Following on from our earlier Top 10 discontinued fragrances for men article, we're following up with the same article for women's fragrances. So, here is the list of the greatest discontinued fragrances for women as decided by Basenotes members.
It has been interesting researching the reasons that fragrances has been discontinued, they seem to fit into a few main categories.
Poor sales. This is the most common reason – if a fragrance is no longer commercially viable, it is very difficult to justify continuation of production, no matter how good the hardcore perfume fans think it is.
To expensive or difficult to source materials – again, linked to commercial viability. If ingredients used in the fragrance are no longer available or difficult to get hold of, it makes it less viable to produce in large numbers. Regulations and restrictions on ingredients may also require the fragrance being reformulated which can be as expensive as creating a brand new product, if the fragrance would be a shadow of its former self, some houses choose to 'put it to sleep'.
A fresh start. When a house comes under new management, often older fragrances would be discarded (see Coty with Balenciaga; LVMH with Fendi). Again, this is linked to poor sales, if the back catalogue is performing well, it is rare that the fragrance will get dropped.
To qualify for this list, the fragrances needed to have at least 100 ratings by Basenotes members in the Fragrance Directory. We've also included 'shared' fragrances in with this list as well.
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