The art of perfume creation goes back thousands of years, and a lot has changed over this time. From the days when perfumes were used predominantly for cleanliness and hygiene to now when there has never been more choice in the fragrance industry, read on to find out all about the history of creating perfume. Plus, discover what the future holds for perfume-making.
A woman's fragrance can be a powerful tool, leaving a lasting impression on those around her. The fragrance has always been essential to anyone's style, helping to express individuality and evoke certain moods. With so many different types of women's perfumes available nowadays, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. From floral scents to woody and oriental, each fragrance has its unique blend of notes and characteristics.
Smells play a big role. From an evolutionary point of view, they give us an indication of whether something is edible or whether we should rather keep our hands off it. Furthermore, they determine whether we find a person likeable or not. Smell is therefore a key element in the search for a partner.
Your spring wardrobe should have lightweight & comfortable shirts, versatile, easy to wear shoes, and some rejuvenating colognes to top it off.
The history of Swiss Arabian is an enchanting tale that spans over 40 years. This pioneer in Arabian perfumes was founded in 1974 by Mr. Hussein Adam Ali, a visionary young man from Yemen with a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for perfumery.
Using perfume or cologne is about more than just smelling nice. Your signature scent is how people will recognize and remember you. Here's how to find yours.
Silver is among the most precious metals we have around. It is linked to wealth, status and luxury. The metal is not only used in jewelry but also in many medical and other technological sectors. There are different varieties of silver at is very important for you to know them when buying wholesale silver jewelry. Such include pure silver, sterling silver and silver plate which is most rampantly used.
BVLGARI hosts a red-carpet gala to reveal its new boutique on Frankfurt's prestigious Goethe Strasse
Red-carpet, invitation-only, dress code “Italian glamour” party attended also by JeanChristophe Babin, Princess Lilly zu Sayn Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Nadja and Cosima Auermann, Lena Gercke, Aylin Tezel and Lars Burmeister
Dolce&Gabbana Intenso is pure instinct; the power of an emotion that is freely expressed. It is the force of a determined man, with a heart that is rooted in tradition, yet revels in the modern world. Dolce&Gabbana Intenso is a woody aromatic fragrance, whose profound appeal is defined by a brand new discovery in the olfactory world: the Moepel accord which has been re-created from the flowers and leaves of the Milkwood tree using Headspace technology.
The actress Sofia Vergara will wear her own perfume, which she is going to launch in October specially for her wedding.
Gisele Bündchen will be the celebrity in the new advertising campaign of the famous luxury fragrance Chanel N°5.
She has already collaborated with Chanel in the Cosmetics and Makeup lines. According to Chanel, Gisele represents a fresh, modern and timeless elegance that fits perfectly Chanel N°5.
The American actress who is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga is the star in Balenciaga's advert, presenting its newest fragrance - Rosabotanica.
The 23-year-old Stewart is topless in the black and white photos. She is 'wearing' only some beautiful flowers which burst from a vine and clings to her bare skin.
The Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria fragrance for women is glamorous, chic and exciting. The sophisticated and pleasant notes included in the bouquet of this fabulous perfume have the most memorable components for you to be able to leave your traces wherever you go. Those surrounding you will not be able to forget you even when you’re long gone.
The shoe retailer United Nude created a special model of shoes, inspired by the ad campaign where Lady Gaga is presented as naked colossus with an army of tiny good looking menfolk scaling her body.
The shoes have 12 inch high heels. They are available for purchase at the United Nude flagship stores in Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Chanel are finalising the release of their new Coco Noir scent, the third made in homage to designer Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel.
The fragrance is intended to focus on the interplay between light and dark and the luminosity of black and Baroque elements.
The scent is a "luminous, transparent oriental," according to Christopher Sheldrake, perfumer for Chanel, and it has been developed by the company's master perfumer, Jacques Polge.
The pop star Rihanna is already a real business lady. The singer is about to conquer the perfume industry.
