This page lists perfume houses with names starting with the letter P. Perfume houses are alphabetized by first name, so that “Paul Smith” is listed under P. Some perfume houses have their own pages — if the name is a link, click on it.
This page was last updated on 11 April 2013.
Fashion design house of Paco Rabanne, who was born in Spain and came to France during the Spanish Civil War. His first fashion collection, featuring futuristic designs made of plastic and metal, appeared in 1966; Rabanne subsequently became well known for his chain mail mini dresses, disposable paper clothing and the like. Rosemary Rodriguez became Creative Director in 2000; Patrick Robinson took the helm in 2005 after the departure of Rodriguez.
Fragrance launches have included include Calandre (1969), Pour Homme (1973), La Nuit (1985), XS (1993), XS Pour Elle (1994), Paco (1996), Energy (1998), Ultraviolet (1999) and Paco Rabanne Pour Elle (2003). The Paco Rabanne fashion and fragrance businesses are owned by Puig.
Recent releases include Ultraviolet Fluoressence (2005), Paco Rabanne Black XS for men (2005), Ultraviolet Colours of Summer (2006), Ultraviolet Summer Pop (2007), Black XS For Her (2007), Ultrared (2008), 1 Million (2008), Lady Million (2010), Black XS L’Excès (2012), 1 Million Intense (2013).
Where to buy: department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Paco Rabanne
Italian fashion line for men established in 1970. Fragrances were introduced in 2002 with Pal Zileri for men. Subsequent offerings include Concept no. 18, Sartoriale and Lab. The fragrance license is held by Mavive.
Recent releases include Collezione Privata (2010).
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Pal Zileri
French niche line established by Marc Antoine Corticchiato in 2003. The fragrances are inspired by historical empires of the world, and include Eau Sauve (inspired by Empress Josephine), Eau de Gloire (inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte) and Ambre Russe (inspired by the Russian Empire under the Tsars). Iskander (inspired by Alexander the Great) and Cuir Ottoman (the Ottoman empire), launched in 2006.
Website: Parfum d’Empire
Niche fragrance line founded by Nicolas Chabert, who was raised in Grasse by a family of perfumers and designers. The company is named for Grasse’s postal code. Fragrances include Yuzu Rouge (2003), Cédre (2003) and Lys (2006).
Recent releases include Feuille de Reglisse, Lentisque & Lierre Rose (2007).
Indie perfumes from Armando Martinez, established in 2007 with four scents: Satyr, Benefactor, Pillow of Flowers, and Maquillage. Kitsune followed later in 2007.
Recent releases include BoHo, Les Fauves & Silver Lining (2008).
Website: Parfums D’Armando Martinez (site no longer active)
Parfums de Rosine
Indie perfume house of Konstantin Mihov, a psychology student in Germany and a regular on the Perfume of Life forum. As the name implies, the scents are inspired by fictional works. His debut fragrance, Alice in Wonderland, launched in 2007. Eleven Minutes & O Alquimista will also launch in 2007.
Where to buy: in Germany at first-in-fragrance.
Count Alfred d’Orsay (1801-1852) was a French-born dandy, said to be the “most fashionable man in the most fashionable circles in the most fashionable town in the world: London” (Last of the Dandies: The Scandalous Life and Escapades of Count d’Orsay, by Nick Foulkes). He dabbled in perfumery, and reputedly created a fragrance called “Eau de Bouquet”.
The Parfums d’Orsay line was established after his death and named in his honor. Various sources report the founding year as 1865, 1908 and even 1933; 1908 appears to be the most likely. Count D’Orsay’s original “Eau de Bouquet” was reportedly “reworked” into the line’s Etiquette Bleue fragrance. I do not know the detailed history of the line, but they were issuing new fragrances into the the 20th century, and the line was “revived” in 1995.
See review for D’Orsay Tilleul.
Where to buy: in the US at MiN New York.
Website: Parfums d’Orsay
Website: Parfums MDCI
French niche line established by Martine Micallef and Geoffrey Newman in 1997.
Recent releases include Avant-Garde (2006), Red Sea (2006), Note Vanillee (2007), Note Poudree (2007), Note Ambree (2007), Yellow Sea & Royal Muská (2008), Mon Parfum (2009), G Nejman Le Professionnel, Le Sportif & Le Seducteur (2009), G Nejman Emir (2010), Jewel for Him (2011), Art Collection Vanille (2012), Royal Rose Aoud (2012), Rose Extreme (2012), Ylang in Gold (2012), Style (2012), Royal Vintage (2013), Le Parfum Denis Durand Couture (2013).
