We're late this month! But here it is, perfume coverage in the December issues of Allure, Details, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Vogue, Glamour and Lucky, and please comment on any fragrance-related coverage you’ve seen in other fashion & beauty magazines:
Cover: Kirsten Dunst
Scent strips: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist; Giorgio Armani Idole d'Armani; Dior J'adore & Cologne Florale; Versace Versense; Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne; Bvlgari Blv II; Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy.
Editorial coverage: The Beauty Reporter includes Chanel No. 5 Essential Bath Oil and the Marc Jacobs Lola solid perfume ring in the “Editor’s Favorites” (p. 58), and the “Smell This” feature in which random passersby comment on a fragrance features Moschino Glamour (p. 66). “Eau Victoria” (p. 66) is a short interview with Victoria Beckham about Signature Story, and "The Twilight Effect" (p. 68) mentions Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods perfume.
This month's Beauty 101 is about perfume: how to find one, how to wear it. It says that "at least 118 new scents" were introduced in 2009 — hello? I think somebody lost count very early in the year. Included are lists of "Light Winter Scents" (Burberry Brit, Jo Malone Sweet Lime & Cedar, etc) and "Iris Fragrances" (Prada Infusion d'Iris, Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, etc).
House Warming (p. 102) is an article by Frederic Malle on home fragrancing ("home scents should not be sexy"), including a plug for his new fragrance diffuser.
Scents of Place (p. 176) is about how geographic locations inspire fragrance ("The way I create our Jardins is not about capturing or reproducing faithfully the smell of a place, but rather capturing the creative idea of a place", Jean-Claude Ellena). Also included is a box inset with various celebrities and fashion designers answering the question: Do you bring your own room scent when you travel?
Underground Beauty (p. 184) includes two perfumes: 88 Orange Blossom and Talulamae Perfume Oil.
Cover: John Mayer
Scent strips: Dolce & Gabbana The One for men; Ermenegildo Zegna & Zegna Cologne; Burberry Brit for men; Givenchy Play; Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme.
Editorial coverage: p. 58, Style, Groomsman (grooming for a big night out, perfume included).
Cover: Sarah Jessica Parker
Scent strips: Dior Miss Dior Chérie Eau de Parfum and Miss Dior Chérie L’eau; Michael Kors Very Hollywood; Dolce & Gabbana The One; Vera Wang and Vera Wang Bouquet; Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne; Donna Karan Cashmere Mist; and Glade Fragrance Collection candle scent in Pomegranate & Cranberries.
Editorial coverage: Elle Shops Gift Guide, p. 201 onwards — includes Scottish Fine Soaps, Au Lait body milk and powder, Assouline candles ($45) in Book, Havana and Leather scents, Prada’s fragrance box $695.
Elle Beauty News, p. 206, Bubblicious, Francis Kurkdjian’s line of scented products.
The Scent Detective, p. 278; It’s hard to be an aroma enthusiast when you’re cursed with a subpar sniffer. Determined to strengthen her sense of smell, Maggie Bullock follows her nose to perfume school.
Typecasting, p. 284, by Maggie Bullock; Picking a new eau for your pal, your mom, your mate — or yourself? These scents are guaranteed to suit the superstars in your life.
Cover: Tom Brady
Scent strips: Ralph Lauren Romance (for women); Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio; Burberry Brit; Lacoste Challenge; Calvin Klein Eternity for Men; Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme; Givenchy Play; Usher VIP; Power by 50 Cent; Ralph Lauren Polo Modern Reserve and Polo Blue.
Editorial coverage: Nothing!
Cover: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Scent strips: Giorgio Armani Idole d’Armani; Juicy Couture, Couture Couture; Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum and Cologne Florale; Burberry Brit; Vera Wang and Vera Wang Bouquet.
Editorial coverage: Gift Guide starting on p. 178 features Carrière Frères candles ($35) and In This Very Room soaps ($15.50).
Cover: Blake Lively
Scent strips: Dolce & Gabbana The One; Giorgio Armani Idole d’Armani; Lancôme Hypnôse Senses; Juicy Couture, Couture Couture.
Editorial coverage: Holiday Insider/Designers and style experts share their wish lists, traditions and gift ideas that make the season bright (perfumes, soaps and candles are featured), pps. 62-66.
Beauty Buys: among the offerings — Lafco Avenue candles, Francis Kurkdjian (name misspelled in the copy!) scented bubbles, p. 78.
Other articles featuring scented gift ideas and products, including Brilliant Idea, p. 82.
Cover: Cate Blanchett
Scent strips: Estee Lauder Sensuous; Dior J’adore EDP and J’adore Cologne Florale; Dolce & Gabbana The One; Prada L’Eau Ambrée; Versace Versense; Juicy Couture, Couture Couture; Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne.
Editorial coverage: None!
Scent strips: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere; Miss Dior Cherie L’eau; Marc Jacobs Lola; Calvin Klein Eternity & Eternity for Men; Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme; Nautica Oceans & Voyage.
Editorial coverage: the Beauty section includes mentions of Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger and D&G Rose The One.
Cover (not shown): Carrie Underwood
Scent strips: Gucci Flora; Michael Kors Very Hollywood; True Religion; Dior Miss Dior Cherie L’eau; Marc Jacobs Lola; Juicy Couture.
Beauty Spy is a several page spread with mentions of Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot; Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger bath oil; whole page on perfume balms: Crazylibellule and the Poppies Jeanne Voyage; Joya/Vane Spider pendant with solid perfume from Anthropologie; Harajuku Lovers Baby; Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau; Estee Lauder Pure White Linen jeweled lantern; Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava; Estee Lauder Youth Dew (in the blue bottle — headline reads “Forever Classic, Suddenly Irresistible"); Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries; Dior Escale a Pondichery.
Gift Guide includes Preen for Six Scents Parfums No. 6 Teen Spirit; Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine solid perfume.
Note: as usual, all I did was Allure! Many thanks to Kevin for covering Details, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire & Vogue, and to Cynthia for covering Glamour & Lucky.
The very latest Marie Claire has a whole page devoted to masculine scents that women can wear. They pitch it as “gender bending” – actually, there’s a lot of sexuality-related articles in that issue. Interview with Ellen (LOVE!), a small mention of transsexuals in Iran, and then a page devoted to getting women to smell like guys. Best issue in a very long time.
Thanks! Is that December or January?
January – the one with Natalie Portman on the cover. Normally, I read Marie Claire halfway through and then toss is across the room in anger (they write some incredibly stupid things), but this was a really good issue and the perfumes they recommended were more niche – perfumistas will be proud.
Again, thanks. They mail very early, wish Allure would do that.
I hear you about skipping articles in Marie Claire – like the American Geisha one last month. I actually read the whole thing, but was mostly horrified throughout the article.
Thanks for the info, Andrea. I may have to actually pick that one up.
I do like J’adore. I think for a fruity/ floral, it’s pretty well done.
Yes, it is.
Those scent strips always make me sneeze for some reason. I don’t know what kind of additive they put in there but I avoid those strips like the plague.
I can’t remember the last time I bought a beauty magazine either, I mostly browse them at doctors’ offices
I hate scent strips.