Monday, September 30, 2013

‘Grace of Monaco’ Teaser Is a Beautiful Perfume Ad, Starring Nicole Kidman

While Naomi Watts has garnered attention and a teensy bit of criticism for portraying the People’s Princess in Diana, Nicole Kidman is preparing to step into another iconic princess’ slippers: Grace Kelly. Though the teaser trailer for Olivier Dahan‘s Grace of Monaco is just a sliver of a minute long and could potentially be the world’s most expensive perfume commercial if you’re not paying too close of attention, it provides a beautiful little glimpse into what you expect a princess’ world to look like — rich and opulent. That opera music is just naturally occurring, too. They didn’t add that in during post.

The film takes place right after Kelly’s well-publicized marriage in the early 1960′s to Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), during a political dispute between Rainier and France’s Charles De Gaulle that threatens a French invasion of Monaco. From the brief teaser, however, it appears that Princess Grace’s official duty is to always stand in soft lighting and look beautiful, which she does admirably.

With both Grace of Monaco and Diana hitting theaters in November, it will be interesting to see which royalty-based film gains more attention with audiences. My money’s on Diana — always stick with scandal.

Grace of Monaco is in theaters November 27th.

Grace Of Monaco Teaser Trailer #1 (2013) - Nicole Kidman
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Tru Fragrance Unveils Chicago’s Second-Ever Homegrown Fragrance

CHICAGO — Tru Fragrance, a leading Chicago-based boutique fragrance development company, announced today the release of Tru Blooms Fountain of Roses. This new limited edition fragrance is derived from the second harvest of Tru Blooms – Chicago’s one-of-a-kind fragrance initiative that beautifies the city’s public green spaces, supports local nonprofits, and creates and sustains jobs for residents.

Created in partnership with Stephanie Hakes, esteemed perfumer from global fragrance house Ungerer & Company, Tru Blooms Fountain of Roses is a transparent aquatic floral captured from the essential oils and essence of rose geranium, patchouli, rose and lavender, sparking a warm and glamorous fragrance.

The Tru Blooms initiative, now in its second year, marks the first time a city has come together to fulfill a mission of sustainability, urban beautification and economic development through the planting and cultivating of flowers and gardens specifically for use in a fine fragrance. The initiative is a joint effort by Tru Fragrance, the city of Chicago and several city and community organizations, including Chicago Park District, Chicago Botanic Garden, Growing Power, Growing Home, NeighborSpace and newcomer Whitney Young High School, who are all committed to making an impact through sustainability.

“Following the success of the first Tru Blooms Chicago perfume, which was among the most sought after fragrances in the city last year, we approached 2013 wanting to give the community a totally new and different fragrance they could again be proud of,” said Monte Henige, CEO and owner of Tru Fragrance. “The result of the 2013 initiative is starkly different to last year, yet still embodies everything we love about Chicago. Tru Blooms Fountain of Roses is a warm yet sophisticated fragrance that is desirable, elegant and very wearable.”

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Police on the scent of perfume thieves

Police are on the scent of perfume thieves after a break-in at Boots. Detectives are investigating the burglary at the store in Church Walk Caterham on August 25 at around 11pm.

Three men forced their way in through the front of the building, stole perfume and aftershave before forcing their way out of the back of the building onto Church walk. Police believed the intruders fled in a vehicle, possibly parked near St John's Church in Clareville Road.

Police have appealed for anyone who has been offered for sale perfume or aftershave to let them know. People can call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference TD/13/4060, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Man stole perfume from cosmetics shop to buy food

A 29-year-old man stole cosmetics and perfume from Boots to pay for food, a court heard.

Phillip James Roden pleaded guilty two counts of theft at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after taking a pair of wire cutters from a DIY store and £440 worth of products from Boots the chemist.

Magistrates heard how Roden, who this week secured accommodation at the Mayday Trust in Northampton, was previously homeless after his parents were given a custodial sentence and had taken the goods to sell for the essential items he needed.

In mitigation, Paul Griffiths, said he had now turned his life around.

Mr Griffiths said: “At the time Mr Roden didn’t know where his life was going. He now has stable accommodation and I feel that with this the likelihood of him re-offending is reduced.”

He added that Roden was fit to do unpaid work and wasn’t taking drugs.

He was given a 12-month community order and told he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community. He will also ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £60 victim surcharge.

Nicki Minaj Runs In A Ball Gown In New Minajesty Perfume Commercial: Watch

Nicki Minaj narrates her new Minajesty perfume commercial as if reciting a fairy tale. “There comes a time in every girl’s life where she realizes that hidden deep within, deep within the forest of her heart, there lies a queendom” — yes, queendom — “and if she believes, she will reign forever,” Minaj says.

So to an extent, the Minajesty ad (which premiered on Ellen) is like a lot of other perfume ads: overly moody and elaborate. Minaj runs in a ball gown after a horse to find a castle with two cars, in neon pink and green. And as she does, the ad follows a tired but still reliable formula, one that portrays a new celebrity scent as something rarefied and real (it once was!) but also helped the perfume industry become a $30 billion industry.

But it may also remind Barbs of a story that Minaj has told often, of how this Queens, N.Y., native grew up in a poor household before she went on to be Forbes‘ only female Hip-Hop Cash King, this year being her second time. So while the ad tries its best to seem sentimental, Minaj is actually repeating a fairy tale ending that she rapped ruthlessly in “Come on a Cone”: “When you see me on Ellen, just admit that I’m winning.”

Watch Nicki Minaj’s new Minajesty ad up top.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Perfumes that claim to give sex appeal in a bottle

Sliding into my train seat, I discreetly whipped out the bottle and applied a few judicious squirts. The man sitting opposite looked up. ‘Mmm, that’s nice,’ he said as the fragrance wafted under his nose
Was it my imagination or was that a cheeky twinkle in his eye?
As a single mum, one week shy of my 40th birthday, I had invested heavily in the new Escentric range of pheromone-based products in a bid to succeed where dating sites had resolutely failed.

The magic ingredient in their Molecules body wash (£25, Harvey Nichols) and Molecule 01 perfume (from £39.50 Harvey Nichols) is ISO E Super, an aroma-chemical which, despite sounding like an engine oil, is said to mimic human pheromones — the chemicals which make us attractive to the opposite sex.
In his new book, The Compatability Gene, Professor Daniel Davis explains how smell is genetically paramount in how attractive we judge a prospective partner. 

Buoyed up by the science, I swapped my usual £1 lemon shower cream for the £25 Escentric body wash. It has a woody, almost masculine aroma.
On the way to my first meeting I caught the attention of a portly man in his late 50s with slip-on shoes and a garish shirt — precisely the type of man I would usually swerve to avoid in a bar. He wandered over  and engaged me for 15 minutes in lively chit-chat. 
When we parted he gave a little nod and wink but, although proof the pheromones were doing their job, he wasn’t exactly the kind of mate I was hoping to attract.

My meeting was with a male  colleague to discuss a project. Although he is married with three children — a total no-go area — it seemed a waste not to preface our platonic lunch with a squirt of the perfume. It had little effect but when I got up to leave, he kissed my cheek politely and said: 
‘Oooh, you smell lovely. Really good.’