After her first fragrance “Reb’l Fleur” was sold very well on the market, the second scent "Rebelle" is the fastest-selling celebrity perfume in the UK. Since being released in February the fragrance has sold over 2 million bottles and is expected to sell a record-breaking 4 million by the end of the year.
If you are looking for a new and refreshing scent, you may be wondering what types of perfumes are trendy or fashionable. In 2012, discerning noses will be able to sniff out the exotic or spicy perfumes that are favoured this year. Although more traditional scents were popular last year, fragrances such as green pear, ginger orchid and even leather are making quite a splash this year. Many perfume sites such as PerfumeBargains are doing a brisk trade in modern scents as we look to take care of ourselves from a younger and younger age.
Rihanna is working on a male scent and she plans to wear it herself. The 24-year-old star launched her debut perfume, Reb'l Fleur, last year before following it up with Rebelle, and has plans to expand the range further in the coming months.
The singer admitted: "I'm working on a male scent. But it will be unisex, because I love wearing men's fragrances. You know how you love to smell like your boyfriend all day?' The Umbrella singer also shared: "I wanted this to be the fragrance no man can resist - and it is!"
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will release his first scent called 222 next year. Adam will team up with ID PERFUMES for the product, which will be made for both men and women. The new fragrance will be available for sale in May 2013.
"Adam is a performer with tremendous charisma, both on stage and on TV," the perfume company's chairman and CEO Ilia Lekach said in a statement.
Sexy ex-model, musician and actor Jared Leto was chosen to be the new face of the new Hugo Boss fragrance, called Hugo Just Different.
The ad campaign will be launched this fall and will give the golden opportunity for the band "Thirty Seconds to Mars" to become a part of the fashion business. Jared defines himself as a naturally curious and constantly seeking new and innovative ideas.
Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Shakira are among the stars battling it out for a top honour at a prestigious fragrance awards ceremony later this year.
Aguilera's self-titled scent, as well as her By Night version, Carey's Lollipop Bling, and S by Shakira are all up for the Broad Appeal (Women) honour at America's annual FiFi Awards. Also nominated are Halle by Halle Berry, Avril Lavigne's Forbidden Rose, Eva by Eva Longoria and Outspoken by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.
Despite reportedly lackluster sales of her first signature perfume in the UK, actress Jennifer Aniston launched her debut fragrance to US consumers on Thursday at the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City, Mexico.
The 42-year-old actress created a fragrance that claims to evoke the scent of "sunny days at the beach and happy summer nights". She launched the perfume at Harrods in London back in July of last year, initially under the name "Lolavie".
Natalie Portman joined the celebrities who become face of irresistible scents.
2011 is the year of Natalie Portman. Only a few days ago she won an Oscar for her role in “Black Swan” and not only she has big success, but this year the star will give birth to her first child. But there’s always more – Portman was chosen for the face of the new perfume “Miss Dior Cherie”.
Lacoste presented its new fragrance collection L.12.12. It was inspired by the famous polo shirts Lacoste, created first by a French tennis player Rene Lacoste in the distant 1927.
The new collection includes 3 fragrances that match three colors of the polo: white, blue and green. L.12.12 White represents simplicity, elegance and freshness, blue symbolizes intensity, aquatic life and manhood, and green stands for nature and good vibrations.
One of the twenty best known brands worldwide, Jaguar launched new, limited edition perfume, named "Jaguar Woman Ivory Edition", developed by perfumer Vincent Schaller.
The perfume is a sparkling new fragrance with lively, fruity notes of mandarin, red grapefruit and black currant.
New York is the city of the future and those who are in love with it, are drawing inspiration there. Nooka is a New York fashion design company (Nooka is a slang for "New Yorker") founded by artist/designer Matthew Waldman. The ethos of Nooka is universal language, which guides the creation of products with enhanced functionality with this futuristic philosophy. The first products in the portfolio of Nooka are the watches. The idea of a unique design comes while Waldman is watching the big clock in a London hotel and asks himself why the visualization of time is so standard.
