Smell is our most primitive, least understood sense. Perfume manipulates that sense, reminding us of good times past, and speaking of glamour and sophistication to those who get close
. --- "Perfume", Episode 1: Something Old, Something New
are considered by many to be the essence of Frenchness in a scent. Ancienne école comme attendez!
But the house whose founder/namesake wrote his first formulae in the 19th C. face the challenges of the 21st, including the first non-Family perfumer
, updating a classic
, and the fall of 4th generation family perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain after his openly racist comments on French TV
. We also follow the corporate entity known as Tommy Hilfigger
as it tries to bottle and market the scent of Rock & Roll
to the Drum 'n Bass generation [more inside]
Take your nose on a stroll down memory lane with vintage perfumery. The Vintage Perfume Vault
features fragrance reviews and articles on perfume history. Perfume Shrine
offers articles on perfumery including essays on the science of fragrance and aroma materials, interviews with perfumers and industry professionals, trend-watching. Inspiration in Perfumery
profiles Henri Robert, Andre Fraysse, Ernest Beaux and Edmond Roudnitska. More about olfactory delights from 1000 Fragrances
. [more inside]
Luca Turin on perfume and other things.
The Emperor of Scent
and CTO of Flexitral
reviews perfumes and waxes philosophical in his blog. Also available online: Parfums: le guide
("Digiscents") demoed at Comdex. Scan down to the fourth paragraph for an informal review.