Friday, September 27, 2013

Eau de Toast perfume hits London Fashion Week

Size zero models are more readily associated with carrot sticks and lettuce leaves than freshly buttered toast, but for how long?

The Federation Of Bakers has come up with Eau de Toast, a perfume designed to fight back against the bread-free diets many woman undertake to lose weight.
Models at this week’s London Fashion Week have been invited to sashay down the catwalk wearing the scent, which has yeasty top notes and a hint of caramel and malt, and was created by The Aroma Company.

“The limited edition scent was created by The Federation of Bakers to challenge the fashion for bread-free diets. With just 80 calories per slice, bread provides at least 10 per cent of the adult daily intake of protein, fibre, calcium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. What’s more, the Government’s Nutrition Survey shows that people who eat the most bread, consume the fewest calories” the perfume’s website states.

A study last year published in the Journal of Psychology also found that the smell of fresh bread makes us kinder.
And while it remains to be seen whether any of the models took up the toasty offer, it has certainly created the media buzz the Federation were after.

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Fingerprints examined in Seaford perfume theft

Police are examining fingerprints to try to identify thieves who smashed their way into a Seaford pharmacy to steal bottles of expensive perfume.

At about 3.50am on Wednesday August 14 two people were seen smashing a hole in the shop window of L Cameron and Son in Broad Street before one climbed in and handed out items to the other.

They then left towards Croft Lane with a large quantity of perfume.

The offenders were wearing dark clothing and hoodies.

PC Kelley Matthews said: “We have collected fingerprints left inside the premises and are analysing them to see if they could belong to one of the thieves.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who has been offered any bottles of expensive perfume or fragrance at a low price, or knows of anyone who has suddenly acquired these sort of items.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 141 of 14 August or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Katy Perry launches new perfume while dressed in a bizarre outfit in Germany

It's good to be different - and no one could ever accuse Katy Perry of being ordinary.

The I Kissed A Girl singer donned a bizarre outfit for the launch of her fragrance Killer Queen in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday - yet still somehow managed to look confident for the cameras.

Dressed in a black and red tartan skirt with a matching jacket, the 28-year-old added a pair of over the knee socks to her rather unconventional outfit.

Black shoes, plaited hair, red lips and some dark make-up completed the look.

Her fragrance took its name from the Queen song of the same name - and Katy certainly seemed excited to be launching it.

She wrote on Twitter: 'Berliners! Meet me at 5pm TODAY at the Douglas Store at Tauentzienstrasse for my #KILLERQUEEN Perfume launch & sig.'

After posing for photos, she jumped on the back of a motorbike on the red carpet waiting outside, while a transvestite also made an appearance.

Earlier, the pop star had used Twitter to praise students at Lakewood High School in Colorado for their high energy performance of her latest single Roar.

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Acting student makes a splash shilling odor-masking Poo~Pourri

It’s not a criticism to say that Bethany Woodruff’s talents are going to waste.

In a star turn that — fair warning — might turn your stomach, the Brigham Young University acting student recently appeared in a popular potty-mouthed viral marketing spot for Poo~Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray. At one point during a 2-minute video that had amassed more than 4 million views as of Tuesday morning, the chirpy Scot deadpans in her best high-society English, "Our business is to make it smell like your business never even happened."

Woodruff moved to Utah at 18 and has bounced from the College of Eastern Utah to Utah Valley University to BYU. In the bit, the 21-year-old espouses the odor-masking properties of the toilet spray in a variety of places where it might be embarrassing to use the bathroom. She never imagined she’d get her break waxing poetic about fecal matters.

"It completely happened on a whim," says Woodruff, whose background is in dramatic acting. A BYU adjunct professor, Ben Hopkin, told her about the audition, and she surprised herself by winning over viral marketing whiz Jeffrey Harmon (of the Orabrush campaign that generated more than 40 million YouTube views) and director/writer Joel Ackerman. "I really had no idea that this was going to be my first real big exposure," she said. "Doing something as comedic and crass as this is not [how] I thought I’d start out."

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why Perfume Is Actually a Great Travel Accessory

One of my favorite travel accessories to pack: those little vials of perfume samples. You can pack several, because they take up hardly any room in a TSA liquids plastic bag; they add unexpected to spice to any outfit; and they can also be a conversation starter. Instead of mainstream samples, I like to source from independent artisans. Not only will few people be able to identify what you're wearing, but you might also benefit your skin, as artisans often use organic ingredients instead of the synthetic molecules common in the commercial perfume industry.

Here's what's currently in my little travel sachet of statement perfumes. One caveat: artisanal perfumers are in many cases rebels who do not abide by International Fragrance Association restrictions on ingredients that potentially cause allergic reactions or other irritation. So always do a skin test before wearing.

MENIFEE: Local perfume maker wins national awards

Ten months after Menifee man launched his niche perfume business, he had won 19 awards and earned accolades from judges, fragrance editors and connoisseurs.

Paul Kiler, 53, a commercial photographer and artist, started PK Perfumes in September 2012. Since then, he’s experienced a heady whiff of praise from perfume aficionados, racking up 10 national and 9 regional laurels for many of handmade scents that he sells online.

All Kiler needs are customers in the $25 billion world fragrance and perfume industry, particularly some of the brick-and-mortar retailers he’s courting. (Global sales are expected to exceed $36 billion in 2017). But he knows he needs to invest at least another $10,000 to $15,000 for fancier, sexier packaging and labels if he wants to grow. .

“I can’t get into Neiman-Marcus with this stupid bottle,” he said, holding up a boring, blah-looking bottle of one of the 12 perfumes he’s produced.

He’s only sold 100 of the $25 sampler sets and a dozen bottles of fragrance. A half ounce costs $55; 1 ounce, $85; and 2 ounces, $125. Of the 12 scents he’s produced, he considers Ere and Red Leather his masterpieces. Kiler spent two years tinkering with Ere

“He’s a great perfumer,” said Elena Knezhevich, the San Diego-based co-founder and editor of, which includes an online magazine and encyclopedia of more than 1,500 perfumes. She praises Red Leather for its mixture of “sour, sweet rhubarb, very sharp at one end and sweet and pleasing at the other. It has a message evokes something surprisingly fresh you have in your life, like a new red leather jacket.”

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

She's Back! Kim Kardashian’s Pure Honey Fragrance Ad Revealed

After a nice summer-long hiatus from the spotlight following the birth of her daughter, North, Kim Kardashian is slinking back into the spotlight, starting with an Oprah, Kanye and Diddy sighting, and moving swiftly into the release of her new fragrance, Pure Honey. Kim released the first ad for her new perfume, and while it is a maternal departure from her sexy ads of the past, her contoured cheek bones still showed up for the party. Kim explained the fragrance saying:

Kim describes the new fragrance on her blog. She says:
“I wanted Pure Honey to be both light and sweet but also powerfully seductive. As women we all have these dual natures. We can be girly and playful but also tempting and captivating at the same time. Combining the two elements was the perfect way to capture our full femininity. I created it to be delectable and craveable, like all beautiful women are.”
The yet-to-be released perfume is said to be a sweet blend of red rose, freesia, coconut, vanilla, and of course, honey. 

