Iconic Scents in Fragrance History
Happy National Fragrance Week!
Scent is a part of life. From the Ancient Egyptians who used fragrance in burial ceremonies and to worship their gods, to Estee Lauder’s ingenious way of allowing women to purchase their own fragrance in 1953. The fragrance world is constantly changing and as this happens it’s important to remember where it began. Fragrance is powerful, and it only takes one perfumer to do something out of the ordinary, to create an iconic fragrance movement.
Estee Lauder Youth Dew Eau de Parfum
It’s the 1950s, and Estee Lauder is rejected by a French store, as they say, they would not stock an American fragrance. When going to leave the store, Estee Lauder happens to drop said fragrance on the floor. When flocks of women began surrounding her, asking what this scent was, Ms Lauder simply replied “ask the store manager”. Marketed and sold as a bath oil in 1953, Youth Dew allowed women to purchase their own fragrance at a time when it was more common than not, for women to only receive fragrance as a gift from a man.
Josephine Catapano, the first American female perfumer, worked with Estee Lauder to create Youth Dew.
Estee Lauder Youth Dew Eau de Parfum is a spicy, floral-oriental fragrance, once described as one of the sexiest perfumes ever created.
Available in 2 sizes; 28ml and 67ml.
Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum
Thierry Mugler’s first fragrance, Angel, was released in 1992. Angel was THE first gourmand fragrance, taking the crown from Chanel N0.5 as number one in 1998. The release of Angel was a moment in time, that changed the fragrance world forever. Being the first refillable fragrance to hit the market, ethics and sustainability became a significant value in Mugler’s fragrance empire and inspired many fragrance houses there after.
Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum is a worldwide, best-selling fragrance created by Olivier Cresp and Yves de Chirin.
A refreshing, delicious, dessert-like perfume, available in 4 sizes; 15ml, 25ml, 50ml and 100ml.
Guerlain Jicky Eau de Parfum
Remarked as one of the most significant creations in fragrance history, Guerlain’s Jicky was the first of its kind to combine both natural and synthetic ingredients. The year is 1889, a time when natural, floral fragrances were the trend. Guerlain decides to push against this trend by introducing synthetic notes, opening the eyes of perfumers and perfumery, to endless possibilities in fragrance composition.
Prominent in Lavender, Rose, Bergamot and Vanilla, synthetically produced Vanillin gave a new complexity to Jicky. Synthetic Vanilla was richer, sweeter and creamier than the natural-derived result, as well as increasing the longevity of the scent at a much lower cost.
Guerlain Jicky Eau de Parfum was created by Aimé Guerlain, the son of perfumer Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain (founder of the Guerlain fragrance house.)
Described as an Amber Fougere fragrance, Jicky still remains to be the oldest fragrance in continuous production!
Available in 1 size; 75ml.
Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette
Fast forward to 1994, when the first openly marketed unisex fragrance was launched, CK One; a creation used as a way to bluer societal views of gender through scent. 25 years on and this fragrance is still celebrated as an iconic moment in the fragrance world.
Fresh lemony tones fill the air with CK One, designed in clean and minimalistic packaging. Calvin Klein uses this design in packaging to further supports his gender-fluid fragrance, by not leaning toward stereotypical male or female patterns and colours.
As the fragrance collection continues to grow, each year sees a modern, summery edition of the original CK One! Last year displayed hues of orange and yellow and was dreamily named CK One Summer Daze, we are excited to see what the 2023 edition has in store!
Avaialbe in 2 sizes; 50ml & 100ml, as well as a 50ml Gift Set!
Written by Loren (Social Media Marketing Team)