A young maiden tripping gaily through a field of flowers

The perfume business — once a young maiden tripping gaily through a field of flowers, then for a long while a more mature lady navigating determined department-store demonstrators wearing smocks — has over the last 20 years or so gone terribly pear-shaped. Also apple, grapefruit, mushroom and Sichuan pepper-shaped. Some current formulations are indeed indistinguishable from salads.

— Alexandra Jacobs goes shopping at Twisted Lily and Atelier Cologne in Brooklyn. Read more at Notes of Orange, Apple and Brooklyn at the New York Times.

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Fragrance Foundation Awards Finalists 2014

Fragrance Foundation 2014

The Fragrance Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2014 Fragrance Foundation Awards (formerly the Fifi Awards), known as the “Oscars of the fragrance industry”. In addition, they have announced one winner: the Indie Fragrance award for 2014 goes to By Kilian Playing with the Devil.

For each remaining category, the original list of 10 semi-finalists is now whittled down to 5…

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