Perfume at work: should you or shouldn't you?

Since I have a still-hush-hush fragrance-related venture up my sleeve scheduled to launch next year, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the topic of wearing perfume to work. I'm certainly not the only person who’s sat in a meeting and found an excuse to move seats because my neighbour’s fragrance was overwhelming me. (In the 80s, someone coined the term ‘room-rockers’ for these powerful creations.) Nevertheless, I absolutely defend the idea that it’s OK to wear fragrance in an office environment – it’s what you wear, and how much, that’s relevant.

In the States, however, there has actually been a legal move to outlaw perfume in the workplace – in the US Census Bureau, and government offices in the city of Detroit, it’s no longer allowed. Whether or not anyone in Detroit can afford fragrance now the city’s gone bankrupt is, of course, another matter. Some private employers in Canada and the US have followed suit: yet again, something ‘everyday’ has been elevated to a 'Elf & Safety issue.

But there’s ‘work-appropriate’ fragrance, and the stuff we wear for playtime/ seduction – and (leaving aside the thorny topic of office romances) the two aren’t the same. So having devoted a blog of mine last week to the gritty subject of women and war, I thought I’d redress the balance with a perhaps fluffier run-down of the fragrances I consider most suitable for the workplace. (I’m all about the yin and yang.) Here goes.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Attack on Titan... Perfume?

The Attack on Titan characters are getting their own line of perfume! Scents come in "Eren," "Mikasa," or "Levi,' and are designed to reflect their personalities.

Eren's has top notes of bergamot, lemon, lime, and mint, with middle notes of cardamom, nutmeg, and anise. The base notes are cedar, sandalwood, and musk. It was designed to reflect his straight-forward personality and his resolve to destroy the Titans.

Mikasa's perfume has top notes of cassis liqueur, raspberry, and rose hip; middle notes are plum, muguet, and rose, with base notes of cedar, musk, and sweet. It reflects her calm composure, except when she's fighting for Eren. It's meant to give a glimpse of her hidden femininity.

Lastly, Levi's top notes are of cleanliness and soap; with floral middle notes of rose, iris, and lotus; and base notes of cedar and musk. It represents his position as a brilliant soldier who is amongst humanity's strongest, but also his fastidious cleanliness.

Each 30 mL bottle of perfume retails for 5,775 yen (~ $58) and is available for pre-order now from Koubutsu-ya. The products are expected to ship on October 26.

One Direction rewrites perfume ad rules

The biggest boy band in the world One Direction has rewritten the rules of perfume ads for the launch of its debut fragrance, undermining all of the usual clichés in a clever pastiche.

More than 2.5m people, probably teenage girls, have viewed the ad online since it was put up a week ago.

In it front man Harry Styles is shown sniffing a flower whilst the wind tousles his locks,  Liam Payne sampling different berries, and Niall Horan sniffing various scents.

The twist comes when the camera pans out to show the rest of the group doing their best to sabotage these classic perfume ad moments.

One interesting feature of the ad is it uses fellow X-Factor UK reject Diana Vicker’s rendition of “My Favourite Things” from  The Sound of Music, instead of one of the band’s own ditties.

One Direction- 'Our Moment' Fragrance Ad

Monday, September 23, 2013

Snooki smells a fraud and Sues

Snooki smells a fraud.

The Jersey Shore star turned perfume designer is suing a New Jersey-based company claiming that it has ripped off her official “Snooki” and “Snooki Couture” fragrances. So in response, this week Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi filed a $6 million lawsuit in a Manhattan federal against Excell Brands, alleging they copied her brand. It seems like it would be a difficult smell to copy.

Snooki’s perfume has been described as the smell of “candy and driftwood,” not exactly a conventional scent. “The fragrance opens with exquisite fruity notes of chilled lychee, quince flower and kiwi,” notes Fragrantica. “The heart is ruled by pink cupcake accord, white jasmine and beach flower.

The base includes woody notes, seaside driftwood and sugared musk.” Snooki originally wanted the scent for one of her favorite foods included in the mix, but decided against the idea. “I wanted to create a sweet-smelling fragrance. I wanted something flirty and fun that would reflect my personality,” Snooki told HuffPost Celeb back in 2011. “I originally wanted something with a hint of pickle, but when the labs created a sample of a pickle scent I quickly changed my mind. It was gross.”

Since the late 1990s it’s become common for celebrities to have their own perfume lines, giving them a steady source of revenue without much work to complete in return. It sounds a bit different for Snooki, who really just wanted to create something that smelled good for her to wear. “I always wanted my own fragrance because I could never find the right scent for me. At home, I would always mix bottles of my favorite fragrance[s] to create a unique and different scent,” the reality star said. Snooki added that she was very hands on in the creation process, choosing everything from the fragrance notes to the bottle design.

So it would seem understandable that she’s upset about another brand ripping off her scent.-her-scent/#XRKoGKhhtklUc1LM.99</div>

Kristen Stewart dares to bare in topless shoot for perfume ad

Kristen Stewart has posed topless for her latest ad with designer brand Balenciaga.

The actress shows off just a hint of breast, her back decorated with exotic flowers.

Smoky-eyed makeup and an up-do completes Stewart's sultry look.

The black-and-white designer shoot is not the first time Stewart has experimented with going topless. The Twilight actress dared to bare for a steamy sex scene in her 2012 flick On The Road.

Stewart became the face of Balenciaga perfume in 2012 and many were surprised she was chosen to continue with the brand in 2013 when Alexander Wang took over.

Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily, she gushed that she felt "lucky" to be a part of the brand. 

"There is something natural about it. It’s very alive,” she said.

"I was never the one wearing my mum’s perfume and trying to be sexy. I was like hanging out with my brothers and doing the opposite of that."

Kristen Stewart was recently rumoured to be dating actor Michael Pitt.

Stewart, who recently split from on-off love Robert Pattinson, is said to have got together with the Boardwalk Empire star after they met at Paris Fashion Week.

A source told The Sun: "Kristen's not over Rob but she's getting there and Michael's helping her through it. She vowed to throw herself into work and be single this summer. But when she met Michael last week, they hit it off."

Kristen and Michael were snapped sitting next to each other as they watched models on the catwalk at the event.

The insider went on: "They both hate the spotlight and are smart bookworm types."

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Snooki's out for blood ... claiming a rival perfume company jacked her trademark scent ... and she wants at least $2.4 million to call it even.

Snooki has filed a lawsuit against Excell Brands in New Jersey, claiming its perfume called "Snazzy" is a blatant rip-off her of her official fragrance called "Snooki."

The former "Jersey Shore" star says Snazzy is so shameless about its trademark infringement, it even says so on the box ... calling itself "our version of Snooki by Nicole Polizzi." She's not lying.

Now Snooki wants a court to order Excell to stop selling Snazzy perfume ASAP ... and to make the company fork over a minimum of $2 mil in damages. Calls to Excell weren't returned.

