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November 29, 2009 | By Emili Vesilind
Nowadays it seems like every actor and pop star is hawking a signature perfume. But the star who set the template for the celebrity fragrance category -- back in 1988 -- was violet-eyed screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. Through her House of Taylor perfume and jewelry company, the actress and humanitarian has launched 11 fragrances, full-bodied scents that reflect Taylor's famously indomitable spirit. "Her perfumes -- everything from the scents themselves to working with the chemists -- she's so passionate about it," said former supermodel Kathy Ireland, a good friend of Taylor's.
November 29, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
The most popular season for fragrance buying is upon us, and with it, the clouds of perfume that mark the entrance to many department stores. Looking for a whiff of Marc Jacobs' vampy new Lola? How about Thierry Mugler's Alien Liqueur de Parfum, which is aged in oak casks? Even if most shoppers aren't actively seeking the stars of the fragrance world, they will get a sniff as they run the gantlet of atomizer-armed perfume girls who gleefully spritz shoppers and keep stores joyfully aromatic.
November 29, 2009 | By Melissa Magsaysay
If sniffing the countless designer fragrances displayed on department store counters leaves you befuddled, or if constantly rubbing your wrist on the flaps of perfumed paper in fashion magazines has pushed your olfactory glands into revolt, you may want to consider a custom concoction. Blending a bespoke scent offers the experience of creating something tailored to your favorite notes and a chance to focus on the intimate details of who you are as a person. "People want to be taken somewhere else, yet they also want to locate something of their own familiar essence as well," said Alexandra Balahoutis, owner of Strange Invisible, a high-end perfume shop in Venice.
November 29, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
We've all been there. Trapped in an elevator with an overly perfumed passenger who has you holding your breath until the doors open. Held hostage at a restaurant next to a fellow diner whose Poison is tainting your filet mignon. Ambushed at a movie theater where the only recourse is to bury your nose in the popcorn. Perfume may be a pleasure to those who wear it, but its over-application is often a nuisance to others. Though fragrance is often worn to attract, it stands an equal chance of repelling because scent is so subjective.
November 29, 2009
Survey a group of beauty-conscious Americans and many would undoubtedly agree that a Paris Hilton fragrance is for teenagers or twentysomethings and the sophisticated strength of Chanel No. 5 is for your grandmother. Certain scents typically have certain age associations. But ultimately, what makes a scent "young" or "old" is subjective. While most perfumers agree that simple and sweet, fruity florals are the scent of preference for women and girls who are likely to have seen "New Moon," and that big, powdery, floral bouquets are most often worn by older women, that perception is largely dependent on one's personal interaction with the fragrance.
November 5, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
Police recovered Paris Hilton's designer perfume, a pistol belonging to actor Brian Austin Green and a handwritten inventory listing diamonds and other jewelry at the homes of suspects accused of burglarizing the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by The Times. The affidavit by Los Angeles Police Department detectives names five alleged members of the burglary crew -- Jonathan Ajar, Courtney Ames, Roy Lopez Jr., Alexis Neiers and Diana Tamayo -- who were charged last week with residential burglary and other felonies in connection with at least 10 burglaries in the Hollywood Hills from late 2008 to last month.
July 26, 2009 | David Ng
A rising young composer from the U.S., Europe or even the Far East isn't necessarily a newsmaker. But how about a hot new composer from Israel? That's a rare occurrence sure to raise eyebrows among the classical cognoscenti. Avner Dorman, 33, knows that as one of the few Israeli-born writers to break into the classical major leagues, he often has to act as a national flag bearer, especially in the eyes of the category-happy media.
July 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
EBay Inc. lost an appeals court bid to halt a ruling that ordered it to stop online sales of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton perfumes. A Paris appeals court upheld a 50,000-euro ($80,000) fine for each day that EBay allowed the sales to continue, LVMH said. The order was part of a 40-million-euro verdict last week over claims that San Jose-based EBay didn't do enough to block the sale of fake goods.
May 4, 2008 | Elizabeth Khuri
Sending a dozen gorgeous red roses is a safe bet for Mother's Day. But if you're looking for something even more alluring, try this spring's must-have rose fragrance: Kilian's Liaisons Dangereuses. The perfume, with its notes of Ceylon cinnamon, geranium, Indian sandalwood and musk layered over Damascus rose, is at once complex and ethereal. Kilian's is one of the season's new rose scents, joining those by Escada, Paul Smith and Armani. Yes, it's expensive--$225 for 50 milliliters.
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