By Kim Taylor

Thanks to the Fragrance Foundation, New Yorkers were celebrating all things fragrant last month from October 17 through the 22nd, and engaging in a series of events that made sense of scents, spotted trends in the industry, doled out awards, and offered a variety of scent seminars. A citywide public art installation of over-sized perfume bottles marked the week with style.

Fresh has released a fragrance to mark the December opening of the romantic, pre-WWII sweeping epic, Memoirs Of A Geisha. Appropriately shrouded in a balance of ingredients so as to remain a mystery and impart exotica, Fresh’s Memoirs Of A Geisha is an extension of the Fresh Rice and Sake collection. This sensual floral is not easily identified, and never overpowers. Top notes are langsat fruit, bergamot, mandarin, the base is iris absolut, musk and white sandalwood, and the heart of this new fragrance is white peach, jasmine flower and rose absolute. $48, available at Fresh stores, C.O. Bigelow, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s Saks Fifth Avenue, and at

V-Tonic by Fresh is ultra-cooling, light and minty. Taken alone, it’s a revitalizing spray that nourishes the skin with vitamins and antioxidants in a cloud of orange, mint, ginger, verbena, pear blossom, coriander, juniper, amber, sandalwood, patchouli and cypress. But when mixed with Fresh’s Lemon Sugar Eau de Parfum, it becomes a fragrant powerhouse, a heady mixture of sugar and mint, citrus and herbs…it takes on a life of its own and morphs into a complete experience. Lemon Sugar Eau de Parfum is comprised of Italian lemon, yuzu, mandarin, lychee flower, orange blossom, ginger flower, oak moss, caramel, and white santal. $22-$55, both available at Fresh stores and at V-Tonic also available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and at select spas.

Comme des Garcons 2 celebrated fragrance week by pairing their unisex 2 fragrance with mini chocolate truffle “hot poppers” at select Sephora locations. It was brilliant to pair perfume with chocolate, and the only things missing were shoes and diamonds. The distinctive Comme des Garcons 2 is a winning mixture of absolute mate, absolute folia, ink, incense, patchouli, cedarwood, angelica root, vetiver, magnolia, amber, labdanum, new aldehydes, cumin, and cade oil. It’s the perfume version of a chocolate truffle-delicious! $30-$65, available at Sephora and fine department stores.

Originally published November 2005
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