My latest post on Now Smell This is a fragrance review of Rose Amazone by Hermès.
You can read it here.
In late 2014, I visited the Jewish Museum to see an exhibition on the life, career, and art collection of cosmetics mogul Helena Rubinstein. The show included materials related to the perfumes released by her brand, which was especially interesting for me. I was particularly curious about the ads for the fragrance Emotion, launched by Helena Rubinstein in 1960.
This ad, which dates to 1965, shows a stylish couple posed against a background of wavy black and white lines that resembles the patterning of a particularly mod zebra. The man is kissing the woman’s hand, or perhaps inhaling her perfume…
I’m not able to write as much as usual this week, due to other commitments and to our sweet older cat’s current health issues. Instead, I can offer a photo of this Avon perfume bottle from my childhood home. It’s called “Sitting Pretty” and it originally held Charisma Eau de Cologne.
I’ve never had a chance to do any “official” research on Audrey Flack’s work, but I’ve been a fan of her photorealist still-life paintings for a long time. Here’s one titled Jolie Madame, dated 1973. (It belongs to the National Gallery of Australia.)
Flack (b. 1931) is known for her contemporary reinterpretations of vanitas images—still-life compositions that symbolically evoke mortality and the “vanity” of earthly pleasures…
First things first: I’ve been reading Allure magazine since the 1990s. And I’m always happy to see in-depth coverage of perfumery in a mainstream magazine.
When I noticed a feature article titled “The New Fragrance Frontier” by contributor Liana Schaffner in the July issue of Allure, I settled down with anticipation to read it. In keeping with the issue’s “American Beauty” theme, it was a discussion of independent perfumers who create offbeat blends inspired by the American landscape.
It has come to my attention that July 29 is National Lipstick Day! Here’s a photo of one of my favorite perfumes, which happens to be inspired by the rose-violet scent of old-fashioned cosmetics: Editions de Parfums Lipstick Rose.
(You can read my long-ago review of it on Now Smell This here.)