Beyoncé’s hot new perfume ad has been banned in Great Britain for its overtly sexual content. British advertising authorities have deemed it “too sexually provocative” to air on daytime television.
The commercial, which begins with an image of the singer and actress lying naked in a room, has been deemed "too sexy" to be seen by young children and will not be shown on British TV before 7.30pm.
Chopard launches a new fragrance for men, Noble Vetiver, to mark the 150th anniversary of this house. The fragrance represents timeless elegance and precision of the house and it aims at men who share their passion for high quality and beautiful things.
Chopard Noble Vetiver was created by perfumer Lucas Sieuzac, who was based on woody-spicy-leathery aromas.
Only one in four women consider the expiration date of her cosmetic products, according to dailymail.co.uk. Other women put their health at risk by using cosmetics for several years, even if they start to smell funny or discolor.
At some point, aging cosmetics lose their effectiveness to fight bacteria no matter how careful you are when using it. But there are steps we can take to extend the shelf life of our cosmetics and protect ourselves from infections, like pink eye and skin breakouts.
The scent of Bulgarian roses will allure you in the new fragrance of the luxury perfume brand Issey Miyake.
In Paris everything is different. Even a cloudy day in November is capturing with a mysterious and enigmatic radiation. Privacy and seduction are the two key words that describe completely new fragrance "L'Eau d'Issey Florale", which was presented in the French capital.
San-Francisco based niche perfume house DelRae have introduced a new unisex fragrance called Panache inspired by the iconic character from Edmond de Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac.
Top notes are bergamot, pink pepper, ambrette (musk mallow), carribbean magnolia and rum; middle notes are vetiver, oak, ylang-ylang, jasmine and cardamom; base notes are musk, amber, olibanum and white honey.
Actor Eva Longoria Parker says her perfume, Eva by Eva Longoria , is the perfect thing to attract a man.
The Desperate Housewives star launched her debut fragrance in April and believes men all over the world will love the scent and want their partners to wear it all the time. “I want him to devour the woman that’s smelling my fragrance. If he smells my fragrance he should jump on that woman,” Eva said.
Full version of the short film directed by Guy Ritchie for Dior finally came online on the company’s official website.
The sexy little five-minute commercial of Dior Homme features charming Jude Law and sexy Slovak model Michaela Kocianov.
In the movie there are 3 main characters – man, woman and perfume. In this 5-minute movie, the genius of cinematography is managed to show to the viewers silted dialogue, idle sexual tension, intrigue and passion.
In September 2010 Givenchy launches Play for Her, a female version of the famous and seductive Play for Him fragrance from 2008. The face of the campaign, together with Justin Timberlake is the Canadian model and actress Noot Sear.
This new fragrance comes in two variations created around a common spirit. The Eau de Parfum is a delicate echo of the Eau de Parfum Intense.
Eau de Parfum: A woody, fruity floral aromatic fragrance.
Gucci Guilty eau de toilette is warm yet striking oriental floral perfume. Top notes of pink pepper, heart note of lilac, base notes of patchouli and amber – all velvet femininity with hint of provocation.
The patchouli that is the hallmark of Gucci fragrances, conveys a message of strength, while the notes of amber suggests deep femininity.
The fragrance will be available from this month in 30, 50 and 75 ml EDT.
Italian fashion brand “Bvlgari” has launched a new male fragrance “Bvlgari Man”.
Fresh and inspiring scent is available in bottles of 30 ml, 60 ml and 100 ml.
It is made from Calabrian bergamot, violet leaves and lotus blossom, as well as sandalwood, white woods and cashmere wood. As a finishing notes you will find vegetal amber, white honey and musk.
Britney Spears new perfume "Radiance" will be available on the market in September 2010.
The singer is ready to release her new 9th fragrance this Fall, which is, according to her, a feminine blend of red berries, soft musk and delicate flower petals. The perfume is also bursting with tuberose, jasmine, orange flower and iris. The scent will be delivered in a faux rhinestone encrusted bottle and will retail for $63 for 50 ml; $78 for 100 ml.
