office to release their son whose only crime is finding a creative way to make money.

The source in Arabic

What I would like is how does this presidential fragrance smell? what are its top notes?

Perfume To Evoke Memories Of Younger Days For People Who Have Forgotten The Past

A smell can do more than remind us of something. It can take us back to a moment to relive its emotional intensity. Like Proust’s madelaine, a scent can set off an involuntary reaction that bypasses the rational brain, allowing us to feel without thinking.

In Singapore, a project is using smell as a kind of therapy: evoking memories in people who have forgotten the past, or become disengaged from the present. Developed by the JWT creative agency, the idea is to use "smell kits" to reanimate the memories of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, taking them back to pleasanter times.

The kits include dozens of smells designed according to the ethnicity and age of the patient. They include food like chili or garlic and concoctions that evoke certain situations, like childhood bedtime (talcum powder, lavender, clean sheets), or "school days." The kits even include odors that no longer exist (but are resonant to people in their 60s or 70s), such as the stink of old Singaporean fishing villages (known as "kampungs") or fireworks that are now banned nationwide.

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Harrods to hold perfume extravaganza

LONDON, Aug 20 — The famed London department store is all set to host a month-long festival celebrating everything olfactory, titled “Fragrance Explosion.”

Starting Thursday and running through September 19, Harrods’ perfume hall will witness a series of fragrance masterclasses, in-store talks, and one-on-one perfume consultations with major luxury brands Chloé, Guerlain, and Annick Goutal all set to take part in the event. 

Chanel’s Joanna Norman (the guest fragrance professor for the Parisian brand) will host an event on Sept 16 which explores the famed No. 5 and Coco perfumes with flavoured champagne and macaroons.

Harrods has also released an iPad app version of its in-store magazine, which allows users to access promotional videos and other additional content in advance of the “Fragrance Explosion” event. 

You can book your tickets for the events via the Harrods Concierge service on +44 20 7225 6874 or by emailing

Make Your Own Cologne

The natural soaps and detergents industry has gotten quite creative in recent years when concocting their fragrances. Grapefruits and sandalwood lend their scents to laundry powders and eucalyptus and tea tree castile soaps have found their way into my shower. I recently came across a new favorite dish soap — lavender bergamot — that, with its decidedly woodsy aroma, turned my mind to men’s cologne. (Find out how to make floral-based perfumes, if that sounds more like you.)

Do men’s fragrances need to be the ultra-bold, musky, often toxic chemical soups found at the department store? With my smell-palette tuned to natural aromas, I was inspired to try concocting my own natural colognes for friends and family using essential oils. (Of course you can make your own laundry soap or dishwashing detergent, but that’s for another day.)

Understand Fragrance Families

Fragrances can be divided into a number of categories or “families.” In order to have success in cologne alchemy, you need to determine which fragrance families are your favorites. Here are the four main families:

Animal musks are often overpoweringly strong and can smell rancid if sniffed on their own. For this reason, they are used in minute amounts in store-bought colognes to impart a “dark note of primitive, exotic mystery,” as M.T. McLeod writes in her article on home perfume making.

Spicy or woodsy smells come from bitter tree and spice sources, such as clove and cinnamon. Oak, cedar, myrrh, and roots and barks lend their aromas to this group. Just a touch of cinnamon packs a big punch to muffins or cereals and it will do the same for colognes.

Herbaceous fragrances smell fresh, green and “foody.” Citrus, lavender, camphor, and eucalyptus are just a few of the herbal scents in this family group and they can add a briskness to your colognes. Many commercial colognes are based on the herb family of scents.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Olfactif: A Perfume Subscription Service To Engage Your Senses [Review]

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved perfume. In elementary school a friend and I started our own “perfume line” which entailed mixing things from her garden in with department store perfume samples. Still, my love of scent has never waned. Which is why I immediately signed up for Olfactif, a new perfume subscription service that introduces you to three niche fragrances that no one can find with each delivery and then gives you $18 off a full sized bottle each month. So you can smell even hip-er.

What are the most moving smells you can think of?

Since department stores hold endless rows of scents marketed as trendy, fleeting beauty products. But niche perfume is different. In niche, artists view fragrance as an art form, not a way to maximize profit or enhance a brand. They create scents that are unique and engaging, regardless of the reigning trend. They understand that our sense of smell can move us to joy or sadness or surprise or remembrance—and they create remarkable things out of that understanding.

