She watches over the fragrance end—it’s a major part of our business, and there she reigns supreme. Even though she oversees it as an individual, all the names we have on the fragrances relate to us as a couple: Sensuous. Intuition. Beautiful. Pleasures. All those names are names that have sprung, in truth, from our relationship. We did, on occasion, collaborate: I’d walk by her office and she’d say, “Come on in here,” and there would be an arm with three or four little marks on it and she’d say, “Sniff this,” and whatever I’d sniff was terrific.
— From Chemical Attraction, a profile of Evelyn and Leonard Lauder at the Wall Street Journal. Also see Judith Jamison, in which the dancer talks about smells (including her favorite perfume). Many thanks to Anna for the links!