JSO: Woman steals perfume from beauty supply store

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman who is accused of stealing $1,400 worth of perfume from the Ulta Beauty store at the St. Johns Town Center.

JSO issued a warrant for grand theft suspect Cassandra Nicole Spencer, 27, who they say was caught on camera and later identified by the police.

According to a release from the sheriff's office, the Brunswick Police Department in Georgia is also looking for her. The release did not state why police in Brunswick are looking for her.

Call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS if you recognize the woman. You will stay anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Search on for couple who stole perfume from Walt Whitman Shops mall

The couple allegedly placed perfume and cologne in a lined shopping bag and took off without paying. (9/2/13) WOODBURY - Police are searching for two people caught on camera allegedly stealing from the Walt Whitman Shops mall. Police say a man and woman entered the Sephora store last Sunday. The couple allegedly placed perfume and cologne in a lined shopping bag and took off without paying. Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 220-TIPS.

Jennifer Lopez's New Perfume Is Nothin' But Love

It's been eleven years since Jennifer Lopez debuted her first fragrance, Glow. And in eleven years, she's managed to fit nineteen other fragrances under her well-perfumed belt with this fall's JLove being her twentieth. Lopez told WWD she "fell in love with the business" after her first foray, but love seems to be an understatement — a twenty perfume deep understatement. 

J.Lo collaborated with Coty again for her new installment, and worked to create a scent "that’s glamorous and kind of sexy at the same time.” White raspberry, frozen pineapple, pink grapefruit, and tangerine top notes fade into floral middle notes with a dried musk base. It's the musk that threads Lopez's fragrance oeuvre together. "I always want to put a musk base on it, because I feel like it gives such a nice sexiness at the bottom," she explained. As for the name? Well, aside from it being a riff on her nickname, it stands as a testament to her entire career thus far: "We decided to call it JLove for that very reason, because it encompasses everything about me in one simple little word.” 

Hopefully J. Lo(ve)'s been training because she's facing some serious competition this season with Katy Perry looking to usurp her celebrity perfume throne. </div>

Friday, September 20, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow is a vision of beauty in stunning new Boss perfume snaps

The Iron Man 3 star, 41, lets her natural beauty shine through as she wears minimal make up and a plain white v-neck dress in the gorgeous shots.

The wife of Coldplay singer Chris Martin has a slight touch of lipstick and smokey eye make up in the pics, while her trademark blonde locks are worn loose.

The sultry pictures were released the same week the Shakespeare In Love actress revealed that she is 'addicted' to sex.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Woman wearing false nose and moustache wanted over perfume theft

As disguises go, it’s not one of the most convincing.

A woman wearing a fake nose and moustache walked into a shop – and now police want to speak to her about a stolen bottle of perfume.

CCTV images of two women have been released after the theft of a £95 bottle of Chanel perfume from a Boots store in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

They entered the shop before one of the pair took the bottle and left without making any attempt to pay.

‘One of the women was wearing sunglasses, a fake nose and moustache,’ said a Wiltshire Police spokesman.

‘They met up with a man who is described as white, 6ft tall, with short dark hair and of medium build.’

The man was wearing a black T-shirt, grey jogging bottoms and trainers.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Andy Windsor at Salisbury Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

LES Block Deemed City’s Smelliest Inspires Perfume

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Lower East Side may be tony and fashionable these days, but sweet-smelling it sometimes is not.

In fact, a block in the district has been dubbed the smelliest in New York, and its stench has become the inspiration for a new perfume. That’s right, a new perfume.

The stretch of Broome Street between Allen and Eldridge streets was described by New York Magazine in 2011 as smelling like “high meat and old squeegees.” A tour of the block at the time revealed the stereotypical aromas of rancid food and stale urine, but the source of the most offensive “signature Broome odor” seemed to be a mystery.

But offensive though it may be, it also has been deemed a New York scent worthy of a fragrance. The Nova fragrance company recently tweeted that it had “recreated” the smelliest block on the Lower East Side.

The fragrance created by Nova owner Julie Zangrilli was described by the New York Magazine Bedford + Bowery blog as reminiscent of “decaying rat, detergent, dog, sweet BBQ and ‘standard stink,’ among other things.”

The publication reported the scent would likely remain a prototype, although it was made available at the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar this past weekend.

A Gothamist writer said the perfume did indeed include the “burnt rubber and pulsating 1,000-degree asphalt funk” that defines the block, along with a “sickly sweet quotient,” and a “mentholated” scent that is not found in nature.

Zangrilli also created a perfume inspired by the wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – although multiple reports described that perfume as a pleasant experience with its roots in the nature walk on the site. Zangrilli told Bedford + Bowery the Greenpoint scent was inspired by “lush plants, berry’d bushes, and a single lucky rose” on the nature walk, along with “metallic” and “urban notes.”

The Greenpoint scent is available through the month of September, according to Bedford + Bowery.


Titan eyes Rs 2000 cr perfume market with the launch of SKINN

“A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future,” said iconic French designer and legend synonymous with Chanel No 5, Coco Chanel. It sure seems that Indian men and women alike have taken this seriously if the growing fragrance market is anything to go by.

The Indian perfume market is currently pegged at Rs 2000 crore, which is growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 30 per cent.

Interestingly, while Indians have had a deep connect with fragrances historically, with usage and symbolic significance in weddings and presence in temples, only 70 per cent of this market is organised, while the rest still remains unorganised. The market is estimated to reach Rs 10,000 crore in 2015.

Perfume sales typically see a spike during the festive season, as it is a popular gifting option.
The latest entrant into this growing market is Titan, from the Tata Group. The company has widened its footprint in the personal lifestyle segment with the launch of ‘SKINN’ range of perfumes.

The launch follows the recent announcement of the company’s new identity as Titan Company. The company hopes to leverage the hallmark of Titan, with the assurance of Tata Group in its new foray.

Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company said, “It was time for us to widen our footprint in the personal lifestyle categories that are currently unorganised, under-served and under-penetrated; using our in-house design and marketing expertise, wide retail footprint and the brand name Titan. Moreover, the current fragrance market in India is bustling with international brands, which are very expensive. There is no Indian player and there is an opportunity to bring in quality and an Indian brand name in the space. Over three years of work has gone into the making of SKINN; it is an important part of Titan Company’s journey and we look forward to this exciting phase.”

SKINN includes a range of six perfumes imported from France for both, men and women; the company hopes to bring international standards with an Indian flavor through this launch. While Bhat agrees that the import duties add to the price component, the brand does not have any plans to manufacture the product in India as of now.

The product will be available in select World of Titan stores, department stores, multi-brand outlets, lifestyle and accessory stores across the country, along with e-commerce portals. The brand aims to have one of the largest distribution networks for SKINN with 1000 stores soon; it is available at 200 stores across the top 10 cities to begin with.

The SKINN range defines its target audience as young adults and first job goers in the age group of 23 to 27 years.

The brand will be launching a 360-degree campaign, with television as the lead medium, and print, digital and OOH following suit.