Website: Parfums M Micallef
The perfume line of French clothing label Morgan, established in 1967 as a “cheap chic” line for teens.
Fragrances were introduced in 2003 with Morgan de Toi scents for men & women. Subsequent launches include Light My Heart (2004), Love Love de Toi (2005), Love Love de Toi Glossy (2006), Morgan Sweet Paradise (2007), Love Love de Toi Glamstar (2007), My Morgan (2008), Psychedelice (2009).
Website: Morgan de Toi
American socialite, singer and actress. Her first fragrance, Paris Hilton for women, launched in 2004. A version for men followed shortly thereafter. Just Me for women and Just Me for men followed in 2005; Heiress for women and Heir for men in 2006. Fragrances are created under arrangements with Parlux.
Where to buy: at sephora, selected department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Paris Hilton
French jeweler and designer with several fragrances, including Or Noir, Or Black, Nagada and Passion Mediterranee.
Website: Pascal Morabito
French line of organic skincare and fragrances founded in 2004 by Philippe Gounel and Luc Jugla, and sold in 2009 to Cyril Jamot. There are currently six scents: Chypre, Boise, Ambre, Fougere, Floral and Hesperide.
Where to buy: at newlondonpharmacy or Henri Bendel.
Fashion designer Sophie Albou established Paul & Joe, named after her two sons, in 1995. Two fragrances were launched in 2003: Blanc and Bleu.
Recent releases include Paul & Joe Fragrance Hair & Body Mist (2013).
Website: Paul & Joe
British fashion designer who started with a small shop in 1970 specializing in menswear. He showed his first collection in Paris in 1976; women’s designs were added in the 1990s. By 2000, Paul Smith was Britain’s largest designer label. The line has a huge following in Japan (200+ stores), although he is still somewhat less well known in the US.
Recent releases include Paul Smith Story for men (2006), Paul Smith Rose (2007), Sunshine Edition (2008), Paul Smith Rose Summer Edition (2009), Paul Smith Man (2009), Paul Smith Rose Summer Edition (2010), Sunshine Edition 2010 (2010), Paul Smith Man 2 (2010), Paul Smith Rose Summer 2011 (2011), Paul Smith Optimistic (2011), Sunshine Edition & Rose Summer 2012 (2012), Paul Smith Rose 2013 (2013), Sunshine Editions 2013 (2013).
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Paul Smith
People of the Labyrinths
American sportswear designer who established his own line in 1978. Ellis died in 1986. Marc Jacobs was the designer from 1988 until 1993, but left shortly after his infamous “grunge” collection. The women’s sportswear line was eventually dropped, and the line is now best known for its menswear.
Fragrances debuted in 1985 with Perry Ellis for Women and Perry Ellis for men. Later scents include 360 for women (1993), 360 for men (1995), America (women & men, 1996).
Recent releases include Perry Ellis for Men (2008), Perry Ellis for Women (2009), Perry Ellis Platinum Label for Men (2009), Perry Ellis Night (2010), Perry Ellis Love (2011), Aqua (2012), Spirited for Men (2013).
Website: Perry Ellis
Men’s fashion line established by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons in 1992 and known as a “leader in the urbanwear market”. Phat Farm, and its sister company Baby Phat, were sold to Kellwood Corp. in 2004.
Arizona-based line of skin, bath and fragrance items founded by Cristina Carlino and David Watson in 1996. Three fragrances were in the original mix of products: Soul Mates, Amen and Grace. Later bestsellers include Amazing Grace, Pure Grace and Falling In Love. In 2010, Philosophy was acquired by Coty.
Recent releases include Philosophy The Fragrance (2006), Inner Grace (2007), The Alchemist (2007), Unconditional Love (2009), Field of Flowers (2010), Eternal Grace (2010), Summer Grace (2011), You Are Divine (2011), Love Sweet Love (2012), Field of Flowers Magnolia Blossom (2012), Living Grace (2012), Field of Flowers Violet Blossom, Orange Blossom & Peony Blossom (2012), Field of Flowers Gardenia Blossom (2013), The Tea Party (2013).
French fashion designer. He joined Christian Dior in 1946, then left to start his own fashion house in 1949. He was known for his bold geometric designs, which are often described as ignoring the female form. Cardin was the first haute couture designer to open a ready-to-wear boutique and to put his clothing line in department stores, and also the first to license his name to a wide variety of lifestyle goods.
His first fragrance, Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur, launched in 1972. Other fragrances include Choc de Cardin (1981), Rose Cardin (1990), Enigme (1993), Insatiable (1995), Revelation (2004).
