There’s no reason to separate

"For me, it's a great joy to smell a fragrance I did for men, worn by a woman. A perfume should never be reserved for one sex because smells have no sex," [Mathilde Laurent] told me at the New York City launch of Cartier's new eau de parfum, L'Envol, which is technically for men but something I'd wear in a heartbeat...Though we were sitting at a table with the marketing team, Laurent's role is the art of the juice itself, and she wasn't afraid to say that the separation of categories is just a ploy. It's not uncommon for a company to use clichés—it's a business after all—but she said Cartier works to avoid them. "It's an old habit to put a naked woman or man on the advertising to tell you, 'It's for you!' We have come to a kind of caricature of being a woman or man in perfume, but like our society, there's no reason to separate," she said.

— Perfumer Mathilde Laurent of Cartier talks about gendered fragrances in Here's What One French Perfumer Has to Say About Women Wearing Men's Fragrances at Allure.

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 4

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes summer editions from Jean Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake; collector editions from Cartier; a new travel size of Acqua di Parma Colonia Club and a new solid perfume compact for Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Betty Boop and Le Male Popeye

From Jean Paul Gaultier, the annual summer editions of Classique and Le Male, featuring Betty Boop and Popeye (you can see the summer 2015 versions here). Betty is in 100 ml Eau de Toilette Fraîche, Popeye is in 125 ml Eau de Toilette Fraîche. Both can be found now at Nocibe in France…

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