There are beautiful smells like vanilla, lavender, jasmine, and rose, and then there is the most beautiful smell of all: the scent of a freshly purchased MacBook Pro. Now, thanks to a collaboration between a group of artists and the scent scientists at Air Aroma, that intoxicating Apple product smell has been recreated and bottled as a perfume. Here’s the description from Air Aroma’s blog: “The scent encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and of course the aluminum laptop.” The perfume will be showcased as part of an art exhibit in Melbourne, Australia, but if it ever becomes available for purchase, I’m sure there would be a line around the block to buy it. Plus, they could come out with a slightly different scent every year that rendered the previous scent irrelevant. Genius! [Gothamist]
“I carry McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract — the baking kind — and dab it on my neck. Men are attracted to the scent! One time, I put it on and four different guys were like, ‘You smell amazing!’”
— I’m so not surprised that this absurdity came from the mouth of Jennifer Love Hewitt. You know how it goes: if men like it, it must be good! [Us Weekly]
Whale vomit is not just the name of my terrible new band. It’s also an ingredient in high-end perfumes that could soon be going extinct. Ambergris, or whale vomit, is expelled from the mouths of sperm* whales to keep sharp objects out of their tummies; the ambergris interacts with saltwater and eventually washes ashore looking like rocks. It is then sold for around $10K, making it a factor in whale hunting; fragrance companies use ambergris in their perfumes to prevent scents from dissipating. Keep reading »
She’s supposed to “get gorgeously dressed in 15 minutes flat,” but not worry about her hair getting wet in the rain. She’s supposed to love a good laugh, but can’t gossip. She’s a big eater, but doesn’t drink white wine. And on, and on, and on. According to this old ad for Bill Blass Perfume, finding your soul mate is just like ordering up a burger … only more obnoxiously specific. [The Hairpin]
Perfume may not be for everyone, but those of us who love it really love it. I have a hyper-sensitive sense of smell — I smell things before anyone else does, and I can often identify them instantly. I can smell a new perfume offhand and rattle off the most dominant notes in it. Many of my childhood memories are steeped in scent, so much so that whenever I catch a whiff of the Yves Saint Laurent Paris perfume my mother wore when I was small, I’m suddenly five years old again. Keep reading »
Want to smell like Dom Pérignon and diamond grills? Well, I have the perfect fragrance for you —Kate Walsh‘s Billionaire Boyfriend.
Billionaire Boyfriend was released on Friday is the second in Walsh’s Boyfriend perfume line. The line is almost a take-down of the whole celebrity fragrance trend, except that you can actually buy the fragrances at both Sephora and on the Home Shopping Network. Apparently, Walsh plans to add a new fragrance to the line every Valentine’s Day.
The original Boyfriend fragrance was released last year and, as Walsh now explains, was inspired by a split with a significant other. Keep reading »
Confession: I’m a little bit obsessed with blogs written by American girls living in Paris. Their style, their food, their apartments, their men … ooh la la! My favorite is Making Magique, but I also like Badaude, the group blog HipParis and Dead Fleurette (who lives in Oslo, but is a Francophile). Maybe I’m deeply jealous of my friend Leonora Epstein, who wrote The Frisky’s 365 Days In Paris series. Or maybe I’m just envious of a world where the lighting always looks just-so. Or maybe I just want to wear red lipstick and polka dots without apology.
Either way, I’m going through a serious Francophile phase myself and hoping my holidays are filled with macarons and Chanel perfume. Shopping for a wannabe Parisian this holiday season? Allons-y! Keep reading »
When you think of somebody who is sexy and cool and the picture of health, wellness and aspirational cool, you think of Iggy Pop, don’t you? Wait, you don’t? You don’t think of a dessicated ’70s punk rocker? You don’t think, “I would really like to smell that guy’s smell, and perhaps smell like him”? That shocking, because that’s what perfume maker/designer man Paco Rabanne thinks. That’s why Rabanne made Mr. Pop the wizened, craggy face of his newest fragrance, Black XS L’Excès. I hope it smells as good as he looks. [Fashionista]
I watched this video like five times trying to understand what’s going on here. Apparently, Swallowable Parfum is a real product that’s being developed by Aussies Lucy McCrae and Sheref Mansy. The digestible, scented caplet, once absorbed into the system, is supposed to enable the skin to act as a perfume atomizer, allowing fragrance to be excreted through the surface of your skin when you sweat. Instead of your sweat being stinky, the pill transforms it into your own genetically unique perfume. Whoa and whoa. Want! Want! Want! This is the kind of mind-blowing, futuristic invention I dreamed of as a child. The end of deodorant is near! [Oddity Central]
There are a lot of things I think about when I think about Christina Aguilera: power ballads, blonde hair extensions, synchronized choreography — did I mention extensions? But I can honestly say I’ve never once put Aguilera’s name in the same sentence with “royal.” And yet, Ms. “What A Girl Wants” has named her new fragrance “Royal Desire.” Maybe she’s trying to send a not-so-subtle message to Prince Harry? Explains Xtina: “With this scent, I wanted to create a truly sensory experience…” — Um, right. Perfume is a sensory experience. I’m following. — “…and provide a moment every day where women could pamper themselves and feel sexy and beautiful … exuding the sensual elegance of a queen.” Ah, so it’s not Harry she’s after, but Queen Elizabeth! Watch out lady, Christina’s coming for you! [Racked] Keep reading »