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In the February 18, 2011 issue of WWDSTYLE, WWD reports that Thierry Mugler is launching a new campaign for Mugler’s first men’s fragrance from 1996, A*Men. The capmaign, which is very chic and colorful, features South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, known not only as a double-amputee sprinter, but a world record athlete. Read more from the original article in WWD.


Montgomery Street Pier, March 10, 2009, just across the street from Belcam. Photograph by Ryan Wilson

So I mention every now and then that I work for a perfume producer, ParfumsBelcam (AKA Belcam) that’s why I write this blog (hence the name INSIDE Perfume). All of our fragrances are made in a small village in the most northeast corner of New York state, Rouses Point. Yes, some things are still made in the USA! Just barely though! If you look at us on a map you’ll see we’re just on the border of Vermont and Quebec. It’s a small, picturesque village nestled on the west coast of Lake Champlain. You can find out more about Rouses Point at The pictures you’ll see on this site are pretty much the view as we walk out the door! Kind of like this one I took last March as I was walking to work. Isn’t it nice to know that these beautiful smelling things come from a beautiful place, and not some ugly industrial wasteland somewhere?!

For those who are fans of all thing Dolce & Gabbana, there’s a new blogazine… that’s right, I said it! I love this new word… BLOGAZINE! There’s a lot of new stuff going on in the world of Dolce & Gabbana, and if you go to their website you’ll notice a link to Swide “The new online blogazine.” Swide features:”exclusive tips about luxury, style, beauty, celebrities, music, artists, gadgets, travel, food.” It is based on Dolce & Gabbana, but is not exclusive at all. For example, featured today is an article about Stefano Gabbana kissing Roberta Armani at the Cannes Film Festival. However, there’s also an article on architect Renzo Piano’s fabulous new design of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Wing. Lots of material that would interest a Dolce & Gabbana fan. Check out Swide at

Daisy Marc Jacobs will be released in a limited edition silver version this fall. The sweet and innocent scent has had many versions since it’s premiere in 2007, and takes claim for the expansion of Marc Jacobs into the global market. The silver edition will be a limited edition eau de parfum in an opaque silver bottle, and capped with gold flowers. Daisy Silver will be available wherever Daisy is sold, and will retail at $88 for a 3.4 oz. bottle.

With so many wonderful fragrances to choose from, finding a scent you like can be challenging.  Here’s a quick reference, grouping fragrances by family according to the notes they contain to help you find the aromas that appeal to you most.


Women’s Fragrance

Floral:  Floral fragrances may be blends of mixed blossoms, bouquets of rose, jasmine, iris, hyacinth or a more well-defined floral note.  These florals can be combined with fruity elements, hints of apple and citrus for a more crisp, fruity-floral effect or mingled with touches of vanilla for a soft powdery scent.

Oriental: Warm and sensuous, oriental fragrances are reminiscent of the exotic spices and sweet resins of the East.  Fragrant clove, cinnamon and mace mingle with the sweetness of vanilla and hints of amber. Orientals fragrances also combine these spicy notes with floral accords such as jasmine and ylang-ylang, creating scents that wrap you in the magic of far away lands.

Fresh:  These fragrances capture the sparkling freshness of citrus oils such as bergamot, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit. Some are blended with leafy green accords such as young leaves and green  grass.  Others are enhances with aquatic notes for a cool and dewy freshness.


Men’s Fragrance

Woody:  Warm and opulent, these fragrances typically blend vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli. Variations include hints of fresh citrus or sensuous, silky musk.

Fougère: These fragrances combine notes such as lavender, oakmoss,  spices and other floral accents with citrus and precious woods to produce scents that range from fresh to woody to spicy.

Fresh:  Pure and invigorating, these fragrances blend citrus notes such as mandarin, bergamot and lemon with watery ozonic notes or hints of precious woods and musk.

I hadn’t heard Alfred Sung’s name in a while, perhaps just missing news on him, but regardless I’m looking forward to a new fragrance from him… Always! Perhaps the most intriguing tidbit about Always is its creation was inspired by Grace Kelly! Sung claims that the images of her on her wedding day inspired him to create a “scent for the modern bride.” 

Always is described as a “sparkling floral”…

Top notes: water lily, kumquat and neroli
Heart: pink peony, honeysuckle petals and orris absolute
Base notes: sandalwood, patchouli and ambrette seeds.

Sung says it’s a “bouquet built around orris, the most unique ingredient,” and “a modern element.”

In April, you can find Always in Canada at The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Sears, and at Elizabeth Arden’s Manhattan flagship store and on Then, in the fall, Always will find it’s way to approximately 200 stores in the US.

Here’s a list of fragrances coming out in the month of March 2009:

  • Bond no. 9 Astor Place
  • Bond no. 9 Brooklyn
  • Emanuel Ungaro Party
  • Halle Berry
  • Narciso Rodriguez Essence
  • Nautica Oceans
  • Pucci Vivara Variazione
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Bliss
  • Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane


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