Perfume News

Kimberly Sayer of London Launches Hand-Blended Organic Skincare System

02nd December, 2002

British Aesthetician-turned entrepreneur Kimberly Sayer, introduces her exclusive, hand-blended skincare collection. Her mission: to educate the client while providing affordable, quality skincare. The complete SKINCARE Line includes Treatment, Anti-Aging and Daily Regimes, many quickly becoming make up artist's favorites. …

Michael Edwards' launches Fragrances of the World 2003

01st December, 2002

First published in the early eighties, Michael Edwards' perfume bible is now in its nineteenth edition. If you work in the industry, or have a love for fragrance then you must get a copy of this book. Fragrances of the World 2003 (refered to from now on as FotW03) lists 3,240 fragrances. Each fragrance is listed with details of the y…

Coty prize goes to Dragoco's Maurice Roucel

by Grant Osborne, 29th November, 2002

Maurice Roucel of German oil house, Dragoco is the winner of the third annual Prix Francois Coty, an award which was set up in 2000 to commemorate Francois Coty. The prize is given each year to a different perfumer. Roucel, whose creations include Rochas Man, Lalique pour Homme and Musc Ravaguer, started his career at Chanel…

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Beer and Fag Perfume

by Grant Osborne, 25th September, 2002

Each year in Germany, Munich is home to the annual Oktoberfest, a beer festival, now in it's 169th year. To celebrate, Inventor and Pub Landlord, Peter Inselkammer has presented a new perfume which has the delightful scent of rancid beer and cigarette ends. The scent is intended to evoke memories of the beer festival. The scent is cal…

Unilever to sell fragrance business?

by Grant Osborne, 18th August, 2002

Unilever is said to be in the early stages of selling its fragrance business. Sources say the Anglo-Dutch company is looking to raise $750 million from the sale of its Unilever Cosmetics International business, which makes fragrances for Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Nautica, Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, Chloe and Valen…

Unilever spend $90,000,000 on Axe

by Grant Osborne, 18th August, 2002

Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever are to spend $90 million in the next year introducing it's AXE body spray in the USA and Canada. According to Esther Lem, a Unilever vice-president, Unilever's goal is to make the brand one of the top two deodorants in the next two years. Axe, which is sold in more than 60 countries, has worldwide sa…

Unilever not to sell fragrance brands

by Grant Osborne, 02nd August, 2002

Unilever Group considers Calvin Klein cosmetics to be one of its core brands, said Unilever NV chairman Anthony Burgmans. Asked about rumours that the company is planning to sell the brand, he said: "Calvin Klein is one of the 400 (key) brands" that Unilever plans to retain in its product portfolio. Last month the Financial Tim…

Unilever give Ego the Axe - will Lynx be next?

by Grant Osborne, 02nd July, 2002

Top South African deodorant brand, EGO, recently had a name change to AXE, bringing it in line with other countries. Axe was originally launched by Faberge in France as a perfumed body spray almost twenty years ago in 1983. It is now the number one male toiletries brand in the world and is available in over 50 countries. Last month, Axe…

30th Annual FiFi Awards 2002 - Winners

by Grant Osborne, 06th June, 2002

The 30th annual presentation of the FiFi's, the Oscars of the fragrance industry, were held the evening of June 4 in New York City. Annette Green, president of the Fragrance Foundation and Broadway entertainer Tommy Tune, were masters of ceremonies for the evening, which also included many other…

Kenzo to come out of retirement

by Grant Osborne, 10th May, 2002

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada has come out of retirement to develop new projects in association with LVMH Fashion Group. Mr. Takada had announced his retirement in 1999. …

Axe deodorant to be launched in the USA

by Grant Osborne, 08th May, 2002

Unilever is introducing AXE to the US. Originally launched in France by Fabergé in 1983, it then appeared in the UK in 1985 rebranded as Lynx. By either name, AXE is now the world's number one deodorant brand, and is market leader in most of the 60 countries it sells in, with a 10%-20% share of the market.The range consists of …

Lancaster to develop Jennifer Lopez fragrance

by Grant Osborne, 15th March, 2002

Lancaster Group (part of Coty) have signed a worldwide licensing agreement with Jennifer Lopez to create a Jennifer Lopez brand fragrance. Set to launch in the Autumn, initially in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Lopez joins a long line of singers with fragrance: Previous singer-scents with varying degrees of success incl…