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April 10, 2011 | Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Southern California weather doesn't change too drastically from winter to spring and there's no specially branded latte being served at Starbucks to nudge us into the next season, but we can count on lighter fragrances to bring on the feeling of bright sunshine, blue skies and longer days. Spring's newest fragrance releases are whisper soft but upbeat and bright with citrus, fruit, aquatic and floral notes — qualities many women look for when adding a new scent to their fragrance wardrobes.
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April 18, 2014 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend. Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton's Verde cologne. "It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store," said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton's New York flagship store.
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November 27, 2011 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
What should a man smell like? This is not an inquiry to be undertaken lightly - particularly at this time of the year when the gantlet of parties, events and mixers that stretches from Thanksgiving into the new year is destined to put the fragrance profiles of near strangers beneath our noses as surely as stockings dangle from the fireplace mantle. It's a timely question for other reasons. According to the NPD Group, a market research firm, one-quarter of all annual sales in the prestige fragrance category (defined as the scents sold at the department store level and higher)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
He was a neurosurgeon, a shipping magnate, a pompous headmaster, an autocratic father: He was the self-inflated, often weaselly authority figure whose long, narrow, aristocratic face was as well-known in films and television as his name was obscure. James Rebhorn, a journeyman character actor seen most recently as the father of super-spy Carrie Mathison on "Homeland," died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., of melanoma, his wife Rebecca Linn said. He was 65. Rebhorn had more than 100 TV and movie credits, including roles in "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny" - both released in 1992 - and "Meet the Parents" (2000)
SCIENCE
October 15, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Imagine if every time you were attracted to that delicious smell wafting from your neighborhood Cinnabon's open door, you found upon entering that it was actually a hardware store with no food in sight. It wouldn't be long before that smell no longer sucked you in. That's essentially what scientists tried in an attempt to solve an age-old problem in species conservation: How do you stop predators from attacking their prey? In the new study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Australia exposed black rats to the smells of a bird's nest - avian feces, feathers and the like - by placing scent-spiked fake nests throughout a field.
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August 5, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Does your dairy herd get skittish every time you hit the milking parlor drenched in Drakkar Noir? Does a splash of Hugo by Hugo Boss have your flock of sheep heading for the hills? If so, the answer to your fragrance faux pas may well be Portland General Store's new Farmer's Cologne. When I first caught wind of the cologne -- made by the same Maine-based company that makes manly grooming products like tobacco-scented beard oil, whiskey-scented aftershave and a soap called "Hunting Camp" -- I was intrigued by the notion that the potion was formulated to be "aromatherapeutic and pleasing to cows and livestock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1990
Re Dana Parsons' column "Scent of Fear Sends Scribe to Library Seeking Answers" (Oct. 3): Dana Parsons' humorous attempt at looking at the Santa Ana Library issue fell flat. To him it may be a situation of levity, but to those directly involved, it's mighty serious. Maybe Mr. Parsons has never worked in an environment in which staff has been afraid to come to work the next day because of tension in the workplace. The library staff and library board have been attempting to resolve this volatile situation for two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 1985
Woooo! Did you get a whiff of the new Los Angeles Times Magazine? Pretty strong stuff with the sample perfume advertisement. Since people are having problems locating the Book Review in Calendar, I think it would be a very wise and definite solution to everyone's problems if you give the Book Review a scent. Maybe after a tea, such as Earl Grey, an intellectual fragrance, a tranquil chamomile, or maybe even Red Zinger. No, no, Zinger would be quite unsuitable for the Book Review.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2012 | By Corina Knoll
Misty Morrissey describes her 10-year-old daughter, Lyric Cook, as vibrant and mature. “She's outgoing and social. She likes cheerleading, but she's also sports-oriented. She loves to wrestle -- like UFC-type wrestling,” the Iowa woman said Tuesday afternoon with a small laugh. Such laughs are rare. Lyric and her 8-year-old cousin, Elizabeth Collins, have been missing since Friday. The two girls left Elizabeth's home in Evansdale about noon on their bicycles; they'd been told to stay in the neighborhood.
