Paco Rabanne Pour Homme didn't help columnist James Delingpole lose his virginity when he was a teenager, so he gave up on fragrance altogether until a recent trip to London's Les Senteurs:
The one that grabbed me instantly was Vetiver Extraordinaire [note: by Frederic Malle], which is so far removed from your normal idea of a scent that it’s almost an anti-scent. I can imagine chicks catching a whiff and being so intrigued by your air of mystery that they simply have to go to bed with you. But that might just be wishful thinking.
Well, maybe. But this chick would just steal your bottle. Read the rest of the article in the Times Online, and many thanks to Ruth for the link!
Jo Malone, who sold her eponymous line to Estee Lauder in 1999 but remained on as Creative Director, has announced that she is leaving the company to pursue other goals. The line currently has 16 fragrances. (via Women's Wear Daily)
Lovers of violet fragrances will enjoy this
article about the violet growers of Toulouse (link no longer working, sorry!):
The perfume group Berdoues, which has manufactured a violet-based perfume since 1936, is also revamping its range with the launch of a new "more feminine" fragrance for Saint Valentine's Day on February 14. "Globally on the perfume market there is a renewal. This violet is a new interpretation of what my grandfather was doing 70 years ago," said managing director Sophie Berdoues-Coudouy.
The Vancouver Sun has an interesting article on "The Politics of Perfume" in the workplace.