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The Fragrance Industry

Critiques and observations of the business of perfumery

  1. Houbigant Fougère Royale: Update on Official Pyramid, Sizes/Prices & Pictures!

    Finally, the official pyramid, definite sizes and prices, and the photos!

    Top Notes: Bergamot, Mediterranean Herbs, Lavender, Chamomile •Heart Notes: Rondeletia,* Geranium, Rose de Mai Orpur,
    Cinnamon, Carnation • Base Notes: Amber, Oakmoss, Patchouli Orpur, Tonka Bean Orpur, Clary Sage

    [*Rondeletia odorata (Fragrant Panama Rose) originally from Cuba]
    [‡Orpur® is a special collection of more than 50 pure naturals from Givaudan which are selected in partnership

    Updated 15th October 2010 at 04:47 PM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery
  2. Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    A re-post from the Men's Fragrance Discussion today:

    The tester of Houbigant's long-awaited re-release of Fougère Royale arrived in San Francisco on Sunday, but my commitments over my birthday weekend made impossible for me to get a couple of small vials until this afternoon (Tuesday, October 12).

    Well, I'll begin by describing the bottle. It is a square, solid design with a fretwork basket-weave motif of clear and frosted glass. The juice's pale green peeks through the

    Updated 13th October 2010 at 05:34 AM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
  3. A response to the thread "Which do you prefer, projection or sillage?"

    by , 11th September 2010 at 10:16 AM (Jaime B's Blog)
    The only difference I see in this distinction is whether you're standing still or moving. If you're moving, the passage of air over the scented area is leaving a trail, and if you're still, it's evaporation without air friction.

    If you're standing still, it's often a function of body temperature: if your body temperature is a little higher, you project a little more.

    The distinction that is more telling to me is the one between sillage (or projection, if you must distinguish
  4. Comparing Perfumes That Seem "Similar" — from a reply to a thread

    [The original poster asked whether two perfumes weren't very similar because the two fragrances had a particular dominant note in common. Here's my reply:]

    Jubilation XXV
    certainly is a good quality scent. I wouldn't say that B-Men wasn't, but frankly, when I sniffed it a long time ago, it left me so blasé that I barely recall what it smelled like.

    What I would like to suggest for making interesting comparisons is the idea that having notes in common doesn't always make
  5. The Osmothèque: A Perfume Museum and Library

    In Versailles, near Paris, there is a school, ISIPCA (Institut supérieur international du parfum, de la cosmétique et de l'aromatique alimentaire), a graduate school for perfumers, cosmeticians, and flavor scientists. ISIPCA was founded in 1970 by Jean-Jacques Guerlain. In 1984, it gained the support of a local French Chamber of Commerce, and in 1993 entered into partnership with the University of Versailles. Eighty percent of the 220 faculty who teach at the school are drawn from the industries ...

    Updated 17th April 2010 at 11:56 PM by JaimeB

    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Perfume History
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