Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Perfumes & Colognes
Tobacco/Leather. Cuir de Russie has a hint of tobacco, leather and woody aromas. The translation of Cuir de Russie into English, means Russian Leather.
Florence Graham. Elizabeth Arden's brand name is derived from the title of a book, "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" by Elizabeth Von Arnim, published in 1898. The perfume Blue Grass was introduced in 1934.
Tussie Mussie. A nosegay was originally made from flowers and herbs. The flowers and herbs were more often than not, chosen for their symbolic meaning. Some examples are: Daisy for faithfulness and Rosemary for remembrance.
Miss You Nights. Miss You Nights, is the name of Sir Cliff's first fragrance, named so, because the song is a particular favourite of his. Other perfumes produced under Sir Cliff's banner include, Dream Maker, Devil Woman and Summer Holiday.
Jean Carles. Jean Carles, of Grasse, founded the Roure Perfumery School in Grasse, Provence. Jean Carles's teaching method was all about memorizing and classifying fragrances into 15 olfactory families.
Audrey Hepburn. 'L'interdit', was launched in 1957 for Miss Hepburn, who was featured on the Givenchy advertisement for the perfume.
Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli's Shocking fragrance, came in a bottle shaped like a headless dressmaker's dummy. The bottle was reputed to have been styled on the curvy figure of Mae West.
Jasmine. Indole is a synthetic material, derived from coal tar. Indole is also naturally formed in human feces, with an strong fecal odour. When used in a very low concentration, it has a sweet flowery smell akin to orange blossom.
Lily of the Valley. Muguet is a fragrance used by some of the top perfume houses, including Yves St Laurent and Floris. Lily of the Valley has a very sweet perfume and is used very often as a flower in bridal bouquets.
Beaver. Castorium is collected from the follicles in the genital area of both the male and the female beaver. Castorium has a very strong odour. It can also be used in Homeopathic medicines and to flavour chewing gum (yuck).