She became exasperated

Not unexpectedly, the multimillionaire star was drawn to the most expensive raw materials in recreating the memory of her mother's perfume from more than 40 years ago, the perfumer revealed. "She has a real appreciation of luxury," he enthused. But when cautioned about safety restrictions on her favourite ingredients imposed by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), she became exasperated. "F*** IFRA!" she snapped at one point.

— Perfumer Stephen Nilsen talks to Katie Puckrik about what it was like to work with Madonna on Truth or Dare. Read more at Madonna's perfumer suggests the popstar remains a hard to woman to please at the Guardian.

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  1. armellide says:

    This will make Madonna endearing to legions of perfumistas.

    • Robin says:

      LOL — oh yes!

    • poodle says:

      I think most of us have uttered the exact same quote at some point. I know I have. I may buy a bottle of Madonna’s fragrance just for that reason alone.

  2. lucasai says:

    Oh, thank you Katie Puckrik for this interesting article!

  3. Merlin says:

    And no one else annoyed at the Diva-ish behaviour?

    • Robin says:

      It is not the first time I’ve been happy I’m not a perfumer! I bet many of these people in fashion & entertainment are hard to work for. But would not be at all surprised if she is worse than many.

    • hollyc says:

      For the first time I applaud Madonna. I think she was very restrained when she suggested the IFRA #*&^ themselves. I’ve certainly suggested much worse since my favorite fragrances have been stripped and mutilated by those morons. And 200 attempts to get it right? Why not? I believe I read that Ernest Daltroff took 15 years to create Infini (the original back in the 30’s) and everyone applauds his efforts. If Madonna uses her tongue to lash the IFRA, it’s a much better use of it than gagging poor little Britaney Spears with it!! Must try the frag.

  4. Anne from Makeupwoot says:

    I didn’t care much for the fragrance but I certainly like her sentiments expressed here.

  5. NinaraPoll says:

    Am I the only one cynical enough to think this is just more marketing? Some marketing boffin wants the “real” perfumistas to spend money and perhaps embellishes a bit on an actual incident in the hopes that anti-IFRA sentiment will trigger a purchase? ;)


    • hollyc says:

      Hmmmm, thanks Ninara. Note to self, try but don’t buy unless can’t live without. I’m such a sucker for anti IFRA media . . . . and Madonna is certainly the queen of media manipulation!

    • Good point, but the perfumistas who give a damn is probably about .0001% of the potential market.

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