Fragrance note hightlight: What is bergamot?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 1:59 PM

If you read through the notes on many fragrances, you'll notice bergamot is listed a lot. What exactly is bergamot, anyway? BERGAMOT

Bergamot is a citrus-scented essential oil extracted from the Citrus Beragamia tree, a native of Southeast Asia, but can now be found primarily in Italy and along the Ivory Coast. It is a popular aromatherapy oil and widely used in perfumes and colognes.

Bergamot is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, anorexia, and a number of infections including skin infections like psoriasis and eczema. It is used to stimulate the liver, digestive system and spleen, and provide an overall lift to those suffering from a general malaise.

Popular fragrances that include bergamot are: Chanel No. 5, Shalimar by Guerlain, Angel by Thierry Mugler, Black Orchid by Tom Ford and Burberry The Beat, just to name a few.

Indulge in green fragrances before the cold sets in

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 3:12 PM

Creed Irisia perfumeIt won't be too long until the landscape for most of the country becomes brown and drab again. As summer fades into fall, we will begin to lose sight of the vibrant greens that so define the season of the sun. And because we don't want to rush summer off too soon, we're dedicating this blog entry to green summer fragrances. Besides, won't you miss that smell of fresh-cut grass?

Green notes include everything from green tea accord to cucumber and violets. Often, green notes are blended with fruity florals to create a refreshing fragrance, the scent equivalent to a fine sauvignon blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough region.

The following are some of our favorite green fragrances (for men and women).


Marc Jacobs Grass: The name on this one pretty much gives it away. This invigorating perfume smells of fresh-mowed grass and soft woods. Jacobs has successfully taken the essence of a summer morning and stored it in a bottle. And like any summer morning, Marc Jacobs Grass is brimming with possibilities. The designer also makes Marc Jacobs Cucumber, Marc Jacobs Basil and Marc Jacobs Gardenia.

Creed Irisia: Irisia is a timeless classic fragrance for women. Wearing Irisia is like taking a walk through a secret garden filled with tuberose, violets, bergamot and the stunning iris, which is this perfume's highlight green accord.

Usher UR: UR cologne gets its green-ness from its herbal notes of basil and bay oil. These refreshing accords are layered over spicier notes of guaiac wood, cashmere wood and sandalwood.

Demeter Fragrance Library: Demeter has rolled out a collection of fragrances that mimic everything from the smell of homegrown tomatoes to ripe cucumbers. Demeter's mission is to create fragrances inspired by real life everyday objects and experiences. There's even one called Poison Ivy.

Estee Lauder Aliage: Aliage, Estee Lauder's sports fragrance for women, opens with a blast of jasmine and cool citrus, giving it an invigorating, vibrant green opening.

A Scent by Issey Miyake: According to the Issey Miyake Website, A Scent is a feminine perfume inspired by pure fresh air. Heart notes of hyacinth and galbanum are accented by verbena and jasmine. Does it get much greener than that?

Aramis Devin: Devin cologne by Aramis is the green machine. This fragrance gets its green on early with opening notes of rich herbs and citrus, followed by intense spices of incense and patchouli.

Eau de Reglisse by Caron: Both the men's and women's fragrances contain green notes, but Eau de Reglisse perfume blends in a little more of nature's best with herbal notes of basil, lemon verbena and nutmeg.
LaCoste Essential: This men's cologne was created with a special time-release technology so that the fresh citrus accord lasts all day. Other green notes include tomato leaves and cassis, making LaCoste Essential cologne a unique and satisfying summer scent.

CK Truth by Calvin Klein: The heart of CK Truth men's cologne is watery greens, flanked and enhanced by fresh herbs of basil and cardamom. The green accords are everpresent, even through the woodsy drydown, intertwining nature and masculinity.

Chinese fragrance market slow but strong

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 5:48 PM

Did you know that fragrances aren't considered a basic necessity in the Chinese beauty market? In fact, fragrance only accounts for one percent of an expected 100 billion yuan in 2011. While this may sound discouraging for perfumers, it's not, according to this article in China Daily.

It's not that the Chinese market doesn't want the products, it's just that the pace is slower than usual.

"In our consumer research, we found that lots of consumers love the design and the scent of fragrances, but they're not in the habit of using them every day," Ghislain Devouge, general manager of P&G Prestige Greater China, told China Daily.

According to the article, consumers in China prefer light florals over heavier fragrances. The lighter florals connect with them on an emotional level. This is why Cody's Cool Water cologne is still a very popular choice in the Chinese market.

Read the entire article here.