Bruce Willis has launched his signature fragrance this week, named simply: Bruce Willis. He created the signature collection in partnership with the German beauty company – LR Health & Beauty Products, who defined the perfume as a heavy scent, masculine and unusual.
The tagline of “Bruce Willis” will be “Smart guys live forever”.
The collection includes hair and body wash, deodorant, aftershave balm and eau de parfum. The scent features hints of grapefruit, pepper and vetiver.
Emilio Pucci fashion house launched the new perfume for women, Miss Pucci, which is both sensual and energizing. Miss Pucci follows 2007’s Pucci Vivara and the pottle shares that fragrance’s bubble motif.
The scent notes include citrus, rose, orange blossom, jasmine, cedar, iris and white musk.
Singer Shakira finally has her own fragrance named "S by Shakira", which she presented in Spain.
The Columbian superstar confessed to being involved in the process in order to find the essence that captures her young spirit that will also stimulate the imagination.
World famous fashion house Kenzo presented a new perfume named Kenzo Homme, created by Olivier Polge.
The fragrance has notes of mint, basil, rosemary and cedar.
The design of the flacon is inspired by nature, so the man who wears it can feel like a real Robin Hood. The bottle looks like a blue bamboo shoot cambered by the wind. The box features the bamboo in a graphic, balanced dynamic.
Actress Natalie Portman has been named the new face of Parfums Christian Dior.
The discreet beauty of the charming Natalie has not left unnoticed by the marketing department of Dior. Her work with the fashion house marks the first time the actress has represented a cosmetic brand. She joins Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Jude Law and Monica Bellucci in supporting the brand.
Chanel will launch on the market Bleu (blue), a new fragrance for men, in late summer.
The perfume is named after a Chanel fragrance of the 1930s. Bleu de Chanel is a woody aromatic signed by in-house perfumer Jacques Polge.
The perfume has notes of citrus, peppermint, pink peppercorn, grapefruit, cedar, jasmine, ginger and sandalwood.
The beautiful German actress Diane Kruger will be the new face of Calvin Klein’s perfume – Beauty.
Kruger, who will front the campaign for promotion of the new fragrance this fall, follows in the footsteps of Kate Moss, Christy Tarlingtan, Eva Mendes, Natalie Vodyanova and Scarlett Johansson, who have all fronted campaigns for the brand.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue will launch her new fragrance for women, attributed to the controversial Marie-Antoinette, called Pink Sparkle.
The new perfume will be on sale in July 2010. It is inspired by the luxury pink champagne, which is very hard to find in stores.
Pink Sparkle will be available in 15 ml edt and 30 ml edp, along with 200 ml shower gel and body lotion.
Spanish pearl Penelope Cruz has become the new face of the legendary ladies' perfume Lancome Tresor.
After the impressive Ines Sastre and Kate Winslet, the luxury brand chose Penelope for the new face of the mythical perfume "Tresor".
The actress will represent the brand well, as she is a classic beauty and Tresor is a classic scent.
The famous Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston will soon present her own fragrance, named "Lola Vie".
The actress who became famous with her role in “Friends”, has created her own perfume line, after turning down a number of offers to become a celebrity spokeswoman for established perfume lines, reports Starpulse.
The famous French fragrance house Annick Goutal released its latest creation - "Ninfeo Mio" which smells like a unisex and is being marketed as such. As always with Annick Goutal unisex fragrances, you can pick whether you wand the girl or the boy bottle, but you will get the same juice either way.
This fragrant composition introduces light and luminousness in top notes which incorporate cedrate, Italian lemon and galbanum, which evoke first rays of sun in early dawn, fresh and clear air and birth of a new day.
Kylie Minogue has launched her new fragrance - "Couture"
Couture is a sparkling, sophisticated floral musky fragrance that exudes elegance and modernity.
The perfume embodies the new aura of Kylie – a modern icon with sophisticated and glamorous personal style. The essence of her elegance is captured in a feminine and contemporary floral musk.