Major Details For Perfume Examined

Unfortunately, an overseeing body won’t currently regulate cosmetics in the U. Every person has his very own unique odor or smell. Pheromones are chemical messages we send and receive. As a result, the fragrance is mandatory for daytime use and for ladies of all ages. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the very best, I’d give Grey Flannel cologne a 1 because of its strong, camping, mosquito repellent aroma.

Meanwhile, others often consider expensive gifts that are usually made of gold or diamond. The term aromatherapy is mostly new, starting to be used in the 20th century, but the practice continues to be around for thousands of years. At first, her perfume was called Lolavie, the good news is just called Jennifer Aniston. If you might have time, it is possible to cross shots off because you go along, nevertheless, you’ll probably find that that time isn’t available. Karma isn’t a scent for everyone, in fact some hate it.

This perfume premiered by famous designer Elizabeth Taylor in 1991. She goes into the room and works on the baton, to break the glass for the children before they can hurt anyone.

Aramis and Designer Fragrances unveils DKNY Woman Fall

DKNY are already releasing the information that a new scent awaits you to celebrate the fall season of 2013 in New York City, DKNY Women Fall...

The jus is a limited-edition built on the contrast of the season's cool air crispness with the warm cozy autumnal atmosphere in the Big Apple. The gold-coloured juice is presented in the signature DKNY column-like bottle – a tribute to the NYC skyline. The outer packaging is a matching warm amber hue.

The ephemeral eau de toilette is a floral woody fragrance which opens on mandarin, bergamot and cardamom seguing into a heart of magnolia, gardenia and jasmine and lingering on with a base of  vetiver, cedar wood and musk.

Available from August 2013.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saudis spend SR1.2 billion on perfumes during Eid

Saudi Gazette

RIYADH – Perfume sales in Saudi markets during the month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr were around SR1.2 billion, according to businessmen and investors in the Saudi perfume markets, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

The businessmen said the figure represented sales of both imported and regional brands. They added that Ramadan and Eid sales accounted for 40 percent of their annual sales, which stand at SR3 billion.

The second best season for perfume sales is the summer, a time when many Saudi families have weddings. During the summer, perfume sales represent 10 percent of annual sales.

Adnan Al-Ghamdi, an investor in the market, said Ramadan and Eid are the best seasons for most investors. He said 60 percent of imported and regional perfumes displayed in the market are imitations.

Muhammad Bawazir, manager of a perfume shop in Riyadh, said the prices of some rare types of Oud fragrance reach SR60,000 a kilogram. He noted regional perfumes or ones made locally sell well in Ramadan compared with other seasons of the year.

Euromonitor International, which conducts market research and analyses, expects the perfume market in the Kingdom to grow rapidly. The study estimated that a Saudi individual will spend SR211 on perfumes every year, compared to SR68 by each American.

The study estimated annual perfume sales in the Kingdom to each SR3.5 billion by 2017.

3 Perfumes Brides Will Love and More Wedding Fragrance Tips

Finding your signature scent is one thing, but deciding your wedding-day perfume can be a little daunting. Renee Bukowski, senior product development manager of Tru Fragrance, gave us her insight to choosing, wearing, and even gifting fragrance for a wedding. So whether you're the bride, bridesmaid, or guest, we have tips to help you decode wedding-day perfume.

What are your tips to help brides choose a wedding-day perfume?

Renee Bukowski: Scent is very powerful, as it often acts as an emotional trigger for special moments and memories. When choosing a wedding-day scent, brides should pick something special that has a shared significance with her partner — a scent that her partner will recognise her by. I recommend brides reference flowers they have chosen for their bridal bouquet, as these usually are flowers they like, and they're usually in bloom that season.

What are some classic fragrances or notes you would recommend for a bride on her wedding day?

RB: Floral fragrances work well for a bride on her big day, as they suit the femininity of the dress and the occasion. There are a lot of modern roses and classic floral notes, such as white floral, which have been modernised for today, and fragrance houses often combine them with fruity notes. Fragrances featuring the beautiful notes of modern rose include Chloé Eau de Parfum ($90), Chanel Chance, or Dior J'Adore ($199.95). If it is outdoors, I'd recommend a light scent opposed to an evening wedding or black-tie wedding, where I'd suggest a slightly stronger scent.