“We are investing in building the brand; our main investment is going to be in advertising, shared Ronnie Talati, Chief Marketing Officer, Titan Company.

“We have taken a common platform and positioning for both the men and women’s range, which is of seduction. We are not looking at market share; we are looking at influencing the market. We are hoping to change the market by encouraging the usage of perfumes. Many people don’t think of perfumes, they think of deodorants. We want to change this by educating and make consumers aware that both serve different purposes,” added Talati.

Hugo Boss, Burberry, Chanel, Armani and Estee Lauder are some of the other imported brands sold in India at the moment. Whilst SKINN does come with the advantage of the house of Tata, will this foray into perfume pay off as well as watches and jewellery did for the Tata brand, will be interesting to see...


Best Summer Scents — 10 Fragrances You’ll Love Now & Beyond

With such a hot summer, we always recommend wearing light, fruity, floral scents. One of our favorites is Very Wang Pink Princess Eau de Toilette Spray! This is a light floral spray with hints of pink grapefruit and raspberry — it will make you sigh with delight! It comes in an adorable pink sparkly heart-shaped bottle, but that’s not all! It also comes with a ring that you can wear on your finger! With a crown topper, this perfume will make you feel like a Queen!

Now it’s time for some sunshine! We absolutely love Island Fantasy Britney Spears perfume! This fruity fragrance is a cocktail of citrus, melons, and other fruity scents. With just a hint of sugarcane, this scent is sweet as candy and perfect for flirting! The rhinestone-studded bottle is gorgeous and is made to look like a tropical island with its soft greens and blues.

Now that you’ve showered after the beach, it’s time to go out to dinner with that super hot date! Not only do you have to dress to impress, but you also have to smell great! If you’re looking to impress with your perfume, we recommend Danny Seo Reserve Global Eau De Parfum! This is a sophisticated and calming scent with Tahitian and other exotic flowers. It’s also great for the environment as it uses sustainable sourcing practices — now you’ll really impress that date!

If you’re feeling a little more daring, we like Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy. Take in a deep breath and enjoy the relaxing scent of wild berries and jasmine with hints of caramel and vanilla. With a crystal topper, pink bow, and signature Juicy Couture insignia, this perfume is perfect to lure in your man.

You can also try Demeter Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray in Pruning Shears for a delicate touch of white rose mixed with orange and lemon.

Well, it can’t be all about the girls! Go out and buy your man a nice cologne like True Original Cologne Spray! In its sleek silver and black rectangular case, this cologne is a fresh, clean scent that will be perfect for your man!

I hope you’re a Yankee fan because the New York Yankees Eau De Toilette cologne is a home run! With a rich, woody, and earthy scent, this scent exudes confidence and masculinity

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sebastian Rulli Leaving 'Perfume de Gardenia' For New Soap Opera, Wins Defamation Lawsuit Against TvNotas

Sebastián Rulli will no longer be in the Mexican play "Perfume de Gardenia," according to People en Español, the leading actor will star in a new project alongside Angelique Boyer and Luis Roberto Guzmán.

The actor, after spending a vacation in Spain with his family and his current girlfriend, Aracely Arámbula, told Televisa's "Hoy" that he cannot continue with the play, noting, "I don't want to overfill myself, I want to have time specially for my son and my private life. So I'm enjoying the play and I'm grateful with the staff."
The magazine also reported that Rulli announced on Twitter that he had won a lawsuit against TvNotas Magazine. According to Rulli, he was slandered in 2011 when TvNotas reported that her former girlfriend Cecilia Galiano assured she no longer enjoyed having sexual intercourse with the actor.

The result was positive for the soap opera star, according to People, TvNotas Magazine now has to issue a public apology to the Argentine actor. "Justice was served, TvNotas will have to offer a public apology for defaming me in its May 2011 #757 edition," Rulli said on his Twitter account.
He continued, "The sentence was handed down by a Court Collegiate and makes clear that publishers can only avoid publications liability if they indicate the full name of the reporters."

"We'll see if this type of publishers are still eager to discredit people in order to sell magazines," the actor added.

"To their readers, I can only tell you to analyze if it is worthy to buy them, because most of the notes are offenses without reliable sources. That's why they were convicted at trial," Rulli concluded.

Terra reported that the leading man had his last performance in the musical play this weekend. He will now dedicate his time completely to his new soap opera, which according to El Universal, will be the "Bodas de Odio" remake and will be renamed as "Lo que la vida me robó."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jennifer Lopez to release 20th perfume in October

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez will release her 20th perfume JLove in October in the US. It has hints of fruity and floral scents.

"When I did my first fragrance Glow (launched in 2002), I didn't really think much beyond making it the best, most beautiful fragrance ever created. We did beautiful things with that fragrance, and I fell in love with the business," quoted Lopez as saying.

The 44-year-old's 20th perfume is based on love and features hints of fruity floral scents such as white raspberry, pink grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple combined with water lily, vanilla sorbet, white wood and skin musk.

"With number 20, it's a landmark. I asked myself, 'Who am I and what do I encompass?' My message has always been love, whether it's my music or my movies or whatever. It's such a big part of who I am. We decided to call it JLove for that very reason, because it encompasses everything about me in one simple little word," she said.

Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume Release Date: Designer Launches Unique Fragrance Giving Daisy Line Some Competition

With success from previous fragrances Daisy, Dot, and Lola, Marc Jacobs had no choice but to introduce a fabulous new scent. The designer debuted "Honey" earlier this summer, complete with a clever yellow, black, and gold bottle, adorned with bumblebee stripped butterflies. And of course the fragrance debuted amidst highly anticipated buzz and well-deserved acclaim.  

Marc Jacobs' Honey is described as "the height of irresistible charm." Created with a mixture of vanilla, apricot, mandarin and hints of smooth woods and honeysuckle, the fragrance is delightful and has subtle floral scent. The perfume also provides hidden notes of green pear, fruit punch, orange blossom, peach nectar, honeysuckle and of course a base of honey. Sweet!

Although Honey debuted a couple of months ago, the fragrance was only available overseas. But now Honey can become a part of your daily spritzing routine!
Available to U.S. beauty junkies nationwide, MJ also launched a Marc Jacobs Fragrance Honey Lotion as well as a Marc Jacobs Fragrance Honey Shower Gel  this month too. The fashion icon and perfume maven has given us a great scent to wear as we begin to say our goodbyes to summer. 

Marc Jacobs Honey is now available online and in stores now, retailing at $76 for 50ml and $105 for 100ml.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tilly’s, Rue21, Perfume Gallery to open in Towne East Square

Three new businesses will open this fall at Towne East Square. Simon Property Group, which owns the mall, announced Wednesday that Towne East will add Tilly’s, Rue21 and Perfume Gallery.

Tilly’s store at Towne East will be its first in Kansas. Tilly’s sells skateboards, accessories and apparel brands for surfing, skating, motocross and other activities. The store will be located near the food court.

At Rue21, shoppers will find clothing and accessories, especially those intended for youths. The store will be on the upper level of the mall near JCPenney.

Perfume Gallery, which sells a wide variety of scents, will be on the lower level near JCPenney.

