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Topic: Perfumes

How Jean Patou Squeezed 10,600 Jasmine Flowers Into a 1.6-Ounce Bottle

The story of Joy, the costliest perfume you can buy

Henri Alméras, the legendary perfumer of Grasse, stared contemptuously at designer Jean Patou and his confidant Elsa Maxwell, the plumpish society columnist from America. It was 1930, and the pair…

Are Consumers Finally Fed Up With Celebrity Scents?

Bieber and Swift sales stink in latest Elizabeth Arden report

The fourth-quarter sales announced by Elizabeth Arden earlier this month weren’t just alarming to analysts. They point to something that some people in the fragrance business have long suspected: Celebrity…

How the Fashionable Miss Dior Devolved Into a Mass-Market Perfume for Millennials

The smell of branding gone bad

A green chypre laced with patchouli, Miss Dior was somehow both well-mannered and seductive. The Guerry Colas-designed bottle managed the same feat. A testament to Miss Dior’s enduring appeal, this ad required no messaging beyond the name…

Designers' Beauty Lines Offer Luxe on a Dime

Brands like Tory Burch are branching out into cosmetics

Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Marc by Marc Jacobs have found success by lowering the barrier for entry into the luxury space. Now, in an effort to attract an even…

Wear the True Scent of Downtown

Tru Blooms Chicago might just smell better than Bieber

C’mon, admit it: Haven’t you always wanted to find a perfume that’ll make you smell just like downtown Chicago? Well, that day has arrived. (And cool out: The scent is…

How the Perfume Business Lost Its Class

Ivanka Trump is no Audrey Hepburn

In the old days, celebrity perfumes were plush, rarified things—scent couture, if you will. The lucky fan might get a whiff of the magic scent, but the juice wasn’t for…

Perspective: Heart of Glass

Chanel No. 5's distinctive, timeless bottle

Sometime around 1913, a skinny and salacious Coco Chanel took as her lover one Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel. The rich young Englishman’s sartorial tastes included a square-cornered whiskey decanter that…

Marc Jacobs Ad Banned for ‘Child Sexualization’

U.K. regulator slams ‘provocative’ pose

A Marc Jacobs perfume advert featuring the 17-year-old actress Dakota Fanning has been banned after complaints that the image "sexualized a child." Britain’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority, ruled that…

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