What steps can a bride take to ensure her fragrance stays on from ceremony to reception?

RB: Wedding days are usually long affairs, so I suggest brides keep a purse-size bottle or rollerball of their fragrance with them, allowing them to discreetly apply it throughout the day. I also recommend applying the scent to the neck and pulse points to ensure the fragrance is long-lasting. For tips on how to give fragrance as a gift, just keep reading.

Any tips for gifting fragrance to the bride?

RB: When gifting fragrance to the bride, I would not surprise her, but instead pick out a scent you're sure she likes and will enjoy. I would speak to the bride about her favourite fragrances — perhaps incorporate it into a bridesmaids get-together — or you could even go shopping together to find a special scent for her. You can help her discover a spectacular fragrance that can be her "something new."


Friday, August 16, 2013

Creamy Mami Perfume & Charm Set Offered

Bandai's official online store, Premium Bandai, is currently accepting preorders for perfume based on the main character of magical girl anime series Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel.

The perfume, titled "Pop'n Cream", is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the influential anime series' original broadcast. The scent is built around a base of fruit scents, including pink grapefruit and melon, as well as an array of flowers, such as magnolias, heliotropes, lilies of the valley, and mimosas. The perfume is topped off with notes of wood and vanilla.

The perfume is packed in a set that includes a 25 milliliter glass bottle and a pink gold charm based on the design of Creamy Mami's magic wand from the anime series.

The perfume set retails for 4,200 yen (about US$42). Quantities are limited, and preorders will end when supplies are exhausted. The perfume will ship in September. Links:

Harrods' Perfume Explosion

Harrods has pulled out the big guns for its month of perfumery. Starting on August 22, the luxury department store's Fragrance Explosion event will welcome some of the most famous names in modern perfume through its beauty doors.

With talks and tutorials, workshops and interviews, Harrods will officially turn itself into a perfume Mecca. Where a bottle can entice, and a perfume leave you hooked, it is the nose behind each scent that will inspire you - as anyone who has been lucky enough to meet a perfumer will tell you.

On September 5, Thierry Wasser, Guerlain's great in-house perfumer, will be taking through the stories behind his beautiful fragrances which include La Petite Robe Noir and Idylle.

 On September 9, Camille Goutal, daughter of Annick and now the artistic creator of her late mother's eponymous perfume brand, will be telling the story of her fragrances through flowers; meanwhile Oliver Creed will be interviewed about his beautiful brand of fragrances on September 17.

We're also marking out September 3 in our diaries for the Jo Malone masterclass and very British afternoon tea along with Chanel's perfume-inspired evening of macaroons on September 16.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Paris Hilton Settles Perfume Bottle Trade Dress Suit

Law360, New York (July 29, 2013, 1:30 PM ET) --

Paris Hilton and Parlux Fragrances LLC have settled their claims against a Los Angeles perfume distributor the former reality TV star and heiress to Hilton Worldwide Inc. sued for allegedly ripping off the trademark and designs for her line of fragrances, according to a California federal judge’s order Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal threw out the trademark and trade dress suit against Genesis International Perfume Distributors Inc. with prejudice after the parties settled and stipulated for the case's dismissal, the filing said. The terms of the agreement were not spelled out in either Thursday's stipulation Judge Segal’s order, and no settlement document was available in the docket.

Representatives for Hilton and Genesis could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday about the case's resolution.

Hilton and the Florida-based fragrance, perfume and accessory maker Parlux hit Genesis with the suit in January, accusing the retailer of selling knockoff Paris Hilton perfumes in packaging and bottles that were indistinguishable from those used for Hilton's products.

According to the suit, Hilton and Parlux obtained samples of the allegedly infringing perfumes from Genesis's Los Angeles store in October and found that they were "intentionally and confusingly similar" to Hilton's products. The Genesis fragrances allegedly misappropriated Hilton's name, which the socialite, actress and designer trademarked in connection with perfumes, body lotions, bath gel, soaps and cosmetics, the suit said.

Hilton has been using that mark exclusively for her line of beauty products since at least 2004, according to the complaint.

Genesis also allegedly violated the design patent covering the bottle for Hilton's perfumes, issued to Parlux in April 2006. The patent covers many of the ornamental features of the star's fragrance bottles, which are transparent, cylindrical and bear a vertical black wave design along with the name "Paris Hilton" written in lowercase cursive lettering against a silver background.

