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Perfume History

Information on the history of perfumes and their origin, development, and interrelations.

  1. Occupy Perfume Counters (Occupy PC, or OPC)

    [Please do not take the initial premise (in the title of this post) seriously. I am just trying to dramatize a situation and make a point.]

    Some radical perfumistas are occupying perfume counters across the country, and even the world, because they are frustrated by the trends they see in the perfume industry leading to downgrading the quality of fragrances and pricing their products beyond the reach of “the 99 percent.”

    In the meantime, many in the media are pointing
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    Updated 27th October 2011 at 07:12 AM by JaimeB

    Categories
    Philosophy of Fragrance , The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
  2. The Fragrance Wheel and the Oriental Family of Scents

    The classification of fragrances is an art that has been practiced in different ways at different times. One of the most popular graphical representations of perfumery's main varieties is the one that Michael Edwards developed in 1983 for his first volume of Fragrances of the World. I reproduce it here for easy reference:


    [wikipedia "Fragrance Wheel"]

    It is possible to see
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    Updated 30th April 2011 at 06:38 AM by JaimeB

    Categories
    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Perfume History
  3. Samples from the Osmothèque, and the Uses of the Past

    A friend of mine returned recently from trip to Europe during which he visited a very special museum called the Osmothèque in Versailles, near Paris. Its mission is the conservation of perfumes and their formulae. I am sure that many Basenoters have already heard or read about it. It is located near ISIPCA (Institut supérieur international du parfum, de la cosmétique et de l'aromatique alimentaire), a school for students of perfumery, cosmetics, and food flavor technology. Founded in 1984 by a ...
  4. What Goes with Green?

    Recently, I have been re-smelling and thinking about a number of green scents that I've picked up along the way. I alway enjoyed green scents because they recalled the outdoors, springtime, freshness, and the bright color of foliage.

    Of course, the bases of green scents are various herbal and grassy materials and quite often, galbanum, extracted from a plant resin derived from the stalks of plants native to the slopes of the mountains of northern Iran,
    Ferula gummosa, syn. galbaniflua ...

    Updated 29th January 2011 at 11:12 PM by JaimeB

    Categories
    The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
  5. The Fougère Tribe

    The release of the new Fougère Royale by Houbigant has inspired me to think again about the fougère genre of scents and their different incarnations and history over the years. Of course, the first of the tribe was the original Fougère Royale which Houbigant first made available in 1882. That's 128 years ago now, and in that time the genre has gained many new members and mutated a bit hither and thither.

    The very first Fougère Royale was innovative in two important ways: First, it was
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    Updated 9th December 2010 at 09:29 AM by JaimeB

    Categories
    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
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