Vanities: Iman’s favorite perfume and home fragrance

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Bowie and Iman in 1990 (Photo by Ron Galella)

To say that I’ve spent most of 2018 (to date) immersed in all things David Bowie would be an understatement.

That situation is about to change, but I can’t help writing one post here about Iman, the model and entrepreneur who was his wife from 1992 until his death in 2016. I could spend all day looking at photos of them together, but I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet and scent-related.

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Roses for June: Poiret and La Rose de Rosine

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This is the cover of a promotional booklet issued by Paul Poiret’s Les Parfums de Rosine in 1923, as scanned and uploaded by Diktat. I thought late June would be the perfect time to share it.

I’ve never seen this booklet in person, but I can imagine how vibrant its seven roses and their leaves must have been when first printed.

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Nose News: Men’s Fragrance in INVERSE

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Recommended reading: this article about the gendering of men’s fragrances, written by Greta Moran for INVERSE, titled “Why Men Are Realizing That Smelling Like a Desert Rose Isn’t Half Bad.”

Greta spoke with me when she was researching this piece and I really enjoyed our conversation. (I’m mentioned about halfway through.) It’s a timely topic and I appreciate the fact that she spoke with individuals involved in different aspects of fragrance.

Image: St. John’s Bay Rum advertisement, 1967.