Perfume factory shuttered for faking product labels

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — The Ministry of Commerce and Industry closed down a local perfume factory in Al-Khumrah in south Jeddah on Wednesday for placing “Made in France” stickers on locally made products.

Over 72,000 boxes of perfumes ready for sale were seized.

Samples were sent to the laboratories for analysis before they were destroyed.

The factory owner was summoned for investigation before the case is referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution.

The factory was closed down after the ministry’s teams in Jeddah raided its building, located in an area full of warehouses.

Apart from the boxes of perfumes, supervisors found 1,600 “Made in France” stickers, a special machine for printing stickers and 200 barrels of perfume oil each weighing 50 kg.

The ministry said the factory had produced several other perfumes bearing the names Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (The Black Stone), Hajar Al-Ka’aba (Ka’aba Stone) and Jannat Al-Firdous.

The perfumes the factory was trying to pass off as made in France bore well-known trademarks.

They used to coordinate with a number of distributors to sell them to shops in different locations of Jeddah.

The ministry stressed it would not be lenient in penalizing those who violate its regulations or do not uphold consumers’ rights and replace fake or damaged commodities.

It called on consumers to file their complaints at the ministry’s reports center through the toll-free number 8001241616.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

WATCH: One Direction's Full 'Our Moment' Ad Is Here!

Ahh, it's Christmas in August! After a few teasers that left us sufficiently teased, the full ad for One Direction's first fragrance, "Our Moment," was released today and boy, oh boy, do we have a lot to discuss.

The video's soundtrack, which in four-second snippets sounded very Christmas-y and Tim Burton-y, is actually "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music because—guess what!—this perfume smells like all of Liam, Louis, Zayn, Niall, and Harry's fave things (minus me, I guess). The video begins with each lad smelling something: Liam has berries, Harry has flowers, Louis has a grapefruit, Niall has a bunch of vials filled with scent samples, and Zayn has white flower petals. While the first part of the video is calm and full of the boys deeply inhaling their favorite smells, the second part gets loco: Harry and Louis dump a bucket of petals on Zayn's head, Harry can't smell his flower because Liam is directing a heavy-duty fan in his direction, Louis squirts the grapefruit into his eye (and then rubs it into his face?), and poor Niall gets tricked into smelling Liam's feet. There's a lot of spinning: chairs, an extremely large grapefruit, bodies - things are chaotic. Good thing all those scents were bottled together, since the boys are having trouble smelling them solo. Finally, they gather 'round as Zayn places the pink bottle on a pedestal, only to have Louis take it and run. Guess Louis' ultimate favorite thing is their perfume? I hope he doesn't spray it on his face and then rub it around like he did with his grapefruit.

One Direction- 'Our Moment' Fragrance Ad

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Get Ready To See Tory Burch’s Gold ‘T’ All Over The Makeup Counter This Fall

As if we didn’t see Tory Burch‘s signature “T” medallion enough on shoes and handbags, the brand has major beauty plans in the works. This September, Tory Burch is launching fragrance, a makeup collection and a line of bath and body products. So prepare to see that famous gold “T” all over the makeup counter.

This whole move into beauty is a long time coming. According to an article released today by WWD, Burch has been working on her fragrance with Estee Lauder since 2011. The scent will come in three sizes, retailing from $62-$110, and she’s also doing a solid perfume inside a pendant necklace that is, of course, topped with Burch’s gold “T” ($150).

The capsule cosmetic collection is all about “less is more”. Burch says she doesn’t have time to put on a ton of makeup in the morning (yeah, especially when you have three major beauty launches in the works) so she wanted to keep the collection simple and basic. The makeup range includes lipstick in the designer’s signature pink-nude shade ($32), rosy pink lip and cheek tint ($38), a bronzer-blush palette ($48) and a face brush ($48). Oh, and don’t forget, there’s still the bath and body line too. This collection includes body cream ($80), body lotion ($50)…wait what’s the difference between these two? It also has bath and shower gel ($50) and a candle ($60).

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Prolific thief stole perfume and meat to fund her drug habit

A habitual thief, from Northampton, stole more than £1,500 of perfume and meat products to feed her drug habit in a five-month crime spree, a court heard.

Kelly Nelligan stole aftershaves, perfumes, meat and razor blades from shops in Northampton and Kettering to sell to pay for drugs, Northampton Magistrates Court was told.

The offences, which took place between March 27 and August 4, were all from branches of the Co-op and Boots in Northampton, and Boots in Kettering.

The total value of the items was £1,765, and the hauls ranged in value from £7 to £596.

Nelligan, aged 31, of Abington Avenue, Abington, admitted eight charges of theft from a shop, and asked for a ninth offence to be taken into account.

Kwok Wan, prosecuting, said: “The nature of her thieving is being put down to three categories – groceries, meat products and items of perfumery.

“The nature of the offences is unsophisticated. She is concealing the items under her coat or putting them into her handbag.”

John Weaver, mitigating, said: “She is desperate to get off drugs.

“You will note she has a lengthy record and a lot of that is down to her drug consumption.”

Sentencing was adjourned until later this month to allow for Nelligan to be assessed for a drug rehabilitation order. She was released on bail and put on a curfew.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dutch fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin have turned a portrait into a perfume, creating a “scent in reverse.”

Famed fashion photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin have shot many perfume ads, creating portraits of the final product. This inspired the duo to try their hand at perfume-making. Collaborating with Swedish fragrance house Byredo, they decided to reverse the usual cycle of perfumery, by creating a scent inspired by a photograph.

The perfume, entitled 1996, is based on a photograph called Kirsten, 1996, a portrait of a girl taken that year. Working with Byredo’s Creative Director Ben Gorham, they sought to interpret the emotions the picture evoked through a smell. The photographers told Barneys:

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Sense of a woman, A Personal Memory Through Perfume

A rather gruff, pragmatic friend of mine surprised me recently when he mentioned that when he was a child, his mother died of cancer and he subsequently began to follow women around supermarkets who smelt like his mum.

"My older brothers would yell at me 'Where the f--- you going?' as I wandered off down an aisle and I'd say 'she's wearing mum's perfume!'"

I'll pause here a second to let your heart break, like mine did. In fact, next time I see this guy I'll give him a hug on behalf of all of us because, despite his surliness, relentless political incorrectness and partiality to bar fights, you can still see that little boy in his eyes when he smiles.

We'd been chatting about whale vomit and how it was sought-after by perfumers to make fragrances and every guy at the table was able to name a distant teenage love and the usually atrocious, cheap scent she used.

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Arden. 4711. Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent.

"It doesn't matter where or when I smell it, who's wearing it, I think of my ex and my throat closes up and I'm in love again for about three seconds," said one gentleman.

Now I'm a grown-up, I find the whole concept of perfume kind of ridiculous, particularly the implied notion women need to daub themselves with a fragrance to "smell nice". It echoes the same cheerful hostility as make-up and high heels, which we chatted about on this blog six years ago.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Perfume vandal causes a stink in Oak Harbor

A malodorous incident Thursday left the Oak Harbor police with a messy situation that was difficult to escape.

