Worldly Scents

Worldly Scents

A fragrance explorer uncovers the history of how culture informs what smells good on us.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, Worldly, in Marie Claire Magazine, Sept. 2012 issue.

Foreign Waters

Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme perfume
Dolce & Gabbana
Pour Femme

Eau de Parfum, $98
Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet perfume
Boucheron
Jaipur Bracelet

Eau de Parfum, $136
Chanel Coco Noir perfume
Chanel
Coco Noir

Eau de Parfum, $130
Hermes l'Ambre des Merveilles perfume
Hermes
L'Ambre des Merveilles

Eau de Parfum, $149
Givenchy Eaudemoiselle perfume
Givenchy
Eaudemoiselle

Eau de Toilette, $83
Donna Karan Woman perfume
Donna Karan
Woman

Eau de Parfum, $115
Elie Saab Le Parfum perfume
Elie Saab
Le Parfum

Eau de Toilette, $105
Lancome La Vie Est Belle perfume
Lancome
La Vie Est Belle

Eau de Parfum, $95

European Scents

In France, "Perfume is as much a part of the culture as food and wine; it's a part of life," says French-Armenian perfume Francis Kurkdjian. Girls are taken to purchase their first fragrance in their tween years. Neroli orange blossom and citrus dominate in southern Europe and Mediterranean blends, while incense and woods are found in the Middle East. Chinese prefer woody and fruity florals, while Japanese prefer delicate scents that are well-blended.

France

Cacharel Anais Anais perfume
Anais Anais

floral

France

Guerlain Shalimar perfume
Guerlain Shalimar

oriental

France

Chanel No. 5 perfume
Chanel No.5

floral aldehyde

Mediterranean

Acqua di Parma Colonie perfume
Acqua di Parma

citrus

Japan

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey perfume
L'Eau d'Issey

floral aquatic

America Scents

In the U.S. we prefer gourmand scents with vanilla and fruity florals. However our English heritage tends to lead us to classic florals, and our merging heritage is spreading our taste to darker, spicy and woody scents in recent years.

Clean Fresh

Calvin Klein ck one perfume
Calvin Klein
CK One

fresh citrus

Feminine Floral

Ralph Lauren Romance perfume
Ralph Lauren Romance

floral

Floriental

Lancome Tresor perfume
Lancome
Tresor

floral

English Garden

Penhaligon's Bluebell perfume
Penhaligon's Bluebell

floral green

(Dunlop, Courtney. "Beauty: Worldly Scents." Marie Claire Sept. 2012: 346-348)





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