A living legend

Our Sophia is a living legend. She has inspired the world of beauty with her vibrancy and unparalleled ability to create simple scents and turn them into global phenomena. An act of generosity, her fragrances are universal. She was a pioneer in understanding what women wanted and crafted superior fragrances that ignited deep emotional experiences. She is one of the most successful and iconic perfumers of our generation, and we are proud she has been recognized with this exceptional award by the industry she loves.

— Nicolas Mirzayantz of International Flavors & Fragrances, commenting on the Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement award given to perfumer Sophia Grojsman yesterday at the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards.

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Friday scent of the day 4/8

detail, Yves Saint Laurent Paris advert

You’ve made it through another week — it’s Friday! Our community project for today: wear a perfume by Sophia Grojsman, if you have one.

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m in Yves Saint Laurent Paris, which also kicks off next week’s theme. I’m guessing I’ll have a twin or two?

Reminder: On 4/15 we’re wearing rose…

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And that became Beautiful

Next to her office in the GM building is what we call the Dining Room. It has a beautiful, exquisite glass table. She would sit there and work. I would kneel at the end, watching, because she would never let us weigh. She'd say, 'If you pay attention, you'll know how much I've used.' If she liked part of one and part of another, she'd mix them. She mixed 5 different fragrances, and then we had to match them, we had to recreate that. And that became Beautiful. The 5 she eventually mixed were predominantly [Sophia Grojsman's], but then Sophia took them and made them a true fragrance.

— Karen Khoury talks to Persolaise about working with Estée Lauder. Read more at "When I Fell In Love With The Company" - An Exclusive Interview With Estée Lauder's Karyn Khoury [part 1].

Estee Lauder Spellbound ~ fragrance review

Estee Lauder Spellbound advert

Down at my local Nordstrom this week, to my surprise I found the classic Estée Lauders packaged in new bottles among the regular perfume offerings. In the past, if I wanted to sniff Azurée or Estée, for instance, I had to ask at the cosmetics counter and hope there was a tester hidden away somewhere. But now, here they were, lined up like little perfume soldiers in plain sight. I asked for a sample of Spellbound.

I chose Spellbound because a few commenters on my post on Old School Chypres mentioned it. To me, Spellbound isn’t a chypre at all, but a massive warm peach- and orange flower-infused oriental that probably draws boatloads of fans, and leaves as many people holding their noses in disgust…

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A Lab on Fire Rose Rebelle Respawn ~ fragrance review

A Lab on Fire Rose Rebelle Respawn

Last summer, A Lab On Fire launched Rose Rebelle Respawn, a “modern, feminine” fragrance developed by perfumer Sophia Grojsman. Like everything about A Lab on Fire, it’s a bit mysterious: it’s the third or fourth permutation of Grojsman’s 100% Love, originally released in 2003 by S-Perfume (the parent brand of A Lab on Fire). The original 100% Love was followed by S-Perfume 100% Love {More} in 2006, and more recently, by A Lab on Fire Rose Rebelle in 2011, which I never had the chance to try. (I think it was available only in Paris, and it may or may not have been identical to 100% Love.)

Rose Rebelle Respawn has a composition of ivy, mint leaves, carnation, rose, musks, incense and cacao…

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