Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ambergris

Marco Polo, in 1294, was the first Western chronicler to realize that ambergris came from the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus、which he saw hunted on Socotra. They have a great deal of ambergris. [It] … comes from the stomach of the … Continue reading

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Incense Stories

The ancient kingdom of Saba cast a spell over the Greeks and Romans. Cut off by the sun-scorched deserts of central Arabia,these remote southern regions with their exotic exports of incense and spices were considered mysterious and fantastic by the … Continue reading

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Sandalwood

Eight-five percent of the sandalwood grown for perfume comes from the province of Mysore. Sandalwood trees are parasitic and scraggy. They absorb the roots of neighbouring trees and plants, such as guava and bamboo, and suck the life out of … Continue reading

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Scent: Sacred and Secular

According to the Vedic texts, some of the world’s most ancient documents, in ancient India fragrant woods were lit and fed with consecrated perfumed ointment and offered to the Hindu gods. In Hindu mythology there are five heavens and they … Continue reading

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Fragrant Pharmacy, or Aromatherapy

In the 1920s Renne-Maurice Gattefosse discovered that essential oils could penetrate the skin through the blood and lymphatic systems. He coined the term aromatherapie and his book of that name, published in 1937,examined the anti-microbial effects of oils. Since then … Continue reading

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Lancome – The Story of a Brand Name

When Armand Petitjean founded Lancome in 1935 he was already fifty years old, with several careers, several countries, and several lives behind him. These previous lives were to influence the development of the brand’s identity, and he was never to … Continue reading

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2012 FiFi Awards

Luxe Women ANGEL Eau de Toilette by Thierry Mugler – Clarins Fragrance Group Beyoncé Pulse – Coty Inc. Bottega Veneta – Coty Prestige ELIE SAAB Le Parfum – Beauté Prestige International Fan di Fendi – LVMH Fragrance Brands Gucci Guilty … Continue reading

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