Recent fragrance releases include Emotion for women (2005), Emotion for men (2006), Revelation Energy (2007), Pierre Cardin Pour Homme & Pierre Cardin Pour Femme (2007), Pierre Cardin Pour Homme Winter Edition & Pour Femme Winter Edition (2008), Pierre Cardin Collection Cèdre-Ambré & Iris Sauvage (2009), Cuir Intense (2009).
The Pierre Cardin fragrance license is currently held by Coty.
Website: Pierre Cardin
Los Angeles-based line of fragrances. Currently three offerings: To Twirl All Girly, The Exact Friction of Stars and Tiptoeing Through Chambers of the Moon.
Website: Pilar & Lucy
Fragrances for the men’s magazine, made under license to Coty.
Fragrances were introduced in 2008 with Hollywood, Malibu, Miami and Vegas. Recent launches include Ibiza (2009), New York (2010), Play It Lovely, Play it Sexy & Play It Spicy (2010), London Playboy (2011), Play It Rock (2011), Berlin Playboy (2012), Playboy VIP (2012), Play It Pin Up (2013).
Website: Playboy Fragrances
UK-based toiletries line founded in 1749. The company has since changed hands several times, I am not sure who owns it at the moment.
See review for Orange Blossom and Amber Scented Candle.
Website: Potter & Moore
Cosmetics and skincare company founded as a division of Estee Lauder in 1979. The first Prescriptives fragrance, Calyx, was introduced in 1986, and is still on the market (subsequent launches have all been discontinued).
In 2009, Estee Lauder announced they would be discontinuing the entire Prescriptives line, but Calyx would continue to be distributed under the Aramis division. In 2011, Prescriptives was revived as an online-only brand.
Recent releases include Calyx Sheer Exhilaration (2009).
Where to buy: through the website.
Perfume house established by Russian Prince Georges Matchabelli and his wife, Princess Norina Matchabelli, and probably best known for Wind Song (1952). The house was sold in 1936 and has since had several owners; it is currently held by Parfums de Coeur, a manufacturer of designer fragrance dupes.
Recent releases include Sexiest Musk (2008).
Where to buy: chain discount stores and drugstores.
Niche line from Italy. Initial offerings included four fragrances: Marconi 3, Roma Imperiale, Tirrenico and Vittoria Apuana.
Recent releases include Forte + Forte (2008), By Night White, By Night Black (2009), Versilia Vintage: Boisé & Ambra Mediterranea (2009), Versilia Aurum & Versilia Platinum (2010), Parfum 150 (2011), Colonia del Forte 1265, Colonia del Forte 1452 & Colonia del Forte 1475 (2012), Fiorisia & Frescoamaro (2012).
Where to buy: in Germany at first-in-fragrance.
Website: Profumi del Forte
Italian niche line from the island of Pantelleria. The first fragrance, Il Profumo di Pantelleria, launched in 1998, and was followed by Dammuso, Nica, Aire, among others.
Where to buy: in the US at luckyscent.
Italian niche line established in 1996 by the grandchildren of Celestino and Lucia Durante, who had established a chain of stores featuring hand-made soaps, fragrances and the like. Today the Profumum line produces 15+ fragrances, has several boutiques in Rome and is sold in selected stores across Italy.
Recent releases include Volo AZ 686 & Alba (2007), Olibanum & Acqua Viva (2007), Dambrosia (2008), Vanitas (2008), Aquae Nobilis & Oxiana (2009), Ninfea (2010), Arso & Battito d’ali (2011), Eccelso & Dolce Acqua (2011), Rosae Mundi (2012).
Where to buy: at luckyscent.
French line of bath, body and fragrance items.
Where to buy: beautyhabit.
Website: Provence Sante
Indie natural line established by Charna Ethier around 2010. Fragrances include Cocoa Tuberose, Indolice, Tabac Citron, Divine, Ginger Lily, Gypsy, Lei Flower and Osmanthus Oolong.
Where to buy: from the website.
Website: Providence Perfume Co
See Emilio Pucci.
German athletic-wear manufacturer established in 1924. Fragrances include Puma Woman & Puma Man (2002), Puma Flowing (2003), Puma Jamaica (2004), Puma Red & White, Puma Create (2006).
Recent releases include Puma Aqua (2007), I’m Going (2007), Jamaica2 (2008), Free Flowing Woman & Free Flowing Man (2008), Urban Motion (2009), Animagical (2010), Puma Jam! (2011), Puma Green & Puma Yellow (2012), Puma Sync (2013).
Puma fragrances are produced under arrangements with Procter & Gamble.
Italian color cosmetics line. Fragrances were introduced in 1991 with Fiorilu.