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Who are the Best Sellers?

So it’s hard to say exactly which perfume is the absolute best seller, but a fair guess would be the following: 

  1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle - It pops up as a best-seller and most-loved perfume again and again. 

  2. YSL: Black Opium (Check out the YSL exhibition in at the Musée Saint Laurent which highlight’s Yves’ Asian influences.

  3. Theirry Mugler: Angel (To this day, one of the most distinctive scents ever made.)

  4. Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

CK1 Turns 25 

For young Gen X’ers and the elder Millennials, you will probably remember the perfume phenom that was CK1. Launched in 1994, the commercial for the unisex fragrance hit the zeitgeist so hard and so perfectly it seemed overnight the milky-glassed bottle was in every locker in every school in America. 

“It was the ultimate anti-1980s, anti-Boomer scent, a riposte to the showy perfumes of the ‘Dynasty’ and Wall Street years, ” writes the New York Times. Read more

Tom Ford Ombre Leather

It’s Not even Leather!*
The smell of leather has become very “on trend” in the smell world. Maison Margiela, Jo Malone, Ex Nihilo, and D.S. & Durga all make a leathery potions. The fragrance garnering the most buzz is Tom Ford’s unisex Ombré Leather. The lush unisex fragrance intoxicates with spicy cardamom, saffron, jasmine sambac, patchouli, vetiver, white moss and black leather. It smells like perhaps what the inside of Jackie O’s purse might have smelled like in the ‘70s.

(*Reference to the classic ‘80s film, “Working Girl.”)

The Venetian island of Giudecca

The Venetian island of Giudecca

A New Hermès fragrance was inspired by a secret garden of Eden

The Venetian island of Giudecca is a privately owned island near Venice that was purchased in 1884 by an English aristocrat named Frederic Eden. He must have felt inspired by his family name to create an actual garden of Eden. The land has been passed down through various relatives and today remains largely manicured with touches of the wild.

Hermes's in-house perfumer Christine Nagel caught scent of the secret garden and thus it became the inspiration for their newest scent, Un Jardin Sur La Lagune.

“All the life of this garden arrived in the mind at the same time,” she says. “I saw a little forest with magnolia, a long path, and the image of Monsieur Eden on a chair near the Madonna lilies. In the winter, I have a powerful odor of wood and musk.”

Read more in Town and Country

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