"An ordinary observer...would be deceived into thinking that the design of the infringing products was the same as the Parlux design," according to the complaint, which accused Genesis of engaging in unfair competition, trade dress infringement and trademark dilution in violation of the Lanham Act.

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Inter Parfums (IPAR) Enters Exclusive Perfume License with Agent Provocateur

Inter Parfums, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAR) announced that it has entered into a 10.5-year exclusive worldwide license to create, produce and distribute perfumes and related products under London-based luxury lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur. The agreement commences on August 1, 2013 and runs through December 31, 2023. Financo LLC acted as the financial advisor to Inter Parfums USA in connection with this transaction.

The Company plans to launch its first fragrance under the Agent Provocateur brand featuring iconic packaging in 2014. In addition, Inter Parfums will take over distribution of selected fragrances within the brand’s perfume portfolio and plans to revitalize the Agent Provocateur signature scent.

Founded in 1994 by Joseph Corré, and Serena Rees and acquired by the private equity firm, 3i Group plc in 2007, Agent Provocateur is an iconic, globally-recognized brand, breaking new ground with every collection and rightfully earning its place as a benchmark brand in the world of lingerie. It is a brand that is confident, sensual and irreverent. Agent Provocateur celebrates and empowers women with a unique brand image renowned for being provocative and yet always leaving something to the imagination.

In recent years, Agent Provocateur has been opening doors at a steady growth and plans to continue to grow its door count, especially in Asia. Currently, its products which extend into swimwear, bridal and accessories, are sold globally at nearly 80 doors in 26 countries, which include its own boutiques, shop-in-shops within the finest department stores and specialty retailers, as well as on

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

37 Bottles of Perfume STOLEN from Local Store in the Avenue

Saying the thieves wanted to smell good would be an understatement… A total of 37-bottles of perfume were stolen from the Ulta store located in the Avenue shopping center this past Thursday. The Avenue is where the Victoria Secret store has been hit by thieves three times in the past three months. Thousands of dollars’ worth of bras and panties have been stolen from that store.

The manager of the Ulta store reported that she noticed several wrappers around one section of the retail outlet. The manager checked out the recorded surveillance video footage and saw two women steal $2,296 worth of perfume. The two subjects evidently stuffed the bottles of fragrance into their oversized purses and calmly walked out of the store.

At this point the shoplifters have not been caught and it is not known if the perfume heist is related to the underwear theft at the nearby Victoria Secret store. Both cases are under investigation.


Perfume theft report filed by the MPD: #13-14698

Nicki Minaj Shares The First Ad For Her New Perfume, Minajesty, On Instagram

Attention all Barbz: Nicki Minaj's first ad for her new fragrance, Minajesty, is hurr. The rapper continued her streak of keeping her Barbz and Kenz in the loop and shared the ad on her Instagram. We got a sneak peek of the campaign a few weeks ago when Minaj posted behind-the-scenes images to Instagram, but now, we can ogle the finished ad. In it, Minaj stands in that pink taffeta dress we saw from the preview, in front of a throne, in the woods, arms outstretched. Her hair is huuuge, like, several Bumpits high, and blonde, with pink accents—the inch of brown roots she's been rockin' recently, though, is MIA.

Her jewelry is layered—diamond chains on chains #swag—topped off with a double-layered diamond tiara headband. Very regal, but not very woodsy. Maybe the fragrance has some tree and grass notes? Why is she in the woods and not a castle, JW? Maybe we'll find out, or maybe Minaj finds the woods "mysterious and sexy," like she finds the scent of Minajesty. The bottle, as we've spied, is a glass bust with bright pink hair. It hits stores September 15th, and you can see more at (try saying that five times fast, LOL JK YOU CAN'T!).


Letter: Lighten up on the perfume so we can all breathe easier

Barbara Richardson of Columbus wrote this letter July 21.

I have an unusual request for the public. Actually, it is more of a plea.

My dilemma is that of air quality in confined places, with the abundance of scents, perfumes, colognes, body sprays, not to mention almost every product we touch or use comes with an “irresistible” scent to make our lives more fulfilling. I agree that we do not want to smell bad or to smell bad things ... but it would be wonderful to smell nothing sometimes or at least less.