Beyonce shoot hot photo session for her new fragrance commercial. Singer posed
with vivid red dress showing her hips for the commercial of her new fragrance "Catch The Fever".
Beyonce's last business project come a few days after she and her husband Jay Z were announced for the richest couple in Hollywood by Forbs mafazine. Two famous stars get married in 2008 and they won 75,1 million pounds last year. This take them to the leader's position followed by Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie and David and Victoria Beckam.
Les Parfums de Rosine will present the new feminine fragrance, named Secrets de Rose. It is created of floral notes and amber and inspired by rare flower - black rose.
The perfume incorporates plum, orange, rose, saffron, liquorice, magnolia, ylang ylang, rose absolute, jasmine, cumin, sandalwood, amber, labdanum, musk and moss.
This fragrance will be available as 50 and 100ml edp.
The newest feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent is set to be launched in October. The perfume, romantically named Parisienne, will be fronted by top model Kate Moss.
This is a modern young floral fragrance for women less heady, with official notes of Damask rose, violet, peony, cranberry, patchouli, vetiver, musk and sandalwood.
Parisienne was developed by perfumers Sophia Grojsman.
This fall, Prada will add a new feminine amber fragrance to its library of ambery scents which started with Prada in 2004. L'Eau Ambrée is the new one to appear in September 2009. It was composed by Daniela Andrier who has been unofficially acting as a kind of in-house nose for the brand. L'Eau Ambrée is based on a main vertical accord of lemon, wild rose and amber.
The top note rests on Sicilian lemon, the heart is based on May rose and amber, and the base features notes of patchouli, vanille, opoponax.
The coveted designer - who recently launched her new scent D Eau de Parfum - has upset US residents by pumping the strong-scented fragrance from the air vents at her store in the city's fashion-forward Meatpacking District.
One woman told the New York Post newspaper: "I literally got dizzy from this. It is putrid, awful, something you'd find on a 60-year-old matron.
The singer's latest scent, 'My Glow by Jennifer Lopez' comes in a glass bottle with images of 16-month-old Max and Emme embossed on the dual-sided cap.
The fragrance will be sold in a box which mirrors her baby shower invitations when it is released in October.
Prices of 'My Glow' will start at $49 for a 50ml bottle, and the collection will include a body lotion for $30.
The 38-year-old German supermodel has already posed for adverts for the
as yet unnamed scent, which will be launched this autumn.
Claudia confirmed: "It's an honour to be chosen as the face of the Alberta Ferretti fragrance. Alberta and I have worked together for many years and it's wonderful to be able to collaborate on this exciting project together. Alberta's designs always embody femininity and elegance which are reflected in this fragrance."
The scent is being produced by Elizabeth Arden Inc., and the campaign was shot by photographers Mert and Marcus.
The supermodel - whose first fragrance, Kate by Kate Moss, was a huge
success - is to release Vintage by Kate Moss in September and wants to pay
homage to her colourful reputation.
She is quoted as saying: "I tried to encompass everything that I feel about being feminine and a bit rock 'n' roll, a bit edgy and a bit light, a bit dark.
The question is how we can keep our favourite perfume scent longer.
The best way to wear perfume is to put it on some specific points to make the fragrance last longer.
Those are the pulse points, the areas that produce heat to which in turn releases the scent of your perfume - inside of elbows, back of knees, wrist, neck and cleavage.
A good idea is to spray your hairbrush with the perfume and run it through your hair.
The International Exhibition of Hairdressing, Beauty, Make-up, Perfumery and Fashion ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY has two editions – spring and autumn.
The participants in the salon are manufacturers and dealers of professional hair-care products and accessories; beauty companies; suppliers of equipment and devices for hairdresser's and beautician's.
The exquisite premiere of "Bvlgari blue" in Hilton hotel in Sofia drew the attention even of the Italian heir to the crown - king Vittorio Emanuelle di Savoy. Together with him was, the Italian embassador - his excellency Alessandro Graffini.