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Best known for its fine writing instruments, watches, jewelry
and leather goods, Montblanc has been proving its fragrance
prowess with offerings like Montblanc Legend and Montblanc
Emblem. Last month, Interparfums SA extended its license
agreement with the luxury firm by five years. The original accord,
which was signed in 2010, provided Interparfums with the exclusive worldwide license to create, produce and distribute perfumes
and ancillary products under the Montblanc brand through Dec.
31, 2020. The new agreement goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and
runs through Dec. 31, 2025. According to Interparfums SA, annual sales for Montblanc exceed € 80 million, a 400% increase in
just four years.
Luxury fragrance house Bond No. 9’s new launch is named for
the thoroughfare that is dearest to the company’s heart: Bond
Street in New York City. The eau de parfum, called B9, arrived
on counters last month at Bond No. 9 New York boutiques, Saks
Fifth Avenues nationwide, select Nordstrom stores, and Harrods
in the UK.
Brisk Fall days may be here in the US, but Lisa Hoffman has
just rolled out a new scent designed to transport users to the
sands of Hawaii. Hawaiian Plumeria by Lisa Hoffman Beauty, inspired by family trips to the Big Island, features warm base notes
of shaved coconut, lush green foliage and exotic orchids and a top
note of salty ocean air combined with a fragrant heart of lemony
Armando Christian Perez—better known as Pitbull—has
rolled out new men’s and women’s scents this fall that have been
inspired by another warm, sandy locale: Miami’s South Beach.
Pitbull Miami Man, created along with Givaudan perfumer
Caroline Sabas, is a citrus fougere.
It has citrus top notes of grapefruit, lemon and pink peppercorn
with cardamom, apple and cool
wave notes at the heart. In the
base, there’s a blend of creamy
cedarwood and sandalwood
with warm musk and rich amber.
Created with Steve DeMercado
of Fragrance Resources, Pitbull
Miami Woman has top notes of
casaba melon and strawberry
passion fruit ice mixed with
Italian lemon and fresh white
peach. The heart features rain
drenched gardenia, blue lotus
flower, jasmine sambac and orange. Teak, Haitian vetiver and
sandalwood make up the base.
Also created by
DeMercado is Paris Hilton
Heiress Limited Edition, a new scent
from the celebrity and her scent part-
ner, Parlux. It opens with passion fruit
and juicy orange burst accompanied
by peach granite and champagne mi-
mosa. A floral melody is at the heart,
with notes of star jasmine, tiare flower,
ylang-ylang, honeysuckle, dewberry
blossom and grandine. At its base,
the dry down unfolds with violet leaf,
sheer vetiver, Tahitian tonka and blonde
woods, according to Parlux.
From the Famous
While activity within celebrity fragrance
isn’t at the height of year’s past, there
are still plenty of new launches from
other boldfaced names from music and
Ariana Grande has rolled out her
first signature scent, Ari by Ariana
Grande, created in partnership with
Luxe Brands. The scent and ancillary items are available in the US
at Macys, Ulta, Bonton, Lord & Taylor and Stage, and in Canada
at Shoppers Drug Mart.
“We are thrilled to have partnered with such an influential
and exciting artist like Ariana Grande; we confidently anticipate
this will be one of the most successful launches in the company’s
history,” Tony Bajaj, president and chief executive officer of Luxe
Brands, said in a press statement.
Love By Sofia Vergara is a new oriental, fruity fragrance. The
top notes include mandarin, passion fruit and orange blossom.
Purple Andean orchid, magnolia and Colombian coffee flower
are in the middle, with a base of amberwood, ambrette seeds,
vanilla. The EDP is sold at retailers nationwide, including Kohl’s
and Perfumania, as well as on HSN.com.
And another celebrity scent—albeit a dead one—is hitting
the market too. Los Angeles-based perfumery house Xyrena has
rolled out Andy Kaufman Milk & Cookies, in honor of late performance artist. The fragrance made its public debut at the annual
Andy Kaufman Award show, which was held on Oct. 11 in New
York City—exactly 40 years after Kaufman’s appearance on the
premiere episode of Saturday Night Live.
The gourmand fragrance is inspired by Kaufman’s performance at Carnegie Hall in April 1979, after which he took the
audience of 2,800 out for milk and cookies via 24 buses he had
waiting outside the venue. The scent opens with top notes of
sugar and sweet butter then develops into a heart of fresh baked
chocolate chip cookies and a delicate note of creamy milk, followed by bottom notes of vanilla extract and white musk.
A juice headlined by a dead celebrity? Why not; Elizabeth
Taylor’s White Diamond’s continues to be a best seller.•
Pitbull Miami Man is a new men’s scent
created by the rapper and Givaudan.
Hawaiian Plumeria by Lisa
Hoffman Beauty is a new