I was so very excited when within our recent church bulletin there was an added insert describing the ill effects fragrances can have on people and that for some individuals it was even medically dangerous. And the insert politely asked people to be considerate and aware of this when preparing for church.

Sadly, it was confirmed that even after reading this, it did not prevent many from wearing their scents just as usual.

For myself, the menagerie of scents gives me two days of eye-piercing headache, and another family member gets such bad migraines from exposure which at times leaves lesions (scar tissue) on the brain. Many others I have talked with have bad effects from fragrances as well.

I do think some public places can be more aware of the issue and at least limit the extremes such as plugged in scent machines in elevators and bathrooms. We know most of the burden lies on limiting our own habits and environments and running past certain aisles in a store. We know it is mostly our problem, not yours.

Whatever your reason for wearing the extra fragrances, please sacrifice going without them for a few hours for confined meetings and if you work in small areas. Most of us are too respectful to embarrass you — and ourselves — to tell you “a little goes a long way.” You may not realize that you are leaving a trail of scent after you walk past; even sometimes before you enter the room, your perfume has already announced you. Yes, even that $200 an ounce perfume.

Allergies are real. Out of human compassion, when we can lessen another’s discomforts we should, especially in shared public areas.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Britney Spears debuts new perfume: ‘Take a vacation in a bottle’

Britney Spears wants her fans to take a vacation. Well, sort of. The entertainer asked her fans to check out her latest fragrance by suggesting on Saturday just how much she would like to take everyone on a vacation. As devotees know, it’s impossible to vacation with such a famous person, but they obviously can have a little slice of paradise when smelling Britney Spear’s new perfume.

“I wish I could take each and every one of you on an #IslandFantasy but until then, take a vacation in a bottle,” tweeted Britney Spears from her official Twitter account on Saturday. The star included a link to her perfume page at Kohl’s so fans could pick up a bottle for $34 a bottle.

Britney Spears is no stranger to the world of perfumes. The talented entertainer has several current smells on the market sold at high end retail stores. Offering fans a chance to smell like her, the star has plenty of interest in her new product and what images her latest perfume might bring to the fans.


One Direction’s First Fragrance Teaser Revealed — Watch

On August 12, One Direction tweeted: “Happy Monday! Check this sneak peak of @Louis_Tomlinson on the #1DFragrance ad. Watch this space for more…1DHQ x” with a link to a YouTube video.

In the video, Louis looks like he’s taking a picture and then puts the camera down to reveal his pretty eyes and subtle smile.

Although the clip is short, it’s just a glimpse of what we can expect from the fragrance ad! Keep checking the band’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, as well as for all the new teaser clips as they are released throughout this week!

Our Moment’s Scent & Bottle Design The bottle is super girly — a glass container filled with the dyed-pink perfume. The top is a bejeweled crown shape — designed to make you feel and smell like royalty.

The fragrance smells of a combination of pink grapefruit, wild berries, redcurrants, as well as jasmine petals and fresh freesia. A creamy musk adds a base fragrance.

Louis 1D Fragrance

Global Fragrances and Perfumes Industry

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Fragrances and Perfumes in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Women's Fragrances & Perfumes, Men's Fragrances & Perfumes, and Unisex Fragrances.

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2010 through 2018. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets.

The report profiles 217 companies including many key and niche players such as Avon Products, Inc., Bulgari Parfums, Chanel SA, Coty, Inc., Elizabeth Arden, Inc., Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Gucci Group NV, Gianni Versace S.p.A, Fifth & Pacific Companies, L'oreal SA, LVMH Group, Procter & Gamble, Puig Beauty & Fashion Group S.L, and Revlon, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based upon search engine sources in the public domain.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Signature Scents I've Loved Throughout My Life

by Marissa Gold 

Scientists believe that our sense of smell is strongly tied to our memory. If you've ever walked past a guy wearing JOOP! and had a sobering flashback to a purposely forgotten high school hook-up, you know this.

And just as your eighth-period crush has since expanded his fragrance roster, so have you, most likely. You probably have at least a few perfumes that you associate with certain times in your life, and smelling any of the above will likely trigger tons of (hopefully positive!) memories. Let's reminisce. Here's a look back at my signature scents at every stage of life—I can't wait to hear yours.

