Scents Memories: My Life in Cool Water, And Other Perfumes

If someone held me down and drowned me in a vat of Cool Water by Davidoff, that fresh masculine scent that somehow evokes a deep-reaching lake, the '90s, and passionate but inept sex, I'd die happy. That's how attached I was, how fond I remain, of my first perfume. And that's not just a strange quirk of my brain;… » 12/02/14 2:40pm 12/02/14 2:40pm

World’s Most Expensive Perfume Costs $228K, Still Just Smelly-Ass Water

UK luxury department store Harrods is opening a special Salon de Parfum boutique (on the sixth floor!), and to mark the occasion, the retailer of some pretty costly perfume went all out to create the world's shiniest and most expensive bottle. It costs £143,000 (or over $228,000 USD). I want to buy it and spray myself… » 10/04/14 2:30pm 10/04/14 2:30pm

Katy Perry's New Perfume Ad Is a Socio-Political Nightmare

Katy Perry is the undeniable queen of glitzy glammy things that miss the mark. Whether it's sporting a ridiculous grill in an Ancient Egypt-themed music video or giving a performance in a smorgasbord of pan-Asian imagery (a visual P.F. Chang's), or having her backup dancers wear bodysuits that resemble a caricature » 7/11/14 1:00pm 7/11/14 1:00pm

Your Evening Jam: Britney and Sia Strip Down Perfume

Ok, I have to admit something: I love this song and I have no idea what it's about. I've listened at least thirty times (today, sorry) and I still can't tell whether Britney is singing this from the point of view of two women into the same dude or whether she is trying to decide which is better: Fantasy or Curious.… » 1/25/14 5:15pm 1/25/14 5:15pm

These Disney Villain Perfume Bottles Will Please Your Inner Vixen

If smelling bad looks this good, then damn, I don't want to smell good. (You know what I mean.) These perfume bottles designed by a Japanese artist who goes by Ruby Spark are the perfect renditions of the villains they represent. I'm not really into the whole Disney Princesses thing, but Disney Villainesses? I can get… » 1/24/14 1:15pm 1/24/14 1:15pm

A Whiff on the Wild Side: Confessions of a Vintage Perfume Addict

It was a few years ago when I was the editor of a women's pop culture website that I started writing about perfume on my blog, YesterdaysPerfume.com. Trying to be discreet in the middle of an open office, I'd pop open a tiny one-milliliter vial of the decanted perfume du jour and dab it on my wrist with its plastic… » 12/07/13 5:00pm 12/07/13 5:00pm