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October 31, 2010 | By Sophia Kercher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not difficult to imagine Elizabeth Barrial, 36, the chief perfumer for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, as a sorceress of the night. Besides practicing her potion-making craft, the esoteric perfume house's matriarch appears otherworldly. She wears her black and red locks down to her waist, and her eyes sparkle as she takes a whiff of one of her bottled concoctions. She and business partner Brian Constantine typically work behind the scenes, with her wares available only online . But once a month, during the full moon, Barrial escapes her laboratory to peddle her wondrous and macabre scents at the horror shop Dark Delicacies in Burbank.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
More and more air travelers are buying expensive first-class and business-class seats, and airlines are coming up with some creative amenities to keep those big spenders happy. That includes scented pillows and chauffeur-driven SUVs. The number of passengers buying expensive premium seats jumped 4% in 2013 and continued to grow thanks to improved business conditions around the world, according to the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world's airlines.
SCIENCE
March 20, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Breathe in deeply and feel the power of your nose. If your sense of smell is firing on all cylinders, you can distinguish among a dizzying array of 1 trillion different odors, according to a new study in the journal Science. Bad perfume, baby skin, lavender rubbed between your fingers, real apple pie in the oven, and apple-pie-scented candles -- the diverse world of odor is yours for the smelling. "Our sense of smell is amazing," said Leslie Vosshall, who studies olfaction at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Pharrell Williams is collaborating with Comme des Garcons on a unisex scent called Girl, named for his latest album. It's scheduled to go on sale in September. [Cut] Singer-dancer Paula Abdul, actress Jane Seymour (a former ballerina) and publisher Lori Milken are to be honored at the Los Angeles Ballet Gala on April 12, Ellen Olivier at Society News LA reports. Bethann Hardison, the former model who founded the Diversity Coalition to push designers to cast racially and ethnically diverse models on the runways, is to be honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Founders' Award on June 2. [Cut]
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
For those who want to smell like Pharrell Williams, your chance is coming this fall. The superstar producer-performer continues his recent pop culture breakout with the next logical move -- a fragrance. Williams has teamed with Japanese fashion company Comme des Garçons to release an exclusive fragrance in September. Girl (named after his latest album), will be for both men and women. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations "This is the first time we have created a fragrance for a musician, and I can think of no greater talent and no greater gentleman to have done this with,” Adrian Joffe, chief executive of Comme des Garçons Parfum SA, said in a statement.  “Pharrell knew exactly what he wanted the perfume to smell like right from the beginning.
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February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In today's creative scene, where art, fashion and design converge, Santa Monica fragrance designer Haley Alexander van Oosten is adding scent to the cultural mix. Collaborating with everyone from style maven/photographer Lisa Eisner and designer and artist David Wiseman to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Maxfield and Commune design, Van Oosten is making a name for herself by challenging traditional notions of fragrance. "I find commercial perfumery to be a very limited medium," says Van Oosten, whose company name, L'Oeil du Vert, means "eye of the green.
OPINION
February 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents - by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum - two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other. When the president is unpopular or when he's lost control of his agenda or when he just seems inadequate to the demands of the job, the headline "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency" proliferates like kudzu. When the Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006, the Economist proclaimed "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency" of George W. Bush on its cover.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1992 | Reuters
The federal government has sued a mail order company for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of consumers by selling worthless sex potions, jewelry and get-rich-quick schemes. The civil suit charges New York-based Finderhood Inc. and two of its principals with 38 fraudulent promotions, including sale of a "sex scent" guaranteed to seduce women. The $32.90 fragrance "makes three out of four women give in," the ad said.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Looking to beef up your mojo this holiday season? Burger King Corp. may have just the thing. The home of the Whopper has launched a new men's body spray called Flame. The company describes the spray as "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat." The fragrance is on sale at New York retailer Ricky's NYC in stores and online for a limited time for $3.99.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Booth Moore, This post has been corrected as indicated below
Paris-based fragrance “nose” extraordinaire Frédéric Malle was in town Wednesday for a dinner hosted by  Barneys New York and Gelila Puck at Cut Sidebar in Beverly Hills. “Welcome to my house,” Malle joked to guests as they walked through the door, past a glowing red candle in the “Joyeux Noel” scent by Dominique Ropion. Malle grew up in the fragrance industry; his grandfather founded Parfums Christian Dior, and his mother was an art director for Dior.
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December 1, 2013 | Ingrid Schmidt
Perfumer Persephenie Lea doesn't stop at scented oils and candles. She's an aromatherapy artist who handcrafts fragrant jewelry, ceramic vessels and uncommon objects that transport the mind and soul to exotic lands. "I'm experimenting with scented paint," she says, gesturing toward a painting on a wall of her studio. "You have to stand really close to smell it; it's a work in progress.... I call myself a perfumer, but I can't do just perfume. " Located inside a nondescript high-rise office building on Washington Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, her studio is a cross between an Old World apothecary and an art gallery.
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