Cologne Making Workshop at the Grand Musée du Parfum in Paris

    It would be difficult to find a more totally IN cultural, educational, and entertaining activity in Paris these days than a perfume making workshop. I recently had the pleasure of participating in a two-hour Cologne Making Workshop at the recently opened Le Grand Musée du Parfum.   In a bright and lofty room […]

The Naked Truth – Fragrance Manifesto at Esxence 2017

Photo by Patrick Ibanez  Courtesy Christophe Laudamiel     As the world’s largest artistic niche fragrance trade show held in Milan each spring, Esxence the Scent of Excellence has been the seeding ground for many “In the Beginning…” stories, experiences, and relationships in Perfumery since its own beginning nine years ago.   An example of one […]

Valentine’s Day is Made For Bad Girls Perfumes — Go Create A Scandal!

Image copyright Sarah Colton   Valentine’s Day was made for Bad Girls Perfume. Scent and Seduction –– Chocolates and Champagne Flowers and Fragrance ––  Truffles and Trouble Perfume and Passion…  Go create a scandal !   ∴ ∴ ∴   Bad Girls bent on keeping the Bad bar high know that although seduction is central to […]

Etat Libre d’Orange: Ten Years of Frivolity and Provocation — A Vision of Daring Proportions

      While interviewing Etienne de Swardt the other day at Pitti Fragranze, I couldn’t help but be newly inspired by the singular genius, humor, and openness of his imaginative vision, as well as the energy and verve he has mustered to sustain the untamed beauty of Etat Libre d’Orange these past 10 years.   Like a Call of the […]

Pitti Fragraze Florence — Before the Beginning

Photo courtesy of Pitti Fragranze   Florence, like a fine and beloved fragrance, is above all else a sensual and emotional experience.  Something about a subtle blend of orange blossoms, hibiscus flowers, and geranium notes wafts on the gentlest of breezes from the surrounding hills, meanders along the Arno among the tiled roofs of Renaissance […]

How Bad Girl Mermaid Perfumes Turned the Tables on The Handsome Prince

Photo courtesy Andersen, Hans Christian. Fairy Stories from Hans Christian Andersen. Margaret Tarrant, illustrator. London: Ward, Lock & Co., 1910.     As you will recall from last month’s blog post, the world’s first “Bad Girl Mermaid Tail Fragrance” emerged on the shores of the French Riviera in 1927 in the form of Jean Patou’s scented […]

Summer The Bad Girl Mermaid and Her Fragrances

Image:  John William Waterhouse Resonance     Bad Girl Mermaids and Their Fragrances Part 1  Bad Girls Perfumed Suntan Oils (AKA Bad Girl Mermaid Tail Fragrances)    In honor of all you Bad Girls (and Boys) heading to the beach or the pool over the next few weeks, is dedicating the months of July and […]