Middle School: Love's Baby Soft
I was strongly influenced by an ad in a teen magazine in which The Hot Guy in a fictional high school proclaims how much he loves his girlfriend's Love's Baby Soft perfume. This smell takes me back to the awkwardness of those early dates that your mom had to drive you to. [Smells like: baby powder]

High School: L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons
What 16-year-old spends $100 on perfume? This kid right here. I went shopping armed with birthday money and blew it all on this fragrance because it was so pretty. And pink. And French. In my defense, I still have that same bottle to this day, which is somehow not empty yet and still smells fresh as the day I bought it. Every time I wear it, I flash back to being 16, which is a precious gift for anyone who's hit the big 3-0. [Smells like: pink flowers]

College: Aquolina Pink Sugar
This was probably when my interest in sugary smells began. I sampled this at my local Sephora and then wore it religiously in college. It takes me back to all the fun times in college—and reminds me of a certain roomie who was known to steal a spritz whenever I'd leave the room (you know who you are). [Smells like: sugar + pink pepper]

Post-College: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot
What club soda is to mixed drinks, this perfume is to my collection. It goes well with everything, so I alternated wearing it alone and wearing it mixed with other stuff I loved to sweeten it up. This one makes me think of all the nights out I had when I first moved into NYC. [Smells like: candied apricots]

Current Favorite: Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
There's a reason this perfume is a best-seller. It's the perfect blend of spicy and sweet, and every guy I know seems to love it. It also smells like a more "grown-up" version of other scents I've worn before. [Smells like: spicy vanilla]


A Cleansing Oil That Could Be a Great Perfume

All cleansing oils require a two-step process. First, you slather the transparent liquid all over your dry face, then you wet your hands and wash the stuff off, taking care to spend extra time gently rubbing the eye area to remove stubborn makeup. However, the beauty of an oil-based formula is that it breaks down grease and dirt, so there's no need to reach for your makeup remover prior to cleansing. Dior's new Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil does all of the above, plus it smells positively divine, owing to the lily extract inside.

But don't worry: This cleanser is not overly perfumed. It smells like a freshly laundered sheet that was left out to air in an open meadow (not that I've ever done this, but the idea is nice). The scent lasts for a fleeting moment and then vanishes with water. Honestly, if Dior decided to turn this delicate lily fragrance into an actual perfume oil for purchase, I'd buy vats of it.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

The City Is Suing a Midtown Perfume Store for Selling Knockoff Justin Bieber Fragrances

Justin Bieber's perfume business, as sickly popular as his music, has attracted its own bootleggers. Last week the city filed suit against a Midtown perfumerie over the sale of knockoff Justin Bieber scents, after nearly a 10-month-long involvement by the NYPD. Poor, sad Justin Bieber. Will he ever learn to trust again?

Jack Perfume, a retailer at West 30th Street and Broadway, is staring down the barrel of a civil lawsuit after a DNAinfo reporter found the store selling bottles of bootleg Bieber perfume for $45 a pop.

The NYPD, given to idle exercises of authority, it seems, ran a sting operation for five months before cracking down on the perfume shop. They arrested two of its staff and confiscated several dozen phony perfume bottles during a raid in early February, having staked out the place since early September.

This story exists on multiple planes of shady. The store's proprietor, Nizam Chowdhury, lives in Bangladesh, was unavailable for comment in the original reportage, and seemed to be willing to let store employees take the fall. The store continued to sell the perfume for a full five months after the initial bust. And worst of all, they were hawking knockoff manufactured smells from Justin Bieber, the world's most famous castrato in Bathing Apes.

No word yet on whether Bieber himself plans to intervene in the lawsuit, but here at Runnin' Scared, we hope he'll Be Alright.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Orders Evaporate for Celebrity Perfumes

Wall Street smells trouble in the fragrance business.

Shares of perfume makers tumbled Thursday, after Elizabeth Arden Inc. RDEN +0.30% —the producer of fragrances including Justin Bieber's "Girlfriend," Taylor Swift's "Wonderstruck Enchanted" and Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday"—said orders from one of its biggest customers, a major U.S. mass-market retailer, had been cut sharply in recent months.

Executives at the company didn't name the retailer, but Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT -0.45% is its biggest customer, according to Elizabeth Arden securities filings, accounting for 13% of its $1.24 billion sales in the year to June 2012 and about a fifth of its sales in North America.