Police Chief Ed Green said an angry man threw a bottle of perfume at the front door of the police station, shattering the outer glass on the door and drenching the area with eau de toilette.

The department-store smell was still strong late in the day, greeting visitors who arrived to conduct serious business.

Green said officers arrested the suspect, Jonathan Williams, 28, at the GameStop store Thursday morning for allegedly shoplifting a tablet computer.

Williams was booked and released from the jail.

“He got upset because he wanted the item he had taken from the store and we were not going to give it back to him,” Green said.

Williams took a bottle of perfume or cologne he happened to be carrying and threw it at the glass door of the night lobby, but the bottle remained intact. Green said several officers saw him do it and told him to knock it off.

Instead, Williams picked up the bottle and threw at one of the glass doors at the main entrance. He was apparently surprised when the glass door shattered along with the perfume bottle.

“He said, ‘Oops,’” Green said.

The officers quickly arrested Williams on suspicion of malicious mischief in the third degree.

Based on the first quote he received Thursday, Green said replacing the window will cost from $500 to $600.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Duty Free Americas opens Dior perfume & cosmetics boutique in Macau

CHINA (MACAU). Duty Free Americas yesterday opened its new flagship Dior perfume & cosmetics boutique in the retail area it operates at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel on the Cotai Strip in Macau.

At nearly 900sq ft, the boutique is the largest Dior boutique within the travel retail channel worldwide.
It features the latest generation of Dior counter furniture across the fragrance, make-up and skincare categories, with a strong focus on dedicated client service areas.

It also includes the exclusive La Collection Privée Christian Dior fragrance line, a collection of rare fragrances for men and women.
Parfums Christian Dior Regional Director for Travel Retail in Asia Pacific Ian McLernon commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with Duty Free Americas in the opening of this new boutique, which we believe is a clear statement of the strategic intentions and ambition of the Dior Maison within travel retail, and we are very pleased with the initial trading results.”

Duty Free Americas Chief Executive Officer Jerome Falic added: “The addition of this magnificent boutique caps off the redevelopment of our highly successful 10,000sq ft retail operation at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. 
"We are extremely proud and grateful that Dior entrusted us with the opportunity to become the very first travel retailer to feature their newest store design, and we have every expectation that it will deliver a completely new and exciting shopping experience for our customers.”

Current Beauty Stuff: Historical Perfumes And Colognes

When I was in Capri recently I kept seeing displays in the pharmacy windows of beautiful bottles of perfume (this was when I wasn’t trying to take covert snaps of VALENTINO wandering around the town with his entourage and pug). One evening we took a stroll down the hill and just past a stand selling fresh lemon granita, discovered the source of the bottles – the original lab where the perfume was first produced.

It’s still working today and has a shop whose walls are covered in photos of Jackie O and other glamorous stars of yesteryear stocking up on bottles of the stuff. I came away with a bar of soap shaped like a lemon (seriously, there are lemons everywhere – I even ate my lemon risotto out of a bowl made from a lemon one night) and a fistful of tester cards sprayed with different scents.

I love a good beauty story and Capri’s Carthusia perfumery has a cracker: apparently it all dates back to 1380, when the prior of the Carthusian monastery received a surprise visit from Queen Joan of Anjou. He hastily picked a bouquet of flowers for his VIP and after three days, noticed that the water they’d been standing in smelled amazing. A friar identified the source of the scent as the ‘Garofilium Silvestre Caprese’ and so Capri’s first fragrance was born (I don’t care if this story is true, it’s lovely).

Aqua di Parma unisex cologne is one of my mum’s signature scents and I love it too. Dating back to 1916, this Italian (made in Parma) eau de cologne is slightly warmer and spicier than the S3, but still fresh and light, thanks to a combination of Sicilian citrus, jasmine, verbena and Bulgarian rose with woody base notes of vetiver, cedar and sandal.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

JFK Perfume Goes On Sale; Scent Created By French Aristocrat For Kennedy Costs $195

A fragrance created for John F. Kennedy by a French aristocrat back in 1937 is now available to buy, at the price of $195.

Albert Fouquet struck up a conversation with Kennedy when the president visited the French Riveria as a college student, in 1937, and after asking the American what perfume he was wearing he decided to create his own for him. Eight & Bob was the result, and the perfumer even left a note for Kennedy at his hotel with a bottle that read, “In this jar, you will find the dash of French glamour that your American personality lacks.”

Kennedy then traveled back to the States, and his friends soon became enamoured with the fragrance’s smell so he sent a letter back to Mr Fouquet asking for eight more samples and “if your productions allows, another for Bob.”

The Bob that JFK’s letter refers to is his brother, Robert, who was killed only a few years after John. The brand was born when Mr Fouquet completed the request, and attached each bottle with the sticker, Eight & Bob. Hollywood stars like James Stewart and Cary Grant soon came into contact with the fragrance and Mr Fouquet soon was becoming inundated with request for the popular perfume.

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Rad Or Bad: A Primer For Your Perfume

Is it just us, or does it seem like there's a primer for everything today? One for the foundation, another for your eyeshadow, and don't forget the lips! There are even primers for your hair. Well, add one more to the list: While roaming the aisles at the Elements Showcase trade show in NYC, we stumbled across a perfume primer.

What's a perfume primer, you may ask? In this case, it's an all-natural, scent-free spray that creates a natural barrier between your skin and your scent. Spray it on, let dry, then spray your perfume of choice on top. According to the brand, having a natural barrier between your skin and the scent allows for it to last longer, as well as not get distorted by your body's natural pH or, as the brand so charmingly puts it, funk. That means it will smell the same in the bottle as it does on your skin.

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Caffeinated ‘Perfume’: Your Latest Stay-Awake Solution

"The world's hardest problems aren't going to solve themselves," Peter Thiel declared last year, in a press release supporting his elite fellowship program for college-age innovators. The venture capitalist dispenses $100,000 grants to encourage students to leave school for two years, learn entrepreneurship, and "transform the world for the better." Among the world's hardest problems? Apparently that coffee is too much of a beverage. As Businessweek reports, Thiel fellow Ben Yu has devised Sprayable Energy, a caffeine spray that promises users energy without jitters or taste.

Yu, a 21-year-old Harvard dropout, says he wanted to use his fellowship to “create something tangible that would actually help people.” He and business partner Deven Soni plan to market their spray — a combination of water, caffeine, and amino acid derivatives—at $15 for a bottle with 40 doses, which makes it a fiscally practical alternative to Starbucks. It's absorbed through the skin and goes on like perfume.

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Edinburgh Fringe stagehand almost died after breathing in audience member's perfume

A STAGEHAND almost died when he breathed in perfume at an Edinburgh Fringe show.

Bryn Jones went into anaphylactic shock after he inhaled the scent from a member of the audience.

As his throat tightened and he began to struggle for breath, the 22-year-old managed to text a friend to bring him medication.

He even carried on with his technical duties throughout the play.

But by the time his medication arrived, Bryn was lying on the floor and his face had turned blue.

