Beauty

YSL Opium new TV ad… just pure class.

YSL Opium new TV ad… just pure class.

This month, Yves Saint Laurent Parfums launched the new TV advertising for its incredible fragrance for women, OPIUM. It is by far the most elegant, luxury, divine, amazing and incredible high-class Tv Ad that came across my eyes and my ears on the past 2 years…. minimum! The Ad features british actress Emily Blunt, best known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, and The Adjustment Bureau. She has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two London Film Critics’ Circle Awards,…

Finally the Fragrance industry has its bible…

Finally the Fragrance industry has its bible…

In november a new book about Perfumery will be launched. But this time, it will be a master reference. I remember when I was studying at the Fragrance Institute in France, that there was no books. In deed, there were no reference books like we have in many other disciplines. I always wondered why so? Several people, perfumers and consultants mostly, wrote several books about or around the Fragrance industry. But none are considered as references, in the way I…

IOMA Paris, Intelligent Skincare

IOMA Paris, Intelligent Skincare

Last Month we got an invitation to discover a new skincare brand called IOMA PARIS. They describe themselves as the first real “Evidence-based” skincare brand. According to the brand, IOMA debuts a revolutionary and innovative skincare concept with proven and measured results. Take the guesswork out of the effectiveness of your skincare regimen through use of the most advanced imaging and probe-based technology, combined with targeted and customized skincare regimens, for an entirely customizable treatment program with quantifiable, optimized results. The…

Sisley Eau d’Ikar – the new video

Sisley Eau d’Ikar – the new video

Sisley is launching in October its new masculine fragrance called EAU D’IKAR. Eau d’Ikar gets its inspiration on the myth of Icarus. In greek mythology, the main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall from the sky. For Sisley, Ikar is a name that represents a poetic intention. The…

Chanel, Mugler… which train would you catch?

Chanel, Mugler… which train would you catch?

At Luxury Activist we realized that Trains and Fragrances are very linked. Not that trains smell or that Fragrances look like trains, but we realized that 2 of the market leaders in the fragrance business decided to use a similar story to illustrate their iconic fragrance: a train travel. The First one was Chanel with it’s famous N.5. We can see a very elegant film in which a woman takes a train and lives an intense adventure, mostly thanks to…

Balenciaga Paris – L’Essence

Balenciaga Paris – L’Essence

Balenciaga is launching a new fragrance under Balenciaga Paris line. It is called Balenciaga Paris l’Essence. It is a more intense version of the original fragrance, a more intimist approach. Charlotte Gainsbourg is still the timeless beauty of one of the most elegant fashion houses in France. When Balenciaga launched Le Dix in 1947, the Fashion house started writing its legend in the Fragrance history books. A great fragrance defying time and trends. In 2010, under the impulsion of Nicolas…

Thierry Mugler, le Goût du Parfum

Thierry Mugler, le Goût du Parfum

Thierry Mugler Parfums is launching for this winter, a prestigious and innovative collection of 4 fragrances based on their best-sellers. It is called Thierry Mugler Le Goût du Parfum, “the taste of Fragrance” in english. Thierry Mugler always writes its own track in the middle of the Fragrance industry landscape. Since 1992 and the launch of Angel, a true olfactive UFO, Thierry Mugler cultivated the art of surprise by offering new fragrances, always  out of the box. A*men, Mugler Cologne,…

The new face(s) of Womanity by Thierry Mugler

The new face(s) of Womanity by Thierry Mugler

One year after the launch of Womanity, the latest women fragrance, Thierry Mugler launches a new visual campaign that is supposed to re-vamp the initial concept. According to the fragrance Brand, Womanity is about the invisible link that connects all women together, all ages, all generations. The first visual was in line with a certain idea of mythology as you can see here: On this first visual we can see 4 pictures took from the concept film made by Thierry…

Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men

Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men

Hi, I got an invitation from Ms Sonja Glavas, Marketing and PR manager for Sisley Cosmetics for the presentation of their new fragrance for Men: Eau d’Ikar. You can see my first article about it here. Thanks to this appointment, I could get deeper into the understanding of the concept, the flacon and the fragrance itself. Eau d’Ikar gets its inspiration on the myth of Icarus. In greek mythology, the main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by…

JØ5EPH K – Contemporary Perfume Architecture

JØ5EPH K – Contemporary Perfume Architecture

This week, let’s discover a very interesting fragrance brand called JØ5EPH K: when Architecture meets high-perfumery creation. This is a Made in USA brand created and animated by the multimedia artist, now perfumer, Brad Kalavitinos. Follow the tour here. Each year the Fragrance industry has more or less 300 new fragrance launches. It becomes hard to find our way throughout the Perfumery shelves. The main actors like LVMH, L’Oréal or even P&G master the market and generate each year billions…

Prada Color blocking new fragrance: Prada Candy

Prada Color blocking new fragrance: Prada Candy

Prada is launching a new fragrance, totally inspired by Color blocking, in my opinion. Its name: Prada Candy. We can see that after the minimalistic approach of perfumery, the italian house decided to change directions and be more…. bold. We can see that this summer a wind of wildness is blowing on fashion as Color blocking becomes the code. I already wrote an article about this when Louis Vuitton launched its new bags collection. And we can see that some…

Atelier Evanessence, a journey  in the heart of perfumes…

Atelier Evanessence, a journey in the heart of perfumes…

France is the land of perfumery. Historically speaking, the Egyptians invented perfumery but French leveled it up to an Art. In Strasbourg, capital of Europe, I discovered a passionate experience proposed by Atelier Evanessence. It is a journey into the heart of perfumes. Agnès Azario-Bouyé is the owner and founder of Atelier Evanessence. She used to work for a fragrance house for many years. Years in which she had the chance to work with great perfumers and magnificent brands. She…

Victorinox Swiss Unlimited – the unboxing

Victorinox Swiss Unlimited – the unboxing

Hi,
this week I am revealing the unboxing of a fragrance for men called Victorinox Swiss Unlimited. It was created by the famous swiss company, Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife.

Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men

Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men

Sisley just announced the launch of Eau d’Ikar, its new fragrance. It is the brand first fragrance for men. Most of people say that Sisley waited 40 years to launch a masculine fragrance. Well, do not forget that some of Sisley fragrances are also used by men. 1976 Eau de Campagne, a beautiful creation by Jean Claude Ellena, conquered the heart and the noses of many men around the world (including me).

Elie Saab Le Parfum, pure elegance.

Elie Saab Le Parfum, pure elegance.

We have this month the launch of the first fragrance of the beautiful brand Elie Saab. It is called Elie Saab Le Parfum (the fragrance in french). And we can say that this fragrance crystallizes all the outstanding beauty of the Couture House.