The cutback in so-called replenishment orders, Elizabeth Arden said, effectively reduced the retailer's inventory on hand "with orders significantly below their pace of their retail sales."

Due to that sharp drop in orders, as well as pockets of weakness for its business in Europe, Elizabeth Arden posted a $5 million loss for the quarter ended June 30, compared with a profit of $3.6 million a year ago. Its overall sales in the year to June 2013 edged up 2% to $1.34 billion.

Shares of Elizabeth Arden, which also sells cosmetics and perfumes under its namesake brand, were down nearly 25% at their low Thursday before rebounding to $33.56, off 17% on the day. Shares of another fragrance maker, Inter Parfums Inc., IPAR -5.10% fell nearly 14% before climbing back to $31, down more than 5% on the day.

Frenkel rejects top Israel bank job in 'perfume affair'

The candidate named to become the new governor of Israel's central bank, Jacob Frenkel, said Monday he was rejecting the post after an investigation against him on a shoplifting allegation.

"I have decided to give up the post of governor of the Bank of Israel," Frenkel told Israeli media.
The commission charged with appointing senior civil servants asked Frenkel two weeks ago why he had failed to mention a 2006 incident at a duty-free boutique in Hong Kong international airport.

According to the press, which calls the incident the "perfume affair," Frenkel was briefly detained after a bottle of perfume that he had not paid for was found in his luggage.

"As he was leaving the store, a bottle of cologne that appeared not to have been paid for was found among Frenkel's belongings," Haaretz newspaper reported this month.

"I deny any implication in this affair, it is a case of an unfortunate understanding," Frenkel said on Monday.

Frenkel, 70, was named last month to replace former World Bank chief economist Stanley Fischer, 69, who is stepping down from the central bank governorship after eight years.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Michigan prosecutors lose again in perfume theft case

SOUTHFIELD — The Michigan Supreme Court says a lower court made the right call in overturning the conviction of a woman accused of stealing a bottle of perfume at a Detroit-area store.

A jury convicted Chandra Smith-Anthony of larceny from a person. That person in the jury’s view was a Macy’s detective who caught her at a Southfield store in 2010.

But the Supreme Court says the store detective didn’t possess the $58 perfume or have it in her immediate presence. The 4-3 decision affirms a similar decision by the state appeals court.

In dissent, Justice Mary Beth Kelly says the Supreme Court has unfortunately set a tighter standard for larceny from a person.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pierre Loti, the Exotic Dandy Has His Perfume Loti Rose d'Amour 1913 Recreated for a Time {Scented Paths & Fragrant Addresses}

An exhibition consecrated to French writer Pierre Loti (1850-1923) at Quai Branly entitled "J'Arrive, J'Aime, Je M'en Vais"* is the opportunity for the recreation of a long lost fragrance called Loti Rose d'Amour, 1913** - the name of a sample really - a custom blend created at the beginning of the 20th century by a Parisian perfumer for the author of Pêcheur d'Islande, Aziyadé and The Last Days of Peking...

Pierre Loti is well-known for his writing but also for his eccentric streak, in particular his love of exoticism, developed during his career as a navy officer, which made him decorate each room in his Rochefort home in a different "world" style as one might put it today, and likewise wear costumes hailing from varied cultures. His nom de plume "Loti" is a nickname bestowed upon him in Polynesia, meaning "red flower".

Artist and nose Laurent-David Garnier happened on a perfume jewel containing the tenuous resinous remnants of a perfume concreta and decided to recreate it by analyzing it but also studying the environment of Loti. One of the writer's habits was to collect botanicals and mummify things like birds with arsenic salts and aromatic herbs, as he was obsessed with the idea of death.

The result, which is partly interpretative and partly based on the materials present in the tiny flacon of origin, is a perfume wafting of Damascean rose, lilac, mint and violet, which one can smell when paying a visit to the exhibition in the darkness of an alcova protected by black velvet curtains.

This will not be the first time that the memory and the universe of the author are honored by perfumers as both Parfum d'Empire and Lubin have each proposed a composition inspired by Aziyadé, the novel by Loti set in Ottoman Turkey.

*"Here I Am, I'm in Love, I'm Leaving"

** "Loti Rose of Love, 1913"

Via Culture Box; Musée du Quai Branly