The stagehand, who recovered quickly after taking his pills, said: “A friend of mine came into the room, grabbed me and gave me what I needed just as the show ended. I was in a pretty bad way.

“The chemicals in some of these perfumes are not usually too much of an issue for me.

“I thought it would be good to get outside. But the only entrance out is behind the audience, so I couldn’t really leave.

“I’d have had to cross the stage and move through the audience, but I didn’t want to interrupt the show.

“I haven’t had a reaction quite like that before but I had to finish the show.”

The crisis out of a drama happened at the New Town Theatre on George Street during a production of Harold Pinter play The Dumb Waiter.

After the show was over, Bryn managed to head over to the city’s Bedlam Theatre to work on another performance – his third of the day.

He added: “I was glad to make it to my next show.”


Friday, September 6, 2013

Perfume Guns, Anyone? We Love These Fun New Fragrance Applicators

Apparently, the idea of spritzing oneself with perfume is passé.

Fréderic Malle has just come out with a line of perfume guns. Yes, guns. They're luxe home fragrances housed in spray-gun bottles. Check out the gun show right here:

Our new PERFUME GUNS convey this philosophy in a different manner. They were designed originally to apply our fragrances to hotels or other large areas. Frédéric Malle loved them so much that he started using them at his home, which allowed him to choose the best scents and to refine their concentrations for this new medium.
Pretty interesting, right? Definitely more interesting than a diffuser or a candle. And he's not the only one to shake things up. See by Chloé launched a paint-on version of its fun, feminine scent. Unscrew the bottle and use the tiny pink paintbrush (I die!) to paint the perfume onto your wrists, or wherever Source

Everyone Wants The New One Direction Perfume! Even Dudes & Old People!

Hormonal teenage girls who get braces because of Niall Horan aren't the only ones waiting on pins and needles for One Direction's pretty pink perfume, Our Moment, to hit stores! Members of a variety of demographics — including MEN and senior citizens — have put their names on the waiting list for the scent which will FINALLY be available at on Friday and in-store on Sunday.

In fact, the ages of Directioners on the waiting list range from 16-68 and 20% of them are male! They can't ALL be dads and boyfriends who are buying the perfume for the ladies in their lives, can they?! Surely at least some of them want to spritz the musky scent all over themselves! Are U on the waiting list???

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Study alleges link between perfume and autism

A recent paper from researchers at the South Carolina Center for Biotechnology proposes that perfume and cosmetics may play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which reportedly affect one out of 88 children. Omar Bagasra, et al., “Role of Perfumes in Pathogenesis of Autism,” Medical Hypotheses, June 2013. Claiming that “there is little irrefutable evidence that pesticides, water born chemicals, or food preservatives play critical roles in inducing the genetic mutations associated with known intellectual deficiencies that have been linked to [ASD],” the authors assert that autism is not an inherited disease as commonly believed, but is caused by the “highly mutagenic, neurotoxic, and neuromodulatory chemicals” found in perfumes and cosmetics. They also claim that the reason why perfumes and chemicals purportedly contain such chemicals is because of a “giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973,” which evidently exempts fragrance producers from having to disclose perfume ingredients on product labels.

The researchers reportedly studied 17 name-brand products containing 38 different unidentified chemicals, including many that are known carcinogens and mutagens that can cause damage during human fetal brain development.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Perfume vandal causes a stink in Oak Harbor

A malodorous incident Thursday left the Oak Harbor police with a messy situation that was difficult to escape.

Police Chief Ed Green said an angry man threw a bottle of perfume at the front door of the police station, shattering the outer glass on the door and drenching the area with eau de toilette.

The department-store smell was still strong late in the day, greeting visitors who arrived to conduct serious business.

Green said officers arrested the suspect, Jonathan Williams, 28, at the GameStop store Thursday morning for allegedly shoplifting a tablet computer.

Williams was booked and released from the jail.

“He got upset because he wanted the item he had taken from the store and we were not going to give it back to him,” Green said.

Williams took a bottle of perfume or cologne he happened to be carrying and threw it at the glass door of the night lobby, but the bottle remained intact. Green said several officers saw him do it and told him to knock it off.

Instead, Williams picked up the bottle and threw at one of the glass doors at the main entrance. He was apparently surprised when the glass door shattered along with the perfume bottle.

“He said, ‘Oops,’” Green said.

The officers quickly arrested Williams on suspicion of malicious mischief in the third degree.

Based on the first quote he received Thursday, Green said replacing the window will cost from $500 to $600.

Teen Kicked Out Of Clothing & Perfume Store Rue 21 For Being Too Fat

 An Oregon teen was asked to leave a “Rue 21” store at her local mall because she was too fat.

Shelby Buster, who had just turned 14, was looking for a way to spend her birthday money.

“I walked in and the lady at the front counter said, ‘hey, you’re too big to be in the store, I need you to leave.’”

“Thanks for ruining my birthday rue 21!” Buster wrote on Facebook.

Rue 21 replied publicly with a cookie cutter statement:

"We have been unable to corroborate that the incident actually happened. We value diversity and welcome all customers in our stores. We train our associates on inclusion and do not condone discrimination in any form. Behaviors like that described are unacceptable and are not by any means directive of the company."

A few points to make here. One: rue 21, it is really not necessary to include that first sentence, especially the word “actually,” which makes the store sound colloquially like they doubt Shelby Buster’s story. You can just say, “we are looking into the incident.”

Two: rue 21 sells perfume. It would still not be okay to tell someone that they are too fat to be in a store even if the store only sold clothing that wouldn’t fit the patron—maybe they want to try anyway, or are shopping for someone else—but perfume is perfume no matter who it’s on. Rue 21 also sells clothing, but Shelby Buster was there specifically to buy perfume.

Three: this doesn’t make the rue 21 employee’s comment any more or less acceptable, but Shelby Buster isn’t even that fat. She might be overweight, but it’s not like she is morbidly obese. I bother to point this out because it shows how far weight discrimination goes: someone who is unremarkably overweight can still get kicked out of a store that sells perfume.

Prada presents Luna Rossa- Available from Perfume Point

Prada Luna Rossa, inspired by the infamous ‘Luna Rossa’ boat created in 1997 for the America’s Cup looks to the values at the heart of extreme sailing as a starting point for new ideas. Taking the esteemed Luna Rossa name as its own, it is a scent with a reverence for the natural world and a passion for innovation. The bottle and packaging are inspired by the technological excellence and sleek, dynamic beauty of extreme sailing boats, both displaying the iconic red Prada stripe.

Prada Luna Rossa is a masculine fragrance that reinterprets traditional ingredients with agility. The backbone of the fragrance is Lavender- an unmistakable natural ingredient in perfumery- teamed with a bitter freshness of Orange essence, resulting in a fresh and invigorating scent.

Aromatic Clary Sage and Spearmint Nanah Essences channel the spirit of vast open spaces and rugged, natural elements whilst Ambroxan and Ambrette Absolute create a woody amber-like signature- the dynamic paradox of synthetic and natural ingredients brings a warm sensuality: refined, dignified and timeless.