Perfume Power in the Time of Coronavirus

Might perfumistas be the safest people on the planet these days ?       Presenting the case for Perfumed Soaps – Perfumed Hand Sanitizers – Alcohol Based Perfumes.     Video Cast of Characters   INSPIRING – “Peau d’Ambrette” by Atelier Materi Sensuous and reassuring as cashmere, crisp and invigorating as poplin, “Peau d’Ambrette” […]

A Good Year For Bad Girls

  2016 Was An Excellent Year for Bad Girls. Watch Out 2017!   Here’s why. Immediately after Bad Girls Perfume launched on April 1, 2016 at Esxence in Milan, all sorts of crazy Bad things began to happen.   For one thing, and that very day, Bad Girls Perfume was seen in the company of some pretty shady […]

Esxence, The Spirit of Niche Perfume

  Following the enthusiastic response to my February 17, 2015 ‘Pre-Esxence’ post, in which François Duquesne, CEO of Beauty Entreprise dubbed Esxence ‘The Sundance of Artistic Niche Fragrances, I thought it was only fair to let my other niche perfume friends chime in on their thoughts about Esxence. So, I contacted a bunch of people […]

Winds of Change in Paris Niche Perfumery

 Image: Cock (symbol of France) Weathervane     The last two years have witnessed exponential expansion of the Paris niche fragrance market.   In 2012, the opening of two multi-brand niche fragrance shops, Jovoy and NOSE generated an important up-tick in activity for small to medium sized artistic niche brands and opened the door to an […]

When A Raw Material Speaks to You, Take Note

Photo Courtesy Givaudan: Vetiver at Baie des Cayes, Haiti       I have always loved vetiver, perhaps more than any other raw material. Something about its dry-edged green earthiness has always spoken to me. It recalls the mellow brown of a cigar or beautifully tanned leather, but there’s also a brightness to it, and a saltiness […]

Perfume News Update From the French-Italian-US Corridor

OMG! What happened?  If my beat truthfully included only Paris, September and October would have been delightfully but manageably crazy. In mid-September, the 5th Edition of Les Rives de la Beauté touched down in Paris, wreaking holy fragrant havoc on perfume and other art forms as they collided in a series of events on the […]

Rives de la Beauté : Aftermath

48 HOURS after Les Rives de la Beauté  2013 reached record high-water marks at La Cour des Senteurs in Versailles and The Liquides Perfume Bar in the Paris Marais district, a boatload of survivors was seen leaving a hotel particulière in central Paris — presumably to assess the situation. In boat: Front row left to […]

NOSE Celebrates Its 1st Birthday

Mark Buxton, Nicolas Cloutier, Claire Delahaye de Villiers, and Mark’s son Miles NOSE the Paris niche fragrance, cosmetics and home products concept boutique, famed for its olfactive purism, international flavor, and unique ‘diagnostic’ software, celebrated its 1st birthday on June 19 with a knock down-drag -out street party. Co-founders Silvio Levi, Nicolas Cloutier, Mark Buxton, […]